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Germán Alejo Pezzella (Spanish pronunciation: [xeɾˈman aˈlexo peˈsela]; born 27 June 1991) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a central defender for Italian club Fiorentina, of which he is captain.

Germán Pezzella
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Personal information
Full name Germán Alejo Pezzella
Date of birth (1991-06-27) 27 June 1991 (age 27)
Place of birth Bahía Blanca, Argentina
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Fiorentina
Number 20
Youth career
Kilómetro Cinco
Juventud Unida
2000–2005 Olimpo
2005–2011 River Plate
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2015 River Plate 69 (5)
2015–2018 Betis 61 (4)
2017–2018Fiorentina (loan) 34 (1)
2018– Fiorentina 26 (2)
National team
2009–2011 Argentina U20 15 (0)
2011 Argentina U23 5 (2)
2017– Argentina 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:03, 4 April 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 March 2019

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Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Pezzella joined Club Atlético River Plate's youth setup in 2005, aged 14, after representing Club Olimpo. After impressing with the former's reserves he was called up to the pre-season in Canada, appearing in friendlies against Toronto FC, Montreal Impact and Everton.[1]

River PlateEdit

After being an unused substitute in a 0–0 away draw against Club Atlético Huracán on 18 October 2009, Pezzella made his senior debut on 7 December 2011, starting in a 1–0 home win against Defensores de Belgrano for the season's Copa Argentina.[2] His league debut came on 2 March of the following year, where he played the full 90 minutes in a 0–0 home draw against Quilmes Atlético Club.[3]

Pezzella scored his first professional goal on 2 September 2012, netting the last in a 1–1 draw at Club Atlético Colón.[4] He also scored the equalizer in a 1–1 Superclásico home draw against Boca Juniors, just three minutes after coming off the bench.[5]

On 10 December 2014, Pezzella scored the last in a 2014 Copa Sudamericana final 2–0 win against Atlético Nacional, as his side won its first international title after a 17-year absence.[6]

BetisEdit

On 10 July 2015, Pezzella signed a five-year contract with Real Betis, newly promoted to La Liga.[7] He made his debut for the club on 23 August, starting in a 1–1 home draw against Villarreal CF.[8]

FiorentinaEdit

After a loan spell with Serie A club Fiorentina during the 2017–18 season, Pezzella signed a five-year contract with the club that runs through the end of the 2021–22 season for an €11m transfer fee.[9] Ahead of the 2018–19 season, he was named the club's new captain.[10]

International careerEdit

Pezzella played represented Argentina in 2009 Toulon Tournament. He also appeared with the side in 2011 South American U-20 Championship and 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, always as a starter.

On 1 September 2011 Pezzella was called up to the year's Pan American Games,[11] appearing in five matches and scoring two goals during the competition.

In May 2018 he was named in Argentina’s preliminary 35 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia[12] but did not make the final 23. [13]He captained the Argentina national football team in a friendly match against Morocco, which they have won 1-0, on 27 March.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played 3 April 2019[14]
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
River Plate 2011–12 Primera B 1 0 0 0 1 0
2012–13 Argentine Primera División 10 1 0 0 5 0 15 1
2013–14 14 0 0 0 8 2 22 2
2014–15 17 1 0 0 4 0 1 0 22 1
Total 42 2 0 0 17 2 1 0 60 4
Real Betis 2015–16 La Liga 25 3 4 0 29 4
2016–17 36 1 1 0 37 1
Total 61 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 66 5
Fiorentina 2017–18 Serie A 34 1 1 0 35 1
2018–19 26 2 2 0 28 2
Total 60 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 63 3
Career total 163 10 8 0 17 2 1 0 189 12

InternationalEdit

As of match played 26 March 2019
National team Year Apps Goals
Argentina 2017 2 0
2018 3 1
2019 2 0
Total 7 1

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first.[15]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 October 2018 Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia   Iraq 3–0 4–0 Friendly

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "En minutos, River ante Toronto FC" [In minutes, River against Toronto FC] (in Spanish). Taringa!. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  2. ^ "River venció al Defensores de Ortega y avanzó en la Copa Argentina" [River defeated Defensores de Ortega and went through in Copa Argentina] (in Spanish). La Voz del Interior. 8 December 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  3. ^ "River quiso más, pero no pudo con el bloqueo de Quilmes" [River wanted more, but could not pass Quilmes' wall] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 2 March 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  4. ^ "River le empató sobre la hora a Colón y lo bajó" [River drew just in time against Colón and relegated them] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  5. ^ "River y Boca empataron 1–1 en un Superclásico bajo la lluvia" [River and Boca drew 1–1 in a Superclásico under the rain] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 5 October 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  6. ^ "River venció 2–0 a Atlético Nacional y se llevó la Copa Sudamericana" [River defeated Atlético Nacional by 2–0 and won Copa Sudamericana] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  7. ^ "El Betis hace oficial el fichaje del central argentino Pezzella" [Betis turns official the signing of Argentine stopper Pezzella] (in Spanish). Marca. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Rubén Castro llega justo a tiempo" [Rubén Castro arrives just in time] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Fiorentina sign €11m Pezzella". 30 May 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Serie A allows Astori tribute". Football Italia. 12 September 2018. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Germán Pezzella aparece en la lista de la preselección para los Panamericanos" [Germán Pezzella appears in the pre-list for the Pan American Games] (in Spanish). Página 95. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  12. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-gb/amp/news/revealed-every-world-cup-2018-squad-23-man-preliminary-lists/oa0atsduflsv1nsf6oqk576rb
  13. ^ "Icardi cut from Argentina's 23-man World Cup squad". Goal. Perform Group. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Germán Pezzella". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Pezzella, Germán". National Football Teams. Retrieved 15 October 2018.

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