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Gary Medel
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Personal information
Full name Gary Alexis Medel Soto
Date of birth August 3, 1987 (1987-08-03) (age 22)
Place of birth    Santiago, Chile
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder, Defender
Club information
Current club Boca Juniors
Number 8
Youth career
1997-2005 Universidad Católica
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2006-2009
2009-
Universidad Católica
Boca Juniors
80 (12)
12 0(3)   
National team2
2007-present Chile 21 0(3)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 23:06, 4 October 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of June 15, 2008.
* Appearances (Goals)

Gary Alexis Medel Soto (born 3 August 1987) is a Chilean football player who plays as a Defensive Midfielder for Boca Juniors in Argentina.

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Career

Medel is a versatile defensive midfield and defender who plays for Boca Juniors in Argentina, and a regular on the national team. He is known for the intensity with which he pursues the ball (earning him the nickname "Pit Bull" and "Chilean Gattuso") and his skill going forward.

Gary Medel came up in the Universidad Católica youth system and made his professional debut in 2006. He was also a key player in Chile's successful U-20 side that captured 3d place at the U-20 World Cup in Canada, where he began to catch the attention of scouts alongside other standout players such as Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sánchez, and Mauricio Isla.

He scored his first goal on the 28 July, 2007 and won the hearts of Católica followers after a game against eternal rivals Universidad de Chile in which Medel scored both of his teams goals and sealed the victory. He has suffered from a series of issues (including a suspension for spitting at an opposing player[1] a serious car accident[2], and the unfortunate death of a young woman who fell out of his balcony during a party[3] among others[4]) have interfered with his career.

In 2008 Medel was awarded the Player of the Year award by the Chilean press (ahead of Argentine striker Lucas Barrios) and managed to earn a regular spot in Marcelo Bielsa's starting 11 for the national team.

On July 20, 2009 it was confirmed that Universidad Católica and Boca Juniors agreed on a loan deal for the player. Medel was officially presented 3 days later. he was also included in the 2009 americas ideal team

International

Under coach Jose Sulantay, Gary Medel was a key player in Chile's U20 team that captured 3rd place at the U20 World Cup in Canada.

Gary Medel also participated for Chile's U-23 side at the Toulon Tournament where he was part of the team which lost 1-0 in the final game against Italy. After this Marcelo Bielsa began calling on him for full international duty.

Despite being nominated in various occasions prior, Medel made his full international debut in a World Cup Qualifying game against Bolivia in difficult La Paz, where he not only shone as a right defender (backline of 3) but also scored both goals to give Chile an important 2-0 victory. The first goal was particularly impressive in that it came from a 'chilena', or overhead bicycle kick.

He has started every national team game that he has been healthy for since, usually being chosen as a right defender over such alternatives as Arturo Vidal (Bayer Leverkusen) and Mauricio Isla (Udinese).

He played in the 1-0 victory against Argentina in a 2010 World Cup qualifier, where he received a standing ovation upon his substitution.

International Goals

Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
15 June 2008 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia  Bolivia 0–1 0–2 FIFA World Cup qualifier
15 June 2008 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia  Bolivia 0–2 0–2 FIFA World Cup qualifier
29 May 2009 Fukuda Denshi Arena, Fukuda Denshi Arena, Japan  Belgium 1–1 1–1 Kirin Cup

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