Óscar Pérez Rojas

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Óscar Pérez Rojas
Óscar Pérez Rojas.jpg
Pérez playing for San Luis in 2011
Personal information
Full name Óscar Pérez Rojas
Date of birth (1973-02-01) 1 February 1973 (age 44)
Place of birth Mexico City, México
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Cruz Azul)
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) 145 (1)
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 15:08, 12 March 2017 (UTC).

Óscar Pérez Rojas (born 1 February 1973 in Mexico City) is a Mexican football goalkeeper who plays for Pachuca on loan from Cruz Azul.[1][2] His nickname "El Conejo" is Spanish for "The Rabbit". At 44 years old, he is currently the oldest active player in Liga MX.

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.

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 Club Leon 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.[3] 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 Tigres, he moved to Chiapas where he played in the 2009–10 season.

For the Apertura 2010, Perez moved to Club Necaxa. After leaving Club Necaxa Perez signed with San Luis.

On May 16, 2013, For the Apertura 2013, Perez was loaned to C.F. Pachuca after finishing a spell with San Luis. He was given the number 21. On May 29, 2016 Perez won the Liga MX final with C.F. Pachuca, helping them gain their sixth championship in the team's history and ending a 7-year championship drought. This broke his personal 19-year drought as well, making him the oldest champion in the league's history.

After the season, Pachuca extended his loan for another year.

On April 29, 2017, Perez scored a header on the last minute of a match against Cruz Azul to salvage a 2-2 draw and became the oldest player to score in the Liga MX.[4]

After winning the 2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League with Pachuca, Perez postponed his retirement which is now set to occur following Pachuca's participation at the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup.[5]

International career[edit]

Pérez scored his first and only international goal for Mexico under-23 in a friendly against South Korea under-23,[6][7] scoring at injury time as Mexico was losing by 1–0.[8]

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.

Guillermo Ochoa was expected as starting keeper for Mexico at the 2010 World Cup but in a surprise move, Pérez was called up and played as the starting goalkeeper in the tournament.




Cruz Azul




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