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Ștefan Daniel Radu (Romanian pronunciation: [ʃteˈfan daniˈel ˈradu]; born 22 October 1986) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays for Italian Seria A club Lazio as a left back or as a centre back.

Ștefan Radu
Personal information
Full name Ștefan Daniel Radu
Date of birth (1986-10-22) 22 October 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Lazio
Number 26
Youth career
1999–2004 Dinamo București
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Dinamo București II 23 (1)
2005–2008 Dinamo București 61 (1)
2008– Lazio 278 (4)
National team
2006–2008 Romania U21 13 (1)
2006–2013 Romania 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 07:48, 11 June 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 April 2016

After three seasons in his home country with Dinamo București, in which he won the Romanian Liga I, Radu moved to Lazio in 2008. He has spent most of his career at the Italian club, becoming club captain in 2011, and has won three Coppa Italia trophies with them.[1]

Club careerEdit

Dinamo BucureștiEdit

On 27 April 2005, Radu made his debut for Dinamo București in a 3–0 league victory over FCM Bacău.[2] In the 2006–07 Liga I season, helped by the fact that Dinamo had a defender emergency, he established himself in the starting eleven and eventually managed to win the Liga I trophy that season.[3]

LazioEdit

In January 2008, Italian Serie A side Lazio signed Radu on a 1 million loan deal until the end of the 2007–08 season. Shortly after joining the squad, he made his Lazio debut in a Coppa Italia match against Fiorentina.[4] He was a revelation for Delio Rossi's team, as the young starlet added extra quality to the backline and started all matches he featured in. At the end of the season, Radu signed with Lazio permanently for a 3.5 million transfer fee.[5]

On 17 June 2011, Radu signed a five-year contract extension. He became one of the most important players for Lazio, a team which he captained during the 2011–12 season.[6] Radu won his third trophy with Lazio in the 2012–13 season when they defeated rivals Roma in the Coppa Italia final. In 2017, Lazio won the Supercoppa Italiana, as they beat Juventus 3–2.[7] On 15 May 2019, Lazio beat Atalanta in the 2018–19 Coppa Italia final.[8]

International careerEdit

On 15 November 2006, after Romania failed to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Radu made his debut for the Romania national team, in a 1–0 victory against Spain.[9]

Over the course of UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, Radu gained international experience and was selected in the squad for the final tournament in Switzerland and Austria. At Euro 2008, however, Radu remained a substitute and did not see any game time. On 25 March 2008 he was decorated by President of Romania Traian Băsescu for Romania's successful Euro 2008 qualifying campaign with the Medalia "Meritul Sportiv" — (The Medal "The Sportive Merit") class III.[10][11]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 11 June 2019[12]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dinamo București II 2004–05 12 1 0 0 12 1
2005–06 11 0 0 0 11 0
Total 23 1 0 0 23 1
Dinamo București 2004–05 2 0 0 0 2 0
2005–06 8 0 0 0 8 0
2006–07 32 1 2 0 12 1 46 2
2007–08 19 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 24 0
Total 61 1 2 0 16 1 1 0 80 2
Lazio 2007–08 11 0 2 0 13 0
2008–09 19 0 0 0 19 0
2009–10 28 0 2 0 6 0 36 0
2010–11 26 0 1 0 27 0
2011–12 21 0 0 0 5 0 26 0
2012–13 23 1 4 1 9 1 36 3
2013–14 25 1 1 0 5 0 1 0 32 1
2014–15 24 0 5 1 29 1
2015–16 13 0 2 0 9 0 1 0 25 0
2016–17 29 2 2 0 31 2
2017–18 31 0 3 0 6 0 1 0 41 0
2018–19 28 0 2 0 3 0 33 0
Total 278 4 24 2 43 1 3 0 348 7
Career total 362 5 26 2 59 2 4 0 451 9

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ştefan Radu, a treia Cupă a Italiei cu Lazio" [Ştefan Radu, third Italian Cup with Lazio]. Digi Sport (in Romanian). 16 May 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Ștefan Daniel RADU" [Ștefan Daniel RADU]. romaniansoccer.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Dinamo a luat ultimul titlu într-o altă lume" [Dinamo won last title in a different world]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 3 July 2017. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Impresa Lazio, è in semifinale" [Acheivement Lazio, they are in the semifinals]. la Repubblica (in Italian). 4 January 2010. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Bilancio separato e consolidato S.S.Lazio SpA" (PDF). SS Lazio (in Italian). 23 October 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  6. ^ "COMUNICATO" [Communication]. SS Lazio (in Italian). 17 June 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  7. ^ "Lazio, Strakosha: l'uomo di Coppa" [Lazio, Strakosha: the cup man]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 13 May 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Ştefan Radu, a treia Cupă a Italiei cu Lazio" [Ştefan Radu, third Italian Cup with Lazio]. Digi Sport (in Romanian). 16 May 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  9. ^ "România și Spania, la egalitate" [Romania and Spain, equals]. Digi Sport (in Romanian). 25 March 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  10. ^ "DECRET privind conferirea Ordinului și Medaliei Meritul Sportiv" (PDF). Monitorul Oficial al României Nr. 241. 28 March 2008. p. 3. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Decorarea unor personalități ale fotbalului românesc". Administrația Prezidențială. 25 March 2008. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Ş. Radu". Soccerway. Retrieved 21 March 2015.

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