Juan Antonio Pizzi facts for kids
|Full name||Juan Antonio Pizzi Torroja|
|Date of birth||7 June 1968|
|Place of birth||Santa Fe, Argentina|
|Current club||Al-Wasl (manager)|
|2002||→ Villarreal (loan)||13||(1)|
|2005||Colón Santa Fe|
|2006||Universidad San Martín|
Juan Antonio Pizzi Torroja (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxwan anˈtonjo ˈpisi], Italian: [ˈpittsi]; born 7 June 1968) is a retired professional footballer who played as a striker, currently manager of UAE Pro League club Al-Wasl.
He spent the bulk of his club career in Spain, mainly at Tenerife, helping to the side's consolidation in La Liga and amassing top division totals of 221 matches and 92 goals over eight seasons – he also played for Valencia and Barcelona.
Born in Argentina, Pizzi represented the Spain national team for four years, appearing with it in one World Cup and one European Championship. He embarked on a managerial career after retiring, winning the Copa América Centenario for Chile in 2016.
Born in Santa Fe, Pizzi started his professional career with Rosario Central, before transferring to Mexico's Deportivo Toluca FC. After only one year he moved to CD Tenerife, experiencing great individual success (a total of 30 goals in his first two seasons) while also helping the Canary Islands club qualify for the UEFA Cup in his second year.
This performances prompted interest from fellow La Liga side Valencia CF, and Pizzi's subsequent purchase. However, highly unsettled, he returned at the end of the campaign to his previous team and in the second season in his second spell he fired them into another UEFA Cup qualification, topping the goal charts at 31 in 41 games and adding a further five in the Copa del Rey.
After that, Pizzi transferred to FC Barcelona. Never an undisputed starter, barred by Ronaldo, Sonny Anderson and the versatile Luis Enrique during his two-season stint, he managed to net 18 times in competitive matches, being very popular among the Camp Nou faithful.
With Barcelona, Pizzi won the Spanish Supercup in 1996, the UEFA Super Cup and Spanish Cup in 1997, conquering the latter again in the following year while also winning his only league title. Arguably, his most memorable moment was the decisive goal in the 5–4 home win over Atlético Madrid in the domestic cup's quarter-finals second leg, after the Blaugrana trailed 0–3 at half-time.
Pizzi earned 22 caps for Spain and scored eight goals, his debut coming on 30 November 1994 in a 2–0 friendly win with Finland. In the following year, on 20 September, he helped beat his country of birth Argentina 2–1, in an exhibition game played in Madrid.
Pizzi was part of the squads for UEFA Euro 1996 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup. In the latter, after being replaced by Fernando Morientes in a 0–0 draw against Paraguay as Spain exited in the group stage, he retired from the international scene.
After his retirement, aged almost 34, Pizzi played polo in the Barcelona region, then started his coaching career. Together with José del Solar he managed Argentine Primera División's Club Atlético Colón at the beginning of the Clausura 2005, but both were sacked after three losses in the first three matches.
On 13 April 2006, Pizzi became the coach of Club Deportivo Universidad de San Martín de Porres in the Peruvian top level. He returned to his country of birth five years later, working with Rosario Central and San Lorenzo de Almagro and winning the 2013 Inicial with the latter.
On 26 December 2013, Pizzi returned to Valencia after 20 years, being appointed manager. His first game in charge was on 4 January of the following year, a 2–0 derby home win over Levante UD.
Pizzi was sacked on 2 July 2014, after new owner Peter Lim took over. It was the first time in 16 years that Valencia had failed to qualify for Europe, after an eighth-place finish.
On 29 January 2016, after one year at the helm of Club León in the Liga MX, Pizzi replaced Jorge Sampaoli at the Chile national side. He took the nation to victory in the Copa América Centenario in the United States, notably disposing of Mexico 7–0 in the last-eight stage and defeating Argentina on penalties in the decisive match.
Pizzi took the team to the final of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, Chile's first ever final in a FIFA competition and the fifth South American country to do so, losing 0–1 to Germany. However, after failing to qualify for the next year's World Cup – they reached the last matchday in third place, falling to sixth following the 3–0 away loss against Brazil – he resigned.
On 28 November 2017, Pizzi was appointed to manage Saudi Arabia, becoming the third man to hold the position in as many months. The team's run at the 2018 World Cup ended after the first three games (one win and two losses); On 21 January 2019, after round-of-16 elimination at the AFC Asian Cup and not having been approached by the Saudi Arabian Football Federation regarding the renewal of his contract, he resigned.
Pizzi returned to San Lorenzo in June 2019, six years after his first managerial spell. On 31 October, he was dismissed due to poor results.
On 21 January 2021, Pizzi was appointed at Racing Club de Avellaneda. His team lost the Supercopa Argentina 5–0 to River in March and the Copa de la Superliga final to Colón. He was removed by club president Víctor Blanco on 9 August after a 1–0 defeat to city rivals Club Atlético Independiente.
- Scores and results list Spain's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Pizzi goal.
|1||18 January 1995||Riazor, A Coruña, Spain||Uruguay||1–0||2–2||Friendly|
|2||6 September 1995||Los Cármenes, Granada, Spain||Cyprus||3–0||6–0||UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying|
|4||20 September 1995||Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain||Argentina||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|5||13 November 1996||Heliodoro Rodríguez, Tenerife, Spain||Slovakia||1–0||4–1||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6||12 February 1997||Rico Pérez, Alicante, Spain||Malta||4–0||4–0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|7||3 June 1998||El Sardinero, Santander, Spain||Northern Ireland||1–0||4–1||Friendly|
|Colón Santa Fe||5 February 2005||26 February 2005||3||0||0||3||3||8||−5||0.00|
|Universidad San Martín||18 April 2006||27 November 2006||33||13||8||12||36||38||−2||39.39|
|Santiago Morning||1 July 2009||24 June 2010||44||16||9||19||60||75||−15||36.36|
|Universidad Católica||8 July 2010||30 June 2011||56||37||10||9||120||67||+53||66.07|
|Rosario Central||1 July 2011||5 July 2012||44||22||13||9||54||36||+18||50.00|
|San Lorenzo||9 October 2012||26 December 2013||54||23||21||10||75||47||+28||42.59|
|Valencia||26 December 2013||2 July 2014||32||12||11||9||43||32||+11||37.50|
|León||4 December 2014||29 January 2016||51||25||6||20||97||88||+9||49.02|
|Chile||29 January 2016||10 October 2017||32||13||7||12||48||36||+12||40.63|
|Saudi Arabia||28 November 2017||21 January 2019||20||6||4||10||21||30||−9||30.00|
|San Lorenzo||1 July 2019||31 October 2019||13||5||2||6||15||20||−5||38.46|
|Racing Club||21 January 2021||9 August 2021||32||13||11||8||33||30||+3||40.63|
|Al-Wasl||1 July 2022||present||11||7||3||1||22||13||+9||63.64|
- La Liga: 1997–98
- Copa del Rey: 1996–97, 1997–98
- Supercopa de España: 1996
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1996–97
- UEFA Super Cup: 1997
- Taça de Portugal: 2000–01
- Pichichi Trophy: 1995–96
- Argentine Primera División: 2013 Inicial
- La Liga Manager of the Month: February 2014
In Spanish: Juan Antonio Pizzi para niños
- List of Spain international footballers born outside Spain
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