Dan Coe

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Dan Coe
Personal information
Full name Dan Coe
Date of birth (1941-09-08)8 September 1941
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Date of death 19 October 1981(1981-10-19) (aged 40)
Place of death Cologne, Germany
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
1959–1961 Rapid Bucureşti
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1971 Rapid Bucureşti 202 (9)
1971–1973 Royal Antwerp 37 (5)
1973–1975 FC Galaţi 35 (3)
National team
1963–1971 Romania 41 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Dan Coe (8 September 1941 – 19 October 1981) was a Romanian football defender.

Playing career[edit]

Coe was born in Bucharest and debuted in Divizia A with Rapid Bucureşti in 1962. He remained with Rapid for eleven seasons, winning the league title in 1967. He then went to play in Belgium.

He was one of several Romanian internationals who ran from the communist regime, to move abroad in the early 1970s. He spent two years in the Jupiler League with Royal Antwerp in Belgium before returning home. In 1981, he settled in Cologne, Germany as a political refugee. Shortly after an interview on Radio Free Europe, Coe was found dead in his apartment on 19 October 1981. The paramedics tried everything possible to reanimate him (open chest cardiac reanimation). His wife and his daughter found him legcuffed and handcuffed hanging in his apartment in Cologne. It was subsequently claimed that he was killed at the behest of the Romanian Securitate, but this has never been proved.

Coe got 41 caps and 2 goals for the Romanian national team between 1963 and 1971. He represented his country at the 1964 Summer Olympics and at the 1970 FIFA World Cup.

His father Duce Coe was also a footballer and captain of Sportul Studențesc.

His grandfather Sir Adam Coe received the Knighthood from Carol I. King of Romania Karl von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen) (1866–1914).[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]

Season Club Country League Goals
1961–62 Rapid Bucureşti  Romania 6 0
1962–63 Rapid Bucureşti  Romania 19 2
1963–64 Rapid Bucureşti  Romania 21 0
1964–65 Rapid Bucureşti  Romania 24 2
1965–66 Rapid Bucureşti  Romania 25 0
1966–67 Rapid Bucureşti  Romania 26 0
1967–68 Rapid Bucureşti  Romania 17 0
1968–69 Rapid Bucureşti  Romania 19 2
1969–70 Rapid Bucureşti  Romania 23 2
1970–71 Rapid Bucureşti  Romania 22 1
1971–72 Royal Antwerp  Belgium 30 5
1972–73 Royal Antwerp  Belgium 7 0
1973–74 FC Galaţi  Romania 23 0
1974–75 FC Galaţi  Romania 12 3



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