Marcos Pizzelli

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Pinheiro and the second or paternal family name is Pizzelli.
Marcos Pizzelli
Marcos Pizzelli 2012.jpg
With Kuban in 2012
Personal information
Full name Marcos Pinheiro Pizzelli
Date of birth (1984-10-03) 3 October 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Piracicaba, Brazil
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Xanthi
Number 25
Youth career
2000–2005 São Carlos
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Ararat Yerevan 78 (44)
2008–2009 ASA Issy (loan)
2009–2011 Pyunik Yerevan 49 (31)
2011–2012 Metalurh Donetsk 18 (4)
2012–2013 Kuban Krasnodar 31 (8)
2013–2014 Krasnodar 6 (0)
2014 Aktobe 28 (8)
2015–2016 Aktobe 27 (5)
2016 Al-Raed 13 (4)
2016–2017 Al-Fujairah 0 (0)
2017– Xanthi 4 (0)
National team
2008– Armenia 53 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 05 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2016

Marcos Pinheiro Pizzelli (pronounced [pitˈtsɛlli], Armenian: Մարկոս Պինեյրո Պիցցելլի, born 3 October 1984), commonly known as Marcos, is a Brazilian-born Armenian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Greek club Xanthi and the Armenia national team.

Club career[edit]

Ararat Yerevan[edit]

He started his career at the Brazilian club São Carlos as a youth from 2000 to 2005. In 2006, the young talent spotted by an agent from Ararat Yerevan, which soon recruited Pizzelli. His debut took place on 30 April in a game against Ulisses. Pizzelli entered the field in the 58th minute of the match, replacing Tigran Yesayan. His first goal for Ararat happened on 16 June in another game against Ulisses. For the first season Pizzelli focused on adaptation, and the next was on scoring goals. With its high performance, Pizzelli was the leading scorer in the Armenian Premier League twice with Ararat, scoring 22 goals during the 2007 Armenian Premier League and scoring 17 goals during that 2008 Armenian Premier League.[2] As a result of the financial problems that have befallen Ararat, the club has decided to loan Pizzelli to the amateur club of the French 5th Division - Ararat (Issy-les-Moulineaux).

Pyunik Yerevan[edit]

Six months later, in the summer of 2009, Pizzelli's contract with Ararat ended, and, as a free agent, he accepted the invitation of FC Yerevan Pyunik. In July, a long-term contract was made. With Pizzelli playing for Pyunik, the club won the 2009 Armenian Premier League and 2010 Armenian Premier League, won the 2009 Armenian Cup and 2010 Armenian Cup and won the 2010 Armenian Supercup. In the 10th round of the 2010 Armenian Premier League, Marcos had his 100th match in the Premier League in the history of his performance.[2] That season, Pizzelli became the top goalscorer for a third time along with Armenian Gevorg Ghazaryan, with both scoring 16 goals. In the middle of the 2011 Armenian Premier League, Pizzelli had scored 6 goals, but was then transferred to Metalurh Donetsk.

Metalurh Donetsk[edit]

In June 2011, he signed a contract with Metalurh Donetsk, along with Pyunik teammate Gevorg Ghazaryan.[3] In his first official match for the Donetsk club, Pizzelli scored a goal, and this goal, scored against Chornomorets Odesa, was the only one in the match. In the higher level championship, Pizzelli became much more difficult to play. Scoring as it was possible in the Armenian Premier League had not worked. However, the reduction of statistics is not only related to this factor. In Metalurh, according to the plans of the coach, he had Pizzelli not to act as a central striker and instead play the position of attacking midfielder. In rare cases, crossing the center line on the flanks.[4]

Kuban Krasnodar[edit]

In January 2012, Pizzelli joined Kuban Krasnodar. In 2011, in a match between Russia and Armenia, the head coach of Team Kuban Dan Petrescu spotted Pizzelli and was interested in the player. After a long observation of the game of Pizzelli, Petrescu has agreed to acquire the player. On 13 January, they signed a contract for three years.[5] On 18 March, Pizzelli scored the first goal in the Russian Premier League and brought Kuban the win over Rubin Kazan. Pizzelli was voted player of the month for Kuban a second time in May 2012.[6]

Krasnodar[edit]

In May 2013, Pizzelli agreed to join Kuban Krasnodar's rivals FC Krasnodar on a two-year contract starting on 10 June 2013.[7] After six months with Krasnodar, Pizzelli joined Kazakhstan Premier League side Aktobe on a season-long loan in January 2014.[8]

Aktobe[edit]

In October 2014, Pizzelli made his loan move from FC Krasnodar a permanent.[9] Following the conclusion of the 2015 season, Pizzelli was transfer listed by Aktobe.[10]

Al-Raed[edit]

On 18 January 2016, Pizzelli moved to Saudi club Al-Raed.[11]

Al-Fujairah SC[edit]

On June 27, 2016, Pizzelli was transferred to Al-Fujairah of the UAE Arabian Gulf League.[12]

International career[edit]

In May 2008, he received Armenian citizenship and became a member of the Armenia national team. He made his first appearance on 28 May 2008 and scored on his debut in a friendly away game against Moldova. The match ended with the score 2-2. After playing 3 games that year, he was briefly no longer invited to the national team. After moving to Yerevan to play for Pyunik, he again came to the attention of coaches and 12 August 2009 Marcos again played for the Armenian national team regularly. On 8 October 2010 in a match against Slovakia, he made a scoring pass to Yura Movsisyan, and a few days later, he scored Armenia's 4th goal in a game against Andorra. That victory then went on to secure Armenia's by that time highest ever FIFA World Ranking as 42nd. For his second goal for the national squad, Pizzelli scored in an away match with Russia (1:3). His third goal for the team scored in am away match against Andorra in which Armenia won 3-0. His fourth goal for the national team scored in the match against Macedonia, in which Armenia won 4-1. In a friendly game, which was held 29 February 2012 against Team Canada, marked the first time in his double gate rivals.[13] On 11 September 2012, Pizzelli was controversially sent off in a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Bulgaria.[14]

On 11 October 2014, Pizzelli had a penalty saved by Serbia goalkeeper Vladimir Stojković in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match, after which Zoran Tošić scored a late equaliser to give Serbia a 1–1 draw.[15]

International goals[edit]

As of match played 11 October 2016. Armenia score listed first, score column indicates score after each Pizzelli goal.[16]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 28 May 2008 Sheriff Stadium, Tiraspol, Moldova 1  Moldova 1–0 2–2 Friendly [17]
2 15 October 2010 Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium, Yerevan, Armenia 10  Andorra 4–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying [18]
3 4 April 2011 Petrovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia 13  Russia 1–0 1–3 [19]
4 2 September 2011 Camp d’Esports d’Aixovall, Aixovall, Andorra 15  Andorra 3–0 [20]
5 7 October 2011 Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium, Yerevan, Armenia 17  Macedonia 4–1 [21]
6 29 February 2012 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus 19  Canada 1–1 3–1 Friendly [22]
7 2–1
8 13 June 2015 Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium, Yerevan, Armenia 42  Portugal 1–0 2–3 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying [23]
9 11 October 2016 National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland 53  Poland 1–1 1–2 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification [24]

Personal life[edit]

Marcos is married to his wife Natalia. They met in Brazil and she moved with him to Armenia. Marcos and Natalia do not have children yet.[25] Pizzelli can speak Portuguese, Armenian, English and is currently learning Russian. He identifies himself as Brazilian-Armenian. Pizzelli says he feels more Armenian than Brazilian. Marcos says he would never forget about Armenia, which gave him an opportunity to develop his skills. "I am grateful to this country for everything. I would play for Armenia as long as the squad needs me."[26] Marcos and his wife Natalia have a dog named Liza.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 8 November 2015[27][28]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Ararat Yerevan 2006 Armenian Premier League 24 5 - - - 24 5
2007 26 22 - - - 26 22
2008 28 17 - 2 0 - 30 17
Total 78 44 - - 2 0 - - 80 44
ASA Issy (loan) 2008-09 CFA 2
Pyunik 2009 Armenian Premier League 12 9 - 2 0 - 14 9
2010 26 16 4 3 - 2 0 - 32 19
2011 11 6 0 0 - - - 28 16
Total 49 31 - - 4 0 - - 53 31
Metalurh Donetsk 2011–12 Ukrainian Premier League 18 4 1 0 19 4
Kuban Krasnodar 2011–12 Russian Premier League 10 3 0 0 10 3
2012–13 21 5 2 1 23 6
Total 31 8 2 1 - - - - - - 33 9
Krasnodar 2013–14 Russian Premier League 6 0 2 2 8 2
Aktobe (loan) 2014 Kazakhstan Premier League 28 8 5 2 5 0 1 0 39 10
Aktobe 2015 Kazakhstan Premier League 27 5 3 1 2 0 32 6
Career total 237 100 17 9 - - 13 0 - - 267 109

International[edit]

National Team Year Apps Goals
Armenia
2008 2 1
2009 3 0
2010 5 1
2011 8 3
2012 7 2
2013 9 0
2014 6 0
2015 6 1
2016 7 1
Total 53 9

Statistics accurate as of match played 11 October 2016[28]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Ararat Yerevan
Pyunik Yerevan
Metalurh Donetsk
  • Player of the Month (1): July 2011[33]
Aktobe

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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