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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.
Jun 28 - 11:15 AM

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.
Jun 23 - 2:06 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.
Jun 23 - 11:13 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.
Jun 18 - 5:11 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.
Jun 18 - 1:55 PM

Russia drew South Korea 1-1 in what was a fairly poor match for both sides.

Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev had a few dropped shots and shaky rebounds early in the game but a second half error cost his team. Akinfeev tried to catch a long, semi-powerful shot and ended up dropping it into his own goal. The Russian rebounded and were able to score through substitute Alexander Kerzhakov. Kerzhakov played well and should start the next match if Russia want to have a chance of beating anyone.
Source: FIFA
Jun 17 - 8:14 PM

Russia Starting XI: Akinfeev, Ignashevich, Glushakov, Kokorin, Berezutskiy, Shatov, Zhirkov, Samedov, Fayzulin, Eshchenko, Kombarov.

Russia's team is full of players in the Russian Premier League and they are somewhat of an unknown in this tournament. They have a few great attacking players and will hope to outscore their opponents.
Jun 17 - 5:08 PM

Korea Republic Starting XI: Jung; Yun, Kim, Son, Park, Y. Lee, Koo, Han, Ki, C. Lee, Hong

Korea starts a young team that hasn't performed well in recent weeks. They'll be relying on Heung-Min Son for goals and creativity in an attempt to sneak into the next round.
Jun 17 - 5:06 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.
Jun 13 - 5:07 PM

Arsenal have reportedly offered relegated Cardiff City £6m for goalkeeper David Marshall which the club have rejected.

Arsenal are in need of a reserve goalkeeper who can push Wojciech Szczesny and play significant minutes in the Premier League should Szczesny be injured, suspended, or fail to continue his maturation. It is hard to judge goalkeepers who play for bad teams because they face so many great scoring opportunities but Marshall kept Cardiff City in matches they had no business being close in. This is likely to give a club a strong reason to believe that Marshall would be a strong number two playing behind the likes of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

Reports indicate that Arsenal are interested in relegated Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall as a replacement for out-of-contract Lukasz Fabianski.

With Wojciech Szczesny seemingly entrenched as the #1 at Arsenal and #2 Lukasz Fabianski out of contract and in demand after a successful FA Cup run Arsenal are in the market for a second choice goalkeeper. David Marshall played above the level of his team on a number of occasions and this might be the 29-year old's best chance to play on a bigger stage. He will have to decide if he is more interested in being the #1 for a mid-table team in need of a new goalkeeper or if he would be satisfied as a reserve on a Champions League squad. Tough call but he'd be a great veteran option for Arsenal if they do land him.
May 22 - 9:49 AM

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
May 5 - 3:16 PM

Cardiff City had to beat Sunderland in order to have a reasonable chance of avoiding relegation, but the Blubirds were completely hammered by the upstart Black Cats in a 4-0 loss.

It may not be the final nail, but Cardiff's coffin does not have much breathing room left, and after their performance today, it is difficult to defend their worth in remaining a top flight club. Sunderland bossed the game from start to finish and once the opening goal was scored in the 26th minute, it never felt like Cardiff were up to keeping the pace. Juan Cala, who was the hero with his goal at Southampton was more the goat today after a crucial error found him dispossessed by Connor Wickham, which led to Cala holding up the Sunderland striker, enough for the referee to send him off. Cardiff face Newcastle next week and will cross their fingers clubs above them slip up.
Apr 27 - 9:21 AM

Peter Whittingham converted an early second half penalty to earn Cardiff City a 1-1 draw with Stoke City in Week 35 action on Saturday.

With a shocking 43% of possession against a Stoke team that is notorious for not winning the possession battle, the penalty was Cardiff's best form of attack and in the 51st minute, Frazier Campbell successfully drew a penalty from Steven N'Zonzi. Peter Whittingham converted the spot kick and gave Cardiff City a hard-earned point. The problem is that time is running short and a single point really didn't move Cardiff City much closer to their goal of getting out of the relegation zone. With Norwich City and West Brom within striking distance, they needed three points at home. They still have a fighter's chance given Norwich's brutal upcoming schedule but they aren't making it easy on themselves.
Apr 19 - 12:03 PM

Cala scored a fantastic goal to give Cardiff City three points and hope of exiting the relegation zone.

Cala's goal was enough for a 1-0 away win over Southampton and the Bluebirds now believe they have enough to stay in the Premier League. Southampton dominated the game for the first hour but Cala's goal changed the momentum and turned out to be the critical point of the match. The Bluebirds are now only three points behind Norwich, certainly within striking distance with four matches left. With nothing to play for, Southampton looked slow after the goal and failed to put much pressure on Cardiff. They seemed to miss Jay Rodriguez, who is out for the season a torn ACL.
Source: Sky Sports
Apr 12 - 12:20 PM



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