Bogdan Mara

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Bogdan Mara
Personal information
Full name Ion Bogdan Mara
Date of birth (1977-09-29) 29 September 1977 (age 40)
Place of birth Deva, Romania
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Right winger
Youth career
1995–1996 CSȘ Șoimii Sibiu
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Inter Sibiu 49 (8)
1998–2000 Dinamo București 12 (3)
1999Farul Constanța (loan) 12 (3)
2000Argeș Pitești (loan) 24 (5)
2000–2001 Argeș Pitești 22 (7)
2001–2003 Deportivo Alavés 35 (0)
2003–2004 Tianjin Teda 28 (2)
2004–2005 Poli Ejido 22 (1)
2005 Rapid București 5 (0)
2005–2006 Stal Alchevsk 11 (2)
2006–2007 UTA Arad 18 (6)
2007–2009 Unirea Urziceni 61 (13)
2009–2010 CFR Cluj 30 (3)
2010–2011 Iraklis 39 (6)
2011–2012 Skoda Xanthi 4 (0)
2012 UTA Arad 13 (5)
Total 385 (64)
National team
2000–2009 Romania 11 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 October 2011
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2009

Ion Bogdan Mara (born 29 September 1977 in Deva) is a retired Romanian footballer.

Club career[edit]

Inter Sibiu[edit]

Mara made his first steps in professional football in Sibiu, at Inter, where he played for two years. The excellent games made there caught the eyes of the big clubs of Romania.

Dinamo Bucureşti[edit]

In 1998, he signed for Bucharest giants Dinamo Bucureşti, one of the best Romanian clubs. He played one season for the red-white squad, before going on loan to FC Farul Constanţa and Argeș Pitești.

Deportivo Alavés[edit]

Mara was the first transfer of Deportivo Alavés after the craziest UEFA Cup final ever, lost against FC Liverpool, 4–5. He stayed in Basque side for two seasons, but didn't scored once in 35 games. In his first year, Mara finished with Alavés on 7th position in La Liga.

Tianjin Teda[edit]

After two years in Alaves, Mara chose to leave Spain and signed for Chinese side Tianjin Teda. Sixth place in the championship was the best position Mara had with his team. After the Chinese adventure, Mara went to Polideportivo Ejido, Rapid București, Stal Alcevsk and UTA Arad, before joining Romanian squad Unirea Urziceni.

Unirea Urziceni[edit]

Mara was one of the key-players for Unirea Urziceni. In 2007–08 season, the midfielder scored 6 goals and his side finished the championship on 5th place. Next year, Mara's 5 goals in 17 games helped the little club from Urziceni win the Romanian championship.

CFR Cluj[edit]

In the winter-break of the 2008–09 season, Marca signed for CFR Cluj.[1] He joined CFR as a free agent, after leaving Unirea Urziceni due to the club's financial issues. He was a key part of CFR's squad at the end of the season, when the club managed to secure the second Romanian Cup in its history. CFR also secured the Romanian Supercup.

Iraklis Thessaloniki[edit]

On 15 January 2010, Iraklis Thessaloniki F.C. signed the experienced Romanian midfielder, who was a free agent after being released by CFR Cluj[2] In Greece, Mara played in 39 games and scored 6 goals, he also captained the team on several occasions.

Skoda Xanthi[edit]

On 31 August 2011, he signed a one-year contract with Greek side Skoda Xanthi.[3]

International career[edit]

Mara earned 11 caps for Romania, his debut being on 2 February 2000, in a friendly 2–0 home win against Latvia. He also played against Georgia, Cyprus, Algeria twice, Ukraine, Slovakia, Lithuania, Hungary, France and Faroe Islands. Mara scored his only goal in the national team against Cyprus, in 2000.


Season Club Title
1999–00 Dinamo Bucureşti Romanian League
1999–00 Dinamo Bucureşti Romanian Cup
2008–09 Unirea Urziceni Romanian League
2009–10 CFR Cluj Romanian League
2009–10 CFR Cluj Romanian Cup
2009–10 CFR Cluj Romanian Supercup

Personal life[edit]

Bogdan Mara is engaged with Dana. On 16 August, Mara became the father of twins: a boy and a girl. "My son will be a better football player than I am", told Mara. [4]

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