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Arturo Vidal ends Chile career after FIFA World Cup exit

12 October 2017

Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has announced his retirement from worldwide football after Chile failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

The Chilean announced his retirement on Wednesday following the country's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

However, the 30-year-old has since clarified his position and does not appear to be withdrawing from global duty any time soon, seemingly still eager to add to his 98 caps.

Defeat by Brazil on Tuesday saw Chile slip to sixth in the South American qualifying table at the end of a dramatic final day of matches.

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The midfielder had already announced in September that he would retire from global duty following the 2018 World Cup - should Chile qualify.

As well as winning two Copa America titles, the Bayern Munich midfielder has represented his country at two World Cup finals, making seven appearances as Chile reached the last-16 stage in 2010 and 2014.

In the global arena Arturo Vidal was twice victor of the America's Cup (2016 and 2017) and at the last confederations Cup in Russian Federation helped the national team of Chile to reach the final. Chile's Argentinean manager Juan Antonio Pizzi also announced his retirement from the team after Tuesday's disappointment.

Arturo Vidal ends Chile career after FIFA World Cup exit