Eric Pereira

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Eric
Eric de Oliveira Pereira.jpeg
Eric playing for Karpaty Lviv in 2012
Personal information
Full name Eric de Oliveira Pereira
Date of birth (1985-12-05) 5 December 1985 (age 31)
Place of birth Nova Iguaçu, Brazil
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Gaz Metan Mediaș
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Metropolitano 0 (0)
2007–2008 Gaz Metan Mediaș (loan) 31 (10)
2008–2011 Gaz Metan Mediaș 86 (26)
2011–2012 Karpaty Lviv 6 (0)
2012–2013 Gaz Metan Mediaș 22 (4)
2013–2014 Pandurii Târgu Jiu 18 (11)
2014–2015 Al-Ahli 9 (1)
2015 Pandurii Târgu Jiu 13 (2)
2015 Matsumoto Yamaga 0 (0)
2015–2016 Najran 12 (4)
2016– Gaz Metan Mediaș 19 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 November 2016.

Eric de Oliveira Pereira (born 5 December 1985), commonly known as Eric, is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Romanian side CS Gaz Metan Mediaș.

After starting out his career in native Brazil, he went on to compete professionally in Romania, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and Japan.

Daily newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor named Eric the best foreign player of the Romanian championship in 2010 and 2013. He had scored over 50 goals in the country for Gaz Metan Mediaș and Pandurii Târgu Jiu combined.

Club career[edit]

Eric started his professional career in Brazil at Metropolitano. He was loaned[1] by Metropolitano to Gaz Metan Mediaș in the 2007-2008 Liga II season, a season in which he scored 10 goals helping the team to gain promotion to Liga I. After that season Gaz Metan bought him from Metropolitano.

Gaz Metan Mediaș[edit]

In his first Liga I season 2008-2009, he played in 25 games and scored 3 goals. In the 2009-2010 season he played in 30 games and scored 8 goals. In the 2010-2011 season he played in 31 games and scored 15 goals, helping the team finish in the 7th place in Liga I, a place that gained Gaz Metan's first ever qualification in the UEFA Europa League because Politehnica Timişoara that finished 2nd in that season was relegated by the Romanian Football Federation because they did not fulfill the licence conditions to play in European competitions or Liga I. He was awarded the Liga I Foreign Footballer of the Year individual trophy in 2010.

In the 2011-2012 he made his debut in European competitions playing both legs against Kuopion Palloseura. He didn't play against 1. FSV Mainz 05 and FK Austria Wien in Gaz Metan's campaign because his contract with the team finished and he moved in Ukraine to play for Karpaty Lviv. He played 6 games there and returned to Gaz Metan Mediaş after that season.

In the 2012-2013 season he was Gaz Metan's captain and played in 22 games and scored 4 goals.

Pandurii Târgu Jiu[edit]

In July 2013, Eric signed a 3-years contract with Pandurii Targu Jiu, the Liga I runner-up, following here his former coach from Gaz Metan, Cristian Pustai. With Pandurii, he advanced to the group stage of Europa League, participating in 8 matches. On 13 September 2013, Eric scored the winning goal in the 2-1 victory against Dinamo Bucharest. After a week, he scored the only goal of Pandurii in the 1-1 drawn with CFR Cluj.

Al-Ahli[edit]

In January 2014, Eric transferred to Al-Ahli from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a team contending in the Saudi Professional League and runner up for last years Asian Champions League.

Return to Pandurii Târgu Jiu[edit]

In January 2015, he returned to Pandurii.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In July 2011, he had his first son with his girlfriend, Romanian handball player Cosmina Dancu, named Deric.[3] He married her in May 2013.[4] His cousin Vitinho is also a footballer.[5]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Al-Ahli
Pandurii Târgu Jiu

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cairo, Eric e Grilo no Gaz Metan da Romênia". metropolitano.net. Archived from the original on 25 August 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Eric de Oliveira, bucuros că s-a întors la Pandurii". panduriics.ro. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Eric de Oliveira este oficial tatic!Vezi primele poze cu fiul vedetei lui Gaz Metan". adevarul.ro. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Eric vedeta lui Gaz Metan Medias s-a insurat". enational.ro. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Vitinho interview". libertatea.ro. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 

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