Eduardo Vargas

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Vargas and the second or maternal family name is Rojas.
Eduardo Vargas
Spain - Chile - 10-09-2013 - Geneva - E. Vargas.jpg
Vargas playing for Chile in a friendly against Spain in 2013
Personal information
Full name Eduardo Jesús Vargas Rojas
Date of birth (1989-11-20) 20 November 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Queens Park Rangers
(on loan from Napoli)
Number 24
Youth career
2006 Cobreloa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Cobreloa 49 (10)
2010–2012 Universidad de Chile 54 (19)
2012– Napoli 19 (3)
2013 Grêmio (loan) 17 (6)
2014 Valencia (loan) 17 (3)
2014– Queens Park Rangers (loan) 10 (1)
National team
2009 Chile U20 6 (4)
2010– Chile 39 (18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 November 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2014

Eduardo Jesús Vargas Rojas (Spanish pronunciation: [eˈðwarðo ˈβaɾɣas]; born 20 November 1989) is a Chilean footballer signed by Queens Park Rangers on loan from Napoli. Mainly a forward, he can also play as a winger.

Vargas is also a Chilean international, representing La Roja at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Vargas started playing in amateurs teams in Renca, Santiago, but he didn't participate in other youth team, because he lived very far away from any club of greater Santiago. In 2006, he continued playing in an amateur third division team, where he participated in a tournament played in Puerto Montt. He was the top scorer of his team.

Later, Osvaldo Hurtado contacted Vargas with Jorge Aravena (In this moment coach of Cobreloa), where he was submitted to several evaluations. Finally he was incorporated to Cobreloa squad in 2006.

He participated in Cobreloa B, third Division team, scoring with the team, against Universidad Arturo Prat on 7 August 2006, after he scored another goal against San Marcos de Arica on 28 August 2006.

Universidad de Chile[edit]

Vargas and Gustavo Canales kicking off for Universidad de Chile against CD Huachipato in November 2011

In January 2010, Club Universidad de Chile signed the winger from Cobreloa for around $700,000. His high calibre performances in the Chilean Championship and the 2011 Copa Sudamericana reportedly piqued the interest of several prominent European clubs, including Internazionale and Chelsea.[1]

In November 2011, he was chosen as a candidate for South American Footballer of the Year,[2] eventually placing as runner-up to Neymar, and in December he was named as Chilean Footballer of the Year for 2011.

In December 2011, Vargas scored in both legs of the 2011 Copa Sudamericana Final. His goal in the first leg gave Universidad a 1–0 lead against their Ecuadorian opposition LDU Quito. In the second leg, he scored the third and 87th minutes of a 3–0 victory in Santiago, helping "La U" achieve its first international title. He ended the competition as its top goalscorer with 11 goals and was elected the best player of the tournament.[3]

As well as securing the Sudamericana title, Vargas's goals helped Universidad to win a double of the Apertura and Clausura league championships during the 2011 season. Altogether, he scored 25 goals and provided 11 assists in 44 matches.[4]

Napoli[edit]

Italian Serie A club Napoli purchased the player's services for around $17.9 million (£11.5 million).[5] On 23 December 2011, S.S.C. Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis, announced that Vargas would arrive at the club. "I would like to inform you officially that we purchased Vargas, a few minutes ago I received a call from Dr. De Nicola, who visited the footballer and gave his ok under medical and athletic profile. We signed the contract and we also won the competition by strong Club who wanted the player. This is the testimony that our observatory is always open and we are continuously looking for young talents in the world that can make the case of Napoli and for the growth of our team".[6] Vargas arrived at Napoli on 6 January 2012 and signed on 9 January.[7] He made his debut in a 2–1 Coppa Italia defeat of Cesena at the Stadio San Paolo on 12 January.[8]

On 20 May 2012, was a non-playing substitute as Napoli defeated Juventus in the 2012 Coppa Italia Final at the Stadio Olimpico.

On 20 September 2012, in the first match of Napoli's UEFA Europa League campaign, Vargas scored three goals in a 4–0 victory against AIK Fotboll. This was the first time that a Chilean player scored a hat-trick in a continental competition in Europe.

Grêmio (loan)[edit]

On 17 January 2013, Vargas agreed to go on loan to Brazilian side Grêmio.[9] He made his first appearance six days later in a Copa Libertadores match against LDU Quito. He scored his first goal on February 21 against Fluminense in the Copa Libertadores. On March 31, he scored his first goal in the Campeonato Gaúcho, converting a penalty at the Arena do Grêmio in a 1–1 draw with Passo Fundo.

Valencia (loan)[edit]

On 23 January 2014, Vargas joined La Liga club Valencia on loan for the rest of the 2013-14 season.[10] Vargas played his first official match for Los Che in a 3–2 away win at Camp Nou against champions FC Barcelona on 1 February 2014. He scored his first La Liga goal against Real Betis, in a 5–0 home win.[11]

Vargas recorded two goals and three assists in eight appearances as Valencia reached the semi-finals of the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League.[12]

Queens Park Rangers (loan)[edit]

On 21 August 2014, Vargas joined Queens Park Rangers on loan until the end of the 2014–2015 Premier League season.[13] He made his debut for the club on 14 September against Manchester United, replacing Charlie Austin for the last 31 minutes at Old Trafford.[14] On 19 October, against Liverpool at Loftus Road, Vargas replaced Bobby Zamora in the 78th minute of the match. He scored an equaliser in the 87th minute, receiving a cross from Austin, he acrobatically finished off a move he had started himself, but then Philippe Coutinho scored what looked to be the winner for Liverpool in the 90th minute. Although, less than a minute later, Vargas yet again equalised, heading in at the near post from a corner, making it 2-2. However, against the run of play, Liverpool grabbed a late winner in added time, as Raheem Sterling's cross inadvertedly deflected off of an unlucky Steven Caulker.[15]

International career[edit]

Vargas shaking hands with the Australian team before their group match at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

In 2008, Vargas participated in the Toulon Tournament, Milk Cup, where he was chosen as the tournament's best winger. He also took part in the Kupa Talents Cup, where he was awarded as the best player of the tournament.

Vargas was a regular in the U-20 National Team during the squad's friendly games prior to the 2009 South American Youth Championship. However, he did not make it to the tournament due to an injury.

He made his full international debut for Chile in 2009,[16] and scored his first goal in a 3–2 friendly defeat to Spain on 2 September 2011.[17]

On 12 October 2011, Vargas scored his first competitive international goal in a 4–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying win against Peru at the Estadio Monumental. He ended the campaign as Chile's top goalscorer with five goals.[16]

In September 2013, he broke the Chilean national team's record for goals in consecutive matches – previously held jointly by Marcelo Salas and Carlos Caszély – by scoring twice in a 2–2 friendly draw with Spain.[3] During 2013, he scored in six consecutive matches and nine times overall for La Roja.[3]

On 1 June 2014, Vargas was named in Chile's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.[18] In Chile's second group match against defending champions Spain at the Estádio do Maracanã, Vargas scored the team's opening goal as they eliminated Spain and secured qualification to the knockout stage.[19]

International goals[edit]

Score and Result lists Chile's goals first
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 2 September 2011 AFG Arena, St. Gallen, Switzerland  Spain 2–0 2–3 Friendly
2. 12 October 2011 Estadio Monumental, Santiago, Chile  Peru 2–0 4–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3. 6 February 2013 Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain  Egypt 1–0 2–1 Friendly
4. 26 March 2013 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile  Uruguay 2–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
5. 23 April 2013 Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil  Brazil 2–2 2–2 Friendly
6. 7 June 2013 Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay  Paraguay 1–0 2–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
7. 11 June 2013 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile  Bolivia 1–0 3–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
8. 6 September 2013 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile  Venezuela 1–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
9. 10 September 2013 Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland  Spain 1–0 2–2 Friendly
10. 2–1
11. 19 November 2013 Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada  Brazil 1–1 1–2 Friendly
12. 30 May 2014 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile  Egypt 2–2 3–2 Friendly
13. 3–2
14. 4 June 2014 Estadio Elías Figueroa, Valparaíso, Chile  Northern Ireland 1–0 2–0 Friendly
15. 18 June 2014 Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  Spain 1–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup
16. 10 October 2014 Estadio Elías Figueroa, Valparaíso, Chile  Peru 1–0 3–0 Friendly
17. 3–0
18. 15 November 2014 Estadio CAP, Talcahuano, Chile  Venezuela 3–0 5–0 Friendly

Club statistics[edit]

As of 8 November 2014
Club Season League Continental Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cobreloa Clausura 2006 3 0 - - - - 3 0
Apertura 2007 4 0 - - - - 4 0
Clausura 2007 1 0 - - - - 1 0
Apertura 2008 12 1 - - - - 12 1
Clausura 2008 9 3 - - - - 9 3
Apertura 2009 10 2 - - - - 10 2
Clausura 2009 14 4 2 1 - - 16 5
Total 53 10 2 1 - - 55 11
Universidad de Chile Torneo 2010 18 1 10 2 0 0 28 3
Apertura 2011 21 10 - - - - 21 10
Clausura 2011 15 7 12 11 2 1 29 19
Total 54 18 22 13 2 1 78 32
Napoli 2011–12 10 0 1 0 2 0 13 0
2012–13 9 0 6 3 0 0 15 3
Total 19 0 7 3 2 0 28 3
Grêmio (loan) 2013 24 7 10 2 3 0 37 9
Valencia (loan) 2013–14 17 3 8 2 0 0 25 5
QPR (loan) 2014-15 7 1 - - 0 0 7 1
Career total 174 39 49 21 7 1 230 61

National team[edit]

Chile national team
Year Apps Goals
2010 3 0
2011 6 2
2012 6 0
2013 12 9
2014 10 7
Total 37 18

Career totals[edit]

Professional career totals
Teams Appearances Goals Goals per game
Clubs 0230 061 0.27
Chile U-20 05 03 0.6
National team 037 018 0.49
Total 0260 078 0.3

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Universidad de Chile
Napoli

National Team[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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