Claudio Pizarro

Claudio Pizarro
Claudio Pizarro
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Personal information
Full name Claudio Miguel Pizarro Bosio
Date of birth 3 October 1978 (1978-10-03) (age 33)
Place of birth Callao, Peru
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Werder Bremen
Number 24
Youth career
Academia Deportiva Cantolao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Deportivo Pesquero 42 (11)
1997–1999 Alianza Lima 44 (22)
1999–2001 Werder Bremen 56 (29)
2001–2007 Bayern Munich 174 (71)
2007–2009 Chelsea 21 (2)
2008–2009 Werder Bremen (loan) 26 (17)
2009– Werder Bremen 60 (36)
National team
1999– Peru 60 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:35, 19 November 2011 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2011

Claudio Miguel Pizarro Bosio (born 3 October 1978 in Callao, Peru) is a Peruvian football forward. Pizarro plays for Werder Bremen of the German Bundesliga. He also plays for the Peru national team, for which he has 60 caps.

On 23 October 2010, Pizarro surpassed the 133 goals record previously reached by Giovane Elber, making him the top foreign scorer in German football history, when he scored with his team, Werder Bremen against Borussia Mönchengladbach.[1]


Club career

Deportivo Pesquero

Pizarro started playing as a youth in the Academia Deportiva Cantolao in Callao. He started his professional career playing with Deportivo Pesquero, a small provincial team in the city of Chimbote in the north of Peru, at the age of seventeen. His first professional game was in 1996 against Alianza Lima. He scored his first two goals two weeks later against Atletico Torino in the victory of Deportivo Pesquero 2–1.

Alianza Lima

Pizarro scored 25 goals over two seasons with Alianza Lima and was part of the Alianza team that reached second position in the Torneo Apertura of Peru in 1999. Shortly after his success at Alianza, Pizarro was sold to German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen. Later that year, he earned his first cap for the Peru national football team.

Werder Bremen

Pizarro's 29 goals over two seasons for Werder Bremen made the rising star of Peruvian football more coveted by managers of major European clubs. After the 2000–01 season, Werder announced that it would not prevent Pizarro from moving to a bigger club, and the conflict to secure the Peruvian forward's services intensified. The media indicated that Real Madrid and Barcelona of Spain, Internazionale of Italy, and Werder's Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund were in the running to sign Pizarro. The most speculated transfer in Peruvian football monopolized the interest of the national press. After seeming destined for Spain, Pizarro ended weeks of speculation by signing for Bayern Munich on 7 June 2001.

Bayern Munich

Pizarro at Bayern.

Pizarro was a key player in Bayern's Bundesliga and German Cup double in 2003.

The "Anden-Bomber" ("Andes Bomber", a reference to his South American home country as well as legendary Bayern striker Gerd Müller, who was nicknamed "Bomber") or sometimes called "Inca God" by the media, started well with Bayern Munich scoring his first goal with the Bavarian team in the fourth minute of the game against Schalke 04 (the second date of the Bundesliga 2001–02).

Pizarro's contract with the German champions expired at the end of the 2006–07 season and negotiations on an extension were not making progress, with Sevilla, Benfica and Rangers ready to step in and make a move. Pizarro later rejected a contract extension offered by Bayern chairman Franz Beckenbauer, demanding an increase in pay which angered Karl-Heinz Rummenigge who was quoted saying that "Anyone wishing to earn as much as Shevchenko had better start playing like Shevchenko."

On 20 May 2007, Bayern Munich announced Pizarro would be leaving the club.[2]


Pizarro at Chelsea

On 1 July 2007, Chelsea officially signed Pizarro and confirmed that he had completed his medical and agreed on personal terms to join the club on a Bosman transfer, signing a four-year deal.[3][4] He is the first Peruvian to sign for Chelsea. Pizarro also revealed that his decision was largely influenced by the advice of his national team team-mate Nolberto Solano, who played in England with Newcastle, Aston Villa and West Ham United, as well as Manchester United's Owen Hargreaves, who at the time also played for Bayern Munich.[5]

Pizarro was assigned the number 14, the same number he wears for Peru, and his former shirt number at Bayern Munich. He succeeded Geremi as the holder of the shirt number 14 at Chelsea. His Chelsea career got off to a good start, scoring a goal on his debut on the opening weekend of the 2007–08 Premier League season. However, after José Mourinho's departure, and the signing of French striker Nicolas Anelka, Pizarro found himself surplus to requirements by the then new manager Avram Grant. Pizarro did play an important role in Chelsea progressing to the fourth round of the FA Cup 2008, by contributing to the goal which rebounded off QPR keeper Lee Camp and into the net. He then went on to score the only goal in a match against Birmingham.

Loan to Werder Bremen

On 15 August 2008, he was loaned until the end of the season to Werder Bremen. Soon after the announcement that Pizarro would be joining the team, a large group of Werder Bremen fans lined up to buy the new Pizarro jersey showing that Pizarro is still appreciated in Bremen, seven years after leaving the club. He has been assigned the number 24 jersey and has been decisive and important for the club, scoring many goals.

Pizarro's role has been fundamental in the qualification of Werder to the UEFA Cup Final, helping score goals and eliminate teams such as A.C. Milan and German rivals Hamburg, amongst others. However with the absence of Werder playmaker Diego from the final with Shakhtar Donetsk, Pizarro could not save the team from a 2–1 defeat after extra time.

Return to Werder Bremen

On 18 August 2009, Pizarro signed with Werder Bremen for an undisclosed fee after impressing for Werder in the previous season, scoring 17 goals in 26 appearances. In his second season at Werder Bremen, he continued to be a top Bundesliga scorer with 16 goals and reached the top foreign scorer record. On 23 October 2010, Pizarro scored his 134th goal in the Bundesliga making him the top scoring foreign-born player in the league history after being level with Giovane Elber.

International career

Claudio Pizarro as Peru's captain in Copa América Venezuela 2007

Pizarro has been a regular for Peru since 1999, and was the captain succeeding Nolberto Solano. His career in the national team has not mirrored his club career, as he has scored only 13 goals, only 6 of which have been in competitive matches. Pizarro has been a starting player in the qualifying tournaments for the 2002 Japan-Korea World Cup, the 2006 Germany World Cup, and the first three games of the 2010 South Africa World Cup. Fans of the Peruvian national team have complained of his lackluster performance in the qualifiers: only three goals scored throughout three tournaments.

In the Copa América 2004 when playing for the Peruvian National team he suffered a fractured skull, when he took an elbow to the head in an on-field collision during a 3–1 win over Venezuela which forced him out of the Copa America and required extensive surgery in Germany.[6] He was not able to play for over three months after the incident.

Under the management of Julio César Uribe, Pizarro played for Peru in the 2007 Copa América, scoring two goals against Bolivia.

On 7 December 2007, an investigation on having introduced women and alcohol into the national squad's hotel two days before Peru's away drubbing at the hands of Ecuador (5–1) started running, and Pizarro has thus been suspended 18 months from the national team starting on the day before the match.[7] Other Peruvian players based overseas like Jefferson Farfán and others were also suspended. Since Pizarro claimed to be innocent, he started a trial against the Peruvian Football Federation. This action alerted FIFA about the case who warned the player about not taking it to the regular judges or he could face an international ban.[8]

On 3 July 2008, after an investigation and a review of the facts, the suspension was changed to only three months (from the date of appeal in April 2008) and $10,000 fine. Pizarro served the three month ban.

On 17 April 2009, Pizarro won a court victory over his national federation. The Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned a $10,000 fine imposed on Pizarro by the Peruvian football association after the alleged November 2007 incident. "The facts put forward by (the federation) in relation to Pizarro were not supported by concrete evidence", sport's highest court said in a statement.[9]

Pizarro expressed his satisfaction with the final result. He explained: "I am very satisfied and feel vindicated, Pizarro said. "My honor has been restored. My family and friends have always stood by me and knew that these were all just lies that were being spread about me. But this verdict will now also give certainty to everyone who had doubts that I have always told the truth.[10]

Despite these results neither him nor any of the other suspended players were ever called for the duration of the World Cup South Africa qualification games by coach Del Solar. Pizarro's attitude as team captain had already been called into question by the fans, who felt he that he would focus more on his hobbies (such as horse racing) than training when he would go to Peru.

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 February 1999 Guayaquil, Ecuador  Ecuador 2–1 Win Friendly
2. 17 June 1999 Manizales, Colombia  Colombia 3–3 Draw Friendly
3. 23 June 1999 Lima, Peru  Venezuela 3–0 Win Friendly
4. 27 March 2001 Lima, Peru  Chile 3–1 Win 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)
5. 2 June 2001 Lima, Peru  Ecuador 1–2 Loss 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)
6. 2 April 2003 Lima, Peru  Chile 3–0 Win Friendly
7. 2 April 2003 Lima, Peru  Chile 3–0 Win Friendly
8. 20 August 2003 New Jersey, United States  Mexico 3–1 Win Friendly
9. 1 June 2004 Montevideo, Uruguay  Uruguay 3–1 Win 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)
10. 6 July 2004 Lima, Peru  Bolivia 2–2 Draw 2004 Copa America
11. 7 October 2006 Viña del Mar, Chile  Chile 2–3 Loss Friendly
12. 3 July 2007 Mérida, Venezuela  Bolivia 2–2 Draw 2007 Copa América
13. 3 July 2007 Mérida, Venezuela  Bolivia 2–2 Draw 2007 Copa América
14. 2 September 2011 Lima, Peru  Bolivia 2–2 Draw Friendly
15. 11 October 2011 Santiago, Chile  Chile 2–4 Loss 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification (CONMEBOL)



Bayern Munich


Werder Bremen


  • 2005 Best Iberoamerican Soccer Player in Europe.[11]
  • 2009–10 UEFA Europa League top scorer.
  • Top foreign scorer in German football history.

Club statistics

(correct as of 19 November 2011)
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Deportivo Pesquero 1995–96 25 8 0 0 0 0 25 8
1996–97 17 3 0 0 0 0 17 3
Total 42 11 0 0 0 0 42 11
Alianza Lima 1997–98 22 7 0 0 10 2 32 9
1998–99 25 18 0 0 0 0 25 18
Total 47 25 0 0 10 2 57 27
Werder Bremen 1999–00 26 10 5 2 9 3 39 15
2000–01 31 19 1 0 5 4 37 23
Total 56 29 6 2 14 7 76 38
Bayern Munich 2001–02 30 15 4 0 14 4 48 19
2002–03 31 15 6 2 7 2 44 19
2003–04 31 11 4 1 7 0 42 12
2004–05 23 11 5 6 7 4 35 21
2005–06 26 11 5 5 6 1 37 17
2006–07 33 8 2 0 10 4 45 12
Total 174 71 26 14 51 15 251 100
Chelsea 2007–08 21 2 5 0 2 0 28 2
Total 21 2 5 0 2 0 28 2
Werder Bremen 2008–09 26 17 5 4 15 7 46 28
2009–10 26 16 3 1 10 12 39 29
2010–11 22 9 2 2 5 3 29 14
2011–12 12 11 0 0 0 0 12 11
Total 86 53 10 7 30 22 126 82
Career total 426 191 47 23 107 46 580 260


Pizarro was born and raised in the Santiago de Surco district of capital city Lima. He was born to Patricia Bosio and Claudio Pizarro Dávila, a naval officer. He has a sister, Patricia, and brother, Diego.[12] Younger brother, Diego,[13] was a youth player for Bayern Munich,[14] and he is currently playing for Peruvian First Division club Colegio Nacional Iquitos.

Pizarro is married to his teenage sweetheart, Karla Salcedo, and they have two sons, Claudio and Gianluca, and one daughter, Antonella.[15] Pizarro co-owns a race horse called 'Crying Lightning' with Queens Park Rangers player Joey Barton.[16] In January 2011 the horse competed at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai.[17]


  1. ^ "Keine Erfolgserlebnisse für die Sorgenkinder" (in German). 23 October 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Hargreaves set to seal Manchester United deal". FCBayern. 20 May 2007. Retrieved 1 June 2007. 
  3. ^ "Pizarro is second summer signing". ChelseaFC. 1 June 2007. Retrieved 1 June 2007. 
  4. ^ ""Quiero ganar la Champions League con el Chelsea", dice Pizarro luego de firmar contrato por cuatro años" (in Spanish). ElComercioPeru. 1 June 2007. Retrieved 1 June 2007. 
  5. ^ Rowbottom, Mike (25 July 2007). "Peruvian Pizarro brings a 'British' touch to Chelsea". The Independent. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Pizarro heading to Germany to treat fractured skull". CNN. 13 July 2004. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Claudio Pizarro and Jefferson Farfan Suspended from Peru's National Soccer Selection". 7 December 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2007. 
  8. ^ "Claudio Pizarro might face international ban". 20 April 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2008. 
  9. ^ "Striker Claudio Pizarro beats Peru national team bosses in court". 20 April 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2009. 
  10. ^ "Peru striker Claudio Pizarro wins court case". CNN. 20 April 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2009. 
  11. ^ ""Fox Sports" Trophy 2005" (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "Karla, Diego, horses and the "100"". 26 August 2008. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Diego Pizarro – Diego Enrique Pizarro Bosio" (in German). Retrieved 18 September 2009. 
  14. ^ "Ein Dreikäsehoch für die Bayern" (in German). 4 August 2007.,1518,498032,00.html. Retrieved 18 September 2009. 
  15. ^ "Claudio Pizarro". 19 August 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2009. 
  16. ^ "Comedy Looks No Joke – Horse Racing News". Sporting Life. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  17. ^ Milnes, David. "Newcastle star Joey Barton's horse Crying Lightening to break new ground in Dubai". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 22 July 2007. 

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