Medel playing for Cardiff City in 2013
|Full name||Gary Alexis Medel Soto|
|Date of birth||3 August 1987|
|Place of birth||Santiago, Chile|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder / Defender|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 May 2015.
Gary Alexis Medel Soto (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈɡaɾi meˈðel]; born 3 August 1987) is a Chilean professional footballer who plays for Italian club Inter Milan as a defensive midfielder, although he can also play as a defender. He is nicknamed as the "Chilean Pitbull".
A full international with over 75 caps since 2007 for the Chilean national team, he has represented the nation at two FIFA World Cups and as many Copa América tournaments, winning the 2015 Copa América.
On 20 July 2009, he joined Boca Juniors on an initial loan for US$300,000 with the option to buy for $2.5 million, with Damián Díaz loaned in the opposite direction. Medel said of the move "This is a dream come true. It is a very important club, and one which has players which I admire a lot, Juan Román Riquelme, Martín Palermo and Sebastián Battaglia. He is my idol and has me very happy to play by his side". Medel scored both goals in a 2–0 win in the Superclásico against River Plate on 25 March 2010.
Medel joined Sevilla for €3 million on 28 January 2011, on a 4½-year contract, on the same day as the club also signed Ivan Rakitić for their central midfield. He said "I am happy to be here, I hope that everything goes well. I'm a player who puts a lot into my heart on the pitch, I hope that with my playing that I can contribute to Sevilla".
On 12 February, he made his La Liga debut, playing all 90 minutes of a 2–3 away defeat at Racing Santander. He helped Sevilla to a 1–1 draw against FC Barcelona at home on 12 March, clearing twice off the line, the second from Lionel Messi.
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. He made his debut for the club on 17 August, in a 2-0 defeat against West Ham United. 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.
After Cardiff's relegation, Medel joined Inter Milan for a £10 million fee on 9 August 2014. The fee, which was £1 million less than what Cardiff had signed Medel for, was criticised by former striker Nathan Blake, but was justified by Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær. Medel made his Serie A debut for Inter on 31 August as they began the season with a goalless draw at Torino, playing the full 90 minutes.
U20 and early senior career
In March 2007, Medel made his international debut for Chile in a friendly against Argentina. Later that year, he played a key role in Chile's third-place finish in the U-20 World Cup held in Canada. He was sent off in the semi-final match against Argentina, when he kicked Gabriel Mercado in the 24th minute and was suspended for the third-place play-off. Medel claimed that he was tasered by police after the match.
He made his competitive debut for the Chile senior team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Bolivia in a 2–0 victory at the Estadio Hernando Siles in La Paz, scoring both goals, the first being an bicycle kick. Medel played an important role in Chile's qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, playing as a central defender or right back. He started in the three group-stage matches at the World Cup finals in South Africa, but was suspended for the round of 16 match against Brazil, where la Roja were eliminated.
He was named in Chile's squad for the 2011 Copa América, featuring in all three of their group matches, the first two as a starter. In the quarter-final match against Venezuela in San Juan, Argentina, he was sent off for handball and Chile lost 2–1.
World Cup 2014
He played a key role in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, scoring the goal that secured qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, heading a goal against Ecuador. Medel captained Chile in a 1–0 friendly defeat to Germany on 5 March 2014. He was one of 23 players who were called up by coach Jorge Sampaoli to play in 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Medel played as a starter alongside with Gonzalo Jara in the center of defence, with Chile who beat Australia 3–1 in Cuiabá to get first three points of the World Cup campaign. He also played full 90 minutes in second match against current world champions Spain, with Chile to get an historic 2–0 win. Spain's loss confirmed the qualification of both Chile and the Netherlands into the knockout stage, and eliminated both Spain and Australia. Spain became the fifth defending champions to be knocked out in the group stage, and the first since 1950 to be eliminated after only two games (Italy were drawn into a three-team group and only played two games in 1950). Medel played 90 minutes in final group match against Netherlands who won 2–0 and won the group, while Chile finished Group B as runner-up with six points. Chile where eliminated in round of 16 against the same team who eliminated them in last tournament, Brazil, but this time, Brazil advanced to the quarter-finals by winning on penalty shootout.
2015 Copa América
At the 2015 Copa América, held in Chile, Medel scored during a 5–0 defeat of Boliva which ensured that La Roja would progress to the knockout stage as Group A winners. In the semi-final against Peru, he scored an own goal from Luis Advíncula's cross to equalise, but Chile advanced to the final 2–1. In the final against Argentina, Medel played as a starter and helped the team to win the trophy from penalty kicks, after the regular time ended in a goalless draw. Medel become the fourth most capped player with 80 matches, equaling his defence partner Gonzalo Jara. That was Medel's first major trophy with Chile. During the celebration, Medel performed an explicit mouth to mouth kiss with his son, which was repelling to the vast audience.
- As of 26 June 2015
|Universidad Católica||2008||Primera División||28||4||0||0||0||0||28||4|
|Boca Juniors||2009–10||Primera División||29||7||0||0||2[b]||0||31||7|
|Cardiff City||2013–14||Premier League||34||0||1||0||—||35||0|
|Inter Milan||2014–15||Serie A||35||0||2||0||7[d]||0||44||0|
Scores and results list Chile's goal tally first
|1.||15 June 2008||Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia||Bolivia||1–0||2–0||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||29 May 2009||Fukuda Denshi Arena, Chiba, Japan||Belgium||1–1||1–1||2009 Kirin Cup|
|4.||11 October 2011||Estadio Monumental, Santiago, Chile||Peru||3–0||4–2||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5.||15 October 2013||Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago, Chile||Ecuador||2–0||2–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6.||10 October 2014||Estadio Elías Figueroa, Valparaíso, Chile||Peru||2–0||3–0||Friendly|
|7.||19 June 2015||Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago, Chile||Bolivia||4–0||5–0||2015 Copa América|
- Chilean Footballer of the Year: 2008
- Universidad Católica Footballer of the year: 2008
- Team of Copa Libertadores : 2008
- Team of year in South America: 2009
- Copa América Team of the Tournament: 2015
- F.C. Inter Player Profiles: Gary Medel
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- "Un Pitbull Matador [A Killer Pitbull]". Olé. 25 March 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
- "Boca derrota a River en la despedida de Gary Medel [Boca defeat River in Gary Medel's farewell]". La Tercera. 23 January 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
- "El Sevilla ficha de una tacada a Medel y Rakitic [Sevilla sign Medel and Rakitic for peanuts]". Marca (in Spanish). 28 January 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
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- "Gary Medel fue clave en sufrido empate de Sevilla ante FC Barcelona [Gary Medel was key in getting Sevilla a draw against FC Barcelona]". Diario Cooperativo (in Spanish). 13 March 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
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- Denham, Mark. "The Bluebirds break their transfer record for a third time this summer". Newspaper. Retrieved 10 August 2013.
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- "Cardiff City 'crazy' to accept £10m Inter Milan fee for Medel - Blake". BBC Sport. 10 August 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
- "Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Cardiff City had 'fair price' for Gary Medel". BBC Sport. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
- "Torino 0-0 Inter: Vidic sees red as Mazzarri's men are held". Goal.com. 31 August 2014. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
- McNeice, Angus (3 June 2014). "Meet Chile's 'Pitbull' -- hard-tackling midfielder Gary Medel". ESPN. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
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- International Round-Up
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- "Taxi for tiki-taka! Spain become the fifth World Cup holders to crash out in the group stage after Brazil, France and Italy (twice)". Daily Mail. 18 June 2014.
- "Netherlands 2 Chile 0". BBC Sport. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
- "Brazil progress as Chile pay penalty". ESPN. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
- "Brazil 1 Chile 1 (Brazil win 3-2 on penalties)". BBC Sport. 28 June 2014.
- "Brazil through as Chile pay the penalty". FIFA.com (Fédération Internationale de Football Association). Retrieved 28 June 2014.
- "Chile 5-0 Bolivia". BBC. 19 June 2015.
- "Vargas double takes hosts Chile into Copa América final". The Guardian. Reuters. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
- "Argentina 0-0 Chile (1-4 on pens)". CNN.com. 5 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
- "Copa America 2015: Chile wins first major honor after shootout drama". CNN.com. 5 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
- Gary Medel profile at Soccerway
- "Gary Medel". National Football Teams. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
- "Chile's long wait for Copa América glory over as Argentina pay the penalty". 2015 Copa América. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
- nacion.cl - Gary Medel fue elegido el mejor futbolista del año
- Gary Medel fue el mejor del 2008. Fuente: lacatolica.cl Consultado el 14 de enero de 2010.
- Portal de Registro y Autentificación El Mercurio
- Gary Medel también está en el 'equipo ideal' de América | FÚTBOL | latercera.com
- "Copa América 2015 - Team of the tournament". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
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