Facundo Pereyra

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Facundo Pereyra
Personal information
Full name Facundo Abel Pereyra
Date of birth (1987-10-03) 3 October 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Zárate, Argentina
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Striker
Club information
Current team
Apollon Limassol
Number 14
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2011 Estudiantes (BA) 121 (24)
2009Palestino (loan) 6 (1)
2011–2012 Audax Italiano 34 (15)
2012–2014 San Luis 14 (3)
2013–2014Gimnasia LP (loan) 33 (9)
2014–2017 PAOK 44 (14)
2015–2016Gabala (loan) 14 (4)
2016Racing Club (loan) 8 (2)
2017Colón (loan) 15 (3)
2017–2018 Necaxa 5 (0)
2018 Gimnasia LP 11 (1)
2018– Apollon Limassol 25 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 May 2019

Facundo Abel Pereyra (born 3 September 1987) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Apollon Limassol as an attacking midfielder or striker.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Pereyra began his career at the amateur team of his country, Estudiantes de Buenos Aires in 2006. He remained in Estudiantes until June 2009, date when Pereyra left the club for the Chilean professional club, Palestino, joining to the club on loan. He made his professional at the First Division of that country, in a 2–1 win over Cobreloa, entering to the field in the 55th minute.[2]

However, Pereyra only played three games, not scoring goals, which meant his return to Argentina to play again at Estudiantes de Buenos Aires.

Audax Italiano[edit]

Pereyra was training with the Argentine First Division club Godoy Cruz in January 2011.[3] After of not pass the football test,[4] was signed by the Chilean club, Audax Italiano.[5]

On 29 January 2011, he made his Audax debut against his old club Palestino, in the first week of the Apertura Tournament. In his second game for the team, Pereyra scored a twice in a 3–2 win over Cobresal.[6] The fat one (his nickname) became a key player of the team, being usually used as playmaker by the coach Omar Labruna. Pereyra scored again, in a 2–1 win over Colo-Colo,[7] and in the 4–0 win to Santiago Wanderers.[8]

San Luis[edit]

The fifth foreign player of San Luis, the Argentine midfielder Facundo Pereyra, will be presented with the team until January 12, 2012, as the official site of the club stated.[9] "I'm settling down on the team, putting about and working on double session on the physical side to be as fast as possible to the technical," Pereyra said at a press conference. The Argentine midfielder said that he will help the club with its goals. Club's president Jose Antonio Roman, said that the player signed a three-year contract and expects to debut immediately.[10]

Pereyra, played only few games with San Luis without making any impact, before he transferred on a loan to Gimnasia LP. Undoubtedly, Pereyra had a protagonistic role in the club during the 2012/13 season. But, unlike a year ago, when Gimnasia LP won promotion to Argentine Primera División and the name Pereyra became the talk up of several major clubs like San Lorenzo de Almagro and Racing Club de Avellaneda, the club made a major financial effort to keep him in the club, especially the last half, where alternated several ups and downs made from the coaching staff is now seemed that his priority is to play in Europe.[11]

PAOK[edit]

PAOK announced the signing of Facundo Abel Pereyra. The 26-year-old Argentinian player penned a two-year contract. Pereyra crosses the Atlantic for the first time in his career. The diminutive Argentinian (1,70 m.) plays as attacking midfielder or second striker and had two very good seasons at Gimnasia LP, scoring 24 goals in 66 matches. In 2012-13, he starred in the team's promotion to Argentinian top-flight football. His contract with Gimnasia LP expired this summer, however his deal with San Luis, who had been taken over by Jaguares de Chiapas, was still in effect, despite lodging a complaint before FIFA. After his letter of clearance was sent, the Argentinian signed his contract with the club.[12] He scored his first goal on a home-game against Kalloni after using a very nice pass. He is also known as Fanouris to Greek PAOK fans. This is a nickname given to him by PAOK's ex-coach Angelos Anastasiadis, a devout Orthodox Christian, who mispronounced his name for a Greek-Christian one, probably being unable to pronounce Facundo correctly.

On a December title match against Olympiakos at Karaiskaki stadium PAOK upset the odds by winning 2-1 to open a five-point lead at the top of the Superleague Greece table and pose as a genuine challenger for the title for the first time in the last three decades. In front of 33,000 Olympiakos fans in Piraeus PAOK led on the 43rd minute as a wonderful counterattack by Facundo Pereyra picked Dimitris Salpingidis; he passed the ball on to Giannis Skondras whose cross was not cleared by the Olympiakos defense to land on the feet of Stefanos Athanasiadis. The Greece striker opened the score with a tap-in, with the goal coming against the run of play. Five minutes into the second half PAOK restored its lead after David Fuster's equalizer, with a spectacular volley after a 40-yard through-ball by Ergys Kaçe.[13]

On the training period and before the match against Lokomotiva Zagreb on July 16 in Croatia in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League, Pereyra along with Lucas Pérez Martínez have stayed out from the trip to Zagreb as PAOK coach Igor Tudor thinks that they are not fit enough.[14] On 26 July 2015 Pereyra will probably is on the list of players that are leaving PAOK, as announced by the club's manager Igor Tudor and Sporting Director Frank Arnesen.[15][16]

Gabala (loan)[edit]

On 31 August 2015, Pereyra has signed a year contract with Gabala playing on loan from PAOK in the top division in Azerbaijani Premier League, and at the same time he extended by a year the contract with PAOK.[17][18] On 4 October 2015, he scored his first two goals for the Azerbaijan Premier League when in the 10th minute against Khazar Lankaran FK, Oleksiy Gai met the ball in the box after a Samir Zargarov cross from the right and Pereyra fired in from close range. In the second half scored in his double extending Gabala's lead to 5-0. On 30 November 2015, he scored in a 1-1 home draw against Ravan Baku FK. Gabala was losing since the first half and pushed all ahead to level and were able to struck this only in the closing seconds with Pereyra clinically finishing the cross from Magomed Mirzabekov in the right to equalize the score.[19] According to rumours, Pereyra is close to return to his motherland and play in Racing Club on loan until the end of season. Pereyra is currently on loan in Gabala, but is not happy at Azerbaijan and wants to leave the club.[20]

Racing Club (loan)[edit]

In January 2016 Pereyra was unveiled by Racing Club as their new signing,[21] for the next 6 months. After a period of six months, Pereyra is eager to remain at the club and is trying to extend his loan deal. On 18 August 2016, in his second spell for PAOK, Pereyra scored as a late substitute in his first appearance helping the club to escape with a 3-0 away win against FC Dinamo Tbilisi in the UEFA Europa League playoffs.[22]

He returned to PAOK at the beginning of 2016-17 season. On 19 January 2017, thanks to his brace, PAOK won 3-0 Levadiakos at Toumba Stadium of Thessaloniki. Pereyra named MVP of the game.

Colón (loan)[edit]

On 31 January 2017, Pereyra joined Argentine Primera División club, Club Atlético Colón on a six-month loan deal running to the end of the 2016–17 season, with a buying option of €600.000.[23] On 26 March 2017, he scored his first goal with the club, sealing a 1-0 home win against rivals Lanús.

On 6 July 2017, the administration of PAOK announced the mutual termination of experienced Argentine attacking midfielder contract, as it was clearly that was not in new manager Aleksandar Stanojević's season plans.

Necaxa & Gimnasia LP[edit]

On 14 July 2017, he signed with Mexican Liga MX club Necaxa. On 10 January 2018, after six months in Mexican Liga he signed a six months contract with Gimnasia LP in Argentine Primera División.

Apollon Limassol[edit]

On 17 July 2018, he signed a two years contract with Cypriot club Apollon Limassol, returned to Europe after two years. [24]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of Match played 17 May 2019[25]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Club Year Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
San Luis 2012–13 Liga MX 14 3 - 14 3
Gimnasia y Esgrima (LP) (loan) 2013–14 Primera B Nacional 33 9 - 33 9
PAOK 2014–15 Superleague Greece 36 12 0 0 6 1 42 13
Gabala (loan) 2015–16 Azerbaijan Premier League 14 4 1 1 5 0 20 5
Racing Club (loan) 2016 Argentine Primera División 7 2 2 1 1 0 10 3
PAOK 2016–17 Superleague Greece 8 2 3 2 4 1 15 5
Colón (loan) 2016–17 Argentine Primera División 14 3 1 0 0 0 15 3
Necaxa 2017–18 Liga MX 5 0 3 0 0 0 8 0
Gimnasia LP 2017–18 Argentine Primera División 11 1 0 0 0 0 11 1
Apollon Limassol 2018–19 Cypriot First Division 25 11 3 2 8 0 36 13
Career total 167 47 13 6 24 2 204 55

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile at Audax web site". Archived from the original on 2011-08-31.
  2. ^ "Facundo Pereyra debutó en Chile". Archived from the original on 28 March 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2009.
  3. ^ "Facundo Pereyra estará a prueba". Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Pereyra no pasó la prueba". Retrieved 12 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Facundo Pereyra es el sexto refuerzo de Audax". Retrieved 18 January 2011.
  6. ^ "Audax Italiano consiguió una trabajada victoria ante Cobresal". Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Audax desdibujó a Colo-Colo en su vuelta a La Florida". Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Audax Italiano goleó sin piedad a un débil Wanderers". Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  9. ^ "Facundo Pereyra cerca de reportar con San Luis". 6 January 2012.
  10. ^ "El argentino Facundo Pereyra firma por tres años con el San Luis". 12 January 2012.
  11. ^ "Gimnasia no hará un esfuerzo para retener a Facundo Pereyra". 23 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Facundo Pereyra joins PAOK". 24 July 2014.
  13. ^ "Pereyra volley sees PAOK beat Olympiakos away". 3 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Lucas and Pereyra miss Lokomotiva tie". 14 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Noboa close to PAOK exit". 26 July 2015.
  16. ^ "Και ο Περέιρα εκτός πλάνων Τούντορ". 25 July 2015.
  17. ^ "Δανεικός στην Καμπάλα ο Περέιρα!". 31 August 2015.
  18. ^ "Δανεικός ο Περέιρα!". 31 August 2015.
  19. ^ "Gabala News".
  20. ^ "Pereyra to return in Argentina for Racing Club".
  21. ^ "Tres refuerzos que ya están en la cancha". www.racingclub.com.ar/ (in Spanish). Racing Club de Avellaneda. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
  22. ^ "Dinamo Tbilisi - PAOK 0-3".
  23. ^ "Και επίσημα στην Κολόν ο Περέιρα".
  24. ^ "Κλείνει Facundo Pereyra".
  25. ^ "F.Pereyra". Soccerway. Soccerway. Retrieved 14 September 2015.

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