Nicolae Mitea

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Nicolae Mitea
Personal information
Full name Nicolae Mitea
Date of birth (1985-03-24) 24 March 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Free agent
Number None
Youth career
1994–1997 FRB Titan Bucureşti
1997–1998 Juventus Bucureşti
1998–2001 Dinamo Bucureşti
2001–2002 Rapid Bucureşti
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Dinamo Bucureşti 9 (0)
2003–2008 Ajax 58 (12)
2008–2009 Dinamo Bucureşti 12 (0)
2010–2011 Ionikos F.C. 0 (0)
2011–2012 Petrolul Ploieşti 2 (1)
2013–2014 Concordia Chiajna 0 (0)
National team
2003–2006 Romania U–21
2003–2005 Romania 9 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 August 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 June 2005

Nicolae Mitea (born 24 March 1985) is a Romanian footballer.

Club career[edit]

Mitea started his professional career in the Romanian Divizia A, playing for FC Dinamo Bucureşti in the 2002-03 season. After having played only 9 matches in the Romanian league, he was picked up by Dutch club Ajax after he impressed on a trial.

Before he left he and Dinamo won the Cupa României. His first season at Ajax was a success as he, at the age of 18, played 23 matches and scored 7 goals in the Dutch Eredivisie and in the process winning the league title with Ajax.

This period also saw him making his debut for the Romanian national team on 20 August 2003. The 2004-2005 season proved more difficult, as Mitea struggled to find the back of the net and only scored twice during that season. He performed very well on the Romanian youth team and became more interesting for the national team.

2005 was his breakthrough year in the national team, as he played 4 matches that year in which he scored twice. He established himself as a more important player for the team as well. His development in his career was set on hold due to a knee injury which sidelined him for a long time, resulting in only one appearance for Ajax in the 2005-06 season. Also in the following season Mitea did not play regularly as manager Henk ten Cate choose to overlook him and he was no longer first choice for the left-wing position. Despite the lack of appearances in these two seasons he did add 2006–07 KNVB Cups to his list of trophies.

Due to minor injuries and still being out of favour with Henk Ten Cate, and then temporary replacement coach Adrie Koster, Mitea did not play a single game for Ajax during the 2007-08 season. Unsurprisingly, Mitea wasn't in new coach Marco van Basten's plans and was told to look for a new club.

Mitea returned to Dinamo Bucureşti in August 2008 signing a 4-year contract, but after only 1 season, in the summer of 2009 he left Dinamo and became a free agent.

Statistics[edit]

Season Club Competition Apps Goals
2002/03 Dinamo Bucureşti Romania Liga I 9 0
2003/04 Ajax Netherlands Eredivisie 23 7
2004/05 Ajax Netherlands Eredivisie 21 2
2005/06 Ajax Netherlands Eredivisie 1 1
2006/07 Ajax Netherlands Eredivisie 8 2
2007/08 Ajax Netherlands Eredivisie 0 0
2008/09 Dinamo Bucureşti Romania Liga I 12 0
Total 74 12

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Dinamo Bucureşti
AFC Ajax

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