Darío Cvitanich

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Darío Cvitanich
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Personal information
Full name Darío Cvitanich
Date of birth (1984-05-16) 16 May 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Baradero, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Nice
Number 12
Youth career
Banfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2008 Banfield 92 (37)
2008–2012 Ajax 30 (13)
2010–2011 Pachuca (loan) 32 (13)
2011–2012 Boca Juniors (loan) 34 (10)
2012– Nice 61 (38)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 August 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Darío Cvitanich (Croatian: Dario Cvitanić; born 16 May 1984 in Baradero, Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an Argentine football striker who plays for OGC Nice in the French Ligue 1.

Career[edit]

Banfield[edit]

Dario started his career in Club Atlético Banfield's youth and made his debut for the clubs first team at the age of 19 on 20 October 2003 in a 3–1 defeat to Olimpo de Bahía Blanca. He scored a hat-trick in a 4–0 win against Newell's Old Boys on 27 April 2007. He played, and scored, for Banfield in the Copa Libertadores 2007.[1] He also served as a loyal member of Banfield during his early youth years in Argentina. Just prior to leaving his childhood side, he excelled his final loyalty by scoring 13 times during Banfields run at the Clausura 2008 tournament.

Ajax[edit]

Cvitanich signed for AFC Ajax, although he did not leave Banfield until the end of the 2008 season. He was labelled the successor to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar[2] and scored his first goal against NAC Breda on 12 December 2008.[3] Following the match against NAC, Cvitanich scored his first brace and his first hat-trick in subsequent weeks against De Graafschap and ADO Den Haag. He scored his first hat-trick of the 2009/10 season against NAC Breda.

Pachuca[edit]

Cvitanich joined Mexican side C.F. Pachuca on loan on 1 January 2010.,[4] until the end of 2010.[5] He helped the Mexican side to win their fourth CONCACAF Champions League title, and returned to Ajax on 3 November 2010, to finish the 2010–11 season back in Amsterdam, helping Ajax to win their 30th Dutch league title.

Boca Juniors[edit]

Cvitanich signed with Boca Juniors in July 2011, on a one year loan deal from Ajax. He scored his first goal for Boca on 28 August 2011, against San Lorenzo de Almagro. Dario scored again in the last games of the tournament against Godoy Cruz, two goals against Banfield and one against All Boys. He won the 2011 Argentine Torneo Apertura with Boca Juniors, as well as help the team to place in the final of the 2012 Copa Libertadores, where they faced Corinthians from Brazil. Dario was also voted Copa Libertadores player of the week, in the 10th week of the tournament in April.

OGC Nice[edit]

On 25 July 2012, Cvitanich joined French Ligue 1 outfit OGC Nice on a three-year contract.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 24 October 2011[6]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentina League Cup South America Total
2002–03 Banfield Primera División 0 0 - - - - 0 0
2003–04 4 0 - - - - 4 0
2004–05 12 3 - - - - 12 3
2005–06 21 5 - - - - 21 5
2006–07 25 10 - - - - 25 10
2007–08 30 19 - - - - 30 19
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2008–09 AFC Ajax Eredivisie 18 9 - - - - 18 9
2009–10 6 4 - - - - 6 4
Mexico League Cup North America Total
2009–10 Pachuca (loan) Primera División 16 5 - - 2 0 18 5
2010–11 16 8 - - 2 2 18 10
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2010–11 AFC Ajax Eredivisie 6 0 1 0 1 0 8 0
Argentina League Cup South America Total
2011–12 Boca Juniors (loan) Primera División 24 9 1 0 7 1 32 10
France Ligue 1 Coupe de France Europe Total
2012–13 Nice Ligue 1 29 19 3 3 0 0 32 22
2013–14 31 8 1 1 2 1 34 10
2014–15 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 2
Total Argentina 115 45 1 0 7 1 122 46
Mexico 32 13 - - 4 2 36 15
Netherlands 30 13 1 0 1 0 32 13
France 62 29 4 4 2 1 68 34
Career total 241 99 6 4 13 4 260 109

International career[edit]

Cvitanich was born in Argentina with distant Croatian heritage. He established himself as a quality footballer in his home country playing for Banfield in the Argentine Primera División. After much consideration he eventually pledged to play for the Croatia national team, stating that "such an opportunity only comes once and you must take it".[7] It became known on 14 January 2009 that he couldn't play for Croatia, because the FIFA rules do not allow nationality to be taken from great grandparents.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Cvitanich obtained a Croatian passport in August 2008.[9] He has dual citizenship, holding both Argentinean and Croatian passports. The surname Cvitanić has his origin on the island of Brač. During the last century, every tenth citizen of the island was one of the family of the Cvitanić´s. Cvitanich is Jewish.[10]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Pachuca
Ajax
Boca Juniors

References[edit]

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