Vargas with AEK Athens in October 2011
|Full name||Fabián Andrés Vargas Rivera|
|Date of birth||17 April 1980|
|Place of birth||Bogotá, Colombia|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|1996–1997||América de Cali|
|1998–2003||América de Cali||153||(5)|
|2006–2007||→ Internacional (loan)||8||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Fabián Andrés Vargas Rivera (born 17 April 1980) is a Colombian former professional footballer who played as a midfielder. He spent most of his professional career playing for América de Cali and Boca Juniors, making more than 100 appearances for both clubs. He also played for Internacional, Almería, AEK Athens, Independiente, Barcelona SC, Millonarios, and La Equidad. At international level, he represented the Colombia national team 41 times and also captained the side.
Vargas was born in Bogotá, Colombia.
On 18 June 2009, Vargas has signed a three-year deal with Spanish club UD Almería for a fee worth €4million ($6.5 million). On 5 September 2009, he broke his ankle in half during a 2010 World Cup qualification match with Colombia against Ecuador. It was announced he would be out of action indefinitely. The following day, it was revealed that Vargas had torn a ligament and would not be able to play for one year.
In July 2012 Vargas agreed to have his contract terminated in order for AEK to pay off club debts.
Deportivo La Equidad
Style of play
Vargas is a player with a physical approach to the game which earned him a reputation for being a dirty player. His nickname is el perro (the dog).
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América de Cali
- Primera División Argentina: Apertura 2003, Apertura 2005, Clausura 2006, Apertura 2008
- Intercontinental Cup: 2003
- Copa Sudamericana: 2004, 2005
- Recopa Sudamericana: 2005, 2008
- Copa America: 2001
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