|Full name Denis Alibec|
2001–2006 Callatis Mangalia
Weight 77 kg
Height 1.87 m
|Playing position |
Place of birth Mangalia, Romania
Name Denis Alibec
Salary 210,000 EUR (2014)
|Date of birth (1991-01-05) 5 January 1991 (age 24)|
Current teams FC Astra Giurgiu (#7 / Forward), Romania national football team (Forward)
Similar People Constantin Budescu, William De Amorim, Marius Sumudica, Silviu Lung Jr, Gabriel Enache
Denis Alibec first match at Inter Milano
Denis Alibec ([ˈali.bek]; born 5 January 1991) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays for Steaua București and the Romania national team as a forward.
- Denis Alibec first match at Inter Milano
- Early years
- Astra Giurgiu
- Return to Steaua Bucureti
- International career
- International goals
Alibec began his football career in Romania playing for the youth clubs of Callatis Mangalia, Steaua București and Farul Constanța, making his professional debut with the latter. In 2009, aged 18, he moved to Italy with the academy of Internazionale. After several loans, Alibec returned to Romania to sign with Astra Giurgiu. He became a regular starter and goalscorer, aiding Astra win its first ever national title before rejoining Steaua București in 2017.
Alibec is a full international for Romania from 2015, and played at the UEFA Euro 2016. He has previously represented the Romania's under-17, under-19 and under-21 teams.
At the age of ten, after only playing ball on the beaches of native Mangalia, Alibec chose to focus entirely on football and joined Callatis Mangalia's youth setup. He had a brief spell with Steaua București's juniors before making his senior debut on 27 September 2008 with Farul Constanța, where he managed to score two goals in 18 Liga I matches.
In July 2009, it was announced that Alibec signed a four-year contract with Italian club Inter Milan.
On 19 May 2010, Alibec scored a goal in each half to give Inter victory over Bayern Munich in the UEFA Under-18 Challenge match, part of UEFA Grassroots Day. Alibec made his Serie A debut on 21 November 2010, coming on as an 68th-minute substitute for Jonathan Biabiany in a 1–2 defeat against Chievo Verona. He was in rich form in the Campionato Primavera Girone B after scoring eight goals in nine games.
On 24 August 2011, Alibec was loaned to Belgian Pro League side Mechelen on a one-year deal.
In January 2014, top-flight club Astra Giurgiu transferred Alibec for an undisclosed fee, with the player penning a four-and-a-half-year contract.
He established himself as one of the division's best players, ending the 2015–16 campaign with 33 matches and 20 goals all competitions comprised as Astra Giurgiu claimed its first-ever championship title. On 18 August 2016, Alibec netted the equalizer in a 1–1 draw with West Ham United in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League play-off round. He went on to make five appearances and score two goals in the group stage of that competition.
His notable display throughout 2016 won him a Romanian Footballer of the Year award.
Return to Steaua București
On 5 January 2017, Alibec moved to Steaua București on a five-year deal for a transfer fee in the region of €2 million. The buyout clause set at €20 million. He scored his first competitive goal from the penalty spot in a league game against CFR Cluj on 5 February.
On 2 August 2017, he scored his first European goal for the Roș-albaștrii in a UEFA Champions League third qualifying round 4–1 away win over Viktoria Plzeň.
Alibec played for Romania's under-17, under-19 and under-21 teams.
On 11 October 2015, after being called up on several occasions in the past, Alibec gained his first cap for the full side in the last UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying match against Faroe Islands, replacing Bogdan Stancu in the 90th minute. In June 2016, he was picked by Anghel Iordănescu for his squad at the final tournament in France and appeared as a substitute in Romania's opening game, a 2–1 defeat to the host.