Ovidiu Petre

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Ovidiu Petre
Personal information
Full name Ovidiu Petre
Date of birth (1982-03-22) 22 March 1982 (age 35)
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Youth career
0000–1999 Naţional Bucureşti
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 Naţional Bucureşti 57 (2)
2003–2005 Galatasaray 27 (1)
2005–2006 Politehnica Timişoara 33 (5)
2006–2010 Steaua Bucureşti 74 (5)
2010–2011 Al-Nassr 16 (4)
2011–2012 Modena 19 (1)
2013–2015 Poli Timişoara 45 (0)
National team
2001–2002 Romania U-21 7 (0)
2002–2009 Romania 23 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 August 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 February 2009

Ovidiu Petre (nickname: "Sârmă"/"Wire"), (born 22 March 1982 in Bucharest) is a retired Romanian footballer. He can play in various positions but he is mostly used a defensive midfielder. Many consider him a veritable talent, however numerous knee injures affected his career.

Club career[edit]

FC National (1999-03)[edit]

Petre began his professional career at FC National Bucharest during the 1999–00 season, making his first team debut in a 3–2 defeat to Rapid Bucureşti on 22 April 2000. The first two seasons spent at FC National did not brought him many professional successes, making only ten appearances. In the 2001–02 season FC National were so close to winning the championship. Petre improved his performances and became an essential player for his team. In the European Cups, Petre played 6 matches for FC National in the UEFA Cup.

Galatasaray (2003-05)[edit]

In 2003, he was transferred to Galatasaray. The Turkish team paid 1 million € for the midfielder. He made his Süper Lig debut on 13 September 2003 in a 1–0 loss against Konyaspor. He played 4 matches with Galatasaray in the season 2003–04 in UEFA Champions League. After almost two seasons at Galatasaray, Petre did not confirm his skills and he was transferred at the middle of the 2004–05 season to FCU Politehnica Timişoara.

Poli Timișoara (2005-06)[edit]

After one season spent at FC Timişoara, the coach that properly launched Ovidiu Petre's career, Cosmin Olăroiu, left Poli and signed a contract with Steaua Bucureşti. Petre proved he's not mature yet and he made public his intentions to cancel his contract with Poli in order to play for the new team of his favourite coach. After many negotiations Petre got his transfer to Steaua in the beginning of the 2006–07 season.

Steaua București (2006-10)[edit]

In August 2006, however, he signed a 5-year[1] contract with Steaua Bucureşti for a fee of € 1.000.000, joining his former manager Cosmin Olăroiu once again. He made his debut for Steaua on 9 September 2006 in the victory against FC Argeş with 1–0. Petre scored his first goal for Steaua against his former team, Poli Timișoara, in a 3–1 win. In the 2007–08 season, he scored two consecutive goals, one with Pandurii Targu-Jiu in a 1–0 win and the other one in the derby with CFR Cluj, which Steaua won with 3–1. After that game the championship title was still a hope for Steaua, getting behind with 9 points of the leader, CFR Cluj. His first goal in the UEFA Champions League was against FC Sevilla, even though he scored Steaua lost the match with 1–2. On August 2008, Italian club AC Torino showed interest to the defensive midfielder. Steaua owner, Gigi Becali, has lowered the possible transfer fee down to € 7,8 million. On 21 October 2008, he scored his second Champions League goal against Olympique Lyonnais.

Al-Nassr (2010-2011)[edit]

On 18 June 2010, Petre signed a one-year renewable contract with Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia for $1.500.000 to be the last foreign player added to Walter Zenga's squad. In his first match for Al-Nassr, Petre scored the winning goal in a 1–0 win over Najran.

Modena FC (2011-2012)[edit]

After the contract with Al-Nassr ended, Petre took an offer to join Italian Serie B side Modena. It was confirmed that he would sign a one-year contract on 26 July 2011.

International career[edit]

Petre earned 23 caps for Romania and scored one goal. He made his national debut on 17 April 2002 in a 2–1 win over Poland.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 June 2005 Stadionul Gheorghe Hagi, Constanţa, Romania  Armenia 1–0 3–0 FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualifying


Season Club Title
2004–05 Turkey Galatasaray S.K. Türkiye Kupası


He is not related to Ciprian Petre.


  1. ^ "Thereau si Ovidiu Petre, prezentati de Campioana Romaniei". Steauafc.com. Retrieved 2010-04-29. 

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