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Dorinel Ionel Munteanu known as Neamtul aka The German (born June 25, 1968 in Grădinari) is a Romanianmarker football coach and player midfielder.As of June 30 2006, Dorinel Munteanu is the most capped player for Romania, with 134 caps.

Club career

During his long career, which still continues, Munteanu was always seen as a player capable of making big efforts. A pure professional footballer, an example for others, he stayed away from drinking and night clubs, thus he suffered very few injuries.

Munteanu started to play football for Metalul Bocşa, a team which offered him the first chance to play in Divizia B in 1986. After one year he went to play for FCM Reşiţa and then in 1988 for FC Olt, while 1989 found him at FC Inter Sibiu.

Dinamo Bucharest bought him from Sibiu in 1991 only to sell him to Cercle Brugge two years later. After two years in Belgiummarker he moved to Germanymarker to play for 1. FC Köln and VfL Wolfsburg between 1995 and 2003.

In 2003, aged 35, he was released from his contract by VfL Wolfsburg and signed with Steaua Bucharest as a free agent, only to leave the club in 2005 after a conflict with the club's Chief Executive Mihai Stoica and join the squad of CFR Cluj Napoca.

International career

Dorinel won his first cap for Romania in 1991 while still at FC Inter Sibiu. Since then he was a very important part of the national team of Romania, playing in various positions such as left back, left midfielder and playmaker.

In 2001 he won his 100th cap in a game against Hungary in Budapestmarker and four years later he won the 126th cap, making him the most capped Romanian footballer. He now has 134 caps.

Munteanu scored 16 goals for Romania and played at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, 1996 European Football Championship, 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2000 European Football Championship.

Coaching career

After leaving Steaua, Munteanu is offered the position of player-manager at CFR Cluj Napoca. In this first managerial job, he took the team to the Intertoto Cup final in 2005 and finished fifth in Divizia A at the end of the 2005–06 season. During the first half of the 2006–07 season, despite a good start (6 wins, 2 draws, 2 defeats) with CFR Cluj Napoca, Munteanu announced he resigns his position at the club, due to interference with his decisions and lack of support from the club management. Munteanu had a pending offer from FC Argeş Piteşti and he decided to accept it, despite the team being bottom of the first league after 10 games. Towards the end of the season, due to impossibility of avoiding the relegation of FC Argeş Piteşti, he was sacked, only to be confirmed in short time as the new manager of Liga 1 team FC Vaslui. He has stated that he also intends to continue his playing career at FC Vaslui. But after a match of FC Vaslui vs Steaua it was proved that the Vasluimarker players didn't play fair, they were stimulated by money that came from the Steaua owner to let Steaua win. After he heard that, Dorinel Munteanu quit the team, and spent a period far from the football pitch. He came back as head coach of U Cluj in September 2008, but only after 7 games he quit to go to Steaua. And again, after only 8 games, he was dismissed by the club's president, George Becali.


Season Club Title
1991-1992 Dinamo Bucureşti Divizia A
2004-2005 Steaua Bucureşti Divizia A

International goals

Scores and results list Romania's goal tally first. "Score" column indicates the score after the player's goal.

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 21 December 1991 Cairo International Stadiummarker, Cairomarker, Egyptmarker 1–1 1–3 Friendly
2 24 December 1991 Port Said Stadiummarker, Port Saidmarker, Egyptmarker 1–0 1–1 Friendly
3 7 June 1995 Stadionul Ghenceamarker, Bucharestmarker, Romaniamarker 2–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 1996 Qualifying
4 15 October 1995 Všešportový areál, Košicemarker, Slovakiamarker 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 1996 Qualifying
5 6 September 1997 Sportplatz, Eschenmarker, Liechtensteinmarker 5–0 8–1 World Cup 1998 Qualifying
6 6 September 1997 Sportplatz, Eschen, Liechtenstein 6–0 8–1 World Cup 1998 Qualifying
7 6 September 1997 Sportplatz, Eschen, Liechtenstein 7–1 8–1 World Cup 1998 Qualifying
8 10 October 1998 Estádio das Antasmarker, Portomarker, Portugalmarker 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2000 Qualifying
9 5 June 1999 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2000 Qualifying
10 9 June 1999 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania 2–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2000 Qualifying
11 20 June 2000 Stade du Pays de Charleroimarker, Charleroimarker, Belgiummarker 2–2 3–2 UEFA EURO 2000 Group A
12 28 March 2001 Boris Paichadze Stadiummarker, Tbilisimarker, Georgiamarker 1–0 2–0 World Cup 2002 Qualifying
13 27 March 27, 2002 Stadionul Gheorghe Hagimarker, Constanţamarker, Romaniamarker 1–0 4–1 Friendly
14 7 September 2002 Koševo Stadiummarker, Sarajevomarker, Bosnia and Herzegovinamarker 2–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2004 Qualifying
15 12 February 2003 Neo GSZ Stadiummarker, Larnacamarker, Cyprusmarker 1–1 2–1 Friendly
16 29 March 2003 Stadionul Lia Manoliumarker, Bucharestmarker, Romaniamarker 2–1 2–5 UEFA Euro 2004 Qualifying

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