Óscar Pérez Rojas
Pérez playing for San Luis in 2011
|Full name||Óscar Pérez Rojas|
|Date of birth||1 February 1973|
|Place of birth||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Height||1.72 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 April 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Óscar "El Conejo" Pérez Rojas (born 1 February 1973 in Mexico City) is a Mexican football goalkeeper who currently plays for the Mexican team Pachuca of the Liga MX. His nickname "El Conejo" is Spanish for "The Rabbit".
He has been capped 54 times for the Mexican national team since 1997. He played four games at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup, and was selected for the 1998 FIFA World Cup but never played.
He was the starting goalkeeper for Cruz Azul since 1997 with the team winning the championship in the 1997 Winter Season. Ever since Pérez debuted with Cruz Azul he has been under the same three poles "the blue poles." Pérez debuted for the team in 1993, facing Atlas which ended in a 0–0 draw. He quickly became the starring goalkeeper for Cruz Azul and played for them in the 1997 Invierno Final, where Cruz Azul defeated León by a score of 2–1. In a league game away to Estudiantes Tecos in 2006, Pérez scored by a header in stoppage time to equalise 1–1. In 2007 he was given an award for a record-making 400 appearances at Cruz Azul.
He moved to UANL Tigres, starting 4 games in the Apertura 2008. Perez's first game with Tigres was on 13 July 2008 in a friendly match against his former team, Cruz Azul which ended in a draw 1–1. He was a great signing for Tigres, for he maintained the position of receiving the least goals for most of the Apertura 2008 tournament.
After a year with the Tigres, he moved to Chiapas where he played in the 2009–10 season.
For the Apertura 2010, Perez moved to Club Necaxa.
Óscar was noted to be the best goalkeeper in Mexico from the years of 1998 to early 2002. Once Javier Aguirre left the Mexico national team, Ricardo Lavolpe became coach, and Oswaldo Sánchez took over his spot. For the 2010 World Cup, Pérez was called up and played as the starting goalkeeper throughout the tournament. Guillermo Ochoa was expected to be the starting keeper for Mexico at the tournament but after an error by Ochoa in a friendly against North Korea, Aguirre decided with Pérez as the starting goalkeeper.
- In 2012, Oscar participated in the Latin Take Two with Phineas and Ferb.
- Óscar Pérez Rojas Liga MX stats at Medio Tiempo.com (Spanish)
- Óscar Pérez Rojas at National-Football-Teams.com