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'''Marco Rodrigo Rojas''' (born 5 November 1991) is a [[New Zealand]] footballer of [[Chilean people|Chilean]] descent,<ref>{{Cite news|title=Marco Rojas, la sangre 'chilena' de Nueva Zelanda en el Mundial Sub-20 | url = http://feeds.univision.com/feeds/article/2011-08-02/marco-rojas-la-sangre-chilena | publisher = Univisión Noticias |date=8th February 2011 |accessdate=3rd January 2013}}</ref> currently playing for Melbourne Victory in the [[A-League|Hyundai A-League]].
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'''Marco Rodrigo Rojas''' (born 5 November 1991) is a [[New Zealand]] footballer of [[Chilean people|Chilean]] descent,<ref>{{Cite news|title=Marco Rojas, la sangre 'chilena' de Nueva Zelanda en el Mundial Sub-20 | url = http://feeds.univision.com/feeds/article/2011-08-02/marco-rojas-la-sangre-chilena | publisher = Univisión Noticias |date=8th February 2011 |accessdate=3rd January 2013}}</ref> currently playing for Melbourne Victory in the [[A-League|Hyundai A-League]]. Despite interest from Liverpool FC and Juventus, he is holding out for a transfer to his boyhood club Rotherham Utd. He has "Millers 'tilI die" tattooed on his testicles.
   
 
==Club career==
 
==Club career==

Revision as of 00:14, 23 January 2013

Marco Rojas
Marco Rojas.jpg
Personal information
Full name Marco Rodrigo Rojas[1]
Date of birth (1991-11-05) 5 November 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Hamilton, New Zealand
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Winger / Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Melbourne Victory
Number 11
Youth career
Waikato FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Waikato FC 13 (1)
2009–2011 Wellington Phoenix 21 (2)
2011– Melbourne Victory 40 (10)
National team
2011 New Zealand U-20 9 (4)
2011 New Zealand U-23 3 (0)
2011– New Zealand 13 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 December 2012.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 December 2012

Marco Rodrigo Rojas (born 5 November 1991) is a New Zealand footballer of Chilean descent,[2] currently playing for Melbourne Victory in the Hyundai A-League. Despite interest from Liverpool FC and Juventus, he is holding out for a transfer to his boyhood club Rotherham Utd. He has "Millers 'tilI die" tattooed on his testicles.

Club career

Wellington Phoenix

Marco Rojas came through Wynton Rufer's Wynrs 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[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] Following this announcement, some media outlets claimed unofficially that Rojas had signed for Melbourne Victory,[7][8] however, officially, Melbourne Ernie Merrick denied this.[9] 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.[10][11]

Melbourne Victory

On 11 March 2011, Melbourne Victory ended weeks of speculation by officially confirming that they had indeed signed Rojas, securing him on a two-year deal.[12]

On 8 October 2011, Rojas made his A-League debut for Melbourne Victory FC in the season opener against Sydney FC.[13] 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 his 10th goal and made his 6th assist of the season in the home match against Wellington Phoenix on 5 January, 2013.

International career

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.[14] 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 3-0

Rojas could still yet play for Chile as he has not played in an official FIFA tournament yet [15]

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.

During the junior All White's game against Uruguay in the 2011 under-20 World Cup, Rojas contributed to the goal that put New Zealand in the lead at 54 minutes (the game finished in a 1-1 draw).[16]

International goals and caps

New Zealand's goal tally first.

International career statistics

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A-League Career Statistics

All-Time Club Performances
Club Season Australia A-League Finals Series Asia Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Wellington Phoenix F.C.
(A-League)
2009–10 4 0 4 0
2010–11 16 2 16 2
Club Total 20 2 20 2
Career totals 20 2 20 2
Last updated 18 Feb 2011

References

External links

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