This advert from the Bank of Chile is terrific!
It features the 33 miners that were trapped for 69 days in 2010, longer than anyone else in history, telling the Chilean national team that “Nothing is impossible.”
The men return to the mine in the Atacama desert which had then trapped for over two months and miner Mario Sepulveda makes a stirring speech in Spanish.
Sepulveda says: “My message to our Chile team is that we’re going to win. They have the talent and a whole country behind them and they must battle until the end. There are harder things in life and you can conquer them. Chile will not only pass to the second round, but it will surprise everyone.”
The miners pick up sand from the desert which will be taken to Brazil and spread on the turf where Chile play their matches.
Chile, despite being a well organised team with some great players (e.g. Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal) are in one of the toughest groups of all – Group B with Spain, Holland and Australia.
If they do qualify to the knockout stages, a clash with Brazil seems likely in the round after the group stages…