News broke earlier today that Paraguayan right-back Ivan Piris will be moving from São Paulo to Sevilla, at least according to his agent Pedro Aldave. Here with give you the round-up on the former Cerro Porteño right back.
D.o.B: 10 March 1989
Height: 1.74 metres
Position: Right back
Weight: 75 kilos
Club: Sevilla (Spain)
Previous Clubs: Cerro Porteño, São Paulo (Brazil)
Intl Appearances: 6
A product of Cerro Porteño’s excellent youth system Ivan Piris made his debut aged 18 back in 2008 and was an instant hit winning local broadcaster Teledeportes’ award for Revelation of the Year. He was also part of the extremely talented Paraguay U-20s side that reached the World Cup in Egypt in 2009 playing every game of that tournament.
With tactical awareness and physicality aguably more important in defensive roles than attacking it maybe wasn’t a surprise that Piris didn’t really excel at club level until he had reached 21 years of age. With Cerro Porteño reaching the 2011 Copa Libertadores he was a a key figure in the side that reached the semi finals offering attacking options including one spectacular goal against Colo Colo but also lauded for his defensive performances particularly against Santos and Neymar (although the Brazilian would get his revenge).
The Copa Libertadores run coupled with solid performances in the league caught the eye of Santos’ bigger neighbours São Paulo FC who brought the defender to Brazil in the second half of 2011 to play the national championship. He also got the attention of then Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino who brought him into his Copa América squad and fielded the full back in several games including the final against Uruguay. He played one World Cup Qualifier under Chiqui Arce but wasn’t a favourite of the new coach although he will be hoping that the new appointment, almost certainly Gerardo Pelusso, coupled with his move to Europe will see him regain that spot.
The move to Sevilla may come as something of a surprise to Brazilian football fans as at best Piris has had a mixed career with SPFC, he started well especially showing attacking initiative but more recently he has had some poor games defensively and there are those critics who say he was only signed on the basis of his performances vs Neymar. However, this blog has always been a big fan of Iván Piris and thinks he can flourish in La Liga given enough time to adapt.
By Ralph Hannah