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Today in Latin American History

Soviet Union Refused to Play Chile in the World Cup in 1973

Soviet Union Refused to Play Chile in the World Cup in 1973

Photo: Chilean National team in 1973

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Today in Latin American history, Soviet Union refused to play Chile in the World Cup in 1973.

It was scheduled to take place in the Estadio Nacional de Chile in Santiago, the Chilean capital.

There had been a coup d’etat in Chile two months before, immediately after which people deemed undesirable to the new regime of Augusto Pinochet had been held captive and executed in the stadium.

The Soviet Union asked FIFA to find a different venue in Chile; when agreement could not be reached, the Soviet team did not take the field and was disqualified from the tournament, giving the Chilean team a victory by walk-over and a place in the 1974 World Cup, where they were eliminated in the first round.

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