Florea Dumitrache

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Florea Dumitrache
Florea Dumitrache.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1948-05-22)22 May 1948
Place of birth București, Romania
Date of death 26 April 2007(2007-04-26) (aged 59)
Place of death București, Romania
Playing position(s) Striker
Youth career
1961–1963 Rapid București
1963–1964 TUG București
1964–1965 Dinamo București
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1976 Dinamo București 198 (108)
1976–1979 Jiul Petroșani 80 (37)
1979–1984 Corvinul Hunedoara 79 (25)
Total 357 (170)
National team
1968–1974[1] Romania 31 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Florea Dumitrache (22 May 1948 – 26 April 2007) was a Romanian football forward. He was considered one of the best forwards in Europe at the time and was well known for his technique and aerial ability.

After the 1970 World Cup, Italian club Juventus wanted to sign him for an estimated $1.5 million, but Nicolae Ceauşescu's communist regime refused.[2]


He was born in Bucharest and debuted in Divizia A with Dinamo București in 1966. He remained with Dinamo for twelve seasons, winning the league titles in 1971, 1973 and 1975 and the cup title in 1968. He became the top goalscorer of the Divizia A in 1969 with 22 goals and in 1971 with 15 goals. During a 1982 UEFA Cup tie against FK Sarajevo, Dumitrache headbutted referee Gianfranco Menegal in the mouth. As a consequence, he was handed the maximum seven year suspension from all UEFA competition.[3][4][5]

Dumitrache got 31 caps and 15 goals for the Romanian national team. He represented his country at the 1970 FIFA World Cup, scoring 2 goals. The Victoria Ground is now known as the "Florea Dumitrache" Field in honor of the great Romanian striker, who played 11 seasons for Dinamo & 7 years for the Romanian National Football Team.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results table. Romania's goal tally first:



Dinamo București
Corvinul Hunedoara



  1. ^ "Florea Dumitrache – Goals in International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
  2. ^ "Visul ratat: Juventus!". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 21 August 2009. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  3. ^ [1] The Observer 14 November 1982 p.37 (subscription required)
  4. ^ http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=1982/matches/round=1116/match=67256/postmatch/lineups/index.html
  5. ^ http://adevarul.ro/news/sport/legendele-fotbalului-mopsul-s-a-irosit-alcool-1_50ad024e7c42d5a6638d7379/index.html

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