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Claudio Pizarro has a bizarre obsession with signing for Werder Bremen and he’s just done it again

The 39-year-old Peruvian has re-joined the German club... for the fifth time

There are three things that are certain in life: death, taxes and Claudio Pizarro signing for Werder Bremen.

The world has a strong magnetic force that has made the German club almost irresistible to the Peru striker for some strange reason.

After the apocalypse you can picture the headlines; The year is 2179 and Claudio Pizarro has re-signed for Werder Bremen.

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Pizarro playing for Werder 10 years ago

Pizarro playing for Werder 10 years ago

Now 39 years old, Pizarro has just signed for Bremen for the FIFTH TIME.

Way back in 1999, before Y2K and the Millenium Bug, Bremen gave the Peruvian his big chance in Europe having scored 25 goals over two seasons at ALianza Lima in his home country.

He was an instant hit in Germany scoring 38 goals in 76 games and immediately attracting attention from Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter.

In the end he moved to Bayern Munich, obviously, and banged in 71 league goals in 174 games as he became a renowned marksmen.

But that wasn’t the end of the Pizarro-Bremen love story by any means.

What if I told you would be back in this kit in 10 years?

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What if I told you would be back in this kit in 10 years?

After a brief unsuccessful stopover at Chelsea for a season, Pizarro realised that life was much better in Northern Germany.

The Blues allowed him to re-join on loan for a season for his second stint and then when they signed him permanently it was officially the third time he joined the club,

He returned to the white and green jersey and scored another 60 league goals in 103 games between 2008 and 20011.

He might never have been that fast but Pizarro knew how to make the most out of his skills and they always seemed perfectly suited to Bremen’s style.

During his third spell he went on to become the club’s record Bundesliga scorer.

We know you love it Claudio

We know you love it Claudio

Since then Pizarro left for Bayern again, returned to Werder Bremen AGAIN and then joined FC Koln.

In doing so he became the top scoring foreign player in Bundesliga history with 192 goals.

Obviously there is a lot of love between Bremen and Pizarro but the club kept it’s head when thinking about bringing in the player who turns 40 in October.

They handed up a performance-related contract, but Pizarro has not lost any of his confidence.

“I don’t want to hide that I’m coming back to score goals as well. I’m convinced that we’ll have a strong season together,” he said.

BDE personified. (Google it).


The Peruvian is going to see out his career in Bremen as he enters his 19th Bundesliga season.


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