Peter Pekarík

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Peter Pekarík
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Personal information
Full name Peter Pekarík
Date of birth (1986-10-30) 30 October 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Žilina, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current team
Hertha BSC
Number 2
Youth career
Žilina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2009 Žilina 111 (5)
2004–2005 Dubnica (loan) 27 (0)
2009–2012 VfL Wolfsburg 55 (0)
2011–2012 Kayserispor (loan) 27 (0)
2012– Hertha BSC 97 (0)
National team
2006– Slovakia 73 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 October 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 November 2016

Peter Pekarík (born 30 October 1986) is a Slovak football defender who plays for Hertha BSC and the Slovakia national team.

Club career[edit]

Žilina[edit]

Pekarík, born in Žilina, began playing football at the youth section of his local club.[1] His Corgoň Liga debut came for ZŤS Dubnica.[1] In his first season he played 27 matches and came back to MŠK Žilina in the summer of 2005.[2][1] He won the Corgoň Liga in the 2006–07 season, playing 35 matches.[2][3]

Wolfsburg[edit]

He impressed with great performances in the first half of the 2008–09 season and signed a four-and-a-half-year contract for German side VfL Wolfsburg in January 2009.[4]

On 31 January 2009, matchday 18, he debuted in the German Bundesliga in a 1–1 draw against the 1. FC Köln. At half time, coach Felix Magath substituted him for Cristian Zaccardo.[5] Except for one game, he played in the second half of the season in all games and won with Wolfsburg for the first time in club history the German championship.[6][7] However, at the end of the season he was substituted more often and lost his place in the starting eleven.[citation needed]

Kayserispor[edit]

In August 2011, Pekarík joined Turkish first division side Kayserispor for the 2011–12 season on loan.[8]

Hertha BSC[edit]

After a year in Turkey, Pekarík returned to Germany, signing for Hertha BSC.[9]

International career[edit]

Pekarík made his national team debut against United Arab Emirates on 10 December 2006.[1] He scored his first international goal in a 7–0 home victory over San Marino.[10][11] He was a part of the Slovakia national football team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[12]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 6 June 2009[10] Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia  San Marino
2–0
7–0
World Cup 2010 Qualifying
2. 27 March 2015[10] Štadión pod Dubňom, Žilina, Slovakia  Luxembourg
3–0
3–0
Euro 2016 qualifier

Honours[edit]

MŠK Žilina
VfL Wolfsburg

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Slovakia's Pekarik raring to go". FIFA.com. 25 May 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Peter Pekarík". National Football Teams. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "P. Pekarík". Soccerway. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Pekarík vo Wolfsburgu s číslom 19" (in Slovak). profutbal. 21 January 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  5. ^ "Pekarík si odkrútil debut v bundeslige, Wolfsburgu pomohol k remíze" (in Slovak). pravda.sk. 31 January 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Peter Pekarik" (in German). kicker.de. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Wolfsburg ist zum ersten Mal Meister" (in German). Badische Zeitung. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "PETER PEKARİK KAYSERİSPOR'DA" (in Turkish). sporbul.com. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "Hertha verpflichtet Pekarik" [Hertha signs Pekarik] (in German). DFL. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c Hribik, Rastislav (27 March 2015). "Pekarík happy to end wait for Slovakia goal". UEFA.com. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Fußball-WM-Qualifikation - Miroslav Stoch (links) und die - Fußball-WM" (in German). Süddeutsche Zeitung. 7 June 2009. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Peter PEKARÍK". FIFA.com. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 

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