Chile Mission For Felipe
Young Star Features In Chile's Fabulous World Cup Openers
Felipe Gutierrez has featured in each of Chile's group games in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. As one of the more impressive teams in the competition so far, Chile is hoping progress much further in the competition, with help from their young midfielder.
Chile - Israel 30 May 2010
DATE OF BIRTH
08 Oct 1990
FC Twente (NED)
The history books suggest otherwise, but Brazil 2014 will not be Felipe Gutierrez's first FIFA World Cup™. The Twente midfielder, who learned his trade at Deportes Temuco and Viña del Mar side Everton before bursting onto the scene at Universidad Catolica aged just 18, had an insider's view of Chile's South Africa 2010 campaign.
Gutierrez wasn't a member of Marcelo Bielsa's 23-man squad, but rather one of the lucky youngsters taken along to train with and provide opposition for the first team. Indeed, the skilful, stylish playmaker with a fearsome long-range strike is the only one of those fledglings to have gone on to feature on the road to Brazil. Granted, he only played 21 minutes in qualifying – though that was enough time for him to get on the scoresheet against Argentina – but he was continually called up by Claudio Borghi and then Jorge Sampaoli.
Given such shows of faith, Gutierrez must have something going for him and the versatile 23-year-old has enjoyed success aplenty throughout his budding career.
While still in Chile, the creative midfielder won the title in 2010 and the cup the following year, when he was named breakthrough player of the 2011 Apertura tournament in recognition of his goalscoring exploits and performances in key matches. This big-game temperament helped him adapt seamlessly to life in European football after a 2012 move to Twente, where he has nailed down a place in the starting XI and improved his tactical nous, playing a key role in the club's third-place league finish this past season.
Best wishes to Felipe and all his team mates for success at the World Cup, from all at EduzineGlobal.com
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