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 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Napoli
Number
Youth career
2003 Cobreloa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Cobreloa 49 (10)
2010–2012 Universidad de Chile 54 (19)
2012– Napoli 19 (0)
2013 Grêmio (loan) 17 (6)
2014 Valencia (loan) 17 (3)
2014–2015 Queens Park Rangers (loan) 22 (4)
National team
2009 Chile U20 6 (4)
2010– Chile 48 (22)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 April 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 July 2015

Eduardo Jesús Vargas Rojas (Spanish pronunciation: [eˈðwarðo ˈβarɣas]; born 20 November 1989) is a Chilean footballer who plays for Italian club Napoli, and the Chilean national team, as a forward or winger.

He began his career with Cobreloa in 2006, moving on to Universidad de Chile where he was the top scorer as the team won the Copa Sudamericana in 2011 in addition to the Apertura and Clausura of the league season. He joined Napoli in 2012, spending most of his tenure out on loan.

A full international since 2010, Vargas has earned over 45 caps for Chile, scoring 22 goals. He was part of their squad at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 Copa América, finishing as joint top scorer with four goals as they won the latter competition.

Club career[edit]

Vargas started 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 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]

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.[2]

In November 2011, he was chosen as a candidate for South American Footballer of the Year,[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

Napoli[edit]

Italian Serie A club Napoli purchased the player's services for around $17.9 million (£11.5 million).[6] 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".[7] Vargas arrived at Napoli on 6 January 2012 and signed on 9 January.[8] He made his debut in a 2–1 Coppa Italia defeat of Cesena at the Stadio San Paolo on 12 January.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

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

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.[15] He made his debut for the club on 14 September against Manchester United, replacing Charlie Austin for the last 31 minutes at Old Trafford.[16] 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 of the match.[17]

On 22 March 2015, Vargas scored his first goal in five months during QPR's 1–2 home defeat to Everton.[18] He also netted 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, and being relegated to the Championship.

International career[edit]

Youth and early senior 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,[20] and scored his first goal in a 3–2 friendly defeat to Spain on 2 September 2011.[21]

On 12 October 2011, Vargas scored his first competitive international goal in a 4–2 World Cup qualifying win against Peru at the Estadio Monumental. He ended the campaign as Chile's top goalscorer with five goals.[20]

In September 2013, he broke the Chilean national team's 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.[4] During 2013, he scored in six consecutive matches and nine times overall for La Roja.[4]

2014 World Cup[edit]

On 1 June 2014, Vargas was named in Chile's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.[22] 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.[23]

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.[24] In the team's next fixture, Vargas scored his second goal of the tournament, heading an equaliser as the hosts drew 3–3 with Mexico on 15 June.[25] In the semifinal 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 in extra time, Chile won in a penalty shootout against Argentina to win their first major international honour. 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.[26]

International goals[edit]

Score and Result lists Chile's goals first

Club statistics[edit]

As of 4 April 2015
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 25
Total 53 10 2 1 - - 55 41
Universidad de Chile Torneo 2010 18 1 10 2 0 0 28 31
Apertura 2011 21 10 - - - - 21 30
Clausura 2011 15 7 12 11 2 1 29 29
Total 54 18 22 13 2 1 78 132
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 9 10 2 3 0 37 11
Valencia (loan) 2013–14 17 3 8 2 0 0 25 5
QPR (loan) 2014-15 21 4 - - 1 0 22 4
Career total 186 42 49 21 8 1 243 66

National team[edit]

Chile national team
Year Apps Goals
2010 3 0
2011 6 2
2012 6 0
2013 12 9
2014 12 7
2015 8 4
Total 47 22

Career totals[edit]

Professional career totals
Teams Appearances Goals Goals per game
Clubs 0242 0232 0.96
Chile U-20 05 03 0.6
National team 039 018 0.46
Total 0286 0253 0.88

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Universidad de Chile
Napoli

International[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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