Soccer Players The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time  

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List Rules Soccer players from Romania or played on the Romanian national team.

The best Romanian soccer players have been international superstars and altered the way the game is played. In addition to being a formidable national team for the World Cups, Romanian footballers have played for many top football clubs throughout the world. But who is the best Romanian soccer player of all time? Fans have ranked their favorites below!

This list of the best soccer players from Romania below has been voted by fans across the world--including Romanian of course. The list includes positions played and photos when available. These Romanian footballers have been ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Romanian soccer player you can use the search box at the top of the list to find what you're looking for.

While many football fans consider Gheorghe Hagi the best Romanian football player, some would also put Nicolae Dobrin in the running. Unfortunately, we'll never know since they played in different eras. The list you're viewing has a variety of players, like István Avar and Elek Schwartz, in it.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Romanian footballers?" and "Who is the greatest Romanian soccer player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of Romania in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of the best Romanian soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.
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Gheorghe Hagi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Midfielder Gheorghe Hagi is a Romanian former footballer, considered one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe during the 1980s and 1990s and the greatest Romanian footballer of all time. Galatasaray ...more

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Gheorghe Popescu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Defender Gheorghe Gică Popescu is a retired Romanian football defender, former captain of FC Barcelona and key part of the Romania national team in the 1990s. He played for a string of European clubs in ...more

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266 81
Nicolae Dobrin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Midfielder Nicolae Dobrin was a Romanian football player. He was named Romanian Player of the Year on three occasions, in 1966, 1967, and 1971. Nicolae Dobrin Stadium in Pitești is named after him. One of ...more

4
218 74
Cristian Chivu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Defender Cristian Eugen Chivu is a former Romanian footballer. He usually played left back, but preferred playing centre back. He began his career at his hometown club FCM Reșița before moving to ...more

5
209 71
Dan Petrescu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Defender Daniel Vasile Petrescu is a Romanian football manager and former player, he last managed Al-Arabi in Qatar. He is famous for having played for Steaua Bucharest in the 1989 European Cup Final and ...more

6
241 100
Adrian Mutu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Forward, Midfielder Adrian Mutu is a former Romanian footballer who played as a forward. His career has included setbacks including two long suspensions for failed drugs tests. Despite this, he was regarded as one ...more

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123 46
Ilie Balaci is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Playmaker, Forward Ilie Balaci is a retired Romanian football midfielder and current manager. He is considered one of the greatest Romanian footballers of all time, along with Gheorghe Hagi, Nicolae Dobrin, Marcel ...more

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118 48
Mircea Lucescu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Mircea Lucescu Forward Mircea Lucescu is a Romanian former footballer and manager of Ukrainian Premier League side Shakhtar Donetsk with whom he won the UEFA Cup 2008–09. He was named Romania Coach of the Year in ...more

9
128 57
Marius Lăcătuș is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Forward Marius Mihai Lăcătuș is a Romanian retired football player and football coach. He is so far the most successful football player ever to play for Steaua București. He is all time top scorer for ...more

10
99 43
Helmuth Duckadam is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Goalkeeper Helmuth Robert Duckadam is a Romanian retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He was dubbed "the Hero of Seville" due to his display in the 1986 European Cup Final, won by his ...more

11
96 49
Adrian Ilie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Adrian Ilie Defender Adrian Ilie is a Romanian football player, currently under contract with FC Politehnica Iași. He is a central defender who can also play as a defensive midfielder or as a left back. Ilie started ...more

12
107 59
Răzvan Raț is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Răzvan Raț Defender Răzvan Dincă Raț is a Romanian professional footballer who plays for PAOK FC in Greece as a left back. His honours include eight league titles, one Romanian Cup, four Ukrainian Cups, one UEFA ...more

13
81 39
Adrian Ilie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Adrian Ilie Forward, Midfielder Adrian Bucurel Ilie is a Romanian former international footballer. His nickname was Cobra, because of his skills to attack on the field.

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74 34
Ilie Dumitrescu is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Forward, Midfielder Ilie Dumitrescu is a Romanian former football player and coach, who was last manager of Steaua Bucureşti. A tricky forward, he shot to fame when his frontline partnership with Gheorghe Hagi and ...more

15
71 32
László Bölöni is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Midfielder László Bölöni is a Romanian football manager and former player. One of the all-time greatest Romanian midfielders, Bölöni was a box-to-box midifielder well ...more

16
84 43
Cosmin Contra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Cosmin Contra Defender, Midfielder Cosmin Marius Contra is a Romanian retired footballer who played mainly as a right back, and the current manager of Guangzhou R&F FC. Offensive-minded, he could also appear as a midfielder, ...more

17
75 37
Miodrag Belodedici is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Defender Miodrag Belodedici is a Romanian retired footballer who played as a sweeper. Nicknamed the deer due to his elegant tackles, he spent the majority of his 19-year professional career with Steaua ...more

18
75 39
Dorinel Munteanu is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Dorinel Munteanu Midfielder Dorinel Ionel Munteanu is a Romanian football manager and former midfielder. He is the head coach of Astra Giurgiu.

19
60 28
Dudu Georgescu is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Dudu Georgescu Forward Dudu Georgescu is a retired Romanian footballer. He began his career at Progresul Bucureşti. He currently holds the record for the most goals in Romania's Divizia A with 252 goals, as well as ...more

20
65 41
Iuliu Barátky is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Forward Gyula Barátky was a football player who had represented both Hungary and Romania. His preferred position was the half right. He played a total of 155 games in the national Romanian ...more

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42 25
Iuliu Bodola is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Forward Iuliu Bodola was a Romanian-Hungarian footballer who played international football for both of those nations. His nickname was Duduş.

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41 21
Ioan Sabău is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Ioan Sabău Midfielder Ioan Ovidiu Sabău is a former Romanian football midfielder, who was born in Câmpia-Turzii and debuted in Divizia A with U Cluj in 1986. He later won the league title with Dinamo București ...more

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36 21
Marcel Răducanu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Marcel Răducanu Forward, Midfielder Marcel Răducanu is a Romanian former footballer who played for Steaua Bucureşti, Borussia Dortmund, FC Zürich and the Romanian national team. Between 1976 and 1981, he played 21 games for ...more

24
35 21
Ioan Lupescu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Midfielder Ioan Angelo Lupescu, widely known as Ionuţ Lupescu is a former Romanian footballer who played as a midfielder. He became a member of FIFA's Technical and Development Committee in early 2008.

25
65 56
Costel Pantilimon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Goalkeeper Costel Fane Pantilimon is a Romanian professional footballer who plays for English club Sunderland A.F.C. and the Romania national team, as a goalkeeper. At 6'8" tall, he is currently the ...more

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39 34
József Pecsovszky is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Forward József Pecsovszky or Iosif Petschovschi, was a Romanian football player with Hungarian nationality, one of the best Romania ever produced. His nickname was Peci. He could play in any ...more

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43 32
Mirel Rădoi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Mirel Rădoi Defender, Midfielder Mirel Matei Rădoi is a Romanian football midfielder who can also play as center back. He currently plays for Al Ahli in the UAE Pro-League. Radoi is considered a symbolic player for Steaua ...more

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59 50
Ștefan Radu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Ștefan Radu Defender Ștefan Daniel Radu is a Romanian footballer who plays as a defender for Serie A club Lazio.

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38 27
Gabi Balint is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Gabi Balint Forward Gavril Pele "Gabi" Balint is a Romanian football manager and former player.

30
32 21
Rodion Cămătaru is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Rodion Cămătaru Forward Rodion Gorun Cămătaru is a retired Romanian footballer, who played as a striker.

31
45 37
Nicolae Dică is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Nicolae Dică Forward, Midfielder Nicolae Marius Dică is a Romanian former football attacking midfielder. He is a playmaker or forward known for his incisive passing and long balls. He last played for Liga I side Viitorul

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34 27
Anghel Iordănescu is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Anghel Iordănescu Forward Anghel Iordănescu is a retired Romanian footballer and current manager of Romania. In 2007, Iordănescu retired from football, and the following February, after his predecessor resigned, he ...more

33
21 17
Ciprian Tătăruşanu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
David Ascoli added Ciprian Tătăruşanu Goalkeeper Ciprian Tătăruşanu is a Romanian footballer who plays for the Steaua Bucureşti.

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28 21
Radu Nunweiller is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Midfielder Radu Nunweiller is a former Romanian football player, playing as a central midfield. He went on to coach in Switzerland. He came from a family with 6 brothers who were footballers, Costică, ...more

35
35 31
Emerich Jenei is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Emerich Jenei or Imre Jenei is a Romanian former football player and coach. He is considered one of Romania's best coaches, alongside Ştefan Kovács, Mircea Lucescu, and Anghel Iordănescu. ...more

36
44 42
Ciprian Marica is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Ciprian Marica Forward, Midfielder Ciprian Andrei Marica is a Romanian footballer. He mostly plays as second striker or a winger, but he is also able to play as a centre forward. He is under contract with Süper Lig side

37
26 23
Tudorel Stoica is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Midfielder Tudorel Stoica is a Romanian retired footballer who played as a central midfielder.

38
34 34
Daniel Niculae is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Daniel Niculae Forward Daniel George Niculae is a Romanian footballer who plays for Rapid București. He plays as a second striker but he is often used as a full striker. He is usually holder at the Romanian national

39
34 34
Nicolae Stanciu is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Nicolae Stanciu Midfielder Nicolae Claudiu Stanciu is a Romanian footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Liga I club FC Steaua București and the Romania U-21 national team.

40
11 10
Titus Ozon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Titus Ozon Titus Ozon was a Romanian international football striker. He was considered one of the greatest talents of the postwar in the Romanian football, famous for his extraordinary ability to dribble.

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23 24
Ioan Andone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Defender Ioan Andone is a Romanian football coach and former player.

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25 27
Lajos Sătmăreanu is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Defender Lajos Sătmăreanu, Hungarian: Lajos Szatmári is a former Romanian football player of Hungarian ethnicity. He played for Romania too, winning 44 caps and scoring a goal. As a coach he used ...more

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29 35
Alexandru Chipciu is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Alexandru Chipciu Midfielder Alexandru Mihăiță Chipciu is a Romanian footballer who plays as a forward for Romanian side Steaua București. He moved to Steaua București in the winter of 2011, for €1.2m, after five seasons ...more

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24 30
Nicolae Kovács is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Nicolae Kovács was a Romanian-Hungarian football player and coach. He was a dual international football player and played both for Romania and Hungary. For the Romania national football ...more

45
5 9
Alexandru Apolzan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Alexandru Apolzan Defender Alexandru Apolzan was a Romanian football player, who played mainly for Steaua Bucureşti and also for Romania. He is in fact the inventor of the sweeper role and is considered as one of the best ...more

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17 22
Adrian Bumbescu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Adrian Bumbescu Defender Adrian Bumbescu is a retired Romanian footballer who played as a central defender. A defender with a tough attitude, Bumbescu played mostly with Steaua Bucureşti, helping it win the 1986 ...more

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10 14
Cristian Tănase is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Alin Brasoveanu added Midfielder Cristian Tănase is a Romanian footballer who plays for Steaua București. He can play as a Midfielder or Attacking midfielder.

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16 23
George Ogăraru is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
George Ogăraru Defender George Ogăraru is a retired Romanian footballer and current manager. His position on the pitch was right defender.

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16 23
Dinu Sânmărtean is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Dinu Sânmărtean Dinu Sânmărtean is a Romanian footballer, currently contracted with SC 04 Tuttlingen from Germany. His previous club was Gloria Bistrița. His older brother, Lucian, is also playing in Liga ...more

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21 31
Florentin Petre is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Romania Soccer Players & Footballers of All Time
Florentin Petre Winger, Midfielder Florentin Petre is a retired Romanian footballer.His son Patrick Petre is also a footballer.