Claudiu Keșerü

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Claudiu Keșerü
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Keșerü (foreground) training for Angers in 2012
Personal information
Full name Claudiu Andrei Keșerü
Date of birth (1986-12-02) 2 December 1986 (age 30)
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 Bihor Oradea 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)
2013–2014 Bastia 16 (1)
2014–2015 Steaua București 34 (20)
2015 Al-Gharafa 9 (9)
2015– Ludogorets Razgrad 49 (34)
National team
2004–2008 Romania U21 21 (6)
2013– Romania 17 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 November 2016

Claudiu Andrei Keșerü (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.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

A youth product of Bihor Oradea, Keșerü played a season in the second division for his hometown club and scored 3 goals in 15 matches.

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 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 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]

Amid interest from clubs like Steaua București and Olympiacos Piraeus, Keșerü decided to remain in France and signed a deal with top-flight side 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 returned to Romania, signing a contract with defending champions Steaua București. With the team, 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.[2] 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.[3][4]

Al-Gharafa[edit]

In February 2015, Keșerü signed with Qatari side Al-Gharafa on a two-and-a-half-year deal.[5]

Ludogorets Razgrad[edit]

Keșerü then signed a three-year contract in August 2015 with Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad, worth a gross annual revenue of 700,000, becoming the highest-paid player ever of The Eagles.[6][7] In his first season he helped the team win the championship, becoming its top goalscorer with 15 goals.[8]

Keșerü scored an equalizer against Red Star Belgrade in the first leg of third qualifying round of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League,[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12]

He was selected in Romania's squad for UEFA Euro 2016,[13] 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.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 18 March 2017[14]
Club statistics
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 0 29 20
Total 34 20 3 1 1 2 2 6 1 0 48 29
Al-Gharafa 2014–15 9 9 1 1 - - - 10 10
Total 9 9 1 1 - - - - - - 10 10
Ludogorets Razgrad 2015–16 26 15 0 0 - - - 26 15
2016–17 22 19 1 2 - 13 4 - 36 25
Total 48 34 1 2 - - 13 4 - - 62 40
Career Total 357 141 11 7 7 4 22 10 1 0 398 162

International[edit]

As of 19 March 2017[15]
National team Year Apps Goals Ratio
Romania
2013 1 1 1.00
2014 2 2 1.00
2015 6 1 0.16
2016 8 1 0.12
Total 17 5 0.29

International goals[edit]

As of 19 March 2017 (Romania score listed first, score column indicates score after each Keșerü goal)[15]
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 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 4  Faroe Islands
1–0
1–0
Euro 2016 qualification
5 3 June 2016 Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania 13  Georgia
5–1
5–1
Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Steaua București
Ludogorets Razgrad

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Claudio Keșerü s'engage pour deux ans" (in French). SC Bastia. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.uefa.com/memberassociations/association=rou/news/newsid=2132505.html
  3. ^ Europa League matchday one facts and figures, uefa.com, Saturday 20 September 2014
  4. ^ Steaua record double-first against AaB, Thursday 18 September 2014, 23.00 CET
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "Лудогорец с нов трансферен удар, подписа с румънски национал" (in Bulgarian). ludogorets.com. 13 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "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. 
  8. ^ "Камбуров стана голмайстор на "А" група за пети път" (in Bulgarian). monitor.bg. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  9. ^ "Ajax held by PAOK, Shakhtar defeat Young Boys". UEFA.com. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "Porto, Monaco, Celtic lead charge to group stage". UEFA.com. Retrieved 24 August 2016. 
  11. ^ "Осем гола и много екшън изпратиха Лудогорец на върха" (in Bulgarian). gong.bg. 28 October 2016. 
  12. ^ "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. 
  13. ^ "Romania Euro 2016 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2017. 
  14. ^ "C. Keșerü". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 
  15. ^ a b "Claudiu Keșerü". European Football. Retrieved 19 March 2017. 

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