Ion Timofte

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Ion Timofte
Personal information
Full name Ion Timofte
Date of birth (1967-12-16) 16 December 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Anina, Romania
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Youth career
1984–1987 Minerul Anina
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1988 Minerul Anina
1989 CSM Reşiţa
1989–1991 Politehnica Timişoara 65 (19)
1991–1994 Porto 69 (24)
1994–2000 Boavista 146 (37)
Total 280 (80)
National team
1991–1995 Romania 10 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ion Timofte (born 16 December 1967) is a Romanian retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder.

He spent the vast majority of his career in Portugal, amassing Primeira Liga totals of 215 games and 61 goals over the course of nine seasons with Porto and Boavista and winning seven major titles both clubs combined.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Porto[edit]

Timofte was born in Anina, and started playing with local Minerul before signing with Liga II club CSM Reşiţa in early 1989. He made his debuts in Liga I with FC Politehnica Timișoara after joining them in the summer, notably helping his team oust Atlético Madrid in the first round of the 1990–91 UEFA Cup by playing 175 minutes of a possible 180 in a 2–1 aggregate win.

In July 1991, Timofte moved to FC Porto.[1] He made his Primeira Liga debut on 24 August, scoring the first goal in a 2–0 away triumph against G.D. Estoril Praia.[2]

Timofte netted 11 times in 23 games in the 1992–93 season, as the Dragons renewed their domestic supremacy. During his three-year tenure, two of his goals helped defeat S.L. Benfica in O Clássico twice, on 22 March 1992 (3–2 away success) and 15 November of that year (1–0 home win, through a penalty kick).[1]


Timofte joined Boavista F.C. in the 1994 off-season. He hade his best year with the side in 1998–99 after the arrival of the new manager Jaime Pacheco, scoring 15 goals to help to the second position behind Porto.

The 1999–2000 campaign started with Timofte helping the northerners reach the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, starting in both legs of the tie against Brøndby IF and providing an assist in the 2–1 win in Denmark, in an eventual 6–3 aggregate score.[3][4] He also begun dealing extensively with injuries, however, retiring in June 2000 at the age of 32.[5][6]

After his retirement, Timofte opened a restaurant and a hotel in Timişoara, both called Boavista.[7]

International career[edit]

Timofte earned ten cups for Romania. His debut came on 3 April 1991, coming on as an 85th-minute substitute for Florin Răducioiu in a 0–0 away draw against Switzerland for the UEFA Euro 1992 qualifiers; 14 days later, in a friendly in Spain, he scored his first and only goal, contributing to the 2–0 win in Cáceres.[8]





  1. ^ a b "Entrevista exclusiva com Ion Timofte" [Exclusive interview with Ion Timofte]. Correio do Porto (in Portuguese). 7 November 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Estoril Praia 0–2 FC Porto" (in Portuguese). Zerozero. 27 June 2008. Retrieved 16 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Brøndby 1–2 Boavista". 11 August 1999. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Boavista 4–2 Brøndby". 25 August 1999. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Boavisteiro Timofte acusa «saturação»" [Boavista's Timofte reaches «saturation» point]. Record (in Portuguese). 16 December 1999. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Solidez dos centrais com mudanças no ataque" [Solid stoppers with changes in attack]. Record (in Portuguese). 24 July 2000. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Timofte Hotel". Hotel Boavista. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "De nuevo vencidos y sin gloria" [Again beaten hopelessly]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 18 April 1991. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 

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