Vlad Chiricheș

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Vlad Chiricheș
Vlad Chiricheș (5 Jun 2012).jpg
Chiricheș lining up for Romania in 2012
Personal information
Full name Vlad Iulian Chiricheș[1]
Date of birth (1989-11-14) 14 November 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth Bacău, Romania
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Tottenham Hotspur
Number 6
Youth career
LPS Bacău
2004–2007 Ardealul Cluj
2007–2008 Benfica
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Internațional 41 (1)
2010–2012 Pandurii Târgu Jiu 39 (0)
2012–2013 Steaua București 42 (1)
2013– Tottenham Hotspur 27 (1)
National team
2009–2010 Romania U21 3 (0)
2011– Romania 31 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 May 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

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

Vlad Iulian Chiricheș (Romanian pronunciation: [vlad ˈkirikeʃ]; born 14 November 1989) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for English Premier League club Spurs and the Romanian national team where he captains.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Chiricheș began his career at LPS Bacău as a midfielder, even as a striker a few years later when he moved to Ardealul Cluj playing alongside Mihai Răduț and Alexandru Maxim.[3] He then moved to Portuguese side Benfica in 2007.[4][5][6]

Internațional and Pandurii[edit]

Upon his return to Romania after 12 months spent in Portugal, Chiricheș joined lower league club Internațional Curtea de Argeș and helped them earn promotion to the top flight Liga I in 2009.[7] In 2010, shortly after Internațional was dissolved, he moved alongside many of his teammates to Pandurii Târgu Jiu.[8] Chiricheș was close to signing with Steaua București instead of Pandurii, but Victor Pițurcă, Steaua's coach at the time, did not agree with the transfer.[9]

Steaua Bucharest[edit]

After one season, Chiricheș sealed another transfer, this time to Steaua București for a reported sum of €700,000 and 25% left to Pandurii in case of a future transfer.[10] On 6 August 2013, Steaua paid another €500,000 for the 25% left of the co-ownership, making the total transfer sum to €1.2 million.[11] On 25 October 2012, he scored an overhead volley from near the penalty spot in a 2–0 win against Molde in the Europa League, which put Steaua in control of Group E.[12] Chiricheș scored from long range against Ajax on 21 February 2013, canceling out a two-goal first-leg deficit as Steaua triumphed in the penalty shoot-out to set up a Round of 16 meeting with 2012 Champions League winners, Chelsea.[13][14] He scored again, an equalising goal to make it 1–1 with a fine close-range finish on the stroke of half-time in the 3–1 second leg loss against The Blues at Stamford Bridge after Steaua won the first leg 1–0.[15]

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

Steaua agreed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur for the transfer of Chiricheș on 24 August 2013, for a club-record fee of 9.5 million.[16][17] The transfer was completed on 30 August. On 24 September, Chiricheș made his debut for Tottenham Hotspur in a 4–0 victory over Aston Villa in the League Cup.[18] His debut for Tottenham in the Premier League was also an away game against Aston Villa on 20 October, a 2–0 win in which he was voted Man of the Match by Spurs fans.[19] Against Fulham on 4 December, he scored his first goal for Tottenham, an equaliser from outside the penalty box in a 2–1 victory.[20]

At the end of the January 2015 transfer window A.S. Roma offered €500,000 to take Chiricheș on a six-month loan, which was deemed too low by Spurs and rejected.[21] On 9 May, he was sent off for two bookings as Tottenham lost 0–3 to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.[22]

International career[edit]

Chiricheș in action for Romania against Austria in 2012

Chiriches made his debut for the senior team in an UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Luxembourg on 2 September 2011.[23] On 14 August 2013, Chiricheș became the captain of Romania, in the friendly draw 1–1 over Slovakia. His competitive debut as captain was on 6 September, a 3–0 victory against Hungary, in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying game.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 12 April 2015[24]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Internațional 2008–09 26 1 1 0 - - - 27 1
2009–10 15 0 1 0 - - - 16 0
Total 41 1 2 0 - - - - - - 43 1
Pandurii Târgu Jiu 2010–11 24 0 0 0 - - - 24 0
2011–12 15 0 2 0 - - - 17 0
Total 39 0 2 0 - - - - - - 41 0
Steaua București 2011–12 14 0 2 0 - 2 0 - 18 0
2012–13 26 1 0 0 - 13 3 - 39 4
2013–14 2 0 - - 3 0 1 0 6 0
Total 42 1 2 0 - - 18 3 1 0 63 4
Tottenham Hotspur 2013–14 17 1 1 0 3 0 3 0 - 24 1
2014–15 8 0 3 1 1 0 5 0 - 17 1
Total 25 1 4 1 4 0 8 0 - - 41 2
Career totals 147 3 10 1 4 0 26 3 1 0 188 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 4 February 2014. p. 36. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Premier League Player Profile Vlad Chiriches". Premier League. Barclays Premier League. 2015. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Chiricheş, Maxim, Răduţ. Ce mai scoate Şcoala Ardealul" (in Romanian). Prosport. 1 October 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Sky Sports Scout – Vlad Chiriches". Sky Sports. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Un fost jucător de la Benfica a dezvăluit de ce n-a fost păstrat Vlad Chiricheş" (in Romanian). Prosport. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "I-a dus pe Chiricheş la Benfica şi pe Răduţ la Sporting! Omul care l-a descoperit pe Grozav pe când era minor aduce un nou nume în prim plan: "E foarte talentat"" (in Romanian). Prosport. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Nou promovata lui Ştefan Stoica a pornit la drum în Liga 1: FC Internaţional a început pregătirile". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 22 June 2009. 
  8. ^ "Ionuţ Badea a ales 15 jucători de la Inter pentru lotul Pandurilor". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 21 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "Povestea celui mai scump transfer din liga 1". Gazeta Sporturilor. 25 August 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Chiricheş a semnat cu Steaua, dar vine la iarnă". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 3 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Steaua pays 1.2 million euros for Chiriches". Gazeta Sporturilor. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Chiricheş stunner helps Steaua sink Molde". UEFA.com. UEFA. 25 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "Latovlevici shines as Steaua beat Ajax on penalties". UEFA. 21 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Blues edge through, Ajax outed on penalties". FIFA.com. FIFA. 21 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "Torres on target as Chelsea sneak past Steaua". UEFA. 14 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "Tottenham agree price for Chiriches". FIFA.com. FIFA. 25 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Spurs announce Vlad Chiriches signing". ESPN FC. ESPN. 30 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Chiriches transfer agreed". TottenhamHotspur.com. Tottenham Hotspur FC. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  19. ^ "Chiriches voted Man of the Match". @SpursOfficial. Twitter. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  20. ^ Cryer, Andy. "Fulham 1–2 Tottenham Hotspur". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 5 December 2013. 
  21. ^ "TOTTENHAM REJECT ROMA LOAN OFFER FOR CHIRICHES (AND HANDS HIM BONUS)". tribalfootball.com. Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  22. ^ Johnston, Neil (9 May 2015). "Stoke 3-0 Tottenham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  23. ^ "Torje double keeps Romania in touch". UEFA.com. 2 September 2011. 
  24. ^ "Vlad Chiriches". TottenhamHotspur.com. Tottenham Hotspur FC. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Răzvan Raț
Romania captain
2013–
Succeeded by
Incumbent