Gabriel Popescu

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Gabi Popescu
Personal information
Full name Gabriel Popescu
Date of birth (1973-12-25) 25 December 1973 (age 43)
Place of birth Craiova, Dolj County, Romania
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–1994 Electroputere Craiova 65 (0)
1994–1997 Universitatea Craiova 93 (15)
1997–1998 Salamanca 15 (5)
1998–1999 Valencia 25 (1)
1999–2000 Numancia 7 (1)
2000 Dinamo Bucureşti 9 (0)
2000–2002 National Bucureşti 47 (5)
2000–2001 Universitatea Craiova (loan) 8 (1)
2002–2004 Suwon Samsung Bluewings 59 (12)
2004–2005 National Bucureşti 11 (1)
2005 JEF United Chiba 7 (1)
Total 346 (41)
National team
1996–1998 Romania 14 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 December 2009.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 December 2009

Gabriel Popescu (born 25 December 1973) is a Romanian former footballer.

Career[edit]

Popescu went on to represent the Romanian national team 21 times and scored four goals, he was also capped 37 times for the U-21 side. The undoubted highlight of his international career was his appearances at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, where he played in all four Romanian matches, including their dramatic 2-1 victory over England.

Popescu began his career with Romanian side Universitatea Craiova, before moving to Spain where he played with three different La Liga clubs - UD Salamanca, Valencia CF and CD Numancia. After his Spanish spell he returned to Romania firstly with Dinamo Bucureşti before joining city rivals National Bucureşti. Popescu then joined Suwon Samsung Bluewings in June 2002, in a double deal that also saw Bosnian-born forward Slaviša Mitrović join the K-League club.

'Gabi', as he was known to Korean fans, made a great impression in the Suwon Samsung Bluewings midfield during his first season, scoring six times in his 24 appearances. He weighed in with another six strikes in the 2003 season to further endear himself to the Suwon Samsung Bluewings fans, but struggled with injury during the close season and was limited to a peripheral role during the first half of 2004.

Popescu was allowed to return to National Bucureşti on a 6-month loan deal in the summer of 2004, where he linked up again with Slaviša Mitrović. At the end of the year, Popescu completed a switch to Japanese side JEF United Chiba.

Club statistics[edit]

[1]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Romania League Cupa României Cupa Ligii Total
1992/93 Electroputere Craiova Divizia A 16 0 16 0
1993/94 33 0 33 0
1994/95 16 0 16 0
1994/95 Universitatea Craiova Divizia A 15 1 15 1
1995/96 30 2 30 2
1996/97 29 7 29 7
1997/98 19 5 19 5
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Total
1997/98 Salamanca La Liga 15 5 15 5
1998/99 Valencia La Liga 25 1 25 1
1999/00 Numancia La Liga 7 1 7 1
Romania League Cupa României Cupa Ligii Total
1999/00 Dinamo Bucureşti Divizia A 9 0 9 0
2000/01 Naţional Bucureşti Divizia A 18 1 18 1
2001/02 29 4 29 4
Korea Republic League FA Cup K-League Cup Total
2002 Suwon Samsung Bluewings K-League 24 6 24 6
2003 31 6 31 6
2004 4 0 4 0
Romania League Cupa României Cupa Ligii Total
2004/05 Naţional Bucureşti Divizia A 11 1 11 1
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
2005 JEF United Chiba J1 League 7 1 0 0 7 5 14 6
Country Romania 225 21 225 21
Spain 47 6 47 6
Korea Republic 59 12 59 12
Japan 7 1 0 0 7 5 14 6
Total 338 40 0 0 7 5 345 45

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Valencia
Dinamo Bucharest
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
JEF United Chiba

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gabriel Popescu at National-Football-Teams.com

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