Enzo Pérez

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Enzo Pérez
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Pérez with Estudiantes (LP) in 2010
Personal information
Full name Enzo Nicolás Pérez
Date of birth (1986-02-22) 22 February 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Maipú, Mendoza, Argentina
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Benfica
Number 35
Youth career
Deportivo Maipú
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2007 Godoy Cruz 84 (12)
2007–2011 Estudiantes 119 (14)
2011– Benfica 53 (7)
2012 Estudiantes (loan) 13 (0)
National team
2009– Argentina 11 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 July 2014

Enzo Nicolás Pérez simply known as Enzo Pérez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈenso ˈpeɾes]; born 22 February 1986) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Benfica in Portugal.

Club career[edit]

Pérez career began in Deportivo Maipú, like his father, and started his professional playing career with Godoy Cruz, where he wrote his name into club history by scoring a fifth minute goal in the 1–1 draw with Belgrano on 9 September 2006. This was the first goal ever scored by Godoy Cruz in the Argentine first division. In total he has scored 12 goals in his career at Godoy Cruz, most of them on penalty shots. In 2007, Pérez joined Estudiantes de La Plata, where he finished as runner-up with the team in the 2008 Copa Sudamericana. He was then a first team regular in the team that won the 2009 Copa Libertadores.

On June 8, 2011, he has agreed a five-year contract with Benfica for a fee rumored to be around €5.5 million euros for 100% of his rights to Estudiantes de La Plata.[1] After a serious knee injury sustained in the Champions League qualifiers, Pérez was loaned back to Estudiantes for six months on February 9, 2012.[2]

On July 27, 2012, at the 2012 Eusébio Cup, he scored a long shot against Real Madrid from a very tight angle to complete the rout 5-2.[3]

In 2012-13 season, Pérez was successfully converted into a central midfielder, partnering with Nemanja Matić,[4] assuming a central role in commanding the team. His influence was further increased after the departure of Matic, being a vital part in league title campaign, and the second consecutive European final, although he was not present in it, after being sent off in the semi-final against Juventus on 1 May 2014.[5][6] His performances attracted attention from other clubs,[7] while Jorge Jesus named Pérez, the most difficult player to replace, and the 'brain' of the team.[8][9] On 6 July 2014, he won Player of the Year for his performances.[10]

International career[edit]

Enzo Pérez debuted on the Argentina squad on September 30, 2009 (coached then by Maradona[11]) for a friendly match against Ghana,[12] which ended in a victory (2-0) for the Albicelestes.

On 2 June 2014, Pérez was called up for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[13]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 May 25, 2011 Estadio Centenario (Resistencia), Argentina  Paraguay 4–2 4–2 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Deportivo Maipú
  • Divisiones inferiores 1996–2003.
Godoy Cruz
Estudiantes
Benfica

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Águias compram metade do passe de Enzo Pérez". A Bola. 2011-06-08. 
  2. ^ "Enzo Pérez emprestado ao Estudiantes da Argentina". desporto.pt.msn.com. 9 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Eusébio Cup: Benfica-Real Madrid, 5-2 (crónica)". Maisfutebol. 27 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jorge Jesus: a tentação do abismo". futebolportugal.clix.pt. 2 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Juventus 0-0 Benfica". BBC Sport. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Benfica: o que acontece quando Enzo Pérez não joga?". maisfutebol. 12 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Manchester United battle Valencia to land €30m Benfica midfielder Enzo Perez". 101greatgoals.com. June 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Enzo tem um caráter muito forte". desporto.sapo. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Jorge Jesús: "Enzo Pérez será el más difícil de sustituir"". plazadeportiva.com/. 2 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Enzo Perez eleito melhor jogador da época passada" [Enzo elected Best Player of 2013-14] (in Portuguese). MaisFutebol. 6 July 2014. Retrieved 10 july 2014. 
  11. ^ "Maradona deu a mão a Enzo Pérez". Jornal Record. 2011-06-08. 
  12. ^ "Los 19 para Ghana". Diario Olé. 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2009-09-27. 
  13. ^ "Enzo Pérez confirmado no Mundial". noticiasaominuto.com. 2 June 2014. 

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