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Arturo Vidal

Arturo Erasmo Vidal Pardo (born 22 May 1987) is a Chilean Association football who plays as Midfielder Defensive midfielder for Juventus F.C. and Chile national football team. Although usually deployed as a defensive midfielder, Vidal is a versatile box-to-box midfielder capable of playing in a more attacking role as well. Arturo Vidal potential was discovered by Arturo Vidal uncle and Arturo Vidal later joined the youth squads of local Primera División de Chile giants Colo-Colo.

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Arturo Vidal biography


Arturo Erasmo Vidal Pardo (born 22 May 1987) is a Chilean Association football who plays as Midfielder Defensive midfielder for Juventus F.C. and Chile national football team. Although usually deployed as a defensive midfielder, Vidal is a versatile box-to-box midfielder capable of playing in a more attacking role as well. Arturo Vidal potential was discovered by Arturo Vidal uncle and Arturo Vidal later joined the youth squads of local Primera División de Chile giants Colo-Colo.

Club career

Colo-Colo

Vidal's professional debut came in the first leg of the 2006 Apertura Tournament final. The match was between Colo-Colo and arch rivals Club Universidad de Chile. Vidal came on as a late substitute for Gonzalo Fierro. Colo-Colo would go on to win the game 2–1 and win the championship as well. In the following season (2006 Clausura Tournament) Arturo Vidal became a more important part of the squad and would lead Colo-Colo to their second championship win in a row. Vidal scored three goals in Colo-Colo's Copa Sudamericana 2006 campaign. Arturo Vidal good showing caught the eye of scouts from various European clubs.

Bayer Leverkusen

The 2007 Chilean Primera División season Torneo Apertura was Vidal's last with Colo-Colo as Arturo Vidal left for Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the summer. Bayer had tracked Arturo Vidal progress for some time and Arturo Vidal good showing at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup that year convinced Bayer's Director of Football Rudi Völler to make the trip all the way to Chile in order to convince the twenty-year-old to sign. The two clubs then agreed on a fee of $11 million with Bayer Leverkusen paying $7.7 million for 70% ownership of Arturo Vidal contract. Arturo Vidal transfer broke the previous record of Matías Fernández's $9 million transfer to Villarreal C.F..

Vidal missed the first game of the season through injury but was soon thrust into the starting line-up and made Arturo Vidal debut on 19 August 2007 in the away loss against Hamburger SV. Arturo Vidal started in half the season's games and scored Arturo Vidal first goal for the club just three games into Arturo Vidal Bayer career. Arturo Vidal was ever present for the 2008–09 Fußball-Bundesliga and played a vital role in Bayer's run to the 2008–09 DFB-Pokal final. On 8 March, Arturo Vidal suffered a concussion during the game against VfL Bochum and was out for a month. Upon Arturo Vidal return, Arturo Vidal scored a goal to break the deadlock in the 4–1 semifinal win over 1. FSV Mainz 05 in the German Cup but Bayer eventually lost to SV Werder Bremen in the final.

The 2010-11 season would be Vidal's last with Bayer. Arturo Vidal helped the club to a runner-up finish in the Bundesliga and topped the assist charts for Arturo Vidal club with 11 assists, which was joint second in the league. Arturo Vidal also contributed 2 goals in their run to the Round of 16 of the 2010–11 UEFA Europa League.

Juventus

After a good 2010-11 season, Vidal was linked with various clubs, including Bayer's Bundesliga rivals FC Bayern Munich. On 22 July 2011, Arturo Vidal joined Serie A giants Juventus F.C. for €12.5 million on a 5-year contract. Arturo Vidal made Arturo Vidal competitive debut in the opening league game of the season against Parma F.C., coming on as a second-half substitute for Alessandro Del Piero; Arturo Vidal marked Arturo Vidal first appearance with a goal six minutes after Arturo Vidal introduction in Juventus' 4–1 win. Arturo Vidal has since become an integral part of Antonio Conte's midfield alongside Italy internationals Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio.

International career

Vidal represented Chile national football team at the Under-20 level at the 2007 South American Youth Championship in Paraguay where Arturo Vidal was the tournament's second top scorer with six goals. During the tournament Arturo Vidal played central midfield and helped the team to qualify for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup where Chile finished in third place with Vidal scoring two goals in the tournament, including the match winner against Portugal in the Round of 16. Vidal made Arturo Vidal senior debut in a friendly against Venezuela national football team where Chile won 1–0. Arturo Vidal became a regular under Marcelo Bielsa when fit during 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL), playing in 11 matches and scoring a goal. Arturo Vidal was then named in the final 23-man squad for the tournament.

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Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arturo_Vidal

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