Pizzi (Portuguese footballer)

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Pizzi
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Pizzi playing for Benfica in 2016
Personal information
Full name Luís Miguel Afonso Fernandes
Date of birth (1989-10-06) 6 October 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Bragança, Portugal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Central midfielder, Winger
Club information
Current team
Benfica
Number 21
Youth career
1999–2007 Bragança
2007–2008 Braga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007 Bragança 4 (1)
2008–2012 Braga 2 (0)
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 Atlético Madrid 0 (0)
2012–2013 Deportivo La Coruña (loan) 35 (8)
2013– Benfica 87 (19)
2013–2014 Espanyol (loan) 34 (3)
National team
2008 Portugal U19 4 (1)
2010–2011 Portugal U21 2 (0)
Portugal U23 1 (0)
2012– Portugal 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 6 July 2016

Luís Miguel Afonso Fernandes (born 6 October 1989), known as Pizzi, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Benfica as a central midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Braga[edit]

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.[1]

Spain[edit]

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,[2][3] which they did in October of the following year.[4][5] 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.[6]

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;[7] 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.[8]

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,[9] being immediately loaned to RCD Espanyol also in Spain's top flight.[10][11]

Benfica[edit]

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.[12][13] 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.[14] On 28 February, Pizzi scored his first goal for Benfica in the league, in the thrashing of Estoril (6–0).[15]

International career[edit]

Pizzi made his debut for Portugal on 14 November 2012 in a friendly with Gabon, scoring through a penalty in an eventual 2–2 draw in Libreville.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 29 March 2017[17][18]
Club Season League Cup(s) Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bragança 2006–07 Second Division 4 1 0 0 4 1
Braga 2007–08 Primeira Liga 0 0 0 0 0 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
2010–11 27 7 8 4 35 11
Braga 2011–12 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Atlético Madrid (loan) 2011–12 La Liga 10 1 2 0 3 0 15 1
Deportivo (loan) 2012–13 35 8 1 0 36 8
Espanyol (loan) 2013–14 28 3 6 1 34 4
Benfica 2014–15 Primeira Liga 23 2 7 2 1 0 31 4
2015–16 31 8 5 0 10 0 46 8
2016–17 31 9 7 2 6 0 44 11
Total 85 19 19 4 17 0 121 23
Career total 245 45 40 10 20 0 305 55

International[edit]

As of 16 June 2015[19]
National team Year Apps Goals
Portugal 2012 1 1
2013 1 0
2014 0 0
2015 2 0
2016 0 0
2017 1 0
Total 5 1

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Paços de Ferreira[18]
Atlético de Madrid[18]
Benfica[18]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vitoria Setubal beat Sporting to guarantee survival, Naval & Portimonense relegated; PortuGOAL, 8 May 2011
  2. ^ Relatório e contas anuais (Yearly report and finance); Braga's official website, 23 September 2011 (Portuguese)
  3. ^ Official: Atletico Madrid sign Pizzi from Sporting Braga on loan; Goal.com, 30 August 2011
  4. ^ Relatório e contas anual (Yearly report and finance); Braga's official website, 16 October 2012 (Portuguese)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Falcao hits hat-trick in romp; ESPN Soccernet, 18 September 2011
  7. ^ Deportivo battle back for victory; ESPN Soccernet, 26 August 2012
  8. ^ Deportivo 4–5 Barcelona: Messi hits hat-trick as the Riazor rains goals; Goal.com, 20 October 2012
  9. ^ "Pizzi jugará en el Benfica" [Pizzi will play in Benfica] (in Spanish). Atlético's official website. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (PDF) (in Portuguese). CMVM. 31 July 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Pizzi i Sidnei, nous reforços" [Pizzi and Sidnei, new signings] (in Catalan). Espanyol's official website. 29 July 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Pizzi: "Dar o máximo para estar à disposição de Jorge Jesus"" (in Portuguese). Benfica. 5 October 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  13. ^ "SL Benfica – Arouca, 4-0: Resposta de Campeão consolida liderança!" (in Portuguese). Benfica. 5 October 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Benfica - Arouca (Fase 3 - jornada 2 Taça da Liga 2014-2015) - Liga Portugal". LPFP (in Portuguese). 14 January 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "Benfica - Estoril (Jornada 23 Liga NOS 2014-2015) - Liga Portugal" (in Portuguese). LPFP. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "Gabon 2–2 Portugal: Seleccao pay the penalty for defensive indiscipline". Goal.com. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  17. ^ Pizzi at ForaDeJogo. Retrieved 17 January 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  18. ^ a b c d Pizzi at Soccerway Edit this at Wikidata
  19. ^ Pizzi at National-Football-Teams.com
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ "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. 
  22. ^ "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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