The extremes of “National 100”. List of the 11 from which you can choose your favorite in the team of the century: Arrows come from the right. Or from the left …

The arrows come from the right. Or from the left… Extremes are attracted, it is said. In football, the sentence is not necessarily true, but the extremes clearly attract.

Their game, speed, their races, dribbles and trademark tricks, all this made those who played with the number “7” or “11” on the back of the shirt, the most beloved of the earthlings.

And their centerings, mandatory in the job description and in front of the goal, represent the business card of these strikers who have always played for “peaks”, being themselves peaks…

Extremes from “National 100”

Let’s make the presentations: Marius Lăcătuș, Marcel Răducanu, Ilie Dumitrescu, Zoltan Crișan, Ion Pârcălab, Sorin Cârțu, Silviu Bindea, Ștefan Dobay, Mircea Lucescu, Ion Geolgău, Costel Orac.

MARIUS LĂCĂTUȘ played, as a far right, 84 matches, scoring 13 goals, for the national team. He played with Romania at the World Championships in Italy, in 1990, and at the World Championships in France, in 1998, as well as at the European Championships in England, in 1996. He was part of the “Golden Generation”. He is the most titled footballer in the history of Steaua, with whom he won the European Champions Cup, in 1986, the European Super Cup, in 1987. He also played the final of the Intercontinental Cup, in 1986 and another European Champions Cup final, in 1989. With Steaua he has 357 games and over 100 goals scored, 10 titles, in 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998. But also 6 Cups, in 1985, 1987, 1988, 1996, 1997 and 1999. With Steaua he has 72 matches in the European cups and 17 goals scored.

He also played for FC Brașov and FC Național, in the country, and for Fiorentina, in Italy, and Oviedo, in Spain.

MARCEL RĂDUCANU played, as an extreme left, 21 matches and scored three times for Romania. He played for Steaua in League 1 in 229 games, scoring 94 goals. He has two titles, in 1976 and 1978, and two Romanian Cups, in 1976 and 1979, also with Steaua. He also played, in Germany, at Borussia Dortmund, 163 matches and 31 goals, but also in Switzerland, at FC Zürich, 47 games and 12 goals. He was named “The best Romanian footballer of the year” in 1980.

ILIE DUMITRESCU has played 62 times, scoring 20 goals for Romania. He played in three World Championships, a performance achieved in our football only by Nicolae Kovacs, Gică Hagi and Gică Popescu. These are the World Championships in Italy, 1990, USA, 1994 and France, 1998. He won four titles, in 1987, 1989, 1993 and 1994, and two Cups, in 1987 and 1992, all with Steaua. He also played for FC Olt, but also abroad, for Tottenham, West Ham, England, Sevilla, Spain, and Mexico, America and Atlanta. He was part of the “Golden Generation”, which reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup in America in 1994. He is the author of two goals in the “eighth” against Argentina.

ZOLTAN CRIȘAN played, as a right winger, 46 matches, scoring 4 goals, for the Romanian national team. He reached, with the University of Craiova, the semifinals of the UEFA Cup, in 1983. Also with Știința he won two titles of champion, in 1980 and 1981, and four Cups, in 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1983.

ION PÂRCĂLAB played, as an extreme right, in 38 matches in the national team, for which he also scored 5 goals. He played at the Olympic Games in Japan, in 1964. With Dinamo he won 4 champion titles, in 1962, 1963, 1964 and 1965, and two Romanian Cups, in 1964 and 1968. He was nicknamed “The Arrow of the Carpathians”. He also played at UTA Arad, 38 matches and 13 goals, and in France, at Nimes, 83 games and 20 goals. With Dinamo he scored 73 goals in 194 matches. He was named “The best Romanian footballer of the year” in 1965.

SORIN CÂRȚU played 7 matches in the national team, without scoring. He reached the semifinals of the UEFA Cup, with the University of Craiova, in 1983. With the same team he won two titles, in 1980 and 1981, and four Romanian Cups, in 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1983. He played 283 matches for Science, in League 1, scoring 107 goals. He is also the top scorer of this team in the European Cups, 11, in 37 games.

SILVIU BINDEA has 27 matches and 11 goals scored for the national team. He played, as a right winger, with Romania, in two World Championship Final Tournaments, in Italy, in 1934 and in France, in 1938. He spent almost his entire career at Ripensia Timișoara, a club with which he won four titles. champion, in 1933, 1935, 1936 and 1938, and two Romanian Cups, in 1934 and 1936. He collected 141 games with Ripensia, for which he scored 78 goals. He also played for CAM Timișoara, one season, 17 games and 10 goals scored.

ȘTEFAN DOBAY played, as an extreme left, in 41 games for the Romanian national team, managing to score 19 goals. He participated in two World Cup Final Tournaments, in Italy, in 1934, when he scored our goal in the match with Czechoslovakia, 1-2, which would play the final, and in 1938, in France, when he scored in both matches with the Cuban national team, 3-3 and 1-2, at the replay. Only Dan Petrescu managed, 64 years later, this performance, also scoring the World Cup in the USA, against the host country, in 1994, and at the World Cup in France, in 1998, in the victory, 2-1, against England.

Dobay has 4 titles with Ripensia Timișoara, in 1933, 1935, 1936 and 1938, and two Romanian Cups, in 1934 and 1936. He won 4 times the title of League 1 goal scorer, in 1933, 1934, 1935 and 1937 La Ripensia Timișoara has 158 goals in 180 matches!

He was nicknamed the “Horse” for his strength and speed. He also played in 5 editions of the Balkan Cup.

MIRCEA LUCESCU also played extreme right, most of the time, but also extreme left. He has 70 games and 9 goals for the national team. He played with Romania at the Final Tournament of the World Cup, in 1970, in Mexico, being the captain of our team. He has, with Dinamo, seven champion titles, in 1964, 1965, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977 and 1990, at the age of 45, when he was the team’s coach, but he also played, for a few minutes, in a match with Sportul Student’s. He also won two Cups, in 1964 and 1968. He played 251 games, scoring 57 goals for Dinamo. He also played for Sportul Studentesc, 39 matches / 12 goals and Corvinul Hunedoara, 111 games and 21 goals scored. In total, he has 361 matches and 78 goals in League 1.

ION GEOLGĂU played 24 matches and scored 3 goals for Romania. He is the author of the goal to qualify our national team for the Final Tournament of the European Championship in France, in 1984, in the match in Bratislava, 1-1 with Czechoslovakia, in November 1983.

However, he did not play in Euro ’84. With the University of Craiova, he reached the semifinals of the UEFA Cup, in 1983, managing to score in the “eighth” with Bordeaux, but also in the “quarterfinals” at Kaiserslautern.

He won two titles with the University, in 1980 and 1981, as well as four Romanian Cups, in 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1983.

COSTEL ORAC, as a left winger, played three times in the Romanian team, for which he scored a goal. He reached, with Dinamo, the semifinals of the European Champions Cup, in 1984, scoring in that campaign against the trophy holder, SV Hamburg, in the first round, and the future winner of CCE, Liverpool, in the very semifinal return, from Bucharest. It was also decisive, through the goal scored, in the elimination, by Dinamo, in the UEFA Cup, in 1981, of the famous Italian team Internazionale Milano. He won 3 titles with Dinamo, in 1982, 1983 and 1984, as well as 3 Romanian Cups, in 1982, 1984 and 1986. He has 308 matches in League 1, scoring 54 goals, of which, at Dinamo, 223 games and 42 goals.