Damien Perquis

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Not to be confused with Damien Perquis (footballer born 1986), French goalkeeper who plays for SM Caen.
Damien Perquis
Personal information
Full name Damien Perquis
Date of birth (1984-04-10) 10 April 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Troyes, France
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Toronto FC
Number 24
Youth career
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– Toronto FC 18 (0)
National team
2005 France U21 3 (0)
2011– Poland 13 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 June 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:21, 18 October 2012 (UTC)

Damien Perquis (French pronunciation: ​[daˈmjɛ̃ pɛʁˈkis]; born 10 April 1984 in Troyes) is a Polish footballer who currently plays for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer as a central defender.



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. 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. 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.

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. Perquis was released by Betis and signed with Toronto FC of Major League Soccer on 26 January 2015.[1]

National team[edit]

In December 2008 he declared his interest in playing for the Polish national team.[2] Franciszek Smuda, manager of Poland, confirmed that information in July 2010.[3] In January 2011, it was reported that Perquis had filed his citizenship application papers.[4] However, his family had lost some required documents and so the Polish national team manager Franciszek Smuda had to request that the Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski approve his application.[5] Perquis received Polish citizenship on 1 September 2011.[6]

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.

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

Personal life[edit]

Perquis is of Polish descent by way of his grandmother, Józefa Bierła.[7][8] His Polish ancestors were from central Poland, including Strzyżewko.[6] He is married, and has two children.[9]


  1. ^ "Toronto FC sign Poland international Perquis". mlssoccer.com. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Chce grać dla Polski, o której nic nie wie". Przegląd Sportowy (in Polish). 30 December 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Damien Perquis zagra dla Polski". Wirtualna Polska (in Polish). 23 July 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Damien Perquis closer to Poland NT". Polish Football Online. 18 January 2010. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Kołtoń, Roman (1 September 2011). "Prezydent zajęty, więc trwa ukrywanie Damiena Perquisa". Interia.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ Kołodziejczyk, Michał (1 September 2011). "Damien Perquis już w Warszawie". Rzeczpospolita (newspaper) (in Polish). Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Le rêve polonais de Damien Perquis". L'Est Eclair (in French). 14 August 2009. Retrieved 15 August 2009. 
  9. ^ 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. 

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