One of the greatest water polo players of the 21st century Ivan Perez moves to Switzerland.
Perez (50) has become a head coach of Geneve Natation 1885, the club which finished 6th in the 2020/21 Swiss Championship. Perez announced that he would join the Geneva-based club from the upcoming season on his Facebook page.
Ivan Perez played at the Olympic Games four times: 1992 (representing Cuba), 2004,2008, and 2012 (with Spain). He was the World champion twice with Spain (1998 and 2001), and won a total of five medals at World and European Championships representing Spain.
At club level, Perez played for Poble Nou, Barcelona, Barceloneta, Brescia, Terrassa, Sabadell. He won the LEN Euro Cup in 2004 (playing for Barcelona) and a number of trophies in the Spanish League and Cup. He retired in 2012 after winning 6th place with Spain at the London Olympic Games. Perez’s last club was Sabadell.
He was voted the best center-forward of the 21st century, by Total Waterpolo’s Expert Jury.
After finishing his playing career, Perez worked as a coach of the cadet team of Sabadell, coached the national teams of Venezuela (men and women), was an advisor of the national team of Puerto Rico, worked as a personal coach and a pool lifeguard at Egara Club in Terrassa. In 2019, he was appointed as a coach of the cadet team of CN Premia.