Nicolae Manea

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Nicolae Manea
Personal information
Date of birth(1954-03-11)11 March 1954
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Date of death 15 December 2014(2014-12-15) (aged 60)
Place of death Bucharest, Romania
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10+12 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1967–1973 Rapid București
Senior career*
1973–1980 Rapid București [lower-alpha 1] 108 (32)
1980–1981 Steaua București 9 (1)
1981–1987 Rapid București [lower-alpha 2] 113 (17)
1987–1991 Gloria Bistrița [lower-alpha 3] 70 (28)
International career
1975–1976 Romania Olympic [1] [2] 11 (2)
1976 Romania 1 (0)
Managerial career
1991–1992 Drobeta-Turnu Severin
1992–1996 Unirea Dej
1996–1997 Bihor Oradea
1997 Rapid București
1998 Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț
1999 Rapid București
1999 Romania U-21
2002–2005 Romania U-21
2005 FC Brașov
2009–2010 Rapid București
2010–2013 Gloria Bistrița
2013 Corona Brașov
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Nicolae Manea (11 March 1954 – 15 December 2014) was a Romanian football player and manager. [3] [4] [5]


Life and career

Manea was born in Bucharest. [1] [3] [6] He joined Rapid București at the age of 12 and played there professionally from 1973 to 1980 and again from 1981 to 1987. He had a short stint with Steaua București in 1980 and ended his career playing for Gloria Bistrița in the late 80s. [1] [3] [4] He scored both of Rapid's goals in the 2–1 victory against Universitatea Craiova in the 1975 Cupa României final. [5] [7] [8]

International career

Nicolae Manea played one game for Romania when coach Ștefan Kovács used him in a friendly which ended 2–2 against Iran, played on Aryamehr Stadium from Tehran. [9] [10]

Coaching career

He coached Drobeta-Turnu Severin, Unirea Dej, Bihor Oradea, Rapid București (several times), Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț, FC Brașov, Gloria Bistrița, Corona Brașov and the Romanian national under-21 football team. [3] [5] [4]


He was diagnosed with liver cancer at the beginning of 2014. He died on 15 December 2014, in Bucharest. [5] [4] [11]



Rapid București

Gloria Bistrița


Rapid București


  1. The statistics for the 1977–78, 1978–79 and 1979–80 Divizia B seasons are unavailable. [1]
  2. The statistics for the 1980–81, 1981–82 and 1982–83 Divizia B seasons are unavailable. [1]
  3. The statistics for the 1989–90 Divizia B season are unavailable. [1]

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