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Gary Medel | Midfielder

Team: Cardiff City
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 159

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Chile XI: Bravo, Mena, Isla, Silva, Sanchez, Vidal, Vargas, Medel, Jara, Aranguiz, Dias
Chile have been a pleasure to watch in this tournament as they have perhaps shown more growth in recent years than any other country. It is a tough draw for them in the Round of 16, having to face hosts Brazil, but they look organized and determined enough to present problems for any opponent. Gary Medel was questionable leading into this one and Arturo Vidal is still not fully fit, but both are starting. This team would all play on one leg right now, we should be in for a great match here. Sat, Jun 28, 2014 11:15:00 AM

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Chile could not find the net against the Dutch and would eventually concede late on to lose their final group match 2-0, though they are still through to the knockout stage.

Chile wrapped Arturo Vidal in plastic and thankfully finish out their group phase without injury in a match they could afford to lose. What it does create is the task of facing the winners of Group A, who in all likelihood will be hosts Brazil. Gary Medel was instrumental yet again, seemingly getting a touch or twelve during every possession.
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 02:06:00 PM

Chile XI: Bravo, Mena, Isla, Silva, Sanchez, Vargas, Gutierrez, Medel, Jara, Aranguiz, Diaz

Even though the Chileans have incentive to win here to top the group, it is not enough apparently to warrant trotting out their leader Arturo Vidal, and it is probably a wise decision. Medel and Gonzalo Jara keep their places along with eight others.
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 11:13:00 AM

Chile put the nail in the coffin of defending champions while simultaneously punching a ticket to the Round of 16 with a 0-2 win over Spain.

Chileans were licking their chops for a crack at a Spain side that were still licking their wounds, so much so that Chilean fans were breaking down walls to get in and see it. Gary Medel once again played center back and was part of a stone wall that Spain could not penetrate. Chile now advance along with The Netherlands to the knockout stage, with a head to head matchup left to play to determine their seedings.
Wed, Jun 18, 2014 05:11:00 PM

Chile XI: Bravo, Mena, Isla, Silva, Sanchez, Vidal, Vargas, Medel, Jara, Aranguiz, Dias

Medel once again starts as does Arturo Vidal who will try to make it past the hour mark after looking noticeably spent by that point against Australia.
Wed, Jun 18, 2014 01:55:00 PM

Chile XI:Bravo (c), Mena, Isla, Sanchez, Vidal, Valdivia, Vargas, Medel, Jara, Aranguiz, Diaz

Cardiff's Gary Medel starts for the Chileans as expected but the best news out of their camp is that their star player Arturo Vidal, who was an injury worry, is fit enough to start against Australia.
Fri, Jun 13, 2014 05:07:00 PM

With their top flight status on the line, Cardiff City were hit with a poorly timed illness in their clubhouse, which is why Gary Medel, Kevin Theophile-Catherine and Mats Moller Daehli did not make the squad in their loss to Newcastle United.

Medel's absence was felt most as a Newcastle side who had been struggling for goals found three on the afternoon without the physical Chilean in midfield to stop them. Still, had Cardiff one, they would only have the slightest of mathematical chances of survival given Sunderland's win and Norwich's draw. With a full week to recover, all three Bluebirds under the weather figure to be available again for their final match before relegation.
Source: Wales Online
Mon, May 5, 2014 03:16:00 PM

Gary Medel will be sidelined for a few weeks after scans revealed he suffered a muscle tear during Cardiff City's FA Cup match with Wigan Athletic last weekend.

This is a tough blow for Cardiff. While the Chilean international's presence as a bulldog in central midfield would obviously be missed in any contest, the timing is especially worse as the Bluebirds have two of their best chances to pick up points in the next three games, hosting Hull City and Fulham. Anything less than four points from those two games would further cement their fate of relegation. It also takes a major hit to their clean sheet chances, making budget options in the Cardiff defense less appealing as long as he is out.
Source: Wales Online
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 06:32:00 PM

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the new manager for Cardiff City.

Vincent Tan had been courting Solskjaer the moment he ousted Malky Mackay, perhaps even earlier, and the controversial owner got his wish. Solksjaer arrives to Cardiff from Norwegian club Molde, whom he guided to two league titles and a cup win. The former Manchester United striker has already been informed by Tan that he "will be given significant funds" with which to improve the squad during the January window. How the relationship between Tan, Solksjaer and Cardiff supporters plays out over the next few months will, if nothing else, make for interesting theatre.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Jan 3, 2014 02:51:00 PM

Gary Medel has been at the center of a tough Cardiff City defense this season but their record signing was substituted after 60 minutes and his teammates couldn't keep Arsenal out without him in a late 2-0 loss.

Medel's day was full of talking points as he saw a yellow card, was suspected of an early penalty on Jack Wilshere, was at the center of a tough defending effort, and was substituted with mention of a possible back issue after 60 minutes. Whether the substitution was tactical (Medel was on a yellow card) or for injury, Arsenal kept the pressure on after he came off and eventually broke through in the final minutes with goals from Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott for the final 2-0 margin.
Wed, Jan 1, 2014 03:24:00 PM

Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan revealed in a recent board meeting with directors that he wants to pursue players in the transfer window that have the number "8" in their birth date.

As a precautionary measure, please abstain from scratching your head as soon as possible lest you hit bone. Cardiff supporters must be livid with this report in what is quickly becoming the most entertaining off-the-pitch reality show for everyone else watching. In Tan's native country of Malaysia, the number is considered lucky and he feels it would bring good fortune to the club. How does this translate for fantasy purposes? Your guess is as good as mine, but some stories are just too good to ignore.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 07:23:00 PM

Gary Medel should give Cardiff City some serious bite in their debut Premier League season but fantasy managers should avoid him like the plague.

In the real world, Medel will provide an intimidating presence for attackers looking to open up Malky Mackay's defense. In the fantasy world, even Medel's own mother wouldn't likely start him given his propensity to pick up yellow cards. Holding midfielders are rarely great buys in fantasy games and Medel will likely add to that trend.
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 10:01:00 AM