Guerrero with Hamburger SV in 2008
|Full name||José Paolo Guerrero Gonzales|
|Date of birth||1 January 1984|
|Place of birth||Lima, Peru|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2002–2006||Bayern Munich II||66||(45)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 August 2015.
José Paolo Guerrero Gonzales (Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈse paˈolo ɣeˈreɾo ɣonˈsales]; born 1 January 1984) is a Peruvian footballer who plays as a striker for Brazilian club Flamengo and the Peru national team.
He spent his early career in Germany, formed at Bayern Munich and later playing at Hamburger SV, amassing Bundesliga totals of 161 games and 47 goals across eight seasons. He later played in Brazil, scoring the goal which won the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup Final for Corinthians. He is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the world.
Since his debut in 2004, Guerrero has earned over 60 caps for Peru, representing them at three Copa América tournaments. He helped them to third place in the 2011 and 2015 editions, also finishing as top scorer in both tournaments.
Guerrero was born in Lima. He started playing football in the lower categories of Peruvian club Alianza Lima. In 2003, Guerrero signed a contract with Bavarian giants Bayern Munich. During 2003–04, Guerrero played in the Regionalliga Süd. He played 23 games and scored 21 goals. During the 2004–05 season, he joined fellow countryman, Claudio Pizarro, on the Bayern first team.
In June 2006, it was announced that Guerrero had transferred to Hamburger SV, and signed a contract with the club through 2010. His first season was marred by an injury, which took away half his season, and his low productivity, being a sub most of the season. Near the end he did score three goals, making his season total five goals in 20 games. One of these goals was against former club Bayern Munich in a 1–2 victory which left Bayern with no possibilities of making it to the Champions League. In the 2007–08 season, his second at Hamburg, Guerrero played 29 of 34 games in the Bundesliga, scoring nine goals and getting four assists, as well as becoming an undisputed starter and a vital part of Hamburg. He was the third top scorer, behind Rafael van der Vaart (12 goals) and Ivica Olić (14 goals). In the UEFA Cup and Qualification he played nine games, scoring five goals and getting three assists. His first hat-trick in his professional career was against Karlsruher SC, in the last game of the Bundesliga, scoring the second, third, and fourth goals in a 7–0 victory. This victory secured them fourth place and a UEFA Cup spot for next season. By the beginning of the 2008–09 season, Guerrero had become first choice striker for Hamburger SV. Coach Martin Jol even went as far as saying that Guerrero better not catch even a cold during the season. Guerrero was fined a club record (somewhere in the region of €50,000–100,000) in April 2010 for an incident at the end of a league game with Hannover 96, where after apparently having been abused by a Hamburg fan, Guerrero threw his drinks bottle into the crowd, striking said fan in the face. The German Football Association suspended Guerrero for five league games and fined him a further €20,000.
Guerrero joined Corinthians in 2012. He scored both of their goals in the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup, once in the semi-finals against Al Ahly SC and the winning goal in the final against Chelsea. In May 2013, Guerrero became the first Peruvian footballer to ever be on the cover of Placar magazine, Brazil's biggest football magazine. The cover featured Guerrero as a warrior ("guerrero" is similar to the Portuguese word "guerreiro", both meaning "warrior") fresh out of battle, with blood on his legs, and carrying a Corinthians flag.
In 2015, Guerrero and Corinthians were not able to reach a deal on the renegotiation of his contract, due to end in 15 July. His last game for Corinthians was against Fluminense on 24 May. Corinthians confirmed his release three days later.
He debuted for Flamengo on 8 July 2015 against Internacional with a goal and an assist.
Guerrero's career with the Peruvian national team began in the unsuccessful 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, but he managed to score twice for the national side. His first goal was the winner against Chile in Lima's Estadio Nacional. It was followed by a first-minute goal in the next match against Ecuador at the same venue, though the Ecuadorians fought back to secure a 2–2 away draw. In the opening game of the 2007 Copa América in Mérida, Venezuela, Guerrero concluded a 3–0 win over Uruguay as Peru went on to reach the quarter-finals.
Guerrero was ruled out of Peru's first two 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying games because of injury. A further blow to Peru was laid down by FIFA when Guerrero was suspended six games for insulting the referee during the match against Uruguay in June 2008. Following Peru's disastrous qualifying campaign for the 2010 World Cup, José del Solar was replaced with Uruguayan manager Sergio Markarian and Guerrero was called up for the 2011 Copa América. In place of an injured Pizarro, Guerrero played as the team's starting striker in the competition and scored five times, making him the tournament's top scorer, one each against Uruguay and Mexico followed by a hat-trick against Venezuela in the third place play-off match which Peru won 4–1.
At the 2015 Copa América held in Chile, Guerrero scored a hat-trick in a 3–1 win against Bolivia in the quarter-final in Temuco. He scored the second goal in Peru's 2–0 win over Paraguay in the third place play-off, thus helping Peru to third place at the Copa América for a second consecutive time and finishing as joint top-goalscorer with Chile's Eduardo Vargas.
Guerrero suffers from aviatophobia. Media reports claim his fear of flying is due to the tragic death of his uncle José González Ganoza who died in the 1987 Alianza Lima air disaster. His uncle was also a footballer and had represented Alianza Lima and the Peru national team.
- Regionalliga Süd: Top Scorer (21 goals)
- Copa America 2007: Best Peruvian player
- Copa America 2011: Top scorer
- Copa America 2011: Team of the Tournament
- Copa America 2015: Top scorer
- 2012 FIFA Club World Cup: Bronze Ball
- 2012 FIFA Club World Cup: Best Forward
- 2013 Campeonato Paulista: Best Forward
- 2013 Campeonato Paulista: Team of the Tournament
- 2014 Campeonato Paulista: Top foreign scorer in Corinthians history.
- 2015 Copa América: Team of the Tournament
- Copa America 2011: Top scorer
- As of 6 October 2013[update]
|Club||Season||Domestic League||Domestic Cup||European Competition||Other||All Competitions|
|Bayern Munich II||2002–03||18||8||-||-||-||-||-||-||18||8|
|2012||Corinthians||FIFA Club World Cup||2||2|
- 1 Non FIFA 'A' international match
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