Charles Aránguiz

Charles Mariano Aránguiz Sandoval (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈtʃaɾles aˈɾaŋɡis]; born 17 April 1989) is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen and the Chile national team.

Charles Aránguiz
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Aránguiz with Bayer Leverkusen in 2018
Personal information
Full name Charles Mariano Aránguiz Sandoval
Date of birth (1989-04-17) 17 April 1989 (age 33)
Place of birth Puente Alto, Santiago, Chile
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)[1][2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bayer Leverkusen
Number 20
Youth career
Universidad de Chile
Cobreloa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Cobreloa 97 (11)
2007Cobresal (loan) 14 (1)
2009–2010 Colo-Colo 32 (5)
2010 Quilmes 14 (0)
2011–2013 Universidad de Chile 95 (20)
2014 Udinese 0 (0)
2014–2015 Internacional 38 (9)
2015– Bayer Leverkusen 168 (10)
International career
2008 Chile U20 4 (1)
2009– Chile 97 (7)
Honours
Representing  Chile
Copa America
Winner 2015
Winner 2016
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16:49, 15 October 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23:44, 23 September 2022 (UTC)

With his former club Universidad de Chile, Aránguiz was considered one of the best midfielders in the Chilean Primera División, with a good sense of tactics, impressive stamina and intelligent playmaking, marking and passing abilities. He can play as a defensive, center or even as a right wing midfielder. He is described by FIFA's official website as "a crafty, tigerish midfielder of the highest order, notable for his ability to win and distribute the ball, pick out passes and hit the back of the net".[3]

Club careerEdit

Early lifeEdit

Aránguiz was born in Puente Alto in Diego Portales neighborhood. His mother, Mariana Sandoval, is a football coach.[3] He started to play football in Universidad de Chile before leaving the club to join Cobreloa Academy when he was 13 years old.[4]

Early careerEdit

 
Aránguiz playing for Universidad de Chile in 2013

Aránguiz made his professional debut in 2006, for Cobreloa against Cobresal. His first goal in the Primera División was against O'Higgins in the same year. After a spell on loan at Cobresal, Aránguiz joined Colo-Colo, where he won the Clausura championship in 2009.[3]

In 2010, Aránguiz had a short spell at Argentine club Quilmes, before joining Colo-Colo's historic rivals Universidad de Chile for a fee of £616,000 on 1 January 2011. He immediately became an integral part of the squad, helping "U" to win the 2011 Copa Sudamericana, where the Chilean team remained unbeaten for the entire tournament.[5] By defeating Ecuadorian side Liga de Quito 4–0 on aggregate in the final,[6] Universidad de Chile became the first Chilean side to win a continental competition in twenty years.[7]

Having drawn 3–3 on aggregate with Unión Española in the semi-finals of the Copa Chile, Aránguiz led his team to the final, netting the "U"'s first kick in a 5–4 penalty shoot-out victory on 17 April 2013.[8] In the final, he played the full ninety minutes as Universidad secured a 2–1 win over Universidad Católica thanks to a stoppage-time goal from Juan Ignacio Duma.[9]

InternacionalEdit

On 11 January 2014, it was announced that Aránguiz was signed by Brazilian club Internacional on loan until 15 August 2014 from Granada, after its owner Giampaolo Pozzo, who also owns Udinese and Watford, had bought half of his rights from Universidad de Chile.[10][11] Although he never played for the Spanish club, as he was quickly loaned to the Brazilian club and later sold.

He was named the MVP of the 2014 Campeonato Gaúcho as Internacional won the tournament for a record 43rd time.[3]

On 11 June 2014, Charles Aránguiz's purchase was announced by Internacional's board in a joint transaction with investor Delcir Sonda for an undisclosed fee. Aránguiz signed a new contract which expires in June 2018.[12]

Bayer LeverkusenEdit

On 13 August 2015, Bayer Leverkusen announced that they had signed Aránguiz from Internacional for an undisclosed fee thought to be around £8.6m.[13] He was given the number 20 shirt. Aranguiz was the subject of a fierce transfer battle between Bayer and Leicester City and despite the latter offering him a significantly higher salary, Aranguiz opted to move to Bayer Leverkusen. Aranguiz stated that Leicester was a small club and that he wanted to play in the Champions League.[14][15] Aránguiz was appointed as club captain ahead of the 2020–21 season, after Lars Bender abdicated the role due to ongoing injury issues.[16]

International careerEdit

 
Aránguiz during the hymn ceremony at the Chile vs. Australia match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup

He participated in Milk Cup in 2007. In 2008, he participated in Toulon Tournament, Milk Cup, and the Talents Cup. Along with Chile youth team he won the 2008 João Havelange Tournament.[17][18] He participated for the U-20 Chile team in 2009 South American Youth Championship; there he scored one goal in the championship from a free kick.

Aránguiz made his debut for the Chile national team in 2009, but was not selected for the 2010 FIFA World Cup or the 2011 Copa América. He established himself in the Chile team during its successful 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, making seven appearances and scoring in wins against Bolivia and Venezuela.[3]

On 1 June 2014, Aránguiz was named to Chile's final 23-man roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.[19] In Chile's second group match against defending champions Spain at the Estádio do Maracanã, he provided the assist for Eduardo Vargas's goal before scoring himself as Chile eliminated Spain and secured qualification to the round of 16.[20]

At the 2015 Copa América, held in Chile, Aránguiz scored twice during a 5–0 defeat of Bolivia which ensured that La Roja would progress to the knockout stage as Group A winners.[21]

The following year, Aránguiz was once again a key player for Chile in their 2016 Copa América Centenario triumph. Aránguiz scored the crucial opening goal against Colombia in Chile's 2–0 semi-final victory over them. He then also played great in the final against Argentina and he converted a vital penalty in the penalty shoot-out which gave Chile victory once again against Argentina. Chile raised the Copa America trophy with this triumph and Aránguiz was a key player for them throughout the tournament.[22]

Personal lifeEdit

His mother, Mariana Sandoval, was a football coach and leader at amateur level for over 30 years in Puente Alto and was highlighted by CONMEBOL due to these contributions.[23]

His brother, Gilberto, is a football coach working for club Municipal Puente Alto in the Chilean Tercera B during 2022.[24]

His cousin, Mario Sandoval, is a professional football player too.[25]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 15 October 2022
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League State League National cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Universidad de Chile 2011[26] Chilean Primera División 39 4 5 0 12[a] 0 56 4
2012[26] Chilean Primera División 31 4 5 0 16[b] 0 2[c] 0 54 4
2013[26] Chilean Primera División 12 5 4 2 5[d] 1 1[e] 0 22 8
2013–14[26] Chilean Primera División 13 7 0 0 5[a] 4 18 11
Total 95 20 14 2 38 5 3 0 140 27
Internacional 2014[26] Série A 24 6 9 3 4 1 1[a] 0 38 10
2015[26] Série A 5 0 11[d] 0 16 0
Total 24 6 14 3 4 1 12 0 54 10
Bayer Leverkusen 2015–16[26] Bundesliga 7 2 0 0 7 2
2016–17[26] Bundesliga 26 2 2 0 8[f] 0 36 2
2017–18[26] Bundesliga 27 1 4 1 31 2
2018–19[26] Bundesliga 24 2 1 0 4[g] 1 29 3
2019–20[26] Bundesliga 27 1 4 1 8[h] 2 41 4
2020–21[26] Bundesliga 21 0 3 1 1[g] 0 25 1
2021–22[26] Bundesliga 26 1 1 0 5[g] 1 32 2
2022–23[26] Bundesliga 10 1 1 1 4[f] 0 15 2
Total 168 10 16 4 30 4 214 18
Career total 287 36 14 3 34 7 80 9 3 0 408 55
  1. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in Copa Sudamericana
  2. ^ Twelve appearances in Copa Libertadores, four appearances in Copa Sudamericana
  3. ^ Appearances in Recopa Sudamericana
  4. ^ a b Appearances in Copa Libertadores
  5. ^ Appearance in Supercopa de Chile
  6. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  7. ^ a b c Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  8. ^ Five appearances and one goal in UEFA Champions League, three appearances and one goal in UEFA Europa League

InternationalEdit

As of match played 23 September 2022[27]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Chile 2009 1 0
2010 3 0
2011 2 0
2012 6 2
2013 6 0
2014 13 2
2015 9 2
2016 13 1
2017 12 0
2018 2 0
2019 11 0
2020 2 0
2021 12 0
2022 5 0
Total 97 7
Scores and results list Chile's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Aránguiz goal.
List of international goals scored by Charles Aránguiz[27][26]
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 June 2012 Estadio Hernando Siles, La Paz, Bolivia   Bolivia 1–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 9 June 2012 Estadio José Antonio Anzoátegui, Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela   Venezuela 2–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 18 June 2014 Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Spain 2–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup
4 14 October 2014 Estadio Francisco Sánchez Rumoroso, Coquimbo, Chile   Bolivia 1–1 2–2 Friendly
5 19 June 2015 Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago, Chile   Bolivia 1–0 5–0 2015 Copa América
6 3–0 5–0
7 22 June 2016 Soldier Field, Chicago, United States   Colombia 1–0 2–0 Copa América Centenario

HonoursEdit

Colo-Colo

Universidad de Chile

Internacional

Chile

Individual

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Charles Aránguiz Profile - Yahoo Sports". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Charles ARANGUIZ". FIFA. Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Quiero sacar a mi familia de la población"[permanent dead link]
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  7. ^ "Universidad de Chile's perfect year remains on after Copa victory". The Guardian. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  8. ^ "DRAMÁTICA CLASIFICACIÓN DE LA "U" A LA FINALÍSIMA DE LA COPA CHILE MTS" (in Spanish). ANFP. 17 April 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  9. ^ "LA "U" ES CAMPEÓN DE LA COPA CHILE Y VA A LA SUDAMERICANA" (in Spanish). ANFP. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Internacional sign Chile midfielder Charles Aránguiz on loan". SambaFoot. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Internacional oficializa contratação do chileno Charles Aranguíz". terra.com.br. 10 January 2014. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  12. ^ "Inter anuncia compra em definitivo do chileno Charles Aránguiz". globoesporte.com. 11 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Bayer 04 sign Chile international Aránguiz". bayer04.de. 13 August 2015.
  14. ^ "Bayer Leverkusen beat Leicester City in race to sign Charles Aránguiz". The Guardian. 13 August 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  15. ^ "Charles Aranguiz has no desire to join Leicester City". Sports Mole. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  16. ^ "Charles Aranguiz takes over as Leverkusen captain from Lars Bender". Bulinews. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  17. ^ "Ivo Basay: "El torneo 'Joao Havelange' sirve para ver nuevos jugadores"". alairelibre.cl (in Spanish). Cooperativa. 8 February 2008. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  18. ^ "Fútbol: Selección chilena juvenil se alzó con Copa Joao Havelange". espanol.upi.com (in Spanish). 24 February 2008. Retrieved 14 October 2021.
  19. ^ "Vidal named in Chile's World Cup squad". FIFA. 1 June 2014. Archived from the original on 3 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  20. ^ "Spain crash out as irresistible Chile prove too much of a handful". The Guardian. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  21. ^ "Chile 5-0 Bolivia". BBC. 19 June 2015.
  22. ^ "Chile win Copa América once again as Argentina title drought continues". The Guardian. 26 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  23. ^ "La Conmebol destaca a la mamá de Charles Aránguiz". La Tercera. 23 May 2019. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  24. ^ Vicuña, Rodrigo (1 August 2022). "Club del fútbol chileno se ilusiona con arrebatarle Charles Aránguiz a la U: "Sería un sueño tenerlo"". En Cancha (in Spanish). Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  25. ^ "La dura carrera del primo de Charles Aránguiz que por fin puede brillar en Primera". chile.as.com. 2 March 2020. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
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  27. ^ a b "Charles Aránguiz". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 1 February 2022.
  28. ^ "Cuatro jugadores de la "U" integran el "Equipo Ideal de América 2012"" (in Spanish). La Tercera. 27 December 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2021.

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