Pizarro lining up for Chile in 2013
|Full name||David Marcelo Pizarro Cortés|
|Date of birth||11 September 1979|
|Place of birth||Valparaíso, Chile|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position||Centre Midfielder|
|2001||→ U. de Chile (loan)||6||(1)|
|2012||→ Manchester City (loan)||5||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 May 2015.
David Marcelo Pizarro Cortés (born 11 September 1979) is a Chilean football midfielder who currently plays for Fiorentina in the Serie A. He is known for his vision, passing, dribbling skills and set piece ability.
He plays for the Chile national team, for which he won the Bronze medal at 2000 Summer Olympics at Sydney and played at the Copa América. Pizarro is a centre midfielder, who can operate in a holding position or an attacking position in the hole behind the strikers.
During Pizarro's stay in Italian football, he won one Serie A title (2005–06), three Coppa Italia titles and two Supercoppa Italiana titles. Pizarro's Italian nickname is "Pek", diminutive of "pequeño", meaning "small" in Spanish, because of his short height (1.70 meters).
He played well with Udinese under the guidance of coach Luciano Spalletti from 1999 to 2005.
On 14 July 2005, Pizarro was transferred to F.C. Internazionale Milano for a reported fee of €10 million (plus half of Goran Pandev rights, which Lazio bought a year later for €4million) on a four-year deal. At the time, Pizarro claimed that he wanted to retire in the Nerazzurri shirt. However, Pizarro was on the bench on many occasions, because of competition for his position with the Argentinean star Juan Sebastián Verón.
On 19 August 2006, A.S. Roma acquired the 50% of Pizarro's transfer card and he signed a four-year contract with the team of a transfer fee of €6.5 million in a co-ownership deal. After Pizarro's arrival to the team, Pizarro wore the number 7 shirt and he was under his former coach in Udinese Calcio, Luciano Spalletti.
On 12 September 2006, Pizarro scored his official goal for the team in a 4–0 Champions League victory over Shaktar Donetsk at 89th minute. Five days later, he scored his second consecutive goal for the Serie A against AC Siena in a 3–1 victory. He helped Roma win the Coppa Italia 2006-07 title, being one of top–scorers on the team with three goals. On 20 June 2007, Roma announced that they paid €5,750,000 to Internazionale over the next three seasons for the remaining of Pizarro's contract at AS Roma, who had played an important role in the club's last season.
In Roma's next season, Pizarro was an undisputed starter with Daniele De Rossi on Spalletti's squad. He scored his first goal of the season against SSC Napoli in a 4–4 draw for Serie A. After Roma qualified to the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League 2007-08, Pizarro scored an important goal against Real Madrid in the 24th minute, in a 2–1 Roma victory. Shortly after, Roma were eliminated by Manchester United F.C. in the quarterfinals. Pizarro proclaimed once again champion of Coppa Italia, for the 2007–08 season beating Inter Milan.
On 1 February 2009, Pizarro scored two goals in a Serie A match against Reggina Calcio. Pizarro's contract with A.S. Roma was due to expire art the end of the 2009–10 season, but he signed a new four-year contract with the club in October 2009 (until 30 June 2013). Pizarro finished the 2009–10 season with two goals and eight assists from 31 appearances, helping Roma finish second in Serie A behind eventual winners Inter, with the club in contention for the title through the final matchday of the season. The following season, Pizarro was subject to much transfer speculation with Genoa C.F.C. and Zenit St. Petersburg both being linked with a move for the midfielder following talks between the player and new coach of Roma, Claudio Ranieri. Shortly after Roma dismissed speculation of a departure from the club for Pizarro.
Pizarro signed on loan for Manchester City from Roma on 31 January 2012 until the end of the season, where manager Roberto Mancini had previously managed Pizarro at Inter Milan. He made his debut four days later as an added-time substitute for Adam Johnson in City's 3–0 win against Fulham, becoming the first Chilean to play for Manchester City. On 22 February, he came off the bench to score and had an assist against Porto in the Europa League as City won 4–0 in the second leg of the tie, having won 2–1 in the away leg.
On 13 May 2012, Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions for the 2011–12 season after beating Queens Park Rangers 3–2. Pizarro made five league appearances that season, which was not enough for a medal. Pizzaro loan spell with Manchester City came to an end and returned to Roma, where he vowed not to move again.
Pizarro began his international career in 1999. After being one of the best players of the South American Youth Championship that year, Chile manager Nelson Acosta gave him an opportunity in the senior team.
He played in the 1999 Copa America and also the 2000 Summer Olympics, where he won the bronze medal. He also participated in the 2002 and 2006 World Cup qualifiers, with Chile failing to qualify on both occasions.
After failing to qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, Pizarro announced his retirement from international football, listing several reasons for his decision. He disliked ex-coach Juvenal Olmos and ex-association president Reinaldo Sánchez. Also, he believed the players on the national team played solely to gain popularity. He also said he wished to spend more time with his family.
On May 20, 2013 he was called up to the national team for the Brazil 2014 qualifiers, returning to the Chile national squad after having meetings with head coach Jorge Sampaoli. Thus ending an eight-year absence from international football.
- AS Roma
- Manchester City
- "Inter complete Pizarro purchase". UEFA.com. 14 July 2005. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
- "Pizarro firmó por cuatro años por AS Roma". La Nación.cl. Retrieved 2006-08-19.
- "Acquisizione A Titolo Definito Con Accordi Di Partecipazione Del Diritto Alle Prestazioni Sportive Del Calciatore David Pizarro" (PDF) (in Italian). AS Roma. 19 August 2006. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
- "Risoluzione Consensuale A Favore Di A.S. Roma Dell'accordo Di Partecipazione Relativo Al Calciatore David Pizarro" (PDF) (in Italian). AS Roma. 20 June 2007. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
- "Perrotta and Pizarro sign new deals". Ontheminute.com, 30 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-30.
- "Prolungamento contratto economico del calciatore Pizarro Prolungamento contratto economico del calciatore Pizarro" (PDF) (in Italian). AS Roma. 29 October 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
- "Pizarro seals City loan". ESPN Soccernet. 31 January 2012.
- "Manchester City 4–0 FC Porto (6–1 agg)". BBC Sport. 22 February 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- "Manchester City 3–2 QPR". BBC Sport. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- "Pizarro confirms Roma stay". Sky Sports. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
- "DAVID PIZARRO E’ UN GIOCATORE DELLA FIORENTINA". Viola Channel (in Italian) (ACF Fiorentina). 9 August 2012. Archived from the original on 12 August 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2014.
- "Partenopei come out on top in Coppa Italia final". Goal.com. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014.