Nicolao Dumitru

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Nicolao Dumitru
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Dumitru with Italy U-19 in 2010
Personal information
Full name Nicolao Manuel Dumitru Cardoso
Date of birth (1991-10-12) 12 October 1991 (age 29)
Place of birth Nacka, [1] Stockholm, Sweden
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Left winger, forward
Club information
Current team
Suwon Bluewings
Number 27
Youth career
2005–2010 Empoli
Senior career*
2008–2010 Empoli 2 (0)
2010–2017 Napoli 9 (0)
2011–2012Empoli (loan) 25 (4)
2012–2013Ternana (loan) 15 (1)
2013–2014Cittadella (loan) 18 (1)
2014Reggina (loan) 13 (2)
2014–2015Veria (loan) 27 (6)
2015–2016Latina (loan) 34 (7)
2016–2017Nottingham Forest (loan) 10 (1)
2017–2018 Alcorcón 12 (2)
2018–2019 Gimnàstic 13 (1)
2019 Livorno 8 (0)
2019–2021 Gaz Metan Mediaș 41 (12)
2021– Suwon Bluewings 14 (1)
National team
2009–2010 Italy U-19 [2] 10 (1)
2010–2011 Italy U-20 [2] 9 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 3 April 2021

Nicolao Manuel Dumitru Cardoso [2] (born 12 October 1991) is an Italian professional footballer who plays for korean club Suwon Bluewings. Mainly a left winger, he can also play as a forward.


Club career

Early career

Dumitru started his professional career at Empoli, in a match during the 2008–09 season in Serie B. He also played another game in the following season, still at Serie B level.


On 31 August 2010, he was signed by Serie A club S.S.C. Napoli at age 18 and 11 months. [3] He failed to break into the first team during his period at Napoli, making only nine Serie A appearances at the club. Dumitru also played a few games for the reserve.

Return to Empoli

On 20 July 2011, it was announced Dumitru would return to Empoli in Serie B for the 2011–12 season on a one-year loan basis. [4] On 27 August he scored on his debut, in the first match of the league, against Juve Stabia.

Further Italian loan spells

On 23 July 2012, Dumitru joined Serie B club Ternana on a season-long loan deal until the end of the 2012–13 season. [5] On 31 January 2013 the loan was terminated. [6] Dumitru joined Citadella on a temporary deal the same day. [7] He joined Reggina on loan for the 2013–14 season. [8]


On 13 August 2014, Greek club Veria announced the loan signing of Dumitru from Napoli on a one-year deal. [9] He debuted on 24 August 2014 in the season's premiere home match against Skoda Xanthi where he scored his first goal. On 13 September 2014, in a match against Kerkyra, he scored his second goal and was the victim of "derogatory and racist remarks" Horacio Cardozo. [10] [11] The incident was reported by Veria's squad [12] and Cardozo was invited by the Hellenic Football Federation to further give an explanation of the incident that took place. The HFF found Cardozo not guilty due to the lack of strong evidence.[ citation needed ] Dumitru was twice nominated for the Best Goal award for the goals that he scored on the first matchday as well as on the third, and won the award for his second goal in the championship. He also scored twice on his 2014–15 Greek Cup debut in home 4–1 victory against Ermionida. He got his first assist with Veria against PAS Giannina where Nikos Kaltsas scored. He scored his third championship goal in a home victory against Levadiakos during Superleague's seventh matchday.

Nottingham Forest

On 30 August 2016, Dumitru joined Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan. [13] On 30 December 2016, he scored his first goal for the club in a 3–1 loss against Newcastle United. [14]

Alcorcón and Gimnàstic

On 1 August 2017, Dumitru signed a two-year deal with Spanish Segunda División club AD Alcorcón. [15] The following 11 January, he moved to fellow league team Gimnàstic de Tarragona after cutting ties with the Madrid side. [16]


On 5 February 2019, Dumitru signed with Italian club Livorno. [17]

Gaz Metan Mediaș

On 25 July 2019, Dumitru signed a two-year contract with Romanian club Gaz Metan Mediaș. [18]

Suwon SamSung Bluewings

On 14 Jan 2021, Dumitru signed a contract with korean club Suwon Bluewings

International career

Dumitru was eligible to play international football for Sweden by birth, Brazil through his mother, Romania through his father and Italy through residency, his family having migrated there from Sweden when he was a child.

With the Italy U-19 national team in 2010, he took part in the U-19 European Championship. He was also a member of the Italy U-20 national team.

Personal life

Dumitru was born in Nacka, Sweden to a Romanian father (who later took Italian citizenship) and an Afro-Brazilian mother, and successively moved to Empoli, Tuscany in 1998 with his parents. [19] [20] He is fluent in Romanian.

Career statistics


Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Empoli 2008–09 Serie B 100010
2009–10 100010
2010–11 001010
2011–12 25420274
Napoli 2010–11 Serie A 900030120
Ternana 2012–13 Serie B15120171
Cittadella 2012–13 Serie B500050
2013–14 13120151
Reggina 2013–14 Serie B13200132
Veria 2014–15 Super League 1 27632308
Latina 2015–16 Serie B34700347
Nottingham 2016–17 Championship 1011010121
Alcorcón 2017–18 Segunda División 12211133
Gimnàstic 2017–18 Segunda División10100101
2018–19 30101050
Livorno 2018–19 Serie B800080
Gaz Metan 2019–20 Liga I 29510305
2020–21 12700127
Career total22737143302024640

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