Valentin Lemnaru

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Valentin Lemnaru
Personal information
Full name Valentin Ionuț Lemnaru
Date of birth (1984-06-24) 24 June 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Lehliu Gară, Romania
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Universitatea Cluj
Number 9
Youth career
Victoria Lehliu
1998–2001 Sportul Studențesc București
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Politehnica Timișoara 12 (4)
2005–2006 Dunărea Călărași 34 (12)
2006–2009 Dinamo București 1 (0)
2006–2009 Dinamo II București 41 (10)
2009 Astra Ploiești (loan) 11 (2)
2009–2010 Universitatea Cluj 37 (16)
2011–2013 Pandurii Târgu Jiu 71 (14)
2013–2014 Universitatea Cluj 28 (13)
2014 Steaua București 0 (0)
2014– Universitatea Cluj 9 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 March 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

Valentin Ionuț Lemnaru (born 24 June 1984) is a Romanian footballer who plays as a forward for Universitatea Cluj.


Lemnaru started playing football as a goalkeeper at the age of eight at his home town team, Victoria Lehliu. When he was fourteen, he went to Sportul Studenţesc and decided to play as a forward because he was too short to be a goalkeeper.[1]

Lemnaru left Sportul Studenţesc to join Politehnica Timişoara in 2001. In 2003, due to salary issues, he refused to play for Politehnica Timişoara and he was suspended by the team owner, Claudio Zambon, for almost two years. During the suspension he worked at the A2 motorway (Romania). In 2005, with the help of Lehliu's mayor, who paid Zambon the player's transfer fee, Lemnaru returned to his home town team and he was soon transferred to Dunărea Călărași.[2]

In 2006 Lemnaru joined Dinamo Bucureşti.[3] He played mostly for the reserves team of the club but he made one appearance at the first team with whom he won the 2006–07 Liga I title. In January 2009 he was loaned to Astra Ploieşti and later that year Lemnaru was transferred by the second league team Universitatea Cluj. He scored 16 goals for Universitatea Cluj in one and a half seasons and after the team promoted in Liga I, the striker was loaned to Pandurii Târgu Jiu.[4]

Later he was definitively transferred to Pandurii Târgu Jiu where he played until September 2013, scoring 15 goals in 71 matches. With Pandurii he managed to finish the 2012–13 Liga I season on the second place, thus leading to the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League qualification.

Lemnaru returned at Universitatea Cluj for whom he scored 13 goals in the 2013–14 Liga I season. He had a significant contribution to saving the team from relegation, being the top scorer of Universitatea Cluj[5] and the second highest scorer of 2013–14 Liga I season. Roumors appeared that Lemnaru could be called to play for the Romania national football team,[6] or the Moldova national football team[7] but none were concretized.

In July 2014, Lemnaru signed a contract for two years with the Romanian champions Steaua București.[8] He made his debut for Steaua in a UEFA Champions League game against FC Aktobe.[9] But this remained his only game for Steaua, and in September 2014 he was sold back to Universitatea Cluj where he signed a two-year deal.[10]


Dinamo București
Pandurii Târgu Jiu


  1. ^ ""Am fost muncitor doi ani la Autostrada Soarelui". Povestea lui Valentin Lemnaru, golgheterul Ligii 1" (in Romanian). 16 April 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Lemnaru e golgheterul Ligii 1, dar acum 10 ani muncea la Autostrada Soarelui" (in Romanian). 16 April 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Lemnaru le-a pus gând rău foştilor colegi: "Avem puterea să câştigăm cu Dinamo"" (in Romanian). 13 March 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Valentin Lemnaru, împrumutat de "U" Cluj la Pandurii" (in Romanian). 31 January 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Lemnaru, o filă din istoria Universității" (in Romanian). 16 April 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Lemnaru, peste Marica şi Bogdan Stancu. Piţurcă: "Este în vederile mele"" (in Romanian). 16 April 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Lemnaru ar putea juca pentru Republica Moldova" (in Romanian). 31 January 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Lemnaru a ales nr. 19 la Steaua. "Vreau să fiu golgheterul campionatului"" (in Romanian). 25 July 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Lemnaru a debutat la Steaua în meciul cu Aktobe" (in Romanian). ProSport. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Bine ai (re)venit, Vali Lemnaru!" (in Romanian). 8 September 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 

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