Ben Brereton

10 THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT BEN BERERTON, THE CHILE HERO WHO ISN’T EVEN CHILEAN

Ben Brereton is a name that has been trending ever since he played his first game for against Argentina in Copa America 21. If you are scratching your head wondering what is so special about that, we are pretty sure you don’t have the complete picture.

Here is why Ben Brereton has become an overnight sensation in the footballing world and 10 things you didn’t know about him.

 

1) BORN ON A COLD NIGHT AT STOKE

 

Ben Brereton

Image Courtesy: Malcom Hart (Ben Brereton is the kid first from the right in the back row)

 

Ben Brereton is a born and bred English footballer who has been playing in the EFL Championship since 2017. The 22-year-old was born in Stoke-on-Trent at the heart of England.

He has played football from the youth leagues of England till its Sunday leagues in his early years. You are probably wondering what this young British lad is doing playing halfway across the world for Chile in Copa America.

 

2) CHILEAN ORIGINS

 

 

Turns out Ben Brereton’s mother is from Chile who moved to the United Kingdom and settled with an English Policeman with whom she had Ben.

This is the reason Ben is technically half Chilean and is eligible to play for Chile. Who would have thought a player who has been playing in the lower divisions of England all his life would go and score a goal for Chile against Bolivia and become a national treasure for them in a couple of days.

 

3) ALL THANKS TO FOOTBALL MANAGER 21

Mark Hitchen is a researcher for the game Football Manager, and his job is to scout and updates players in the game. He heard in an interview Ben did for Blackburn Rovers that he was half Chilean because of his mother and Hitchen went on and updated the youngster in the game as he added his second Nationality as Chile.

 

 

A Football Manager streamer based in Chile named ‘Chileantoon’ found Ben in the game and was surprised himself. A few streamers from Chile decided to start a Twitch campaign so as to spread their new finding and it worked.

 

4) OVERNIGHT SOCIAL MEDIA STAR

The streamers started their campaign on Twitch and on to make people aware of his quality and the impact he can have on their national team.

#BreretonALaRoja started spreading through Chile like wildfire, all newspapers and journalists started covering this story as well and then in 2021 it actually happened as Chile announced their squad for .

 

Ben Brereton

Image Courtesy: / Ben Brereton

 

He started getting comments from Chile on his Instagram post asking hi, to come and play for Chile. He now has 765K followers on Instagram and has 31.9k followers on Twitter.

 

5) DOESN’T SPEAK SPANISH

Ben Bererton might be the only player who plays for a National team and doesn’t even speak their language. Although he has relatives in Chile and has visited his mother’s homeland when he was a kid, he cannot understand even a little bit of Spanish.

 

 

Chile’s head coach, Martin Lasarte has said that it is really difficult for the youngster to be in the starting 11 and not be able to properly communicate with the team. Claudio Bravo, the Chilean goalkeeper who has been playing in England for a while, has taken the responsibility to help Ben settle in with his compadres.

Ben has also said that he is learning a few words of Spanish as he wants to quickly get along with his teammates and do well for Chile in the future.

 

6) HE HAS A CULT IN CHILE

An enthusiastic Chile fan, Sebastian Andres even jokingly started a religious cult called Breretonismo after Ben scored his first goal for Chile against Bolivia in Copa America 21.

 

 

Chile’s official Twitter account also tweeted a small chant in Spanish which translates to, “Ben says Ben Ben and it does bam bam bam and then boom boom boom it’s Brereton goal”. We are pretty sure it sounds better in Spanish.

 

7) FRIENDS WITH MASON MOUNT

What makes Ben’s situation a whole lot amusing is that Brereton has actually played for England as well. In the summer of 2017, Ben joined England’s under 19 squad and has even played for them in the Under 19 European Championship, which they won.

 

Ben Brereton England U19

Image Courtesy: Instagram/ Ben Brereton

 

During his time in the squad, he played with the likes of Mason Mount, Reece James and Aaron Ramsdale with whom he is still in touch.

 

8) HIS HEART XOXO

 

Ben Brereton has been dating Kimberly Abbott since May 2018 and is in a serious relationship. Kimberly is an Instagram model who operates for a social media fashion network called 21 buttons.

Kimberly shows her full support for Ben Brereton when he is on the pitch through her Instagram. Even Ben constantly posts pictures and stories with her on his Instagram profile.

 

9) NO LUCK WITH ROVERS

Although Ben Brereton was a hot young talent when he started playing for Nottingham Forest in 2017, his form witnessed a significant dip when he joined the Blackburn Rovers in the 2018/19 season.

He couldn’t make an impact for the first 2 seasons and was benched most of the time. Although in the 2020/21 season, there has been a real improvement in his performance as he has made 30 starts and has scored 7 goals in the Championship.

 

Ben Brereton

Image Courtesy: Instagram/ Ben Brereton

 

He has brought this momentum onto the Chile side and is doing really well for them in Copa America 21 as well.

 

10) HIS FAVOURITE PLAYERS GROWING UP

 

Ben Brereton

Image Courtesy: Instagram/ Ben Brereton

 

Born in Stoke, it is natural that he was a big Stoke City fan growing up and saw a lot of their games in their home stadium. He looks up to Ricardo Fuller and Mamady Sidibe who were the stars of Stoke City when he was a kid. He also loved to watch Wayne Rooney growing up, being a striker himself, he adored Ronney’s goal-scoring abilities.

 

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