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)|
|2012–2013||→ Genoa (loan)||20||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 August 2015.
Vargas got his start in the popular Peruvian team Club Universitario de Deportes 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 team Club Atlético Colón.
In August 2006, he 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 7 games. During his two-year stay in Sicily, he was continuously one of their best players, and was always 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.
It was reported that Vargas had agreed to sign for Real Madrid on 17 May 2008 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 has become a crucial part to 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 Champions League. This was the first time Fiorentina made it to the Round of 16 in 10 years.
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 CF.
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.
He played his first match with the Peruvian national team against Paraguay in the Germany 2006 campaign, with Paulo Autuori as coach. He scored his first international goal on 12 September 2007 in a friendly game against Bolivia. He was sent off in the 2011 Copa América semi-final match for elbowing a Uruguay player.
- As of 31 May 2015
|Peru||League||Copa Inca||South America||Total|
|Universitario de Deportes||Descentralizado||2002||3||1||?||—||—||3||1||?|
- As of 29 February 2012.
|Peru national team|
International appearances and goals
|1.||13 October 2004||Asunción, Paraguay||Paraguay||1–1||0||Draw||2006 World Cup qualification|
|2.||17 November 2004||Lima, Peru||Chile||2–1||0||win||2006 World Cup qualification|
|3.||30 March 2005||Lima, Peru||Ecuador||2–2||0||Draw||2006 World Cup qualification|
|4.||4 June 2005||Barranquilla, Colombia||Colombia||5–0||0||Lost||2006 World Cup qualification|
|5.||3 September 2005||Maracaibo, Venezuela||Venezuela||4–1||0||Lost||2006 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 World Cup qualification|
|13.||17 October 2007||Santiago, Chile||Chile||2–0||0||Lost||2010 World Cup qualification|
|14.||18 November 2007||Lima, Peru||Brazil||1–1||1||Draw||2010 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 World Cup qualification|
|17.||17 June 2008||Montevideo, Uruguay||Uruguay||6–0||0||Lost||2010 World Cup qualification|
|18.||6 September 2008||Lima, Peru||Venezuela||1–0||0||win||2010 World Cup qualification|
|19.||10 September 2008||Lima, Peru||Argentina||1–1||0||Draw||2010 World Cup qualification|
|20.||11 October 2008||La Paz, Bolivia||Bolivia||3–0||0||Lost||2010 World Cup qualification|
|21.||15 October 2008||Asunción, Paraguay||Paraguay||1–0||0||Lost||2010 World Cup qualification|
|22.||29 March 2009||Lima, Peru||Chile||3–1||0||Lost||2010 World Cup qualification|
|23.||7 June 2009||Lima, Peru||Ecuador||2–1||1||Lost||2010 World Cup qualification|
|24.||10 June 2009||Medellín, Colombia||Colombia||1–0||0||Lost||2010 World Cup qualification|
|25.||5 September 2009||Lima, Peru||Uruguay||1–0||0||win||2010 World Cup qualification|
|26.||10 October 2009||Buenos Aires, Argentina||Argentina||2–1||0||Lost||2010 World Cup qualification|
|27.||14 October 2009||Lima, Peru||Bolivia||1–0||0||win||2010 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||Lost||2011 Copa América|
|36.||7 October 2011||Lima, Peru||Paraguay||2–0||0||win||2014 World Cup qualification|
|37.||11 October 2011||Santiago, Chile||Chile||4–2||0||Lost||2014 World Cup qualification|
|38.||11 October 2011||Quito, Ecuador||Ecuador||2–0||0||Lost||2014 World Cup qualification|
|39.||29 February 2012||Tunis, Tunisia||Tunisia||1–1||0||Draw||Friendly|
Statistics accurate as of match played 29 February 2012
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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- "Siena 1–1 Catania". XN.com. 31 October 2007. Retrieved 12 June 2009.
- Luis Mira (17 May 2008). "Madrid Agree Terms With Vargas". Goal.com. Retrieved 12 June 2009.
- "Real Madrid signed Juan Vargas according to Spanish and Italian media". Andina.com. 16 May 2008. Retrieved 12 June 2009.
- Salvatore Landolina (26 June 2008). "Vargas Signs For Fiorentina". Goal.com. Retrieved 12 June 2009.[dead link]
- "El fichaje del peruano Juan Manuel Vargas por el Betis ya es oficial" [The signing of Peruvian Juan Manuel Vargas for Betis is already official] (in Spanish). Marca. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
- "Rubén Castro llega justo a tiempo" [Rubén Castro arrives just in time] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
- Rick D'Andrea (24 November 2009). "A Victory Well Deserved – Fiorentina's Alberto Gilardino". Goal.com. Retrieved 24 November 2009.
- "Juan Vargas". National Football Teams. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
- Official website
- Juan Manuel Vargas – FIFA competition record
- Juan Manuel Vargas profile at BDFutbol
- Player profile – delgol.com
- Argentina Primera statistics