Ovidiu Stîngă

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Ovidiu Stîngă
Personal information
Date of birth (1972-12-05) 5 December 1972 (age 44)
Place of birth Craiova, Romania
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1995 Universitatea Craiova 107 (29)
1990–1991 → IELIF Craiova (loan) ? (?)
1995–1996 Salamanca 50 (14)
1996–2001 PSV Eindhoven 78 (13)
2001–2002 Dinamo București 18 (0)
2002–2004 Universitatea Craiova 35 (5)
2004–2005 Helmond Sport 19 (1)
2005–2007 Universitatea Craiova 32 (5)
Total 309 (67)
National team
1993–1998 Romania 24 (0)
Teams managed
2006 Universitatea Craiova
2009–2010 PSV Eindhoven (Youth)
2010–2011 Romania U-18
2011–2012 Romania U-19
2013–2014 CS Universitatea Craiova
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ovidiu Stîngă (born 5 December 1972 in Craiova) is a retired Romanian football player and current manager.

Club career[edit]

He began his football career at Viitorul Craiova. In 1990, he made his league debut for Universitatea Craiova at the age of 17, in a match against Corvinul Hunedoara. By the end of the season he was loaned to Jiul IELIF Craiova, and returned in the summer of 1991 to U'Craiova. In the 1992–93 season he was the team's best player and took third place in the league and his side won the Romanian Cup.

In summer 1995, he went abroad to Spain at UD Salamanca. He debuted in Primera División on 3 September against Espanyol Barcelona winning 3–1. At Salamanca he scored 11 goals, being the second leading scorer in the team, but the club finished last and were relegated to Segunda División.

In 1996, Stîngă joined Dutch side PSV Eindhoven. In his first season in the Eredivisie, he played only seven matches. In the 1997–98 season, he was one of the key players for PSV as they finished runners-up in the Dutch Championship. In 1998, he suffered a serious injury, which resulted a year break in the 1998–99 season and appeared once on the pitch. In 2000 and 2001, with PSV Stîngă won two consecutive Dutch Championship titles as well the Dutch Super Cup.

In summer of 2001 he returned to Romania signing with Dinamo Bucharest with whom he won league title. The next two seasons he spent at U.Craiova, returning after 7 years. He was loaned for the 2004–05 season to the Dutch Eerste Divisie side Helmond Sport. In 2006 he was player and manager for U'Craiova in the Romanian second division. He helped his team to get promoted in the first league in the 2006–07 season, before ending his career.

National career[edit]

Stîngă made his debut on 31 January 1993 in a friendly game against Ecuador played in Guayaquil. In 1994, he was named in Romania's squad for the World Cup in the United States, but didn't play any game. In 1996, he was called by Anghel Iordănescu at the European Championship in England, where he played one match against Spain. He also represented his country at World Cup 1998 in France.[1]



Universitatea Craiova
PSV Eindhoven
Dinamo București


  1. ^ Ovidiu Stîngă Statistics FIFA. Retrieved 22 January 2010.

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