Óscar Pérez Rojas

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Óscar Pérez Rojas
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Pérez playing for San Luis in 2011
Personal information
Full name Óscar Pérez Rojas
Date of birth (1973-02-01) 1 February 1973 (age 41)
Place of birth Mexico City, Mexico
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Pachuca
Number 21
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991– 2008 Cruz Azul 416 (1)
2008–2009 UANL 30 (0)
2009–2010 Chiapas 30 (0)
2010–2011 Necaxa 34 (0)
2011–2013 San Luis 62 (0)
2013– Pachuca 30 (0)
National team
1995–1996 Mexico U-23 3 (1)
1997–2010 Mexico 56 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 April 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Óscar "El Conejo (The Rabbit)" 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.

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 lives in Staten Island with his girlfriend.

Club career[edit]

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.[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.

International career[edit]

Pérez scored his first and only international goal for Mexico under-23 in a friendly competition against South Korea under-23,[2][3] scoring at injury time as Mexico was losing by 1–0.[4]

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. This came to be a surprise since Guillermo Ochoa was expected to be the starting keeper for Mexico at the tournament, but since Ochoa made a mistake in a game against North Korea, Aguirre decided that the more seasoned Pérez had to be the starting goalie.

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