A big player in the Bundesliga is playing his farewell game on Saturday: Claudio Pizarro. Everything you need to know about the encounter can be found here.
Claudio Pizarro has certainly made his mark on the Bundesliga over the past two decades. The Peruvian was a very fine footballer, a terrific goalscorer – and above all a always positive guy whose laughter was infectious. In June 2020, he ended his active career at SV Werder and narrowly managed to stay up with the Bremen team (relegation against Heidenheim).
Before that, he appeared a whopping 490 times in the Bundesliga, scoring an impressive 197 goals. In addition to a season in Cologne, he left his footprints in Bremen and Munich in particular. He scored 109 goals for SVW in the Bundesliga, making him the record goalscorer for the Greens and Whites. However, he won his titles with Bayern, with one exception, because in 2009 he was cup winner with Werder. In Munich, the top scorer filled his trophy cabinet, collecting, among other things, six championships, five cup wins and one Champions League title.
When and where will the farewell game take place?
Pizarro played a total of five times for SVW: from 1999 to 2001, from 2008 to 2009, from 2009 to 2012, from 2015 to 2017 and finally from 2018 to the end of his career in 2020. No wonder, then, that the farewell game of the 85-time Peruvian national player (20 goals) will take place in Bremen’s Weser Stadium. The game kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be shown on free TV on SAT 1. “I’m very happy and I want to show people something nice. People should have fun and enjoy football,” said Pizarro on Thursday.
Who is in it?
The participants were kept secret for a long time, but now the names are known, including TV entertainer Joko Winterscheidt. It is clear that there will be three teams: one coached by Thomas Schaaf Bremen selectionone led by Michael Henke Bayern selection and “Claudios Amigos” (Trainer Florian Kohfeldt), which do not exclusively include footballers. Pizarro’s younger brother Diego plays in the last team, as well as ex-ski racer Felix Neureuther, Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, ex-professional Felix Kroos and, for example, Marko Marin and Nelson Valdez. For the Bavaria include Arjen Robben, Giovane Elber, Philipp Lahm, Paulo Sergio, Andreas Ottl and Owen Hargreaves. Franck Ribery had to pull out due to injury.
Many names trickled out at the Bremen team by: Among others, Ailton, Torsten Frings, Per Mertesacker, Tim Borowski, Zlatko Junuzovic, Philipp Bargfrede, Maximilian Eggestein, Mikael Silvestre, Felix Wiedwald, Peter Niemeyer, Clemens Fritz, Marco Bode, Tim Wiese and Dieter Eilts are there. Former game designer Johan Micoud will also be there. “Unfortunately we didn’t play together, but he’s a very good and popular player,” said Pizarro.
Max Kruse has also agreed, he has time now, said Pizarro recently with a laugh. The current Werder top striker Niclas Füllkrug also said on Tuesday that he had received an invitation. “I used to watch ‘Piza’ a lot, tried to imitate things because he was just an exceptional player. So I’m really happy that I was invited,” said Füllkrug in a media round on Tuesday.
Is there a special jersey?
Yes, there will be. The jersey is reversible, on one side it is green with a diamond pattern, the other side is white and includes the “Adios Piza” logo. The green side is for the Werder team, the other for the world team. The 43-year-old will wear his favorite number 14 shirt. The jersey has the proud price of 114 euros. After sales started, the Werder team’s online fan shop was bursting at the seams, and there was even talk of waiting space for 25,000. Not everyone got jerseys, which were only available in limited editions.