Dan Nistor

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Dan Nistor
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Nistor in 2016
Personal information
Full name Dan Nicolae Nistor
Date of birth (1988-05-06) 6 May 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Rucăr, Romania
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Dinamo București
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Rucăr
2007–2010 Internațional 25 (3)
2008–2009Muscelul Câmpulung (loan)
2009–2010Dacia Mioveni (loan) 28 (4)
2010–2013 Pandurii Târgu Jiu 97 (9)
2013–2015 Evian 6 (0)
2014–2015Pandurii Târgu Jiu (loan) 45 (2)
2015–2016 Pandurii Târgu Jiu 35 (1)
2016–2017 Dinamo București 29 (3)
2017 CFR Cluj 17 (0)
2018– Dinamo București 50 (5)
National team
2013– Romania 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 June 2013

Dan Nicolae Nistor (born 6 May 1988) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays for Dinamo București as a midfielder.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Nistor did not play football at junior level,[1] but in 2005 joined local AS Rucăr in the lower leagues. Around two years later, during a match against the reserves of Argeș Pitești, he impressed Internațional Curtea de Argeș owner Benone Lazăr who was in the attendance. Nistor was transferred at the latter club at the cost of seven football balls.[2]

After his first season at Internațional in the third league, he was loaned to Muscelul Câmpulung and Dacia Mioveni respectively.[3] On his return to Curtea de Argeș in 2010, Nistor had hoped he would make his Liga I debut, but the team withdrew from the championship due to financial issues.[2]

Pandurii Târgu Jiu[edit]

Nistor signed a four-year contract with Pandurii Târgu Jiu in the summer of 2010.[citation needed] He played his first match in the top division on 23 July that year, featuring the full 90 minutes in a goalless draw with Unirea Urziceni.[4] On 10 April 2011, he scored his first Liga I goal in a 4–2 home victory over Victoria Brănești.[5]

He made 35 appearances and netted six goals all competition comprised in the 2012–13 season, as Pandurii finished second in the Liga I and subsequently qualified for the UEFA Europa League. Nistor made his debut in that competition on 16 July 2013, in a 0–0 away draw with Levadia Tallinn for the second qualifying round.[6] His team went further after 4–0 on aggregate and he recorded his first European goal in a 1–1 draw against Hapoel Tel Aviv, on 1 August.[7]


In August 2013, amid interest from FC Steaua București, CFR Cluj and Málaga,[8] Nistor was transferred by French club Evian for a rumoured fee of 800,000.[9][10] He failed to establish himself as a starter for Les Roses, and only played six matches in the Ligue 1 during the first half of the 2013–14 campaign. As a result, Nistor made a controversial statement about Evian's staff, saying that he did not play more because of his nationality.[11]

Return to Pandurii Târgu Jiu[edit]

On 22 January 2014, Nistor was sent on loan to his former team Pandurii Târgu Jiu for a period of five months,[12] which was later extended for another season. In the summer of 2015, he joined the Alb-albaștrii as a free agent.

Dinamo București[edit]

On 31 August 2016, Nistor agreed to a two-year deal with fellow league team Dinamo București.[13] On 20 May 2017, he won his first career trophy after "the Red Dogs" came victorious 2–0 in the Cupa Ligii final against ACS Poli Timișoara.[14]

CFR Cluj[edit]

Nistor moved to CFR Cluj on 10 July 2017 in a swap deal which took Filipe Nascimento in the opposite direction.[15][16] Under the management of Dan Petrescu, he played 18 games across all competitions without scoring.

Return to Dinamo București[edit]

Nistor terminated his contract with CFR Cluj and rejoined Dinamo București on 13 January 2018.[17][18] He was assigned the number 10 shirt[19] and played his first match upon return on 4 February, in a 2–2 Liga I draw with CS Universitatea Craiova.[20]

On 29 July 2018, Nistor scored in an Eternal derby with FCSB, which ended 3–3.[21] The following month, FCSB owner Gigi Becali revealed that he made several bids for the transfer of the midfielder; Dinamo however rejected each offer[22][23] and proceeded in contract extension talks.

International career[edit]

On 4 June 2013, Nistor made his international debut for the Romania national team in a 4–0 home victory over Trinidad and Tobago,[24] after having previously played two unofficial matches for the nation against Belgium and Poland respectively.

Personal life[edit]

In February 2012, Nistor was caught driving an Audi A5 without a license and fined accordingly.[25]

He has been married since June 2013, with fellow footballer Mihai Pintilii acting as best man.[26] His spouse Cosmina gave birth to a son in April 2017.[27]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 10 June 2019[28]
National team Year Apps Goals
2013 1 0
2014 0 0
2015 0 0
2016 0 0
2017 0 0
2018 0 0
2019 0 0
Total 1 0



Pandurii Târgu Jiu

Dinamo București


  1. ^ "VIDEO EXCLUSIV Nistor: "Sunt unicul fotbalist din Liga I fără juniorat"" [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO Nistor: "I am the only Liga I player without junior football"] (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 11 June 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Strania poveste a lui Nistor, jucătorul Pandurilor: 'Inter m-a transferat pe 7 mingi'" [The strange story of Nistor, Pandurii's player: 'Inter transferred me for 7 balls'] (in Romanian). ProSport. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  3. ^ "A lucrat ca paznic la hotel şi s-a apucat de fotbal la 17 ani! El e surpriza lui Piţurcă! Povestea fotbalistului "de duminică" ajuns la naţională:" [He worked as a hotel watchman and started football at age 17! He is Pițurcă's surprise! The story of the "Sunday league" player who was selected in the national team:] (in Romanian). ProSport. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Gol perfect valabil refuzat Pandurilor in minutul 93: Pandurii 0-0 Unirea Urziceni!" [Flawless dissalowed goal for Pandurii in the 93rd minute: Pandurii 0–0 Unirea Urziceni!] (in Romanian). Sport.ro. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Adio griji pentru Grig! Pandurii Târgu Jiu - Victoria Brăneşti 4-2" [Grig waves goodbye to worries! Padurii Târgu Jiu - Victoria Brănești 4–2] (in Romanian). ProSport. 10 April 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Oltenii ratară mult! Levadia – Pandurii 0-0" [Oltenii missed a lot of chances! Levadia – Pandurii 0–0] (in Romanian). ProSport. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Europa League: Pandurii scoate o remiza cu Hapoel" [Europa League: Pandurii draws with Hapoel] (in Romanian). Ziare.com. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Încă un rival în cursa pentru semnătura lui Nistor » CFR apare pe turnantă" [Another rival in the race for Nistor's signing » CFR is on the turntable]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 2 May 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Dan Nistor a fost transferat la Evian în prima ligă din Franţa" [Dan Nistor was transferred to Evian in the French first league] (in Romanian). CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu. 16 August 2013. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  10. ^ "Pandurii a bătut palma cu Evian! Meciul cu Astra este ultimul pentru Nistor" [Pandurii reached a deal with Evian! The match against Astra is the last for Nistor] (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 17 August 2013.
  11. ^ "Dan Nistor are o explicaţie pentru eşecul de la Evian: "N-am jucat pentru că eram român!"" [Dan Nistor has an explanation for his failure at Evian: "I did not play because I was Romanian"]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 5 February 2014. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Dan Nistor a ajuns azi la un acord cu Pandurii Târgu Jiu pentru un împrumut pentru următoarele cinci luni" [Dan Nistor reached an agreement with Pandurii Târgu Jiu for a loan for the following five months] (in Romanian). CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu. 22 January 2014. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2014.
  13. ^ "Dan Nistor este jucătorul lui Dinamo! A efectuat vizita medicală, apoi a semnat contractul cu echipa din "Ştefan cel Mare"" [Dan Nistor is Dinamo's player! He passed his medical, then signed the contract with the club from "Ștefan cel Mare"] (in Romanian). ProSport. 31 August 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Primul trofeu după o pauză de cinci ani: Dinamo a învins ACS Poli Timişoara, scor 2-0, şi a câştigat Cupa Ligii" [First trophy after a pause of five years: Dinamo defeated ACS Poli Timișoara, score 2–0, and won the Cupa Ligii] (in Romanian). Mediafax. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  15. ^ "OFICIAL: S-a făcut schimbul. Dan Nistor i-a luat locul lui Nascimento la CFR Cluj: "Aseară ne-am înţeles"" [Official: The swap was made. Dan Nistor took Nascimento's place at CFR Cluj: "We reached a deal yesterday afternoon"] (in Romanian). CjSport. 7 July 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Încă un transfer important la CFR | Bun venit, Dan Nistor!" [Another important transfer to CFR | Welcome, Dan Nistor!] (in Romanian). CFR Cluj. 10 July 2017. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  17. ^ "OFICIAL. Dan NISTOR la Dinamo" [OFFICIAL. Dan NISTOR to Dinamo] (in Romanian). FC Dinamo București. 13 January 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Dan Nistor s-a întors la Dinamo. Contract până în 2020. "Am revenit acasă"" [Dan Nistor returned to Dinamo. Contract running until 2020. "I am home again"]. Libertatea (in Romanian). 13 January 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  19. ^ "PREZENTARE OFICIALĂ. 8, 9 și 10!" [OFFICIAL PRESENTATION. 8, 9 and 10!] (in Romanian). FC Dinamo București. 3 February 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Dinamo - Craiova 2-2. Alb-roşiii au egalat de două ori şi au avut o bară în prelungiri" [Dinamo - Craiova 2-2. Alb-roșii equaled twice and hit the post in the extra time] (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 4 February 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  21. ^ "Gol Nistor în FCSB – Dinamo 2-2. Vezi execuţia! Video" [A goal from Nistor in FCSB – Dinamo 2-2. See his execution! Video] (in Romanian). Fanatik.ro. 29 July 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  22. ^ "Telenovela Nistor la FCSB s-a încheiat! Becali a pus pe masă 1 milion € și răspunsul lui Dinamo a venit pe loc" [The Nistor to FCSB telenovela has ended! Becali offered 1 million € and Dinamo's response came instantly] (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 22 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  23. ^ "Nistor, un model! Bratu a dezvăluit ce s-a întâmplat cu căpitanul lui Dinamo după ce a ratat muntele de bani pus pe masă de Becali: "Aşa l-am simţit!"" [Nistor, a model! Bratu revealed what happened with Dinamo's captain after missing out on the mount of money put on the table by Becali: "That's what I felt about him!"] (in Romanian). ProSport. 24 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  24. ^ "FOTO şi VIDEO România - Trinidad Tobago 4-0 » Victorie de moral pentru tricolori" [PHOTO and VIDEO Romania - Trinidad and Tobago 4–0 » Moral victory for "the Tricolours"]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 4 June 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  25. ^ "Penal » Mijlocaşul Pandurilor, Dan Nistor, a fost prins conducînd fără carnet!" [Penal » Pandurii's midfielder, Dan Nistor, was caught driving without a license!]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 21 February 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  26. ^ "Dan Nistor a semnat cel mai important "contract"! Mijlocaşul s-a căsătorit" [Dan Nistor signed his most important "contract"! The midfielder married] (in Romanian). ProSport. 23 June 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  27. ^ "Dan Nistor, un tătic emoţionat" [Dan Nistor, an excited father]. Libertatea (in Romanian). 9 April 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  28. ^ "Dan Nistor". European Football. Retrieved 8 July 2017.

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