Eduardo Jesús Vargas Rojas (Spanish pronunciation: [eˈðwaɾðo ˈβaɾɣas];[i] born 20 November 1989) is a Chilean professional footballer who plays as a forward for Brazilian club Atlético Mineiro and the Chile national team.
Vargas playing for Chile in 2013
|Full name||Eduardo Jesús Vargas Rojas|
|Date of birth||20 November 1989|
|Place of birth||Santiago, Chile|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|1999–2002||Internacional de Renca|
|2010–2011||Universidad de Chile||55||(18)|
|2013||→ Grêmio (loan)||18||(6)|
|2014||→ Valencia (loan)||17||(3)|
|2014–2015||→ Queens Park Rangers (loan)||21||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 February 2021|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 October 2020
Emerging as a top talent at Cobreloa, Vargas moved to Universidad de Chile where he won three titles, including the 2011 Copa Sudamericana, where he was named player of the tournament. In 2011, he was co-awarded the Chilean Footballer of the Year and also finished as runner-up for the South American Footballer of the Year. Following an £11.5 million move to Napoli, Vargas had subsequent loan spells at Grêmio, Valencia and Queens Park Rangers before moving to 1899 Hoffenheim in 2015.
A full international since 2010, Vargas has earned over 90 caps for Chile, scoring 38 goals. He was part of their squad at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2015 Copa América, the Copa América Centenario, the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2019 Copa América. He would finish as top scorer in Chile's victories at the 2015 Copa América and Copa América Centenario.
Born in Santiago, Vargas grew up in Renca, and began his career playing for Internacional de Renca's youth setup. He also had trials at Universidad Católica and Palestino before taking part of Deportes Puerto Montt's youth categories. In 2005, he was invited to a reality show headed by Adidas, called Adidas Selection Team, and despite not winning the competition, he impressed enough to start the 2006 pre-season trialling with Puerto Rico Islanders, as the club was in Chile.
In 2006, Vargas was signed by Cobreloa after impressing in a ten-day trial. Initially assigned to the B-team in the Tercera División, he scored twice during his stay, netting against Universidad Arturo Prat and San Marcos de Arica in August.
Vargas made his first team debut on 23 July 2006, aged just 16, playing the last 20 minutes in a 4–1 away loss against Puerto Montt. He appeared in three more matches during the season, all from the bench. After only five further appearances in 2007, he became a regular starter in 2008, scoring his first professional goal on 16 March in a 3–2 home defeat of Palestino. On 30 August, he scored a brace in a 4–3 away win against the same opponent.
Vargas established himself as a starter in 2009, contributing with four goals in 23 appearances.
Universidad de ChileEdit
On 7 January 2010, Vargas joined Universidad de Chile for a US$700,000 transfer fee. He made his debut for the club on 25 January, replacing Gabriel Vargas and scoring the last in a 5–1 home routing of Cobresal.
Vargas only broke into the first team during the 2011 campaign, and had a brilliant performance during the year, scoring 29 goals and providing in 51 matches. He also won both league semestral tournaments (Torneo Apertura and Torneo Clausura), as well as the Copa Sudamericana, where he was the edition's top-scorer and netted goals in both final legs against LDU Quito, scoring the only goal at Casa Blanca and twice in the 3–0 win at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago.
Vargas was chosen as a candidate for South American Footballer of the Year in November 2011, eventually placing as runner-up to Neymar. Then in December, Vargas was con-decorated as the Chilean Footballer of the Year.
In December 2011, Italian club Napoli purchased the player for a reported US$17.9 million (£11.5 million). On 23 December 2011, Napoli club president Aurelio De Laurentiis, announced Vargas would arrive at the club: "I would like to inform you officially that we purchased Vargas, a few minutes ago I received a call from Dr. De Nicola, who visited the footballer and gave his okay under medical and athletic profile. We signed the contract and we also won the competition by strong Club who wanted the player. This is the testimony that our observatory is always open and we are continuously looking for young talents in the world that can make the case of Napoli and for the growth of our team." Vargas arrived at Napoli on 6 January 2012 and signed on 9 January. He made his debut in a 2–1 Coppa Italia defeat of Cesena at the Stadio San Paolo on 12 January. On 20 May, he was an unused substitute as Napoli defeated Juventus in the Coppa Italia Final at the Stadio Olimpico.
On 20 September 2012, in the first match of Napoli's UEFA Europa League campaign, Vargas scored his first Napoli goals, netting three in a 4–0 victory against AIK. This was the first time that a Chilean player had scored a hat-trick in a continental competition in Europe.
On 17 January 2013, Vargas agreed to go on loan to Brazilian side Grêmio. He made his first appearance six days later in a Copa Libertadores match against LDU Quito. He scored his first goal on 21 February against Fluminense in the Copa Libertadores. On 31 March, he scored his first goal in the Campeonato Gaúcho, converting a penalty at the Arena do Grêmio in a 1–1 draw with Passo Fundo.
On 23 January 2014, Vargas joined La Liga club Valencia on loan for the rest of the 2013–14 season. Vargas played his first official match for Los Che in a 3–2 away win at Camp Nou against champions Barcelona on 1 February 2014. He scored his first La Liga goal against Real Betis, in a 5–0 home win.
Queens Park Rangers (loan)Edit
On 21 August 2014, Vargas joined Queens Park Rangers on loan until the end of the 2014–15 Premier League season. He made his debut for the club on 14 September against Manchester United, replacing Charlie Austin for the last 31 minutes at Old Trafford. On 19 October, in a 2–3 loss against Liverpool at Loftus Road, Vargas scored twice after coming on as a substitute for Bobby Zamora in the 78th minute. On 26 December, in a 2–1 loss to Arsenal, Vargas helped his goalkeeper Robert Green save an early penalty from Alexis Sánchez by pointing out which way his fellow Chilean was likely to shoot the ball.
On 22 March 2015, Vargas scored his first goal in five months in QPR's 1–2 home defeat to Everton. He also scored in the team's 4–1 victory at West Bromwich Albion on 4 April, but injured his knee ligament in that match, ruling him out for the remainder of the season. The season ended with QPR finishing bottom of the league, resulting in their relegation to the Championship.
Vargas played the historical final against Tigres' archrival: CF Monterrey. In the first leg the teams tied by 1–1 at the Estadio Universitario. In the Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Tigres beat Monterrey by 2–1. Vargas and Francisco Meza scored the goals.
In 2009, Vargas participated in the Toulon Tournament with the Chile under-23 national team, where he was champion and the team's second top goalscorer. On 5 November 2009, he made his full international debut for the senior team in a 2–1 win over Paraguay at the Estadio CAP.
In 2011, Vargas was recalled and scored his first goal in a 3–2 friendly defeat to Spain on 2 September. On 12 October, he scored his first competitive international goal in a 4–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying win over Peru at the Estadio Monumental.
In September 2013, Vargas broke the Chile national team record for goals in consecutive matches – previously held jointly by Marcelo Salas and Carlos Caszely – by scoring twice in a 2–2 friendly draw with Spain. During 2013, he scored in six consecutive matches and nine times overall for La Roja.
2014 World CupEdit
On 1 June 2014, Vargas was named by Jorge Sampaoli in Chile's 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. In Chile's second group match, against defending champions Spain at the Maracanã Stadium, Vargas scored the team's opening goal as they mathematically eliminated Spain and secured qualification to the knockout stage.
2015 Copa AméricaEdit
On 11 June 2015, Vargas scored for Chile in the opening match of the 2015 Copa América, a 2–0 win over Ecuador at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago. In the team's next fixture, Vargas scored his second goal of the tournament, heading an equalizer as the hosts drew 3–3 with Mexico on 15 June. In the semi-final against Peru, Vargas scored both goals in a 2–1 victory for Chile, the second of which was a long-distance effort, to send La Roja to the final. Although Vargas was substituted out in extra time, Chile won in a penalty shootout against Argentina to win their first major international honour. Vargas' four goals made him the competition's joint top scorer alongside Peruvian Paolo Guerrero, and he was named in the Team of the Tournament.
Copa América CentenarioEdit
On 14 June 2016, at the Copa América Centenario, Vargas and Alexis Sánchez scored twice each in a 4–2 win over Panama in Philadelphia to qualify for the quarter-finals of the tournament. Four days later, he added four more goals at Levi's Stadium in a 7–0 rout of Mexico. Chile retained their title with another win on penalties against Argentina, and Vargas was again the top scorer with six goals.
Despite his previous successes with the national team, Vargas, along with Marcelo Díaz, fell out of favour following the appointment of Reinaldo Rueda in 2018 and made only a single friendly appearance for Chile in the year.
2019 Copa AméricaEdit
- As of 25 February 2021
|Cobreloa B||2006||Chilean Tercera División||12||2||—||—||—||12||2|
|Cobreloa||2006||Chilean Primera División||4||0||—||—||—||4||0|
|2007||Chilean Primera División||5||0||—||—||—||5||0|
|2008||Chilean Primera División||21||4||2||0||—||—||23||4|
|2009||Chilean Primera División||24||6||1||1||—||—||25||7|
|Universidad de Chile||2010||Chilean Primera División||18||1||—||10[a]||2||—||28||3|
|2011||Chilean Primera División||37||17||2||1||12[b]||11||—||51||29|
|Grêmio (loan)||2013||Série A||18||6||3||0||10[e]||2||6[f]||1||37||9|
|Valencia (loan)||2013–14||La Liga||17||3||—||8[d]||2||—||25||5|
|Queens Park Rangers (loan)||2014–15||Premier League||21||3||1||0||—||—||22||3|
|Tigres UANL||2016–17||Liga MX||12||1||0||0||6[g]||2||—||18||4|
|Atlético Mineiro||2020||Série A||16||2||—||—||—||16||2|
- Nine appearances and two goals in Copa Libertadores, one appearance in Copa Sudamericana
- Appearance(s) in Copa Sudamericana
- Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
- Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
- Appearance(s) in Copa Libertadores
- Appearance(s) in Campeonato Gaúcho
- Appearance(s) in CONCACAF Champions League
- Appearance in Campeón de Campeones
- One appearance in Campeón de Campeones, one appearance in Campeones Cup
- One appearance in Campeón de Campeones, three appearances and one goal in Leagues Cup
- As of 13 October 2020
- Score and Result lists Chile's goals first
|1.||2 September 2011||AFG Arena, St. Gallen, Switzerland||Spain||2–0||2–3||Friendly|
|2.||12 October 2011||Estadio Monumental, Santiago, Chile||Peru||2–0||4–2||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|3.||6 February 2013||Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain||Egypt||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|4.||26 March 2013||Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile||Uruguay||2–0||2–0||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5.||24 April 2013||Mineirão, Belo Horizonte, Brazil||Brazil||2–2||2–2||Friendly|
|6.||7 June 2013||Estadio Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay||Paraguay||1–0||2–1||2014 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|7.||11 June 2013||Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile||Bolivia||1–0||3–1|
|8.||6 September 2013||Venezuela||1–0||3–0|
|9.||10 September 2013||Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland||Spain||1–0||2–2||Friendly|
|11.||19 November 2013||Rogers Centre, Toronto, Canada||Brazil||1–1||1–2|
|12.||30 May 2014||Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile||Egypt||2–2||3–2|
|14.||4 June 2014||Estadio Elías Figueroa, Valparaíso, Chile||Northern Ireland||1–0||2–0|
|15.||18 June 2014||Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Spain||1–0||2–0||2014 FIFA World Cup|
|16.||10 October 2014||Estadio Elías Figueroa, Valparaíso, Chile||Peru||1–0||3–0||Friendly|
|18.||15 November 2014||Estadio CAP, Talcahuano, Chile||Venezuela||3–0||5–0|
|19.||11 June 2015||Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile||Ecuador||2–0||2–0||2015 Copa América|
|20.||15 June 2015||Mexico||2–2||3–3|
|21.||29 June 2015||Peru||1–0||2–1||2015 Copa América|
|23.||8 October 2015||Brazil||1–0||2–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|24.||13 October 2015||Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru||Peru||2–2||4–3|
|26.||14 June 2016||Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, United States||Panama||1–1||4–2||Copa América Centenario|
|28.||18 June 2016||Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, United States||Mexico||2–0||7–0||Copa América Centenario|
|32.||15 November 2016||Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile||Uruguay||1–1||3–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|33.||13 June 2017||Cluj Arena, Cluj-Napoca, Romania||Romania||1–0||2–3||Friendly|
|34.||18 June 2017||Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow, Russia||Cameroon||2–0||2–0||2017 FIFA Confederations Cup|
|35.||5 October 2017||Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile||Ecuador||1–0||2–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|36.||6 June 2019||Estadio La Portada, La Serena, Chile||Haiti||1–1||2–1||Friendly|
|37.||17 June 2019||Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil||Japan||2–0||4–0||2019 Copa América|
- Universidad de Chile
- Tigres UANL
- Copa Sudamericana Top Scorer: 2011
- Copa Sudamericana Player of the Tournament: 2011
- Primera División de Chile Player of the Tournament: 2011
- Primera División de Chile Best Forward: 2011
- CONMEBOL Team of the Season: 2011
- Copa América Team of the Tournament: 2015, 2016
- Copa América Top Scorer: 2015, 2016
- China Cup Best Player: 2017
- In isolation, Vargas was pronounced [ˈbaɾɣas].
- Plantel Tigres UANL
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