Óscar Pérez Rojas

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This article is about the Mexican football player. For other similarly named persons, see Oscar Perez (disambiguation).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Pérez and the second or maternal family name is Rojas.
Óscar Pérez
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Pérez playing for San Luis in 2011
Personal information
Full name Óscar Pérez Rojas
Date of birth (1973-02-01) 1 February 1973 (age 42)
Place of birth Mexico City, Mexico
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 21
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993– Cruz Azul 416 (2)
2008–2009 UANL (loan) 30 (0)
2009–2010 Chiapas (loan) 30 (0)
2010–2011 Necaxa (loan) 34 (0)
2011–2013 San Luis (loan) 62 (0)
2013– Pachuca (loan) 91 (0)
National team
1995–1996 Mexico U-23 3 (1)
1997–2010 Mexico 56 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 November 2015.

† Appearances (goals)

Óscar Pérez Rojas (born 1 February 1973 in Mexico City) is a Mexican football goalkeeper who plays for Pachuca of the Liga MX. His nickname "El Conejo" is Spanish for "The Rabbit".

He has been capped 54 times for the Mexico national team since 1997. He played four games at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup; and was selected for the 1998 FIFA World Cup but never played.

Club career[edit]

He was the starting goalkeeper for Cruz Azul since 1997 with the team winning the championship in the 1997 Winter Season. Ever since Pérez debuted with Cruz Azul he has been under the same three poles "the blue poles." Pérez debuted for the team in 1993, facing Atlas which ended in a 0–0 draw. He quickly became the starring goalkeeper for Cruz Azul and played for them in the 1997 Invierno Final, where Cruz Azul defeated León by a score of 2–1. In a league game away to Estudiantes Tecos in 2006, Pérez scored by a header in stoppage time to equalise 1–1.[1] In 2007 he was given an award for a record-making 400 appearances at Cruz Azul.

He moved to UANL Tigres, starting 4 games in the Apertura 2008. Perez's first game with Tigres was on 13 July 2008 in a friendly against his former team, Cruz Azul which ended in a draw 1–1. He was a great addition to Tigres as he maintained the least goal approaches of the Apertura 2008 tournament.

After a year with the Tigres, he moved to Chiapas where he played in the 2009–10 season.

For the Apertura 2010, Perez moved to Club Necaxa.

International career[edit]

Pérez scored his first and only international goal for Mexico under-23 in a friendly against South Korea under-23,[2][3] scoring at injury time as Mexico was losing by 1–0.[4]

Óscar was noted to be the best goalkeeper in Mexico from the years of 1998 to early 2002. Once Javier Aguirre left the Mexico national team, Ricardo Lavolpe became coach, and Oswaldo Sánchez took over his spot. For the 2010 World Cup, Pérez was called up and played as the starting goalkeeper in the tournament. Guillermo Ochoa was expected as starting keeper for Mexico at the tournament but an error by Ochoa in a friendly against North Korea caused Aguirre to go with Pérez as the starting goalkeeper.



Cruz Azul



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