Basarab Panduru

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Basarab Panduru
Basarab Panduru 1994.jpg
Panduru being interviewed by journalists in 1994
Personal information
Full name Basarab Nică Panduru
Date of birth (1970-07-11) 11 July 1970 (age 48)
Place of birth Mârzănești, Romania
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Offensive midfielder
Youth career
FCM Reşiţa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1991 FCM Reşiţa 62 (16)
1991–1995 Steaua Bucureşti 131 (34)
1995–1998 Benfica 49 (7)
1996Neuchâtel Xamax (loan) 7 (0)
1998–2000 Porto 6 (0)
1999–2000Salgueiros (loan) 7 (1)
Total 262 (58)
National team
1992–1996 Romania 22 (1)
Teams managed
2002 Politehnica Timişoara
2003–2004 Politehnica Timişoara
2004–2005 Oțelul Galați
2005 FC Vaslui
2006–2007 Farul Constanţa
2007 Progresul Bucureşti
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Basarab Nică Panduru (born 11 July 1970) is a Romanian retired footballer and coach who last worked as director of sports for Steaua Bucharest.

Panduru is currently a television pundit for Dolce Sport.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Mârzănești, Romania, Panduru started his professional career with FCM Reşiţa where he played between 1987 and 1991, before being signed by Steaua Bucureşti at the beginning of 1991. Panduru's first game with Steaua was in the Romanian Cup, when the Steaua's officials did not take into consideration that just prior leaving FCM Reşiţa, Panduru was set to miss the next game due to yellow cards, therefore Steaua Bucureşti lost that game after a federal decision.

As soon as he joined Steaua Bucureşti he became an important part of the team. In 1995, however he left Romania to play for S.L. Benfica. The life in the capital of Portugal wasn't that easy, and he was loaned to Neuchâtel Xamax for half a season, before re-joining S.L. Benfica at the start of the 1996–97 season.

In 1998, he was bought by S.L. Benfica's rivals from FC Porto but failed to make an impact. During the summer of 1999, Panduru was close to sign a contract with Brazilian club Internacional Porto Alegre however, the transfer did not materialize.[1][2] Then Panduru signed for SC Salgueiros on loan from Porto, his third team in Portugal but after only half-a-season and long-term injuries Panduru decided to retire and become coach.[3]

During his career Panduru won 22 caps for Romania, scoring one goal.

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 September 1993 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Israel 1–0 1–0 Friendly

Managerial career[edit]

Panduru's first coaching agreement was the one with FCU Politehnica Timişoara, signed in 2002. At Timişoara he met his former teammate from Steaua Bucureşti, Anton Doboş, now the team's co-owner. The couple worked well together for a while, but in 2004 Panduru basically sacked himself when he made a bad remark, by saying: "The defenders are not footballers, they are only the ones who help the footballers". What Panduru did not take into consideration was the fact that Anton Doboş, his boss, played as a defender.

He signed a new contract, this time with Oţelul Galaţi for the second half of the 2004–05 season without a league game, he left the team to sign with FC Vaslui in the summer of 2005, from where he was sacked after only few games. He was then the coach of FC Farul Constanţa before being sacked by the team owner after poor results.

At the end of October 2007 he signed on to manage second league team FC Progresul Bucureşti.

In September 2009, Panduru was announced the new Director of Football of Steaua Bucureşti, but on 14 May 2010, he resigned from this position, after a mutual agreement with the club's owner George Becali.



Steaua București


  1. ^ "Panduru incerto no FC Porto" (in Portuguese). Record.
  2. ^ «O Jogo newspaper», "Panduru continua em Portugal à espera de ver resolvido o seu caso. Apesar de ter sido dado como certo no Internacional de Porto Alegre, a transferência para o Brasil não se concretizou" (in Portuguese). Agosto 1999.
  3. ^ "Panduru (Nica Basarab Panduru)" (in Portuguese). Fora de Jogo. Retrieved 7 October 2009.

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Preceded by
Ion Marin
FC Farul Constanţa Coach
Succeeded by
Cristian Gache