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Hernán Arsenio Pérez González (born 25 February 1989) is a Paraguayan professional footballer who plays for Qatari club Al Ahli SC and the Paraguay national team as a right winger.

Hernán Pérez
Hernán Pérez - RCD Espanyol - WM-ES 01 (cropped).jpg
Pérez playing for Espanyol in 2017
Personal information
Full name Hernán Arsenio Pérez González
Date of birth (1989-02-25) 25 February 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth Fernando de la Mora, Paraguay
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Al Ahli
Number 11
Youth career
Ytororó
Cristóbal Colón
2005–2007 Tacuary
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Tacuary 24 (5)
2008–2009 Libertad 1 (0)
2009–2011 Villarreal B 68 (5)
2011–2015 Villarreal 50 (7)
2014Olympiacos (loan) 9 (2)
2015Valladolid (loan) 16 (4)
2015–2019 Espanyol 87 (11)
2018Alavés (loan) 10 (0)
2019– Al Ahli 6 (2)
National team
2009 Paraguay U20 15 (9)
2010– Paraguay 37 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 September 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 June 2019

Club careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Pérez was born in Fernando de la Mora, Asunción. After playing for two other youth clubs he finished his formation with Tacuary, where he made his top division debuts in 2007.[1]

Subsequently, Pérez was signed by fellow league side Club Libertad, appearing rarely for them due to a serious right knee injury.[2]

VillarrealEdit

On 30 July 2009, Villarreal CF from Spain bought Pérez, who signed a five-year contract.[3] He spent two full seasons with the reserves in Segunda División, starting in several of the matches he featured in.

Pérez was definitely promoted to the Valencians' first team for the 2011–12 campaign. He made his competitive debut on 27 September in the UEFA Champions League game against S.S.C. Napoli, coming on as a substitute for Jonathan de Guzmán in the dying minutes of a 0–2 group stage away loss.[4] Again from the bench, on 1 October, he made his first La Liga appearance: from a corner kick, in the 84th minute, he equalised it 2–2 for the hosts against Real Zaragoza.[5]

Pérez contributed with 16 appearances and two goals[6][7] in 2012–13, as the Yellow Submarine finished second and returned to the top level one year after relegating.

Pérez joined Greek club Olympiacos F.C. on 31 January 2014.[8][9] He made his Superleague debut five days later in a 2–0 home victory over Panionios FC, and scored his first goal on 8 February in a 5–0 routing at Veria FC.[10]

On 30 January 2015, Pérez returned to Spain's second level after being loaned to Real Valladolid until the end of the season.[11][12]

EspanyolEdit

On 3 July 2015, Pérez signed a four-year deal with RCD Espanyol in the top division after his contract with Villarreal expired.[13] He quickly became a starter for the Sergio-led side and, on 21 November, took his season to tally to four after scoring a brace to help down Málaga CF 2–0 at the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat.[14]

On 12 January 2018, Pérez was loaned to fellow league club Deportivo Alavés for six months.[15]

Al-AhliEdit

On 23 July 2019, Pérez cut ties with Espanyol and agreed to a three-year contract at Al Ahli SC of the Qatar Stars League.[16]

International careerEdit

 
Pérez in action for Paraguay in 2010.

Pérez was one of the best players for the Paraguayan under-20 team at the 2009 South American Championship, helping the nation finish in second place by scoring five goals in seven matches and ultimately being considered one of the best players in the tournament held in Venezuela.[17][18]

He made his debut for the full side the following year at the age of 21, playing the last 20 minutes of the 1–1 friendly draw to South Africa,[19] and was selected to the 2011 Copa América in Argentina.[20]

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ El espadachín Sub-20 (Hernán Pérez) (The Under-20 swordsman (Hernán Pérez)); El Fichaje Estrella, 16 February 2009 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Hernán Pérez pasará por el quirófano (Hernán Pérez to visit surgery room); Diario ABC Color, 1 May 2009 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Hernán Pérez lleva sus dedicatorias al Villarreal (Hernán Pérez takes goal celebrations to Villarreal); Última Hora, 30 July 2009 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Napoli verve too much for Villarreal; UEFA, 27 September 2011
  5. ^ Perez salvages point for Yellow Submarine; ESPN Soccernet, 1 October 2011
  6. ^ Villarreal 2–0 Córdoba: Hernán Pérez y Uche para liderar provisionalmente (Villarreal 2–0 Córdoba: Hernán Pérez and Uche to take provisional lead); Goal, 29 September 2012 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ El Villarreal despeja las dudas con una goleada (Villarreal clear doubts with routing); Marca, 9 December 2012 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ ΠΑΕ Ολυμπιακός – Ανακοίνωση [Olympiacos FC – Announcement] (in Greek). Olympiacos F.C. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Olympiacos pick up Pérez from Villarreal". UEFA. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  10. ^ Βέροια – Ολυμπιακός 0–5 [Veria – Olympiacos 0–5] (in Greek). Olympiacos F.C. 8 February 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Villarreal loan Hernán Pérez to Real Valladolid". Inside Spanish Football. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  12. ^ "Hernán Pérez llega cedido al Valladolid" [Hernán Pérez arrives to Valladolid on loan] (in Spanish). Marca. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Hernán Pérez se incorpora al Espanyol" [Hernán Pérez joins Espanyol] (in Spanish). RCD Espanyol. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  14. ^ "Un doblete de Hernán Pérez complica la vida al Málaga" [Hernán Pérez brace makes things harder for Málaga] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 21 November 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  15. ^ "Hernán Pérez llega al Deportivo Alavés" [Hernán Pérez arrives at Deportivo Alavés] (in Spanish). Deportivo Alavés. 12 January 2018. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  16. ^ "Hernán Pérez está pasando la revisión médica con el Al-Ahli de Catar" [Hernán Pérez is undergoing medical with Al-Ahli from Qatar] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 23 July 2019. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  17. ^ Perfiles del Sudamericano Sub-20: Hernán Pérez (Paraguay), figura de la 12ª jornada (South American Under-20 profile: Hernán Pérez (Paraguay), star of 12th round); Goal, 3 February 2009 (in Spanish)
  18. ^ "Colorado Walter fica entre artilheiros do Sul-Americano Sub-20" [Crowned Walter ranks amongst Under-20 South American top scorers] (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  19. ^ "Paraguay empata 1–1 ante Sudáfrica" [Paraguay draw 1–1 against South Africa] (in Spanish). Última Hora. 31 March 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  20. ^ "Óscar Cardozo falha Copa América" [Óscar Cardozo misses Copa América] (in Portuguese). Público. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2018.

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