VIDEO: Former Tottenham Defender Vlad Chiriches Scores Screamer From Own Half for Napoli

Thursday July 20th, 2017

​Remember Vlad Chiriches? If you do, it certainly won't be for his goals.

The Romanian defender scored just one of them over his two relatively underwhelming seasons with Tottenham, and was very rarely in the spotlight.

Brought in from Steaua București in 2013 with some of the money raised by the sale of Gareth Bale, Chiriches was used largely as a backup, utility option, playing at centre-back and right-back.

Since moving on to Napoli in 2015, however, the 27-year-old has experienced an upturn in fortunes. He has established himself as an important player for last season's third placed Serie A side, slotting in well to Maurizio Sarri's stylish outfit.


And in a pre-season friendly against Trento on Saturday, Chiriches scored what will probably be the most memorable goal of his career.

NAPLES, ITALY - APRIL 05: Vlad Chiriches of SSC Napoli in action during the TIM Cup match between SSC Napoli and Juventus FC at Stadio San Paolo on April 5, 2017 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)
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From just behind the halfway line, he launched a perfectly weighted shot which dipped just out of reach of the stretching goalkeeper and into the net.


Not bad for a player who's only just about reached double figures in career goals.


Chiriches' career best goal tally for a season is four, with Steaua in 2012-13, and he may well have that particular prolific landmark in his sights next season.





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