Darío Cvitanich

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Darío Cvitanich
Personal information
Full nameDarío Cvitanich
Date of birth (1984-05-16) 16 May 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth Baradero, Argentina
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) [1]
Playing position(s) 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 14 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Darío Cvitanich (Croatian : Dario Cvitanić; born 16 May 1984) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a striker for Racing Club de Avellaneda.




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. [2] 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.


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 [3] and scored his first goal against NAC Breda on 12 December 2008. [4] 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.

Loan to Pachuca

Cvitanich joined Mexican side Pachuca on a year's loan on 1 January 2010. [5] [6] 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.

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.

OGC Nice

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

Return to Pachuca

On 5 January 2015, Cvitanich joined Mexican Liga MX [7] club Pachuca. [8]

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 [9]
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." [10] 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. [11]

Personal life

Cvitanich obtained a Croatian passport in August 2008. [12] 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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