Nicolao Dumitru

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Nicolao Dumitru
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Personal information
Full name Nicolao Manuel Dumitru Cardoso
Date of birth (1991-10-12) 12 October 1991 (age 22)
Place of birth Nacka,[1] Sweden
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
(on loan from Napoli)
Number 17
Youth career
2005–2010 Empoli
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Empoli[1] 2 (0)
2010– Napoli 9 (0)
2011–2012 Empoli (loan) 25 (4)
2012–2013 Ternana (loan) 15 (1)
2013–2014 Cittadella (loan) 18 (1)
2014 Reggina (loan) 8 (2)
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 only and correct as of 2 February 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 July 2011

Nicolao Manuel Dumitru Cardoso[2] (born 12 October 1991) is an Italian footballer who plays for Serie B club Reggina, on loan from Napoli.

Club career[edit]

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 game for the reserve.

On 20 July 2011, it was announced Dumitru would return at 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.

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 A.S. Cittadella also in temporary deal on the same day.[7] He joined Reggina on loan for the 2013–14 season.[8]

International career[edit]

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

Personal life[edit]

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.[9][10]


  1. ^ a b "nicolao manuel cardoso dumitru empoli – Serie B" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Convocazioni e presenze in campo – NOME: DUMITRU CARDOSO NICOLAO M" (in Italian). Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "UFFICIALE: Nicolao Dumitru al Napoli" (in Italian). SSC Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Arriva Nicolao Dumitru: stasera sarà presente a Fucecchio" (in Italian). Empoli FC. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "FERE: DUMITRU È UFFICIALE" (in Italian). Ternana Calcio. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "MERCATO IN USCITA: NICOLAO DUMITRU RIENTRA AL NAPOLI" (in Italian). Ternana Calcio. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "CITTA: ARRIVA DUMITRU" (in Italian). AS Cittadella. 31 January 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Dumitru e Azizi alla Reggina, Rigoni al Cittadella" (in Italian). Reggina Calcio. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Dumitru: "Spero di giocare titolare per questa squadra e per questa città"" (in Italian). 28 January 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "Empoli e Brescia, grandi con i ragazzi della B" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 11 August 2010.