Gary Medel

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Medel and the second or maternal family name is Soto.
Gary Medel
Gary Medel Cardiff City.jpg
Medel playing for Cardiff City in 2013
Personal information
Full name Gary Alexis Medel Soto
Date of birth (1987-08-03) 3 August 1987 (age 26)
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)[1]
Playing position Defensive midfielder / Defender
Club information
Current team
Cardiff City
Number 8
Youth career
1997–2005 Universidad Católica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Universidad Católica 68 (10)
2009–2011 Boca Juniors 46 (7)
2011–2013 Sevilla 78 (8)
2013– Cardiff City 34 (0)
National team
2007 Chile U20 15 (0)
2008 Chile U23 8 (0)
2007– Chile 61 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 June 2014

Gary Alexis Medel Soto (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈɡaɾi meˈðel]; born 3 August 1987) is a Chilean professional footballer who plays for Cardiff City as a defensive midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Medel spent his early career with Universidad Católica, Boca Juniors and Sevilla.

Medel playing for Sevilla in 2011.

Cardiff City[edit]

On 11 August 2013, Cardiff City confirmed that they had signed Medel from Sevilla for a club record £11 million fee on a four-year deal.[2][3] He made his debut for the club on 17 August, in a 2-0 defeat against West Ham United.[4] He made his home debut at the Cardiff City Stadium on 25 August, in a 3-2 win against Manchester City. Medel played all 90 minutes and received the fans man of the match award.[5]

International career[edit]

He made his international debut for Chile, in March 2007 in a friendly against Argentina. Later that year, he played a key role on the third place for Chile in the U-20 World Cup held in Canada. However, he didn't play the 3rd place match because he was sent off in the semifinal match against Argentina, when he kicked Gabriel Mercado in the 24th minute. He made his official debut for Chile playing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification against Bolivia in a 0-2 victory, scoring both goals, the first being an spectacular bicycle kick. Gary played an important role on Chilean qualification to 2010 FIFA World Cup, playing as a central defender or right back. He played in the 2010 World Cup, starting in the three group-stage matches, but being suspended for the Round of 16 match against Brazil. In 2011 he played in the Copa América, being sent off in the Quarter-final match against Venezuela, after making an intentional handball. He played a key role in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, scoring the goal that secured qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a heading goal against Ecuador. Medel skippered his national side on a friendly against Germany on March 5th, 2014, which Chile lost 1-0. [6]


Honour Date
Footballer of the year 2008 in CDUC[7] 2008
Star team of Copa Libertadores in 2008 year[8] 2008
Footballer of the year 2008 in Chile[9] 2008
Star team of year in South America[10] 2009


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