Dumitru Mitu

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Dumitru Mitu
Personal information
Full name Dumitru Mitu
Date of birth (1975-02-13) 13 February 1975 (age 39)
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania[1]
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Winger
Forward
Club information
Current team
Şoimii Pâncota
Youth career
1981-1992 Faur Bucureşti
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992-1993 Faur Bucureşti 18 (5)
1993-1995 Steaua Bucureşti 0 (0)
1994-1995 Farul Constanţa (loan) 7 (0)
1995 Braşov (loan) 11 (0)
1995-1996 UTA Arad 30 (6)
1996-2002 NK Osijek 160 (26)
2002-2004 Dinamo Zagreb 58 (15)
2004-2005 Panathinaikos 6 (0)
2005 HNK Rijeka (loan) 14 (2)
2005-2006 Dinamo Zagreb 11 (1)
2006-2007 CFR Cluj 12 (1)
2007 Unirea Dej (loan) 8 (1)
2007 Qingdao Zhongneng 16 (4)
2008 Changchun Yatai 4 (0)
2008-2009 UTA Arad 9 (2)
2013– Şoimii Pâncota
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 August 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Dumitru Mitu (born 13 February 1975) is a Romanian footballer who plays for Şoimii Pâncota in Liga II as a left winger or striker.

Early life[edit]

Mitu was born in Bucharest, but spent his childhood years in the nearby village of Dobroieşti.[1] His father worked at the village bar, while his mother was a kiosk saleswoman.[1] At age six and a half he started to play as a junior for Metalul (Faur) Bucureşti, then a second division club, eventually reaching the first team.[1] In 1992, aged 17, he signed for Steaua's junior squad.[1]

Senior career[edit]

In 1992 Mitu started his senior football career in his hometown team of Faur Bucureşti, a little later playing for lesser-known clubs like Farul Constanţa, FC Braşov and UTA Arad, before moving to NK Osijek during season 1996-1997. He was a big star at NK Osijek. After 159 appearances and 26 goals for NK Osijek and seven years spent at club, he transferred to Dinamo, where he won four national championships.[2] Then he was sold to Greek Panathinaikos and he played there 6 games mainly in UEFA Champions League.

Shortly after UEFA Champions League champaign at Panathinaikos FC he returned to Croatia with HNK Rijeka. After one season he returns to Dinamo Zagreb where he won First League title. Then he returns to homeland at CFR Cluj where he played 12 games with one goal but in second season leadership of CFR Cluj decided to cancel the Mitu's contract. The player came at CFR Cluj from Dinamo Zagreb and had a contract of 70,000 dollars per season. He scored just one goal for CFR Cluj in second part of last season. In this season, Mitu did not play any minute at CFR Cluj, he being sent to train and to play at second team, Unirea Dej, after the leadership heard that he spent more night in a night club. "It was the decision of the leadership, because I was decided to give him another chance. But he disappointed me with his declarations after the match with Dinamo, when he told to the press that I prefer to send on the field the foreign players of CFR Cluj", said coach Cristiano Bergodi. Because CFR Cluj cancelled the contract of Dumitru Mitu, the player has become free player. The officials of Jiul said that are interested of him, to bring Mitu at Petroşani, from winter. The player said that nobody told him that, but we would come from winter at Jiul.

The striker who cancelled his contract with CFR is training together with the team from Arad. "Mitu asked me if he can train with us. I let him because I know what it means to be player and to have no team where to train", said Lacatus, who did not change his mind about the transfer of Mitu at UTA Arad. "I prefer to bring younger players, till 25-26 years old, but with some experience in Liga 1", said the coach of UTA Arad.

Since the 2006-2007 season he was played for Chinese Super League with the Chinese football club Qingdao Zhongneng. Since then he was Free agent. 2009 Mitu is still playing football in a lower third division league in Romania.

Mitu is a dual citizen of Romania and Croatia. He gained Croatian citizenship in 2003.[1]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

NK Osijek
Dinamo Zagreb
HNK Rijeka

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Dean Sinovčić (20 May 2003). "Osjećam se kao Hrvat" [I consider myself a Croat]. Nacional (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 3 July 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Croatia - Championship Winning Squads

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