Anton Ciprian Tătărușanu (Romanian pronunciation: [anˈton t͡ʃipriˈan tətəruˈʃanu]; born 9 February 1986) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Italian Serie A club Milan.
Tătărușanu with Romania in 2012
|Full name||Anton Ciprian Tătărușanu|
|Date of birth||9 February 1986|
|Place of birth||Bucharest, Romania|
|Height||1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|2008–2009||→ Gloria Bistrița (loan)||19||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 January 2021|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2020
He started his senior career in Romania with Juventus București, going on to represent Gloria Bistrița and FC Steaua București in the country. Tătărușanu made over 180 appearances in all competitions for the latter, and in the summer of 2014 joined Fiorentina on a free transfer. After three seasons with the Viola, he moved to France with spells at Nantes and Lyon. In September 2020, Tătărușanu transferred back to Italy and signed for Milan.
Tătărușanu earned 73 caps for the Romania senior team, for which he made his debut in 2010. He was a member of the squad that participated at the UEFA Euro 2016, starting in all three group stage matches of the competition. Four years later, Tătărușanu announced his retirement from the national team at age 34.
Born in Bucharest, Tătărușanu began his football career with local Juventus București. He later joined Gloria Bistrița, making his first division debut in a 1–0 away victory over Unirea Urziceni on 23 May 2007.
In May 2008, it was announced that 22-year-old Tătărușanu was transferred to FC Steaua București for a fee of €1.5 million. He spent the following season on loan at Gloria Bistrița, as the Roș-albaștrii already had a first-choice goalkeeper in the person of Róbinson Zapata.
Tătărușanu made his European debut on 16 July 2009, in a 2–0 UEFA Europa League victory against Hungarian side Újpest. On 2 August, he played his first Liga I game for Steaua in a 2–0 win over Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț. On 19 August 2010, he helped his team progress further to the Europa League group stage after making two saves at a penalty shootout against Swiss club Grasshopper.
In June 2011, it was reported that Napoli submitted a €3 million bid for the transfer of Tătărușanu, but the offer was rejected. During his spell in the capital, he amassed competitive totals of 187 games and won four domestic trophies.
Tătărușanu refused to renew his contract with Steaua București and left the club on Bosman ruling, subsequently signing a five-year deal with Italian team Fiorentina on 9 June 2014. He made his debut for the Viola on 18 September, in a 3–0 UEFA Europa League group stage victory over French side Guingamp.
He recorded seven appearances in the competition, including a 1–1 round of 32 draw against Tottenham Hotspur. On 6 January 2015, he played his first Serie A match, a 0–1 loss to Parma. Tătărușanu was then chosen in the starting eleven for eight consecutive games, until a 1–1 draw with Torino. He made his last appearance of the 2014–15 season in the final league fixture, a 3–0 win over Chievo.
Following the departure of Neto to Juventus in July 2015, Tătărușanu became the undisputed first-choice goalkeeper for Fiorentina, with his good display earning him the Gazeta Sporturilor's 2015 Romanian Footballer of the Year award.
In late July 2017, Tătărușanu was transferred by French club FC Nantes for an undisclosed fee. He made his competitive debut on 12 August in a 0–1 defeat to Marseille, being named man of the match for his performance. On 20 December 2017, he finished second behind Constantin Budescu in the 2017 Romanian Footballer of the Year award.
Tătărușanu amassed 37 appearances in his first campaign with "the Canaries", all in the Ligue 1, and managed to keep twelve clean sheets. In early April 2019, he saved two penalty kicks in successive matches; the first in a 0–3 Coupe de France loss to Paris Saint-Germain, and the second in a 0–1 league loss to Toulouse.
On 13 June 2019, Tătărușanu chose to stay in France and joined Olympique Lyonnais as a free agent. He recorded his debut on 18 December that year, in a Coupe de la Ligue 4–1 win against Toulouse. He only played six matches overall during his one-year spell, as he was considered a backup option to regular starter Anthony Lopes.
On 12 September 2020, A.C. Milan announced Tătărușanu as their new player after he agreed to a three-year deal with the club. One day earlier, Lyon had revealed the transfer fee for the 34-year-old to be €500,000.
Having become the second-choice goalkeeper again, this time to Gianluigi Donnarumma, he recorded his debut on 26 October in a 3–3 league draw with Roma, after the former tested positive for COVID-19. Tătărușanu received the highest grade from the hosts in the derby.
In August 2009, Tătărușanu was selected by manager Răzvan Lucescu in Romania's squad for a match against Hungary. His full international debut came in a 1–1 draw against Italy, on 17 November 2010. He became a bronze medalist at the Cyprus International Football Tournament in 2011.
Tătărușanu was picked for the preliminary 28-man UEFA Euro 2016 squad and eventually made it to the final list. He played in all three matches of the eventual group-stage exit, including the opener against hosts France.
On 19 November 2020, the following day after earning his 73rd cap for the country in a UEFA Nations League 1–1 draw with Northern Ireland, Tătarușanu publicly announced his retirement from the national team.
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Juventus București||2003–04||Liga II||1||0||0||0||—||—||—||1||0|
|Gloria Bistrița||2006–07||Liga I||1||0||0||0||—||—||—||1||0|
|Gloria Bistrița (loan)||2008–09||Liga I||19||0||1||0||—||—||—||20||0|
|Steaua București||2009–10||Liga I||15||0||1||0||—||4||0||—||20||0|
- Liga I: 2012–13, 2013–14
- Cupa României: 2010–11; runner-up: 2013–14
- Supercupa României: 2013; runner-up: 2011
- "UEFA Nations League 2019: Booking List before League phase Matchday 5" (PDF). UEFA. 6 November 2018. p. 12. Retrieved 24 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Tatarusanu iese din grupul integralistilor" [Tătărușanu gets out of the group who played all matches this season] (in Romanian). Liga Profesionistă de Fotbal. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Tatarusanu s-a transferat la Steaua" [Tătărușanu was transferred to Steaua] (in Romanian). BZI. 27 May 2008. Retrieved 15 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Analiza lui Babicu': Panti "mai experimentat", Tătăruşanu "mai mobil"" [Babicu's analysis: Panti "is more experienced", Tătărușanu "is more flexible"] (in Romanian). ProSport. 2 April 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "MOSSA A SORPRESA DI BIGON: OFFERTI 3 MLN PER TATARUSANU!" [BIGON'S SURPRISE MOVE: 3 MILLION OFFER FOR TĂTĂRUȘANU] (in Italian). CalcioNapoli24. 17 June 2011.
- "TATARUSANU E' UN GIOCATORE DELLA FIORENTINA" [TĂTĂRUȘANU IS A FIORENTINA PLAYER] (in Italian). ACF Fiorentina. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Fiorentina 3–0 Guingamp". UEFA.com. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Tottenham 1–1 Fiorentina". UEFA.com. 19 February 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Anul lui Gulliver! Surprize în Ancheta Gazetei: care sînt cei cinci laureaţi din Superlativele GSP" [Gulliver's year! Surprises in Gazeta's ranking: who are the five nominees of the GSP Superlatives]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 23 December 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Official: Tatarusanu to Nantes". Football Italia. 27 July 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Fiorentina, Tatarusanu ufficiale al Nantes, Corvino tratta Ndombelé" [Fiorentina, Tătărușanu to Nantes official, Corvino negotiates for Ndombelé]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). 27 July 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Ocampos snatches late winner for Marseille in Nantes". ESPN. 12 August 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Nantes-Marseille : l'OM l'emporte sur le fil" [Nantes-Marseille: the OM wins by a narrow margin]. Le Parisien (in French). 12 August 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "SUPERLATIVELE GSP 2017 » Ciprian Tătărușanu, locul 2 la "fotbalistul anului": "Când nu mai am plăcere, nu mai joc!"" [GSP SUPERLATIVES 2017 » Ciprian Tătărușanu, second place at "Footballer of the Year": "When I won't enjoy it anymore, I'll stop playing!"]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 20 December 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Ciprian Tatarusanu a mai aparat un penalti in Franta" [Ciprian Tătărușanu saved another penalty in France] (in Romanian). Ziare. 7 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Transferts: Ciprian Tatarusanu signe trois ans à Lyon" [Transfers: Ciprian Tatarusanu signs for three years with Lyon] (in French). L'Équipe. 13 June 2019. Retrieved 11 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- E GATA! Tatarusanu a semnat pe 3 ani dupa ce a trecut vizita medicala: va lua 1,2 milioane de euro pe an! Cu ce numar va juca
- Milan sign Lyon goalkeeper Tatarusanu
- "Comunicato Ufficiale: Due giocatori e tre membri del gruppo squadra sono risultati positivi al Covid-19" (Press release) (in Italian). A.C. Milan. 26 October 2020. Retrieved 19 January 2021.
- Ciprian Tătărușanu, cea mai mare notă primită de la gazde în derby-ul Milan-Inter 1-2! „Am luptat de la început până la sfârșit”
- "Romania Euro 2016 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- După 73 de meciuri pentru România, căpitanul Ciprian Tătărușanu se retrage din activitatea la echipa națională frf.ro
- Ciprian Tătărușanu at Soccerway. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
- Ciprian Tătărușanu at National-Football-Teams.com
- "Ciprian Tătărușanu". European Football. Retrieved 8 October 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)