Nicolae Dumitru (footballer)

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Nicolae Dumitru
Personal information
Full name Nicolae Nicușor Dumitru
Date of birth(1928-12-12)12 December 1928
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Date of death 8 August 2005(2005-08-08) (aged 76)
Place of death Bucharest, Romania
Position(s) Striker
Senior career*
1945–1947 Sparta București [lower-alpha 1] 14 (2)
1947–1949 Metalochimic București [lower-alpha 2] 23 (11)
1949–1959 Dinamo București 168 (45)
International career
1953–1955 Romania 8 (0)
Managerial career
1959–1963 Dinamo București
1963–1964 Dinamo București
1965–1967 Victoria București
1967–1969 SC Bacău
1969–1972 Dinamo București
1973–1974 Ghana
1974–1976 Dinamo București
1976–1978 SC Bacău
1982–1984 Dinamo București
1984–1986 SC Bacău
1986–1988 Victoria București
1988–1989 Argeș Pitești
1991 Progresul Brăila
1993 Progresul București
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Nicolae "Nicușor" Dumitru (12 December 1928 – 8 August 2005) was a Romanian striker and manager.


He is the most successful Manager in Romania, winning the Romanian First League on 7 occasions, all with Dinamo București. [3] Nicolae Dumitru also won two Romanian Cups, and went on to guide Dinamo to the European Cup semi-finals in the 1983–84 season. [4] He has a total of 558 matches as manager in Divizia A. [5]

Club career

Nicolae Dumitru was born on 12 December 1928 in Bucharest, Romania and he started playing football in 1945 at Sparta București in the regional championship and then in Divizia B, after two seasons going to play for Metalul București also in Divizia B, helping the team promote to Divizia A where he made his debut under coach Augustin Botescu on 22 August 1948 in a 6–1 loss against CFR Timișoara. [1] [6] He was transferred at Dinamo București in 1949 where he spent 10 seasons, in the 1955 Divizia A season helping the club win the first Divizia A title in its history, being used by coach Angelo Niculescu in 21 matches in which he scored two goals. [1] [7] [8] He also won the 1958–59 Cupa României and played in the first European match of a Romanian team in the 1956–57 European Cup in the 3–1 victory against Galatasaray, helping The Red Dogs go to the next phase of the competition where they were eliminated by CDNA Sofia, against whom he scored a goal. [1] [9] [10] On 23 August 1959, Dumitru played his last Divizia A match for Dinamo in a 0–0 against Minerul Lupeni, having a total of 191 matches in which he scored 56 goals in the competition. [1]

International career

Nicolae Dumitru played 8 games at international level for Romania. [11] He made his debut at the 1954 World Cup qualifiers under coach Gheorghe Popescu I, playing in three games, the first one was a 2–0 loss against Czechoslovakia, the second was a 3–1 victory against Bulgaria and the third was a 1–0 loss against Czechoslovakia. [11] [12] [13] [14] His following five games were friendlies, his last appearance was in a 1–1 against Bulgaria. [11] [15]

Managerial career

"Mr Nae is part of the golden triumvirate of Dinamo coaches, along with Angelo Niculescu and Traian Ionescu."

Cornel Dinu, former Dinamo player [4]

Nicolae Dumitru started his managerial career at Dinamo București, having several spells at the club, winning a total of 7 Divizia A titles and two Cupa României. [3] [4] He also guided Dinamo to the European Cup semi-finals in the 1983–84 season after eliminating Kuusysi Lahti, Hamburg who was the defending European Cup champion and Dinamo Minsk, before being eliminated with 3–1 on aggregate by Liverpool. [1] [4] [16] Dumitru also coached Victoria București, SC Bacău, Argeș Pitești, Progresul Brăila and Progresul București in Divizia A, having a total of 558 matches as manager in the competition, consisting of 250 victories, 120 draws and 188 losses, his only coaching experience outside Romania was when he coached Ghana's national team from 1973 until 1974. [4] [5] [17] [18] Nicolae Dumitru died on 8 August 2005 in Bucharest at age 76. [1] [4] [19]



Metalul București

Dinamo București


Dinamo București


  1. The Divizia A 1940–41 was the last season before World War II and the Divizia A 1946–47 was the first one after, so the appearances during this period for Sparta București are not official with the exception of the 1945–46 regional championship, also the statistics for the 1946–47 Divizia B season are unavailable. [1] [2]
  2. The statistics for the 1947–48 Divizia B season are unavailable. [1]

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