Dušan Perniš

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Dušan Perniš
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Personal information
Full name Dušan Perniš
Date of birth (1984-11-28) 28 November 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Nitra, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Beroe Stara Zagora
Number 12
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Dubnica 61 (0)
2005–2009 Žilina 46 (0)
2006 Senec (loan) 22 (0)
2006–2008 Dubnica (loan) 43 (0)
2009–2012 Dundee United 95 (0)
2012–2013 Pogoń Szczecin 12 (0)
2013–2015 Slovan Bratislava 33 (0)
2013 Nitra (loan) 10 (0)
2015–2016 Iraklis 13 (0)
2017– Beroe Stara Zagora 23 (0)
National team
2004– Slovakia 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 September 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2013

Dušan Perniš (born 28 November 1984) is a Slovak footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Bulgarian First League club Beroe Stara Zagora.

Perniš has been capped for Slovakia at senior level.

Playing career[edit]

Perniš began his professional football career at FC Nitra, which at the youth team, before moving to Dubnica at age of eighteen. However, at start of the beginning at Dubnica, Perniš spent time on the bench, but soon in a few seasons on, Perniš soon became a regular goalkeeper in the first team. In the 2004-05 season, Perniš made thirty two appearance and the club would finish fourth place, which also earned them a place in Europe. Following two wins against Hungarian side Vasas and Turkish side Ankaraspor in Europe, the club would face English side Newcastle United. Perniš was in goal for match, but they proved to be too strong and failed to win either legs losing 3-1 and 2-0 respectively.[1][2]

In the January transfer window, Perniš would join MŠK Žilina[citation needed]. At Žilina, Perniš soon faced a fight for the first choice with Dušan Kuciak, but lost. The next season, Perniš left Senec on loan and stayed there four months before returning to his parent club, where he made 22 appearance. At the end of 2006/07 season, the club [Žilina] would win the league. After his first loan, Perniš would return to Dubnica, on loan once again, the team he started his football career and spent there for 18 months. During his return, Perniš made 43 appearance.

Upon his return from Dubnica, Perniš established himself in the first team, following the sale of Kuciak to Vaslui and made 32 appearance. During in which, Perniš played all the club's European campaign, including a 2-1 win over Aston Villa on the last group-stage match. At the end of the season, which was his return, the club would finish second place. It was then that Perniš was the club's first choice goalkeeper until he left the club. During his time at Žilina, Perniš earned a nickname of Perník, which is gingerbread in English.

Dundee United[edit]

After signing a pre-contract deal in July 2009 to join Dundee United in January 2010,[3] Dušan made his debut in the January 2010 2–0 Scottish Cup win against Partick Thistle, also keeping a clean sheet on his league debut four days later. Perniš kissed silver for the first time on 15 May 2010, when he kept a clean sheet in the Scottish cup final for Dundee United when Dundee United beat Ross County.[4] After the match, Perniš says winning the Scottish Cup and revealed he cannot wait to show it [medal] to his family; he also cannot wait to have a challenge by playing in European game.[5] Since moving to Dundee United, Perniš says he is now settled very well at the club, but desires to play in the Premier League in the future.[6]

The next season, Perniš' comment on playing in Europe, came true when he was in goal when Dundee United lost and drew 2-1 on aggregate against Greek side AEK Athens. In his first full season at Dundee United, Perniš was in the club's squad, playing in goal entirely; which also happened again the following season.

On 9 February 2012, it announced that Dundee United announced the signing of Polish goalkeeper Radosław Cierzniak on a pre-contract agreement and confirmed Pernis would be leaving in the summer when his contract expired.[7] A month ago, Dundee United planned to start entering talks with Perniš on a new deal.[8] Since becoming a free agent, Perniš announced his intention to stay in the UK, insisting his family have settled down.[9] Perniš turned down a move to SPL's rival Hibernian,[10] insisting he want to move to England;[11] Perniš also turned a move back to his homeland, Senica[12]

After deciding to play for an English club, Perniš went on a trial with Championship side Leicester City[13]

Pogoń Szczecin[edit]

Perniš joined newly promoted Polish side Pogoń Szczecin on 2 August 2012, on a three-year deal. Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has expressed an interest in the goalkeeper.[14] However, Perniš failed to establish himself as a first-choice goalkeeper at Pogoń. He left the club in June 2013 after his contract expired. Although Perniš went on trials with Danish club Viborg FF,[15] he eventually joined the Corgoň Liga reigning champions ŠK Slovan Bratislava.

Slovan Bratislava[edit]

After signing his contract with Slovan in September 2013, Perniš was sent on loan to fellow league side FC Nitra, where he spent the autumn part of the 2013-2014 season.[16] The goalkeeper returned from loan in the winter break.


On 18 July 2015, Perniš signed a two-year contract with Greek Superleague club Iraklis.[17]

Beroe Stara Zagora[edit]

On 27 January 2017, Perniš joined Bulgarian club Beroe Stara Zagora.[18]

International career[edit]

Perniš was an unused substitute for Slovakia during the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship.[19]
Perniš made his debut against Thailand in the Final game of the 2004 King's Cup in Bangkok, Thailand, when he played the entire 90 minutes of the game, conceding one goal in the 13th minute by Sakda Joemdee from a penalty kick. The match ended in a 1–1 tie and Slovakia went on to win the competition after defeating the home side 5–4 in the penalty shootout, giving Perniš a lot of the credit for the triumph.[20]
On 12 August 2009, Perniš returned to Slovakia's squad in the 1:1 away draw against Iceland in a friendly after coming on as a substitute for Ján Mucha at half time.
Later, he became a regularly benched substitute in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying and the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification, yet Ján Mucha was given a priority. Slovakia failed to qualify for either of the tournaments.

Personal life[edit]

Perniš knew very little English when he joined the club, which was evident in television interviews.[21]


  1. ^ "ZTS Dubnica 1-3 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 17 July 2005. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Newcastle 2-0 ZTS Dubnica". BBC Sport. 23 July 2005. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Zilina keeper heads for Tannadice". BBC Sport. 6 July 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dundee Utd 3 - 0 Ross County". BBC Sport. 15 May 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Pernis looking to United's European challenge". The Courier. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "I'd love to play in Premiership but I'm happy at Dundee Utd just now, says Dusan Pernis". Daily Record. 3 August 2010. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Dundee United sign Polish goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak". BBC Sport. 9 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Peter Houston starts contract talks with Dundee United stars". Daily Record. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Dundee United keeper Dusan Pernis eager to remain in UK after quitting Tannadice". Daily Record. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Pernis rejects Hibs deal". Sky Sports. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Former Dundee United keeper Dusan Pernis insists he's not interested in a move to Hibs". Daily Record. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Former Dundee United No.1 Dusan Pernis rejects move home with FK Senica". Daily Record. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Foxes looking at Pernis". Sky Sports. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  14. ^ "Dusan Pernis signs with Polish side Pogo Szczecin". Daily Record. 3 August 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "Slováci Dušan Pernis a Filip Oršula na skúške v dánskom Viborgu" (in Slovak). Šport. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "Dušan Perniš má kontrakt v Slovane, v Nitre iba hosťuje" (in Slovak). Šport. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  17. ^ "Υπέγραψε ο Πέρνις (Perniš signed)" (in Greek). Iraklis FC. 18 July 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  18. ^ "Берое привлече Душан Перниш" (in Bulgarian). beroe.bg. 27 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup". FIFA. Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2009. 
  20. ^ http://www.sme.sk/c/1845739/slovaci-vyhrali-pohar-na-penalty.html
  21. ^ [1], Interview with Jim Spence.


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