Ogăraru in 2007
|Full name||George Ogăraru|
|Date of birth||3 February 1980|
|Place of birth||Bucharest, Romania|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Right defender|
|2000–2001||→ Reșița (loan)||25||(1)|
|2001–2002||→ Oțelul Galați (loan)||20||(1)|
|2008–2009||→ Steaua București (loan)||20||(0)|
|2013–2014||Jong Ajax (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Ogăraru is one of the players that were promoted by Steaua București’s youth club. He started his professional football career playing for Steaua at 18 years old. He debuted in Divizia A on the 28 November 1998 in a victory against Olimpia Satu Mare with 3–0. In his first and second seasons at Steaua he was a substitute player and played only 7 games but did not score any goals.
In 2002 when Mihai Stoica, the president of Oțelul Galați became the general manager of Steaua, he took Ogăraru with him at his first team. Ogăraru became a basic player in Steaua's first eleven and in a few years his value grew very much. On 7 June 2006 Ogararu won the Divizia A Championship and also played his last game for Steaua in the win against FC Vaslui with 4–0.
He played for Steaua in UEFA Cup in 30 games but did not score any goal. The best seasons in UEFA Cup were in 2004–2005 when they qualified from the groups and succeeded to eliminate in the next tour Valencia, the ex-winner of UEFA Cup and especially in the season 2005–2006 when they played in the semifinals but they were defeated by Middlesbrough after the away-match in England ended 4–2 for Boro.
In the summer break of 2006 Ajax signed Ogăraru. He debuted for Ajax in an official game on 20 August 2006 against RKC Waalwijk and his team won, 5–0. On 13 August 2006 Ajax, with Ogăraru on the field from the first minute, won the Johan Cruijff-schaal against PSV Eindhoven with 3–1. The goals for Ajax were scored by Mauro Rosales, Kenneth Perez and Wesley Sneijder, for PSV Eindhoven scored Philip Cocu. Ogăraru played only 45 minutes.
On 15 November 2006 he visited his old teammates from Steaua București, wishing them good luck against Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Champions League match and hoping that they would not be facing each other in the UEFA Cup, if Steaua does not get past the group stage. The Johan Cruijff-schaal was successfully defended in 2007 with a win against PSV Eindhoven, 1–0. Ogăraru played 25 minutes being injured and was immediately substituted.
On 30 August 2008 he was loaned out to Steaua București. On June 2009 he returned to Ajax.
On 30 June 2010 Sion signed the Romanian right-back from Ajax on a free transfer until 30 June 2012.
Seattle Sounders FC
Ogăraru was training with Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer. On 9 September 2012 he was on the Sounders' bench for their reserves match against Chivas USA, then subbed on for fellow trialist Eiður Guðjohnsen to start the second half.
Ogăraru earned his first cap for Romania on 26 March 2005, in a 2–0 loss against Netherlands. After that match, Victor Pițurcă repeatedly dropped Ogăraru from the squad saying that he had an average performance at Ajax Amsterdam.
He was called up by Pițurcă after 2 years and 6 months, on 9 October 2007 against Netherlands, the same team against which he played his last game for Romania. Ogăraru said that he knows the Dutch very well because he plays for Ajax in Eredivisie and most of his club teammates are also called for the Netherlands national football team.
The match was won by Romania with 1–0 and the Romanian national football team had enough points to qualify in the next round of Euro 2008, together with Netherlands and leaving Bulgaria out of the next phase of the competition.
|1998–1999||Steaua București||Romanian Cup|
|2004–2005||Steaua București||Romanian League|
|2005–2006||Steaua București||Romanian League|
|2006–2007||AFC Ajax||Dutch Supercup|
|2006–2007||AFC Ajax||Dutch Cup|
|2007–2008||AFC Ajax||Dutch Supercup|
|2010–2011||FC Sion||Swiss Cup|
- As of 28 February 2015
|Universitatea Cluj||5 September 2014||1 March 2015||17||4||6||7||19||24||−5||23.53|
Marius Lăcătuș became the godfather of Ogăraru's second child on 6 January 2007. He is also the godfather of Eric, Ogăraru's first child.
On 16 November 2007, Ogăraru launched his own website, with photos and videos from official matches and training sessions. He also has a blog in which he talks with his fans. The site has two versions, one in English and one in Romanian.