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Angelo Niculescu (1 October 1921 – 20 June 2015) was a Romanian football manager. He was the coach of the Romania national football team during the 1970 FIFA World Cup. He is best remembered in Romania for inventing the "temporizare" ("delaying") tactics in which the team keeps the possession of the ball inside its own half and the players are using many short passes from one side to another of the field in order to disrupt the opponents patience when they go out of their field to make pressing; this is also known as tiki-taka.[1] With such tactics Romania qualified for a World Cup after more than 30 years and registered a win against Czechoslovakia.

Angelo Niculescu
Angelo Niculescu 1970.jpg
Niculescu in 1970
Personal information
Full name Angelo Niculescu
Date of birth (1921-10-01)1 October 1921
Place of birth Craiova, Romania
Date of death 20 June 2015(2015-06-20) (aged 93)
Place of death Bucharest, Romania
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1937–1939 Rovine Grivița Craiova
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1939–1944 FC Craiova
1945–1947 Carmen București
1947–1948 Ciocanul București
1948–1950 Dinamo București
Teams managed
1953 Dinamo București
1954 Dinamo București
1955–1957 Dinamo București
1958 Steaua București
1958–1959 Tractorul Brașov
1964–1965 Dinamo București
1965–1966 Dinamo București
1967–1972 Romania
1973–1977 Sportul Studențesc
1977–1979 Politehnica Timișoara
1979–1980 Dinamo București
1980–1981 SC Bacău
1981–1982 Universitatea Cluj
1983–1984 Oțelul Galați
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only




  1. ^ Crăiţoiu, Andrei. "Foștii elevi îl omagiază pe Angelo Niculescu: "A fost cel mai mare antrenor al României!"". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). Retrieved 27 January 2016.

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