Paul Manta

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Paul Manta
Personal information
Full name Paul Virgil Manta
Date of birth (1943-06-02) 2 June 1943 (age 73)
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1967 Sportul Studenţesc (0)
1967–1972 Progresul Bucureşti (0)
1972–1974 Universitatea Craiova (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Paul Manta, (born in Bucharest, 2 June 1943), is a Romanian former football goalkeeper, who played for Sportul Studenţesc, Universitatea Craiova and Progresul Bucureşti.

Football career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Manta was born in the Cotroceni residential area of Bucharest. Firstly he was interested in athletics (high jump and pole-vault) and he trained in the stadium located in Dr. Staicovici Street. One day, the students from the Institute of Physical Education and Sports didn’t have a goalkeeper and turned to him.

Coach Cornel Dragusin noticed his skillfulness, proposing him to join the youth team Progresul-Bucureşti in the group where I. Kluge was (he was 14 at that time) and he never gave up the ball since then.

Sportul Studenţesc[edit]

As Manta left high school to enter the Polytechnic University Faculty of Material Science and Engineering in 1961, he left Progresul-Bucureşti and joined the Sportul Studenţesc (known at that time as "Stiinta Bucureşti"). In the gym halls from "Regie", he played under the coaches St. Miu and M. Maksay and also alongside Mircea Lucescu.

Progresul Bucureşti[edit]

Manta made his debut with Progresul on 1 October 1967, against Dinamo Bacau which Progresul lost 3-1, under the coaching of Penita Moldoveanu, Florin Stirbei and Cornel Dragusin.

During the period spent in the Cotroceni team, Manta played under the coaches, V. Stanculescu, Al. Karikas and L. Colceriu. His teammates included Mircea Sandu and Gabi Raksi. With Progresul Bucureşti, he played three seasons in Division A and two seasons in Division B.

Universitatea Craiova[edit]

In 1972, Coaches Constantin Cernaianu and Constantin Otet wanted him in Universitatea Craiova team where Manta played for two years, winning second place in the 1972–73 season, and first place in the 1973-1974 season.

Progresul Bucureşti[edit]

In the summer of 1974, Manta returned to Progresul Bucureşti, under the coaching of Viorel Mateianu and Dumitru Baboia.

Tehnometal Bucureşti[edit]

In 1975–77, Manta joined "Tehnometal Bucureşti", the team that advanced in the 1975–76 season in Division B.

Non football career[edit]

After retirement from his playing career, Manta started his career as a metallurgic engineer at Tehnometal Bucharest factory.


Manta graduated from Polytechnic University Faculty of Material Science and Engineering with a degree in Material Science and Engineering.

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