Mihai Costea

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Mihai Costea
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Personal information
Full name Mihai-Alexandru Costea
Date of birth (1988-05-29) 29 May 1988 (age 30)
Place of birth Drăgășani, Romania
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Al-Arabi
Number 29
Youth career
FC Universitatea Craiova
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2011 FC U Craiova 83 (14)
2011–2015 Steaua București 35 (10)
2015–2016 Voluntari 12 (2)
2016–2017 Al-Ittihad Kalba 21 (17)
2017–2018 Al-Fujairah 14 (8)
2018– Al-Arabi
National team
2009–2010 Romania U-21 13 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mihai-Alexandru Costea (born 29 May 1988 in Drăgășani) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Al-Arabi. He is the younger brother of Florin Costea.[1][2]

Club career[edit]

Universitatea Craiova[edit]

Costea played in Universitatea Craiova youth team. In 2008 the player was promoted to the first team, where he joined his older brother Florin Costea. Though his favorite positions are striker or winger, due to lack of players at Universitatea Craiova he was often used as a left midfielder. This usually brought criticism to Universitatea Craiova officials.[3]

Steaua București[edit]

Costea was transferred to Steaua București for a reported transfer fee of €1.4 million.[4]

In July 2013, Costea was excluded from the team, after refusing to comply with the team schedule, being unhappy that he wasn't called for game against Vardar Skopje, in the Champions League qualifying stage.[5]

Gulf[edit]

In 2016, it was announced that United Arab Emirates's Al-Ittihad Kalba signed Romanian free-agent Mihai Costea.[6] Costea concluded his debut season as the club's top scorer with 17 goals in addition to ten league assists in only eleven games played.

International career[edit]

Costea was a Romania U-21 international being capped thirteen times and scored one goal against Latvia U-21 on 14 November 2009.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

(Correct as of 8 January 2016)
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Universitatea Craiova
2005–06 2 0 0 0 - - - 2 0
2006–07 1 0 0 0 - - - 1 0
2007–08 4 0 0 0 - - - 4 0
2008–09 19 4 2 1 - - - 21 5
2009–10 30 7 3 4 - - - 33 11
2010–11 27 3 3 0 - - - 30 3
Total 83 14 8 5 - - - 91 19
Steaua București
2011–12 22 7 1 0 - 9 1 0 0 32 8
2012–13 12 2 2 2 - 7 1 - 21 5
2013–14 1 1 1 0 - 0 0 0 0 3 1
Total 35 10 4 2 - 16 2 0 0 55 14
Voluntari
2015–16 7 0 1 0 1 0 - - 9 0
Total 7 0 1 0 1 0 - - 9 0
Career total 125 24 13 7 1 0 16 2 0 0 155 33

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Steaua București
Universitatea Craiova

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fraţii Florin și Mihai Costea revin în fotbal. Nu vor să mai audă de Liga 1" [The brothers Florin and Mihai Costea return to football. They don't want to hear about Liga 1 anymore] (in Romanian). digisport.ro. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Succesul lui MIHAI COSTEA, drama fratelui său!" [The success of MIHAI COSTEA, the drama of his brother!] (in Romanian). cancan.ro. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  3. ^ Adevarul.ro Costea
  4. ^ EXCLUSIV Mihai Costea va semna cu Steaua! VEZI ce sumă va primi Craiova! (Romanian)
  5. ^ Adrian Petculescu (2013). "Mihai Costea a fost EXCLUS din lotul echipei Steaua" (in Romanian). Mediafax.
  6. ^ "Hat-trick Mihai Costea şi promovare cu Al Ittihad Kalba: "Lumea îmi apreciază munca"" (in Romanian). digisport.ro. 2016.
  7. ^ Costea deschide scorul cu Letonia

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