Gheorghe Ciolac

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Gheorghe Ciolac
Gheorghe Ciolac.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1908-08-10)10 August 1908
Place of birth Nagykomlós, Austria-Hungary
Date of death 13 April 1965(1965-04-13) (aged 56)
Place of death Timişoara, Romania
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1922–1924 Politehnica Timişoara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1924–1930 Banatul Timișoara - (-)
1930–1941 Ripensia Timişoara 116 (46)
National team
1928–1937 Romania[1] 24 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Gheorghe Ciolac (10 August 1908 – 13 April 1965) was a Romanian association football striker. He was a member of the Romania national football team which competed at the 1934 FIFA World Cup, but did not play any match.

Club career[edit]

Gheorghe Ciolac (left) holding the 1933–34 Romanian Cup

After playing as a youth for Politehnica Timişoara between 1922 and 1924, Gheorghe Ciolac started his senior career at Banatul, another team from Timişoara. He played for this team until 1930, when he moved to Ripensia Timişoara.[2]

Gheorghe Ciolac was the captain of the team which won, between 1932 and 1938, four Divizia A titles and two Romanian Cups. He made his debut in the first tier of Romanian football on 11 September 1932, in a match between his team and CFR Bucureşti.[2]

Ciolac scored the winning goal for Ripensia Timişoara in the first Romanian Cup final, but the match was contested by Ripensia's opponents, Universitatea Cluj, which asked for playing the match on a neutral stadium. The match was replayed two months later in Bucharest, and Ripensia won 5–0.

In 1936 Romanian Cup final, Ciolac scored two goals as Ripensia Timişoara demolished its opponents, Unirea Tricolor Bucureşti, winning the match by 5 goals to 1.

Ciolac retired from football in 1941, after playing his last match against Venus Bucureşti, on 15 June.[2]

International career[edit]

Gheorghe Ciolac made his debut for the Romania national football team in May 1928, in a match against Yugoslavia, lost by Romanians, 1–3. In his second match for Romania, Ciolac scored a hat-trick, as Romania won 3–0 in front of Bulgaria.

In September 1929, he was for the first time the captain of the national team, in a match against Bulgaria, played on the Levski Stadium in Sofia.

Gheorghe Ciolac was selected in the Romanian team for the 1934 FIFA World Cup, but did not play, remaining on the bench in the match against Czechoslovakia. He played his last match for the national team in 1937, being also the captain of the team in the match against Czechoslovakia (1–1).

International goals[edit]

Gheorghe Ciolac: International Goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 21 April 1929 ONEF Stadium, Bucharest, Romania  Bulgaria 1–0 3–0 Friendly
2 21 April 1929 ONEF Stadium, Bucharest, Romania  Bulgaria 2–0 3–0 Friendly
3 21 April 1929 ONEF Stadium, Bucharest, Romania  Bulgaria 3–0 3–0 Friendly
4 10 October 1929 ONEF Stadium, Bucharest, Romania  Yugoslavia 2–0 2–1 Balkan Cup
5 28 June 1932 SK Jugoslavija, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Greece 1–0 3–0 Balkan Cup
6 4 June 1933 ONEF Stadium, Bucharest, Romania  Bulgaria 3–0 7–0 Balkan Cup
7 4 June 1933 ONEF Stadium, Bucharest, Romania  Bulgaria 4–0 7–0 Balkan Cup
8 4 June 1933 ONEF Stadium, Bucharest, Romania  Bulgaria 6–0 7–0 Balkan Cup
9 11 June 1933 ONEF Stadium, Bucharest, Romania  Yugoslavia 2–0 5–0 Balkan Cup
10 14 October 1934 Czarnych, Lwow, Poland now Lviv, Ukraine  Poland 2–1 3–3 Friendly
11 27 December 1934 Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, Athens, Greece  Greece 2–0 2–2 Balkan Cup
12 30 December 1934 Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium, Athens, Greece  Bulgaria 3–0 3–2 Balkan Cup
13 24 May 1935 ONEF Stadium, Bucharest, Romania  Bulgaria 3–1 4–1 Balkan Cup

Honours[edit]

Ripensia Timisoara

International[edit]

Romania

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