Cristián Cuevas

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For the Peruvian footballer, see Christian Cueva.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Cuevas and the second or maternal family name is Jara.
Cristian Cuevas
Personal information
Full name Cristián Alejandro Cuevas Jara
Date of birth (1995-04-02) 2 April 1995 (age 19)
Place of birth Rancagua, Chile
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Left winger / Left back
Club information
Current team
Universidad de Chile
Number 15
Youth career
2007–2012 O'Higgins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 O'Higgins 10 (0)
2013– Chelsea 0 (0)
2013–2014 Vitesse (loan) 0 (0)
2014 FC Eindhoven (loan) 15 (1)
2014– U. de Chile (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2012– Chile U20 15 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 January 2015

Cristián Alejandro Cuevas Jara (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkristjan ˈkweβas], born 2 April 1995) is a Chilean footballer who currently plays for Chilean Primera División club Universidad de Chile on loan from Chelsea. Cuevas plays primarily as a left-back but can also operate as a left-winger.[1]

He plays for the Chile national under-20 team and has been picked to play in the South American Youth Championship. He competed in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey helping Chile going all the way into the Quarter- finals.

Club career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Fuentes started his career at Primera División de Chile club O'Higgins. He progressed from the club's youth level all the way to the senior team.


Cuevas began his career at O'Higgins with the club's youth team as a midfielder. He broke into the first team in May 2011, making his first competitive appearance on 8 May in a 5–1 loss against Colo-Colo.[2] Cuevas has continued to appear since, particularly in the Copa Chile.


In November 2012, it was reported that Cuevas had held a successful trial with Premier League club Chelsea following a number of good performances for the Chilean Under 20s team.[3] The deal was officially completed on 23 July 2013 and Cuevas signed a contract until 2018 with Chelsea.[4]

Loan to Vitesse[edit]

Shortly after signing for Chelsea, Cuevas was sent on a season long loan to the Eredivisie club Vitesse.[5] There he linked up with fellow Chelsea loanees Patrick van Aanholt, Gaël Kakuta, Lucas Piazón, Sam Hutchinson and Christian Atsu.

Loan to FC Eindhoven[edit]

On 7 February 2014, it was announced that Cuevas would spend the rest of the season on loan with FC Eindhoven in the Dutch Eerste Divisie.[6]

International career[edit]

He was part of the Chile national under-20 football team, who played the 2013 South American Youth Championship in Argentina and joined the first team for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup based in Turkey, where they reached the quarter-finals .

Cuevas was also included in Chile's squad for the 2015 South American Youth Football Championship in Uruguay.


  1. ^ "CRISTIAN CUEVAS". 7 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Colo-Colo 5–1 O'Higgins". La Tercera. 13 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Jugador se prueba en Chelsea: "No hay uno en Chile como él"". Terra Chile. 30 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "BLUES SEAL CUEVAS SIGNING". 23 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "VITESSE HUURT CRISTIÁN CUEVAS". 7 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Chelsea stalt jonge linksback bij FC Eindhoven". Voetbalprimeur. 7 February 2014. 

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