Gheorghe Albu

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Gheorghe Albu
Personal information
Full name Gheorghe Albu
Date of birth (1909-09-12)12 September 1909
Place of birth Arad, Austria-Hungary (now in Romania)
Date of death 26 June 1974(1974-06-26) (aged 64)
Place of death Făgăraş, Braşov County, Romania
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1924–1928 AMEF Arad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1929–1933 Gloria Arad
1933–1940 Venus Bucureşti 110 (6)
1940–1944 FC Craiova 42 (10)
National team
1931–1938 Romania[1] 42 (0)
Teams managed
1946–1947 FC Craiova
1947–1948 Dermata Cluj
1950 Romania
1952 UT Arad
1957–1958 Textila Sfântu Gheorghe
1958–1959 Foresta Fălticeni
1959–1962 AMEF Arad
1962–1964 Vagonul Arad
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gheorghe Albu (born 12 September 1909 in Arad, Austria-Hungary, (now in Romania) - died 26 June 1974 in Făgăraş, Braşov County, Romania) was a Romanian football player and manager. He was a part of Romania national football team which played at the 1934 FIFA World Cup.

Player career[edit]

Club career[edit]

Albu started his career in 1924, playing as a youth for AMEF Arad until 1928. In 1929, he moved to another Arad-based team, Gloria CFR, and played the final of the Romanian Championship 1929-30, against Juventus Bucureşti. Gloria CFR Arad lost the final, 0-3.[2]

In 1933, he moved to Venus Bucureşti and in his first season for The Blacks he was crowned Champion of Romania. Until 1940, when he left Venus, he won four championship titles. Between 1940 and 1944, the year of his retirement from professional football, Albu played for FC Craiova.[3]

International career[edit]

Gheorghe Albu made his first appearance for the Romania national football team in May 1931, in a match against Bulgaria, won by the Romanians, 5-2.[1]

After that, he made 39 consecutive appearances in the starting lineup for Romania, including the 1934 FIFA World Cup match against Czechoslovakia, lost by The Tricolours, 1-2.[1]

After a short break, he was called up again to the national team for another three consecutive matches.[1] He was the captain of the national side of Romania nineteen times.[1] He played his last match in December 1938, against Czechoslovakia. In this match, Gheorghe Albu's opponent, the legendary Josef Bican, scored four goals, as Romania lost by 2 goals to 6.[1]

Managerial career[edit]

After World War II, Gheorghe Albu trained a number of teams, including FC Craiova, Textila Sfântu Gheorghe, Foresta Fălticeni, Dermata Cluj or UT Arad, and was also, for a short time, the manager of the national team. In 1959, he returned to Arad, acting as manager of AMEF Arad until 1962 and Vagonul Arad between 1962 and 1964. From 1964 until his death, he worked at Făgăraş, where he trained the youth teams of Nitramonia Făgăraș. [4]

Honours[edit]

Champion of Romania (four times) : 1933-1934, 1938-1939, 1939-1940, 1948-1949

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Evidence of Gheorghe Albu's appearances for Romania national football team Archived 10 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Divizia A 1929-30 @ Romaniansoccer.ro
  3. ^ Evidence of Gheorghe Albu's appearances and goals
  4. ^ Mihai Ionescu, Mircea Tudoran Fotbal de la A la Z, Bucharest: Editura Sport-Turism, 1984