Florin Prunea

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Florin Prunea
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Personal information
Date of birth (1968-08-08) 8 August 1968 (age 48)
Place of birth Bucureşti, Romania
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
Victoria Bucureşti
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1988 Dinamo Bucureşti 4 (0)
1988–1990 Universitatea Cluj 56 (0)
1990–1991 Universitatea Craiova 32 (0)
1991–1992 Universitatea Cluj 16 (0)
1992–1998 Dinamo Bucureşti 160 (0)
1998 Universitatea Cluj 7 (0)
1998–1999 Erzurumspor 11 (0)
1999 Astra Ploieşti 1 (0)
1999–2000 Universitatea Craiova 24 (0)
2000 Litex Lovech 8 (0)
2000–2002 Dinamo Bucureşti 22 (0)
2002–2003 Bacău 27 (0)
2003–2004 Braşov 14 (0)
2004 Bacău 15 (0)
2004–2005 Skoda Xanthi 2 (0)
2005–2006 Naţional Bucureşti 4 (0)
Total 403 (0)
National team
1990–2001 Romania 40 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Florin Prunea (born 8 August 1968 in Bucharest) is a Romanian former football goalkeeper. He was born in Bucharest and started his career for Dinamo Bucureşti. His breakthrough came with U Cluj in the 1988/89 season. In 1991 he won with Universitatea Craiova both the title and the Romanian Cup. Later he was the first-choice goalkeeper for Dinamo Bucureşti for six seasons.

Prunea got 40 caps for the national team, and represented his country at the 1994 World Cup, Euro 1996, 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. In the 1994 World Cup, he replaced Bogdan Stelea as the goalkeeper in Romania's starting eleven after a devastating 1-4 loss against Switzerland, which shattered Stelea's confidence. Although Prunea kept a clean sheet in Romania's final group game against the USA, he performed rather badly in the Round of 16 game against Argentina, conceding an easy goal against Balbo in the 75th minute; however, due to splendid performances by Dumitrescu and Hagi, the result of the game was 3-2 for Romania.

Another mistake in the quarter-final game against Sweden would not go by unpunished, however. After a goal by Brolin in the 78th minute and double goals by Răducioiu in the 88th and 101st minute, the outcome seemed to be Romanian victory yet again; but with five minutes to the final whistle, Prunea gave giant striker Kennet Andersson the chance to level the score to 2-2. The game went on to penalties where Sweden won 5-4 after two spectacular saves by Thomas Ravelli.

Honours[edit]

Dinamo Bucureşti
Universitatea Craiova
Litex Lovech

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