Ștefan Radu

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Ștefan Radu
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Radu playing for Lazio in 2015
Personal information
Full name Ștefan Daniel Radu
Date of birth (1986-10-22) 22 October 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Lazio
Number 26
Youth career
1999–2004 Dinamo București
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Dinamo București 61 (2)
2008– Lazio 204 (4)
National team
2006–2008 Romania U21 13 (1)
2006–2013 Romania 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 December 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 March 2013

Ștefan Daniel Radu (born 22 October 1986) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Italian club S.S. Lazio.

Club career[edit]

Dinamo Bucharest[edit]

Radu began his career with major Romanian club side Dinamo București. He played four seasons of first team football with Dinamo, gaining a reputation as one of his country's brightest talents and often considered as "The new Chivu" by Romanian media. However, he only became a key first team-player in the 2006–07 season, when the transfer period left a gap in Dinamo's central defense, a gap which Radu successfully covered, turning over the course of the season from a promising young player into one of the best central defenders in the league, helping Dinamo to win its 18th championship and gaining the attention of several western clubs.

Lazio[edit]

In January 2008, Italian Serie A side Lazio signed Radu on a €1 million loan deal until the end of the 2007–08 season. He made his Lazio debut in a Coppa Italia match against Fiorentina shortly after joining the squad. He has since been a revelation for Delio Rossi's team, as the young starlet has added extra quality to the backline and started all matches he featured in. At the end of his loan spell, Radu signed with Lazio permanently in June for a €3.5 million transfer fee.[1]

On 17 June 2011, Radu signed a five-year contract extension. He has become one of the most important players for Lazio, a team which he captained during the 2011–12 season. His role at Lazio is usually that of centre back, though he has been used as a left back during the last two seasons under manager Edoardo Reja.[2]

International career[edit]

Radu made his debut for the Romania national team in 2006, following the country's failure to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Over the course of UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, Radu gained international experience and was selected in the squad for the final tournament in Switzerland and Austria. At Euro 2008, however, Radu remained a substitute and did not see any game time.

On 25 March 2008 he was decorated by President of Romania Traian Băsescu for Romania's successful Euro 2008 qualifying campaign with the Medalia "Meritul Sportiv" — (The Medal "The Sportive Merit") class III.

Career statistics[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 18 December 2016

Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dinamo București 2004–05 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2005–06 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2006–07 32 1 2 0 12 1 0 0 46 2
2007–08 19 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 24 0
Total 61 1 2 0 16 1 1 0 80 2
Lazio 2007–08 11 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2008–09 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
2009–10 28 0 2 0 6 0 0 0 36 0
2010–11 26 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 27 0
2011–12 21 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 26 0
2012–13 23 1 4 1 9 1 0 0 36 3
2013–14 25 1 1 0 5 0 1 0 32 1
2014–15 24 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 29 1
2015–16 13 0 2 0 9 0 1 0 25 0
2016–17 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 2
Total 204 4 17 2 34 1 2 0 257 7
Career total 265 5 19 2 50 2 3 0 337 9

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Dinamo București
Lazio

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bilancio separato e consolidato S.S.Lazio SpA" (PDF). SS Lazio (in Italian). 23 October 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "COMUNICATO" [Communication]. SS Lazio (in Italian). 17 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 

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