Comfortable at full-back, in midfield and as a wide man up front, Jose Fuenzalida's ability to do a job anywhere on the right side of the pitch explains why the Chile coach considers him such an asset.
After making the breakthrough at Universidad Catolica in 2004, Fuenzalida hung up his boots to study commercial engineering in 2007, eventually returning to football with Colo Colo six months later.
He began to gain international recognition the following year under Marcelo Bielsa, albeit as a bit-part figure, largely being restricted to cameos off the bench. Indeed, despite two fine seasons on loan at O'Higgins, where Jorge Sampaoli was at the helm, he was subsequently overlooked by Bielsa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
The Santiago native continued to be called up regularly thereafter, first by Claudio Borghi and then by Sampaoli, but suffered more disappointment when, after getting the nod for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, he did not see a single minute of action.
Following another spell with Colo Colo, the versatile schemer had a brief stay with Boca Juniors, before rejoining La Catolica nine years after he had left. During this period, he was also part of the squad that were crowned champions at the 2015 Copa America, although he once again failed to get on the pitch.
A fantastic end to the 2015/16 season put him on Juan Antonio Pizzi's radar and he was a revelation at the Copa America Centenario, playing all six games and scoring twice as Chile retained the title. This established him as one of Pizzi's most trusted lieutenants.