Chivu playing for Internazionale in 2011
|Full name||Cristian Eugen Chivu|
|Date of birth||26 October 1980|
|Place of birth||Re?i?a, Romania|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Inter U17 (manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Cristian Eugen Chivu (Romanian pronunciation: [kristi'an e.u'd?en 'kivu]; born 26 October 1980) is a Romanian former footballer. He usually played as a left back, but he was also used as a central defender.
He began his career at his hometown club FCM Re?i?a before moving to FC Universitatea Craiova in 1998, leaving Romania to join Dutch club Ajax a season later. His performances as captain at Ajax inspired an EUR18 million transfer to Roma in 2003. Chivu won the Coppa Italia in his last of four seasons at Roma before a transfer to Internazionale, where he would spend the rest of his career before retiring in 2014. His honours at Inter included a treble of the Italian league, domestic cup, and the UEFA Champions League in 2010.
Chivu earned 75 international caps between 1999 and 2010, and was part of Romania's squads for UEFA European Championships in 2000 and 2008. After retiring, he became a football pundit for Italian television stations Sky Sport and now Fox Sports. He is also a technical observer for UEFA. After recovering from a fractured skull, Chivu wore a distinctive protective headgear from 2010 onwards.
Chivu's first professional club was FCM Re?i?a. After moving to FC 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.
At Ajax, Chivu developed a reputation as a reliable fullback and a free-kick specialist. Then-manager Ronald Koeman appointed him as captain of the club. With Chivu as captain, Ajax dominated the Dutch Eredivisie with an exciting young squad. Playing alongside Chivu were future stars such as Rafael van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, Johnny Heitinga, Zlatan Ibrahimovi? and Maxwell. Chivu played a pivotal role for Ajax in their UEFA Champions League run in the 2002-03 season, when they came to within a minute of the semi-finals. That season, Chivu was in a quintet of Ajax players - himself, Zlatan Ibrahimovi?, Maxwell, Wesley Sneijder and Andy van der Meyde - who all went on to later join Inter Milan.
In 2003, Roma expressed their interest in signing Chivu. At the time, Roma had an enormous debt and there were questions raised over Roma's ability to pay any proposed fees. Seeking to silence the increasing doubt over their financial situation, Roma sought a bank guarantee, which was subsequently denied. After much speculation, however, Roma finally completed the purchase of Chivu in September, ending the long and protracted saga. The fee was EUR18 million. Though he became a regular in defence, he made limited appearances due to injuries. He won the 2006-07 Coppa Italia in his last season with Roma. During the summer transfer window, he was once again a subject of transfer speculation, with newly crowned La Liga champions Real Madrid reportedly making a formal bid, while Barcelona and Inter Milan were also interested in signing the defender.
Chivu was reported to be in the middle of a tug-of-war between Barcelona and Real Madrid during the 2007 summer transfer window. After a four-year spell which yielded a Coppa Italia, Chivu left Roma and signed a five-year contract with Serie A rivals Inter on 27 July 2007. The transfer fee was EUR16 million, which EUR3 million 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.
During the Champions League match at home to Manchester United in the 2008-09 season, Chivu had a terrific game, denying Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo many times, and won Man of the Match ahead of Inter goalkeeper Julio César.
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, Chivu 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 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. After this, he needed to wear a headguard in matches. A month later, Chivu scored his first goal for Inter in a game against Atalanta, a terrific 30-yard strike. On 22 May 2010, he was in Inter's starting line-up in the UEFA Champions League Final against Bayern Munich, which Inter won 2-0.
He scored his second goal for Inter in the 2010-11 season against Cesena which turned out to be the game winner in a 3-2 win for Inter. He also scored the winning penalty for Inter in their 2009-10 Coppa Italia win over Napoli on 26 January 2011.
In 1999, Chivu was chosen to represent the Romania national under-21 team and quickly made the step up to play for the full side. In 2001, he won Cyprus International Football Tournament 2001. He represented his country at both UEFA 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.
At Euro 2008, he earned plaudits for his performance, keeping previous FIFA 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. On 21 May 2011, Chivu announced his retirement from the national team.
Chivu speaks Italian, Dutch, Spanish and English, as well as his native Romanian.
His father, Mircea was also a footballer and a coach, the Mircea Chivu Stadium from Re?i?a is named in his honor. He played as a right back for FCM Re?i?a and Universitatea Craiova winning the 1973-74 Divizia A with the team from Craiova. Mircea was coach at FCM Re?i?a when Cristian started his career. According to Calcio Italia magazine, Chivu has been involved in opening football schools around Romania for the past few years, and he said "I hope that he is proud when he looks down on me" in reference to his father who died in 1998.
He is married to Adelina Elisei who on 12 February 2009 gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Natalia.
|International appearances and goals|
|1.||18 August 1999||Limassol, Cyprus||Cyprus||2-2||0||Friendly|
|2.||26 April 2000||Constan?a, Romania||Cyprus||2-0||0||Friendly|
|3.||27 May 2000||Amsterdam, Netherlands||Netherlands||1-2||0||Friendly|
|4.||31 May 2000||Bucharest, Romania||Greece||2-1||0||Friendly|
|5.||12 June 2000||Liége, Belgium||Germany||1-1||0||Euro 2000|
|6.||17 June 2000||Arnhem, Belgium||Portugal||0-1||0||Euro 2000|
|7.||20 June 2000||Charleroi, Belgium||England||3-2||1||Euro 2000|
|8.||24 June 2000||Brussels, Belgium||Italy||0-2||0||Euro 2000|
|9.||16 August 2000||Bucharest, Romania||Poland||1-1||0||Friendly|
|10.||3 September 2000||Bucharest, Romania||Lithuania||1-0||0||2002 World Cup qualification|
|11.||6 September 2000||Milan, Italy||Italy||0-3||0||2002 World Cup qualification|
|12.||28 February 2001||Nicosia, Cyprus||Lithuania||3-0||0||Friendly|
|13.||28 March 2001||Tbilisi, Georgia||Georgia||2-0||0||2002 World Cup qualification|
|14.||2 June 2001||Bucharest, Romania||Hungary||2-0||0||2002 World Cup qualification|
|15.||6 June 2001||Kaunas, Lithuania||Lithuania||2-1||0||2002 World Cup qualification|
|16.||15 August 2001||Ljubljana, Slovenia||Slovenia||2-2||0||Friendly|
|17.||5 September 2001||Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||2-0||0||2002 World Cup qualification|
|18.||10 November 2001||Ljubljana, Slovenia||Slovenia||1-2||0||2002 World Cup Play-offs|
|19.||14 November 2001||Bucharest, Romania||Slovenia||1-1||0||2002 World Cup Play-offs|
|20.||13 February 2002||Paris, France||France||1-2||0||Friendly|
|21.||27 March 2002||Constan?a, Romania||Ukraine||4-1||0||Friendly|
|22.||21 August 2002||Constan?a, Romania||Greece||0-1||0||Friendly|
|23.||7 September 2002||Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina||Bosnia and Herzegovina||3-0||1||Euro 2004 qualification|
|24.||12 October 2002||Bucharest, Romania||Norway||0-1||0||Euro 2004 qualification|
|25.||20 November 2002||Timi?oara, Romania||Croatia||0-1||0||Friendly|
|26.||12 February 2003||Larnaca, Cyprus||Slovakia||2-1||0||Friendly|
|27.||29 March 2003||Bucharest, Romania||Denmark||2-5||0||Euro 2004 qualification|
|28.||30 April 2003||Kaunas, Lithuania||Lithuania||1-0||0||Friendly|
|29.||7 June 2003||Craiova, Romania||Bosnia and Herzegovina||2-0||0||Euro 2004 qualification|
|30.||11 June 2003||Oslo, Norway||Norway||1-1||0||Euro 2004 qualification|
|31.||20 August 2003||Donetsk, Ukraine||Ukraine||2-0||0||Friendly|
|32.||6 September 2003||Ploie?ti, Romania||Luxembourg||4-0||0||Euro 2004 qualification|
|33.||10 September 2003||Copenhagen, Denmark||Denmark||2-2||0||Euro 2004 qualification|
|34.||11 October 2003||Bucharest, Romania||Japan||1-1||0||Friendly|
|35.||31 March 2004||Glasgow, Scotland||Scotland||2-1||1||Friendly|
|36.||28 April 2004||Bucharest, Romania||Germany||5-1||0||Friendly|
|37.||26 March 2005||Bucharest, Romania||Netherlands||0-2||0||2006 World Cup qualification|
|38.||30 March 2005||Skopje, Macedonia||North Macedonia||2-1||0||2006 World Cup qualification|
|39.||4 June 2005||Rotterdam, Netherlands||Netherlands||0-2||0||2006 World Cup qualification|
|40.||8 June 2005||Constan?a, Romania||Armenia||3-0||0||2006 World Cup qualification|
|41.||17 August 2005||Constan?a, Romania||Andorra||2-0||0||2006 World Cup qualification|
|42.||3 September 2005||Constan?a, Romania||Czech Republic||2-0||0||2006 World Cup qualification|
|43.||1 March 2006||Larnaca, Cyprus||Slovenia||2-0||0||Friendly|
|44.||16 August 2006||Constan?a, Romania||Cyprus||2-0||0||Friendly|
|45.||2 September 2006||Constan?a, Romania||Bulgaria||2-2||0||Euro 2008 qualification|
|46.||6 September 2006||Tirana, Albania||Albania||2-0||0||Euro 2008 qualification|
|47.||7 October 2006||Bucharest, Romania||Belarus||3-1||0||Euro 2008 qualification|
|48.||15 November 2006||Cádiz, Spain||Spain||1-0||0||Friendly|
|49.||2 June 2007||Celje, Slovenia||Slovenia||2-1||0||Euro 2008 qualification|
|50.||6 June 2007||Timi?oara, Romania||Slovenia||2-0||0||Euro 2008 qualification|
|51.||22 August 2007||Bucharest, Romania||Turkey||2-0||0||Friendly|
|52.||8 September 2007||Minsk, Belarus||Belarus||3-1||0||Euro 2008 qualification|
|53.||12 September 2007||Cologne, Germany||Germany||1-3||0||Friendly|
|54.||13 October 2007||Constan?a, Romania||Netherlands||1-0||0||Euro 2008 qualification|
|55.||17 October 2007||Luxembourg, Luxembourg||Luxembourg||2-0||0||Euro 2008 qualification|
|56.||17 November 2007||Sofia, Bulgaria||Bulgaria||0-1||0||Euro 2008 qualification|
|57.||6 February 2008||Tel Aviv, Israel||Israel||0-1||0||Friendly|
|58.||26 March 2008||Bucharest, Romania||Russia||3-0||0||Friendly|
|59.||31 May 2008||Bucharest, Romania||Montenegro||4-0||0||Friendly|
|60.||9 June 2008||Zürich, Switzerland||France||0-0||0||Euro 2008|
|61.||13 June 2008||Zürich, Switzerland||Italy||1-1||0||Euro 2008|
|62.||17 June 2008||Bern, Switzerland||Netherlands||0-2||0||Euro 2008|
|63.||11 October 2008||Constan?a, Romania||France||2-2||0||2010 World Cup qualification|
|64.||6 June 2009||Marijampole, Lithuania||Lithuania||1-0||0||2010 World Cup qualification|
|65.||12 August 2009||Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||1-0||0||Friendly|
|66.||5 September 2009||Paris, France||France||1-1||0||2010 World Cup qualification|
|67.||9 September 2009||Bucharest, Romania||Austria||1-1||0||2010 World Cup qualification|
|68.||10 October 2009||Belgrade, Serbia||Serbia||0-5||0||2010 World Cup qualification|
|69.||14 November 2009||Warsaw, Poland||Poland||1-0||0||Friendly|
|70.||29 May 2010||Lviv, Ukraine||Ukraine||2-3||0||Friendly|
|71.||2 June 2010||Villach, Austria||North Macedonia||0-1||0||Friendly|
|72.||11 August 2010||Istanbul, Turkey||Turkey||0-2||0||Friendly|
|73.||7 September 2010||Minsk, Belarus||Belarus||0-0||0||UEFA Euro 2012 qualification|
|74.||9 October 2010||Paris, France||France||0-2||0||UEFA Euro 2012 qualification|
|75.||17 November 2010||Klagenfurt, Austria||Italy||1-1||0||Friendly|