Rojas playing for Melbourne Victory in 2012
|Full name||Marco Rodrigo Rojas|
|Date of birth||5 November 1991|
|Place of birth||Hamilton, New Zealand|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Playing position||Winger / Attacking midfielder|
|2014–2016||VfB Stuttgart II||4||(0)|
|2014–2015||→ SpVgg Greuther Fürth (loan)||3||(0)|
|2014–2015||→ SpVgg Greuther Fürth II (loan)||4||(1)|
|2015–2016||→ FC Thun (loan)||37||(4)|
|2011||New Zealand U20||9||(4)|
|2012||New Zealand U23||6||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 October 2016.
Marco Rodrigo Rojas (born 5 November 1991) is a New Zealand professional footballer who plays as a winger or attacking midfielder for the New Zealand national team who currently plays for Melbourne Victory in the Hyundai A-League.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Club career
- 3 International career
- 4 Career Statistics
- 5 Honours
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Marco Rojas came through Wynton Rufer's Wynrs football academy. He also trialled with Caleb Rufer at Werder Bremen, Hannover 96 and B Monchengladbach. Neither player was successful but later on Rojas was awarded a trial with the Wellington Phoenix after winning the "Retro Ricki Youth Scholarship" from the Yellow Fever. Rojas impressed Wellington coach Ricki Herbert and put in some good performances in the Phoenix's warm up friendlies resulting in him getting offered a 2-year contract with the Hyundai A-League side.
On 13 September 2009 he made his senior debut in the A-League for the Wellington Phoenix against Melbourne Victory at the age of 17, coming off the bench as a 77th minute substitution for Daniel making him the second youngest player to play for the Phoenix behind Kosta Barbarouses. Rojas got his second appearance for the Phoenix when he was substituted on for Paul Ifill in the 73rd minute against Central Coast Mariners on 27 September 2009.
Rojas scored his first goal on his full debut for the Phoenix on 18 December 2010 in a 4–0 victory over the Newcastle Jets. His second goal was in the 72nd minute on 5 January against Melbourne Victory helping them secure a 2–0 win at Westpac Stadium. Rojas provided the assist for Chris Greenacre's opening goal in a 3–1 win over North Queensland Fury in the Phoenix's final home game of the 2010–11 season.
On 18 February 2011, Rojas was awarded the NAB Young Player of the Month. On 22 February 2011, He was awarded the Wellington Phoenix young player of the year.
On 27 February 2011, Wellington Phoenix announced that Rojas declined to sign a new contract with the club and wanted to move on. Following this announcement, some media outlets claimed unofficially that Rojas had signed for Melbourne Victory, however, officially, Melbourne Ernie Merrick denied this. It was believed at the time that Melbourne Victory, Adelaide United and a South American club were vying for the signature of the highly rated youngster.
On 8 October 2011, Rojas made his A-League debut for Melbourne Victory FC in the season opener against Sydney FC. It would not be until the following 2012–13 season, however, that he would score his first ever Melbourne Victory goal; it came in the Victory's 2–1 loss to crosstown rivals Melbourne Heart, after receiving a cross from Archie Thompson. His second Melbourne Victory goal came in the Victory's 2–1 win against Adelaide United two weeks later. Rojas scored goal number 15 for season 2012–13 on 31 March 2013 against Wellington Phoenix in a 2–3 win.
On 18 April 2013, Rojas quit Melbourne Victory to pursue a career in Europe. His contract with Melbourne expired on 30 April 2013.
Rojas moved during the 2013–14 season to VfB Stuttgart. On 8 May 2013, Marco Rojas signed a contract until June 2017 with VfB Stuttgart. He joined the Bundesliga side on a free transfer from Melbourne Victory.
On 10 July 2013, Marco started his first game for Die Schwaben in a pre-season friendly match against the local Hohenlohe-Selection at the Schönebürgstadion, Crailsheim. Marco scored his first goal for his new club in this game to give VfB a 4–0 lead just before half time, VfB went on to win the match 5–0.
On 17 July 2013, Marco suffered an injury setback during training that has sidelined the Kiwi international for between four and six weeks. Media sources revealed Rojas has broken a bone in his foot. Rojas can however continue to swim, cycle and perform weight training but he is unable to continue football related activities until after the new 1. Bundesliga season has begun in early August.
Loan to SpVgg Greuther Fürth
Loan to FC Thun
He was loaned out to FC Thun on 3 January 2015 until the end of the 2014–15 season. On 8 February 2015, Rojas scored his first Swiss Super League goal on debut for FC Thun in Thun's 1–1 draw with FC Aarau match. On 12 June 2015 the loan deal was extended until the end of the 2015–16 season.
Return to Melbourne Victory
On 25 August 2016, Rojas returned to the A-League with former club Melbourne Victory, signing a 2-year deal. His first goal on return was the sole goal for Victory in a disappointing Melbourne Derby clash. The following week, Rojas scored a match-winner at the last minute of stoppage time against Adelaide United.
On 8 March 2011, Rojas was called up to play to a 30-man squad for the upcoming games against China and Japan for New Zealand's national team the All Whites. He made his debut as a second-half substitute in the 1–1 draw with China on 25 March 2011 before he made any appearance for any other junior New Zealand sides. The scheduled match against Japan was called off due to logistics and safety concerns following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. He gained his 2nd International cap against Australia, 5 May 2011 he came on as a second-half substitute. Australia won the game 5–0
Rojas was selected for the New Zealand U-20 team to compete in the 2011 OFC U-20 Championship in April 2011 and the Suwon Cup in Korea. During the OFC U-20 championship he played in all four matches helping the Junior All Whites win the tournament and secure qualification to the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
|Wellington Phoenix F.C.
|Last updated 31 March 2013|
|New Zealand national team|
|1.||11 September 2012||North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand||Solomon Islands||6–1||6–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|2.||7 October 2016||Nissan Stadium, Nashville, United States||Mexico||1–1||1–2||Friendly|
- Oceania Footballer of the Year: 2012
- Johnny Warren Medal: 2012–13
- A-League Young Footballer of the Year: 2012–13
- A-League PFA Team of the Season : 2012–13
- "List of Players — 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
- "Marco Rojas". FC Thun. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
- "Marco Rojas, la sangre 'chilena' de Nueva Zelanda en el Mundial Sub-20". Univisión Noticias. 8 February 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- Teenager impresses Phoenix Stuff.co.nz
- A-League Player Movements Footballnews.com.au
- Jeremy Ruane. "Reigning Champions Hold Wellington To A Draw". Retrieved 29 Sep 2009.
- "Official Hyundai A-League | Home". A-league.com.au.
- "Official Hyundai A-League | Home". A-league.com.au.
- "Victory snares Phoenix's Rojas : A League : The World Game on SBS". Theworldgame.sbs.com.au. 28 February 2011.
- "Victory nab Phoenix youngster | A-League". Fox Sports. 27 February 2011.
- Rojas exit has fans livid
- Worthington, Sam (2 March 2011). "Phoenix star Marco Rojas 'still open to offers'". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
- Victory secure Rojas signing
- Melbourne Victory vs. Melbourne Heart – 5 October 2012 Soccerway
- Marco Rojas, Melbourne Victory – Videos Football Australia
- Melbourne Victory vs. Adelaide United – 19 October 2012 Soccerway
- Wellington Phoenix vs. Melbourne Victory – 31 March 2013 Soccerway
- Wellington Phoenix season of woe is over Stuff.co.nz
- Melbourne Victory star Marco Rojas wins Johnny Warren Medal for A-League Player of the Year
- Melbourne Victory confirms departure of star Marco Rojas to continue career in Europe Herald Sun
- "Marco Rojas signs for VfB". vfb.de. VfB Stuttgart. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013.
- "Brace, debut and own-goal". VfB Stuttgart. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- "Injury blow to new Stuttgart signing Rojas". Bundesliga.com. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- "Marco Rojas released on loan". vfb.de. VfB Stuttgart. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
- "Marco Rojas bound for Switzerland". vfb.de. VfB Stuttgart. 3 January 2015. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
- "Marco Rojas scores on FC Thun debut". 3news.co.nz. 3 News. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
- "Marco Rojas returns to Melbourne Victory". Melbourne Victory. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
- "Rojas signs for Melbourne Victory". Radio New Zealand. 25 August 2016.
- Martin, Sean (26 March 2011). "All Whites draw with China in friendly". The Sunday Star-Times. NZPA. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
- "FIFA U-20 World Cup Columbia 2011 – New Zealand – Squad List". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2011-12-20.
- Marco Rojas at National-Football-Teams.com
- Brown, Michael (11 September 2012). "Soccer: All Whites hammer Solomon Islands". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 11 June 2016.