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 44)
Place of birth Deva, Romania
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Right winger
Club information
Current team
CFR Cluj (sporting director)
Youth career
0000–1995 Șoimii Sibiu
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Șoimii Sibiu ? (?)
1996–1998 Inter Sibiu 39 (3)
1998–2000 Dinamo București 12 (3)
1998Inter Sibiu (loan) 10 (5)
1999Farul Constanța (loan) 12 (3)
2000Argeș Pitești (loan) 24 (5)
2000–2001 Argeș Pitești 22 (7)
2001–2002 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 UTA Arad 18 (6)
2007–2008 Unirea Urziceni 61 (13)
2009 CFR Cluj 31 (3)
2010–2011 Iraklis 39 (6)
2011 Skoda Xanthi 4 (0)
2012 UTA Arad 13 (5)
Total 386 (64)
National team
1999 Romania U21 1 (0)
2000–2009 Romania 11 (1)
Teams managed
2015–2016 ASA Târgu Mureș (president)
2017–2020 CFR Cluj (sporting director)
2020–2021 Astra Giurgiu (sporting director)
2021– CFR Cluj (sporting director)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Ion Bogdan Mara (born 29 September 1977) is a Romanian former footballer.

Club career[edit]

Inter Sibiu[edit]

Born in Deva, 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 București[edit]

In 1998, he signed for Bucharest giants Dinamo București, 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 club's 4–5 loss against FC Liverpool in the UEFA Cup final. 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, Mara 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.

International stats[edit]

Romania national team
Year Apps Goals
2000 5 1
2001 2 0
2002 0 0
2003 0 0
2004 0 0
2005 0 0
2006 0 0
2007 0 2
2008 0 2
2009 4 0
Total 11 1

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 6 February 2000 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Cyprus 1–1 2–3 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Dinamo București

CFR Cluj

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]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mara a semnat cu CFR Cluj | sport365.ro
  2. ^ Bogdan Mara a semnat cu Iraklis Salonic | REALITATEA .NET Archived 29 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Στη Ξάνθη ο Μάρα (in Greek). sport24.gr. 31 August 2011.
  4. ^ Bogdan Mara e tata de gemeni | stiri.rol.ro Archived 20 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine