Luis Amaranto Perea

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Luis Perea
Luis Amaranto Perea.jpg
Perea playing for Atlético Madrid
Personal information
Full name Luis Amaranto Perea Mosquera
Date of birth (1979-01-30) 30 January 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Turbo, Colombia
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Cruz Azul
Number 14
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2003 Independiente Medellín 117 (0)
2003–2004 Boca Juniors 16 (0)
2004–2012 Atlético Madrid 224 (0)
2012– Cruz Azul 70 (5)
National team
2003– Colombia 75 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Perea and the second or maternal family name is Mosquera.

Luis Amaranto Perea Mosquera (born 30 January 1979) is a Colombian footballer who plays for Cruz Azul in Mexico. Gifted with incredible stamina and pace,[1] the central defender can also be adapted at right back.

He played most of his senior career with Atlético Madrid, appearing in 306 official games over the course of eight La Liga seasons. In 2012, he signed with Cruz Azul.

Perea gained 75 caps for the Colombian national team, during more than one decade.

Club career[edit]

Born in Turbo, Perea began his professional career with Independiente Medellín, moving in 2003 to Argentina with Club Atlético Boca Juniors, with whom he won the Intercontinental Cup in 2003.

In June 2004 Perea signed for Atlético de Madrid on a four-year deal,[2] as another centre-back, Pablo Ibáñez, also arrived that season. Both were the starters as the Colchoneros returned to the UEFA Champions League in 2008–09 after a 12-year absence, with Perea appearing in 30 league matches; after the campaign kicked off, he received his Spanish passport.[3]

After the signing of ACF Fiorentina's Tomáš Ujfaluši for the 2008–09 season, Perea saw some additional time as a right defender, but eventually lost that place to another newly-signed, John Heitinga. From 2009 to 2011, with the latter departed to Everton, he managed to appear in 56 league games for the club combined, with qualification to the UEFA Europa League in his second season after a seventh-place finish.

On 29 September 2011, following a Europa League appearance against Stade Rennais FC, Perea became the foreign player with most official appearances for Atlético Madrid with 289, surpassing Argentine Jorge Griffa.[4] He left the club at the end of 2011–12 at the age of 33, after having contributed with 34 games the league and the Europa League combined (19+15) as the club won the latter competition.

International career[edit]

A Colombian international since 10 September 2003, in a 0–4 loss in Bolivia for the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Perea appeared for the country at the 2007 and 2011 Copa América tournaments.

He was named team captain before the 2014 World Cup qualification match against Bolivia in La Paz, in a first-ever win in that country (2–1).

Honours[edit]

Boca Juniors
Atlético Madrid
Cruz Azul

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