Tamaș playing for Auxerre in 2008
|Full name||Gabriel Sebastian Tamaș|
|Date of birth||9 November 1983|
|Place of birth||Brașov, Romania|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre-back / right-back|
|2005||→ Dinamo București (loan)||27||(1)|
|2006–2007||→ Celta Vigo (loan)||29||(0)|
|2008–2009||→ Dinamo București (loan)||34||(2)|
|2010||→ West Bromwich Albion (loan)||23||(2)|
|2010–2013||West Bromwich Albion||45||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 October 2018 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2018
Tamaș started his career in lower divisions. In the summer of 2002 he transferred to Dinamo București who he spent a year with before earning a move to Turkish team Galatasaray where he spent a season-and-a-half before being linked with a move to the Russian Premier League.
Tamaș secured a move to Spartak Moscow in January 2004, but returned to Dinamo București in summer 2004 on a season-and-a-half loan, returning to Spartak in January 2006. Tamaș again moved out on loan to Celta de Vigo of Spain for the duration of the 2006–07 season.
He joined AJ Auxerre in France at the start of the 2007–08 season. After one year there he again joined Dinamo București, this time on a season-long loan. On 14 February 2009, he was sent to the reserve team due to an incident involving drinking alcohol in training. On 12 July 2009, he extended his loan for another season, and was also elected captain by his teammates.
His loan to Dinamo was cut short in December 2009, and on 1 January 2010, Tamaș signed for West Bromwich Albion on loan until the end of the season. He made his debut on 8 January in a 1–3 loss to Nottingham Forest. He scored his first goal for the Football League Championship club against Reading on 27 March 2010. On 19 May 2010, Tamaș signed permanently at The Hawthorns for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract, plus a further year's option in the club's favour. On 11 September 2011, in a match against Norwich City, he elbowed James Vaughan in the face inside his own penalty area. The referee gave no penalty and let the play continue, but he was given a three-match ban for violent conduct after the match.
He ended his contract with WBA by mutual consent, in September 2013. On 9 October 2013, Tamaș signed a one-year contract with Romanian Liga I club CFR Cluj. On 16 October, he ended his contract there following incidents in a local pub.
After suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in September 2014, Tamaș cancelled his contract with Watford in January 2015. On 15 January 2015, he signed a two-year contract with FCSB, the great historic rival of his former club Dinamo București. After a few months playing for FCSB, he was dismissed because he drank a lot with a few friends and he was not able to come to training. Steaua's manager, Mirel Rădoi, said that Gabriel Tamaș lied to him, saying that his phone alarm did not work.
On 26 August 2015, Tamaș joined Championship side Cardiff City on a one-year deal, with a further option to a second year. During the first half of the season, Tamaș only appeared for the development squad and wasn't involved in the first team at all from November, resulting in frustration and claiming he wanted to leave Welsh capital. He eventually made his first team debut in a FA Cup loss to Shrewsbury Town on 10 January. On 1 February 2016, his contract was terminated by mutual agreement. Tamas then returned to FCSB, albeit on a lower wage. His deal at FCSB was offered by the club's owner on the condition that Tamas addressed his issues with alcohol, and go to church every Sunday, which led some fans to make fun, saying that he only goes to church to drink the wine from communion.
On 11 August 2011, Tamaș and his teammate Adrian Mutu were excluded from the Romanian national team. They were found drinking at a bar on the night of 10 August, while footballers had to play for the Romanian team against San Marino in a friendly match. After only three games, their suspension was lifted.
|1||2 June 2007||Arena Petrol, Celje, Slovenia||Slovenia||0–1||1–2||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|2||1 November 2007||Național Stadium, Bucharest, Romania||Albania||2–0||6–1||UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying|
|3||29 May 2010||Ukraina Stadium, Lviv, Ukraine||Ukraine||1–1||3–2||Friendly|
- Romanian Defender of the Year: 2016
Statistics accurate as of match played 6 October 2018
|FC Spartak Moscow||2004||14||0||0||0||–||0||0||1||0||15||0|
|Dinamo București (loan)||2004–05||13||0||3||0||–||0||0||–||16||0|
|Celta Vigo (loan)||2006–07||29||0||2||0||–||9||0||–||40||0|
|Dinamo București (loan)||2008–09||22||0||1||0||–||2||0||–||25||0|
|West Bromwich Albion||2009–10 (loan)||23||2||3||0||–||–||–||26||2|
|Dinamo București total||80||7||11||0||0||0||15||1||1||0||107||8|
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