Peru striker Claudio Pizarro joins Bremen for 3rd time
BREMEN, Germany (AP) — Peru striker Claudio Pizarro joined Werder Bremen for the third time on Monday.
Pizarro signed until the end of the season and will wear his old No. 14 jersey, as per his request, the Bundesliga club said.
“I’m happy to be here again. It’s a very appealing challenge to be successful with this team,” Pizarro said. “I hope I can put my experience to best possible use for the team.”
Pizarro, who turns 37 in October, first joined Bremen as a 20-year-old from Alianza Lima in 1999 before leaving after two seasons for Bayern Munich. He left Bayern in 2007 for Chelsea but returned the following season to Bremen, initially on loan. Pizarro rejoined Bayern in 2012, helping the side to the treble in 2103, and was left without a club when his contract expired at the end of last season.
Pizarro has made 383 Bundesliga appearances (159 for Bremen), a record for a foreign player. He has also scored more goals in the league — 176 (89 for Bremen) — than any other foreign player.
“We’re delighted that Claudio is prepared to join our new path and play his part,” Bremen sporting director Thomas Eichin said. “He knows our philosophy with our many young players and wants to help develop the team in whatever way he can.”
Pizarro has made 81 appearances for Peru.