The midfielders on the left have a “what” of their own that no one else has.
A certain technique, whether they are right foot or left foot, a special vision of the game and a huge labor.
Last but not least, a great sense of emptiness, like a real striker.
Left midfielders from “National 100”
These are also the characteristics of those we propose now and here: Ilie Balaci, Titus Ozon, Dorinel Munteanu, Mircea Irimescu, Alexandru Custov, Gavrilă Pele Balint, Nicolae Dică, Flavius Domide, Cătălin Munteanu, Francisc Zavoda, Iosif Rotariu.
ILIE BALACI, nicknamed the “Blonde Wonder”, played for the national team in 65 matches, scoring eight goals. He made a decisive contribution to Romania’s qualification for the European Championship in France in 1984. With the University of Craiova he reached the semifinals of the UEFA Cup in 1983, and won three titles in 1974, 1980 and 1981, as well as four Cups in 1977. 1978, 1981 and 1983. In 1978 he was ranked 3rd in the “Bravo Trophy”, which named the best young footballers in Europe. In 1981 and 1982 he was named “The best football player in Romania”. 347 appearances in League 1, 84 goals scored. He also played for FC Olt and Dinamo. He held the record for the youngest debutant in the national team for decades, at just 17 years and 6 months old, on March 23, 1974.
TITUS OZON played 22 times for the national team, scoring 7 goals. He played at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, where he was ranked among the best. He played for Unirea Tricolor, 22 games and 21 goals, for Dinamo, 94 games and 55 goals, for Metalul Brașov, 17 games and 8 goals, Progresul București, 58 matches and 41 goals, Rapid, 79 games and 33 goals. Twice top scorer in League 1, in 1952 and 1953.
DORINEL MUNTEANU holds the record for selections in the national team, 134. He scored 16 goals in these matches. He played at the 1994 World Championships in the United States and France in 1998, as well as at the European Championships in England in 1996 and Belgium-Netherlands in 2000.
He was part of the “Golden Generation” which reached the quarterfinals of the 1994 World Cup. He played 529 matches for the club teams, for which he scored 80 goals. Champion with Dinamo, in 1992 and with Steaua, in 2005 .
MIRCEA IRIMESCU has 7 appearances and 2 goals scored for Romania. He played at the European Championship in France in 1984. At the University of Craiova he played 318 matches and scored 62 goals, but also two titles, in 1980 and 1981, and four Romanian Cups, in 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1983. He reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Science Cup in 1983.
ALEXANDRU CUSTOV played only twice in the national team, without scoring a goal, but he was one of the craftsmen of Dinamo’s qualification in the semifinals of the European Champions Cup, in 1984. He won 5 titles with Dinamo, in 1975, 1977, 1982, 1983 and 1984 and two Cups, 1982 and 1984. He is the third player in the history of Dinamo in terms of number of titles, with 319 games, in which he scored 29 goals.
GAVRILĂ PELE BALINT has played 34 times, scoring 14 goals for Romania. He played in the 1990 World Cup in Italy, where he scored two goals, and with the club team, Steaua, he won the European Champions Cup in 1986 and the European Super Cup in 1987. He also played in the Intercontinental Cup final in 1986, and another European Champions Cup final in 1989. It has 5 titles, in 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989 and 3 Romanian Cups, 1985, 1987, and 1988, all with Steaua. He also played in Spain, in Burgos, 83 matches, with 28 goals scored. La Steaua has 265 games and 69 goals.
NICOLAE DICĂ has played 32 times, scoring 9 goals for the national team. He played at the European Championships in Austria and Switzerland, in 2008. He was declared “The best Romanian footballer” in 2006, when he managed to reach, with Steaua, the semifinals of the UEFA Cup. He has two titles, in 2005 and 2006, and a Super Cup, in 2006, with Steaua, as well as a Romanian Cup, in 2011. Also, with CFR Cluj he managed the event, Championship Cup, in 2010. He also played in FC Argeș, Catania, Viitorul, Mioveni.
FLAVIUS DOMIDE collected 18 selections, managing to score three times. He participated, without having minutes on the field, with Romania at the World Championships in Mexico, in 1970. He has two titles with UTA Arad, in 1969 and 1970. He has spent his entire career at UTA, 342 matches and 75 goals, evolving in many matches as a top attack.
CĂTĂLIN MUNTEANU played 17 matches in the national team, for which he scored once. He has two titles with Steaua, in 1997 and 1998, and one with Dinamo, in 2007. He also played in Spain, in Salamanca, Albacete, Espanyol, Murcia, but also in the country, at FC Brașov and Viitorul Constanța.
FRANCISC ZAVODA played 8 matches in the national team, without a goal scored. He has 5 titles with BCC, in 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956 and 1960, and four Romanian Cups, in 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1955.
IOSIF ROTARIU played 25 times for the national team, for which he scored a goal.
He played with Romania at the World Championships in Italy, in 1990. He has a record in the European Champions Cup final, in 1989, 4 titles, in 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1998, two Romanian Cups, in 1987 and 1997, a Super Cup , in 1997, all with Steaua, as well as a Turkish Cup and a Turkish Super Cup, both in 1991, with Galatasaray Istanbul.