Claudio Pizarro

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Claudio Pizarro
Pizarro training FC Bayern (cropped).jpg
Pizarro with Bayern Munich in 2015
Personal information
Full name Claudio Miguel Pizarro Bosio[1]
Date of birth (1978-10-03) 3 October 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth Callao, Peru[2]
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[3]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Werder Bremen
Number 14
Youth career
1991–1995 Cantolao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Deportivo Pesquero 41 (11)
1997–1999 Alianza Lima 44 (26)
1999–2001 Werder Bremen 56 (29)
2001–2007 Bayern Munich 174 (71)
2007–2009 Chelsea 21 (2)
2008–2009Werder Bremen (loan) 26 (17)
2009–2012 Werder Bremen 77 (43)
2012–2015 Bayern Munich 50 (16)
2015–2017 Werder Bremen 47 (15)
2017–2018 1. FC Köln 16 (1)
2018– Werder Bremen 33 (5)
National team
1999–2016 Peru 85 (20)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:35, 20 October 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 March 2016

Claudio Miguel Pizarro Bosio (American Spanish: [ˈklauðjo piˈsaro]; born 3 October 1978) is a Peruvian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Werder Bremen and the Peru national team. He is often regarded as one of the best strikers in the modern game. Mostly playing with Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen, he has scored 336 goals in 850 games in his career.

Pizarro started his career with Deportivo Pesquero in 1998, before moving to Alianza Lima. Then, he moved over to Germany playing for Werder Bremen. He has spent most of his career playing in the Bundesliga, having two spells at Bayern Munich and four at Werder Bremen, during which he won 17 trophies, 16 of which occurred at Bayern. These include the UEFA Champions League, 6 Bundesliga titles and 6 DFB Pokal cups. He had a short spell with Chelsea in 2007, scoring on his debut and being the first Peruvian to ever play for the club. On 23 October 2010, Pizarro set a new record for most goals scored by a foreign player in the Bundesliga, surpassing Giovane Élber's record of 132 in a game against Borussia Mönchengladbach.[4] As of 18 May 2019, Pizarro is the fifth highest goalscorer in Bundesliga history with 197 goals[5] and the all-time top scorer for Werder Bremen. With his goal on 16 February 2019 against Hertha BSC, Pizarro became the oldest goalscorer in Bundesliga history, breaking the previous record held by Miroslav Votava.[6]

A full Peruvian international since 1999, Pizarro represented and captained the Peru national football team at four Copa América tournaments and four FIFA World Cup qualifying campaigns, where he did help his side qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup but did not get picked for the finals. He holds the record for the fastest ever goal scored for Peru just after 18 seconds in the match. He retired from international football in 2016.

Early years[edit]

Pizarro was born to Patricia Bosio and Claudio Pizarro Dávila, a naval officer, in Callao, Peru and raised in the Santiago de Surco district of capital city Lima. He started playing in his youth in the Academia Deportiva Cantolao in Callao. Pizarro is of Italian descent, with great-grandparents from Brescia, and maternal from Frattaminore near Naples.[7]

Club career[edit]

Deportivo Pesquero[edit]

Pizarro started his professional career playing with Deportivo Pesquero, a small provincial team in the city of Chimbote in the north of Peru, at the age of seventeen. His first professional game was in 1996 against Alianza Lima. He scored his first two goals two weeks later against Atletico Torino in the 2–1 victory of Deportivo Pesquero. He finished the 1996 season with three goals in 16 appearances.[8]

Alianza Lima[edit]

Pizarro scored 25 goals over two seasons[8] with Alianza Lima and was part of the Alianza team that reached second position in the Torneo Apertura of Peru in 1999. He also made seven appearances in Copa Libertadores.[9] Shortly after his success at Alianza, Pizarro was sold to German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen. Later that year, he earned his first cap for the Peru national football team.

Werder Bremen[edit]

Pizarro's 38 goals over two seasons[10][11] for Werder Bremen made the rising star of Peruvian football more coveted by managers of major European clubs. After the 2000–01 season, Werder announced that it would not prevent Pizarro from moving to a bigger club, and the conflict to secure the Peruvian forward's services intensified. The media[who?] indicated that Real Madrid and Barcelona of Spain, Internazionale of Italy, and Werder's Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund were in the running to sign Pizarro.[citation needed] The most speculated transfer in Peruvian football monopolized the interest of the national press.[citation needed] After seeming destined for Spain, Pizarro ended weeks of speculation by signing for Bayern Munich on 7 June 2001.

Bayern Munich[edit]

Pizarro in 2006 during his first spell at Bayern Munich

Pizarro started his career at Bayern with the goal in the fourth minute of the game against Schalke 04 in the second match day of the 2001-02 Bundesliga season. In his first season, he hit 15 goals in 30 Bundesliga appearances,[12] four appearances in the German Cup,[12] four goals in 14 appearances in the UEFA Champions League,[12] an appearance in the Intercontinental Cup,[9] and an appearance in the UEFA Super Cup.[9]

Pizarro was a key player in Bayern's Bundesliga and German Cup double in 2002–03 season. During the 2002–03 season, he scored 15 goals in 31 appearances in the Bundesliga,[13] two goals in six German Cup appearances,[13] two goals in seven Champions League appearances,[13] and two League Cup appearances.[9]

During the 2003–04 season, he scored 11 goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances,[14] a goal in four German Cup appearances,[14] seven Champions League appearances,[14] and a League Cup appearances.[9]

During the 2004–05 season, Pizarro scored 21 goals in 35 appearances.[15]

During the 2005–06 season, he scored 11 goals in 26 Bundesliga appearances,[16] five goals in five German Cup appearances,[16] a goal in six Champions League appearances,[16] and an appearance in the League Cup.[9]

His popularity with Bayern fans earned him the nickname "Anden-Bomber" ("Andes Bomber", a reference to his South American home country as well as legendary Bayern striker Gerd Müller, who was nicknamed "Bomber"). On some occasions, he was also called "Inca God" by the media.

Pizarro's contract with the German champions expired at the end of the 2006–07 season and negotiations on an extension were not making progress, with Sevilla, Benfica and Rangers ready to step in and make a move. Pizarro later rejected a contract extension offered by Bayern chairman Franz Beckenbauer, demanding an increase in pay which angered Karl-Heinz Rummenigge who was quoted saying that "Anyone wishing to earn as much as Shevchenko had better start playing like Shevchenko."

On 20 May 2007, Bayern Munich announced Pizarro would be leaving the club.[17] He finished the 2006–07 season with 12 goals in 45 appearances.[18]

Chelsea[edit]

Pizarro at Chelsea in 2008

On 1 July 2007, Chelsea officially signed Pizarro and confirmed that he had completed his medical and agreed on personal terms to join the club on a Bosman transfer, signing a four-year deal.[19] He was the first Peruvian to sign for Chelsea. Pizarro also revealed that his decision was influenced by the advice of his national team teammate Nolberto Solano, who played in England with Newcastle, Aston Villa and West Ham United, as well as Owen Hargreaves, who at the time also played for Bayern Munich.[20]

Pizarro was assigned the number 14, the same number he wears for Peru, and his former shirt number at Bayern Munich. He succeeded Geremi as the holder of the shirt number 14 at Chelsea. He made his debut against Manchester United in the 2007 FA Community Shield. He came on as a substitute, but then missed one of the penalties in the shootout as Chelsea lost.[21] His Chelsea league career got off to a good start, scoring a goal on his debut on the opening weekend of the 2007–08 Premier League season against Birmingham City.[22] However, after José Mourinho's departure, and the signing of French striker Nicolas Anelka, Pizarro found himself surplus to requirements by the then new manager Avram Grant. Pizarro did play an important role in Chelsea progressing to the fourth round of the 2008 FA Cup, by contributing to the goal which rebounded off QPR keeper Lee Camp and into the net.[23] He then went on to score the only goal in a match against Birmingham.[24] This meant that his only two Premier League goals in a Chelsea shirt both came in separate games against Birmingham City.

Return to Werder Bremen[edit]

Pizarro training with Werder Bremen in 2011.

On 15 August 2008, he was loaned until the end of the season to Werder Bremen.[25] Soon after the announcement that Pizarro would be joining the team, a large group of Werder Bremen fans lined up to buy the new Pizarro jersey showing that Pizarro is still appreciated in Bremen, seven years after leaving the club. He was assigned the number 24 jersey and scored his first goal during his loan spell in his second appearance, scoring Bremen's first goal in a 3–2 defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach on 30 August.[26] Pizarro scored Bremen's fourth goal in the club's impressive 5–2 victory over Bayern Munich on 20 September at the Allianz Arena, former Bremen teammate Tim Borowski netting both of Bayern's goals.[27]

On 26 February 2009, Pizarro scored a second-half brace for Bremen as the club came back from 2–0 down to secure a 2–2 draw, and a 3–3 aggregate win (away goals rule), to dump A.C. Milan out of the UEFA Cup in the Round of 32.[28] In the second-leg of their UEFA Cup quarter-final clash with Italian side Udinese on 17 April, Pizarro netted once and teammate Diego notched a brace as the teams played out an exciting 3–3 draw and Bremen advanced to the semi-finals with a 6–4 aggregate victory.[29] He netted a hat-trick on 4 May as Bremen cruised past Hannover by a score of 4–1, keeping their push for a European place alive.[30]

Pizarro's role was fundamental in the qualification of Werder to the UEFA Cup Final,[31] scoring a goal in Bremen's 3–2 away defeat of Hamburg on 7 May, completing a 3–3 aggregate victory over their German rivals in the semi-finals.[32] However, with the absence of playmaker Diego from the final against Shakhtar Donetsk, Pizarro could not save the team from a 2–1 defeat after extra time to Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk on 20 May 2009 at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium in Istanbul.[33]

Pizarro was decisive and important for the club in his loan return to the Bundesliga, scoring 17 goals in just 26 Bundesliga appearances in 2008–09 for Bremen.[34][35] On 18 August 2009, Pizarro signed with Werder Bremen for an undisclosed fee after impressing for Werder in the previous season.[36] In his second season at Werder Bremen, he continued to be a top Bundesliga scorer with 16 goals.[37] On 23 October 2010, Pizarro scored his 134th goal in the Bundesliga making him the top scoring foreign-born player in the league history after being level with Giovane Élber.[38] He finished the 2010–11 season with 14 goals in 29 appearances.[39] On 15 May 2012, Pizarro announced that he would leave Werder Bremen in the summer.[40] He finished his final season with 18 goals in 29 appearances.[41]

Return to Bayern Munich[edit]

Pizarro with Bayern in 2014.

On 26 May 2012, Pizarro signed a one-year deal with his former German club, Bayern Munich.[42] On 31 October 2012, Pizarro scored two goals against Kaiserslautern in the DFB-Pokal. In the Champions League game against Lille on 7 November, Pizarro scored a hat-trick within the first 33 minutes as Bayern crushed their French opponents 6–1.[43] On 30 March 2013, Pizarro scored four goals, his first league goals of the Bundesliga campaign, and provided two assists for Bayern in a 9–2 win against Hamburg.[44] On 10 April 2013, Pizarro came off the bench to score a 90th-minute goal against Juventus in the quarter-final of the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League, which would end in a 0–2 win for Bayern (0–4 on aggregate).[45] Pizarro scored twice more and provided a further two assists in Bayern's 6–1 hammering of Hannover 96 on 20 April.[46] He finished the 2012–13 season with 13 goals in 28 appearances.[47]

On 19 April 2014, Pizarro scored in Bayern's 2–0 win over Eintracht Braunschweig, meaning he had scored against every Bundesliga club.[48] During the 2013–14 season, he scored 10 goals in 17 Bundesliga appearances,[49] a goal in two German Cup appearances,[49] six Champions League appearances,[49] a German Super Cup appearance,[9] and a FIFA World Club Cup appearance.[9]

His contract wasn't renewed after the 2014–15 season,[50][51] during which he managed just one goal in 17 appearances.[52] He failed to score in any of his matches during the season.[51]

Third stint at Werder Bremen[edit]

On 7 September 2015, Pizarro joined Werder Bremen for the third time in his career, agreeing to a one-year contract. He was given the number 14.[51][53][54] On 2 March 2016 Pizarro reached 10 goals for the season by netting a hat-trick in a 4–1 win away to Bayer Leverkusen.[55] In doing so, the 37-year old broke a record which had stood for 31 years by becoming the oldest player to score a hat-trick in the Bundesliga.[56] He finished the 2015–16 season.[57] On 2 July 2017, Werder Bremen announced Pizarro's contract would not be renewed bringing an end to his third stint at the club.[58] He finished the 2016–17 season with a goal in 19 appearances.[59]

1. FC Köln[edit]

On 29 September 2017, Pizarro signed a one-year contract with 1. FC Köln.[60] They were relegated from the Bundesliga following defeat to SC Freiburg on 28 April 2018.[61] He finished the 2017–18 season with a goal in 16 appearances.[62]

Fourth stint at Werder Bremen[edit]

On 29 July 2018, Pizarro signed a one-year contract with Werder Bremen joining them for the fourth time in his career.[63]

On 16 February 2019, with his stoppage time equaliser in the away match against Hertha BSC, Pizarro became the oldest goalscorer in the history of the Bundesliga at the age of 40 years and 136 days.[6] This broke the record previously held since August 1996 by Miroslav Votava (aged 40 years and 121 days).[64] His goal also saw him become the first and only player to score in 21 consecutive calendar years in the Bundesliga.[65] On 4 May 2019, he scored his fourth Bundesliga goal of the season, a 2–2 equalizer against Borussia Dortmund;[66][67] his fifth goal was deciding in the 2–1 game against RB Leipzig, raising the age record for a scorer to 40 years 227 days. On 20 July 2019, Pizarro announced that the 2019–20 season will be his last season before retiring as a football player.[68]

International career[edit]

Pizarro with Peru at the 2007 Copa América.

Pizarro has been a regular for Peru since scoring in a 2–1 defeat of Ecuador on his debut appearance in February 1999.[69] In the same year, he represented Peru at the 1999 Copa América in Paraguay, starting all three of the team's group matches and coming on as a substitute in their quarter-final penalty shootout loss to Mexico.[70] Pizarro has gone on to be a starting player at the 2004, 2007 and 2015 Copa América tournaments, as well as the qualifying campaigns for the 2002, 2006, and 2010 FIFA World Cups.

On 23 August 2003, Pizarro scored the fastest ever goal in the history of the Peru national team 18 seconds into a 3–1 win over Mexico at Giants Stadium in New Jersey.[71] He was later sent off along with teammate John Galliquio and Mexicans Jared Borgetti and Omar Briceño.[72]

At the 2004 Copa América, Pizarro suffered a fractured skull when he took an elbow to the head in an on-field collision during a 3–1 win over Venezuela, which forced him out of the rest of the tournament and required extensive surgery in Germany.[73] Under the management of Julio César Uribe, Pizarro captained Peru to the quarter-finals of the 2007 Copa América, scoring two goals in a 2–2 draw against Bolivia in the final group match in Mérida.[74]

On 18 June 2015, Pizarro scored the only goal of Peru's 1–0 win against Venezuela in the group stage of the 2015 Copa América.[75]

Suspension and investigation[edit]

On 7 December 2007, an investigation on having introduced women and alcohol into the national squad's hotel two days before Peru's away drubbing at the hands of Ecuador (5–1) started running, and Pizarro had thus been suspended 18 months from the national team starting on the day before the match.[76] Other Peruvian players based overseas like Jefferson Farfán and others were also suspended. Since Pizarro claimed to be innocent, he started a trial against the Peruvian Football Federation. This action alerted FIFA about the case, who warned the player not to take it to the regular judges or he could face an international ban.[77] On 3 July 2008, after an investigation and a review of the facts, the suspension was changed to three months (from the date of appeal in April 2008) and a $10,000 fine. Pizarro served the three-month ban.

On 17 April 2009, Pizarro won a court victory over his national federation. The Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the $10,000 fine imposed on Pizarro by the Peruvian Football Association after the alleged November 2007 incident. "The facts put forward by (the federation) in relation to Pizarro were not supported by concrete evidence", sport's highest court said in a statement.[78] Pizarro expressed his satisfaction with the final result. He explained: "I am very satisfied and feel vindicated", Pizarro said. "My honor has been restored. My family and friends have always stood by me and knew that these were all just lies that were being spread about me. But this verdict will now also give certainty to everyone who had doubts that I have always told the truth."[78]

Personal life[edit]

Pizarro has a sister, Patricia, and a younger brother, Diego.[79] Diego is also a professional footballer and played for Bayern Munich as a youth.[80]

Pizarro is married to his teenage sweetheart, Karla Salcedo, and they have two sons, Claudio and Gianluca, and a daughter, Antonella. All three were born in Germany.[81] Pizarro co-owns a race horse called 'Crying Lightning' with fellow professional footballer Joey Barton.[82] In January 2011 the horse competed at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai.[83]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of matches played on 1 September 2019.
Club Season League Cup[a] Continental Other Total Ref.
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Deportivo Pesquero 1996 Primera División 16 3 16 3 [8]
1997 25 8 25 8 [8]
Totals 41 11 41 11
Alianza Lima 1998 Primera División 22 7 7[b] 0 29 7 [8][9]
1999 22 18 22 18 [8]
Totals 44 25 7 0 51 25
Werder Bremen 1999–2000 Bundesliga 25 10 5 2 9[c] 3 39 15 [10]
2000–01 31 19 1 0 5[c] 4 37 23 [11]
Totals 56 29 6 2 14 7 76 38
Bayern Munich 2001–02 Bundesliga 30 15 4 0 14[d] 4 2[e] 0 50 19 [9][12]
2002–03 31 15 6 2 7[d] 2 1[f] 0 45 19 [9][13]
2003–04 31 11 4 1 7[d] 0 1[f] 0 43 12 [9][14]
2004–05 23 11 5 6 7[d] 4 0 0 35 21 [15]
2005–06 26 11 5 5 6[d] 1 1[f] 0 38 17 [9][16]
2006–07 33 8 2 0 10[d] 4 0 0 45 12 [18]
Totals 174 71 26 14 51 15 5 0 256 100
Chelsea 2007–08 Premier League 21 2 4 0 2[d] 0 5[g] 0 32 2 [9]
Werder Bremen 2008–09 Bundesliga 26 17 5 4 15[h] 7 46 28 [35]
2009–10 26 16 4 1 10[i] 12 40 29 [37]
2010–11 22 9 2 2 5[d] 3 29 14 [39]
2011–12 29 18 0 0 29 18 [41]
Totals 103 60 11 7 30 22 144 89
Bayern Munich 2012–13 Bundesliga 20 6 2 3 6[d] 4 28 13 [47]
2013–14 17 10 2 1 6[d] 0 2[j] 0 27 11 [9][49]
2014–15 13 0 2 1 2[d] 0 17 1 [52]
Totals 50 16 6 5 14 4 2 0 72 25
Werder Bremen 2015–16 Bundesliga 28 14 4 2 32 16 [57]
2016–17 19 1 0 0 19 1 [59]
Totals 47 15 4 2 51 17
1. FC Köln 2017–18 Bundesliga 16 1 0 0 16 1 [62]
Werder Bremen 2018–19 Bundesliga 26 5 4 2 30 7 [84]
2019–20 3 0 1 2 4 2 [85]
Totals 29 5 5 4 34 9
Werder Bremen totals 235 109 26 15 44 29 0 0 305 153
Bayern Munich totals 224 87 32 19 64 19 7 0 327 125
Career totals 581 235 62 34 117 47 12 0 772 316
  1. ^ Appearances in the German DFB Cup and English FA Cup.
  2. ^ Appearances in the Copa Libertadores.
  3. ^ a b Appearances in the UEFA Cup.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Appearances in the UEFA Champions League.
  5. ^ Appearances in the Intercontinental Cup and UEFA Super Cup.
  6. ^ a b c Appearances in the German League Cup.
  7. ^ Appearances in English League Cup and FA Community Shield.
  8. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup.
  9. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Europa League.
  10. ^ Appearances in the German Super Cup and FIFA World Club Cup.

International[edit]

International statistics[edit]

As of 29 March 2016[8]
Peru national team
Year Apps Goals
1999 11 3
2000 8 0
2001 6 2
2002 0 0
2003 8 3
2004 6 2
2005 4 0
2006 2 1
2007 10 2
2008 0 0
2009 0 0
2010 0 0
2011 6 2
2012 5 1
2013 9 3
2014 1 0
2015 7 1
2016 2 0
Total 85 20

International goals[edit]

Score and Result list Peru's goals first

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Alianza Lima[86]

Bayern Munich[86]

Werder Bremen[86]

Individual[edit]

Records[edit]

  • 2nd most goals scored by a foreign scorer in German football history[5]
  • Sixth all-time top scorer in Bundesliga (197 goals)[5]
  • Oldest player to score in Bundesliga history[6]
  • Oldest player to score a hat-trick in Bundesliga history[5]
  • Top scorer in Werder Bremen history (152 goals)[5]

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