Chiricheș lining up for 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||Centre back|
|2010–2012||Pandurii Târgu Jiu||39||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 April 2016.
Vlad Iulian Chiricheș (Romanian pronunciation: [vlad ˈkirikeʃ]; born 14 November 1989) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Italian club Napoli and for the Romanian national team, which he captains.
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 and 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 Steaua București for a reported sum of €700,000 and 25% left to Pandurii in case of a future transfer. On 6 August 2013, Steaua paid another €500,000 for the 25% left of the co-ownership, making the total transfer sum to €1.2 million. On 25 October 2012, he scored an overhead volley from near the penalty spot in a 2–0 win against Molde in the Europa League, which put Steaua in control of Group E. 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.
Steaua agreed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur for the transfer of Chiricheș on 24 August 2013, for a club-record fee of €9.5 million. The transfer was completed on 30 August. On 24 September, Chiricheș made his debut for Tottenham Hotspur in a 4–0 victory over Aston Villa in the League Cup. His debut for Tottenham in the Premier League was also an away game against Aston Villa on 20 October, a 2–0 win in which he was voted Man of the Match by Spurs fans. Against Fulham on 4 December, he scored his first goal for Tottenham, an equaliser from outside the penalty box in a 2–1 victory.
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.
- Scores and results table. Romania's goal tally first:
- As of 10 April 2016
|Pandurii Târgu Jiu||2010–11||24||0||0||0||-||-||-||24||0|
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- "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.
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- "Torje double keeps Romania in touch". UEFA.com. 2 September 2011.
- "Vlad Chiriches". TottenhamHotspur.com. Tottenham Hotspur FC. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
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