Juan Manuel Vargas
Vargas playing for Fiorentina in 2011
|Full name||Juan Manuel Vargas Risco|
|Date of birth||5 October 1983|
|Place of birth||Magdalena del Mar, Peru|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Left back / Winger|
|2012–2013||→ Genoa (loan)||20||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 October 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2016
Vargas received his start in the popular Peruvian team Universitario, where he quickly earned a main spot in the team by 2004, given his great play and his crowd-pleasing goals at key moments. In 2005, he transferred to Argentine club Colón.
In August 2006, Vargas signed a four-year contract with Catania. He scored his first goal for Catania on 31 October 2007, in the 88th minute, tying Siena 1–1 and prolonging Catania's unbeaten streak to seven matches. During his two-year stay in Sicily, he was continuously one of their best players and was a first-team regular. His performances helped the Sicilians to Serie A survival for two seasons. These impressive displays led to elite clubs around Europe chasing after the 23-year old's signature.
On 17 May 2008, it was reported Vargas had agreed to sign for Real Madrid, but on 5 July 2008, he joined Fiorentina for a fee of €12 million. Upon arriving in Florence, he struggled in the left back position and was highly criticized. However, after realizing his true potential as an attacking midfielder, he became a crucial part of the Viola squad providing crucial assists, giving the squad great speed and acting almost as a third forward. On 24 November 2009, Vargas scored a critical spot kick goal that advanced Fiorentina onto the knock-out stages in the UEFA Champions League. This was the first time Fiorentina made it to the round of 16 in ten years.
On the last day of the August 2012 transfer window, Vargas joined Serie A club Genoa on loan for the season, making 20 appearances before rejoining Fiorentina. He scored Fiorentina's goal in their 1–3 defeat to Napoli in the 2014 Coppa Italia Final.
On 12 August 2015, Vargas signed a two-year deal with Real Betis, newly promoted to La Liga, after his contract with Fiorentina expired. He made his debut for the club on 23 August, starting in a 1–1 home draw against Villarreal.
On 31 August 2016, Vargas terminated his contract.
Style of play
Vargas plays at left back, on the wing, or in the midfield, in both offensive and defensive positions. Vargas impresses with his ability to dribble the ball and make remarkable shots on goal. He is also known for his free-kick ability and accurate crosses. His former Fiorentina teammate Alberto Gilardino stated that Vargas is probably the best crosser he has played with.
Vargas played his first match with the Peru national team against Paraguay in 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying, with Paulo Autuori as head coach. He scored his first international goal on 12 September 2007 in a friendly match against Bolivia. He was sent off in the 2011 Copa América semi-final match for elbowing a Uruguayan player.
- As of 31 May 2015
|Peru||League||Copa Inca||South America||Total|
|Universitario de Deportes||Descentralizado||2002||3||1||?||—||—||3||1||?|
- As of 25 March 2016.
|Peru national team|
International appearances and goals
|1.||13 October 2004||Asunción, Paraguay||Paraguay||1–1||0||Draw||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||17 November 2004||Lima, Peru||Chile||2–1||0||Win||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||30 March 2005||Lima, Peru||Ecuador||2–2||0||Draw||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4.||4 June 2005||Barranquilla, Colombia||Colombia||5–0||0||Lost||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5.||3 September 2005||Maracaibo, Venezuela||Venezuela||4–1||0||Lost||2006 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6.||17 August 2005||Tacna, Peru||Chile||3–1||0||Win||Friendly|
|7.||7 October 2006||Viña del Mar, Chile||Chile||3–2||0||Lost||Friendly|
|8.||15 November 2006||Kingston, Jamaica||Jamaica||1–1||0||Draw||Friendly|
|9.||3 June 2007||Madrid, Spain||Ecuador||2–1||0||Win||Friendly|
|10.||8 September 2007||Lima, Peru||Colombia||2–2||0||Draw||Friendly|
|11.||12 September 2007||Lima, Peru||Bolivia||2–0||1||Win||Friendly|
|12.||13 October 2007||Lima, Peru||Paraguay||0–0||0||Draw||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|13.||17 October 2007||Santiago, Chile||Chile||2–0||0||Lost||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|14.||18 November 2007||Lima, Peru||Brazil||1–1||1||Draw||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|15.||8 June 2008||Chicago, United States||Mexico||4–0||0||Lost||Friendly|
|16.||14 June 2008||Lima, Peru||Colombia||1–1||0||Draw||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|17.||17 June 2008||Montevideo, Uruguay||Uruguay||6–0||0||Lost||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|18.||6 September 2008||Lima, Peru||Venezuela||1–0||0||Win||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|19.||10 September 2008||Lima, Peru||Argentina||1–1||0||Draw||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|20.||11 October 2008||La Paz, Bolivia||Bolivia||3–0||0||Lost||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|21.||15 October 2008||Asunción, Paraguay||Paraguay||1–0||0||Lost||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|22.||29 March 2009||Lima, Peru||Chile||3–1||0||Lost||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|23.||7 June 2009||Lima, Peru||Ecuador||2–1||1||Lost||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|24.||10 June 2009||Medellín, Colombia||Colombia||1–0||0||Lost||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|25.||5 September 2009||Lima, Peru||Uruguay||1–0||0||Win||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|26.||10 October 2009||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Argentina||2–1||0||Lost||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|27.||14 October 2009||Lima, Peru||Bolivia||1–0||0||Win||2010 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|28.||4 September 2010||Toronto, Canada||Canada||2–0||0||Win||Friendly|
|29.||7 September 2010||Fort Lauderdale, United States||Jamaica||2–1||0||Win||Friendly|
|30.||17 November 2010||Bogotá, Colombia||Colombia||1–1||0||Draw||Friendly|
|31.||29 March 2011||The Hague, Netherlands||Ecuador||0–0||0||Draw||Friendly|
|32.||4 July 2011||San Juan, Argentina||Uruguay||1–1||0||Draw||2011 Copa América|
|33.||8 July 2011||Mendoza, Argentina||Mexico||1–0||0||Win||2011 Copa América|
|34.||16 July 2011||Córdoba, Argentina||Colombia||2–0||1||Win||2011 Copa América|
|35.||19 July 2011||La Plata, Argentina||Uruguay||2–0||0||Loss||2011 Copa América|
|36.||7 October 2011||Lima, Peru||Paraguay||2–0||0||Win||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|37.||11 October 2011||Santiago, Chile||Chile||4–2||0||Loss||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|38.||11 October 2011||Quito, Ecuador||Ecuador||2–0||0||Loss||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|39.||29 February 2012||Tunis, Tunisia||Tunisia||1–1||0||Draw||Friendly|
|40.||16 August 2012||San José, Costa Rica||Costa Rica||0-1||0||Win||Friendly|
|41.||8 September 2012||Lima, Peru||Venezuela||2-1||0||Win||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|42.||17 October 2012||Asunción, Paraguay||Paraguay||0-1||0||Loss||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|43.||1 June 2013||Panama City, Panama||Panama||1-2||0||Win||Friendly|
|44.||8 June 2013||Lima, Peru||Ecuador||1-0||0||Won||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|45.||11 June 2013||Lima, Peru||Colombia||2-0||0||Loss||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|46.||7 September 2013||Lima, Peru||Uruguay||1-2||0||Loss||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|47.||11 September 2013||Barcelona, Venezuela||Venezuela||3-2||0||Loss||2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification|
|48.||12 October 2013||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Argentina||3-1||0||Loss||2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification|
|49.||16 October 2013||Lima, Peru||Bolivia||1-1||0||Draw||2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification|
|50.||11 October 2014||Valparaíso, Chile||Chile||3-0||0||Loss||Friendly|
|51.||15 October 2014||Lima, Peru||Guatemala||1-0||0||Win||Friendly|
|52.||15 November 2014||Luque, Paraguay||Paraguay||2-1||0||Loss||Friendly|
|53.||19 November 2014||Lima, Peru||Paraguay||2-1||0||Win||Friendly|
|54.||14 June 2015||Temuco, Chile||Brazil||2-1||0||Loss||2015 Copa América|
|55.||19 June 2015||Valparaíso, Chile||Venezuela||1-0||0||Win||2015 Copa América|
|56.||21 June 2015||Temuco, Chile||Colombia||0-0||0||Draw||2015 Copa América|
|57.||26 June 2015||Temuco, Chile||Bolivia||1-3||0||Win||2015 Copa América|
|58.||30 June 2015||Santiago, Chile||Chile||2-1||0||Loss||2015 Copa América|
|59.||4 July 2015||Concepción, Chile||Paraguay||2-0||0||Win||2015 Copa América|
|60.||5 September 2015||Washington D.C., United States||United States||2-1||0||Loss||Friendly|
|61.||9 September 2015||Harrison, United States||Colombia||1-1||0||Draw||Friendly|
|62.||24 March 2016||Lima, Peru||Venezuela||2-2||0||Draw||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
Statistics accurate as of match played
- Universitario de Deportes
Vargas currently lives with his longtime partner Blanca Rodríguez, and their three children: Luana Mia (born in 2007), Ánika Lía (born 28 December 2009), and Juan Manuel (born in 2011).
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