Germán Pezzella

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.

Germán Pezzella
Pezzella with Argentina in 2017
Personal information
Full name Germán Alejo Pezzella
Date of birth (1991-06-27) 27 June 1991 (age 29)
Place of birth Bahía Blanca, Argentina
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1+12 in)
Position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
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 43 (2)
2015–2018 Betis 61 (4)
2017–2018Fiorentina (loan) 34 (1)
2018– Fiorentina 97 (6)
National team
2009–2011 Argentina U20 15 (0)
2011 Argentina U23 5 (2)
2017– Argentina 18 (2)
* 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

Club career

Early career

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 Plate

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]


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]


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]

On 14 March 2020, Pezzella tested positive for COVID–19.[11]

International career

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,[12] 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 FIFA World Cup in Russia[13] but did not make the final 23.[14] On 27 March 2019, he captained Argentina in a 1–0 friendly away win against Morocco.[15]

Career statistics


As of match played 16 May 2021[16]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
River Plate 2011–12 Primera B 105010
2012–13 Argentine Primera División 10100101
2013–14 150005[lower-alpha 1]01[lower-alpha 2]1211
2014 101208[lower-alpha 1]2203
2015 71104[lower-alpha 3]01[lower-alpha 4]0131
Total 4338017221656
Real Betis 2015–16 La Liga 25340294
2016–17 36110371
Total 61450665
Fiorentina (loan) 2017–18 Serie A 34110351
Fiorentina 2018–19 32230352
2019–20 33310343
2020–21 32110331
Total 1317601377
Career total 234141901722126817
  1. Appearance(s) in Copa Sudamericana
  2. Appearance in Copa Campeonato
  3. Appearance(s) in Copa Libertadores
  4. Appearance(s) in Recopa Sudamericana


As of match played 18 June 2021.[17]
National teamYearAppsGoals
Argentina 201720
International goals
Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first.[17]
111 October 2018Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Iraq3–04–0Friendly
213 October 2019Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero, Alicante, Spain Ecuador4–16–1


River Plate


  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. "COVID-19, nuove positività". (in Italian). 14 March 2020. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  12. "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.
  13. Crawford, Stephen (12 June 2018). "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - Final 23-man lists".
  14. "Icardi cut from Argentina's 23-man World Cup squad". Perform Group. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  15. "Correa's late goal gives Argentina morale-boosting win in Morocco". ESPN FC. 26 March 2019. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  16. "G. Pezzella". Soccerway. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  17. "Pezzella, Germán". National Football Teams. Retrieved 15 October 2018.