Claudiu Keșerü

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Claudiu Keșerü
Claudiu Keserü -Angers (cropped).JPG
Keșerü training for Angers in 2012
Personal information
Full name Claudiu Andrei Keșerü
Date of birth (1986-12-02) 2 December 1986 (age 31)
Place of birth Oradea, Romania
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Ludogorets Razgrad
Number 28
Youth career
2002–2003 Bihor Oradea
2003–2004 Nantes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 FC Oradea 15 (3)
2003–2004 Nantes B 11 (8)
2004–2010 Nantes 81 (11)
2008–2009Libourne (loan) 17 (11)
2009–2010Tours (loan) 12 (7)
2010Angers (loan) 14 (4)
2010–2013 Angers 100 (33)
2013–2014 Bastia 16 (1)
2014–2015 Steaua București 34 (20)
2015 Al-Gharafa 10 (10)
2015– Ludogorets Razgrad 97 (71)
National team
2004–2008 Romania U21 21 (6)
2013– Romania 29 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 October 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2018

Claudiu Andrei Keșerü (Romanian pronunciation: [klaˈudju anˈdrej keˈʃeru]; born 2 December 1986) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays mainly as a striker for Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad and the Romania national team.

He started his senior career with hometown club FC Oradea, but soon after moved to France in 2003. Over the course of nearly eleven years, Keșerü represented five teams, most notably Nantes and Angers, and amassed Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 totals of 240 appearances and 67 goals. He returned to his native country in January 2014, signing a contract with defending champions FC Steaua București. He also had a brief spell with Al-Gharafa in Qatar, before moving to Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad in the summer of 2015. Keșerü is currently the foreign player with the most goals in the Bulgarian First League, having netted 71 times,[1] and also the only foreign player to become top scorer on more than one occasion.

Keșerü made his first senior international appearance for Romania in October 2013. He has since earned over 20 caps and was included in the squad that participated at the UEFA Euro 2016.

Club career[edit]

Bihor Oradea[edit]

A youth product of Bihor Oradea, Keșerü played a season in the second division for his hometown club and scored 2 goals in 13 matches, as "the Red and Blues" earned promotion to the Liga I. His first match in the latter competition was on 23 August 2003, a goalless draw with Petrolul Ploiești.

Nantes[edit]

In 2003, he was brought to France by Nantes. Initially included in the second team, he was promoted after a season and made his Ligue 1 debut. He played for Nantes for four years, scoring 11 goals in 81 matches. He was relegated with the club to Ligue 2 in 2007 and promoted a year later.

In 2008, Keșerü was loaned by Nantes to the Ligue 2 side Libourne. Mainly a substitute, he scored 11 goals in 17 matches. The following season, he was loaned to another second division side, Tours, where he netted 7 times in 12 matches.

Angers[edit]

In 2010, Keșerü was loaned by Nantes to Angers. 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 with Angers, imposing himself as a regular starter.

Bastia[edit]

Despite interest from Steaua București and Olympiacos Piraeus, Keșerü remained in France, where he signed with Bastia.[2] 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 joined defending Romanian champions Steaua București, with whom 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 Aktobe in UEFA Champions League's third qualifying round.

Keșerü broke the club record for goals in a single game, scoring all six goals in a 6–0 win against Pandurii Târgu Jiu on 15 August 2014. The record was previously held by his coach, Constantin Gâlcă, who scored five times in a 5–0 victory over 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 success against Oțelul Galați.[3] On 18 September 2014, in the first matchday of the Europa League group stage, a 6–0 win over Aalborg, Keșerü netted a hat-trick in just 12 minutes, between the 61st and 72nd minutes, resulting in the fastest hat-trick in the competition's history.[4][5]

Al-Gharafa[edit]

In February 2015, Keșerü signed with Qatari side Al-Gharafa on a two-and-a-half-year deal.[6]

Ludogorets Razgrad[edit]

Keșerü then signed a three-year contract in August 2015 with Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad worth 700,000 per annum, becoming the highest-paid player ever for The Eagles.[7][8] In his first season, the team won the championship, and Keșerü became its top striker with 15 goals.[9]

Keșerü scored an equalizer against Red Star Belgrade in the first leg of third qualifying round of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League,[10] and then another equalizer in the second leg away match against Viktoria Plzeň in the play-off, helping his team to qualify for the group stage.[11] He scored his maiden goal in the Champions League groups to give a 2–0 lead in the home match against English club Arsenal, but Ludogorets eventually lost by 2–3. On 28 October 2016, Keșerü scored his first hat-trick for Ludogorets in a league match against Dunav Ruse,[12] a feat that he repeated later in the season against Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa. Eventually, with 22 goals, Keșerü became top goalscorer of the 2016–17 Bulgarian championship and won back-to-back titles with Ludogorets.

Keșerü went on to score 2 goals in the second leg home match against FK Žalgiris in the second qualifying round of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League which Ludogorets won 5-3 on aggregate. Keșerü won the Bulgarian championship for a third time in the 2017–18 season, also becoming top goalscorer of the league with 26 goals. He also scored the winning goal in the 2018 Bulgarian Supercup final. On 7 October 2018, he contributed 3 goals in the 4:1 away win over Botev Vratsa, thus becoming the foreigner with the most hat-tricks in the A PFG, having managed the feat on 5 occasions.[13]

International career[edit]

On 11 October 2013, Keșerü made his full debut for Romania in a 4–0 win against Andorra, scoring the first goal of the match.[14]

He was selected in Romania's squad for UEFA Euro 2016,[15] playing the full 90 minutes in the second group match against Switzerland. This was Keșerü's only appearance of the tournament, as his country finished bottom of the group.

Personal life[edit]

Keșerü is of partial Hungarian descent. His paternal grandparents attempted to teach him the Hungarian language, but he can only remember several words.[16]

Keșerü has been married since 2012.[17] On 22 December 2016, his spouse Laura Dorina gave birth to a son.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 7 October 2018[18]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
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 ? ? 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 3
Nantes B 2003–04 11 8 ? ? 11 8
Total 11 8 ? ? 0 0 0 0 0 0 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 0 0 0 0 82 11
Libourne 2007–08 17 11 0 0 0 0 17 11
Total 17 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 11
Tours 2008–09 12 7 0 0 0 0 12 7
Total 12 7 0 0 0 0 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 0 0 0 0 124 42
Bastia 2013–14 16 1 0 0 2 0 18 1
Total 16 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 18 1
Steaua București 2013–14 17 8 2 1 19 9
2014–15 17 12 1 0 1 2 9 6 1 0 29 20
Total 34 20 3 1 1 2 9 6 1 0 48 29
Al-Gharafa 2014–15 9 9 1 1 10 10
Total 9 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 10
Ludogorets Razgrad 2015–16 26 15 1 0 27 15
2016–17 30 22 4 6 13 4 47 32
2017–18 30 26 2 2 11 2 1 0 44 30
2018–19 11 8 0 0 8 3 1 1 20 12
Total 97 71 7 8 0 0 32 9 2 1 137 89
Career Total 406 178 17 13 8 4 41 15 3 1 475 211

International[edit]

As of 14 October 2018[19]
National team Year Apps Goals Ratio
Romania
2013 1 1 1.00
2014 2 2 1.00
2015 8 1 0.12
2016 8 1 0.12
2017 4 1 0.25
2018 6 0 0.00
Total 29 6 0.21

International goals[edit]

As of 5 October 2017 (Romania score listed first, score column indicates score after each Keșerü goal)[19]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 October 2013 Estadi Comunal, Andorra la Vella, Andorra 1  Andorra
1–0
4–0
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 18 November 2014 Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania 3  Denmark
1–0
2–0
Friendly
3
2–0
4 29 March 2015 Ilie Oană, Ploiești, Romania 6  Faroe Islands
1–0
1–0
UEFA Euro 2016 qualification
5 3 June 2016 Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania 15  Georgia
5–1
5–1
Friendly
6 5 October 2017 Ilie Oană, Ploiești, Romania 21  Kazakhstan
3–1
3–1
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Steaua București

Ludogorets Razgrad

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Кешерю на гол от историческо постижение (ВИДЕО)" (in Bulgarian). blitz.bg. 27 April 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Claudio Keșerü s'engage pour deux ans" (in French). SC Bastia. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  3. ^ http://www.uefa.com/memberassociations/association=rou/news/newsid=2132505.html
  4. ^ Europa League matchday one facts and figures, uefa.com, Saturday 20 September 2014
  5. ^ Steaua record double-first against AaB, Thursday 18 September 2014, 23.00 CET
  6. ^ Andrei Crăițoiu (18 February 2015). "După două runde de negocieri, Keșerü a semnat în Qatar » Contract pe doi ani și jumătate cu Al Gharafa" (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor.
  7. ^ "Лудогорец с нов трансферен удар, подписа с румънски национал" (in Bulgarian). ludogorets.com. 13 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Claudiu Keșerü a semnat contractul cu Ludogorets. Va fi jucătorul bulgarilor pentru următorii 3 ani" [Claudiu Keșerü signed the contract with Ludogorets. He will be the Bulgarians' player for the next three years] (in Romanian). Sport Total FM. 13 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Камбуров стана голмайстор на "А" група за пети път" (in Bulgarian). monitor.bg. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Ajax held by PAOK, Shakhtar defeat Young Boys". UEFA.com. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Porto, Monaco, Celtic lead charge to group stage". UEFA.com. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Осем гола и много екшън изпратиха Лудогорец на върха" (in Bulgarian). gong.bg. 28 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Кешеру записа името си в историята на българския футбол" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. 9 October 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Andorra - România 0-4 » Tricolorii au înscris de patru ori, dar s-au întrecut şi în ratări" [Andorra - Romania 0–4 » The Tricolours netted four times, but also missed a lot of chances] (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Romania Euro 2016 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  16. ^ "Tricolori de valoare, cu rădăcini maghiare" [Valuable "tricolours", with Hungarian roots]. Click! (in Romanian). 9 October 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  17. ^ "Totul despre stelistul Keşeru! Povestea BOMBARDIERULUI" [Everything about Steaua player Keșerü! The story of the BOMBER] (in Romanian). Fanatik.ro. 14 September 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  18. ^ Claudiu Keșerü at Soccerway. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  19. ^ a b "Claudiu Keșerü". European Football. Retrieved 5 October 2017.

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