Iosif Fabian

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Iosif Fabian
Personal information
Full name Josif Fabian II
Date of birth (1923-08-10)10 August 1923
Place of birth Cluj, Romania
Date of death 6 July 2008(2008-07-06) (aged 84)
Place of death Cascais, Portugal
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1939–1943 Muncitorii Cluj
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1943–1944 Szegedi AK 31 (19)
1945 Budapesti MÁVAG SK 1 (0)
1945 Ferar Cluj 7 (3)
1945–1947 Carmen Bucureşti 24 (24)
1947–1948 Torino 15 (9)
1948–1949 Lucchese 28 (12)
1949–1951 Bari 63 (15)
1951–1953 Cannes 15 (8)
1952 Roubaix-Tourcoing (loan) 7 (1)
1953–1954 Sporting CP 6 (2)
1955–1956 Barreirense 13 (4)
National team
1946 Romania 3 (1)
Teams managed
1955–1956 Barreirense (Player/coach)
1956–1957 FC Serpa (Player/coach)
1957–1958 Sporting Covilhã (Player/coach)
1961–1962 SC Caldas
1962–1963 G.C. Lusitano
1963–1964 SC Farense
1964–1965 Olhanense
1965–1966 Barreirense
1966–1967 SC Farense
1967–1970 Textáfrica
1970–1971 G.D. Chaves
1971–1972 FC Silves
1972–1973 Textáfrica
19XX–19XX Sporting Covilhã
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Iosif Fabian (Portuguese: José Fabian; 10 August 1923 – 6 July 2008)[1] was a Romanian football striker and coach.


Born in Cluj, Romania, Fabian started his youth career at Muncitorii Cluj. Then he went to play in the neighborhood country Hungary for a few years starting there his senior career. He returned to Romania, at Ferar Cluj for a short period before joining Carmen Bucureşti. He made his Liga I debut on 25 August 1946 in a match against Jiul Petroşani winning 3–1 and scoring once. During that season he scored 13 goals in 13 matches, and puts his team on the second place in the 1946–47 league table. The same year he leaves Romania, and goes abroad to Italy and signs for AC Torino in the Serie A, where he met up with the legendary Valentino Mazzola, in his first season on the club Josef won the Italian League contributing with 9 goals in 15 appearances, and was the only foreigner on the team. Over the years spent in Italy, he also played for Lucchese and Bari.

In 1951 he leaves Italy, and goes to France and signs for two seasons with AS Cannes, during the 1951–52 season he was loaned out to Roubaix-Tourcoing. During his time in France Spanish side Atlético Madrid put an eye on him and wanted to transfer him to Spain.

After his time in France, he went to Portugal in 1953, and signed for Sporting CP he made there only 6 appearances and scored two goals but won the Portuguese Liga in 1954. Fabian saw his name linked to several clubs and more in the various echelons of Portuguese football but choose instead Barreirense, he was a player-coach there.[2]

After retiring, he started a long career coaching various teams in Portugal and Mozambique. His last training job was at Imortal de Albufeira in the 1983–84 season

National team[edit]

Fabian made his debut for the national side led by coach Virgil Economu, on 8 October 1946, in a match against Bulgaria ended 2–2, his only goal for Romania was in a 2–1 victory over Yugoslavia in the Balkan Cup on 11 October 1946.[3]



Sporting CP


  1. ^ "Faleceu José Fabian" (in Portuguese). Sporting Clube de Portugal. 7 July 2008. Archived from the original on 24 October 2008.  Retrieved 12 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Fabian (José Fabian)" (in Portuguese). Fora de Jogo. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Siminiceanu, Radu (6 April 2003). "Romania National Team 1940–1949 – Details". RSSSF.  Retrieved 12 February 2010.