Cristian Chivu

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Cristian Chivu
Cristian Chivu 2011.jpg
Surname Cristian Eugen Chivu
birthday October 26, 1980
place of birth ReșițaRomania
size 183 cm
position Center-back , left-back
Years station Games (goals) 1
1996-1998 CSM Reșița 24 0(2)
1998-1999 FC Universitatea Craiova 32 0(3)
1999-2003 Ajax Amsterdam 107 (13)
2003-2007 AS Roma 87 0(6)
2007-2014 Inter Milan 124 0(4)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1999-2010 Romania 75 0(3)
1 Only league games are given.

Cristian Eugen Chivu (born October 26, 1980 in Reșița ) is a former Romanian football player . He played a total of 373 games in the Romanian League 1 , Dutch Eredivisie and the Italian Serie A . With Inter Milan he won both the Champions League and the Club World Cup in 2010 .


In the club

He started his career at CSM Reșița . After moving to FC Universitatea Craiova , interest in Chivu's person grew and Western European clubs took notice of him. Ajax Amsterdam got the contract and finally signed him in the summer of 1999. At Ajax Amsterdam he was quickly recognized as a reliable defender and coach Ronald Koeman appointed him captain and head of defense in 2001, despite his young age. Together with other young players such as Rafael van der Vaart and Zlatan Ibrahimović , he won the Dutch honor division and the Amstel Cup in 2001/2002 . Chivu played a key role in the 2002/2003 Champions League season at Ajax, which almost made it to the semi-finals. This in turn aroused the interest of Europe's top clubs. AS Roma were most interested in Chivu, although they were in debt and their solvency was in question. Nevertheless, the Roma managed to raise 18 million euros and invest them in the transfer of Chivu.

During his time at AS Roma, Chivu was always a regular player, where he moved from the left full-back to the center of the defense, but he struggled with injury problems in his first two seasons. Until his move in 2007, he was three times Italian runner-up with the capital city (2004, 2006 by Calciopoli and 2007), and after losing two series of finals in the two previous years, Italian cup winners 2007. After failed contract negotiations in summer 2007, Chivu was released for sale. However, the attempts by FC Barcelona and Real Madrid (their offer of 18 million euros was even publicly accepted by AS Roma) to sign the player because he had already agreed with Inter Milan failed. Chivu finally signed a five-year deal with Inter on July 27, 2007 . With the Milanese he won the Italian championship in the 2007/08 season .

On January 6, 2010, Chivu, in the game against AC Chievo Verona , after the break in a header duel with his opponent Sergio Pellissier and had to be carried off the field. Chivu was taken to a hospital in Verona, where doctors diagnosed a skull fracture, so he underwent emergency surgery. Two months later, Chivu returned to the field with a special helmet, like the one used by Petr Čech , and won the triple with Inter Milan under coach José Mourinho , consisting of the Italian championship , the Italian Cup and the UEFA Champions League .

In the 2010/2011 season, Chivu was suspended for four games after punching Bari's Marco Rossi in the face with his fist in a league match.

On March 31, 2014, his contract with Inter Milan was terminated by mutual agreement after Chivu had made the decision to end his career due to several injuries.

In the national team

Chivu was appointed to the Romanian U20 national team in 1999. In the same year his career began with the Romanian national team .

At the European Championship in 2000 he failed in the quarter-finals against Italy , at the tournament he was used four times and scored one goal. In his second major tournament, the 2008 European Championship , he and his team, which he led as captain on the field, were eliminated in the preliminary round despite good performances.

In May 2011, Chivu surprisingly announced the immediate end of his career in the Romanian national team. Due to his age and previous injuries, he no longer feels able to fight “on several fronts”.

titles and achievements

With his clubs

Personal awards


Chivu speaks Italian , Spanish , Dutch , English and his mother tongue Romanian . He is the son of the former soccer player and coach Mircea Chivu (1954–1998).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. La Roma dice sì al Real "Ma ora convincete Chivu" ,, accessed on September 6, 2012
  2. Schützenfest for Beckham's debut , from January 6, 2010, accessed on September 6, 2012
  3. Christian Chivu: Four game ban despite apology , from February 4, 2011, accessed on September 6, 2012
  4. Inter Mailands Chivu ends career from March 31, 2014, accessed on March 31, 2014
  5. National team: Captain Chivu announces his immediate resignation , from May 21, 2011, accessed on September 6, 2012
  6. Cristi Chivu spun "ADIO!" naționalei , accessed April 23, 2016 (Romanian)