Gary Medel

Squad No. 17
Date of Birth August 3, 1987
Age 35
Height 171cm
Position Midfielder
Birthplace Conchalí
Previous Clubs Besiktas

Gary Alexis Medel Soto (born 3 August 1987) is a Chilean professional footballer who plays for Italian club Bologna and the Chile national team as a centre-back and a defensive midfielder.

Medel has played club football with several teams in numerous countries, starting out with Chilean side Universidad Católica, and later playing for Argentine side Boca Juniors, Spanish side Sevilla, Premier League side Cardiff City, and Italian side Inter Milan, before moving to Beşiktaş in Turkey in 2017. He then moved back to Italy and joined Bologna in 2019.

A full international with over 120 caps since 2007 for the Chile national team, Medel has represented the nation at two FIFA World Cups, four Copa América tournaments, and one edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup. He was part of the squad that won the 2015 Copa América (where he was named in the Team of the tournament) and the Copa América Centenario. He was also included in the squads that finished fourth at the 2019 Copa América, and were runners-up at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

On 29 August 2019, Medel signed a three-year contract with Serie A club Bologna for a reported fee of €2.5 million. He debuted for Bologna against rivals SPAL on 30 August 2019.