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Charles Aránguiz
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Aránguiz with Bayer Leverkusen in 2018
Personal information
Full name Charles Mariano Aránguiz Sandoval
Date of birth (1989-04-17) 17 April 1989 (age 34)
Place of birth Puente Alto, Santiago, Chile
Height 1.71 m
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Internacional
Number 20
Youth career
2000-2002 Universidad de Chile
2002-2006 Cobreloa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2009 Cobreloa 97 (11)
2007 → Cobresal (loan) 14 (1)
2009–2010 Colo-Colo 32 (5)
2010 Quilmes 14 (0)
2011–2013 Universidad de Chile 95 (20)
2014 Udinese 0 (0)
2014–2015 Internacional 38 (9)
2015–2023 Bayer Leverkusen 168 (10)
2023– Internacional 1 (0)
National team
2008 Chile U20 4 (1)
2009– Chile 100 (7)
Honours
Representing  Chile
Copa America
Winner 2015 Chile
Winner 2016 USA
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2023.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2023

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

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".

Club career

Early life

Aránguiz was born in Puente Alto in Diego Portales neighborhood. His mother, Mariana Sandoval, is a football coach. He started to play football in Universidad de Chile before leaving the club to join Cobreloa Academy when he was 13 years old.

Early career

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Aránguiz playing for Universidad de Chile in 2013

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.

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. By defeating Ecuadorian side Liga de Quito 4–0 on aggregate in the final, Universidad de Chile became the first Chilean side to win a continental competition in twenty years.

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 shoot-out victory on 17 April 2013. 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.

Internacional

On 11 January 2014, it was announced that Aránguiz was signed by Brazilian club Internacional on loan until 15 August 2014 from Granada, after its owner Giampaolo Pozzo, who also owns Udinese and Watford, had bought half of his rights from Universidad de Chile. 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.

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.

Bayer Leverkusen

On 13 August 2015, Bayer Leverkusen announced that they had signed Aránguiz from Internacional for an undisclosed fee thought to be around £8.6m. 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 Leverkusen. Aranguiz stated that Leicester was a small club and that he wanted to play in the Champions League. Aránguiz was appointed as club captain ahead of the 2020–21 season, after Lars Bender abdicated the role due to ongoing injury issues.

Return to Internacional

On 19 February 2023, it was announced Aránguiz had signed a pre-contract with returned to Internacional on a two-year deal. On 2 April, Bayer Leverkusen announced that Aránguiz would move to returned to Internacional immediately.

International career

Charles Aránguiz en la Copa Mundial de Fútbol de 2014
Aránguiz during the hymn ceremony at the Chile vs. Australia match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup

He participated in Milk Cup in 2007. In 2008, he participated in Toulon Tournament, Milk Cup, and the Talents Cup. Along with Chile youth team he won the 2008 João Havelange Tournament. 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.

On 1 June 2014, Aránguiz was named to Chile's final 23-man roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. 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.

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.

The following year, Aránguiz was once again a key player for Chile in their 2016 Copa América 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.

On 12 October 2023, Aránguiz played his 100th international match for Chile in a 2–0 win over Peru during the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualification.

Personal life

His mother, Mariana Sandoval, was a football coach and leader at amateur level for over 30 years in Puente Alto and was highlighted by CONMEBOL due to these contributions.

His brother, Gilberto, is a football coach working for club Municipal Puente Alto in the Chilean Tercera B during 2022.

His cousin, Mario Sandoval, is also a professional football player.

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League State League National cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Universidad de Chile 2011 Chilean Primera División 39 4 5 0 12 0 56 4
2012 Chilean Primera División 31 4 5 0 16 0 2 0 54 4
2013 Chilean Primera División 12 5 4 2 5 1 1 0 22 8
2013–14 Chilean Primera División 13 7 0 0 5 4 18 11
Total 95 20 14 2 38 5 3 0 140 27
Internacional 2014 Série A 24 6 9 3 4 1 1 0 38 10
2015 Série A 5 0 11 0 16 0
Total 24 6 14 3 4 1 12 0 54 10
Bayer Leverkusen 2015–16 Bundesliga 7 2 0 0 7 2
2016–17 Bundesliga 26 2 2 0 8 0 36 2
2017–18 Bundesliga 27 1 4 1 31 2
2018–19 Bundesliga 24 2 1 0 4 1 29 3
2019–20 Bundesliga 27 1 4 1 8 2 41 4
2020–21 Bundesliga 21 0 3 1 1 0 25 1
2021–22 Bundesliga 26 1 1 0 5 1 32 2
2022–23 Bundesliga 10 1 1 1 4 0 15 2
Total 168 10 16 4 30 4 214 18
Career total 287 36 14 3 34 7 80 9 3 0 408 55

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Chile 2009 1 0
2010 3 0
2011 2 0
2012 6 2
2013 6 0
2014 13 2
2015 9 2
2016 13 1
2017 12 0
2018 2 0
2019 11 0
2020 2 0
2021 12 0
2022 5 0
2023 3 0
Total 100 7
Scores and results list Chile's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Aránguiz goal.
List of international goals scored by Charles Aránguiz
No. 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

Honours

Colo-Colo

  • Primera División de Chile: 2009 Clausura

Universidad de Chile

  • Copa Sudamericana: 2011
  • Primera División de Chile: 2011 Apertura, 2011 Clausura, 2012 Apertura
  • Copa Chile: 2012–13
  • Recopa Sudamericana runner-up: 2012
  • Supercopa de Chile runner-up: 2013

Internacional

  • Campeonato Gaúcho: 2014, 2015

Chile

Individual

See also

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