News: Pizarro Signs with Bayern, Zidan Leaving Mainz

Veteran Bundesliga striker Claudio Pizarro has signed for a second stint with Bayern München, while Mohamed Zidan, whose loan to Mainz lifted the club during last season’s Ruckrunde, has failed to reach a deal with the Bresigau-Brazilians.

Pizarro, 33, was a member of three Bundesliga title-winning teams with the Bavarians in addition to capturing three DFB Pokal championshipsin his first stint with the club from 2001 to 2007.  The Peruvian international made his Bundesliga debut for Werder Bremen 1999 after spending two seasons with Allianz Lima. Pizarro, who surpassed Giovanni Elber in October, 2010 as the Bundesliga’s leading foreign goal-scorer, played at Chelsea for one season before returning to Bremen on loan for a year and afterwards signing a permanent deal with Bremen in August, 2009.  The popular striker has scored 267 goals while playing over 600 professional club matches since beginning his career with Peruvian club Deportivo Pesquero in 1995.

Christian Nerlinger, Bayern Director of Sport, was quoted on the club’s website regarding the Pizarro signing.

We are pleased to have been able to sign Claudio Pizarro, an internationally experienced and very dangerous striker

The striker has scored 160 goals in 333 Bundesliga matches, and will be looking to add to his total following his one year deal with the Bayern, joining the club on a free transfer.  He is expected to back up starting striker Mario Gomez.

Pizarro has represented Peru on over 60 occasions, scoring 16 international goals.

Zidan Ends Mainz Spell

Egyptian international Mohamed Zidan enjoyed another successful stint at FSV Mainz 05 after arriving on loan from Borussia Dortmund over the last winter break.  Despite scoring 7 goals in only 936 minutes of league play, second on the squad to fellow striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Mainz was not able to come to terms with Zidan to make the loan deal permanent.  Mainz’ offer of a rolling contract was insufficient to induce the striker to extend his time with the club, despite his success not only on the field, but his popularity with local fans.

Christian Heidel, the general manager at Mainz, stated.

Mohamed Zidan has rejected (the contract offer) and we are not going to negotiate any further.  The plan did work out in that he made a huge contribution towards us avoiding relegation.We have had three fantastic short spells with Zidan, but now it all came down to a long-term collaboration. Money was never an issue, it was purely the length of the contract.”

Zidan, a member of Borussia Dortmund’s 2010/2011 championship side, began his professional career in Denmark with AB in 2000, playing in the Superliga for five seasons before joining Werder Bremen in 2004.  He’s scored 95 in 277 club matches in all competitions, along with representing Egypt over 40 times and playing on Africa Cup of Nations championship squads for the Pharoahs in 2008 and 2010.


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Gerry Wittmann

Gerry is the founder of the Bundesliga Fanatic. Besides loving German football, he also enjoys the NBA, collecting jerseys and LPs, his pets and wishes he had more time for fishing, bicycling and learning the bass guitar.

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