Claudiu Keșerü

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Claudiu Keșerü
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Personal information
Full name Claudiu Andrei Keșerü
Date of birth (1986-12-02) 2 December 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Oradea, Romania
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Al-Gharafa
Number 28
Youth career
2002–2003 Bihor
2003–2004 Nantes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 FC Bihor 15 (3)
2003–2004 Nantes B 11 (8)
2004–2010 Nantes 81 (11)
2008–2009 Libourne (loan) 17 (11)
2009–2010 Tours (loan) 12 (7)
2010 Angers (loan) 14 (4)
2010–2013 Angers 100 (33)
2013 Bastia 16 (1)
2014–2015 Steaua București 34 (20)
2015– Al-Gharafa 9 (9)
National team
2004–2008 Romania U-21 21 (6)
2013– Romania 4 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 May 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 March 2015

Claudiu Andrei Keșerü (born 2 December 1986 in Oradea) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays as a forward for the Qatari League club Al-Gharafa and former captain of the Romanian national under-21 team. His preferred foot is his left.

Club career[edit]

A product of the FC Bihor Oradea Academy, Claudiu Keșerü played a season for his hometown club in 15 matches and scored 3 goals in the second Romanian division, Liga II.

Nantes[edit]

In 2003, he was bought in France by Nantes. Initially included in the second team, he was promoted to the first team after a season and debuted in Ligue 1, the top French football division. He played for Nantes four years, and scored 11 goals in 81 matches. He relegated with the club in Ligue 2 in 2007 and promoted back a year later.

Various loans[edit]

In 2008, Keșerü was loaned by Nantes to the Ligue 2 side FC Libourne Saint Seurin. For Libourne, he scored 11 goals in 17 matches, but was used more as a substitute. After a season, he was taken back, and then loaned to another Ligue 2 side Tours FC where he scored 7 goals in 12 matches.

Angers[edit]

In 2010, Keșerü was loaned by Nantes to the Ligue 2 club, Angers SCO. In his first season spent there, he scored 4 goals in 14 matches, and was bought from Nantes after the end of loan period. He spent three years to Angers, being used as regular. Keșerü scored 33 goals in 100 matches for Angers.

Bastia[edit]

Wanted by clubs like Steaua București and Olympiacos Piraeus, Keșerü decided to remain in France and signed a deal with Ligue 1 side, SC Bastia.[1] On 31 August 2013, he scored his first goal for Bastia in a 2-1 win over Toulouse. He played 16 matches in Ligue 1, but failed to impress and left the club in the winter of 2014.

Steaua București[edit]

In January 2014, Keșerü signed a contract with Romanian champions Steaua București. With the club, he won the league title and played the final of the Romanian Cup. His first goal in a European competition came in the 2-2 draw against FC Aktobe in UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.

Keșerü broke the club record for goals in a single game, scoring all six goals in a 6-0 win over Pandurii on 15 August 2014. The record was previously held by his coach, Constantin Gâlcă, who scored five times in a 5-0 win against FC Brașov in 1994. It was the first time that a player scored six goals in a Liga I game since 9 June 1993, when Marian Popa of Farul Constanța accomplished the feat in a 6-3 win over Oțelul Galați.[2] In a 6-0 win over Aalborg BK in 2014–15 UEFA Europa League group round first matchday, on 18 September 2014, Keserü scored a hat-trick in just 12 minutes, between the 61st and 72nd minutes, resulting in the fastest hat-trick in UEFA Europa League history.[3][4]

International career[edit]

On 11 October 2013, Keșerü made his debut for Romania in a 4-0 win against Andorra, scoring the first goal.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Romania's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1. 11 October 2013 Estadi Comunal, Andorra la Vella, Andorra  Andorra
1–0
4–0
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2. 18 November 2014 Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania  Denmark
1–0
2–0
Friendly
3.
2–0
4. 29 March 2015 Ilie Oană Stadium, Ploiești, Romania  Faroe Islands
1–0
1–0
UEFA Euro 2016 qualification

Statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bihor Oradea 2002–03 15 3 ? ? - - - 15 3
Total 15 3 ? ? - - - - - - 15 3
Nantes B 2003–04 11 8 ? ? - - - 11 8
Total 11 8 ? ? - - - - - - 11 8
Nantes 2004–05 15 3 0 0 0 0 - - 15 3
2005–06 14 3 0 0 0 0 - - 14 3
2006–07 22 4 0 0 0 0 - - 22 4
2007–08 11 0 0 0 0 0 - - 11 0
2008–09 9 1 0 0 1 0 - - 10 1
2009–10 10 0 0 0 0 0 - - 10 0
Total 81 11 0 0 1 0 - - - - 82 11
Libourne 2007–08 17 11 0 0 0 0 - - 17 11
Total 17 11 0 0 0 0 - - - - 17 11
Tours 2008–09 12 7 0 0 0 0 - - 12 7
Total 12 7 0 0 0 0 - - - - 12 7
Angers 2009–10 14 4 0 0 0 0 - - 14 4
2010–11 35 10 4 1 1 1 - - 40 12
2011–12 33 6 2 2 1 0 - - 36 8
2012–13 32 17 0 0 2 1 - - 34 18
Total 114 37 6 3 4 2 - - - - 124 42
Bastia 2013–14 16 1 0 0 2 0 - - 18 1
Total 16 1 0 0 2 0 - - - - 18 1
Steaua București 2013–14 17 8 2 1 - - - 19 9
2014–15 17 12 1 0 1 2 9 6 1 1 29 19
Total 34 20 3 1 1 2 9 5 1 0 48 28
Al-Gharafa 2014–15 9 9 1 1 - - - 10 10
Total 9 9 1 1 - - - - - - 10 10
Career Total 309 107 10 5 8 4 9 5 1 0 340 120

Statistics accurate as of match played 30 May 2015

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Steaua București

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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