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Jean Deza retires from football: profile of a footballer who never stopped being a player

Correction: This note was published during 2020 and was updated due to his retirement from football

A ball, the court, Callao. They are three elements that combine to reach the First Division and the first sports shots. The first port is quite a picturesque place, with direct access to the sea and the birthplace of various national football talents. One of them, Jean Deza, but he represents the other face. He lives an instability typical of his growth on the street, a forced maturity abroad and the comforts that football gave him “all at once”. Today, with only 28 years of age, he has decided to leave professional football and thus communicated it on his social networks. The talent of a great attacker succumbed to the indiscipline of an unprofessional player.


Lima Alliance announced in June 2020 that the 27-year-old forward no longer belonged to the intimate club. From there, the transit was not of redemption but of direct way to the sunset. He went to Binational, a club sanctioned for not respecting the protocols in times of pandemic and remained in that direction. His irresponsible updates on social networks were enough evidence to determine that he did not respect the health care provided by League 1 in its reactivation.

At the beginning of this season, Deza added new chapters to his negative record. He was committed to playing for Cultural Santa Rosa in League 2, but later the club accused the player of “surprising” him with a contract with another team. That other team was Carlos Stein, where he currently plays. In April this year, the club separated Jean for drinking on public roads during the ‘Prohibition’ period. As if that were not enough, today he was again separated from the team in a preventive way due to another act of indiscipline.

The smile – for a moment – has disappeared from the face of that boy, full of swings, who was born in Gambetta. One more wasted opportunity, a product of his late-night escapades and unsportsmanlike conduct. For not fulfilling the apostolate of the athlete of these times: to take care of his body. If we add to all this, he does not cultivate respect, because the “combo” is complete. In September of last year, Jean Deza rebuked his then coach Flabio Torres in a totally misplaced way for changing him in the match with San Martín. But his sad story has not started this year.

“I came back because of some problems I had there [en Eslovenia], I’m a bit problematic and that’s why I had to go back ”, He confessed when he left Zilina, back in 2013. He was 20 years old and was already involved in controversies.

The signing of ‘Loco’ (as they called him in Ahmed’s Sub-20) was criticized and classified as controversial by many blue and white fans at the time and did not ratify the confidence of the Juliaca team either. Franco Navarro, with the care of the experienced Roberto Guizasola (as confessed by the same technician), he managed to have a season with sustained returns in UTC of Cajamarca. All this allowed him to return to La Victoria with the confidence of those who know that they are facing an opportunity that can change your life. However, player Deza has not been able to leave the dark side. The one that turns you off on the courts and that turns on when you tune into a television show of entertainment.

At the club, I knew they had almost radioactive material. “It is rotten. He can be a great player, but he did not collaborate with Alianza “Someone who was part of their environment for a long time tells us. On the field, nobody will be able to dispute his qualities. During the quarantine, established players of the stature of Paolo Guerrero and Jefferson Farfán they recognized the “quality” of the national striker, while Leao Butrón and Luis Aguiar defended their permanence in Alianza. When he dressed short, he added a lot to a forward that lacked mobility.

Hope passed because Mario Salas correct him, but his luck was cast for him in La Victoria. “Jean Deza always struggled with her emotional environment. The great challenge of his life will be that soccer is a means that allows him to have a future. The rest is to surround yourself with people who make it grow “, says Daniel Ahmed, head of Sports Planning and Development, and former Deza coach in the 2013 U-20s.


He has worn the national team shirt, but he had to see the Playoffs and the World Cup on TV. He wore the blue and white jersey, but had to sit in Matute to watch the club play the Libertadores. From having Lucas Barrios as a partner and facing players like Lacazette to having to use them when he turns on his PlayStation. Opportunities have not been lacking in life, but so far he has not taken advantage of them. “It is no longer Alianza’s problem, but his”, Waldir Sáenz says about it.

Of that group that Daniel Ahmed formed in the 2013 Sub, Jean Deza was one of the star figures. 30% of that squad could play a World Cup for seniors, Deza today is a figure who was left without an album. Deportivo Binacional will be his new home in League 1; However, the doubts are not only sown, they are confirmed.


“Oe ‘Kukín’. If I see you smoking I slap you … you have a future with football, show what you know. That’s what his Gambetta friends used to say to a teenage Jean Deza. His nickname like that of the crack chalaco, they assure that it was because of his way of playing. It was February 2012 and it was already known about him and his talent.

Trained in Cantolao, he trained in Boca and Lanús in 2008 until the Basel from Switzerland He bought his pass in 2011, but ended up playing for Zilina in Slovakia. He had just turned 18 and made his debut in European football, but his career was not going to be rosy. “At 15 I went abroad to look for a better future. Before, I didn’t even have enough for the ticket. Sometimes I washed cars to earn a single or my mother would borrow money “, he confessed at the time.

Ahmed called him up for the U-20 team, but certain indisciplines cast doubt on his being in the 2013 South American. The talent ended up prevailing and the attacker would wear the red-and-white in the Argentine tournament. “They call me crazy,” he acknowledged in an interview. “Smoke”, they also called him. Peru was beginning to know him.


Trome interview in 2012.

“I came back because of some problems I had there [en Eslovaquia], I’m a bit troublesome and that’s why I had to go back “

To have the go-ahead of Carlos Bianchi To stay in Boca, Jean Deza went on to play the South American, stay in Peru and not return to Zilina. A legal battle began that ended with the footballer being denounced and playing at the San Martín University, where he again had behavior problems.

“Without professionalism you cannot find yourself with football, orientation is decisive and you have to give each element what it needs”, Julio César Uribe explained at the time, who sent him to train with the reserve for violating the rules of conduct in the holy concentration in 2013.

“What led me to return to Peru was fun. That and family problems “

Already in French Montpellier, since August 2013, Deza starred in his second retirement from a club. In November 2014 he arrived in Peru to play a match with the senior team against Paraguay and did not return to France. The French team declared him transferable and Alianza hired him on loan.

“They gave me permission for the birth of my daughter Victoria, in those days I took the opportunity to explain that I was not going to return, for reasons X that I had there in Bulgaria, which were not very positive for me”

Alianza was his second club in Peru. He played the entire first half of 2015 and returned to the French team. He ended that year and signed for Levski Sofia of Bulgaria, where he only lasted four months. He was summoned by Pablo Bengoechea for a match against Paraguay in Lima and decided to stay in the country for the summer.

The Bulgarian team waited for him between January and when he did not join the training sessions, they fired him and reported to FIFA for abandonment of work. The governing body of soccer sanctioned him for 15 months off the fields.

“I did not understand what happened, the teacher [Grioni] He made the decision not to count on me, I never told him anything, he wanted to die with his players. Everything was weird “

Then it was a long wait of 457 days until it was re-enabled. He was signed by Sport Huancayo where he again had problems with coach Marcelo Grioni, who even sent him to train with the reserve. After spending all of 2018 in the Uncontrastable, he left for UTC in Cajamarca.

“Franco Navarro helped me a lot, he advised me when nobody trusted me. I really appreciate what you did for me “

In Cajamarca’s painting, Jean achieved perhaps his best expression. “Guizasola asked me to take him to Cajamarca and he wanted me to take ‘Loco’ (Deza). I told him ‘I’ll take it but you take care of it,’ said the coach, who now wants him back at the Gavilán Norteño. Last year, Jean Deza decided to travel north to save his career. Today he has run out of it.

With UTC he played Sudamericana.  (Photo: AFP)


Zilina (2011-13): He left the club, according to him, due to lack of payment from his department. “I’m a bit of a problem and that’s why I had to go back,” he acknowledged.

San Martín (January-August 2013): He was sent to train with the reserve for his indiscipline. He only played 10 games and was loaned to Montpellier.

Montpellier (August 2013 – November 2014): He left the club and stayed in Peru. He explained that his representative told him that he had the permission after a sports sanction for six dates, but it was not like that.

Alliance (January-June 2015): He was only on loan for six months and had episodes of indiscipline, in addition to the remembered episode with the referee Ramón Blanco in the duel against Garcilaso.

Montpellier (July-December 2015): He plays a few games and ends his contract at the end of 2015. He spends six months without playing until he reaches Levski.

Levski Sofia (August-December 2016): The Bulgarian club denounced him for abandonment and broke the contract after he stayed in Peru for the summer. FIFA sanctioned him for 15 months.

Sport Huancayo (2018): After being authorized by FIFA, he returns to play after more than a year. Grioni sent him to train with the Reserve in some cases.

UTC (2019): Under the command of Franco Navarro, it achieves its best performance. According to the coach, with Roberto Guizasola they took care of him all the time.

Alianza Lima (January-June 2020): Fired for his continuous misconduct just the sixth month of his stay. He only played three games.

Binational (June-December 2020): He finished the season with the Juliaca team, where he was never consolidated.

Carlos Stein (September 2021): He was separated for indiscipline


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