Saturday, May 13, 2006

Gheorghe Craioveanu

Birth date: February 14th 1968, Hunedora
Height: 1,82 m
Weight: 80 Kg
1988-1990: played for Metalurgistul Slatina
1990-1991: played for Drobeta Turnu Severin
1991-1995: played for Universitatea Craiova
1991: Champion Of Romania, Cup Of Romania winner
1993: Cup Of Romania winner
1994: the most valuable Romanian striker - 22 goals scored
1995: the most valuable Romanian striker - 27 goals scored
1995-1998: played for Real Sociedad San Sebastian
1998-2002: played for Villareal CF
2002-2006: played for Getafe CF
Games played in "Divizia A": 129 / 61 goals scored
Games played in "Primera Division": 173 / 46 goals scored
Games played in "Segunda Division": 109 / 22 goals scored
Games played in European cups: 8 / 1 goal scored
Game splayed for Romania National Team: 25 /4 goals scored

His last day on the field
The former striker of Universitatea Craiova played his last game on the stadium "Alfonso Coliseum Perez" in "Primera Division". This was the match Getafe - Cadiz 3-1. He substituted Gavilan in the 68th minute of this game from the 37th day of Spanish first league Championship. The audience was about 12,000 viewers who applauded his evolution. In the same day, other 2 important football players retired: Gigi Carbone (Valencia CF) on "Mestalla" stadium and Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid) on "Santiago Bernabeu".

"May be I will get my trainer licence, but I don't think my soul will permite me to be a good one. I had offers from Craiova to come back and play again to make a big team there, but I will not return and I will not play football again", said Craioveanu.

The well known Spanish sport newspaper, "As", wrote: "With Gica it is closing an old age. More than 20 years of football were closed on the arms of his colleagues and in the applause of the audience. The football is over for a man who was noticed because of his great popularity and who says he will be very happy after this retirement while he doesn't miss his friends and his glass of wine. Good life philosophy.

Before Gica Craioveanu nobody knew Getafe football club, nowadays we all know where it is. He was an idol an he will leave a spot hard to fill in the field and on the Getafe's changing room. By Craioveanu retirement it is closed the most glorious age of this football club, even this may not became already".

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