Friday, July 22, 2011

Cristian Chivu

Cristian Eugen Chivu (Romanian pronunciation: [kristiˈan ˈkivu]) (born 26 October 1980 in Reşiţa) is a Romanian footballer. He currently plays for Internazionale of the Italian Serie A. He usually plays as a left back but can play as a center back as well as in defensive midfield when needed.

Chivu's first professional club was FCM Reşiţa. After moving to Universitatea Craiova, his reputation began to rise and his performances sparked interest from some larger clubs outside of Romania. Dutch club Ajax was particularly impressed with Chivu and signed him in 1999.

Chivu was a regular at left back during the 2009–10 season as Walter Samuel and Lúcio became the preferred centre back pairing. On 6 January against Chievo Verona, he was stretchered off early in the second half after colliding heads with Chievo striker Sergio Pellissier.He was in two hours of surgery for a skull fracture[5] and later cleared of any danger. Although it was initially thought he might be out for the rest of the season,he returned to Serie A on 24 March.A month later Chivu scored his first goal for Inter in a game against Atalanta, a terrific 30 yard strike.

After a four-year spell which yielded a Coppa Italia, Chivu left Roma and signed a 5-year contract with Internazionale on 27 July 2007. The transfer fee was €16 million.which €3M of the transfer fee paid via defender Marco Andreolli moved to Roma in a co-ownership deal.His first season with the defending Serie A champions was a successful one as he won the Serie A title that had eluded him during his time at Roma.

Medium Hairstyle Cristian Chivu

In 1999, Chivu was chosen to represent the Romanian Under-20 team and quickly made the step up to play for the full side. He played for Romania in Euro 2000 and Euro 2008. Despite being capped only four times prior to the Euro 2000, he started all four matches and scored his first international goal. During the Euro 2008, he earned plaudits for his performance, keeping previous World Cup champions Italy and runners-up France at bay, despite being played in a less familiar role as a holding midfielder. He captained Romania through World Cup qualification but they failed to make the play-offs, finishing fifth in their group. He has officially retired on 21 May 2011.

Cristian Chivu With His Wive Adelina Elisei

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