Christian Chivu scored three times in 75 games for the Romania senior national team and he didn’t win any major trophy during his time in the team. Christian Chivu was in the team for a period of eleven (11) years. His debut was in 1999 and he called time on his career with the team in 2010.
Chivu had earlier been selected to represent the Romania u-21 team and he was soon invited into the senior national team. He didn’t win a major trophy for Romania as revealed earlier, but he was part of the squad that won the Cyprus International Football Tournament in 2001.
Inter Milan legend Christian Chivu represented Romania at both the Euro 2000 and 2008 tournaments. His first major tournament with his country was at Euro 2000 in the Netherlands and Belgium.Chivu played all the four matches as Romania reached the quarterfinals before exiting the tournament. The ex-Inter defender featured from the start in all the four games at Euro 2000 starting from the opener against Germany in Group A.
Mehmet Scholl scored the equaliser for the Germans after Viorel Moldovan had given Romania the lead on five minutes as the two teams settled for a 1-1 draw. In their second group match, Costinha scored late in the game to give Portugal a 1-0 win at the expense of Chivu and Romania. The midfielder scored the winning goal in the fourth minute of added time.
In their final group game, Romania sealed second place ahead of both Germany and England thanks to the 3-2 comeback win over the English team. Christian Chivu scored the opening goal of the five-goal thriller.
Romania were able to qualify from a tough group and that might have taken a toll on them as they were easily beaten by eventual finalists Italy through goals from Francesco Totti and Filippo Inzaghi in the first half. The Italians ran out 2-0 winners.