Eduardo Vargas

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Eduardo Vargas
2017 Confederation Cup - CMRCHI - Eduardo Vargas.jpg
Vargas playing for Chile at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
Personal information
Full name Eduardo Jesús Vargas Rojas
Date of birth (1989-11-20) 20 November 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Tigres UANL
Number 9
Youth career
2003–2007 Cobreloa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Cobreloa 53 (10)
2010–2011 Universidad de Chile 55 (18)
2012–2015 Napoli 19 (0)
2013 Grêmio (loan) 18 (6)
2014 Valencia (loan) 17 (3)
2014–2015 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 21 (4)
2015–2017 1899 Hoffenheim 29 (2)
2017– Tigres UANL 34 (8)
National team
2009 Chile U23 6 (4)
2009– Chile 81 (35)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 December 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2017

Eduardo Jesús Vargas Rojas (Spanish pronunciation: [eˈðwarðo ˈβarɣas]; born 20 November 1989) is a Chilean footballer who plays as a forward for Liga MX club Tigres UANL and the Chile national team.

Emerging as a top talent at Cobreloa, Vargas moved to Universidad de Chile where he won three titles, including the 2011 Copa Sudamericana, where he was named player of the tournament. In 2011, he was co-awarded the Chilean Footballer of the Year and also finished as runner-up for the South American Footballer of the Year. Following an £11.5 million move to Napoli, Vargas had subsequent loan spells at Grêmio, Valencia and Queens Park Rangers before moving to 1899 Hoffenheim in 2015.

A full international since 2010, Vargas has earned over 70 caps for Chile, scoring 34 goals. He was part of their squad at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2015 Copa América, Copa América Centenario and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. He would finish as top scorer in Chile's victories at the 2015 Copa América and Copa América Centenario.

Club career[edit]

Cobreloa[edit]

Vargas began playing in amateur teams in Renca, Santiago, but he did not participate in other youth teams 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 (then coach of Cobreloa), where he was submitted to several evaluations. Finally he was incorporated to Cobreloa squad in 2006. He played for Cobreloa B, a third Division team, scoring for the team, against Universidad Arturo Prat, on 7 August. He then scored another goal against San Marcos de Arica on 28 August.

Universidad de Chile[edit]

In January 2010, Vargas joined powerhouse Universidad de Chile for a US$700,000 transfer fee where he had a quiet season, scoring 1 goal in 18 appearances. However, the following season, he broke into the first team and had a brilliant performance during the year, scoring 25 goals and providing 11 assists in 44 matches.[2] He also won both league semestral tournaments (Torneo Apertura and Torneo Clausura), as well as the Copa Sudamericana, where he was the edition's top-scorer and netted goals in both final legs against LDU Quito, scoring the only goal at Casa Blanca and twice in the 3–0 win at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago.[3]

Vargas was chosen as a candidate for South American Footballer of the Year in November 2011, eventually placing as runner-up to Neymar.[4] Then in December, Vargas was con-decorated as the Chilean Footballer of the Year.

Napoli[edit]

In December 2011, Italian club Napoli purchased the player for a reported US$17.9 million (£11.5 million).[5] On 23 December 2011, Napoli club president Aurelio De Laurentiis, announced 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 okay 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, he was an unused substitute as Napoli defeated Juventus in the Coppa Italia Final at the Stadio Olimpico.

On 20 September 2012, in the first match of Napoli's UEFA Europa League campaign, Vargas scored his first Napoli goals, netting three in a 4–0 victory against AIK.[9] This was the first time that a Chilean player had 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.[10] 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 31 March, 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.[11] Vargas played his first official match for Los Che in a 3–2 away win at Camp Nou against champions Barcelona on 1 February 2014. He scored his first La Liga goal against Real Betis, in a 5–0 home win.[12]

Vargas recorded two goals and three assists in eight appearances as Valencia reached the semi-finals of the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League.[13]

Queens Park Rangers (loan)[edit]

On 21 August 2014, Vargas joined Queens Park Rangers on loan until the end of the 2014–15 Premier League season.[14] He made his debut for the club on 14 September against Manchester United, replacing Charlie Austin for the last 31 minutes at Old Trafford.[15] On 19 October, in a 2–3 loss against Liverpool at Loftus Road, Vargas scored twice after coming on as a substitute for Bobby Zamora in the 78th minute.[16] On 26 December, in a 2–1 loss to Arsenal, Vargas helped his goalkeeper Robert Green save an early penalty from Alexis Sánchez by pointing out which way his fellow Chilean was likely to shoot the ball.[17]

On 22 March 2015, Vargas scored his first goal in five months in QPR's 1–2 home defeat to Everton.[18] He also scored in the team's 4–1 victory at West Bromwich Albion on 4 April, but injured his knee ligament in that match, ruling him out for the remainder of the season.[19] The season ended with QPR finishing bottom of the league, resulting in their relegation to the Championship.

Hoffenheim[edit]

On 24 August 2015, Vargas joined German Bundesliga cluib 1899 Hoffenheim on a four-year deal, for a reported fee of €5 million, plus an additional percentage of any sell-on fee.[20][21]

Tigres UANL[edit]

On 27 January 2017, Liga MX club Tigres UANL announced Vargas would be joining the club.[22] On 16 July 2017, he scored the goal of the 1–0 victory over Guadalajara in the 2017 Campeón de Campeones.

Vargas played the historical final against Tigres' archrival: CF Monterrey. In the first leg the teams tied by 1-1 at the Estadio Universitario. In the Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Tigres beat Monterrey by 2-1 with goals of Vargas and Francisco Meza.

International career[edit]

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

In 2009, Vargas participated in the Toulon Tournament with the Chile under-23 national team, where he was champion and the team's second top goalscorer. On 5 November 2009, he made his full international debut for the senior team in a 2–1 win over Paraguay at the Estadio CAP.[23]

In 2011, Vargas was recalled and scored his first goal in a 3–2 friendly defeat to Spain on 2 September.[24] On 12 October, he scored his first competitive international goal in a 4–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying win over Peru at the Estadio Monumental.

In September 2013, Vargas broke the Chile national team record for goals in consecutive matches – previously held jointly by Marcelo Salas and Carlos Caszely – 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]

2014 World Cup[edit]

On 1 June 2014, Vargas was named by Jorge Sampaoli in Chile's 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.[25] In Chile's second group match, against defending champions Spain at the Maracanã Stadium, Vargas scored the team's opening goal as they mathematically eliminated Spain and secured qualification to the knockout stage.[26]

2015 Copa América[edit]

On 11 June 2015, Vargas scored for Chile in the opening match of the 2015 Copa América, a 2–0 win over Ecuador at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago.[27] In the team's next fixture, Vargas scored his second goal of the tournament, heading an equalizer as the hosts drew 3–3 with Mexico on 15 June.[28] In the semi-final against Peru, Vargas scored both goals in a 2–1 victory for Chile, the second of which was a long-distance effort, to send La Roja to the final. Although Vargas was substituted out in extra time, Chile won in a penalty shootout against Argentina to win their first major international honour.[29] Vargas' four goals made him the competition's joint top scorer alongside Peruvian Paolo Guerrero, and he was named in the Team of the Tournament.[30]

Copa América Centenario[edit]

On 14 June 2016, at the Copa América Centenario, Vargas and Alexis Sánchez scored twice each in a 4–2 win over Panama in Philadelphia to qualify for the quarter-finals of the tournament.[31] Four days later, he added four more goals at Levi's Stadium in a 7–0 rout of Mexico.[32] Chile retained their title with another win on penalties against Argentina, and Vargas was again the top scorer with six goals.[33]

Style of play[edit]

A quick and dynamic forward, Vargas is usually deployed in a free role, and is capable of playing in several offensive positions: he often plays as a right winger, although he has also been used as a supporting forward, as a main striker, and even as an attacking midfielder on occasion, due to his tendency to be involved in the buildup of his teams' attacking plays, as well as his capacity to both score and create goals.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 28 November 2017
Club Season League Continental Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cobreloa 2006–C 3 0 3 0
2007–A 4 0 4 0
2007–C 1 0 1 0
2008–A 12 1 12 1
2008–C 9 3 9 3
2009–A 10 2 10 2
2009–C 14 4 2 1 16 5
Total 53 10 2 1 55 11
Universidad de Chile 2010 18 1 10 2 28 3
2011–A 22 10 22 10
2011–C 15 7 12 11 2 1 29 19
Total 55 18 22 13 2 1 79 32
Napoli 2011–12 10 0 1 0 2 0 13 0
2012–13 9 0 6 3 15 3
Total 19 0 7 3 2 0 28 3
Grêmio (loan) 2013 18 6 10 2 3 0 6 1 37 9
Valencia (loan) 2013–14 17 3 8 2 25 5
Queens Park Rangers (loan) 2014–15 21 4 1 0 22 4
1899 Hoffenheim 2015–16 24 2 24 2
2016–17 5 0 1 0 6 0
Total 29 2 1 0 30 2
Tigres UANL 2016–17 12 2 6 2 0 0 18 4
2017–18 16 5 0 0 2 1 18 6
Total 28 7 6 2 2 1 36 10
Career total 240 50 55 23 11 2 6 1 312 76

International[edit]

As of 5 September 2017
Chile national team
Year Apps Goals
2009 1 0
2010 2 0
2011 6 2
2012 6 0
2013 12 9
2014 12 7
2015 13 7
2016 14 7
2017 14 3
Total 80 35

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. 24 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
8. 6 September 2013  Venezuela 1–0 3–0
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
12. 30 May 2014 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile  Egypt 2–2 3–2
13. 3–2
14. 4 June 2014 Estadio Elías Figueroa, Valparaíso, Chile  Northern Ireland 1–0 2–0
15. 18 June 2014 Maracanã Stadium, 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
19. 11 June 2015 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile  Ecuador 2–0 2–0 2015 Copa América
20. 15 June 2015 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile  Mexico 2–2 3–3
21. 29 June 2015 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile  Peru 1–0 2–1 2015 Copa América
22. 2–1
23. 8 October 2015 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile  Brazil 1–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
24. 13 October 2015 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru  Peru 2–2 4–3
25. 4–2
26. 14 June 2016 Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, United States  Panama 1–1 4–2 Copa América Centenario
27. 2–1
28. 18 June 2016 Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, United States  Mexico 2–0 7–0 Copa América Centenario
29. 4–0
30. 5–0
31. 6–0
32. 15 November 2016 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile  Uruguay 1–1 3–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
33. 13 June 2017 Cluj Arena, Cluj-Napoca, Romania  Romania 1–0 2–3 Friendly
34. 18 June 2017 Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow, Russia  Cameroon 2–0 2–0 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
35. 5 October 2017 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile  Ecuador 1–0 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Universidad de Chile[34]
Napoli[34]
Tigres UANL

International[edit]

Chile[34]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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