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

Charles Aránguiz
Charles Aránguiz en la Copa Mundial de Fútbol de 2014.JPG
Aránguiz lining up for Chile at the 2014 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Charles Mariano Aránguiz Sandoval
Date of birth (1989-04-17) 17 April 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth Puente Alto, Santiago, Chile
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)[1][2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Bayer Leverkusen
Number 20
Youth career
Universidad de Chile
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)
2014–2015 Internacional 54 (10)
2015– Bayer Leverkusen 74 (6)
National team
2009 Chile U20 4 (1)
2009– Chile 66 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:05, 9 February 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 July 2017

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 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 shootout 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]


On 11 January 2014, it was announced that Aránguiz was signed by Brazilian club Internacional on loan until 15 August 2014 from Granada CF, 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 Leverkeusen. Aranguiz stated that Leicester was a small club (who went on to win the Premier League and reach the quarter final of the Champions League) and he wanted to play in the Champions League[citation needed].

International careerEdit

Aránguiz at 2017 Confederations Cup

He participated in Milk Cup in 2007. In 2008, he participated in Toulon Tournament, Milk Cup, and the Talents Cup. 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.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16]

The following year, Aránguiz was once again a key player for Chile in their 2016 Copa America 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.[17]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Chile's goal tally first.[18]
# 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



  1. ^ "Kader Saison 2016–17". Offizielle Website Der Bayer 04 Leverkusen Fussball GMBH. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Charles Aránguiz Profile - Yahoo Sports". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Charles ARANGUIZ". FIFA. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Quiero sacar a mi familia de la población"[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Historia" (in Spanish). Universidad de Chile. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Copa Sudamericana Final 2011, Universidad De Chile Vs. LDU Quito: La "U" Win Easily In Spectacular Fashion". SB Nation. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  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". 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". 11 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Bayer 04 sign Chile international Aránguiz". 13 August 2015.
  14. ^ "Vidal named in Chile's World Cup squad". FIFA. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  15. ^ "Spain crash out as irresistible Chile prove too much of a handful". The Guardian. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  16. ^ "Chile 5-0 Bolivia". BBC. 19 June 2015.
  17. ^ [1]
  18. ^ Charles Aránguiz at Soccerway

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