Mihai Bălașa

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Mihai Bălașa
Mihai Balasa - 23 November 2017.jpg
Bălașa captaining FCSB in 2017
Personal information
Full name Mihai Alexandru Bălașa
Date of birth (1995-01-14) 14 January 1995 (age 24)
Place of birth Târgoviște, Romania
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Universitatea Craiova
Number 33
Youth career
2011–2013 Gheorghe Hagi Academy
2013–2014 Roma
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2013 Viitorul Constanța 23 (1)
2014–2017 Roma 0 (0)
2014–2016Crotone (loan) 53 (2)
2016–2017Trapani (loan) 8 (0)
2017–2019 FCSB 61 (0)
2019– Universitatea Craiova 2 (0)
National team
2011–2012 Romania U17 2 (0)
2012 Romania U18 10 (0)
2012–2014 Romania U19 11 (1)
2013–2016 Romania U21 9 (2)
2017– Romania 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 August 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 September 2018

Mihai Alexandru Bălașa (born 14 January 1995) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays for Universitatea Craiova as a defender.

Club career[edit]

Viitorul Constanța[edit]

Bălașa made his professional debut for Viitorul Constanța on 20 August 2012, in a Liga I game against Gaz Metan Mediaș.[1]

Roma[edit]

In August 2014, Bălașa was transferred by Italian club Roma, joining a growing Romanian contingent at the club.[2] He was part of the squad for the 2014 International Champions Cup, featuring as a second-half substitute against Internazionale.[3]

On 22 August 2014, Bălașa signed for Crotone on loan.[4] He made his debut in the 0–2 defeat to Ternana on 30 August 2014.

Bălașa joined Trapani on a season-long loan on 16 July 2016.[5]

FCSB[edit]

Bălașa returned to Romania in January 2017, signing a five-year contract with FCSB for an undisclosed transfer fee.[6]

On 2 August 2017, he scored the opener from a free kick in a Champions League third qualifying round 4–1 away win over Viktoria Plzeň.[7]

International career[edit]

Bălașa has represented Romania on many occasions at youth level.

He earned his first cap for the senior side in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Denmark on 8 October 2017, playing the full 90 minutes in the 1–1 away draw.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Bălașa's father Cristian was also a professional footballer. He played as a midfielder and scored 26 goals in 224 Liga I matches for Chindia Târgoviște, Argeș Pitești and Farul Constanța combined.[9][10][11][12]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 23 August 2019[13]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Viitorul Constanța 2012–13 22 1 1 0 23 1
2013–14 1 0 1 0
Total 23 1 1 0 24 1
Crotone 2014–15 24 0 24 0
2015–16 29 2 2 0 31 2
Total 53 2 2 0 55 2
Trapani 2016–17 8 0 2 0 10 0
FCSB 2016–17 14 0 1 0 15 0
2017–18 23 0 1 0 9 1 33 1
2018–19 20 0 0 0 5 0 25 0
2019–20 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Total 61 0 1 0 1 0 15 1 78 1
Universitatea Craiova 2019–20 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 147 3 6 0 1 1 14 1 169 4

International[edit]

As of 10 September 2018[14]
National team Year Apps Goals
Romania
2017 2 0
2018 4 0
Total 6 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mihai Balasa - cel mai tanar jucator al campionatului". sport365.ro.
  2. ^ "GAZZETTA GIALLOROSSA La Roma ufficializza Mihai B膬la葯a: ecco chi 猫". gazzettagiallorossa.it.
  3. ^ "ROMANEWS.US / Guinness International Champions Cup. Inter vs Roma 2-0: the Nerazzurri defeat the Giallorossi in Philadelphia - ROMANEWS.US". ROMANEWS.US. Archived from the original on 2014-10-10.
  4. ^ "Calciomercato Roma, per il terzino Balasa prestito al Crotone". La Gazzetta dello Sport - Tutto il rosa della vita.
  5. ^ "Il Trapani 2016/17. Ingaggiato il difensore Balasa" (in Italian). Trapani Calcio. 16 July 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Bine ai venit, Mihai Balasa!" (in Romanian). FC Steaua București. 24 January 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Plzeň 1–4 FCSB". UEFA.com. 2 August 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  8. ^ "Denmark 1–1 Romania". UEFA.com. 8 October 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Cristi Bălaşa, despre fiul său: "Sper să mă depăşească"" [Cristi Bălaşa, about his son: "I hope he will overcome me"] (in Romanian). evz.ro. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Mihai Bălașa, tot mai aproape de Steaua. Declarația făcută de tatăl jucătorului" [Mihai Balaşa, much more closer to Steaua. Statement made by the player's father] (in Romanian). digisport.ro. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Mihai Bălaşa, probabil cel mai puţin cunoscut fotbalist chemat de Piţurcă pentru stagiul din Spania: "E nevoie de mai mulţi tineri"" [Mihai Bălaşa, probably the least known football player called Piţurcă for the internship in Spain: "There is a need for more young people"] (in Romanian). prosport.ro. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Cristian Bălașa profile". Romaniansoccer. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  13. ^ "M. Bălașa". Soccerway. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Mihai Bălașa". European Football. Retrieved 9 October 2017.

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