Germán Alejo Pezzella (Spanish pronunciation: [xeɾˈman aˈlexo peˈsela]; born 27 June 1991) is an Argentine footballer who plays as a central defender for Serie A club Fiorentina, of which he is captain, and the Argentina national team.
Pezzella with Argentina in 2017
|Full name||Germán Alejo Pezzella|
|Date of birth||27 June 1991|
|Place of birth||Bahía Blanca, Argentina|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1+1⁄2 in)|
|2017–2018||→ Fiorentina (loan)||34||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:42, 31 May 2021 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 June 2021
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.
On 14 March 2020, Pezzella tested positive for COVID–19.
In May 2018 he was named in Argentina's preliminary 35 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia but did not make the final 23. On 27 March 2019, he captained Argentina in a 1–0 friendly away win against Morocco.
|River Plate||2011–12||Primera B||1||0||5||0||–||–||1||0|
|2012–13||Argentine Primera División||10||1||0||0||–||–||10||1|
|Real Betis||2015–16||La Liga||25||3||4||0||–||–||29||4|
|Fiorentina (loan)||2017–18||Serie A||34||1||1||0||–||–||35||1|
|1||11 October 2018||Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia||Iraq||3–0||4–0||Friendly|
|2||13 October 2019||Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero, Alicante, Spain||Ecuador||4–1||6–1|
- River Plate
- Primera B Nacional: 2011–12
- Argentina Primera Division: 2013–14
- Copa Campeonato: 2013–14
- Copa Sudamericana: 2014
- Recopa Sudamericana: 2015
- Copa Libertadores: 2015
- "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.
- "COVID-19, nuove positività". violachannel.tv (in Italian). 14 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
- "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.
- Crawford, Stephen (12 June 2018). "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - Final 23-man lists". Goal.com.
- "Icardi cut from Argentina's 23-man World Cup squad". Goal.com. Perform Group. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
- "Correa's late goal gives Argentina morale-boosting win in Morocco". ESPN FC. 26 March 2019. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
- "G. Pezzella". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
- "Pezzella, Germán". National Football Teams. Retrieved 15 October 2018.