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.
|Minister of Culture and Sports|
September 18, 2014 – September 18, 2015
|President||Otto Pérez Molina|
|Preceded by||Carlos Batzín|
|Succeeded by||Ana María Rodas|
|Born||4 September 1979|
Guatemala City, Guatemala
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|2002–2003||Racing de Ferrol||36||(8)|
|2005–2006||Racing de Ferrol||11||(3)|
|2011–2012||Deportes La Serena||30||(7)|
* 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 2003, he became the third Guatemalan footballer ever to sign with a Spanish club, joining Racing de Ferrol. He has played for a number of different clubs in different countries including Argentinos Juniors of Argentina, Palestino and Santiago Wanderers 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.
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.
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. He has represented the Guatemalan team in four FIFA World Cup qualification campaigns of 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 . 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.
- Scores and results list. Guatemala's goal tally first.
- ""Un tanque en España"" (in Spanish). Diario La Hora. Archived from the original on 26 December 2005. Retrieved 20 January 2007.
- 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)
- Dwight Pezzarossi llega a Marquense Archived October 7, 2013, at the Wayback Machine - El Periodico ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
- 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)
- Guatemala - Record International Players - RSSSF
- Record at FIFA Tournaments - FIFA
- Dwight Pezzarossi at National-Football-Teams.com