Gabriel Cânu

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Gabriel Cânu
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-01-18) 18 January 1981 (age 36)
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Poli Timișoara
Number 23
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2004 Național București 23 (0)
2000–2001 Cimentul Fieni (loan) 31 (1)
2001–2002 FC Baia Mare (loan) 26 (1)
2005–2008 Politehnica Timișoara 73 (6)
2008–2013 Vaslui 49 (6)
2013–2014 Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț 26 (2)
2014– Poli Timișoara 55 (4)
National team
2008 Romania B 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 May 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2008

Gabriel Cânu (born 18 January 1981) is a Romanian footballer who plays for Poli Timișoara. He is best known for his impressive height, powerful header and aerial game effective both defensively and in attack. He is also regarded for his leadership qualities, becoming captain for Timișoara, Vaslui and Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț.

Career[edit]

Born in Bucharest, Cânu came through the youth ranks of local Național București, going on to finish his sporting formation with the Divizia B teams Cimentul Fieni and FC Baia Mare.

Național[edit]

Aged 18, he made his debut in Național's first team on 2 June 1999, coming as a substitute in a 2-0 win against Petrolul Ploiești. It was his only appearance that season. After one season, with no matches, he was loaned two years in a row to Divizia B sides Cimentul Fieni and FC Baia Mare, to build up his first team experience. After he returned, he failed to establish himself in the first team squad.

Cânu made one appearance in the Romanian first league in 1997/1998, while at FC Național. In the 2000/2001 and 2001/2002 seasons he played in the Romanian second league, for Cimentul Fieni and FC Baia Mare respectively. He then returned to FC Național, playing 16 times in the Divizia A during the 2003/2004 season. Cânu joined Poli in the winter break of the 2004/2005 season, together with Național coach Cosmin Olăroiu and team mates Gabriel Caramarin, Gigel Coman and Marius Popa.

Statistics[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Progresul București 2003–04 19 0 0 0 0 0 19 0
2004–05 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Total 22 0 0 0 0 0 22 0
Politehnica Timișoara 2004–05 15 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
2005–06 20 0 1 0 0 0 21 0
2006–07 17 3 4 0 0 0 21 3
2007–08 21 3 2 0 0 0 23 3
Total 73 6 7 0 0 0 80 6
Vaslui 2008–09 21 2 3 0 4 1 28 3
2009–10 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0
2010–11 23 4 1 0 0 0 24 4
2011–12 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
2012–13 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Total 46 6 5 0 7 1 58 7
Ceahlăul 2013–14 26 2 0 0 0 0 26 2
Total 26 2 0 0 0 0 26 2
Poli Timișoara 2014–15 20 3 1 0 0 0 21 3
2015–16 22 0 2 1 0 0 24 1
Total 42 3 3 1 0 0 45 4
Career total 209 17 15 1 7 1 231 19

Statistics accurate as of match played 25 May 2016

Career honours[edit]

SC Vaslui[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sorin Frunză
FC Vaslui captain
2008–2009
Succeeded by
Bogdan Buhuș

External links[edit]

Gabriel Cânu's profile on romaniansoccer.ro