Marco Rojas

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Marco Rojas
Marco Rojas.jpg
Rojas playing for Melbourne Victory in 2012
Personal information
Full name Marco Rodrigo Rojas[1]
Date of birth (1991-11-05) 5 November 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Winger / Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
VfB Stuttgart
Number 14
Youth career
Waikato
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Hamilton Wanderers 10 (2)
2008–2009 Waikato 13 (1)
2009–2011 Wellington Phoenix 21 (2)
2011–2013 Melbourne Victory 50 (15)
2013– VfB Stuttgart 0 (0)
2014– VfB Stuttgart II 2 (0)
National team
2011 New Zealand U20 9 (4)
2012 New Zealand U23 6 (1)
2011– New Zealand 16 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 May 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2013

Marco Rodrigo Rojas (born 5 November 1991) is a New Zealand footballer of Chilean descent[2] who plays as a winger or attacking midfielder for VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga.

Early life[edit]

Rojas attended Aberdeen Primary School and Maeroa Intermediate School during the late 1990s and early-mid-2000s.

Club career[edit]

Wellington Phoenix[edit]

Marco Rojas came through Wynton Rufer's Wynrs football academy. He also trialled with Caleb Rufer at Werder Bremen, Hannover 96 and B Monchengladbach. Neither player was successful but later on Rojas was awarded a trial with the Wellington Phoenix after winning the "Retro Ricki Youth Scholarship" from the Yellow Fever. Rojas impressed Wellington coach Ricki Herbert and put in some good performances in the Phoenix's warm up friendlies resulting in him getting offered a 2-year contract with the Hyundai A-League side.[3][4]

On 13 September 2009 he made his senior debut in the A-League for the Wellington Phoenix against Melbourne Victory at the age of 17, coming off the bench as a 77th minute substitution for Daniel[5] making him the second youngest player to play for the Phoenix behind Kosta Barbarouses. Rojas got his second appearance for the Phoenix when he was substituted on for Paul Ifill in the 73rd minute against Central Coast Mariners on 27 September 2009.[6]

Rojas scored his first goal on his full debut for the Phoenix on 18 December 2010 in a 4-0 victory over the Newcastle Jets. His second goal was in the 72nd minute on 5 January against Melbourne Victory helping them secure a 2-0 win at Westpac Stadium. Rojas provided the assist for Chris Greenacre's opening goal in a 3-1 win over North Queensland Fury in the Phoenix's final home game of the 2010-11 season.

On 18 February 2011, Rojas was awarded the NAB Young Player of the Month.[7] On 22 February 2011, He was awarded the Wellington Phoenix young player of the year.

On 27 February 2011, Wellington Phoenix announced that Rojas declined to sign a new contract with the club and wanted to move on.[8] Following this announcement, some media outlets claimed unofficially that Rojas had signed for Melbourne Victory,[9][10] however, officially, Melbourne Ernie Merrick denied this.[11] It was believed at the time that Melbourne Victory, Adelaide United and a South American club were vying for the signature of the highly rated youngster.[12][13]

Melbourne Victory[edit]

On 11 March 2011, Melbourne Victory ended weeks of speculation by officially confirming that they had indeed signed Rojas, securing him on a two-year deal.[14]

On 8 October 2011, Rojas made his A-League debut for Melbourne Victory FC in the season opener against Sydney FC.[15] It would not be until the following 2012-13 season, however, that he would score his first ever Melbourne Victory goal; it came in the Victory's 2-1 loss to crosstown rivals Melbourne Heart, after receiving a cross from Archie Thompson.[16][17] His second Melbourne Victory goal came in the Victory's 2-1 win against Adelaide United two weeks later.[18] Rojas scored goal number 15 for season 2012-13 on 31 March 2013 against Wellington Phoenix in a 2-3 win.[19][20]

At the A-League end of season awards for the 2012-13 season, Rojas won both the Johnny Warren Medal and the A-League Young Footballer of the Year awards.[21]

On 18 April 2013, Rojas quit Melbourne Victory to pursue a career in Europe. His contract with Melbourne expired on 30 April 2013.[22]

VfB Stuttgart[edit]

Rojas moved during the 2013–14 season to VfB Stuttgart. On 8 May 2013, Marco Rojas signed a contract until June 2017 with VfB Stuttgart. He joined the Bundesliga side on a free transfer from Melbourne Victory.[23]

On 10 July 2013, Marco started his first game for Die Schwaben in a pre-season friendly match against the local Hohenlohe-Selection at the Schönebürgstadion, Crailsheim. Marco scored his first goal for his new club in this game to give VfB a 4-0 lead just before half time, VfB went on to win the match 5-0.[24]

On 17 July 2013, Marco suffered an injury setback during training that has sidelined the Kiwi international for between four and six weeks. Media sources revealed Rojas has broken a bone in his foot. Rojas can however continue to swim, cycle and perform weight training but he is unable to continue football related activities until after the new 1. Bundesliga season has begun in early August.[25]

International career[edit]

On 8 March 2011, Rojas was called up to play to a 30 man squad for the upcoming games against China and Japan for New Zealand's national team the All Whites. He made his debut as a second half substitute in the 1-1 draw with China on 25 March 2011 before he made any appearance for any other junior New Zealand sides.[26] The scheduled match against Japan was called off due to logistics and safety concerns following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. He gained his 2nd International cap against Australia, 5 May 2011 he came on as a second half substitute. Australia won the game 5-0

Rojas was selected for the New Zealand U-20 team to compete in the 2011 OFC U-20 Championship in April 2011 and the Suwon Cup in Korea. During the OFC U-20 championship he played in all four matches helping the Junior All Whites win the tournament and secure qualification to the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

During the junior All Whites game against Uruguay in the 2011 under-20 World Cup, Rojas contributed to the goal that put New Zealand in the lead at 54 minutes (the game finished in a 1-1 draw).[27]

International goals and caps[edit]

International career statistics[edit]

[28]

New Zealand national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 2 0
2012 11 1
2013 3 0
Total 16 1

Career Statistics[edit]

All-Time Club Performances
Club Season Australia A-League Finals Series Asia Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Wellington Phoenix F.C.
(A-League)
2009–10 4 0 4 0
2010–11 17 2 17 2
Club Total 21 2 21 2
Melbourne Victory
(A-League)
2011–12 24 0 24 0
2012–13 27 15 27 15
Club Total 51 15 51 15
Career totals 72 17 72 17
Last updated 31 March 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Players — 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup". Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Marco Rojas, la sangre 'chilena' de Nueva Zelanda en el Mundial Sub-20". Univisión Noticias. 8 February 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Teenager impresses Phoenix Stuff.co.nz
  4. ^ A-League Player Movements Footballnews.com.au
  5. ^ Jeremy Ruane. "Reigning Champions Hold Wellington To A Draw". Retrieved 29 Sep 2009. 
  6. ^ "Official Hyundai A-League | Home". A-league.com.au. 
  7. ^ http://www.wellingtonphoenix.com/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=38992
  8. ^ "Official Hyundai A-League | Home". A-league.com.au. 
  9. ^ "Victory snares Phoenix's Rojas : A League : The World Game on SBS". Theworldgame.sbs.com.au. 28 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "Victory nab Phoenix youngster | A-League". Fox Sports. 27 February 2011. 
  11. ^ http://www.a-league.com.au/default.aspx?s=newsdisplay&id=39150
  12. ^ Rojas exit has fans livid
  13. ^ Worthington, Sam (2 March 2011). "Phoenix star Marco Rojas 'still open to offers'". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  14. ^ Victory secure Rojas signing
  15. ^ http://www.footballaustralia.com.au/melbournevictory/news-display/Victory-take-tough-point/41616
  16. ^ Melbourne Victory vs. Melbourne Heart - 5 October 2012 Soccerway
  17. ^ Marco Rojas, Melbourne Victory - Videos Football Australia
  18. ^ Melbourne Victory vs. Adelaide United - 19 October 2012 Soccerway
  19. ^ Wellington Phoenix vs. Melbourne Victory - 31 March 2013 Soccerway
  20. ^ Wellington Phoenix season of woe is over Stuff.co.nz
  21. ^ Melbourne Victory star Marco Rojas wins Johnny Warren Medal for A-League Player of the Year
  22. ^ Melbourne Victory confirms departure of star Marco Rojas to continue career in Europe Herald Sun
  23. ^ "Marco Rojas signs for VAFC". vfb.de. VfB Stuttgart. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  24. ^ "Brace, debut and own-goal". VfB Stuttgart. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  25. ^ "Injury blow to new Stuttgart signing Rojas". Bundesliga.com. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  26. ^ Martin, Sean (26 March 2011). "All Whites draw with China in friendly". The Sunday Star-Times. NZPA. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  27. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup Columbia 2011 - New Zealand - Squad List". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2011-12-20. 
  28. ^ Marco Rojas at National-Football-Teams.com

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