Many consider him as the best Peruvian striker of all time, who played for many years in Europe, representing his country at the highest level. In this article, we take a look at Claudio Pizarro biography.
Claudio Pizarro, born October 3, 1978 in Callao, is a former Peruvian professional football player, who played as a striker for many clubs and also thePeru national team
Pizarro began his professional career in his homeland in 1996, with Deportivo Pesquero, while two years later he moved toAlianza Lima
. From 1999 to 2001 he played with Werder Bremen, in Germany, while later he played for six seasons with Bayern Munich until 2007. He then transferred to England and Chelsea, for which he played for only one season.
He then returned to Bremen, where he played until 2012. He then came back to Bayern for three seasons, before rejoining Werder Bremen for the third time in the 2015-2016 season and, after a spell at Cologne in the 2017-2018 season, he was back for the fourth time at Werder Bremen, finishing his career there at the end of the 2019-2020 season.
Pizarro began his international career with Peru againstEcuador
on February 10, 1999, and scored his first goal in his second game seven days later against the same opponent. He scored 20 goals (in 85 caps).
He participated in a total of four Copa America in 1999, 2004, 2007 and 2015, always reaching at least the quarterfinals (15 games played for 4 goals scored). He played in the World Cup qualifiers in 2002 (13 games, 2 goals), 2006 (11 games, 1 goal), 2010 (4 games) and 2014 (13 games, 3 goals) without ever reaching the finals.
On an individual level, Pizarro won the award for Best South American Footballer in Europe in 2005, won the title of top scorer of the UEFA Europa League 2009-2010 and top scorer of the German Cup in two editions: in 2005 and 2006. He is the second highest foreign scorer of all time in the Bundesliga (with 197 goals), behind only Robert Lewandowski, and the fourth highest scorer in the history of the Peruvian national team.
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Claudio Pizarro Bio
Full Name: Claudio Miguel Pizarro Bosio
Profession: Professional Footballer
Claudio Pizarro Physical Stats
Weight: 84 Kg
Height: 1.86 m
Eye Color: Amber
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Claudio Pizarro Football Information
Jersey Number: 14
Professional Debut: 1996
Claudio Pizarro Date of Birth and Personal Info
Date of Birth: 3 October 1978
Birth Place: Callao, Peru
Zodiac Sign: Libra
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On October 3, 1978 at the Naval Medical Center in Callao, Peru, Claudio Pizarro was born to the family of naval officer Claudio Pizarro Davila and his wife Patricia Bosio. He was the first child in the family, but later he had a sister Patricia and a younger brother Diego, who also became a professional football player. Claudio spent his childhood in Santiago de Surco, a suburb of Lima.
At the age of six, Claudio took his first kicks at the ball in a park near his home, but already in his school years he showed a great interest in football. As his family recalls, it happened that Claudio, after coming home from school, would have a quick lunch and run outside through the window to play with his friends.
The young Claudio enrolled in a sports club at Admiral Guise Naval Lyceum where, in addition to football, he also took up running and long jumping. Since he was a child, Claudio's father fostered his love for sports. Thanks to his father, little Pizarro participated in many championships held by the Peruvian Junior Football Federation. From an early age, Claudio showed his temperament on the field, his desire to win and his ability to work with the ball.
One of Peru's first coaches, Professor Carlos Iraola, noted his confident on-field performance. He loved not only playing football, but also collecting albums, posters, magazines of his favorite teams and players. He waited every weekend to go to the stadium with his father to watch matches of the local Allianzas. Claudio played football almost every Sunday.
When he was 11 years old, Claudio moved to the port of Paita in the north of the country, where his father had been transferred to a new position by order of the Peruvian Navy. By that age, Claudio already had outstanding athletic ability and continued to mix football with other sports, as he thought it would help him become a complete player. Although he won regional competitions in basketball and distance running. Claudio also played tennis and squash.
Living in Paita was challenging in various ways due to the lack of quality infrastructure, in particular Claudio had to learn to play on both turf and dirt. At that point, he says, the most important thing in life for him was the very opportunity to play football.
In 1991, when he was 13 years old, Claudio joined the sports academy of Cantolao where he developed his skills. Under Juan José Tan, Claudio won the International Association for Children's Football's tournament and Pizarro was hailed by the press as one of Peru's most promising players.
Claudio signed his first professional contract at the age of 17 with Deportivo Pesquero, then in the top division of the Peruvian league. He made his debut in major football on March 26, 1996 in a Peruvian league match against the club Alianza Lima, which ended in a 0-2 defeat for Deportivo Pesquero. Two weeks later, Claudio scored two goals against Atletico Torino, the first of his career. In his first season in total, Claudio played in 16 games and scored 3 goals.
The following season the young striker played in 25 games and scored 8 goals. He scored one of these goals with a superb free kick against Alianza Madrid, who attracted the attention of the club's management. Before the start of the 1998 league season, Claudio was sold to that club for £54,000.
During his first season with his new team, Claudio formed a great duo with Roberto Silva, playing in 22 league games and scoring 7 goals. The player also managed to make his debut in the Libertadores Cup and the Merkonorte Cup. In the Merkonorte Cup, Claudio even scored two goals against Bolivian club Strongest. Claudio scored a hat-trick against Club Atlético Allianza on 15 November 1998.
On 13 June 1999, Claudio scored another hat-trick, this time against Deportivo Munisipal. Claudio scored a total of five goals against Union Minas on 8 August. In total, Claudio scored 18 goals in 22 games for the Alliance in 1999. Thanks to this, his club managed to finish second in the first half of the league and the German clubWerder Bremen
became interested in the striker.
Pizarro played his last match for the club on 13 August, when his team lost to Sport Boyz with a score of 1-2, and he scored the only goal of the capital club. The next day, the forward moved to Werder for $1.7 million.
At the new club, the young striker, who received number 10, debuted on August 28, 1999, replacing Dirk Flok on 59 minutes in the 3rdBundesliga
match againstHertha Berlin
, the match ended in a 1-1 draw. After two weeks, Claudio opened his European scoring on September 12 in the Week 4 league match against Kaiserslautern, which ended in a 5-0 win, the same match Claudio also gave an assist to Marco Bode.
He scored his first hat-trick in the Bundesliga on September 19, against Wolfsburg which ended in a 7-2 victory for Bremen; Claudio only needed 37 minutes of the second half to score the three goals. On 1 December, Claudio scored two goals against Ulm 1846 to help the Bremen reach the quarter-finals of the German Cup. That season, Werder reached the German Cup final, where they lost toBayern Munich
In his first season, Claudio also made his European debut. His debut came in an away match in the first round of the UEFA Cup with Bude-Glimt of Norway. The match ended in a confident 5-0 win for Werder, with the Peruvian recording his side's first and last goals. The Bremen reached the UEFA Cup quarter-finals, losing toArsenal
. In total, Pizarro took part in 39 matches in his first European season, in which he scored 15 goals.
Claudio started the next season on 12 August 2000 with a goal against FC Energie Cottbus in the first match of the league. However, in the next two months, Pizarro failed to score once. During this period, the club fined the forward 10,000 marks for visiting a bar together with Ailton. The striker did not score his next goal until 4 November, against Hertha Berlin.
Five days later, on 9 November, Claudio scored a hat-trick within 19 minutes in a UEFA Cup second-round match against Belgian side Genk, making him only the second Peruvian player after Teofilo Cubillas to score a hat-trick in a European Cup match. At the end of the league season, Claudio had a brilliant streak of 8 matches and 8 goals. In the last match of the 34th round againstHansa Rostock
, Pizarro received two yellow cards already in the 34th minute and was sent off - the red card was the first for him in his European career.
In total, Claudio scored 19 goals in 31 games in the 2000/2001 German league, only 3 goals behind Sergei Barbarrese and Ebbe Sunda. Kicker magazine named Pizarro the best striker of the second round of the league. The Peruvian also scored 4 goals in 5 UEFA Cup games. After that season, there was a battle for the Peruvian between Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund,Real Madrid
, Barcelona and Inter Milan. In the end, Bayern Munich signed him for a fee of $6.5.
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In 2001, Pizarro was signed by Bayern Munich. He made a successful debut, scoring his first goal for the Bavarian club just four minutes into the second Bundesliga match againstSchalke 04
in the second round of the 2001-2002 Bundesliga. During that season, he scored 15 Bundesliga goals and four UEFA Champions League goals. He also won the Intercontinental Cup in Tokyo in December 2001 after Bayern Munich defeated Boca Juniors of Argentina 1-0. During his first season with Bayern Munich, he scored 20 goals.
In the 2002-2003 season, Pizarro won the Bundesliga title (the first of his career), which was to be the best period of his time in German football. Pizarro was named man of the match on three occasions in the Bundesliga, and since the start of the second round in February 2003, after recovering from injury, he never left the starting line-up. He finished the league as third top scorer with 15 goals, six behind Giovane Élber and Thomas Christiansen.
At the end of the season, Pizarro, also known as "Pizagol", won the following titles with Bayern Munich: Bundesliga and the German Cup champion, and he also won the qualification for the Champions League 2003/2004, which he would play in for the third time. Claudio Pizarro became one of the top scorers in the German league, and in the 2005/2006 season, he won the German Cup againstEintracht Frankfurt
, scoring a goal in the final from a corner to give Bayern a historic double in a row in German football.
Pizarro's contract expired at the end of the 2006-07 season, and negotiations for an extension were not progressing. Teams such as Sevilla F.C. and Benfica were waiting to make a move.
Meanwhile, the "Bomber of the Andes" emerged as champion of the 2004/05 season and, after six seasons in German football, he reached 100 goals in the Bundesliga, a figure that only three foreign players had reached in Germany; Giovane Élber (133), Aílton (106) and Stéphane Chapuisat (106).
Pizarro later refused a contract extension offered by Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer, demanding a pay rise that left Karl-Heinz Rummenigge furious, who was quoted as saying that "Anyone who wants to earn as much as Shevchenko, had better start playing like Shevchenko". On 20 May 2007, Bayern Munich announced that Pizarro would leave the club.
He was signed byChelsea
in the summer of 2007 at the request of the Portuguese coach José Mourinho. He performed well in his debut in the English Super Cup at the Wembley Stadium, and in his first Premier League match, he scored his first goal for the English team.
As the games went by, according to the press, his performance dropped to the point of being harshly criticised by some of the fans of the London club, all this due to the tough competition he had for the position, with strikers like Didier Drogba, Andriy Shevchenko, Salomon Kalou and later also with Nicolas Anelka, although he managed to play and even score and provide assists, however this became worse with the sudden departure of coach José Mourinho.
Pizarro's relationship with the club's fans was not the best. Goal.com considered Pizarro among the 10 worst signings of the season in the English Premier League on 17 April 2008, highlighting his worst moment after breaking the historical record as Chelsea's least prolific striker with only two goals, due to the lack of consistency that the new manager gave him, although in the few games he played he was not out of place, as in the case of the FA Cup and League Cup matches.
After the departure of Portuguese coach José Mourinho, Pizarro was hardly able to play as the Israeli-born coach Avram Grant used him very little, and was even replaced in the Champions League squad by Anelka, who in turn missed the decisive penalty in the Champions League final against Manchester United. It was the same coach who brought French player Nicolas Anelka into the team, taking away Pizarro's chance to get more playing time and try to establish himself in the team.
During the summer transfer window on 15 August 2008, he was loaned to Werder Bremen, where he was able to start playing regularly again. He scored his first hat-trick with Werder in the 5-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on 29 November 2008. In August 2009 Pizarro was purchased by Werder Bremen on a permanent basis. He became the top foreign goalscorer in the history of the Bundesliga on 23 October 2010, scoring his 134th goal in the Bundesliga, surpassing Élber.
Pizarro scored a hat-trick on 5 November 2011 that allowed Werder Bremen, who were losing 2-0 at the end of the first leg, to come back and win 3-2 against Koln. On 15 May 2012 he decided to break free from Werder Bremen.
Pizarro travelled to Germany on 24 May 2012, asking Peruvian national team coach Sergio Markarián for permission to settle some personal matters. The following day, his father announced that Claudio had decided to join Bayern Munich to ESPN. His signing was subsequently confirmed on the club's official website, making him Bayern's fourth signing for the 2012/2013 season. On 30 March 2013, in a match against Hamburg S.V., Pizarro managed to score four goals and provide two assists in a 9-2 thrashing of the Hamburg team.
Claudio Pizarro was crowned Bundesliga champion once again on 6 April 2013. Bayern Munich defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 to mathematically clinch their 23rd Bundesliga title in 2013. The Bavarians won the title on matchday 28 despite Borussia Dortmund's victory. With six rounds to go, Bayern were 20 points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund, winners of the last two editions, who beat FC Augsburg 4-2.
On 25 May 2013, Pizarro won the 2012-13 Champions League with Bayern Munich, who beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the final with a goal after 89 minutes. The 'Bomber' was the second Peruvian to win the Champions League (former European Cup) along with Víctor Benítez. Bayern Munich defeated Barcelona in the semi-final between teams from the same country.
El Bombardero decided to return to Bayern Munich that season with one thing on his mind: to win the Bundesliga, the German Cup and the Champions League. The 'Bomber' has already won everything playing for German clubs. His first title was the 2001 Intercontinental Cup. In the 2014/2015 season, he played only 17 games and scored one goal in the German Cup.
Since the beginning of July 2015, the Peruvian has received free agent status, announcing that he wants to continue his playing career for another couple of years and thanking the Munich club and Josep Guardiola for their joint work.
It was confirmed on 7 September 2015 that Pizarro would return to Werder Bremen, causing a frenzy among the German club's fans who were waiting for him in crowds at the airport. With the Lizards he played again on 13 September against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, coming on in the 82nd minute in place of Ulisses Garcia.
Pizarro was vital for his team, providing an assist in the 91st minute for Anthony Ujah to make the score 1-2, Bremen kept up the momentum with Claudio's substitution and ended up winning the match 1-3, the visiting fans gave the Bomber of the Andes a standing ovation in the Rhein-Neckar-Arena. Claudio's first goal of the season since his return to Werder Bremen came in November 2015 in a league match against Ausburg.
The 39-year-old veteran striker, who had been without a team since his departure from Werder Bremen last season, was signed by Koln for the 2017-18 season, wearing the number 39 on his shirt and signing a contract until the end of the season. Due to his age and lack of consistency, Pizarro was never able to become a regular starter in the team, only being used as a substitute for the starting players.
So much so that he scored his first and only goal for Koln on 4 March 2018 against Stuttgart (a match where he did start) after almost a year without scoring goals, reaching a total of 192 goals in 430 games and almost 20 years in the Bundesliga, becoming the top foreign goal scorer in the history of German football. Despite this, the team finished bottom of the table and was relegated to the Bundesliga 2.
On 29 July 2018, his return to Werder Bremen was made official, being his fourth spell at the club, signing for one season and thus ending his sporting career at the same club with which he made his debut in the 1. Bundesliga.
He retired on 6 July 2020 in the promotion play-off against Heidenheim in which his Werder Bremen team won promotion to the Bundesliga.
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With the Peruvian national team, of which he was the captain, he played 85 matches and scored 20 goals. His first goal came in a friendly match, which was won 2-1 against Ecuador. He then scored in the 2004 Copa América, in a 2-2 draw with Bolivia (although he had to withdraw early from the competition due to an injury), and in the 2007Copa América
, with a brace against Bolivia in a 2-2 draw.
He was captain of the Peruvian national team that failed to qualify for the 2006World Cup
in Germany. Pizarro scored one goal in eleven qualifying matches in which he played. Before that, he had already participated with the national team in the Copa America 2004, in which the team was defeated by Argentina in the quarter-finals. He suffered a torn skullcap in one match and was out of action for several months.
He was called up by coach Ricardo Gareca in the list of 23 players to take part in the 2015 Copa América (the third in his career), scoring in the match between Peru and Venezuela, decreeing the 1-0 victory for the Peruvian team.
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Claudio Pizarro was one of the world's most consistent strikers in the early 2010s, in terms of scoring - from his move to Europe until the 2013/2014 season, he regularly scored at least 12 goals per season. The only exception was his only season with Chelsea, in which he only managed to score twice in thirty-two games. He was described as having all the qualities of a punched forward by Marca and Diario AS, who analysed possible candidates to reinforce Real Madrid's attack in 2011.
He is widely regarded as one of the best Peruvian footballers to ever play in Europe. Back in 2002, Franz Beckenbauer said that the Peruvian was capable of achieving a lot. Ottmar Hitzfeld, the coach under whom Claudio started at Bayern, described him as a great striker and noted how quickly he adapted his South American technique to the speed of European football.
We have seen Claudio score many goal during his career, however the player never had a signature goal celebration.
Claudio owns several racehorses in Peru. This generates a small income for the player as Peru does not have a large prize pool at horse races. Claudio also raises some breeds and sells them to Argentina. Co-owners of Pizarro's horses at various times have been his teammates Tim Borowski and Thomas Muller as well as Joey Barton.
Besides horses, Claudio enjoys fishing and music, especially he likes listening to salsa and hip-hop.
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In 1999 Claudio married his girlfriend Carla Salcedo. They met when they were 17 years old and still in school. On 17 October the same year they had a son, named Claudio. The couple now have another son Gianluca and daughter Antonella.
Pizarro holds an Italian passport, he obtained it thanks to the fact that his grandfather was born in Turin. Pizarro resides permanently with his family in Germany on the outskirts of Munich and does not consider returning to Peru, which he says is due to security concerns.
Claudio Pizarro has established a charity foundation in Germany to help disabled and poor children back in Peru. Like other famous footballers, he also always participates in charity matches.
In 2009, Peruvian law enforcement authorities began to suspect Pizarro of tax evasion as one of the shareholders of Image, a Peruvian football representation company. In April of that year, a sub-committee of the Peruvian Congress demanded that Pizarro appear before its members to testify in connection with the investigation into the case. Pizarro refused to return to Peru and only agreed to testify via telecommunications.
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During his lengthy career, Claudio Pizarro has played a total of 787 matches, scoring 317 goals, of which 152 was for Werder Bremen and 125 for Bayern.
Between 1999 and 2016, Pizarro played a total of 85 matches for Peru national team, scoring 20 goals.
He’s one of the most decorated Peruvian footballers of all time, as he has won Bundesliga (6 times), DFB Pokal (5 times), Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup among others.
Of his individual titles and records we can include DFB-Pokal top scorer, UEFA Europa League top scorer, Sixth all-time top scorer in Bundesliga and many others.