Born on November 14 in Bacau, the main city in Bacau County, Romania – 186 miles north of Bucharest. It is situated in the historical region of Moldavia and linked to Transylvania by the Ghimes Pass through the Carpathian Mountains. Manchester City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon was also born there.
Starts out in junior football with local club LPS Bacau. Plays in midfield.
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