Vincent Pericard

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Vincent Pericard is a French striker who was born in Efok, Cameroon on 3rd October 1982. Pericard began his career at Saint-Etienne but moved to Italian giants Juventus at a young age. He was regarded as one of Europe's best young players in his teenage years, and made his one and only appearance for 'The Old Lady' on 20th March 2002 in a Champions League match with Arsenal.

Pericard joined Portsmouth on loan for the duration of the 2002/03 season. The French striker scored on his Pompey debut in a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest on 10th August 2002. Pericard had a tremendous first season at Fratton Park, helping Harry Redknapp's side win the Division One championship with 9 goals. He was particularly impressive in the first half of the campaign, scoring 6 in his first 11 matches for the club.

Pericard featured in early matches for Pompey in their first ever Premiership campaign in 2003/04, but suffered a torn thigh muscle in September, ruling him out for months. He only appeared once more that season, failing to dislodge the likes of Yakubu, Teddy Sheringham and Lua Lua. Pericard missed the whole of 2004/05 through injury. He returned on August 13th 2005 as a substitute in a 2-0 loss against Spurs. After another two games for Pompey, Pericard was loaned Sheffield United in September 2005. He scored twice in an eleven match spell for the Blades. He returned to Portsmouth in December and came off the bench a few times, before being joining Plymouth on loan in February. In his third match for The Pilgrims, Pericard scored a hatrick against Coventry. He scored another goal against Millwall in April before concluding his spell at Home Park.

After being released from Portsmouth, Pericard joined Stoke City on June 19th 2006. He made his Potters debut on 5th August 2006 at Southend. Despite scoring in his home debut against Derby three days later, Pericard was a flop in his first season at The Britannia Stadium. He scored just 3 times in 31 matches in 2006/07.

Pericard's first team opportunities at Stoke were extremely limited in 2007/08. He had missed the first few months of the season after being found guilty of perverting the course of justice in August 2007. Pericard had lied about being the driver of a car caught speeding in Plymouth at 103mph. The Stoke City striker claimed his stepfather was at the wheel, and was jailed for a month. He was later rearrested on October 12th 2007 following problems with his electronic tag, but was re-released later in the month.

Pericard joined Southampton on loan until the end of the season on March 14th 2008. The former Pompey man made his Saints debut on 15th March 2008 as a sub in a 5-0 pasting at the hands of Hull. He made another four appearances for the club, but failed to score. His only good performance came in a 2-0 win over Bristol City on 5th April 2008.

Pericard returned to Stoke for their first Premiership campaign in 2008/09. He found himself well down the pecking order, but did make the odd appearance here and there, and scored in the Carling Cup against Reading on 23rd September. In February Pericard had a very brief stay on loan at Millwall.

Pericard was released from Stoke in the summer of 2009, and quickly won trials at Bristol City, Cardiff and Blackpool. It was League 1 Carlisle who eventually picked up the Frenchman however. He signed for the Cumbrians on 13th October on a deal until January 2010. Pericard's brief stay at Brunton Park was a success. He made his debut for the club on 17th October 2009 in a 3-1 loss at Yeovil. A week later he scored in his first home game against Southend. Pericard scored 6 goals in 16 matches for Carlisle before his contract expired in the New Year.

Pericard signed with Swindon town on 14th January 2010 on a free transfer until June 2011. The former Stoke striker was less successful than he had been at Carlisle however, and failed to score for The County Ground club that season. Pericard opened his account for The Robins on 31st August 2010 in a Football League Trophy contest against former club Southampton with a brace. He scored six goals in total during 2010/11, but missed nearly half the campaign after an injury in January ruled him out of Swindon's run in. He was released from the club in the summer of 2011.

On 6th October 2011 Pericard signed for Havant & Waterlooville.