Gabriel Tamaș

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Gabriel Tamaș
Gabriel Tamaș.jpg
Tamaș playing for Auxerre in 2008
Personal information
Full name Gabriel Sebastian Tamaș[1]
Date of birth (1983-11-09) 9 November 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Braşov, Romania
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 17
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 FC Braşov 1 (0)
2000–2002 Tractorul Braşov 34 (3)
2002–2003 Dinamo Bucureşti 19 (4)
2003–2004 Galatasaray 6 (0)
2004–2006 Spartak Moscow 17 (0)
2004–2005 Dinamo Bucureşti (loan) 27 (1)
2006–2007 Celta Vigo 29 (0)
2007–2010 Auxerre 27 (0)
2008–2009 Dinamo Bucureşti (loan) 34 (2)
2010 West Bromwich Albion (loan) 23 (2)
2010–2013 West Bromwich Albion 45 (0)
2013 CFR Cluj 0 (0)
2014 Doncaster Rovers 14 (0)
2014– Watford 7 (0)
National team
Romania U16 5 (0)
Romania U19 6 (0)
Romania U21 7 (1)
2003–[3] Romania 63 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12:39, 20 September 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2013

Gabriel Sebastian Tamaș (born 9 November 1983) is a Romanian footballer who plays as a centre back for Watford in the English Football League Championship.

He made his international debut for Romania in 2003, and has gained a total of 63 caps and played at Euro 2008.

Club career[edit]

Gabriel Tamaș warming up.

Born in Braşov, in the Romanian county of the same name, Tamaș started his career at Romanian clubs in lower divisions. In the summer of 2002 he transferred to Dinamo Bucureşti who he spent a year with before earning a move to Turkish team Galatasaray where he spent a season-and-a-half before being linked with a move to the Russian Premier League.

Tamaș secured a move to Spartak Moscow in January 2004, but returned to Dinamo Bucureşti in summer 2004 on a season-and-a-half loan, returning to Spartak in January 2006. Tamaş again moved out on loan to Celta de Vigo of Spain for the duration of the 2006–07 season.

He joined AJ Auxerre in France at the start of the 2007–08 season. After one year there he again joined Dinamo Bucureşti, this time on a season-long loan. On 14 February 2009 he was sent to the reserve team due to an incident involving drinking alcohol in training.[4] On 12 July 2009 he extended his loan for another season, and was also elected captain by his teammates.

His loan to Dinamo was cut short in December 2009, and on 1 January 2010, Tamaş signed for West Bromwich Albion on loan until the end of the season. He made his debut on 8 January in a 1–3 loss to Nottingham Forest.[5] He scored his first goal for the Football League Championship club against Reading on 27 March 2010.[6] On 19 May 2010, Tamaş signed permanently at The Hawthorns for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract, plus a further year's option in the club's favour.[7] On 11 September 2011, in a match against Norwich City, he elbowed James Vaughan in the face inside his own penalty area. The referee gave no penalty and let the play continue, but he was given a three-match ban for violent conduct after the match.[8]

He ended his contract with WBA by mutual consent, in September 2013.[9] On 9 October 2013, Tamaș signed a one-year contract with Romanian Liga I club CFR Cluj.[10] On 16 October, he ended his contract there following incidents in a local pub.[11]

On 17 January 2014, he returned to England by signing for Doncaster Rovers.[12] Upon the expiry of his contract, Tamaș signed for Watford on a one-year contract effective from 1 July.[13]

International career[edit]

Tamaș made his debut for Romania on 12 February 2003, in a friendly match against Slovakia, under coach Anghel Iordănescu.[14]

He was the captain of the Romanian U-21 team who finished third in its group in the 2006 UEFA U-21 Championship qualification.[citation needed]

He was an integral part of the Romanian squad that finished first in its group in the UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying, usually playing alongside Dorin Goian in the central defence.[15]

On 11 August 2011, Tamaș and his teammate Adrian Mutu were excluded from the Romanian national team.[16] They were found drinking at a bar on the night of 10 August, while footballers had to play for the Romanian team against San Marino in a friendly match. After only three games, their suspension was lifted.[17]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 June 2007 Arena Petrol, Celje, Slovenia  Slovenia 0–1 1–2 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
2 1 November 2007 Naţional Stadium, Bucureşti, Romania  Albania 2–0 6–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
3 29 May 2010 Ukraina Stadium, Lviv, Ukraine  Ukraine 1–1 3–2 Friendly



Dinamo Bucureşti


  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League Squad Numbers 2013/14". Premier League. 16 August 2013. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "BBC Sport Football player profile Gabriel Tamaş". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Gabriel Tamas - International Appearances". The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 
  4. ^ "Badea: "Tamaş se va pregăti cu Dinamo II"". 14 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "West Brom 1–3 Nottm Forest". BBC. 8 January 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Reading 1–1 West Brom". BBC. 27 March 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "West Bromwich Albion clinch Gabriel Tamas transfer". BBC. 19 May 2010. Retrieved 19 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "WBA's Gabriel Tamas accepts violent conduct charge". BBC Sport. 13 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Tamas bids fond farewell". 4 September 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "UPDATE Primele declaraţii ale lui Tamaş ca jucător la CFR Cluj" (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 9 October 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Tamaş, dat afară după 6 zile de la CFR!" (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 15 October 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Dickov gets Tamas". Doncaster Rovers FC. 17 January 2014. 
  13. ^ Smith, Frank (27 May 2014). "Watford sign former West Bromwich Albion and Doncaster Rovers defender Gabriel Tamas". Watford Observer. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Gabriel Tamaș – player's profile". RomanianSoccer. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "National team of Romania – 2007 statistics". RomanianSoccer. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "Adrian Mutu banned for life by Romania for night of drinking with West Brom's Gabriel Tamas". The Daily Telegraph. 11 August 2011. 
  17. ^ "Mutu si Tamas revin la nationala!". 30 September 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 

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