Paolo Guerrero

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Paolo Guerrero
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Guerrero training with Peru at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name José Paolo Guerrero Gonzales
Date of birth (1984-01-01) 1 January 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Lima, Peru
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Internacional
Number 79
Youth career
1992–2002[2] Alianza Lima
2002–2003 Bayern Munich
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Bayern Munich II 66 (45)
2004–2006 Bayern Munich 27 (10)
2006–2012 Hamburger SV 134 (37)
2012–2015 Corinthians 62 (23)
2015–2018 Flamengo 61 (19)
2018– Internacional 0 (0)
National team
2004– Peru 89 (35)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 August 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 June 2018

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 Internacional and the Peru national team.

Guerrero 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.

Since his international debut in 2004, Guerrero has earned 90 caps for Peru and is the nation's all-time top goal scorer with 35 goals, representing them at four Copa América tournaments. He helped them to third place in the 2011 and 2015 editions, also finishing as top scorer in both tournaments. He is also the current all time top scorer in the history of the Copa América still active. He was one of 59 nominees for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or, the first Peruvian to receive that recognition.[3]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Guerrero was born in Lima, starting his football career in the lower categories of Alianza Lima. In 2003, he signed a contract with Bavarian giants Bayern Munich. During 2003–04, Guerrero played in the Regionalliga Süd where he scored 21 goals in 23 games. During the 2004–05 season, he joined fellow countryman Claudio Pizarro on the Bayern first team.

Hamburger SV[edit]

Guerrero with Hamburger SV.
Guerrero with Hamburger SV.

In June 2006, it was announced that Guerrero had transferred to Hamburger SV and signed a contract with the club through 2010.[4] 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 5 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 UEFA 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 the side; 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 drink bottle into the crowd, striking that fan in the face.[5] The German Football Association (DFB) suspended Guerrero for five league games and fined him €20,000.[6]

Corinthians[edit]

Guerrero for Corinthians against Chelsea.
David Luiz, Cássio and Guerrero (right) accepting their individual awards after the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup Final.

Guerrero joined Brazilian club Corinthians on 13 July 2012, on a three-year deal for a fee of R$7.5 million.[7] 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.[8]

In May 2013, Guerrero became the first Peruvian footballer to appear on the cover of Placar, Brazil's biggest football magazine. The cover featured him 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.[9]

In July 2013, Corinthians won the 2013 Recopa Sudamericana, defeating city rivals São Paulo FC 3–1 on aggregate. Guerrero scored in the first leg, a 2–1 away win.[10]

In 2015, Guerrero and Corinthians were not able to reach a deal on the renegotiation of his contract, due to end on 15 July. His last game for Corinthians was against Fluminense on 24 May. Corinthians confirmed his release three days later.[11]

Flamengo[edit]

Guerrero playing against Fluminense in 2016.

It was announced on 29 May 2015, that Guerrero would join Flamengo after playing for Peru in the Copa América in Chile.[12]

In the 2017 Campeonato Carioca, Guerrero scored both of Flamengo's goals in a 2–1 semi-final win over Botafogo,[13] and a further goal in the second leg of the final to win 3–1 on aggregate over Fluminense in the Maracanã.[14]

International career[edit]

Guerrero's career with the Peru 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.[15]

Guerrero was ruled out of Peru's first two 2010 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.[16] Following Peru's disastrous qualifying campaign for the 2010 World Cup, José del Solar was replaced with Uruguayan manager Sergio Markarián 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.[17]

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.[18] 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 became the all-time leading goalscorer for Peru on 4 June 2016, after scoring against Haiti in a 1–0 win at the Copa América Centenario.[19]

Lead-up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Guerrero made 17 appearances and scored five goals in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, helping Peru clinch a berth in the play-offs. On 3 November 2017, it was announced that Guerrero had failed the doping control test after the match against Argentina in the previous month for what was initially reported as a social drug. He received a preemptive 30-day suspension from FIFA, making him miss the World Cup play-off tie against New Zealand, eventually won by Peru.[20]

On 8 December 2017, it was revealed that Guerrero had tested positive for benzoylecgonine, the primary metabolite of cocaine. As a result, he was banned by FIFA from all competitions for one year, meaning that he would not have been able to participate in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[21][22] The ban was reduced on appeal 12 days later.[23][24] Guerrero's lawyers had argued that the failed test had occurred as a result of the consumption of a traditional coca tea, using forensic analysis of the Children of Llullaillaco as evidence.[25]

However, on 14 May 2018, the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the appeal filed by the World Anti-Doping Agency, extending the ban to 14 months and ruling him out of the tournament. It accepted that Guerrero did not intend to enhance performance but said he was at fault, even if not significantly.[26]

On 31 May 2018, it was announced Guerrero would be allowed to play at the 2018 FIFA World Cup after the Swiss Federal Tribunal temporarily lifted the ban.[27]

On 3 June 2018, Guerrero made his comeback after a seven-month absence from the national team scoring twice in the 3–0 friendly win against Saudi Arabia.[28]

A 2018 report of investigative journalists of German broadcasting station ARD revealed doping practices in Brazil, involving physician Mohamad Barakat who reportedly treated Guerrero and who had already posed with him many years ago.[29][30]

2018 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Guerrero made his World Cup debut on 16 June 2018, coming off the bench in the 1–0 loss to Denmark.[31] On 26 June, he scored the second goal in Peru's 2–0 win over Australia, in the team's final group match, as his side suffered a first-round exit from the competition.[32]

Personal life[edit]

Guerrero in 2010.

Guerrero has a fear of flying.[33] Media reports claim his fear of flying is due to the death of his uncle José González Ganoza in the 1987 Alianza Lima air disaster.[34]

Guerrero's older brother, Julio Rivera, was also a footballer for the Peru national team who progressed through the Alianza Lima youth system.[35] The brothers were both following in the path of their uncle who had represented Alianza Lima and the Peru national team before them.

Guerrero is Roman Catholic.[36][37][38]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 30 July 2018.
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Bayern Munich II 2002–03 18 8 - - - - - - 18 8
2003–04 24 21 1 0 - - - - 25 21
2004–05 11 7 3 4 - - - - 14 11
2005–06 13 9 1 0 - - - - 13 9
Total 66 45 4 4 - - - - 70 49
Bayern Munich 2004–05 13 6 1 0 6 1 - - 20 7
2005–06 14 4 3 1 7 1 - - 24 6
Total 27 10 4 1 13 2 - - 44 13
Hamburger SV 2006–07 20 5 - - 5 0 - - 25 5
2007–08 29 9 3 0 9 5 - - 41 14
2008–09 31 9 5 1 12 4 - - 48 14
2009–10 6 4 1 0 6 3 - - 13 7
2010–11 25 4 2 1 - - - - 27 5
2011–12 25 6 0 0 - - - - 23 6
Total 134 37 11 2 32 12 - - 177 51
Corinthians 2012 15 6 0 0 0 0 2 2 17 8
2013 17 5 3 0 9 5 17 8 46 18
2014 26 12 5 3 0 0 12 1 43 16
2015 2 0 0 0 5 4 13 8 20 12
Total 60 23 8 3 14 9 39 15 127 54
Flamengo 2015 15 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 18 4
2016 21 9 4 1 3 0 16 8 44 18
2017 19 6 5 2 8 2 12 10 44 20
2018 6 1 1 0 0 0 - - 7 1
Total 61 19 12 3 11 2 28 18 114 43
Career total 345 132 40 13 69 25 68 34 529 208

International[edit]

As of 15 November 2018[39]
Peru national team
Year Apps Goals
2004 3 1
2005 6 2
2006 3 2
2007 9 4
2008 4 0
2009 3 0
2011 9 7
2012 8 2
2013 5 0
2014 5 2
2015 11 5
2016 11 3
2017 7 4
2018 6 3
Total 90 35

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Bayern Munich[40]
Hamburger SV
Corinthians[40]
Flamengo

International[edit]

Peru U17
Peru

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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