Jorge Francisco Vargas
Jorge Vargas is a Chile
Chile ,officially the Republic of Chile , is a country in South America occupying a long, narrow coastal strip between the Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far...

an football defender
Defender (football)
Within the sport of association football, a defender is an outfield player whose primary role is to prevent the opposition from attacking....

. He currently plays for San Luis Quillota
San Luis Quillota
San Luis are a Chilean Football club, their home town is Quillota in Chile. They currently play in 2nd division of Chilean football Liga Chilena de Fútbol: Primera B and their historic rivals are Unión La Calera.-History:...


Club career

Vargas debuted in his country's first division in 1995, while playing for Huachipato on loan from Universidad Católica
Club Deportivo Universidad Católica
Club Deportivo Universidad Católica is a professional football club based in Santiago, Chile, which plays in the Primera División.Universidad Católica is one of the most successful and popular football clubs in Chile and considered one of the three "big teams"...

. After returning from his loan spell Vargas received little playing time for Universidad Católica, and was consequently loaned out during the 1997 season to Coquimbo Unido
Coquimbo Unido
Coquimbo Unido, is a Chilean football club based in the city of Coquimbo. The club was founded August 15, 1957 and plays in the second division of the Chilean football league...

, where he began to make a name for himself with his solid play. His play did not go unnoticed by Universidad Católica as he returned to the club and began to feature regularly. By 1999 Vargas established himself as the symbol and most prominent member of the club appearing in 38 matches and netting 3 goals. Vargas started drawing interest from Italian clubs and by the end of 1999 was sold to Reggina
Reggina Calcio
Reggina Calcio are an Italian association football club, the main club of the city of Reggio Calabria. Founded in 1914, they currently play in the Italian Serie B, and play their home matches at the 27,763 seater Stadio Oreste Granillo...


With Reggina in the Italian serie A Vargas enjoyed the most successful part of his career, in four years he appeared in 97 league matches scoring 3 goals. In 2003/04 Vargas joined Empoli, but was unable to help the club avoid relegation. After his negative experience with Empoli, Vargas signed with A.S Livorno, where he recaptured the form that made him a standout for Reggina. In two years at the Tuscan club Vargas appeared in 55 league matches.

After his successful serie A career Vargas signed on with top Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg for the 2006/07 season. He appeared in 26 league matches helping the club to the Austrian Bundesliga crown.

On the 29th of July 2008, Vargas joined the recently relegated Italian side Empoli
Empoli F.C.
Empoli Football Club is an Italian association football club located in Empoli, Tuscany, founded in 1920 and played its first official match in 1921.In recent years, the club has all too often been bouncing between Italy's two top divisions...


On the 25th of November 2009, Vargas joined to Spezia Calcio, team from the Serie C2
Serie C2
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 in Italy
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National team

Vargas made his international debut for Chile on April 28, 1999. He cemented a starting role during his countries 4th place finish during Copa América 1999
Copa América 1999
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. During the latter months of 2006 and early 2007 Vargas was captain of the Chilean national team. In July 2007 he was punished by the Chilean Football Federation with a 20 match ban for his role in the unruly celebrations for qualifying to the second round of Copa America 2007
Copa América 2007
The 2007 Campeonato Sudamericano Copa América, known simply as the 2007 Copa América or 2007 Copa América Venezuela, was the 42nd edition of the Copa América, the South-American championship for international association football teams...

, in which several members of the team in a drunken state caused problems at the teams camp. Vargas to this day denies his role.

Vargas has represented Chile
Chile national football team
The Chilean national football team represents Chile in all major international football competitions. The team is controlled by the Federación de Fútbol de Chile which was established in 1895. They have appeared in eight World Cup tournaments and were hosts of the 1962 FIFA World Cup finishing in...

 52 times, scoring a lone goal versus Uruguay
Uruguay national football team
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 from the penalty spot
Penalty kick
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Domestic League Titles Won

  • 1997 Chilean League with Club Deportivo Universidad Católica
    Club Deportivo Universidad Católica
    Club Deportivo Universidad Católica is a professional football club based in Santiago, Chile, which plays in the Primera División.Universidad Católica is one of the most successful and popular football clubs in Chile and considered one of the three "big teams"...

  • 2006/07 Austrian Bundesliga with Red Bull Salzburg

In Action

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