Damien Perquis

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Not to be confused with Damien Perquis (footballer born 1986), French goalkeeper.
Damien Perquis
Damien Perquis 2011.jpg
Personal information
Full name Damien Perquis
Date of birth (1984-04-10) 10 April 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Troyes, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current team
Nottingham Forest
Youth career
Troyes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Troyes B
2003–2005 Troyes 62 (3)
2005–2007 Saint-Étienne 34 (1)
2007–2008 Sochaux (loan) 23 (1)
2008–2012 Sochaux 123 (10)
2012–2015 Betis 32 (0)
2015–2016 Toronto FC 37 (2)
2016– Nottingham Forest 0 (0)
National team
2005 France U21 3 (0)
2011–2013 Poland 14 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 5, 2016.


Damien Perquis (French pronunciation: ​[damjɛ̃ pɛʁkis], Polish: [ˈdamjɛn ˈpɛrkʲis]; born 10 April 1984) is a French-born Polish footballer who currently plays for Nottingham Forest. A defender, he represented France at the youth level before acquiring Polish citizenship and playing for Poland at the senior level.

Personal life[edit]

Perquis was born in France. Both of his parents are French. He is of Polish descent by way of his grandmother, Józefa Bierła.[1][2] His Polish ancestors were from Strzyżewko in central Poland.[3] He is married, and has two children.[4]

Club career[edit]

Troyes[edit]

Perquis came up through the Troyes AC youth system. He played in Ligue 2 with Troyes AC for 2 years, where he was rated as one of the best defenders of the league.

Saint-Étienne[edit]

In 2005, he signed for Ligue 1 club AS Saint-Étienne as a free agent. In two seasons he failed to impress with the club and was loaned to Sochaux. After some initial troubles he finally found his form and became a regular in the starting line-up.

Sochaux[edit]

In 2008 Sochaux bought the player outright. He made a total of 146 appearances for the club, scoring eleven goals, before leaving the club in the summer of 2012.

Real Betis[edit]

In the summer of 2012 Perquis joined Real Betis in Spain. He suffered through various injury problems while in Spain and was limited to 32 league matches in his three years with Betis.

Toronto FC[edit]

Perquis was released by Betis and signed with Toronto FC of Major League Soccer on 26 January 2015. He mutually agreed to part ways with the club on 12 July 2016.[5]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

On 22 July 2016, Perquis signed a two-year deal with Nottingham Forest.[6]

International career[edit]

In December 2008 he declared his interest in playing for the Polish national team.[7] Franciszek Smuda, manager of Poland, confirmed that information in July 2010.[8] In January 2011, it was reported that Perquis had filed his citizenship application papers.[9] However, his family had lost some required documents and so Smuda had to request that the Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski approve his application.[10] Perquis received Polish citizenship on 1 September 2011.[3]

On 6 September 2011 Perquis made his international debut during a 2–2 friendly draw against Germany in Gdańsk. He scored his first goal on 26 May 2012, in a 1–0 friendly win against Slovakia.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 19 September 2015
Club Season League Canadian Championship MLS Playoffs Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Toronto 2015[11] MLS 22 1 1[12] 0 0 0 0 0 23 1
Total 22 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 1
Career total 22 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 23 1

International[edit]

As of match played 6 February 2013
Poland national team[13]
Year Apps Goals
2011 6 0
2012 8 1
2013 1 0
Total 14 1

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Poland's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 26 May 2012 Hypo-Arena, Klagenfurt  Slovakia 1–0 1–0 Friendly

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kołodziejczyk, Michał (1 September 2011). "Damien Perquis już w Warszawie". Rzeczpospolita (newspaper) (in Polish). Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Le rêve polonais de Damien Perquis". L'Est Eclair (in French). 14 August 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Reprezentacja. Damien Perquis ma polskie obywatelstwo" [National team: Damien Perquis has Polish citizenship]. Gazeta Wyborcza (in Polish). 1 September 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Kaliszuk, Maciej (16 January 2011). "Perquis: "Chcę zdążyć na mecz z Francją"" [I want to make it in time for the France match]. Przeglad Sportowy (in Polish). Retrieved 3 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Toronto FC terminate Damien Perquis' contract". The Canadian Press. 12 July 2016. 
  6. ^ http://www.nottinghamforest.co.uk/news/article/2016-17/nottingham-forest-damien-perquis-signing-transfer-3200293.aspx
  7. ^ "Chce grać dla Polski, o której nic nie wie". Przegląd Sportowy (in Polish). 30 December 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "Damien Perquis zagra dla Polski". Wirtualna Polska (in Polish). 23 July 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Damien Perquis closer to Poland NT". Polish Football Online. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  10. ^ Kołtoń, Roman (1 September 2011). "Prezydent zajęty, więc trwa ukrywanie Damiena Perquisa". Interia.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Damien Perquis Player Profile". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  12. ^ "Toronto FC 3 (3), Montreal Impact 2 (3) Canadian Championship Match Recap". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "D. PERQUIS Summary". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 

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