Darío Cvitanich

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Darío Cvitanich
Personal information
Full nameDarío Cvitanich
Date of birth (1984-05-16) 16 May 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Baradero, Argentina
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Racing Club
Number 20
Youth career
Senior career*
2003–2008 Banfield 92 (37)
2008–2012 Ajax 30 (13)
2010–2011Pachuca (loan) 32 (13)
2011–2012Boca Juniors (loan) 27 (9)
2012–2015 Nice 69 (30)
2015 Pachuca 14 (2)
2016 Miami FC 26 (9)
2017–2019 Banfield 47 (23)
2019– Racing Club 9 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Darío Cvitanich (Croatian : Dario Cvitanić; born 16 May 1984) is an Argentine football striker who plays for Racing Club.

Croatian language South Slavic language

Croatian is the standardized variety of the Serbo-Croatian language used by Croats, principally in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Serbian province of Vojvodina, and other neighboring countries. It is the official and literary standard of Croatia and one of the official languages of the European Union. Croatian is also one of the official languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina and a recognized minority language in Serbia and neighboring countries.

Forward (association football) Association Football position played near the opponents goal

Forwards are the players on an association football team who play nearest to the opposing team's goal, and are therefore most responsible for scoring goals.

Racing Club de Avellaneda an Argentine professional sports club based in Avellaneda

Racing Club, also known simply as Racing, is an Argentine professional sports club based in Avellaneda, a city of Greater Buenos Aires. Founded in 1903, Racing has been historically considered one of the "big five" clubs of Argentine football. Racing currently plays in the Primera División, the top division of the Argentine league system.




Cvitanich started his career in Club Atlético Banfield's youth and made his debut for the club's first team at the age of 19 on 20 October 2003 in a 3–1 defeat to Olimpo de Bahía Blanca. He scored a hat-trick in a 4–0 win against Newell's Old Boys on 27 April 2007. He played, and scored, for Banfield in the Copa Libertadores 2007. [1] He also served as a loyal member of Banfield during his early youth years in Argentina. Just prior to leaving his childhood side, he excelled his final loyalty by scoring 13 times during Banfield's run at the Clausura 2008 tournament.

Club Atlético Banfield is an Argentine sports club located in the city of Banfield, Buenos Aires. Founded on 21 January 1896 by town residents of British origin, Banfield is mostly known for its football team, which currently plays in Primera División, the first division of the Argentine football league system.

A hat-trick or hat trick is the achievement of a positive feat three times in a game, or another achievement based on the number three.

Newells Old Boys Argentinian football team

Club Atlético Newell's Old Boys is an Argentine sports club based in Rosario, Santa Fe. The club was founded on 3 November 1903, and is named after Isaac Newell, from the English county of Kent, one of the pioneers of Argentine football.


Cvitanich signed for Ajax, although he did not leave Banfield until the end of the 2008 season. He was labelled the successor to Klaas-Jan Huntelaar [2] and scored his first goal against NAC Breda on 12 December 2008. [3] Following the match against NAC, Cvitanich scored his first brace and his first hat-trick in subsequent weeks against De Graafschap and ADO Den Haag. He scored his first hat-trick of the 2009–10 season against NAC Breda.

AFC Ajax Dutch association football team

Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax, also known as AFC Ajax, Ajax Amsterdam or simply Ajax, is a Dutch professional football club based in Amsterdam, that plays in the Eredivisie, the top tier in Dutch football. Historically, Ajax has been the most successful club in the Netherlands, with 33 Eredivisie titles and 18 KNVB Cups. It has continuously played in the Eredivisie, since its inception in 1956 and, along with Feyenoord and PSV, it is one of the country's "big three" clubs that have dominated that competition.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Dutch footballer

Dirk Jan Klaas "Klaas-Jan" Huntelaar, nicknamed The Hunter, is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a striker for Ajax and the Netherlands national team.

NAC Breda association football club

NAC Breda, often simply known as NAC, is a Dutch professional football club, based in Breda, Netherlands. NAC Breda play in the Rat Verlegh Stadium, named after their most important player, Antoon 'Rat' Verlegh. They play in the Eredivisie and are known by the fierce and fanatic support of their fans. In their history, NAC won one national title in 1921 and won one Cup in 1973.

Loan to Pachuca

Cvitanich joined Mexican side Pachuca on a year's loan on 1 January 2010. [4] [5] He helped the Mexican side to win their fourth CONCACAF Champions League title, and returned to Ajax on 3 November 2010, helping the club win their 30th Dutch league title.

C.F. Pachuca Mexican football club

Club de Fútbol Pachuca is a Mexican professional football team based in Pachuca, Hidalgo, that competes in Liga MX. Founded by Cornish miners in 1901, it is one of the oldest football clubs in the Americas. After decades of mediocre or poor performances between the 1st and 2nd division, Pachuca was promoted once again to the Primera División in 1998. Since then, it has been one of the most successful clubs in Mexico, winning six national championships, four CONCACAF Champions' Cups, the 2007 SuperLiga, and one Copa Sudamericana. In 2006, Pachuca became the first CONCACAF team to win a CONMEBOL tournament. Pachuca was one of the founding members of the Mexican Primera División.

The 2009–10 CONCACAF Champions League was the second edition of the CONCACAF Champions League under its current format, and overall the 45th edition of the premier football club competition organized by CONCACAF, the regional governing body of North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The tournament began on July 28, 2009 and ran through April 28, 2010. All four Mexican teams topped their groups and reached the semi-finals, with Pachuca winning the final against Cruz Azul with a 2-2 aggregate score, by the away goals rule. As winners, Pachuca qualified for the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup as the CONCACAF representative.

Loan to Boca Juniors

Cvitanich signed with Boca Juniors in July 2011, on a one-year loan deal. He scored his first goal for Boca on 28 August 2011, against San Lorenzo de Almagro. Cvitanich scored again in the last games of the tournament against Godoy Cruz, two goals against Banfield and one against All Boys. He won the 2011 Argentine Torneo Apertura with Boca Juniors, as well as help the team to place in the final of the 2012 Copa Libertadores, where they faced Corinthians from Brazil. Cvitanich was also voted Copa Libertadores player of the week, in the 10th week of the tournament in April.

Boca Juniors sports club in Argentina

Club Atlético Boca Juniors is an Argentine professional sports club based in La Boca neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. Boca Juniors is mostly known for its professional football team which, since its promotion in 1913, has always played in the Argentine Primera División, becoming the most successful team of Argentina in number of official titles, with 67 won to date. National titles won by Boca Juniors include 33 Primera División championships, and 12 domestic cups. Boca Juniors also owns an honorary title awarded by the Argentine Football Association for their successful tour of Europe in 1925.

The 2012 Copa Libertadores de América was the 53rd edition of the Copa Libertadores de América, South America's premier international club football tournament organized by CONMEBOL. It ran from January 24 to July 4, 2012. Santos were the defending champions, but lost to Corinthians in the semifinals.

Sport Club Corinthians Paulista Multisport club based in São Paulo, Brazil

Sport Club Corinthians Paulista is a Brazilian multi-sport club based in São Paulo, Brazil. Although they compete in a number of different sports, Corinthians is mostly known for its professional association football team.

OGC Nice

On 25 July 2012, Cvitanich joined French Ligue 1 outfit OGC Nice on a three-year contract.

Ligue 1 French professional league for association football clubs

Ligue 1, also called Ligue 1 Conforama for sponsorship reasons with Conforama, is a French professional league for men's association football clubs. At the top of the French football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Administrated by the Ligue de Football Professionnel, Ligue 1 is contested by 20 clubs and operates on a system of promotion and relegation with Ligue 2.

OGC Nice association football club in France

Olympique Gymnaste Club Nice Côte d'Azur, commonly referred to as OGC Nice or simply Nice, is a French association football club based in Nice. The club was founded in 1904 and currently plays in Ligue 1, the top tier of French football. Nice plays its home matches at the Allianz Riviera. Nice are managed by former French international Patrick Vieira and captained by Brazilian defender Dante.

Return to Pachuca

On 5 January 2015, Cvitanich joined Mexican Liga MX [6] club Pachuca. [7]

After having a second knee injury and as a consequence missed the rest of the tournament, Pachuca agreed to released him from the team and hired Franco Jara as his replacement.

Career statistics

As of 24 October 2011 [8]
Club performanceLeagueCupContinentalTotal
ArgentinaLeagueCup South America Total
2002–03 Banfield Primera División 00----00
2003–04 40----40
2004–05 123----123
2005–06 215----215
2006–07 2510----2510
2007–08 3019----3019
NetherlandsLeague KNVB Cup Europe Total
2008–09 AFC Ajax Eredivisie 189----189
2009–10 64----64
MexicoLeagueCup North America Total
2009–10 Pachuca (loan) Primera División 165--20185
2010–11 168--221810
2014–15 102--22102
NetherlandsLeague KNVB Cup Europe Total
2010–11 AFC Ajax Eredivisie 60101080
ArgentinaLeagueCup South America Total
2011–12 Boca Juniors (loan) Primera División 24910713210
FranceLigue 1 Coupe de France Europe Total
2012–13 Nice Ligue 1 291933003222
2013–14 31811213410
2014–15 931100104
Career total25810275134278113

International career

Cvitanich was born in Argentina with distant Croatian heritage. He established himself as a quality footballer in his home country playing for Banfield in the Argentine Primera División. After much consideration he eventually pledged to play for the Croatia national team, stating that "such an opportunity only comes once and you must take it." [9] It became known on 14 January 2009 that he couldn't play for Croatia, because the FIFA rules do not allow nationality to be taken from great grandparents. [10]

Personal life

Cvitanich obtained a Croatian passport in August 2008. [11] He has dual citizenship, holding both Argentinean and Croatian passports. The surname Cvitanić has his origin on the island of Brač. During the last century, every tenth citizen of the island was one of the family of the Cvitanić's.



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