Brayan Perea

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Brayan Perea
Glorioso Deportivo Cali vs Patriotas 16.JPG
Personal information
Full name Brayan Andrés Perea Vargas
Date of birth (1993-02-25) 25 February 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Cali, Colombia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 34
Youth career
Deportivo Cali
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Deportivo Cali 54 (11)
2013– Lazio 19 (1)
2014– Perugia (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2013– Colombia U20 11 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 August 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 July 2013

Brayan Andrés Perea Vargas (born 25 February 1993), nicknamed El Coco,[1] is a Colombian footballer who plays as a striker for Perugia in the Serie B.[2][3]

Club career[edit]

Deportivo Cali[edit]

Perea began his career playing for the youth ranks of Deportivo Cali. He made his first team debut on 10 September 2011 against Boyacá Chicó. He entered the field in the 77th minute, substituting Cesar Amaya. In 2011, he failed to score a goal, having only made 7 appearances, most of them requiring him to get subbed on. He made his presence more noticeable in 2012, scoring 5 goals but still unable to make a mark in the first team. Due to an impressive campaign with Colombia at the 2013 South American Youth Championship, Perea was guaranteed a spot in the starting eleven almost every game. Perea would score 5 more goals for his home club in 2013 before signing with Serie A club Lazio.


On 11 February 2013, it was announced that Perea signed a 5-year deal with Italian side Lazio for a fee of €2.5 million.[2][4] He was handed the number 34 upon his arrival. He made his debut on 25 September, coming off the bench in a 3–1 win against Catania.[5] Making his Europa League debut, Perea assisted 2 crucial goals in a 3–3 draw against Trabzonspor.[6]

He scored his first goal for Le Aquile on 20 October, in a 2–1 loss to Atalanta. Perea scored his first Europa League goal against Legia in a 0-2 away victory.[7]

International career[edit]

Perea represented the Colombia U-20 at the 2013 South American Youth Championship. He scored a goal in the tournament against Argentina in the last match of the group stages. Eventually, Colombia won the championship and qualified for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Included in the squad to dispute the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Perea made 4 appearances coming off the bench before Colombia's elimination in the round of 16.