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Darío Cvitanich

Darío Cvitanich
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).

Darío Cvitanich (Croatian: Dario Cvitanić; born 16 May 1984 in Baradero, Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an Argentine football striker who plays for OGC Nice in the French Ligue 1.



Dario started his career in Club Atlético Banfield's youth and made his debut for the clubs 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 Banfields run at the Clausura 2008 tournament.


Cvitanich signed for AFC 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.


Cvitanich joined Mexican side C.F. Pachuca on loan on 1 January 2010.,[4] until the end of 2010.[5] He helped the Mexican side to win their fourth CONCACAF Champions League title, and returned to Ajax on 3 November 2010, to finish the 2010–11 season back in Amsterdam, helping Ajax to win their 30th Dutch league title.

Boca Juniors

Cvitanich signed with Boca Juniors in July 2011, on a one year loan deal from Ajax. He scored his first goal for Boca on 28 August 2011, against San Lorenzo de Almagro. Dario 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. Dario 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.

Career statistics

As of 24 October 2011[6]
Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentina League Cup South America Total
2002–03 Banfield Primera División 0 0 - - - - 0 0
2003–04 4 0 - - - - 4 0
2004–05 12 3 - - - - 12 3
2005–06 21 5 - - - - 21 5
2006–07 25 10 - - - - 25 10
2007–08 30 19 - - - - 30 19
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2008–09 AFC Ajax Eredivisie 18 9 - - - - 18 9
2009–10 6 4 - - - - 6 4
Mexico League Cup North America Total
2009–10 Pachuca (loan) Primera División 16 5 - - 2 0 18 5
2010–11 16 8 - - 2 2 18 10
Netherlands League KNVB Cup Europe Total
2010–11 AFC Ajax Eredivisie 6 0 1 0 1 0 8 0
Argentina League Cup South America Total
2011–12 Boca Juniors (loan) Primera División 24 9 1 0 7 1 32 10
France Ligue 1 Coupe de France Europe Total
Total Argentina 115 45 1 0 7 1 122 46
Mexico 32 13 - - 4 2 36 15
Netherlands 30 13 1 0 1 0 32 13
France 29 19 3 3 0 0 32 22
Career total 206 89 5 3 12 3 222 97

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".[7] 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 the great grandfather.[8]

Personal life

Cvitanich obtained a Croatian passport in August 2008.[9] He has dual citizenship, holding both Argentinean and Croatian passports.



Boca Juniors


External links

  • Irish Times
  • Argentine Primera statistics at Futbol XXI (Spanish)
  • Israel article (Hebrew)
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