Romania’s national football team got a perfect start on Sunday in its run towards qualifying in the European Championships of 2016, beating Greece away from home 1-nil. It is true that the Greeks came after a difficult season, after taking part in the World Cup in Brazil. Moreover, the Greeks sport a new coach, Claudio Ranieri, with whom they still have to get accustomed. If we also consider that the match was played without an audience, Romania had a lot on its side. However, the decisive factor was still the play of the footballers. Coach Piturca praised the team after the game, without singling out a specific player.
RRI picked as athlete of the week Steaua midfielder Alexandru Chipciu. In the 10th minute, he managed to obtain the penalty kick which Ciprian Marica turned into a goal, setting the winning result. In addition, Chipciu proved dangerous for the Greek side, proving he deserves his place on the national team.
Alexandru Chipciu was born in Braila on May 18, 1989. He started his career on the line-up of the local side Dacia Unirea. At 17 years of age, he played for the first time for a senior team, FC Brasov, which back then was in the second league. He was borrowed briefly by Forex Brasov, then he went to Braila once again for the 2009-2010 season, went back to Brasov, where his first premiere league game was with Poli Iasi. In August 2011 he played for the first time for the national team in a game against San Marino, and in late 2011 he signed a five year contract with Steaua Bucharest.