Claudio Pizarro has returned to his beloved Werder Bremen for the fourth time in his career. The 39-year-old Peruvian forward has signed a one-year deal with the Bundesliga side, moving over on a free transfer from relegated FC Koln.
Bremen made an official statement on Sunday morning on their social media channels: “Claudio Pizarro has returned to Werder, where he intends to end his career in Green and White.” The striker himself is happy to be back: “I feel so at home here, and it’s the best thing for me to be back.”
Pizarro has had an impressive career in the German Bundesliga, first joining Bremen in 1999 in a move from Alianza Lima. He then moved to Bayern Munich until 2007, played for Chelsea and then back to Werder Bremen from 2008 until 2012. He then moved back to Bayern Munich as a back-up striker until 2015 when he signed for Werder again.
After two seasons Pizarro then signed for FC Köln last summer. He played 14 games for the Geissbocken, scoring a single goal. The 38-year-old wasn’t able to save the team from relegation last season and then decided to leave the club on a free transfer. During his career Pizarro has played 467 games in the Bundesliga, scoring 194 goals.