Marius Alexe

Marius Silviu Alexe (born 22 February 1990) is a Romanian footballer who plays as a striker.

Marius Alexe
Personal information
Full name Marius Silviu Alexe
Date of birth (1990-02-22) 22 February 1990
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
2000–2008 Dinamo București
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2015 Dinamo București 135 (36)
2008–2009Astra Ploiești (loan) 26 (8)
2013–2014Sassuolo (loan) 6 (0)
2015–2017 Karabükspor 32 (7)
2017Podbrezová (loan) 1 (0)
2017–2018 Aris Limassol 9 (0)
2018–2019 Karabükspor 5 (1)
2019 Concordia Chiajna 8 (0)
2019 Argeș Pitești 5 (1)
National team
2006–2007 Romania U17 6 (1)
2008–2009 Romania U19 8 (1)
2009–2012 Romania U21 12 (2)
2011–2014 Romania 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 December 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2014

Club career

Dinamo București

Alexe started his football career when he was 10 years old at Dinamo București. From the very beginning, the talented boy attracted the attention of his coach, who was impressed with his attacking attributes and used him as a forward and later as a left winger.

His great potential did not go unnoticed by Europe's top clubs, and in 2006, when he was 16 years old, Rangers made an offer for him (according to rumours they bid €250K for the gifted striker), with fellow Scottish outfits Hearts and Aberdeen also expressing interest in acquiring his services. But Alexe opted to stay at his home club and gain experience in his homeland before thinking about a move abroad.

Loan to Astra

He was loaned to the Romanian side Astra Ploiești and helped the team get promoted to Romania's Liga I with six goals in 23 games. His debut in Romania's Liga I came on 2 August 2009 with Astra, but his loan spell was cut short when Dinamo called him back after only three games for his adopted side due to his great performance against rivals Rapid, against who he bagged a brace.

Breakthrough at Dinamo

He returned to his home club and scored another five goals in 29 games, gaining experience and becoming a crucial component of the first-team squad. Alexe also played for Romania Under 21s alongside his teammate Gabriel Torje, another talented and promising young player, and together they led the team in some great performances, although they ultimately ended up losing to England in the Euro 2011 qualifiers.

After an impressive 2009–10 season, his evolutions brought the attention of Chelsea, but Dinamo asked €5 million for the player and the transaction failed.[1]

On April 16, 2012, Alexe scored two goals in a game against Concordia Chiajna.[2] He dedicated his goals to his father, who had died.[3] A week later, on April 22, Alexe confirmed he had regained his past from, by scoring another two goals in the 3-2 victory against Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț.[4]

Loan to Sassuolo

After expressing his wish in the end of the first training camp of Dinamo to leave the club, Alexe completed a move to Sassuolo on 9 July 2013.[5] He joined on loan, for €500k, with the newly promoted Serie A team having an option to make the deal permanent for €2 million which would acquire 90% of the player's rights by the end of the season.[5] Dinamo București will also receive from this loan €300k if Alexe scores 10 goals and another €400k if he scores 15.[5]

He injured himself during a training session in January 2014, suffering a tear of the anterior cruciate ligaments of the left knee.[6] Thus, he was forced to take a six months break and Sassuolo decided to send the player back to Romania and didn't activate the option to buy him at the end of the loaning period.

Back to Dinamo

Alexe came back to Dinamo and after the end of the rehabilitation, he returned to the first squad. On 30 August 2014, he played again for Dinamo, 459 days after his last game for the Bucharest team.[7]

Kardemir Karabükspor

On 22 July 2015, Alexe was transferred to Turkish team Kardemir Karabükspor, where he signed a contract for two years.[8]

Concordia Chiajna

On 6 February 2019 CS Concordia Chiajna announced that Marius Alexe signed a contract with the club.[9]

Argeș Pitești

On 13 September 2019 Argeș Pitești announced that Marius Alexe signed a contract with the club.[10]

International career

Alexe has played for a number of youth teams, starting with Romania U-17 for which he played 6 games and scored 1 goal.[11] He also played for Romania U-19, where he amassed 8 games and scored 1 goal, and Romania U-21[12] for which he has played 10 times.[13]

Alexe played his first match for Romania national football team in a game against Luxembourg on 29 March 2011. He came on in the 84th minute for Adrian Mutu.[14][15]

Playing style

Alexe is able to play both as a striker and as a left winger. His greatest assets are without a doubt his speed and technique. Alexe has great acceleration and very impressive pace, enabling him to dominate the left flank. He possesses great dribbling skills, control and passing ability, which, along with his agility, make him a very tough player to mark. Alexe is naturally right footed, but it is barely noticeable because he controls the ball so well with either foot. He is very elegant in his playing style, and just like Thierry Henry, he likes to wait on the left flank for the ball, before cutting into the middle and looking for the target. Not only is Alexe able to produce scoring opportunities to his teammates, his great finishing allows him to score goals from almost any range, and that, together with his great heading ability, makes him an excellent option as a striker.

Club statistics

Statistics accurate as of match played 30 September 2019[12][13][16]

Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Astra Ploiești 2008–09 236000000266
2009–10 3200000032
Total 268000000268
Dinamo București 2009–10 255105000315
2010–11 255530000308
2011–12 275403000345
2012–13 311522201[lower-alpha 1]03617
2014–15 26620001[lower-alpha 2]0296
2015–16 1000000010
Total 135361451001016041
Sassuolo 2013–14 6020000080
Karabükspor 2015–16 317310000348
2016–17 1000000010
2017–18 5100000051
Total 378310000409
Podbrezová 2016–17 1000000010
Aris Limassol 2017–18 9000000090
Concordia Chiajna 2018–19 8000000080
Argeș Pitești 2019–20 2000000020
Career total 224521961002025558
  1. Appearance in the Supercupa României
  2. Appearances in the Cupa Ligii

Honours

Club

References

  1. "Dinamo Bucharest Star Marius Alexe On Chelsea Radar". goal.com. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
  2. http://www.gsp.ro/fotbal/liga-1/foto-si-livetext-chiajna-dinamo-0-2-alexe-marcheaza-din-penalty-si-realizeaza-dubla-32-55-324494.html Alexe: Pentru tine tata
  3. http://www.gsp.ro/fotbal/liga-1/motivul-din-spatele-neputintei-lui-alexe-moartea-tatalui-m-a-darimat-era-punctul-meu-de-sprijin-si-de-echilibru-in-viata-323945.html Moarte tatalui m-am daramat
  4. http://www.gsp.ro/fotbal/liga-1/renasterea-italiana-dinamo-a-invins-ceahlaul-si-a-urcat-pe-primul-loc-in-campionat-326024.html Renasterea Italiana
  5. "Clauze speciale » Dinamo îşi umple conturile dacă Alexe dă multe goluri la Sassuolo!" (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 9 July 2013.
  6. "Alexe, la cutit!" (in Romanian). ProSport. 14 January 2014.
  7. "Dinamo, emotii pe final cu FC Brasov. A revenit Alexe" (in Romanian). Adevărul. 30 August 2014.
  8. "Marius Alexe ile Resmi Sözleşme İmzalanmıştır" (in Turkish). Karabükspor official website. 22 July 2015.
  9. Cinci jucători au completat lotul Concordiei. csconcordia.ro (in Romanian)
  10. "Bun venit, Marius Alexe!" (in Romanian). Argeș Pitești. 13 September 2019. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  11. http://www.uefa.com/teamsandplayers/players/player=103856/profile/index.html Alexe Uefa Profile
  12. Marius Alexe at Soccerway
  13. Marius Alexe at RomanianSoccer.ro (in Romanian) and StatisticsFootball.com
  14. Marius Alexe at National-Football-Teams.com
  15. "Romania vs. Luxemburg 3 - 1". Soccerway. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  16. Marius Alexe at WorldFootball.net
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