Damien Perquis

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Damien Perquis
Damien Perquis.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-04-10) 10 April 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Troyes, France
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current team
Gazélec Ajaccio
Number 24
Youth career
Troyes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Troyes B 2 (0)
2003–2005 Troyes 62 (3)
2005–2008 Saint-Étienne 23 (1)
2007–2008 Sochaux (loan) 23 (1)
2008–2012 Sochaux 123 (10)
2012–2015 Real Betis 32 (0)
2015–2016 Toronto FC 37 (2)
2016–2017 Nottingham Forest 17 (2)
2017– Gazélec Ajaccio 1 (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 9 May 2017.

Damien Perquis (born 10 April 1984)[1] is a French-born Polish international footballer who plays for Gazélec Ajaccio. 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. He is of Polish descent by way of his grandmother, Józefa Bierła.[2][3] His Polish ancestors were from Strzyżewko in central Poland.[4] He is married, and has two children.[5]

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.[6]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

On 22 July 2016, Perquis signed a two-year deal with Nottingham Forest.[7] On 27 August 2016, he scored his first goal for the club in a 3–1 home win against Leeds United.[8] On 24 July 2017, Perquis and Nottingham Forest agreed to mutually terminate his contract at the club.[9]

International career[edit]

In December 2008 he declared his interest in playing for the Polish national team.[10] Franciszek Smuda, manager of Poland, confirmed that information in July 2010.[11] In January 2011, it was reported that Perquis had filed his citizenship application papers.[12] However, his family had lost some required documents and so Smuda had to request that the Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski approve his application.[13] Perquis received Polish citizenship on 1 September 2011.[4]

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 7 May 2017[14][a]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Saint-Étienne 2005–06 Ligue 1 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
2006–07 Ligue 1 8 1 0 0 0 0 8 1
2007–08 Ligue 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 23 1 0 0 0 0 23 1
Sochaux (loan) 2007–08 Ligue 1 23 1 0 0 0 0 23 1
Sochaux 2008–09 Ligue 1 36 2 0 0 0 0 36 2
2009–10 Ligue 1 34 3 3 0 0 0 37 3
2010–11 Ligue 1 35 5 3 0 0 0 38 3
2011–12 Ligue 1 18 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 22 0
2012–13 Ligue 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 146 11 7 0 1 0 2 0 156 11
Real Betis 2012–13 Primera División 10 0 4 0 14 0
2013–14 Primera División 13 0 1 0 8 0 22 0
2014–15 Segunda División 9 0 3 2 12 2
Total 32 0 8 2 8 0 48 2
Toronto 2015[15] MLS 25 1 1[16] 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 1
2016 MLS 12 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
Total 37 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 38 2
Nottingham Forest 2016–17 Championship 17 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 19 2
Career total 255 16 16 2 3 0 10 0 0 0 284 18
  1. ^ Soccerway does not provide any statistics for Perquis' career before the 2005–06 season.

International[edit]

As of match played 6 February 2013
Poland national team[17]
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. ^ (French pronunciation: ​[damjɛ̃ pɛʁkis], Polish: [ˈdamjɛn ˈpɛrkʲis]
  2. ^ Kołodziejczyk, Michał (1 September 2011). "Damien Perquis już w Warszawie". Rzeczpospolita (newspaper) (in Polish). Archived from the original on 4 October 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Le rêve polonais de Damien Perquis". L'Est Eclair (in French). 14 August 2009. Archived from the original on 16 August 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "Toronto FC terminate Damien Perquis' contract". The Canadian Press. 12 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Forest sign former Betis defender Perquis". Nottingham Forest F.C. 2 July 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "Forest 3–1 Leeds". www.nottinghamforest.co.uk. 27 August 2016. 
  9. ^ https://www.nottinghamforest.co.uk/news/2017/july/damien-departs/
  10. ^ "Chce grać dla Polski, o której nic nie wie". Przegląd Sportowy (in Polish). 30 December 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "Damien Perquis zagra dla Polski". Wirtualna Polska (in Polish). 23 July 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  12. ^ "Damien Perquis closer to Poland NT". Polish Football Online. 18 January 2010. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  13. ^ Kołtoń, Roman (1 September 2011). "Prezydent zajęty, więc trwa ukrywanie Damiena Perquisa". Interia.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "D. Perquis". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 May 2017. 
  15. ^ "Damien Perquis Player Profile". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  16. ^ "Toronto FC 3 (3), Montreal Impact 2 (3) Canadian Championship Match Recap". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  17. ^ "D. PERQUIS Summary". Soccerway. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 

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