The Confederations Cup is underway and a powerful Chile squad that is coming off of back to back Copa America titles and has shown no signs of taking this tournament lightly. For this week’s Throwback Thursday we will look back at a kit that would forever be associated with a new standard of Chilean football.
The Kit: Chile National Football Team 97-99
Worn By: Marcelo Salas, Iván Zamorano, José Luis Sierra, Javier Margas, Clarence Acuña
Where to Cop: Classicfootballshirts.co.uk has a stout selections and some fire gems for Salas and Zamorano
February 11, 1998 – Wembley Stadium
La Roja was squaring off against England in a pre-World Cup friendly. The squads seem pretty evenly matched at the time, however, critics were curious how Chile would cope with having to rest their captain and star striker Iván Zamorano. There was now a bigger buzz around a young Marcelo Salas with all rumors pointing to a summer move to a top European side. El Matador would rise to the occasion and score a stunning volley and a penalty kick, sealing a 2 nil victory over the Three Lions. Images of an elated Salas graced the back pages of English newspapers, he stole the show and any doubts concerned with Salas’s ability to perform in Europe were cast aside.