Arturo Vidal – A New Warrior For Bayern

Arturo Vidal – A New Warrior For Bayern

Bastian Schweinsteiger’s transfer from Bayern Munich to Manchester United has set shockwaves throughout the football world, as one of the greatest legends of German football has decided to leave his boyhood club in order to start a new adventure in England. Now Bayern are poised to replace Schweinsteiger with the Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal. Arturo Vidal had a stand-out season with Juventus Turin last season, where he won both the Italian Cup, and the Italian championship. Furthermore, Vidal was a major part of Juventus’ run to the Champions League final, although Juventus lost that game to FC Barcelona. Vidal’s exceptional performance this season is underlined by his statistics as he scored seven goals in 28 Serie A games, and his performance for Juventus in Italy earned him a score of 7.34 at Whoscored.com. Vidal also had a strong Champions League campaign were his average rating was 7.30 in 12 games for Juventus. Even more impressive, however, is the fact that Vidal was also an integral part of Chile’s title winning performance at this year’s Copa América. At the tournament Vidal scored three goals in six games, and achieved an average rating of 7.68. Like Schweinsteiger, Vidal is considered a box-to-box midfielder---someone who can assist his teammates both in offensive and defensive situations---and his tenacious play and versatility have earned him, not only the nickname “Warrior” but also have led to his ranking by Bloomberg as the eleventh best player in Europe in 2013. Since moving from Bayer Leverkusen to Juventus, Vidal’s transfer value, according to Transfermarkt.de, has skyrocketed from €20 million to €42 million. Vidal was close to signing for Bayern Munich as far back as 2011, but Bayer Leverkusen was unwilling to let both their head coach Jupp Heynckes, and their star player go to Bayern Munich. Instead Bayer took less money from Juventus in order to avoid selling Vidal to their league rival. It now appears that Bayern have finally landed their man, as they have already come to terms with Arturo Vidal’s powerful agent Fernando Felicevich over Vidal’s financial terms at Bayern---where it is reported that Vidal is going to earn €6.5 million a year. But, while there is little doubt that Vidal has the potential to replace Schweinsteiger on the pitch, the question remains as to whether Vidal can also replace a personality like Bastian Schweinsteiger, who off the pitch was often called a football god by Bayern fans. Here major doubts prevail as Vidal has a history of poor self-discipline. In December 2011 he and four other players, Carlos Carmona, Jorge Valdivia, Jean Beausejour and Gonzalo Jara were suspended for 10 games following an incident in Uruguay. All five had returned late, and drunk, to the team hotel of the Chilean national team before an important World Cup qualification match against Uruguay. Another major incident followed at this year’s Copa América where the captain of the national team crashed his Ferrari while driving under the influence of alcohol. After the accident, Vidal gave a tearful press conference in which he issued the following statement: “The only thing left for me to do is to apologise and take advantage of this opportunity [to remain on the team] that I’ve been given and counts for something. I want to apologise to my wife, to my team-mates, to the technical staff, to the whole country. I let everyone down.” Even though Vidal redeemed himself on the pitch by helping his country win the Copa América, and despite his strong performance last season, Vidal will be expected to do more than play outstanding soccer. It is also hoped he will live up to the example of Schweinsteiger’s personality. By Manuel Veth -

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Bastian Schweinsteiger’s transfer from Bayern Munich to Manchester United has set shockwaves throughout the football world, as one of the greatest legends of German football has decided to leave his boyhood club in order to start a new adventure in England. Now Bayern are poised to replace Schweinsteiger with the Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal.

Arturo Vidal had a stand-out season with Juventus Turin last season, where he won both the Italian Cup, and the Italian championship. Furthermore, Vidal was a major part of Juventus’ run to the Champions League final, although Juventus lost that game to FC Barcelona.

Vidal’s exceptional performance this season is underlined by his statistics as he scored seven goals in 28 Serie A games, and his performance for Juventus in Italy earned him a score of 7.34 at Whoscored.com. Vidal also had a strong Champions League campaign were his average rating was 7.30 in 12 games for Juventus.

Even more impressive, however, is the fact that Vidal was also an integral part of Chile’s title winning performance at this year’s Copa América. At the tournament Vidal scored three goals in six games, and achieved an average rating of 7.68.

Like Schweinsteiger, Vidal is considered a box-to-box midfielder—someone who can assist his teammates both in offensive and defensive situations—and his tenacious play and versatility have earned him, not only the nickname “Warrior” but also have led to his ranking by Bloomberg as the eleventh best player in Europe in 2013. Since moving from Bayer Leverkusen to Juventus, Vidal’s transfer value, according to Transfermarkt.de, has skyrocketed from €20 million to €42 million.

Vidal was close to signing for Bayern Munich as far back as 2011, but Bayer Leverkusen was unwilling to let both their head coach Jupp Heynckes, and their star player go to Bayern Munich. Instead Bayer took less money from Juventus in order to avoid selling Vidal to their league rival.

It now appears that Bayern have finally landed their man, as they have already come to terms with Arturo Vidal’s powerful agent Fernando Felicevich over Vidal’s financial terms at Bayern—where it is reported that Vidal is going to earn €6.5 million a year.

But, while there is little doubt that Vidal has the potential to replace Schweinsteiger on the pitch, the question remains as to whether Vidal can also replace a personality like Bastian Schweinsteiger, who off the pitch was often called a football god by Bayern fans. Here major doubts prevail as Vidal has a history of poor self-discipline. In December 2011 he and four other players, Carlos Carmona, Jorge Valdivia, Jean Beausejour and Gonzalo Jara were suspended for 10 games following an incident in Uruguay. All five had returned late, and drunk, to the team hotel of the Chilean national team before an important World Cup qualification match against Uruguay.

Another major incident followed at this year’s Copa América where the captain of the national team crashed his Ferrari while driving under the influence of alcohol. After the accident, Vidal gave a tearful press conference in which he issued the following statement: “The only thing left for me to do is to apologise and take advantage of this opportunity [to remain on the team] that I’ve been given and counts for something. I want to apologise to my wife, to my team-mates, to the technical staff, to the whole country. I let everyone down.”

Even though Vidal redeemed himself on the pitch by helping his country win the Copa América, and despite his strong performance last season, Vidal will be expected to do more than play outstanding soccer. It is also hoped he will live up to the example of Schweinsteiger’s personality.

By Manuel Veth –

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