|Full name||Eduardo Jesús Vargas Rojas|
|Date of birth||20 November 1989|
|Place of birth||Santiago, Chile|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Forward / Winger|
|Current club||Valencia (loan from Napoli)|
|2010–2012||Universidad de Chile||54||(17)|
|2013||→ Grêmio (loan)||22||(7)|
|2014||→ Valencia (loan)||4||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 February 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Eduardo Jesús Vargas Rojas (born 20 November 1989) is a Chilean footballer who plays in Spain for Valencia CF, on loan from Italian side S.S.C. Napoli. Mainly a forward he can also play as a right winger.
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.
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
In January 2010, Club Universidad de Chile signed the winger from Cobreloa for around $700.000. His high caliber performances in the Chilean Championship and the 2011 Copa Sudamericana have piqued the interest of several prominent European clubs, including Internazionale with manager Claudio Ranieri recently alluding to a January move for the forward.
In November 2011, he was chosen as a candidate for South American Footballer of the Year (finally, was only defeated by Neymar, and got the second position), and in December he was chosen Chilean Footballer of the Year 2011.
Eduardo Vargas scored twice in the Final of the 2011 Copa Sudamericana. He scored in the third minute and in the 87th. His two goals helped "La U" achieve its first international title, and he was elected the best player of the tournament. Also, Vargas is the top scorer of the Copa Sudamericana's history with 11 goals.
Napoli finally purchased the player's services for around $17.9 million (£11.5 million). On 23 December 2011, S.S.C. Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis, announced that Vargas would finally 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". Vargas arrived at Napoli on 6 January 2012 and signed on 9 January. On 20 September 2012, the first match of Napoli's 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.
On 17 January 2013, Vargas agreed to go on loan to Brazilian side Grêmio. He made his first appearance six days later in a Copa Libertadores match against Ecuadorian side 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. The game finished 1-1.
On 23 January 2014, Vargas joined La Liga club Valencia on loan for the rest of the 2013-2014 season. Vargas played his first official match for Valencia against FC Barcelona on 1 February 2014, at a 3-2 away win. He scored his first La Liga goal against Real Betis, in a 5–0 home win.
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.
- Score and Result lists Chile's goals first
|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|
|11.||19 November 2013||Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada||Brazil||1–1||1–2||Friendly|
- As of 9 February 2014
|Universidad de Chile||Torneo 2010||18||1||10||2||0||0||—||28||3|
|Chile national team|
|Professional career totals|
|Teams||Appearances||Goals||Goals per game|
- Toulon Tournament (1): 2009
- Top Scorer Copa Sudamericana (1): 2011
- Best Player Copa Sudamericana (1): 2011
- Best Player Chilean Primera División (1): 2011
- Best Forward Chilean Primera División (1): 2011
- 2nd South American Footballer of the Year: 2011
- Forward of the "Ideal Team of America": 2011
- "Eduardo Vargas pelea con Neymar para ser el mejor de América". latercera.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 november 2011.
- "Eduardo Vargas Signs With Napoli, Snubs Move to English Premier League". NESN.com. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
- "Napoli Announce Vargas Signing". ESPN FC. 23 December 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-23.
- Eduardo Vargas en su presentación en Napoli: "Me da gusto que me comparen con Sánchez" (in Spanish)
- "Eduardo Vargas em Porto Alegre". Portal Oficial do Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
- "Eduardo Vargas, nuevo jugador del Valencia CF hasta el 30 de junioe" (in Spanish). Valencia CF Oficial. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
- "Pizzi devuelve la solvencia al Valencia" [Pizzi returns resolve to Valencia] (in Spanish). Marca. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
- "Equipo Ideal de América tiene a 3 jugadores de la U". lanacion.cl (in Spanish). Retrieved 31 december 2011.