Chiricheș with Romania in 2012
|Full name||Vlad Iulian Chiricheș|
|Date of birth||14 November 1989|
|Place of birth||Bacău, Romania|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Defender / Defensive midfielder|
|2010–2012||Pandurii Târgu Jiu||39||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:16, 24 May 2018 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2018
Vlad Iulian Chiricheș (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈvlad ˈkirikeʃ]; born 14 November 1989) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays for Italian club Napoli and the Romania national team. Primarily a central defender, he is also comfortable as a right back or a defensive midfielder.
Chiricheș spent the first part of his senior career in Romania with Internațional Curtea de Argeș, Pandurii Târgu Jiu and Steaua București. He helped the latter to a Liga I title and a Supercupa României before transferring to English side Tottenham Hotspur in 2013 for a then-Romania record sale of €9.5 million. After two seasons, he moved to Napoli in Italy.
Chiricheș began his career at LPS Bacău as a midfielder, even as a striker a few years later when he moved to Ardealul Cluj playing alongside Mihai Răduț and Alexandru Maxim. He then moved to Portuguese side Benfica in 2007.
Internațional / Pandurii
Upon his return to Romania after 12 months spent in Portugal, Chiricheș joined lower league club Internațional Curtea de Argeș and helped them earn promotion to the top flight Liga I in 2009. In 2010, shortly after Internațional was dissolved, he moved alongside many of his teammates to Pandurii Târgu Jiu. Chiricheș was close to signing with Steaua București instead of Pandurii, but Victor Pițurcă, Steaua's coach at the time, did not agree with the transfer.
After one season, Chiricheș sealed another transfer, this time to FC Steaua București for a reported sum of €700,000 and 25% left to Pandurii in case of a future transfer. Steaua paid €500,000 for the remaining procents of the co-ownership in August 2013, making the total transfer sum to €1.2 million.
Chiricheș scored from long range against Ajax on 21 February 2013, canceling out a two-goal first-leg deficit as Steaua triumphed in the penalty shoot-out to set up a Round of 16 meeting with 2012 Champions League winners, Chelsea. He scored again, an equalising goal to make it 1–1 with a fine close-range finish on the stroke of half-time in the 3–1 second leg loss against "the Blues" at Stamford Bridge after Steaua won the first leg 1–0.
He made his debut for Tottenham in a 4–0 League Cup victory over Aston Villa on 24 September. His Premier League debut was also an away game against Aston Villa, a 2–0 win on 20 October in which he was voted Man of the Match by fans. On 4 December, Chiricheș scored his first goal for the team, an equaliser from outside the penalty box in a 2–1 victory against Fulham.
At the end of the January 2015 transfer window A.S. Roma offered €500,000 to take Chiricheș on a six-month loan, which was deemed too low by Spurs and rejected. On 9 May, he was sent off for two bookings as Tottenham lost 3–0 to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.
Chiriches made his debut for the senior team in an UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Luxembourg on 2 September 2011. On 14 August 2013, Chiricheș became the captain of Romania, in the friendly draw 1–1 over Slovakia. His competitive debut as captain was on 6 September, a 3–0 victory against Hungary, in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying game.
- As of 24 May 2018
|Pandurii Târgu Jiu||2010–11||24||0||0||0||–||–||–||24||0|
- As of 7 September 2018
- Romanian Footballer of the Year: 2013; runner-up: 2012
- "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 4 February 2014. p. 36. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
- "Prima Squadra - SSC Napoli". www.sscnapoli.it. Archived from the original on 23 March 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2016.
- "Chiricheş, Maxim, Răduţ. Ce mai scoate Şcoala Ardealul" (in Romanian). Prosport. 1 October 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
- "Sky Sports Scout – Vlad Chiriches". Sky Sports. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012.
- "Un fost jucător de la Benfica a dezvăluit de ce n-a fost păstrat Vlad Chiricheş" (in Romanian). Prosport. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
- "I-a dus pe Chiricheş la Benfica şi pe Răduţ la Sporting! Omul care l-a descoperit pe Grozav pe când era minor aduce un nou nume în prim plan: "E foarte talentat"" (in Romanian). Prosport. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
- "Nou promovata lui Ştefan Stoica a pornit la drum în Liga 1: FC Internaţional a început pregătirile". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 22 June 2009.
- "Ionuţ Badea a ales 15 jucători de la Inter pentru lotul Pandurilor". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 21 July 2010.
- "Povestea celui mai scump transfer din liga 1". Gazeta Sporturilor. 25 August 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Chiricheş a semnat cu Steaua, dar vine la iarnă". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 3 August 2011.
- "Steaua pays 1.2 million euros for Chiriches". Gazeta Sporturilor. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
- "Chiricheş stunner helps Steaua sink Molde". UEFA.com. UEFA. 25 October 2012.
- "Latovlevici shines as Steaua beat Ajax on penalties". UEFA. 21 February 2013.
- "Blues edge through, Ajax outed on penalties". FIFA.com. FIFA. 21 February 2013.
- "Torres on target as Chelsea sneak past Steaua". UEFA. 14 March 2013.
- "Tottenham agree price for Chiriches". FIFA.com. FIFA. 25 August 2013.
- "Spurs announce Vlad Chiriches signing". ESPN FC. ESPN. 30 August 2013.
- "Chiriches transfer agreed". TottenhamHotspur.com. Tottenham Hotspur FC. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
- "Chiriches voted Man of the Match". @SpursOfficial. Twitter. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
- Cryer, Andy. "Fulham 1–2 Tottenham Hotspur". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
- "TOTTENHAM REJECT ROMA LOAN OFFER FOR CHIRICHES (AND HANDS HIM BONUS)". tribalfootball.com. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
- Johnston, Neil (9 May 2015). "Stoke 3-0 Tottenham". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 May 2015.
- "Tottenham Hotspur Official Announcement Regarding Vlad Chiriches". Spurs Official Twitter. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
- "Tottenham confirm Vlad Chiriches exit as defender agrees £4.5m switch to Napoli". Mail Online. 30 July 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
- "Torje double keeps Romania in touch". UEFA.com. 2 September 2011.
- Vlad Chiricheș at Soccerway. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
- "Vlad Chiricheș". European Football. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
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