Eduardo Vargas at Copa América: Gates of the Turbomannes - Sport
- For 439 days, Eduardo Vargas had been banished from Chile's national team.
- Only shortly before the Copa América in Brazil, he returned - and met twice against Japan.
- The tournament is a kind of festival for the attacker.
There are curiosities in South America (and in his football) that can only really be explained with magical realism: with this literary genre in which fantastic, magical, supernatural happenings around a character are portrayed as normal and commonplace. Which brings us to Eduardo Vargas, a Chilean striker who failed in almost all the teams in which he played, rather quietly than crashing. But he failed.
In Italy (Naples), in Brazil (Grêmio Porto Alegre), in Spain (Valencia), in England (Queens Park Rangers) and in Germany at the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. In all these places eleven play against eleven, the goals correspond exactly to the measures prescribed by the regulations, and also the balls are everywhere round. But for the "Turboman", as he is known in his homeland, Vargas is only when he covers the red bib of the Chilean national team. Then he meets. Again and again.
On Monday evening, this was felt at the Estádio Morumbi of São Paulo Japan's representation, a slightly tuned version of the team, the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo should deny and went down 0-4. Japan played appealingly, youngster Takefusa Kubo, 18, hinted why he is considered a "Japanese Messi" and Real Madrid are just looking forward to a hole in the gut, that they could lose him at FC Tokyo - especially since Kubo trained at Real's arch-rivals FC Barcelona has been.
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But the Japanese in both penalty areas lacked the efficiency shown by Chile. Erick Pulgar and Alexis Sánchez met for the defending champion of the Copa América, in each case after preparatory work by the excellent Leverkusen player Charles Aránguiz. And it met: Eduardo Vargas. With his two goals he came in 90 minutes on the same number of hits he had shot for Hoffenheim in one and a half years, before he moved on to Tigres to Mexico.
For Vargas, the triumph against Japan was all the more remarkable as he was still an outlaw until recently. In a friendly game trip Chile through Scandinavia, he fell in March 2018 the national coach Reinaldo Rueda negative. Vargas made, as the coach said, "undisciplinedness," and that quickly translated to the fact that Vargas did not care only about the horrendous taxes on alcoholic beverages in Sweden. He also wanted to show ladies, who are not members of his family, but of a sector that was banned in 1999 in Sweden, the hotel room.
Captain Gary Medel aka El pit bull Instruct the Colombian coach of his team, Reinaldo Rueda, to award Vargas. Nobody meets as surely as the former Bundesliga professional. In the end distracted el profes on. Shortly before the South American Championship, 439 days after the scandal of Stockholm, Vargas returned to the national team. And Medel was allowed to feel confirmed after the game against Japan. "We missed goals and Eduardo came back, just what we needed," said the "pit bull".