Like Eggestein, it was in the Weser-Stadion that a young Pizarro, aged just 20 in 1999, scored his first goal on the road to becoming Werder’s all-time record Bundesliga goalscorer. Last Friday, 19 years after that strike, ‘Piza’ was the enabler, setting up attacking starlet Johannes Eggestein’s first goal for the club. “I was extremely pleased for Johannes,” said the Peruvian. “He’s a player who can be very important for us, which is clear from the goal he scored. Hopefully that’s the start of many more to come.”
Although almost 20 years separate the slightly wildcard duo, Eggestein and Pizarro get on very well. Pizarro explains that the run Eggestein made to score had been practiced “multiple times” in training: “He made a very good diagonal run. It’s nice that it worked out in such an important game.”
For the Peruvian, this mixture of young, hungry talent and numerous experienced Bundesliga veterans is what is making Werder so formidable at the moment. “We’ve got a good mixture, which is working out really well,” says the 40-year-old.