Gheorghe Constantin

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Gheorghe Constantin
Gheorghe-constantin vintage.jpg
Gheorghe Constantin in the 1960s
Personal information
Full name Gheorghe Constantin
Date of birth (1932-12-14)14 December 1932
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Date of death 9 March 2010(2010-03-09) (aged 77)
Place of death Bucharest, Romania
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1946–1949 Unirea Tricolor Bucureşti
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1949–1950 Venus Bucureşti
1950–1951 Avântul Reghin
1951–1954 CFR Iaşi
1954–1955 CFR Sighetu Marmaţiei
1955–1969 Steaua Bucureşti 264 (148)
1969–1970 Kayserispor 26 (5)
1970–1971 Farul Constanța 3 (0)
Total 293 (153)
National team
1956–1967 Romania 39 (12)
Teams managed
1971–1972 Steaua Bucureşti (assistant)
1972–1973 Steaua Bucureşti
1973–1975 Steaua Bucureşti (assistant)
1975–1976 SC Bacău
1976 Fenerbahçe (assistant)
1976–1977 Romania (assistant)
1977–1978 FCM Galaţi
1978–1981 Steaua Bucureşti
1981–1982 Politehnica Iaşi
1982–1984 Steaua Mecanică Fină
1984–1986 Gloria Buzău
1986–1987 Olt Scornicești
1987–1988 Universitatea Craiova
1989–1990 Farul Constanța
1990 Romania
1990–1991 Zeytinburnuspor
1991–1992 Rapid Bucureşti
1993–1994 Farul Constanța (assistant)
1994–1995 Farul Constanța
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gheorghe Constantin (14 December 1932 – 9 March 2010) was a Romanian former football player and coach. Known as The Professor, he was a symbol of Steaua Bucureşti.

Playing career[edit]

Constantin made his debut for Unirea Tricolor's youth team, and shortly after their abolition he signed with Venus UCB. He played only a year for his new club, before moving to Avântul Reghin and then CFR Iaşi before he signed a contract with Steaua Bucureşti. He played for Steaua 15-years, scoring 149 goals in Divizia A. Romanian Communist authorities allow him to play abroad for Kayserispor in Turkey.[1]

He made his debut in the Romanian national team against Yugoslavia; that was a game made notable by the fact that the whole Romanian team was made up of players from Steaua Bucureşti. Constantin was also a member of the Romanian soccer team at the 1964 Summer Olympics.[2]

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 September 1958 Zentral Stadium, Leipzig, East Germany  East Germany 1–1 3–2 Friendly
2. 2 November 1958 23 August Stadium, Bucharest, Romania  Turkey 2–0 3–0 1960 European Nations' Cup Qual.
3. 8 November 1959 23 August Stadium, Bucharest, Romania  Bulgaria 1–0 1–0 1960 European Nations' Cup Qual.
4. 8 October 1961 23 August Stadium, Bucharest, Romania  Turkey 3–0 4–0 Friendly
5. 8 October 1961 23 August Stadium, Bucharest, Romania  Turkey 4–0 4–0 Friendly
6. 25 November 1962 23 August Stadium, Bucharest, Romania  Spain 3–1 3–1 1964 European Nations' Cup Qual.
7. 23 December 1962 Stade D'honneur, Casablanca, Morocco  Morocco 0–1 3–1 Friendly
8. 23 June 1963 Idrætsparken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark  Denmark 0–1 2–3 1964 Summer Olympics Qual.
9. 27 April 1964 23 August Stadium, Bucharest, Romania  Czechoslovakia 1–0 4–1 Friendly
10. 3 May 1964 23 August Stadium, Bucharest, Romania  Austria 1–0 2–1 Friendly
11. 3 May 1964 23 August Stadium, Bucharest, Romania  Austria 2–0 2–1 Friendly
12. 22 October 1964 Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan  Yugoslavia 3–0 3–0 1964 Summer Olympics (5th place match)

Managerial career[edit]

After his return from Turkey, he was appointed by Steaua Bucureşti as an assistant manager. Constantin was the manager of the team in 1973, but after only a short period he moved to Bacău. After Bacău, he managed FCM Galaţi, but returned to Steaua in 1978. He won the Romanian Cup in his second spell there, then left the club to manage Politehnica Iaşi. In 1983, he was appointed the manager of Steaua Bucureşti's second team, Steaua Mecanică Fină Bucureşti. He managed a number of clubs in his native country and also coached in Turkey.

Honours[edit]

As a player:

  • 4 times Romanian Divizia A winner (1956, 1959–1960, 1960–1961, 1967–1968)
  • 4 Romanian Cups (1955, 1961–1962, 1965–1966, 1966–1967)
  • 3 times top-goalscorer of Divizia A (1960, 1961, 1962)

As a manager:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gheorghiu, Lucian (11 September 2011). "Pe timpul lui Ceauşescu fotbaliştii români au invadat Turcia" (in Romanian). Cotidianul.ro. 
  2. ^ "Gheorghe Constantin Biography and Statistics". Sports Reference. Retrieved 2009-10-27. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ion Voinescu
Steaua captain
Unknown–1969
Succeeded by
Carol Creiniceanu
Preceded by
Ion Alecsandrescu
Steaua Top Scorer
1959–1960
1960–1961
1961–1962
Succeeded by
Florea Voinea