Jerry Lucena

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In this Philippine name. The middle name or maternal family name is Petersen and the surname or paternal family name is Lucena.
Jerry Lucena
Jerry Lucena.jpg
Lucena with the Philippine national team
Personal information
Full name Jerry Ruben Petersen Lucena
Date of birth (1980-08-11) 11 August 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Esbjerg, Denmark
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender, Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Esbjerg fB (Youth coach)
Youth career
0000–1999 Esbjerg fB
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2007 Esbjerg fB 182 (4)
2007–2012 AGF 147 (3)
2012–2016 Esbjerg fB 34 (0)
Total 363 (7)
National team
2001 Denmark U-21 2 (0)
2006 Denmark League XI 2 (0)
2011–2015 Philippines 38[1] (2)
Teams managed
2016– Esbjerg fB (U17 & U19 assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jerry Ruben Lucena (born 11 August 1980) is a retired Filipino footballer and currently the assistant manager of the U17 & U19 squads of Esbjerg fB.

He has represented the Philippines national football team at international level, having previously featured in the Denmark U-21 and Denmark League XI international teams.

Club career[edit]

Lucena started playing for the youth side of Danish football club Esbjerg fB. In 1999, he made his professional debut for Esbjerg in the Danish 1st Division, the second highest football league in the country. Esbjerg won promotion to the top-flight Danish Superliga in 2001. Lucena was a mainstay in the team during the 2002-03 Danish Superliga season, playing of 32 of 33 games as Esbjerg finished 5th and qualified for the European UEFA Cup tournament.

On 14 August 2003, Lucena played his first European game for Esbjerg in the qualifying round of the 2003–04 UEFA Cup. His club won 5–0 against Andorran football club FC Santa Coloma in his debut.[2] Esbjerg would advance to the next round on a 9–1 aggregate result. Lucena played all 33 games, as Esbjerg won bronze medals in the 2003-04 Danish Superliga championship. In 2006, he was part of the Esbjerg team which reached the final of the Danish Cup, but lost to Randers FC.[3] He played a total 245 senior games for Esbjerg, before leaving the club in 2007.[4]

Lucena signed with Superliga rival club AGF Aarhus in 2007, one of the oldest sport clubs in Danish football. Jerry Lucena played full back and occasionally the midfielder position for AGF.[5] When AGF were relegated to the Danish 1st Division in 2010, Lucena stayed with the club. He helped AGF win the 2010–11 Danish 1st Division, getting promotion for the Superliga.

He had the remainder of his AGF contract annulled in June 2012, in order to go back to Esbjerg.[4]

Lucena's contract with Esbjerg end in Summer 2016 when Lucena will be retiring from competitive football as a player. As part of a final agreement with the club, he served as assistant coach to the club's youth team in the U19 League, and is targeting to pass the exam in May 2016 to be a T-trainer enabling him to acquire an A-license, the second highest coaching license in the DBU.[6]

International career[edit]

Born to a Filipino father and a Danish mother, Lucena was eligible to represent either side at the international level. Initially, he was called up to represent the Denmark U-21 squad in 2001.[7] In 2006, Lucena again represented Denmark as part of its League XI international football team, which is an unofficial national team assembled by the Danish Football Association to evaluate the level of the best players from the Danish Superliga.

Lucena switched to represent the Philippines in March 2011. On 23 March 2011, he made his international debut for the Philippines national team against the Palestine team in the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualifying round.[8] The match ended in a 0–0 draw, but the Philippines would eventually clinch the second spot in their bracket to qualify for the group stage of the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup.[9] On 11 October 2011, Lucena again represented the Philippines in an international friendly match against Nepal, which ended in a 4–0 win for the Philippines.[10]

On November 2012, Lucena is part of the Philippine team in the Group A stage of the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup, the football championship cup for Southeast Asia. The Philippines finished second in the group with 2 wins and 1 loss record, qualifying them to semi finals versus Singapore. Lucena was instrumental in the Philippine squad defense wherein he played in two games : Thailand 2–1 Philippines and Vietnam 0–1 Philippines. Lucena will once again reprise his role in the midfield in the second leg of the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup Semi-finals against Singapore.


It was reported in March 15, 2016, that Lucena has informed the Philippine Football Federation his retirement from international football due to recurring injury issues. He would have played the last two 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers matches of the Philippines against North Korea and Uzbekistan. Lucena spent his time with the Philippine national team as a means to connect with his second homeland especially after the death of his Filipino father.[6]

International goals[edit]

As of 3 September 2015.[11]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 27 May 2014 National Football Stadium, Maldives  Maldives
2014 AFC Challenge Cup
2. 3 September 2015 Rizal Memorial Stadium, Manila  Maldives



Esbjerg fB

National team[edit]


  1. ^ Jerry Lucena at
  2. ^ "Jerry Lucena: UEFA competition debut". Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b "AGF har bekræftet, at Jerry Lucena skifter til Esbjerg med øjeblikkelig virkning." [AGF confirms immediate move of Lucena to Esbjerg] (in Danish). Tipsbladet. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Palami confident of Azkals chances". Philippine Star. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  6. ^ a b Madsen, Frede (15 March 2016). "Lucena takker af for eventyret med Filippinerne" [Lucena retires from his adventure with the Philippines]. Esbjerg fB. p. Danish. Retrieved 16 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Fil-Danish Midfielder to Join the Squad Ahead of Palestine". Soccer Central Philippines. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  8. ^ "Jerry Lucena Makes Azkals Debut". Soccer Central Philippines. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  9. ^ "RP makes it to 2012 AFC Challenge Cup". Sun.Star Publishing, Inc. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  10. ^ "PHL Azkals show class in 4-0 blanking of Nepal". GMA Network Inc. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  11. ^ "Philippines - J. Lucena". Soccerway. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 

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