Pizzi (Portuguese footballer)
Pizzi playing for Benfica in 2016
|Full name||Luís Miguel Afonso Fernandes|
|Date of birth||6 October 1989|
|Place of birth||Bragança, Portugal|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Central midfielder, Winger|
|2008–2009||→ Ribeirão (loan)||25||(1)|
|2009||→ Covilhã (loan)||14||(4)|
|2010–2011||→ Paços Ferreira (loan)||42||(8)|
|2011–2012||→ Atlético Madrid (loan)||11||(1)|
|2012–2013||→ Deportivo La Coruña (loan)||35||(8)|
|2013–2014||→ Espanyol (loan)||34||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 July 2016
Early years / Braga
In 2010–11, Pizzi scored seven league goals for Paços, only missing three league matches. On 8 May 2011 he netted a hat-trick in a 3–3 draw at Porto, which turned out to be the only home league game that the eventual champions failed to win during the season.
On 30 August 2011 Pizzi moved to Spanish team Atlético Madrid, on loan until the end of the year, after which the Colchoneros had an option to buy the player permanently for €13.5 million, which they did in October of the following year. He made his La Liga debut on 18 September 2011, replacing also newly signed Radamel Falcao midway through the second half of a 4–0 home win against Racing de Santander.
Along with several compatriots, initially still under contract with Braga, Pizzi moved to Deportivo de La Coruña for the 2012–13 campaign. In only his second appearance, through a penalty kick, he helped the Galicians come back from 1–3 at Valencia CF for a final 3–3 draw, scoring his team's last goal; he added a brace against FC Barcelona on 20 October 2012 – one of the goals coming through a superbly-taken free kick – but his team lost 4–5 at the Riazor Stadium.
On 26 July 2013 Pizzi signed a six-year contract with S.L. Benfica, for a fee of €6 million for half of his economic rights, being immediately loaned to RCD Espanyol also in Spain's top flight.
In the 2014–15 season, Pizzi joined Portuguese champions Benfica and was converted from winger to central midfielder, like his predecessor Enzo Pérez. On 5 October 2014, Pizzi debuted in a 4–0 win against Arouca in Primeira Liga. On 14 January 2015, Pizzi scored his first goal for Benfica, from a penalty kick, in another 4–0 home win against Arouca, this time in the third round of league cup. On 28 February, Pizzi scored his first goal for Benfica in the league, in the thrashing of Estoril (6–0).
|Ribeirão (loan)||2008–09||Second Division||25||1||0||0||—||25||1|
|Covilhã (loan)||2009–10||Segunda Liga||14||4||2||0||—||16||4|
|Paços Ferreira (loan)||Primeira Liga||15||1||2||1||—||17||2|
|Atlético Madrid (loan)||2011–12||La Liga||10||1||2||0||3||0||15||1|
- As of 16 June 2015
- Paços de Ferreira
- Atlético de Madrid
- Primeira Liga: 2014–15, 2015–16
- Taça da Liga: 2014–15, 2015–16
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2014, 2016
- Vitoria Setubal beat Sporting to guarantee survival, Naval & Portimonense relegated; PortuGOAL, 8 May 2011
- Relatório e contas anuais (Yearly report and finance); Braga's official website, 23 September 2011 (Portuguese)
- Official: Atletico Madrid sign Pizzi from Sporting Braga on loan; Goal.com, 30 August 2011
- Relatório e contas anual (Yearly report and finance); Braga's official website, 16 October 2012 (Portuguese)
- El Atlético paga por Pizzi 13,5 millones en cuatro años (Atlético pays 13,5 million for Pizzi in four years); Diario AS, 18 October 2012 (Spanish)
- Falcao hits hat-trick in romp; ESPN Soccernet, 18 September 2011
- Deportivo battle back for victory; ESPN Soccernet, 26 August 2012
- Deportivo 4–5 Barcelona: Messi hits hat-trick as the Riazor rains goals; Goal.com, 20 October 2012
- "Pizzi jugará en el Benfica" [Pizzi will play in Benfica] (in Spanish). Atlético's official website. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
- "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). CMVM. 31 July 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
- "Pizzi i Sidnei, nous reforços" [Pizzi and Sidnei, new signings] (in Catalan). Espanyol's official website. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013.
- "Pizzi: "Dar o máximo para estar à disposição de Jorge Jesus"" (in Portuguese). Benfica. 5 October 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
- "SL Benfica – Arouca, 4-0: Resposta de Campeão consolida liderança!" (in Portuguese). Benfica. 5 October 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
- "Benfica - Arouca (Fase 3 - jornada 2 Taça da Liga 2014-2015) - Liga Portugal". LPFP (in Portuguese). 14 January 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- "Benfica - Estoril (Jornada 23 Liga NOS 2014-2015) - Liga Portugal" (in Portuguese). LPFP. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- "Gabon 2–2 Portugal: Seleccao pay the penalty for defensive indiscipline". Goal.com. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
- Pizzi at ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
- Pizzi at Soccerway
- Pizzi at National-Football-Teams.com
- Cunha, Pedro Jorge (17 May 2015). "Benfica bicampeão: 28 com as faixas e dois à espera" [Benfica back-to-back champion: 28 with the sashes and two await] (in Portuguese). Maisfutebol. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
- "Pizzi (SL Benfica), Paulinho (Portimonense) e Brahimi (FC Porto) destacam-se em outubro/novembro" [Pizzi (SL Benfica), Paulinho (Portimonense) e Brahimi (FC Porto) stand out in October/November]. Liga Portugal (in Portuguese). 14 December 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
- "Pizzi foi o melhor do mês em dezembro" [Pizzi was player of the month in December]. zerozero (in Portuguese). 12 January 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
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