Vidal playing for Juventus in 2012
|Full name||Arturo Erasmo Vidal Pardo|
|Date of birth||22 May 1987|
|Place of birth||Santiago, Chile|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Arturo Erasmo Vidal Pardo (born 22 May 1987) is a Chilean footballer who plays as a midfielder for Juventus and Chile national team. A versatile player who played several different roles in his early years, Vidal eventually found his position at Juventus as a world class box-to-box midfielder capable of assisting his teammates in both defense and attack. It was these displays for Juventus that led him to be nicknamed Il Guerriero ("The Warrior") by the Italian press for his hard-tackling and tenacious style of play.
At Juventus, Vidal became an integral part of the Bianconeri and has made a name for himself as one of the best in the world; Vidal credited his development and maturity as a player to club legends Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon. Vidal is also considered the most complete midfielder in the world currently due to his tackling abilities, play-making, and also his ability to support the team in both defense and attack at a high level.
Vidal was born in San Joaquín, a working class commune in the Chilean capital Santiago, the second of six children. His potential was discovered by his uncle and he later joined the youth squads of local Primera División club Colo-Colo.
Vidal's professional debut came in the first leg of the 2006 Apertura Tournament final against arch-rivals Universidad de Chile. Vidal came on as a late substitute for Gonzalo Fierro. Colo-Colo would go on to win the game 2–1 and win the championship as well. In the following season (2006 Clausura Tournament) he became a more important part of the squad and would lead Colo-Colo to their second championship win in a row. Vidal scored three goals in Colo-Colo's Copa Sudamericana 2006 campaign. His good showing caught the eye of scouts from various European clubs.
The 2007 Apertura Tournament was Vidal's last with Colo-Colo as he left for Bayer Leverkusen in the summer. Bayer had tracked his progress for some time and his good showing at the U-20 World Cup that year convinced Bayer's Director of Football Rudi Völler to make the trip all the way to Chile in order to convince the twenty-year-old to sign. The two clubs then agreed on a fee of $11 million with Bayer Leverkusen paying $7.7 million for 70% ownership of his contract. His transfer broke the previous national record of Matías Fernández's $9 million transfer to Villarreal.
Vidal missed the first game of the season through injury but was soon thrust into the starting line-up and made his debut on 19 August 2007 in the away loss against Hamburg. He started in half the season's games and scored his first goal for the club just three games into his Bayer career. He was ever present for the 2008–09 season and played a vital role in Bayer's run to the German Cup final. On 8 March, he suffered a concussion during the game against VfL Bochum and was out for a month. Upon his return, he scored a goal to break the deadlock in the 4–1 semifinal win over Mainz in the German Cup but Bayer eventually lost to Werder Bremen in the final.
The 2010–11 season would be Vidal's last with Bayer. He helped the club to a runner-up finish in the Bundesliga and topped the assist charts for his club with 11 assists, which was joint second in the league. He also contributed two goals in their run to the Round of 16 of the Europa League.
After a good 2010–11 season, Vidal was linked with various clubs, including Bayer's Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich. On 22 July 2011, he joined Serie A club Juventus for €10.5 million on a five-year contract. He made his competitive debut in the opening league game of the season against Parma, coming on as a second-half substitute for Alessandro Del Piero; he marked his first appearance with a goal six minutes after his introduction in Juventus' 4–1 win. It was initially speculated that he would compete with Claudio Marchisio for a spot alongside Andrea Pirlo but Conte instead played all three effectively in a three-man midfield. Vidal was an integral part of the 2011–12 Scudetto-winning side that went undefeated the entire season. He contributed seven league goals and three assists, including crucial goals against Napoli and a double against Roma.
On 19 September 2012, Vidal scored his first UEFA Champions League goal in the group stage match away against current holders Chelsea. It was a crucial equaliser as Juve finished the game 2–2 after going two goals down in the first half. After helping the club to a second consecutive Serie A title, he was voted "Player of the Year" by registered users on the club website juventus.com.
On 27 November 2013, Vidal scored a hat-trick against FC København in the group stage of the Champions League. It was his first career hat-trick, and made him the first Juventus player to score three goals in a match in the Champions League since former Juventus player Filippo Inzaghi in 2000.
Vidal represented Chile at the Under-20 level at the 2007 South American Youth Championship in Paraguay where he was the tournament's second top scorer with six goals. During the tournament he played central midfield and helped the team to qualify for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup where Chile finished in third place with Vidal scoring two goals in the tournament, including the match winner against Portugal in the Round of 16. Vidal made his senior debut in a friendly against Venezuela where Chile won 1–0. He became a regular under Marcelo Bielsa when fit during 2010 World Cup qualifying, playing in 11 matches and scoring a goal. He was then named in the final 23-man squad for the tournament.
On 5 July 2013, EA Sports announced that they had featured Vidal on the Central and South American cover of FIFA 14, alongside global cover star Lionel Messi. However, the cover would not be featured in the Brazilian version of the game.
- All star team of the Bundesliga: 2010–11
- Juventus Player of the Year: 2012–13
- Chilean player of the year 2010
- Liga BBVA Star Team 2013
- "Story so far: Juventus". uefa.com. 14 December 2012.
- "Il guerriero Vidal: "Questa Juve mi assomiglia: corre lotta come me" (in Italian). La Stampa. 25 November 2011.
- "Messi and Ronaldo joined by Ribery in top three of new list of Europe's top 50 stars". Sky Sports. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 14 June 2013.
- "Energia Vidal". Hurrà Juventus (in Italian). November 2011.
- "Warrior With a World Cup Dream". Bundesliga. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
- "Vidal eyes Bayer and Chile glory". fifa.com. 2 April 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
- "Bayern Leverkusen signs Chilean defender Vidal". International Herald Tribune. 28 April 2007. Archived from the original on 10 January 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2008.
- "Vidal's thirst for silverware". fifa.com. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- "Vidal in, Melo out at Juventus". uefa.com. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2012.
- "Juventus open with stylish win". Eurosport. 11 September 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
- "Vidal scoops Juventus player of the year award". juventus.com. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
- "Vidal: 'My first ever hat-trick!'". Football Italia. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
- "Champions League - Vidal treble earns Juventus first three points". Eurosport. 27 November 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
- "Chile grab bronze". fifa.com. 22 July 2007. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
- "Vidal: This is Chile's greatest generation". fifa.com. 8 October 2012.
- "Venezuela sorprendió a Chile en Santiago y obtuvo un punto de oro (2–2)" (in Spanish). CONMEBOL. 6 September 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
- "Top scorers". FIFA. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- "Chile & Juventus ace Arturo Vidal holds the midfield for Messi on the Central & South American #FIFA14 cover!". Facebook. 6 July 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- "FIFA 14 - Chile Cover Reveal". EA Sports. 5 July 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- Beovic, Daniel (6 July 2013). "Vidal será el chileno en la portada del FIFA 14" (in Spanish). Redgol. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
- "Vidal en el equipo ideal de la Bundesliga: "Es omnipresente en el mediocampo"" (in Spanish). emol.com. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
- "Arturo Vidal, el mejor de la temporada para los hinchas de Juventus" (in Spanish). cooperativa.cl. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
- Arturo Vidal at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Profile on juventus.com
- ESPN Profile
- Arturo Vidal – FIFA competition record