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Paolo Guerrero : biography

1 January 1984 -

José Paolo Guerrero Gonzales (born 1 January 1984) is a Peruvian footballer, who plays for Sport Club Corinthians Paulista and the Peruvian national team. Guerrero is known to be a skillful supporting forward who displays good hold up play and passing abilities.

Personal life

Guerrero suffers from aviatophobia. Media reports claim his fear of flying is due to the tragic death of his uncle José González Ganoza who died in the 1987 Alianza Lima air disaster. His uncle was also a footballer and had represented Alianza Lima and the Peru national team.

Guerrero also has an older brother, Julio Rivera Gonzalez, who was also a footballer for the Peru national team. Rivera was also formed in the Alianza Lima youth system.

Club career

Guerrero was born in Lima. He started playing football in the lower categories of Peruvian club Alianza Lima. In 2003, Guerrero signed a contract with Bavarian giants Bayern Munich. During 2003–04, Guerrero played in the Regionalliga Süd. He played 23 games and scored 21 goals. During the 2004–05 season, he joined fellow countryman, Claudio Pizarro, on the Bayern first team. In June 2006, it was announced that Guerrero had transferred to Hamburger SV, and signed a contract with the club through 2010. He scored the winner against his former club Bayern Munich, which he did not celebrate because of his past with the club and the endearment he still felt for it. The result meant that Bayern had no chance of playing in the Champions League in the 2007–08 season.

Hamburger SV

Guerrero joined Hamburg in 2006 from Bayern Munich. His first season was marred by an injury, which took away half his season, and his low productivity, being a sub most of the season. Near the end he did score three goals, making his season total five goals in 20 games. One of these goals was against former club Bayern Munich in a 1–2 victory which left Bayern with no possibilities of making it to the Champions League. In the 2007–08 season, his second at Hamburg, Guerrero played 29 of 34 games in the Bundesliga, scoring nine goals and getting four assists, as well as becoming an undisputed starter and a vital part of Hamburg. He was the third top scorer, behind Rafael van der Vaart (12 goals) and Ivica Olić (14 goals). In the UEFA Cup and Qualification he played nine games, scoring five goals and getting three assists. His first hat-trick in his professional career was against Karlsruher SC, in the last game of the Bundesliga, scoring the second, third, and fourth goals in a 7–0 victory. This victory secured them fourth place and a UEFA Cup spot for next season. By the beginning of the 2008–09 season, Guerrero had become first choice striker for Hamburger SV. Coach Martin Jol even went as far as saying that Guerrero better not catch even a cold during the season. Guerrero was fined a club record (somewhere in the region of €50,000–100,000) in April 2010 for an incident at the end of a league game with Hannover 96, where after apparently having been abused by a Hamburg fan, Guerrero threw his drinks bottle into the crowd, striking said fan in the face. The German Football Association suspended Guerrero for five league games and fined him a further €20,000.

Corinthians

Guerrero joined Corinthians (football club) in 2012 from Hamburger SV. He scored both of Corinthians' goals in the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup, once in the semi-finals against Al Ahly SC and the winning goal in the final against Chelsea. In May 2013, Guerrero became the first Peruvian footballer to ever be on the cover of Placar magazine, Brazil's biggest football magazine. The cover featured Guerrero as a warrior ("guerrero" is similar to the Portuguese word "guerreiro", which means "warrior") fresh out of battle, with blood on his legs, and carrying a Corinthians flag.

Career statistics

Club

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All-Time Club Performance
Club Season Domestic League Domestic Cup European Competition State League All Competitions
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Bayern Munich II 2002–03 18 8 - - - - - - 18 8
2003–04 24 21 1 - - - - - 25 21
2004–05 11 7 3 4 - - - - 14 11
2005–06 13 9 1 0 - - - - 13 9
Total 66 45 4 4 - - - - 70 49
Bayern Munich 2004–05 13 6 1 - 6 1 - - 20 7
2005–06 14 4 3 1 7 1 - - 24 6
Total 27 10 4 1 13 2 - - 44 13
Hamburg 2006–07 20 5 - - 5 0 - - 25 5
2007–08 29 9 3 0 9 5 - - 41 14
2008–09 31 9 5 1 12 4 - - 48 14
2009–10 6 4 1 0 6 3 - - 13 7
2010–11 25 4 2 1 - - - - 27 5
2011–12 25 6 0 0 - - - - 23 6
Total 134 37 11 2 32 12 - - 177 51
Club Season League Cup Continental State League All Competitions
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Corinthians 2012 15 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 17* 8*
2013 4 0 0 0 8 5 17 8 28 12
Total 19 6 0 0 8 5 17 8 46 21
Career total 246 98 19 7 51 17 17 8 337 134
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