Bremen - Veteran striker Claudio Pizarro is embarking on a third stint at SV Werder Bremen after putting pen to paper on a one-year deal with the club on Monday.

The Bundesliga’s all-time leading foreign goalscorer, previously a free agent after his contract with FC Bayern München ran out, featured for die Grün-Weißen between 1999-2001 and 2009-2012.

'An appealing challenge'

The 36-year-old, who boasts 176 goals and 68 assists in his 383 top-flight appearances, will wear his famous No14 shirt and couldn’t contain his delight regarding his return to Bremen. “I’m so happy to be here again,” said Pizarro. “It’s an appealing challenge to strive for success with this team. I hope to be able to make best use of my experience for the good of the team. I profited from a similar situation as a youngster when Bremen signed Julio Cesar in my first year.”

Having already brought in Anthony Ujah and Aron Johannsson to fill the void left by the departures of Franco Di Santo and Davie Selke, head coach Viktor Skripnik was pleased to be add the services of a striker with whom he played during their time at Bremen between 1999 and 2001. “We don’t need to waste any words on his qualities,” claimed the 45-year-old. “He’ll bring a lot to the team on a human level. Now it’s about giving him as many opportunities as possible to get to know the rest of the team out on the pitch.”

"Welcome back, Pizzarinha!"