The offensive midfielder or “play-maker” in a team, most often “Decar”, is the footballer who always has the keys to success. Or, on the contrary.
In the case of the Prosport nominees, however, we are talking about a rare category, that of the “artists” on the lawn, of pure talents.
Offensive midfielders from “National 100”
Here is the list for “Oscar”, of course: Gheorghe Hagi, Anghel Iordănescu, Costică Donose, Iuliu Bodola, Radu Nunweiller, Constantin Stanciu, Iosif Petschowski, Mihail Majearu, Gheorghe Constantin, Dorin Mateuț, Marcel Coraș.
GHEORGHE HAGI, considered the greatest football player in the history of Romanian football, played 125 times and scored 35 goals for Romania. In the “successes” chapter, he holds, on a par with Adrian Mutu, the record in the national team jersey. He played in six Final Tournaments, three in the World Championship and three in the European Championship. Thus, at the World Cup it was in Italy, in 1990, in the USA, in 1994, when we reached the quarterfinals, and in France, in 1998.
At the Euro, Hagi played in France, 1984, in England, in 1996, and in 2000, in the Netherlands and Belgium. He won 3 titles with Steaua, in 1987, 1988 and 1989, two Cups, in 1987 and 1988, but also the European Super Cup, in 1987. Also with Steaua he played the final of the European Champions Cup in 1989. However, he made his debut at Farul Constanța, in 1982, a year later being transferred to Student Sports, where he won two goalscoring titles, in 1985 and 1986.
He obtained the great consecration abroad, being the only Romanian footballer who played for Real Madrid and FC Barcelona. First at Real, between 1990 and 1992, with which he won the Spanish Super Cup in 1990. He then played two years in Brescia, Italy, and in 1994, he returned to Spain, in Barcelona, with which he triumphed in the Spanish Super Cup. , in 1994. In 1996 he transferred to Galatasaray Istanbul, with which he won four titles, in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000, two Cups, in 1999 and 2000, two Super Cups, in 1996 and 1997, the UEFA Cup and the European Super Cup , in 2000.
He was the top scorer of the European Champions Cup in 1988, chosen in the ideal team of the 1994 World Cup, and chosen by FIFA in the top 100 best footballers in history.
Named 7 times “The best Romanian footballer of the year”, in 1985, 1987, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999 and in 2000.
He played 18 matches for Farul, scoring 7 goals, 108 games for Sportul Studențesc, with 58 goals, 97 matches for Steaua and 76 goals scored, 64 games for Real and 16 goals, 61 matches for Brescia and 14 goals , 36 matches for Barcelona with 7 goals scored and 132 games with Galatasaray, with 59 goals. He was the leader and “captain of the Golden Generation.”
ANGHEL IORDĂNESCU played 64 times, managing to score 26 goals for Romania. He played his entire career at Steaua, 317 matches and 155 goals scored, for 14 years, between 1968 and 1982. Only at the end of his career he played two years, 1982-1984, in Greece, at OFI Crete, 34 matches and 6 goals. With Steaua he has two titles, in 1976 and 1978, four Cups, in 1970, 1971, 1976 and 1979, and the European Champions Cup, in 1986.
COSTICĂ DONOSE did not play in the national team, but he was one of the great football players of Craiova Maxima. With the University of Craiova he reached the semifinals of the UEFA Cup, in 1983. Nicknamed “Pele”, Donose won two titles, in 1980 and 1981, and four Romanian Cups, in 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1983, with the University of Craiova, plus another Cup with Chimia Rm. Vâlcea, in 1973. He has 270 games and 27 goals for Universitatea, 62 games and 5 goals for Chimia and another 25 matches for FC Olt.
IULIU BODOLA played 48 times in the Romanian national team, scoring 31 goals, or 30, according to other statistical sources. It is true, between 1940-1948, at the end of his career, he also played for the Hungarian national team, in 13 matches, scoring 4 goals. With Romania he played at two World Championships, in 1934 and 1938, in Italy, respectively in France, where he was also the team captain. With Venus Bucharest he won three titles, in 1937, 1939 and 1940. He held for more than half a century the record of goals scored for Romania, until he was overtaken by Gică Hagi, and then by Adi Mutu, both with 35 of success today. Anyway, he’s on second gear all the time! He also played in CAO.
RADU NUNWEILLER played 42 times for Romania and scored two goals. He played at the World Championships in Mexico, in 1970. With Dinamo he won 5 titles, in 1964, 1965, 1971, 1973 and 1975, and a Romanian Cup, in 1964. He played 295 matches for Dinamo, scoring 38 goals. goals. He ended his career at Corvinul, 37 games and two goals. It is said that Angelo Niculescu, the coach of the national team during the 1970 World Cup, but not only when he established the starting lineup, always started with Radu, and will add another ten…
CONSTANTIN STANCIU played 8 times for the Romanian national team, for which he scored 4 goals. He played at the World Championships in Uruguay, in 1930, where he scored 1-1 with Peru, in the 77th minute, the 2-1 goal, contributing decisively to Romania’s first victory at a World Cup, in the end it would be 3 -1, Deșu, in the 1st minute and Nicolae Kovacs, in the 85th minute, being our other scorers. It should be noted that it is considered the most dramatic goal in the history of all World Cups, at the time of his marking, Stanciu having his knee dislocated, since the 21st minute, when the sole of a Peruvian footballer snatched his patella. He remained on the bench, where three bandages were put on him, until the 60th minute, Peru equalizing then. He re-entered the field, at his request, in a practical leg, because Romania was inferior from the 11th minute, when another Peruvian had broken Steiner’s leg. No changes were allowed at that time, except for the goalkeeper. That’s how he managed to score, even with his left leg injured.
With the club team, Venus Bucharest, 62 matches and 6 goals, won three titles, in 1929, 1932 and 1934. He also played for Juventus Bucharest, 22 games and 2 goals.
IOSIF PETSCHOWSKI played 32 times, scoring 11 goals for Romania. He also has 3 selections for the Hungarian national team. He was the captain of the national team of our country at the Olympic Games in Helsinki, in 1952. He won a title with CAO, in the Hungarian championship, in the 1943-1944 season, and five titles in League 1, with UTA Arad, in 1947, 1948 and 1950 and two with BCC, in 1952 and 1953, but also two Romanian Cups, in 1948, with UTA, and in 1952, with BCC. He played throughout his career in all positions in the team, including the goalkeeper, proving amazing skills. He played for the Chinese Timișoara (67 matches / 27 goals), CAM Timișoara (12/10), again for the Chinese (34/19), in Hungary, between 1941-1944, in Nagyvaradi (66/26), CA Cluj (29/13), UTA Arad (104/34), CCA București (50/19) and again at UTA (133/35). With an overwhelming talent and a perfect fair play, after his disappearance, the newspaper “Sportul” gave its name to the Trophy intended annually for the most “fair” public spectator in the first league.
MIHAIL MAJEARU played only one match for Romania, without a goal, but he was a starter in the campaign in which Steaua won the European Champions Cup, in 1986, but also the European Super Cup, in 1987. He also played an Intercontinental Cup final, in 1986 He has four titles with Steaua, in 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988 and three Romanian Cups, in 1985, 1987 and 1988.
GHEORGHE CONSTANTIN played 39 times, scoring 12 goals, in the Romanian national team. He was part of the team that played at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 1964. He played almost his entire career at Steaua, 264 matches and 148 goals. With this team he won 4 titles, in 1956, 1960, 1961 and 1968, but also 4 Romanian Cups, in 1955, 1962, 1966 and 1967. Three times he won the title of League 1 goal scorer, in 1960, 1961 and 1962.
DORIN MATEUȚ has played 56 times for the national team, for which he scored 10 goals. He played at the World Championships in Italy, in 1990. He made his debut at Corvinul Hunedoara, but dedicated himself to Dinamo, a team with which he reached the semifinals of the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1990, and with which he won a title and a Cup in the same in 1990.
In 1989 he won the “Golden Ice” of Europe, reserved for the top scorer with the most successes in all championships on our continent, with 43 goals. He also played in Brescia and Reggiana, in Italy, but also in Zaragoza, in Spain.
MARCEL CORAȘ played 36 times in the national team, scoring 6 goals. He played in the Final Tournament of the European Championship in France, in 1984, where he scored a goal in the RF Germany goal. He made his debut at UTA Arad, but devoted himself to Student Sports, where, in 1989, he won the “Golden Ice” of Europe, with 36 goals, being surpassed only by the Romanian… Dorin Mateuț. He reached, with Victoria Bucharest, the quarterfinals of the UEFA Cup, in 1989. He was a footballer of great strength and with a “brilliant” technique, despite his special mass, unmatched in our entire history. A real and great artist!