Ion Nunweiller

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Ion Nunweiller
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Ion Nunweiller in 1971
Personal information
Date of birth(1936-01-09)9 January 1936
Place of birth Piatra Neamţ, Romania
Date of death 3 February 2015(2015-02-03) (aged 79)
Place of death Pitești, Romania
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
1950–1951 Progresul ICAB București
1951–1955 Dinamo București
Senior career*
1956 Dinamo 6 București
1956–1968 Dinamo București [lower-alpha 1] 244 (19)
1968–1970 Fenerbahçe 57 (6)
1970–1972 Dinamo București 35 (0)
International career
1958–1967 Romania 40 [lower-alpha 2] (0)
Managerial career
1972–1975 Dinamo București
1976–1979 Dinamo București
1979–1981 Romania U21
1981–1983 Gloria Bistrița
1984–1985 Corvinul Hunedoara
1985–1986 Victoria București
1986–1989 Flacăra Moreni
1990 Argeș Pitești
1990–1991 Bursaspor
1991–1992 Argeș Pitești (technical director)
1992–1993 Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț
1996–1998 Romania (women)
1998–1999 FC Baia Mare
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Ion Nunweiller (9 January 1936 – 3 February 2015) was a Romanian football defender and manager. [4]


Club career

Ion Nunweiller was born in Piatra Neamț on 9 January 1936. [1] [5] He had an Austrian father named Johann Nunweiller, who settled in Piatra Neamț after World War II where he met his wife, Rozina, later they moved from Piatra Neamț to Bucharest. [6] He had six brothers, the oldest one of them, Constantin was a water polo player and the other five: Dumitru, Lică, Victor, Radu and Eduard were footballers, each of them having at least one spell at Dinamo București, they are the reason why the club's nickname is "The Red Dogs". [6] [7] Ion made his Divizia A debut, playing for Dinamo București on 12 August 1956 in a 2–0 victory against Dinamo Bacău. [1] [5] Throughout his two spells at Dinamo București he won five Divizia A titles and three Cupa României, also appearing in the first European match of a Romanian team in the 1956–57 European Cup in the 3–1 victory against Galatasaray, helping the team go to the next phase of the competition where they were eliminated by CDNA Sofia, playing for Dinamo in a total of 19 European Cup matches in which he scored two goals in the 1963–64 edition, one in a 2–0 victory against East Germany champion, Motor Jena which helped the club advance to the next phase where they were eliminated by Real Madrid, scoring in a 5–3 loss and made one appearance in an Inter-Cities Fairs Cup match. [1] [5] [8] [9] [10] [11] Nunweiller spent two seasons in Turkey at Fenerbahçe from 1968 until 1970, making him one of the first Romanians to play professional football in Turkey. [8] [12] During his period spent in Turkey, Nunweiller won a Turkish Super League title, a TSYD Cup in which he scored the only goal from the final against Beşiktaş, played four games in the 1968–69 European Cup where he helped Fenerbahçe eliminate the champion of England, Manchester City, was elected the best foreign player of the Turkish league in the 1969–70 season and in his second season spent at the club he was coached by Traian Ionescu and was teammate with Ilie Datcu, all of them previously working together at Dinamo. [1] [8] [12] [13]

International career

Ion Nunweiller played 26 games at international level for Romania, making his debut on 26 October 1958 under coach Augustin Botescu in a friendly which ended with a 2–1 loss against Hungary. [2] [14] He played four games at the 1960 European Nations' Cup qualifiers as Romania reached the quarter-finals where they were defeated by Czechoslovakia, who advanced to the final tournament. [2] Nunweiller played two games at the 1964 European Nations' Cup qualifiers, one game at the 1966 World Cup qualifiers and four at the Euro 1968 qualifiers. [2] He also played for Romania's Olympic team, appearing in four games at the 1964 Summer Olympics, helping Romania finish 5th in the competition. [4] [15]

Managerial career

After ending his playing career in 1972, Ion Nunweiller became the head coach of Dinamo București, managing to win the title in his first season. [5] [8] [15] [16] [17] He won two more titles with Dinamo, qualified Flacăra Moreni in the UEFA Cup, had an experience in Turkey at Bursaspor and obtained the first ever promotion to Divizia A of his hometown team Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț. [8] [15] Nunweiller has a total of 374 matches as a manager in the Romanian top-division, Divizia A consisting of 163 victories, 76 draws and 135 losses. [18]

On 25 March 2008, Nunweiller was decorated by the president of Romania, Traian Băsescu for all of his achievements as a football coach, and for forming young generations of future champions with Ordinul "Meritul Sportiv" — (The Order "The Sportive Merit") class III. [19]



Dinamo București



Dinamo București

Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț


  1. The statistics for the 1957 unofficial championship called Cupa Primăverii are not taken into consideration. [1]
  2. Including 14 appearances for Romania's Olympic team [2] [3]

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  7. "Destinul fratilor Nunweiller, cei care au dat numele de "cainii-rosii". "Nevestele ne-au indepartat"" [The Destiny of the Nunweiller Brothers, who gave the name of "Red Dogs". "The wives separated us"] (in Romanian). Retrieved 4 October 2017.
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