Nicolae Tătaru

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Nicolae Tătaru I
Personal information
Full name Nicolae Tătaru
Date of birth (1931-12-16)16 December 1931
Place of birth Sibiu, Romania
Date of death 1 August 2001(2001-08-01) (aged 69)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1949–1952 Locomotiva Turnu Severin
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1952 Armata Craiova
1953–1964 Steaua Bucureşti 210 (75)
Total 210 (75)
National team
1954–1962 Romania 24 (3)
Teams managed
1965–1969 Steaua Bucureşti (youth)
1970–1976 CS Târgovişte
1976–1977 FC Brăila
1977–1980 Flacăra Moreni
1980–1982 Petrolul Târgovişte
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Nicolae Tătaru (16 December 1931 in Sibiu, Romania – 1 August 2001), also known as Tătaru I, was a Romanian football player. He played eleven years for Steaua Bucureşti, being one of the symbols of the team. He played as a left forward. He was the brother of Gheorghe Tătaru who also played professional football.

Steaua and National Team[edit]

Nicolae Tătaru signed with Steaua Bucureşti in 1952, after three months when he played for one of Steaua's second teams, Armata Craiova. He was a part of Steaua Golden team, playing also for Romania national football team. He earned 24 caps for Romania, scoring three goals. His debut for the national team is set on 9 May 1954, when Romania won the match against Germany, played at Berlin in front of 90,000 people. He scored his first international goal, against Greece, in 1957. In 1959, in the match against the olympic team of the Soviet Union, he was the captain of the national team. Since then he was eight times the captain of the national team. In his last match for Romania, he was also the captain, but Romania lost the match against Morocco. At Steaua, he played 210 matches and scored 75 goals. He is tenth in the Top Ten list of Steaua's goalscorers.

Manager career[edit]

Tătaru managed a lot of teams, like CS Târgovişte, FC Brăila, Petrolul Târgovişte or Steaua's youth team.


  • 3 times Liga I winner (1956, 1959–1960, 1960–1961)
  • 2 times Romanian Cup (1955, 1961–1962)

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Iosif Petschovsky
Steaua Top Scorer
Succeeded by
Ion Alecsandrescu