Kenneth Perez

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Kenneth Pérez
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Personal information
Full name Kenneth Pérez Dahl Jensen
Date of birth (1974-08-29) 29 August 1974 (age 39)
Place of birth Copenhagen, Denmark
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder/Striker (retired)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1995 Akademisk Boldklub 36 (7)
1995–1997 F.C. Copenhagen 30 (3)
1997–2000 MVV 47 (16)
2000–2006 AZ 178 (60)
2006–2007 Ajax 27 (12)
2007–2008 PSV 14 (8)
2008 Ajax 16 (7)
2008–2010 Twente 57 (11)
Total 405 (124)
National team
2003–2008 Denmark 24 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 September 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 August 2008

Kenneth Pérez Dahl Jensen (born 29 August 1974) is a Danish former professional football player. Perez scored two goals in 24 matches for the Danish national team from 2003 to 2006, and he was chosen to compete at the 2004 European Championship.

Perez's mother is from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.[1]

Biography[edit]

Perez started his career for Danish club Akademisk Boldklub, where he reached the 1995 Danish Cup final. The final was lost to F.C. Copenhagen, with whom Perez signed a two-year contract in autumn that year. He played two years for F.C. Copenhagen, and Perez was a part of the team which won the 1997 Danish Cup. With months left of his contract, he moved abroad in August 1997, to play for Dutch Eredivisie side MVV. Perez scored goals frequently for MVV, and his dribbling ability was regarded as one of the best in the Eredivisie. With his contract nearing expiry, he looked to leave the club in winter 1999. Dutch clubs Roda JC and AZ wanted to buy Perez, and he eventually penned a 5½-year contract with AZ starting from January 2000.

He made his debut for the Danish national team under manager Morten Olsen in November 2003. He came on as a substitute to replace Dennis Rommedahl in the 3–2 victory against England. He was selected to represent Denmark at the 2004 European Championship, where he took part in one match, coming on as a substitute.

Often playing on the left wing, Perez was the most technical of AZ's prolific strike force during the 2004–05 season. He was AZ's top goal scorer in that season, as he fired 13 goals past opposition goalkeepers, and was the joint 9th best league goal scorer. The club finished in third place that season, and ended second in the 2005–06 season. After six and a half years at AZ, Perez transferred to rival Eredivisie side Ajax in the summer 2006. He subsequently ended his national team career to focus on playing for Ajax. Since his debut in November 2003, Perez played 19 national team matches, though he was either substituted on or off the pitch, and never played a full national team match.

He won the Dutch Super Cup trophy with Ajax, beating PSV 3–1 in August 2006. In December 2006, Perez admitted having used a racial slur against an assistant referee. He publicly apologized to the assistant referee and received a five-match ban and a €12,500 fine.

In July 2007, Perez signed with Ajax rivals PSV on a two-year deal.[2]

On 31 December 2007, it was announced Perez will make a shock return to Ajax with immediate effect. He signed a one-and-a-half-year deal with an option for another season. This transfer caused much uproar in the Netherlands and was criticized by both sets of fans. PSV fans were not happy with the fact that Perez, as one of the more influential players, was allowed to return to their arch rivals and thus strengthening their squad. Although Perez has the reputation of being a soloist and having a difficult character Ajax fans in majority did bit object the return of Perez but saw his return after just 5 months as the ultimate proof of incompetence of the Ajax board which is already under intense pressure to guide the club back to winning ways after years of bad results.

On 1 January 2008, Jan Reker, the technical director of PSV was forced to give an explanation. He stated that after Ajax failed to lure Ismail Aissati to Amsterdam, Perez requested PSV for a transfer back to Amsterdam. According to Reker, Perez cited two reasons. Commuting from his home in Noord-Holland to Eindhoven on a daily basis was felt to be a burden and the limited chances given to him by interim coach Jan Wouters after Ronald Koeman left.

These remarks were later dismissed by Perez and Martin van Geel, the technical director of Ajax. Perez stated it was in fact PSV who initiated the transfer by telling Perez he no longer had a future at the club after just four months. Ajax, on the other hand, was still looking for a replacement for star midfield player Wesley Sneijder who was sold to Real Madrid and saw Ten Cate leave for Chelsea last September thus paving the way for Perez to move back to Amsterdam. Van Geel added that Ajax only wanted to buy Aissati last summer and he had no part in this transfer.

Perez was relegated to the Ajax reserves in the summer of 2008 by new Ajax head coach Marco van Basten[3] He was released at the end of August.[4] and later on July was transferred to Steve McClaren's FC Twente.

In January 2010, Perez marked himself as the player with the second most assists and goals in Dutch football through the past decade. The only player above him was Dirk Kuyt.[5] On 2 May 2010, Perez won his first Eredivisie title, coincidentally also the first title of his club FC Twente, at the age of 35 years. It was his last match in a FC Twente jersey.

He now appears regularly on Dutch television as a pundit for the Eredivisie Live.[6] He's fluently in Spanish, Danish, Dutch, German and English.

Career statistics[edit]

Season Club Competition Apps Goals
1995–96 Copenhagen Denmark Danish Superliga 7 0
1996–97 Copenhagen Denmark Danish Superliga 22 3
1997–98 MVV Netherlands Eredivisie 12 2
1998–99 MVV Netherlands Eredivisie 22 8
1999–00 MVV Netherlands Eredivisie 13 6
AZ Alkmaar Netherlands Eredivisie 7 1
2000–01 AZ Alkmaar Netherlands Eredivisie 7 0
2001–02 AZ Alkmaar Netherlands Eredivisie 28 6
2002–03 AZ Alkmaar Netherlands Eredivisie 29 11
2003–04 AZ Alkmaar Netherlands Eredivisie 32 10
2004–05 AZ Alkmaar Netherlands Eredivisie 30 13
2005–06 AZ Alkmaar Netherlands Eredivisie 31 10
2006–07 Ajax Netherlands Eredivisie 27 12
2007–08 PSV Netherlands Eredivisie 14 8
Ajax Netherlands Eredivisie 16 7
2008–09 Twente Netherlands Eredivisie 26 6
2009–10 Twente Netherlands Eredivisie 31 5
Total 354 108

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Denmark Copenhagen

Netherlands Ajax

Netherlands FC Twente

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kenneth Pérez: 'Toda mi familia española animará a Dinamarca' · Fútbol · Deportes · Terra
  2. ^ "Perez completes PSV switch". uefa.com. Retrieved 11 July 2007. 
  3. ^ "Perez No Longer Needed at Ajax". Goal.com. 4 August 2008. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Ajax en Kenneth Perez uit elkaar" (in Dutch). Ajax.nl. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Perez hyldes i Holland". bold.dk. Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Alles over: Kenneth Perez". eredivisielive.nl. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 

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