Vargas with Universidad de Chile in 2011
|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|
|2010–2012||Universidad de Chile||54||(18)|
|2013||→ Grêmio (loan)||24||(10)|
|2014||→ Valencia (loan)||17||(6)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Eduardo Jesús Vargas Rojas (Spanish pronunciation: [eˈðwarðo ˈβaɾɣas]; born 20 November 1989) is a Chilean footballer who plays for Italian side S.S.C. Napoli. Mainly a forward, he can also play as a 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 calibre performances in the Chilean Championship and the 2011 Copa Sudamericana reportedly piqued the interest of several prominent European clubs, including Internazionale and Chelsea.
In November 2011, he was chosen as a candidate for South American Footballer of the Year, 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.
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.
Italian Serie A club Napoli 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 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. He made his debut in a 2–1 Coppa Italia defeat of Cesena at the Stadio San Paolo on 12 January.
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.
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 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.
On 23 January 2014, Vargas joined La Liga club Valencia on loan for the rest of the 2013-14 season. 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.
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.
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.
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. During 2013, he scored in six consecutive matches and nine times overall for La Roja.
On 1 June 2014, Vargas was named in Chile's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. 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.
- Score and Result lists Chile's goals first
- As of 27 April 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
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