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Claudiu Andrei Keșerü (Romanian pronunciation: [klaˈudju anˈdrej keˈʃery]; born 2 December 1986) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays mainly as a striker for Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad and the Romania national team.

Claudiu Keșerü
Claudiu Keșerü (cropped) - Sweden vs Romania 23 March 2019.jpg
Keșerü playing for Romania in 2019
Personal information
Full name Claudiu Andrei Keșerü
Date of birth (1986-12-02) 2 December 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth Oradea, Romania
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Ludogorets Razgrad
Number 28
Youth career
2002–2003 Bihor Oradea
2003–2004 Nantes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 FC Oradea 15 (3)
2003–2004 Nantes B 11 (8)
2004–2010 Nantes 81 (11)
2008–2009Libourne (loan) 17 (11)
2009–2010Tours (loan) 12 (7)
2010Angers (loan) 14 (4)
2010–2013 Angers 100 (33)
2013–2014 Bastia 16 (1)
2014–2015 Steaua București 34 (20)
2015 Al-Gharafa 10 (10)
2015– Ludogorets Razgrad 123 (83)
National team
2004–2008 Romania U21 21 (6)
2013– Romania 33 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2019

He started his senior career with hometown club FC Oradea, but soon after moved to France in 2003. Over the course of nearly eleven years, Keșerü represented five teams, most notably Nantes and Angers, and amassed Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 totals of 240 appearances and 67 goals.

He returned to his native country in January 2014, signing a contract with defending champions FC Steaua București. He also had a brief spell with Al-Gharafa in Qatar, before moving to Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad in the summer of 2015. Keșerü is currently the foreign player with the most goals in the Bulgarian First League, having netted more than 80 times,[1] and also the only foreign player to become top scorer on more than one occasion.

Keșerü made his first senior international appearance for Romania in October 2013. He has since earned over 30 caps and was included in the squad that participated at the UEFA Euro 2016.

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Club careerEdit

Bihor OradeaEdit

A youth product of Bihor Oradea, Keșerü played a season in the second division for his hometown club and scored 2 goals in 13 matches, as "the Red and Blues" earned promotion to the Liga I. His first match in the latter competition was on 23 August 2003, a goalless draw with Petrolul Ploiești.

NantesEdit

In 2003, he was brought to France by Nantes. Initially included in the second team, he was promoted after a season and made his Ligue 1 debut. He played for Nantes for four years, scoring 11 goals in 81 matches. He was relegated with the club to Ligue 2 in 2007 and promoted a year later.

In 2008, Keșerü was loaned by Nantes to the Ligue 2 side Libourne. Mainly a substitute, he scored 11 goals in 17 matches. The following season, he was loaned to another second division side, Tours, where he netted 7 times in 12 matches.

AngersEdit

In 2010, Keșerü was loaned by Nantes to Angers. In his first season spent there, he scored 4 goals in 14 matches, and was bought from Nantes after the end of loan period. He spent three years with Angers, imposing himself as a regular starter.

BastiaEdit

Despite interest from Steaua București and Olympiacos Piraeus, Keșerü remained in France, where he signed with Bastia.[2] On 31 August 2013, he scored his first goal for Bastia in a 2–1 win over Toulouse. He played 16 matches in Ligue 1, but failed to impress, and left the club in the winter of 2014.

Steaua BucureștiEdit

In January 2014, Keșerü joined defending Romanian champions Steaua București, with whom he won the league title and played the final of the Romanian Cup. His first goal in a European competition came in the 2–2 draw against Aktobe in UEFA Champions League's third qualifying round.

Keșerü broke the club record for goals in a single game, scoring all six goals in a 6–0 win against Pandurii Târgu Jiu on 15 August 2014. The record was previously held by his coach, Constantin Gâlcă, who scored five times in a 5–0 victory over FC Brașov in 1994. It was the first time that a player scored six goals in a Liga I game since 9 June 1993, when Marian Popa of Farul Constanța accomplished the feat in a 6–3 success against Oțelul Galați.[3] On 18 September 2014, in the first matchday of the Europa League group stage, a 6–0 win over Aalborg, Keșerü netted a hat-trick in just 12 minutes, between the 61st and 72nd minutes, resulting in the fastest hat-trick in the competition's history.[4][5]

Al-GharafaEdit

In February 2015, Keșerü signed with Qatari side Al-Gharafa on a two-and-a-half-year deal.[6]

Ludogorets RazgradEdit

Keșerü then signed a three-year contract in August 2015 with Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad worth 700,000 per annum, becoming the highest-paid player ever for The Eagles.[7][8] In his first season, the team won the championship, and Keșerü became its top striker with 15 goals.[9]

Keșerü scored an equalizer against Red Star Belgrade in the first leg of third qualifying round of the 2016–17 UEFA Champions League,[10] and then another equalizer in the second leg away match against Viktoria Plzeň in the play-off, helping his team to qualify for the group stage.[11] He scored his maiden goal in the Champions League groups to give a 2–0 lead in the home match against English club Arsenal, but Ludogorets eventually lost by 2–3. On 28 October 2016, Keșerü scored his first hat-trick for Ludogorets in a league match against Dunav Ruse,[12] a feat that he repeated later in the season against Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa. Eventually, with 22 goals, Keșerü became top goalscorer of the 2016–17 Bulgarian championship and won back-to-back titles with Ludogorets.

Keșerü went on to score two goals in the second leg home match against FK Žalgiris in the second qualifying round of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League which Ludogorets won 5–3 on aggregate. Keșerü won the Bulgarian championship for a third time in the 2017–18 season, also becoming top goalscorer of the league with 26 goals. He also scored the winning goal in the 2018 Bulgarian Supercup final. On 7 October 2018, he contributed three goals in a 4–1 away win over Botev Vratsa, thus becoming the foreigner with the most hat-tricks in the A PFG, having managed the feat on five separate occasions.[13]

International careerEdit

On 11 October 2013, Keșerü made his full debut for Romania in a 4–0 win against Andorra, scoring the first goal of the match.[14]

He was selected in Romania's squad for UEFA Euro 2016,[15] playing the full 90 minutes in the second group match against Switzerland. This was Keșerü's only appearance of the tournament, as his country finished bottom of the group.

In 2019, he scored 3 goals in 2 games for Romania vs Sweden and Faroe islands.

Personal lifeEdit

Keșerü is of partial Hungarian descent and doesn't speak the language.[16]

Keșerü has been married since 2012.[17] On 22 December 2016, his spouse Laura Dorina gave birth to a son.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 24 May 2019[18]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bihor Oradea 2002–03 15 3 0 0 15 3
Total 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 3
Nantes B 2003–04 11 8 0 0 11 8
Total 11 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 8
Nantes 2004–05 15 3 0 0 0 0 15 3
2005–06 14 3 0 0 0 0 14 3
2006–07 22 4 0 0 0 0 22 4
2007–08 11 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2008–09 9 1 0 0 1 0 10 1
2009–10 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Total 81 11 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 82 11
Libourne (loan) 2007–08 17 11 0 0 0 0 17 11
Total 17 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 11
Tours (loan) 2008–09 12 7 0 0 0 0 12 7
Total 12 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 7
Angers 2009–10 (loan) 14 4 0 0 0 0 14 4
2010–11 35 10 4 1 1 1 40 12
2011–12 33 6 2 2 1 0 36 8
2012–13 32 17 0 0 2 1 34 18
Total 114 37 6 3 4 2 0 0 0 0 124 42
Bastia 2013–14 16 1 0 0 2 0 18 1
Total 16 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 18 1
Steaua București 2013–14 17 8 2 1 19 9
2014–15 17 12 1 0 1 2 9 6 1 0 29 20
Total 34 20 3 1 1 2 9 6 1 0 48 29
Al-Gharafa 2014–15 9 9 1 1 10 10
Total 9 9 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 10
Ludogorets Razgrad 2015–16 28 15 1 0 29 15
2016–17 30 22 4 6 13 4 47 32
2017–18 30 26 2 2 11 2 1 0 44 30
2018–19 35 20 2 0 11 3 1 1 49 24
Total 123 83 9 8 0 0 35 9 2 1 168 101
Career Total 432 190 19 13 8 4 44 15 3 1 506 223

InternationalEdit

As of 26 March 2019[19]
National team Year Apps Goals Ratio
Romania
2013 1 1 1.00
2014 2 2 1.00
2015 8 1 0.13
2016 8 1 0.13
2017 4 1 0.25
2018 8 1 0.13
2019 2 3 1.50
Total 33 10 0.30

International goalsEdit

As of 26 March 2019 (Romania score listed first, score column indicates score after each Keșerü goal)[19]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 October 2013 Estadi Comunal, Andorra la Vella, Andorra 1   Andorra
1–0
4–0
2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 18 November 2014 Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania 3   Denmark
1–0
2–0
Friendly
3
2–0
4 29 March 2015 Ilie Oană Stadium, Ploiești, Romania 6   Faroe Islands
1–0
1–0
UEFA Euro 2016 qualification
5 3 June 2016 Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania 15   Georgia
5–1
5–1
Friendly
6 5 October 2017 Ilie Oană Stadium, Ploiești, Romania 21   Kazakhstan
3–1
3–1
2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
7 17 November 2018 Ilie Oană Stadium, Ploiești, Romania 30   Lithuania 2–0 3–0 2018–19 UEFA Nations League C
8 23 March 2019 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden 32   Sweden 1–2 1–2 UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
9 26 March 2019 Stadionul Dr. Constantin Rădulescu, Cluj, Romania 33   Faroe Islands
2–0
4–1
UEFA Euro 2020 qualification
10
3–0

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Кешерю на гол от историческо постижение (ВИДЕО)" (in Bulgarian). blitz.bg. 27 April 2018. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Claudio Keșerü s'engage pour deux ans" (in French). SC Bastia. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  3. ^ http://www.uefa.com/memberassociations/association=rou/news/newsid=2132505.html
  4. ^ Europa League matchday one facts and figures, uefa.com, Saturday 20 September 2014
  5. ^ Steaua record double-first against AaB, Thursday 18 September 2014, 23.00 CET
  6. ^ Andrei Crăițoiu (18 February 2015). "După două runde de negocieri, Keșerü a semnat în Qatar » Contract pe doi ani și jumătate cu Al Gharafa" (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor.
  7. ^ "Лудогорец с нов трансферен удар, подписа с румънски национал" (in Bulgarian). ludogorets.com. 13 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Claudiu Keșerü a semnat contractul cu Ludogorets. Va fi jucătorul bulgarilor pentru următorii 3 ani" [Claudiu Keșerü signed the contract with Ludogorets. He will be the Bulgarians' player for the next three years] (in Romanian). Sport Total FM. 13 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Камбуров стана голмайстор на "А" група за пети път" (in Bulgarian). monitor.bg. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  10. ^ "Ajax held by PAOK, Shakhtar defeat Young Boys". UEFA.com. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Porto, Monaco, Celtic lead charge to group stage". UEFA.com. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Осем гола и много екшън изпратиха Лудогорец на върха" (in Bulgarian). gong.bg. 28 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Кешеру записа името си в историята на българския футбол" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. 9 October 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Andorra - România 0-4 » Tricolorii au înscris de patru ori, dar s-au întrecut şi în ratări" [Andorra - Romania 0–4 » The Tricolours netted four times, but also missed a lot of chances] (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 11 October 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Romania Euro 2016 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  16. ^ "Tricolori de valoare, cu rădăcini maghiare" [Valuable "tricolours", with Hungarian roots]. Click! (in Romanian). 9 October 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  17. ^ "Totul despre stelistul Keşeru! Povestea BOMBARDIERULUI" [Everything about Steaua player Keșerü! The story of the BOMBER] (in Romanian). Fanatik.ro. 14 September 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  18. ^ Claudiu Keșerü at Soccerway. Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  19. ^ a b "Claudiu Keșerü". European Football. Retrieved 5 October 2017.

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