Santiago is the capital of Chile and the 39th most populated place on the planet. In terms of landscape, it is an eye-catchingly colourful metropolis that issurrounded by glorious mountainous regions and heated by a warm climate.
Over the years, Chile has produced many memorable and successful people; here is a look at some of the latest prospects coming out of Santiago.
As with most South American countries, football is the national sport of Chile and they are passionate about the beautiful game. Understandably then, they have a number of upcoming players who could make it to the very top.
First up is Unión Españolacentre backFrancisco Alarcón,who is 22-years old and has already broken into the first team and gained caps up to under 23 level.
Over atClub Universidad de Chile is attacking midfielder José Luis Silva, who is being tipped for big things. A skilful and quick player, Silva has also had loan spells at Everton, Rangers and O’Higgins.
The local team of Santiago is Colo-Colo and they have a number of protégés coming through, such asLuca Pontigo, a 17 year old who plays up front having graduated through to the B team where he scored 10 goals in 11 games.
Another player coming throughthe ranks at Colo-Colo is Matthías Villanueva who broke into the first team a year ago and much is expected from him in the future.
Finally, the 18-year old centre backMatías Gutiérrezis another one to watch. He looks a special talent having broken into the first team last season and has already won a full cap for Chile.
Away from the footballing world, there is a prominent and growing showbiz scene with one notable name being Dominique Gallego, who began her career as a glamour model.
One name that would certainly be familiar with some is Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi. Santiago-born Snookibecame a star on MTV show the Jersey Shore and has since gone on to be a regular in papers and magazines and launched her own boxing promotion business.
Talking about reality TV, also from Santiago is Catalina Vallejos, who is a model and actress and made her name on the popular show Calle 7.
There have been plenty of successful actors from Santiago, including Raquel Calderón who appeared on ChileanTV program Karkú and can now lay claim to being one of Chile’s favourite stars.
Another famous actress is Leonor Varela, who has been in a host of films such as Blade II and Goal 2 as well as TV programs such as Human target and Dallas and looks set to become a big film star for years to come.
Actress and dancer Alexandra Castillocut her teeth on Chilean soap operas and has since gone on to star in films such as Hell Ride and Hindsight.
Finally, singer Javiera Menais is one of the biggest names to come out of the Santiago and had success with her album Mena.
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