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Gabriel Andrei Torje (Romanian pronunciation: [ɡabriˈel anˈdrej ˈtorʒe]; born 22 November 1989) is a Romanian professional footballer. He is a versatile right winger with the ability to swap onto the left side of the field during games.

Gabriel Torje
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Torje with Romania in 2012
Personal information
Full name Gabriel Andrei Torje
Date of birth (1989-11-22) 22 November 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth Timișoara, Romania
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
2000–2005 Politehnica Timișoara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 CFR Timișoara 13 (1)
2006–2008 Politehnica Timișoara 37 (2)
2008–2011 Dinamo București 108 (17)
2011–2016 Udinese 21 (2)
2012–2013Granada (loan) 34 (3)
2013–2014Espanyol (loan) 12 (0)
2014–2015Konyaspor (loan) 27 (5)
2015–2016Osmanlıspor (loan) 25 (3)
2016–2018 Akhmat Grozny 12 (0)
2017Karabükspor (loan) 15 (3)
2018Dinamo București (loan) 7 (2)
2018–2019 Sivasspor 19 (0)
National team
2006 Romania U17 5 (0)
2006–2010 Romania U21 24 (9)
2010–2017 Romania 55 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 June 2019

Torje was named Romanian Footballer of the Year in 2011.[1]

Club careerEdit

Politehnica TimișoaraEdit

Torje made his debut during the 2005–06 season for Politehnica Timișoara against Argeș Pitești and scored on his second match, against Farul Constanța. He was promoted in the first squad by Gheorghe Hagi, manager of Timișoara at that time.[2]

Dinamo BucharestEdit

On 15 January 2008, Torje signed a five-year contract with Dinamo București. The reported transfer fee was $2.5 million.[3] He played his 100th match in Liga I for Dinamo on 6 May 2011, in a defeat against CFR Cluj.

UdineseEdit

On 30 August 2011, he signed a five-year contract with Serie A club Udinese for an undisclosed fee,[4] rumored to be around 7 million.[5] He played his first game in Serie A against U.S. Lecce, on 11 September 2011, even though he had only five days of training with his new team,[6] and he had an impressive performance, suggesting that Alexis Sánchez may not be as irreplaceable as first thought.[7]

On 5 February 2012, Torje scored his first goal in the Serie A in a 3–2 loss against Fiorentina. On 24 March, in a game against Palermo he equalized the score in the 85th minute, giving his team a 1–1 draw.[8]

Loan to GranadaEdit

In order to get more playing time, on 8 June 2012, Torje signed for La Liga side Granada on a season long loan.[9] He made his debut for the Spanish team on 20 August, in a 1–0 away defeat against Rayo Vallecano.[10] Halfway through the season Torje was considered as one of the most successful transfers in the 2012–13 La Liga, and he became a crucial part of the team.[11] He was praised for his performance in the 1–0 victory over La Liga champions, Real Madrid, on 2 February 2013.[12]

Loan to EspanyolEdit

On 2 September 2013, Torje began his second journey in La Liga this time being loaned at the second major club in Barcelona, RCD Espanyol. He made his debut for the club on 23 September in a 3–2 win over Athletic Bilbao. He played only 12 games for Espanyol, six in the starting lineup and six as a substitute, without scoring a goal. Thus, the Spanish side didn't activate the option to buy the player at the end of the loaning period.

Later yearsEdit

In June 2014, Turkish Super Lig side Torku Konyaspor announced that they reached an agreement with Udinese to loan the player for a season.[13]

On 2 February 2018, he rejoined Dinamo București on loan until the end of the 2017–18 season.[14] On 1 September 2018, he returned to Turkey, signing with Sivasspor.[15]

International careerEdit

Torje was the captain of the Romania under-21 football team side. He also made his debut for the senior side in a friendly match against Albania on 3 September 2010.

He scored his first international goal in a match against Cyprus. On 2 September 2011, he scored twice in a 2–0 win over Luxembourg. Torje scored his first competitive goals in a 2–0 win over Luxembourg during the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying. He scored three goals during the 2014 World Cup qualifiers as Romania reached the play-offs only to lose to Greece. He did not score in Romania's successful qualification for UEFA Euro 2016 but was chosen in the tournament's 23-man squad. He started in Romania's 1–1 draw to Switzerland and made brief appearances as a substitute in Romania's defeats to France and Albania with the latter one confirming their elimination from the tournament.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 10 June 2019
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
CFR Timișoara 2005–06 13 1 1 0 14 1
Poli Timișoara 2005–06 5 1 0 0 5 1
2006–07 15 0 3 0 18 0
2007–08 17 1 1 0 18 1
Total 37 2 4 0 41 2
Dinamo 2007–08 15 1 1 0 16 1
2008–09 30 3 3 0 2 0 35 3
2009–10 29 3 3 0 8 0 40 3
2010–11 29 9 4 1 4 1 37 11
2011–12 10 2 0 0 4 1 14 3
Total 113 18 11 1 18 2 142 21
Udinese 2011–12 21 2 1 0 0 0 22 2
Granada (loan) 2012–13 34 3 1 0 35 3
Espanyol (loan) 2013–14 12 0 3 0 15 0
Konyaspor (loan) 2014–15 27 5 9 1 36 6
Osmanlıspor (loan) 2015–16 25 3 1 0 0 0 26 3
Akhmat Grozny 2016–17 10 0 1 0 11 0
Karabükspor (loan) 2017–18 15 3 3 1 18 4
Dinamo (loan) 2017–18 7 2 1 0 8 3
Sivasspor 2018–19 19 0 1 0 20 0
Career total 333 34 37 3 18 2 388 45

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 9 February 2011 Paralimni Stadium, Paralimni, Cyprus   Cyprus 0–1 1–1 Friendly match
2 2 September 2011 Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, Luxembourg   Luxembourg 0–1 0–2 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
3 0–2
4 15 November 2011 Stadion Schnabelholz, Altach, Austria   Greece 1–0 3–1 Friendly match
5 15 August 2012 Stadion Stožice, Ljubljana, Slovenia   Slovenia 3–2 4–3
6 7 September 2012 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia   Estonia 0–1 0–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
* 14 November 2012 Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania   Belgium 1–2 1–2 Friendly match
7 11 September 2012   Andorra 1–0 4–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
8 6 February 2013 Estadio Ciudad de Málaga, Málaga, Spain   Australia 3–2 3–2 Friendly match
9 11 October 2013 Estadi Comunal d'Andorra la Vella, Andorra la Vella, Andorra   Andorra 0–3 0–4 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 29 May 2016 Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin, Italy   Ukraine 1–0 3–4 Friendly match
11 3 June 2016 Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania   Georgia 4–1 5–1
* Unofficial match according to the Laws of the Game (excessive number of Romanian substitutions)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Torje este fotbalistul anului 2011". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 22 December 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Alexa s-a intors la scoala". Evenimentul Zilei (in Romanian). 24 November 2006. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Torje a fost prezentat oficial la Dinamo". apropo.ro (in Romanian). 16 January 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  4. ^ "The east wind is blowing: here comes Gabriel Torje!". udinese.it (official website). Archived from the original on 1 December 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Torje la Udinese pentru 7 milioane de euro". Adevărul (in Romanian). 22 August 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  6. ^ "L'Udinese è sempre Di Natale. Lecce, difesa da incubo" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 11 September 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Udinese open with ease". FIFA.com. 11 September 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Torje holds grab of Palermo". Udinese official website. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "El Udinese cederá a Gabriel Torje por un año". marca.com (in Spanish). 8 June 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Debut nefericit pentru Torje la Granada". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 21 August 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  11. ^ "Spaniolii l-au nominalizat în topul celor mai bune transferuri din Primera Division". ProSport (in Romanian). 27 December 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  12. ^ "Presa spaniola: Iti multumim, Torje!". ziare.com (in Romanian). 4 February 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2013.
  13. ^ "Our new transfer Gabriel Andrei Torje has passed health checks". konyaspor.org.tr (in Turkish). 6 June 2014. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  14. ^ "OFFICIAL. Gabriel TORJE at Dinamo" (in Romanian). FC Dinamo București. 2 February 2018.
  15. ^ "Gabriel Torje Demir Grup Sivasspor´umuzda" [Gabriel Torje joins Sivasspor] (in Turkish). Sivasspor. 1 September 2018.

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