Chilean miners inspire in breathtaking World Cup commercial

Kurtis Larson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:08 PM ET

In Chile, one group of men is bigger than the country’s World Cup team.

Thirty-three rescued miners, trapped for 69 days in a Copiapo mine, remain iconic four years after the accident.

Their story inspired viewers around the world.

Now they’re hoping it will inspire their national soccer team to World Cup glory.

In a commercial entitled “Nothing Is Impossible For A Chilean,” Mario Sepulveda, who was trapped in the mine, delivers a rousing speech and leads a chant in support of the Chilean soccer team.

“In this place, we were trapped for 70 days,” Sepulveda says in the commercial. “We were swallowed by the earth. It was then when we had to prove what we were made of.

“We knew we had millions of Chileans outside who believed in us.”

The group then collects sand from the mine to send with the team to Brazil.

The Chileans face a difficult group at next month’s tournament. But, of course, difficulty is in the eye of the beholder.

“Spain is hard? Netherlands is hard?

“We are not scared of the Death Group. We don’t care about death! We have beaten death before!”

The group ends the commercial with Chile’s trademark chant:

“Chi! Chi! Chi! ... Le! Le! Le!”

After finishing third in South American World Cup qualifying – no easy task by any stretch of the imagination – the Chileans enter next month’s World Cup with a difficult task.

Chile will open the tournament against Australia before back-to-back group games against world champions Spain and the Netherlands, who lost out to Spain in the 2010 final.


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