Germán Pezzella

Squad No. 20
Date of Birth June 27, 1991
Age 31
Height 187cm
Position Defender
Birthplace Bahia Blanca
Previous Clubs Real Betis

Germán Alejo Pezzella (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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

On 10 July 2015, Pezzella signed a five-year contract with Real Betis, newly promoted to La Liga. He made his debut for the club on 23 August, starting in a 1–1 home draw against Villarreal CF.

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.