Denis Alibec

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Denis Alibec
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Alibec in 2016
Personal information
Full name Denis Alibec
Date of birth (1991-01-05) 5 January 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Mangalia, Romania
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Steaua București
Number 7
Youth career
2001–2006 Callatis Mangalia
2006 Steaua București
2006–2008 Farul Constanța
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Farul Constanța 18 (2)
2009–2014 Internazionale 2 (0)
2011–2012 Mechelen (loan) 11 (1)
2012–2013 Viitorul Constanța (loan) 23 (5)
2013 Bologna (loan) 1 (0)
2014–2016 Astra Giurgiu 64 (32)
2017– Steaua București 14 (8)
National team
2007–2008 Romania U17 6 (2)
2008–2010 Romania U19 9 (5)
2011–2012 Romania U21 5 (3)
2015– Romania 7 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2017

Denis Alibec (born 5 January 1991) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays for Steaua București and the Romania national team mainly as a striker.

Alibec began his football career in Romania playing for youth clubs Callatis Mangalia, Steaua București and Farul Constanța, making his professional debut with the latter. In 2009, aged 18, he moved to Italy with the academy of Internazionale.[1] After several loans, Alibec returned to Romania to sign with Astra Giurgiu.[2] He became a regular starter and goalscorer,[3] aiding Astra win its first ever national title before rejoining Steaua București in 2017.

Alibec is a full international for Romania since October 2015,[4] and played at the UEFA Euro 2016.[5] He had previously represented the country's under-17, under-19 and under-21 teams.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

At the age of ten, after only playing ball on the beaches of native Mangalia, Alibec chose to focus entirely on football and joined Callatis Mangalia's youth setup.[3] He had a brief spell with Steaua București's juniors, before making his senior debut on 27 September 2008 with Farul Constanța where he scored 2 goals in 18 Liga I matches.[1]

Internazionale[edit]

In July 2009, it was announced that Alibec signed a four-year contract with Italian club Inter Milan, going on to play for its Pimavera team.[6]

On 19 May 2010, Alibec scored a goal in each half to give Inter victory over Bayern Munich in the UEFA Under-18 Challenge match, part of UEFA Grassroots Day.[7] Alibec made his Serie A debut on 21 November 2010, coming on as an 68th-minute substitute for Jonathan Biabiany in a 1–2 defeat against Chievo Verona. He was in rich form in the Campionato Primavera Girone B after scoring 8 goals in 9 appearances.

On 24 August 2011, Alibec was loaned to Belgian Pro League side Mechelen on a one-year deal.[8]

Astra Giurgiu[edit]

In January 2014, top-flight club Astra Giurgiu transferred Alibec for an undisclosed fee, with the player penning a four-and-a-half-year contract with the club.[2]

He established himself as one of the division's best players,[3] ending the 2015–16 campaign with 33 matches and 20 goals all competitions comprised as Astra Giurgiu won its first-ever championship title.[9]

On 18 August 2016, Alibec netted the equalizer in a 1–1 draw against West Ham United in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League play-off round.[10]

Return to Steaua București[edit]

On 5 January 2017, Alibec moved to Steaua București on a five-year deal for a fee of around 2 million.[11]

He scored his first goal for the club from the penalty spot on 5 February in a league game against CFR Cluj.[12]

International career[edit]

Alibec (yellow in foreground) with Romania at Euro 2016.

Alibec played for Romania's under-17, under-19 and under-21 teams.

On 11 October 2015, after being called up on several occasions in the past, Alibec gained his first cap for the full side in the last UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Faroe Islands, replacing Bogdan Stancu in the 90th minute.[4] In June 2016, he was picked by Anghel Iordănescu for his squad at the final tournament in France and appeared as a substitute in Romania's opening game, a 2–1 defeat to the host.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 13 May 2017[13]
Club statistics
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Farul Constanța 2008–09 18 2 0 0 18 2
Total 18 2 0 0 18 2
Internazionale 2010–11 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Total 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Mechelen (loan) 2011–12 11 1 1 0 12 1
Total 11 1 1 0 12 1
Viitorul Constanța (loan) 2012–13 23 5 0 0 23 5
Total 23 5 0 0 23 5
Bologna (loan) 2013–14 1 0 2 0 3 0
Total 1 0 2 0 3 0
Astra Giurgiu 2013–14 9 5 2 0 11 5
2014–15 16 8 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 18 10
2015–16 26 16 2 0 2 2 3 1 33 19
2016–17 13 3 0 0 1 1 7 3 0 0 21 7
Total 64 32 4 0 5 5 10 4 0 0 83 41
Steaua București 2016–17 14 8 1 1 15 9
Total 14 8 1 1 15 9
Career Total 133 48 7 0 6 6 10 4 0 0 156 58

International[edit]

As of 26 March 2017[14]
National team Year Apps Goals Ratio
Romania
2015 1 0 0.00
2016 5 1 0.20
2017 1 0 0.00
Total 7 1 0.14

International goals[edit]

As of 23 August 2016 (Romania score listed first, score column indicates score after each Alibec goal)[14]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 29 May 2016 Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin, Italy 3  Ukraine 2–4 3–4 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Astra Giurgiu

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Citeşte povestea lui Denis Alibec, noul jucător al lui Inter Milano » De la 50 de euro pe lună la milioanele din Ligă" [Read the story of Denis Alibec, the new player of Inter Milano » From a salary of 50 euros a month to the millions of the UEFA Champions League] (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 4 July 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Alibec a fost cumpărat definitiv de Astra de la Inter! A semnat pe 4 sezoane și jumătate cu giurgiuvenii" [Alibec was transferred by Astra from Inter! He signed a 4 1⁄2-year contract with the Giurgiu men] (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Momentul decisiv care l-a transformat pe Denis Alibec din puştiul care bătea mingea pe plaja din Mangalia în vedeta din Liga I" [The crucial moment that transformed Denis Alibec from the kid that played ball on the beach of Mangalia to the Liga I star] (in Romanian). Adevărul. 5 May 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Insulele Feroe-România 0–3" [Faroe Islands-Romania 0–3]. Digi Sport. 11 October 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Romania Euro 2016 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "E oficial! Alibec la Inter! "Sunt bucuros, am semnat pe 4 ani!"" [It's official! Alibec, to Inter! "I'm delighted, I signed for four years!"]. ProSport. 3 July 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Inter take Under-18 honours". UEFA. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "Denis Alibec naar KV Mechelen" [Denis Alibec to KV Mechelen] (in Dutch). KV Mechelen. 24 August 2011. Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Marius Şumudică a scris istorie! Astra Giurgiu este a 24-a campioană a României" [Marius Șumudică made history! Astra is Romania's 24th champion] (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 1 May 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  10. ^ "Alibec a revenit cu gol! Prima reuşită după trei luni şi jumătate: "M-am sufocat după 10 minute"" [Alibec returned with a goal! He netted again after three and a half months: "I suffocated after 10 minutes"] (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  11. ^ "Bine ai venit si La Multi Ani, Denis Alibec!" [Welcome and happy birthday, Denis Alibec!] (in Romanian). FC Steaua București. 5 January 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "Debut de coşmar pentru Alibec. A marcat un gol, după un penalty scos tot de el, dar a fost eliminat stupid" [Nightmarish debut for Alibec. He scored a goal, after gaining the penalty himself, but was sent off stupidly] (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 5 February 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "D. Alibec". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "Denis Alibec". European Football. Retrieved 26 March 2017. 
  15. ^ "Fotbalistul lunii – Decembrie 2015" [Player of the Month – December 2015] (in Romanian). Digi Sport. December 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  16. ^ "Fotbalistul lunii – Aprilie 2016" [Player of the Month – April 2016] (in Romanian). Digi Sport. April 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  17. ^ "SUPERLATIVELE GSP 2016 Denis Alibec a fost ales fotbalistul anului: "Ce a câștigat Stanciu cu Steaua ca să mă depășească?"" [GSP SUPERLATIVES 2016 Denis Alibec was chosen footballer of the year: "What did Stanciu won with Steaua to surpass me?"] (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 22 December 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016. 

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