Sergio Vargas (footballer)

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Sergio Vargas
Personal information
Full name Sergio Bernabé Vargas Buscalia
Date of birth (1965-08-17) 17 August 1965 (age 51)
Place of birth Chacabuco, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Independiente 86 (0)
1991 Emelec
1992 Independiente 15 (0)
1993–2002 Universidad de Chile
2003 Unión Española
2004–2005 PSM Makassar
National team
2001 Chile 10 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Sergio Bernabé Vargas Buscalia (born 17 August 1965 in Chacabuco, Buenos Aires) is a former Chilean football goalkeeper. He obtained a total number of ten caps for the Chilean national team during his career. Vargas retired in 2005.

Club career[edit]

Vargas began his career in Independiente. After three seasons at the club with 98 appearances, he left for Club Sport Emelec of Ecuador. However Vargas left after a season to join Universidad de Chile.

Vargas, with other players such as Luis Musrri, Rogelio Delgado, Esteban Valencia, Marcelo Salas and Rodrigo Goldberg, helped Universidad de Chile to win the Primera División de Chile in 1994 and again in 1995. Before 1994, Universidad de Chile last won the championship in 1969.

Vargas will continue to win the Copa Chile in 1998 with Universidad de Chile. In 2000, he won the double with Universidad de Chile, winning both the Primera División de Chile and Copa Chile.

Vargas earned the nickname "Superman" for his constant saves in the air, especially in the last few moments.[1]

In 2002, the President of Universidad de Chile, Dr. Rene Orozco, terminated Vargas's contract. Vargas then left for Unión Española where he stayed for as season. He then went to PSM Makassar in Indonesia. After two seasons, Vargas retired from soccer in 2005.

Recently entitled football coach, after a brief passage as technical manager at Universidad de Chile.

International career[edit]

Vargas was summoned for selection by Argentina U17 team but played for Chile in 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Vargas made his debut match against Uruguay on 24 April 2001, which Chile lost 0-1 to an own goal.

He was also capped for the 2001 Copa América, playing four matches as Chile were knocked out in the quarterfinals.