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Dwight Anthony Pezzarossi García born (4 September 1979 in Guatemala City, Guatemala) is a retired professional football forward who last played for Comunicaciones in the Liga Nacional de Guatemala. On 18 September 2014, Dwight Pezzarossi was named Minister of Culture and Sports of Guatemala.

Dwight Pezzarossi
Minister of Culture and Sports
In office
September 18, 2014 – September 18, 2015
PresidentOtto Pérez Molina
Alejandro Maldonado
Preceded byCarlos Batzín
Succeeded byAna María Rodas
Personal details
Born (1979-09-04) 4 September 1979 (age 39)
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Height1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Dwight Pezzarossi
Personal information
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
CSD Comunicaciones
Number 27
Youth career
Deportivo Escuintla
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2000 Comunicaciones
2000–2001 Argentinos Juniors 7 (0)
2001 Palestino 23 (13)
2002 Santiago Wanderers 8 (4)
2002–2003 Racing de Ferrol 36 (8)
2003–2004 Comunicaciones 29 (12)
2004 Bolton Wanderers 0 (0)
2004–2005 Comunicaciones 35 (9)
2005–2006 Racing de Ferrol 11 (3)
2006–2007 Numancia 1 (0)
2007–2008 Deportivo Marquense 21 (9)
2008–2011 Comunicaciones 27 (16)
2011–2012 Deportes La Serena 30 (7)
2012–2013 Comunicaciones 37 (5)
National team
2000–2012 Guatemala 72 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 July 2010
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2012

Target man Pezzarossi, nicknamed El Tanque ("the Tank", due to his size), started his footballing career with Guatemalan lower division club Deportivo Escuintla. He spent one year there before signing for a club in the top Guatemalan league, Comunicaciones.

In 2000, Pezzarossi was signed by Argentinos Juniors and he became one of the few Guatemalan players to play abroad. Then, in June 2001, Pezzarossi moved to Chilean side Palestino.


Club careerEdit

In 2003, he became the third Guatemalan footballer ever to sign with a Spanish club, joining Racing de Ferrol.[1] He has played for a number of different clubs in different countries including Argentinos Juniors of Argentina, Palestino and Santiago Wanderers[2] of Chile, and Bolton Wanderers of England. He played for Racing de Ferrol again in 2006, before being transferred to Numancia. He could not claim a regular place there and joined Deportivo Marquense in 2007.[3]

In 2008, while playing for Marquense, he had a trial with Italian Serie B side Pisa Calcio.[4]

La SerenaEdit

During the 2011 Copa América break, it was reported that Pezzarossi would join to Chilean Primera División side Deportes La Serena in a season deal. On 27 June, Pezzarossi arrived to Chile and then he joined to La Serena in a one-year contract. He debuted for La Serena in a 3–0 away loss against Universidad de Chile, playing only 23 minutes in the game after of replace to his teammate Juan Sánchez Sotelo. The following match, Pezzarossi scored in the 2–0 win of La Serena to Universidad de Concepción in the 88th minute, after an impressive header.

His good performance in La Serena made that Pezzarossi was recalled to the national team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, in where he scored in a 3–0 win of his country. After of his international participation, he scored for La Serena in a 2–0 win to Santiago Wanderers, a historic triumph of his team after 20 years of footballing paterny over La Serena at Valparaíso. His third goal for the club came against Unión Española in a dramatic 3–2 win, in where the keeper Marcos Gutiérrez saved the team of the draw, after of save a penalty to Leonardo Monje.

International careerEdit

Pezzarossi made his debut for Guatemala in a January 2000 friendly match against Panama and played his last match in 2012, he has earned a total of 72 caps, scoring 16 goals.[5] He has represented the Guatemalan team in four FIFA World Cup qualification campaigns of 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 .[6] He remarkably only played two games at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, coming on as a substitute against El Salvador in 2007 and again as a substitute against Grenada in 2011.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list. Guatemala's goal tally first.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 3 July 2000 Montreal, Canada   Haiti 4-1 4-1 Friendly match
2 15 August 2000 Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto, Alajuela, Costa Rica   Costa Rica 1-2 1-2 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 1 June 2001 Estadio Tiburcio Carías Andino, Tegucigalpa, Honduras   Costa Rica 2-0 1-0 UNCAF Nations Cup 2001
4 3 June 2001 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras   Panama 3-1 1-0 UNCAF Nations Cup 2001
5 1 May 2004 Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala   Panama 1-2 1-2 Friendly match
6 20 June 2004 Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala   Suriname 2-0 3-1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 8 September 2004 Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras   Honduras 2-0 2-2 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 26 March 2005 Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala   Trinidad and Tobago 4-1 5-1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
9 26 March 2005 Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala   Trinidad and Tobago 5-1 5-1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 7 October 2006 Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, United States   Honduras 1-0 2-3 Friendly match
11 6 August 2008 RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, United States   Bolivia 1-0 3-0 Friendly match
12 11 February 2009 Estadio Monumental de Maturín, Maturín, Venezuela   Venezuela 1-0 1-2 Friendly match
13 9 October 2010 Estadio Julián Tesucún, San Jose, Peten, Guatemala   Belize 3-2 4-2 Friendly match
14 7 October 2011 Arnos Vale Stadium, Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 3-0 3-0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
15 8 June 2012 Independence Park, Kingston, Jamaica   Jamaica 1-2 1-2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
16 7 September 2012 Estadio Mateo Flores, Guatemala City, Guatemala   Antigua and Barbuda 3-1 3-1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification


  1. ^ ""Un tanque en España"" (in Spanish). Diario La Hora. Archived from the original on 26 December 2005. Retrieved 20 January 2007.
  2. ^ Silvio Fernández y Dwight Pezzarossi: "En Wanderers la romperemos a goles Archived 13 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine - La Cuarta ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  3. ^ Dwight Pezzarossi llega a Marquense Archived October 7, 2013, at the Wayback Machine - El Periodico ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  4. ^ El centro delantero del equipo de Comunicaciones, Dwight Pezzarossi, ajustará cinco días de la siguiente semana en el club Pisa Calcio de la Segunda División del fútbol italiano[permanent dead link] - La Hora ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
  5. ^ Guatemala - Record International Players - RSSSF
  6. ^ Record at FIFA Tournaments - FIFA

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