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Florin Andone (Romanian pronunciation: [floˈrin anˈdone]; born 11 April 1993) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays as a striker for English Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion and the Romania national team.

Florin Andone
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Andone with Córdoba in 2015
Personal information
Full name Florin Andone[1]
Date of birth (1993-04-11) 11 April 1993 (age 26)
Place of birth Botoșani, Romania
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Brighton & Hove Albion
Number 10
Youth career
0000–2005 CSȘ Botoșani
2005–2008 Vinaròs
2008–2011 Castellón
2011–2012 Villarreal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011 Castellón 4 (0)
2011–2014 Villarreal C 36 (11)
2013–2014Atlético Baleares (loan) 34 (12)
2014–2015 Córdoba B 8 (2)
2014–2016 Córdoba 56 (26)
2016–2018 Deportivo La Coruña 66 (18)
2018– Brighton & Hove Albion 23 (3)
National team
2012 Romania U19 3 (0)
2015– Romania 21 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:08, 12 May 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:54, 7 April 2019 (UTC)

Raised in Spain, he began playing in the country's lower divisions before making his professional debut for Córdoba at the age of 21. In 2016, he joined Deportivo La Coruña, and two years later he signed for Brighton & Hove Albion of the Premier League.

Andone earned his first full cap for Romania in June 2015 and was selected for UEFA Euro 2016.

Contents

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Born in Botoșani, Andone moved to Vinaròs in the Valencian Community in 2005, aged 12, to join his mother after his father died in a car accident. He immediately joined Vinaròs CF's youth setup, and in 2008 moved to Castellón.[3]

Andone made his senior debut on 16 January 2011, coming on as a late substitute for Pau Franch in a 1–1 away draw against Orihuela for the Segunda División B championship.[4] He appeared in three further matches for the club, which eventually suffered relegation.

On 2 June 2011, Andone joined Villarreal, returning to youth football.[5] He also appeared with the C-team during the campaign, with the side in Tercera División.

On 15 August 2013, Andone was loaned to the third level's Atlético Baleares, in a season-long deal.[6] He finished the campaign with 12 goals in 34 matches, with the Balearic outfit being one point shy of the play-offs.

CórdobaEdit

On 3 July 2014, Andone signed a three-year deal with Córdoba, being initially assigned to the reserves in the same division.[7] On 29 November, he was promoted to the main squad by manager Miroslav Đukić.[8]

Andone played his first match as a professional on 3 December 2014, replacing Xisco in the 57th minute of a 0–1 away loss against Granada, for the season's Copa del Rey.[9] He scored his first goal on the second leg, netting his side's only in a 1–1 home draw.[10]

In his La Liga debut on 5 January 2015 Andone was handed his first start, and scored to confirm a 2–0 home win against the same opponent.[11] On 16 January, in a 1–1 home draw against Eibar, he scored the first after only ten seconds,[12] being the Andalusians' fastest goal in the top level, and the fourth overall.[13]

Following Córdoba's relegation, he was named the Segunda División Player of the Month for October 2015 with four goals, which put his team in the top position.[14]

In January 2016, as Sevilla,[15] Málaga,[15] Southampton,[16] Aston Villa[17] and Steaua București[18][19] showed interest in Andone, he renewed his contract with the Blanquiverdes until 2018, receiving a wage per year 10 times higher (and 20 if his club earn promotion), and with a release clause of 20 million, the highest such figure in the club's history.[20]

On 3 April, he struck his first hat-trick in a 4–4 draw at Gimnàstic de Tarragona.[21] He ended his season with 21 goals after scoring the game's only at Mallorca to achieve a play-off place on 29 May, missing the final round in order to join up with Romania;[22] he was ultimately beaten to the division's Pichichi Trophy by Elche's Sergio León.[23]

Deportivo La CoruñaEdit

On 22 July 2016, top-flight club Deportivo La Coruña transferred Andone for 4.7 million plus 30% from a potential future transfer fee; it was the team's biggest purchase in the last nine years.[24][25] He was given the number 10 jersey and made his debut as a substitute on 19 August in a 2–1 home win against Eibar,[26] scoring his first goal on 5 November to open a 1–1 draw at Granada.[27] He was named La Liga Player of the Month for December after contributing with 3 goals and 2 assists, including a brace in a win over Real Sociedad.[28]

Andone scored his eighth goal of the season in a 1–1 league draw with Atlético Madrid, on 2 March 2017.[29] On 26 April, he netted one for himself and also set up another goal in a 2–6 home loss to Real Madrid.[30]

In August 2017, Deportivo La Coruña turned down a €13 million offer for the player from Premier League side Burnley, with club president Tino Fernández stating that Andone would only leave if his €30 million release clause is activated.[31][32][33] Brighton & Hove Albion was also interested in transferring him,[33] and made a €20 million bid which was also supposedly rejected.[34] He scored six goals and assisted three more in the 2017–18 season, which ended in relegation for the Galician team.[35]

Brighton & Hove AlbionEdit

On 25 May 2018, Andone signed a five-year deal with Brighton & Hove Albion for an undisclosed transfer fee, and joined the Premier League side when the international transfer window opened on 8 June.[36] The fee was rumoured as being €6 million, representing the release clause in his contract in case of Deportivo La Coruña's relegation.[35]

Andone scored for Brighton in his first start (4th appearance) away against Huddersfield Town to flip the game from 1–0 down to 2–1 up,[37] and netted again in the next game at the Falmer Stadium against rivals Crystal Palace, collecting the ball just inside the Palace half, dribbling into the area and scoring from an acute angle.[38]

On 5 January 2019, Andone scored on his FA Cup debut in a 3–1 away win against Bournemouth,[39] and a month later he scored in a fourth round replay win against West Bromwich Albion.[40] Before his goal, he elbowed opponent Sam Field's face without the officials seeing; he was later fined and banned for three matches.[41]

International careerEdit

Andone stated that his dream is to play for the Romania national team, despite living in Spain for most of his life.[42] He was called up by manager Anghel Iordănescu for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualification match against the Faroe Islands in March 2015,[43] but was an unused substitute in the 1–0 win. Andone made his full international debut in another qualifier on 13 June 2015, playing the last 18 minutes in a 0–0 away draw against Northern Ireland.[44]

On 17 November 2015, Andone scored his first international goal, exploiting an error by Italian goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu for a last-minute equaliser in a 2–2 draw in Bologna.[45] He was selected for UEFA Euro 2016 in France, where he started against the hosts in the opening game after recovering from a hand injury,[46] and made two more substitute appearances in a group-stage exit.

Style of playEdit

Naturally right-footed, Andone plays as a striker and has been praised for his work ethic.[47][48]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of end of 2018–2019[49]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Castellón 2010–11 Segunda División B 4 0 0 0 4 0
Villarreal B 2012–13 Segunda División B 0 0 0 0
Atlético Baleares (loan) 2013–14 Segunda División B 34 12 0 0 34 12
Córdoba B 2014–15 Segunda División B 8 2 8 2
Córdoba 2014–15 La Liga 20 5 2 1 22 6
2015–16 Segunda División 36 21 0 0 36 21
Total 56 26 2 1 0 0 58 27
Deportivo La Coruña 2016–17 La Liga 37 12 2 0 39 12
2017–18 La Liga 29 6 1 0 30 6
Total 66 18 3 0 0 0 69 18
Brighton & Hove Albion 2018–19 Premier League 23 3 4 2 0 0 27 5
Career total 191 61 9 3 0 0 0 0 200 64

InternationalEdit

As of match played 07 April 2019[50]
National team Year Apps Goals
Romania
2015 4 1
2016 6 0
2017 3 0
2018 8 0
2019 0 0
Total 21 1

International goalsEdit

As of match played 14 November 2017. Romania score listed first, score column indicates score after each Andone goal.[50]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 17 November 2015 Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna, Italy 4   Italy 2–2 2–2 Friendly

HonoursEdit

Individual

ReferencesEdit

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  30. ^ "Florin Andone, la primul gol în poarta lui Real Madrid! Atacantul român a reușit și un assist!" [Florin Andone, at the first goal against Real Madrid! The Romanian attacker also managed to offer an assist!] (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 26 April 2017. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
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