Eduardo Vargas

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Vargas and the second or maternal family name is Rojas.
Eduardo Vargas

Vargas playing for Chile in a friendly against Spain in 2013
Personal information
Full name Eduardo Jesús Vargas Rojas
Date of birth (1989-11-20) 20 November 1989
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
1899 Hoffenheim
Number 9
Youth career
2003–2007 Cobreloa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Cobreloa 53 (10)
2010–2011 Universidad de Chile 55 (18)
2012–2015 Napoli 19 (0)
2013Grêmio (loan) 18 (6)
2014Valencia (loan) 17 (3)
2014–2015Queens Park Rangers (loan) 21 (3)
2015– 1899 Hoffenheim 28 (2)
National team
2009 Chile U23 6 (4)
2009– Chile 66 (32)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 November 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16 November 2016

Eduardo Jesús Vargas Rojas (Spanish pronunciation: [eˈðwarðo ˈβarɣas]; born 20 November 1989) is a Chilean footballer who plays as a forward for German club 1899 Hoffenheim and the Chile national team.

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 Hoffenheim in 2015.

A full international since 2010, Vargas has earned 60 caps for Chile, scoring 31 goals. He was part of their squad at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the 2015 Copa América, and Copa América Centenario, finishing as top scorer in Chile's victories at the latter two.

Club career


Vargas started playing in amateur teams in Renca, Santiago, but he did not participate in other youth teams, because he lived very far away from any club of greater Santiago. In 2006, he continued playing in an amateur third division team, where he participated in a tournament played in Puerto Montt. He was the top scorer of his team.

Later, Osvaldo Hurtado contacted Vargas with Jorge Aravena (then coach of Cobreloa), where he was submitted to several evaluations. Finally he was incorporated to Cobreloa squad in 2006. He played for Cobreloa B, a third Division team, scoring for the team, against Universidad Arturo Prat, on 7 August. He then scored another goal against San Marcos de Arica on 28 August.

Universidad de Chile

In January 2010, he joined powerhouse Universidad de Chile for a US$700,000 fee where he had a quiet season, scoring one goal in 18 appearances. However, the following season he broke into the first team and had a brilliant performance during the year — scoring 25 goals and providing 11 assists in 44 matches[2] — winning 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.[3]

He was chosen as a candidate for South American Footballer of the Year in November 2011, eventually placing as runner-up to Neymar.[4] 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 $17.9 million (£11.5 million).[5] On 23 December 2011, S.S.C. Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis, announced that 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".[6] Vargas arrived at Napoli on 6 January 2012 and signed on 9 January.[7] He made his debut in a 2–1 Coppa Italia defeat of Cesena at the Stadio San Paolo on 12 January.[8] 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.[9] This was the first time that a Chilean player had scored a hat-trick in a continental competition in Europe.

Grêmio (loan)

On 17 January 2013, Vargas agreed to go on loan to Brazilian side Grêmio.[10] He made his first appearance six days later in a Copa Libertadores match against LDU Quito. He scored his first goal on February 21 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.

Valencia (loan)

On 23 January 2014, Vargas joined La Liga club Valencia on loan for the rest of the 2013-14 season.[11] Vargas played his first official match for Los Che in a 3–2 away win at Camp Nou against champions FC Barcelona on 1 February 2014. He scored his first La Liga goal against Real Betis, in a 5–0 home win.[12]

Vargas recorded two goals and three assists in eight appearances as Valencia reached the semi-finals of the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League.[13]

Queens Park Rangers (loan)

On 21 August 2014, Vargas joined Queens Park Rangers on loan until the end of the 2014–15 Premier League season.[14] He made his debut for the club on 14 September against Manchester United, replacing Charlie Austin for the last 31 minutes at Old Trafford.[15] 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 of the match.[16]

In a 2–1 loss to Arsenal on 26 December, 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.[17]

On 22 March 2015, Vargas scored his first goal in five months during QPR's 1–2 home defeat to Everton.[18] He also netted in the team's 41 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.[19] The season ended with QPR finishing bottom of the league, and being relegated to the Championship.


On 24 August 2015, Vargas joined TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on a four-year deal, for a reported fee of €5 million, plus an additional percentage of any sell-on fee.[20][21]

International career

Vargas shaking hands with the Australian team before their group match at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

In 2009, Vargas participated in the Toulon Tournament with the U23 national team where he was champion and the team's top scorer. 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.[22]

In 2011, he was recalled and scored his first goal in a 3–2 friendly defeat to Spain on 2 September.[23] On 12 October, Vargas scored his first competitive international goal in a 4–2 World Cup qualifying win over Peru at the Estadio Monumental.

In September 2013, he broke the Chilean 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.[3] During 2013, he scored in six consecutive matches and nine times overall for La Roja.[3]

2014 World Cup

On 1 June 2014, Vargas was named by Jorge Sampaoli in Chile's 23-man squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.[24] In Chile's second group match against defending champions Spain at the Estádio do Maracanã, Vargas scored the team's opening goal as they eliminated Spain and secured qualification to the knockout stage.[25]

2015 Copa América

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.[26] In the team's next fixture, Vargas scored his second goal of the tournament, heading an equaliser as the hosts drew 3–3 with Mexico on 15 June.[27] In the semifinal 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 in extra time, Chile won in a penalty shootout against Argentina to win their first major international honour.[28] 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.[29]

Copa América Centenario

On 14 June 2016, Vargas and Alexis Sánchez scored twice each in a 4–2 win over Panama in Philadelphia to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Copa América Centenario.[30] Four days later, he added four more goals at Levi's Stadium in a 7–0 rout of Mexico.[31] Chile retained their title with another win on penalties against Argentina, and Vargas was again the top scorer with six goals.[32]

Career statistics


As of 20 June 2016
Club Season League Continental Cup Other Total
Cobreloa 2006–C 3030
2007–A 4040
2007–C 1010
2008–A 121121
2008–C 9393
2009–A 102102
2009–C 14421165
Total 5310215511
Universidad de Chile 2010 181102283
2011–A 22102210
2011–C 1571211212919
Total 55182213107932
Napoli 2011–12 1001020130
2012–13 9063153
Total 1907320283
Grêmio (loan) 2013 1861023061379
Valencia (loan) 2013–14 17382255
QPR (loan) 2014–15 21310223
1899 Hoffenheim 2015–16 242242
Career total 207424921706127065


Chile national team

International goals

Score and Result lists Chile's goals first
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile  Venezuela 1–0 3–0
9. 10 September 2013 Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland  Spain 1–0 2–2 Friendly
10. 2–1
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
13. 3–2
14. 4 June 2014 Estadio Elías Figueroa, Valparaíso, Chile  Northern Ireland 1–0 2–0
15. 18 June 2014 Estádio do Maracanã, 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
17. 3–0
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 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile  Mexico 2–2 3–3
21. 29 June 2015 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile  Peru 1–0 2–1
22. 2–1
23. 8 October 2015 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile  Brazil 1–0 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
24. 13 October 2015 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru  Peru 2–2 4–3
25. 4–2
26. 14 June 2016 Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, United States  Panama 1–1 4–2 Copa América Centenario
27. 2–1
28. 18 June 2016 Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, United States  Mexico 2–0 7–0
29. 4–0
30. 5–0
31. 6–0
32. 15 November 2016 Estadio Nacional, Santiago, Chile  Uruguay 1–1 3–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification



Universidad de Chile[33]





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