Ciprian Tătărușanu

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.

Ciprian Tătărușanu
Tătărușanu with Romania in 2012
Personal information
Full name Anton Ciprian Tătărușanu[1]
Date of birth (1986-02-09) 9 February 1986 (age 35)
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Number 1
Youth career
Juventus București
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Juventus București 29 (0)
2006–2008 Gloria Bistrița 26 (0)
2008–2014 Steaua București 133 (0)
2008–2009Gloria Bistrița (loan) 19 (0)
2014–2017 Fiorentina 81 (0)
2017–2019 Nantes 64 (0)
2019–2020 Lyon 2 (0)
2020– Milan 1 (0)
National team
2006–2009 Romania U21 13 (0)
2010–2020 Romania 73 (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.

Club career

Early career

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.[2]

Steaua București

Tătărușanu with Steaua București in 2011

In May 2008, it was announced that 22-year-old Tătărușanu was transferred to FC Steaua București for a fee of 1.5 million.[3][4] 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,[5] 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.[6] He made his debut for the Viola on 18 September, in a 3–0 UEFA Europa League group stage victory over French side Guingamp.[7]

He recorded seven appearances in the competition, including a 1–1 round of 32 draw against Tottenham Hotspur.[8] 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.[9]


In late July 2017, Tătărușanu was transferred by French club FC Nantes for an undisclosed fee.[10][11] He made his competitive debut on 12 August in a 0–1 defeat to Marseille, being named man of the match for his performance.[12][13] On 20 December 2017, he finished second behind Constantin Budescu in the 2017 Romanian Footballer of the Year award.[14]

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.[15]


On 13 June 2019, Tătărușanu chose to stay in France and joined Olympique Lyonnais as a free agent.[16] 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.

AC Milan

On 12 September 2020, A.C. Milan announced Tătărușanu as their new player after he agreed to a three-year deal with the club.[17][18] One day earlier, Lyon had revealed the transfer fee for the 34-year-old to be €500,000.[citation needed]

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.[19] Tătărușanu received the highest grade from the hosts in the derby.[20]

International career

Tătărușanu taking a goal kick for Romania in June 2012

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.[21]

Tătărușanu was picked for the preliminary 28-man UEFA Euro 2016 squad and eventually made it to the final list.[22] 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.[23]

Career statistics


As of match played 26 January 2021[24]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Juventus București 2003–04 Liga II 100010
2004–05 Liga II 800080
2005–06 Liga II 20000200
2006–07 Liga III 001010
Total 29010300
Gloria Bistrița 2006–07 Liga I 100010
2007–08 Liga I 2500030280
Gloria Bistrița (loan) 2008–09 Liga I 19010200
Total 4501030490
Steaua București 2009–10 Liga I 1501040200
2010–11 Liga I 3405080470
2011–12 Liga I 280007010360
2012–13 Liga I 27000120390
2013–14 Liga I 2903012010450
Total 133090430201870
Fiorentina 2014–15 Serie A 902070180
2015–16 Serie A 3700020390
2016–17 Serie A 3502070440
Total 810401601010
Nantes 2017–18 Ligue 1 3700000370
2018–19 Ligue 1 2702010300
Total 6402010670
Lyon 2019–20 Ligue 1 2010300060
Milan 2020–21 Serie A 10202050
Career totals 355020040640204450


Tătărușanu playing for Romania against Sweden in March 2019
As of 18 November 2020[25][26]
National teamYearAppsGoals
Romania 201010



Steaua București




  1. "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)
  2. "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)
  3. "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)
  4. "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)
  6. "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)
  7. "Fiorentina 3–0 Guingamp". 18 September 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. "Tottenham 1–1 Fiorentina". 19 February 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. "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)
  10. "Official: Tatarusanu to Nantes". Football Italia. 27 July 2017. Retrieved 27 July 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. "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)
  12. "Ocampos snatches late winner for Marseille in Nantes". ESPN. 12 August 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. "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)
  14. "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)
  15. "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)
  16. "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)
  17. 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
  18. Milan sign Lyon goalkeeper Tatarusanu
  19. "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.
  20. 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”
  22. "Romania Euro 2016 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  23. După 73 de meciuri pentru România, căpitanul Ciprian Tătărușanu se retrage din activitatea la echipa națională
  24. Ciprian Tătărușanu at Soccerway. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  25. Ciprian Tătărușanu at
  26. "Ciprian Tătărușanu". European Football. Retrieved 8 October 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)