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.
|Full name||Germán Alejo Pezzella|
|Date of birth||27 June 1991|
|Place of birth||Bahía Blanca, Argentina|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2017–2018||→ Fiorentina (loan)||34||(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
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.
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. 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.
Pezzella scored his first professional goal on 2 September 2012, netting the last in a 1–1 draw at Club Atlético Colón. He also scored the equalizer in a 1–1 Superclásico home draw against Boca Juniors, just three minutes after coming off the bench.
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. Ahead of the 2018–19 season, he was named the club's new captain.
In May 2018 he was named in Argentina’s preliminary 35 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia but did not make the final 23. He captained the Argentina national football team in a friendly match against Morocco, which they have won 1-0, on 27 March.
- As of match played 3 April 2019
|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|
|Real Betis||2015–16||La Liga||25||3||4||0||–||–||29||4|
- As of match played 26 March 2019
- Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first.
|1||11 October 2018||Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Iraq||3–0||4–0||Friendly|
- River Plate
- "En minutos, River ante Toronto FC" [In minutes, River against Toronto FC] (in Spanish). Taringa!. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "Rubén Castro llega justo a tiempo" [Rubén Castro arrives just in time] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
- "Fiorentina sign €11m Pezzella". 30 May 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
- "Serie A allows Astori tribute". Football Italia. 12 September 2018. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
- "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.
- "Icardi cut from Argentina's 23-man World Cup squad". Goal. Perform Group. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
- "Germán Pezzella". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
- "Pezzella, Germán". National Football Teams. Retrieved 15 October 2018.