Peric playing for Audax Italiano in 2006
|Full name||Nicolás Miroslav Perić Villarreal|
|Date of birth||19 October 1978|
|Place of birth||Talca, Chile|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|2004||U. de Concepción||29||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 October 2015.
He is of Croatian descent and is nicknamed Loco (Madman).
Born in Talca, Peric joined hometown professional side Rangers youth set-up. Years later in 1998, he was promoted to first-adult team where did an impressive season four years later reaching the 2002 Torneo Apertura final alongside future international players like Marcos González and Ismael Fuentes.
In 2004 he joined Universidad de Concepcion which for that season reached its first ever Copa Libertadores qualification where Peric appeared as a starter as well as in the local tournament. Just for his birthday, on 19 October, Peric in a 4–2 away loss with Bolívar at La Paz scored his first professional goal after a goal kick. However, later in December he received a six-month ban from the Conmebol for having tested positive in a doping test, allegedly because would have drunk a coca leaf tea before the game with Bolívar.
Once finished his ban in April 2005, he joined Chilean freshly champion in the age Unión Española to face the Torneo Clausura where would have to challenge the first-choice post with Jaime Bravo. After only playing five league games he left the club and then moved to Audax Italiano where again performed well in his career, which even allowed him be considered in Chile’s 2007 Copa América 23-man squad.
On 7 January 2008, it was reported that Peric joined Turkcell Süper Lig club Gençlerbirliği after an impressive 2007 season at Audax. However after a year at Ankara–based team he left the club after differences with the board, so he closed his spell at Turkey appearing 15 times between the 2007–08 and 2008–09 season.
After a brief spell at Everton de Viña del Mar, in June 2009 Peric signed for Argentinos Juniors which had Claudio Borghi as coach, who pretended him in his teams since 2007 when he was coaching Colo-Colo. The coming season as a first-choice and playing 16 of 19 league games he reached the 2010 Torneo Clausura title, missing the last matchday due to an injury when Argentinos beat Independiente 4–3 with youngster Luis Ojeda in the goal.
On 10 July 2010, Paraguayan side Olimpia through its president Eduardo Delmás confirmed Peric signing after goalie’s untying from Argentinos Juniors. However he only stayed six months at Asunción–based side after troubles and confrontations with the club supporters and also coaches José Saturnino Cardozo and Luis Cubilla. In December he finished his contract with Olimpia and shortly after returned to Chile and joined Cobreloa. In the orange team he reached the 2011 Torneo Clausura finals where they were defeated 3–0 by Universidad de Chile at Estadio Nacional after a goalless in Calama with the freshly Copa Sudamericana champion that season.
In 2012 he returned to Rangers and was a key member in the Torneo Clausura semifinals reaching. Two seasons later after Rangers relegation Peric joined Cobresal in 2014, accepting joining El Salvador–based team for play the Copa Sudamericana as one of the major reasons. Following the team’s early elimination in the Sudamericana preliminary stage, the next year he was a key player in the league title obtention.
In 2015, he returned to Audax Italiano after eight years of his successful spell.
- Argentinos Juniors
- "Portero Nicolás Peric calificó sólo de "anecdótico" su gol a Bolívar" (in Spanish). Radio Cooperativa. 20 October 2004. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
- "Nicolás Peric dejó Genclerbirligi de Turquía por diferencias con dirigentes" (in Spanish). Radio Cooperativa. 2 December 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
- "Peric a Olimpia de Paraguay" (in Spanish). CDF. 10 June 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
- "Las inolvidables locuras que han marcado la carrera de Nicolás Peric". La Tercera (in Spanish). 26 April 2015. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
- Gençlerbirliği Site Profile
- Profile at TFF.org
- (Spanish) Primera División statistics
- Nicolás Peric at National-Football-Teams.com