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Cosmin Iosif Moți (born 3 December 1984) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays as a central defender for Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad and the Romania national team.

Cosmin Moți
K. moti 2014.jpg
Personal information
Full name Cosmin Iosif Moți
Date of birth (1984-12-03) 3 December 1984 (age 34)
Place of birth Reșița, Romania
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Ludogorets Razgrad
Number 30
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2005 Universitatea Craiova 39 (0)
2005–2012 Dinamo București 177 (4)
2009Siena (loan) 4 (0)
2012– Ludogorets Razgrad 170 (23)
National team
2003–2006 Romania U21 21 (1)
2008– Romania 15 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 May 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2019

Contents

Club careerEdit

Early years / Dinamo BucureștiEdit

Moți started his career at FC Universitatea Craiova, before moving to Dinamo București in 2005.

He made his competitive debut for Dinamo in the 2005 Supercupa României against rival side Steaua București on 31 July. Moți was included in the starting line-up and played the full 90 minutes.

In June 2008, he had been linked with a move to Lazio. Lazio's president, Claudio Lotito, came to Romania to discuss the transfer with Dinamo's officials but the move fell through.

Siena (loan)Edit

On 1 September 2008, Moți was surprisingly sent on loan to Siena, two days after he said he didn't want to leave his club unless Everton were interested. He made his Serie A debut on 25 October, coming on as a second-half substitute for Daniele Ficagna. Moți made his first start for Siena in a 1–1 home draw against Bologna on 16 November. On 2 February 2009, his loan was cancelled by Siena and he subsequently returned to Dinamo.[1]

Ludogorets RazgradEdit

On 28 June 2012, Moți signed with Bulgarian club Ludogorets Razgrad.[2] He made his debut on 18 July, in a 1–1 home draw against Dinamo Zagreb in the second qualifying round of the Champions League, coming on as a substitute for Svetoslav Dyakov. A month later, on 19 August, he made his A Group debut in a 3–1 home win over Beroe Stara Zagora. With his wholehearted attitude and commitment to the team, he quickly established himself as a first-team regular. Moți scored his first goal for Ludogorets on 4 November in a 4–0 home win against Etar 1924.[3]

 
Moți (left) with Ludogorets against Arsenal in 2016

On 27 August 2014, Moți played as the goalkeeper for the final minutes in the Champions League play-off round against Steaua București after regular goalkeeper Vladislav Stoyanov was sent off for a tactical foul in the closing stages of extra time. Moți scored the first kick of the penalty shoot-out and went on to save two shots as Ludogorets advanced to the group stage for the first time in their history.[4] Moți's heroics earned him cult status among Razgrad fans and he had one of the stadium stands named after him.[5][6] His performance in the memorable encounter also generated headlines in the main international sports media across Europe and the world, with some analyzers considering the match one of the most dramatic in the history of the Champions League.[7][8][9] On 4 October 2018 Moți together with teammate Svetoslav Dyakov was in the starting line-up for Ludogorets in the 0:1 away loss against FC Zürich in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League and they became the players with the most appearances for (a) Bulgarian team(s) in European club tournaments, surpassing Hristo Yovov's record of 65 matches.[10]

International careerEdit

Moți made his debut for the full side on 31 May 2008, coming on for the second half in a friendly game against Montenegro that finished with a convincing 4–0 win for Romania. He then came on in the 17th minute of a 1–0 friendly win against Latvia on 20 August 2008, replacing injured Gabriel Tamaș. On 10 September 2008, Moți took part in his first official game for the national team, coming on in the 68th minute in an away qualifier for the 2010 World Cup against the Faroe Islands that Romania won 1–0. After this first spell Moți did not get called back to the national team until October 2011, when he played his first full 90 minutes as Romania and Belarus finished 2–2 in Bucharest.

Because of his part in Ludogorets Razgrad's entry into the Champions League group stage, Moți was once more recalled into the national team to face regional rivals Greece in a UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier on 7 September 2014. He was included in Romania's squad for Euro 2016, but did not make any appearance.

Career statisticsEdit

As of 17 July 2019[11]
Club Season League Cup[a] Europe[b] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Universitatea Craiova 2002–03 Liga I 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2003–04 17 0 1 0 0 0 18 0
2004–05 20 0 4 0 0 0 24 0
Total 39 0 5 0 0 0 44 0
Dinamo Bucureşti 2005–06 Liga I 27 0 3 0 7 0 37 0
2006–07 29 1 1 0 10 0 40 1
2007–08 23 1 2 0 1 0 26 1
2008–09 21 0 2 0 0 0 23 0
Siena (loan) 2008–09 Serie A 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Dinamo Bucureşti 2009–10 Liga I 24 0 3 0 4 0 31 0
2010–11 28 0 4 1 3 0 35 1
2011–12 25 2 4 0 4 1 33 3
Total 177 4 19 1 29 1 225 6
Ludogorets Razgrad 2012–13 A Group 21 1 0 0 2 0 23 1
2013–14 29 3 9 3 13 0 51 6
2014–15 23 3 4 0 12 0 39 3
2015–16 27 5 1 0 2 0 30 5
2016–17 First League 22 4 2 0 14 2 38 6
2017–18 20 2 2 1 13 2 35 5
2018–19 28 5 2 0 13 1 43 6
2019–20 0 0 1 0 2 0 2 0
Total 170 23 21 4 71 5 261 32
Career total 390 27 45 5 100 6 535 38

InternationalEdit

As of 26 March 2019[11]
National team Year Apps Goals
Romania
2008 3 0
2009 0 0
2010 0 0
2011 1 0
2012 0 0
2013 0 0
2014 1 0
2015 0 0
2016 4 0
2017 2 0
2018 3 0
2019 1 0
Total 15 0

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Dinamo București
Ludogorets Razgrad

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "MySport :: Comunitatea ta de prieteni din sport". www.dinamovisti.ro.
  2. ^ "FC Dinamo Bucureşti". www.fcdinamo.ro.
  3. ^ (Official website – in Bulgarian) Archived 20 March 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 September 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Сектор Б на "Лудогорец Арена" става трибуна "Моци", героят Козмин удря шампанското в един от багерите тази неделя" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Домусчиев отличи "вратаря" Моци с невероятна премия, вижте колко получи румънецът" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. 4 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  7. ^ ""Eurosport" за Лудогорец и Моци: Холивуд! "Това бе един от най-грандиозните мачове в Лигата", пише "Bild" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  8. ^ "В Холандия за Моци: истински герой, да идва като вратар в "Аякс", защитникът имал повече спасени дузпи от национала Яспер Силесен" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Всички искат Моци, румънецът стане световна сензация" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  10. ^ ""Лудогорец" загуби в Цюрих с гол в края на мача" (in Bulgarian). dariknews.bg. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  11. ^ a b "C. Moți". Soccerway. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  12. ^ Mincheva, Radka (12 December 2014). "Феновете на Лудогорец избраха Моци за "Футболист на годината" (in Bulgarian). gong.bg. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  13. ^ "Cosmin Moți a fost desemnat cel mai bun fundaș al anului 2014 în Bulgaria" (in Romanian). 18 February 2015.
  14. ^ Dimitrov, Ivaylo (17 February 2015). "Владислав Стоянов е най-добрият български футболист за 2014 година! Лудогорци обраха почти всички индивидуални награди" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. Retrieved 21 February 2015.

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