Michael Pereira

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Michaël Pereira
Personal information
Full name Michaël Pereira
Date of birth (1987-12-08) 8 December 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Paris, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Mallorca
Number 7
Youth career
2007–2008 Blanc Mesnil Sport
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Alfortville 28 (11)
2009–2010 Mallorca B 33 (5)
2010– Mallorca 107 (9)
2013–2014 Granada (loan) 18 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 December 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Michaël Pereira (born 8 December 1987) is a French professional footballer who plays for Spanish club RCD Mallorca as a winger.

Football career[edit]

Pereira was born in Paris, and roamed through clubs situated in the city before finally settling in with Le Blanc-Mesnil Sport in the commune of Le Blanc-Mesnil. With the club he played in the Division d'Honneur, the sixth division of French football.[1] In 2008 he joined UJA Alfortville in the Championnat de France amateur and, midway through the league campaign, met his agent, who exclaimed: "With the connections I have, you can have a bright future.";[1] the player subsequently hired him, and went on to have a successful season with his second team, appearing in 29 official games and scoring 12 goals.

After the season, Pereira went on trials with clubs in France and Spain, most notably AJ Auxerre, US Boulogne, Deportivo de La Coruña, and RCD Mallorca.[1] While trialing with the Galicians, he was invited by the president to attend a match during the 2008–09 season, between the hosts and FC Barcelona; however, after contemplating the decision, he decided to join Mallorca citing better opportunities at the club.[1]

Pereira spent his first season with the Balearic Islands side in the third level, helping the reserve team to a final eighth place after promotion.[2] Late into the campaign he was invited to practice with the main squad, being included in the squad to play against CA Osasuna – hours before the match, he was offered a professional contract by club officials and was told "to be pro is what you dreamed your whole life, right? If you sign, you're playing tonight, otherwise not."[1] However, despite the contract being professional, it still contained the same conditions of an amateur one; he subsequently turned down the offer and was an unused substitute against the Navarrese.[1] The following day, contract discussions continued, but he remained steadfast on his decision and went two months without featuring in a competitive match.

In August 2010, following an ownership change the previous month, Pereira signed his first professional contract with Mallorca, penning a four-year deal.[3] On the 29th he made his first-team and La Liga debut, replacing Víctor Casadesús in 2010–11's opener, a 0–0 home draw against Real Madrid;[4] during his first professional season he was first-choice right winger, also finishing as one of his team's top scorers.

On 3 September 2013 Pereira was loaned to fellow league team Granada CF, in a season-long loan.[5] Mainly as a backup, he helped the Andalusians narrowly avoid relegation.

On 21 August 2014 Pereira renewed his link with Mallorca, running until 2016.[6]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 18 May 2014[7][8]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other[9] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Alfortville 2008–09 26 11 3 1 29 12
2009–10 2 0 0 0 2 0
Total 28 11 3 1 31 12
Mallorca B 2009–10 33 5 33 5
Mallorca 2010–11 35 5 3 0 38 5
2011–12 30 2 2 0 32 2
2012–13 25 1 2 0 27 1
2013–14 2 0 0 0 2 0
2014–15 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 92 8 7 0 99 8
Granada 2013–14 18 0 2 0 20 0
Career total 171 24 12 1 183 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Pereira: "Je viens de trop loin"" [Pereira: "I've come too far"] (in French). L'Équipe. 26 November 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Datos e historial" [Facts and history] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Pereira agrees new deal". RCD Mallorca. 16 August 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Visca el nou Mallorca!" [Long live new Mallorca!] (in Spanish). RCD Mallorca. 29 August 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "El Granada logra las cesiones de Matías Campos y Pereira" [Granada gets loans of Matías Campos and Pereira] (in Spanish). Marca. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Pereira amplía su contrato con el RCD Mallorca" [Pereira extends his contract with RCD Mallorca] (in Spanish). Mallorca's official website. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "M. Pereira". Soccerway. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Michael Pereira". Soccerbase. Retrieved 18 October 2010. 
  9. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Trophée des champions, Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup

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