SANTIAGO, Chile – The Chilean miners who survived trapped underground longer than anyone else before have a message for their country's World Cup team: Don't fear the "group of death."
Chile has one of its strongest teams, but in the first round it faces defending champion Spain and 2010 finalist Netherlands. Just advancing out of Group B will be seen as a success.
But for the miners who were trapped deep underground for 69 days in 2010: "Nothing is impossible for a Chilean." That's the title of their stirring television ad released Wednesday.
In the ad, the men return to the mouth of the mine that nearly became their rocky grave. There, miner Mario Sepulveda tells the Chile squad to courageously fight against all odds, remembering how the miners overcame death itself.