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Daniel Timofte (born 1 October 1967) is a retired Romanian football midfielder and currently a manager. He is today a legend in Samsun and remains a fan favorite.

Daniel Timofte
Personal information
Date of birth (1967-10-01) 1 October 1967 (age 51)
Place of birth Lonea, Hunedoara County, Romania
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1989 Jiul Petroșani 69 (11)
1989–1991 Dinamo București 35 (10)
1991–1992 Bayer Uerdingen 28 (1)
1992–1993 Dinamo București 26 (0)
1993–1999 Samsunspor 125 (18)
1999–2000 Dinamo București 6 (0)
National team
1990–1995 Romania 22 (2)
Teams managed
2007 Sportul Studențesc (caretaker)
2008–2009 Jiul Petroșani
2010 CF Brăila
2010–2011 CF Brăila
2011 Sportul Studențesc (caretaker)
2013 Sportul Studențesc
2014 Petrolul Ploiești (assistant)
2015–2016 Voluntari (assistant)
2016–2017 Universitatea Craiova (assistant)
2018 Astra Giurgiu (assistant)
2018 Astra Giurgiu (assistant)
2019 Petrolul Ploiești (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club careerEdit

He debuted in Divizia A with Jiul Petroșani in 1986. The team was relegated that season, but Timofte helped them earn promotion again before he joined Dinamo București in 1989. The following season, he won the double with Dinamo. He later played in Germany and Turkey, and he retired in 2000 after his third spell with Dinamo.

Timofte made his debut for the Romanian national team in 1990 against Egypt, scoring in his debut match. At the 1990 FIFA World Cup he had a penalty kick saved in the penalty shootout against Ireland by Packie Bonner in the round of sixteen, which caused Romania's exit from the tournament. Timofte got 22 caps in total, the last in 1995, and scored 2 goals.

Timofte played for Dinamo București against St Patrick's Athletic in the European Cup 1990–91.[1] In Tolka Park, Dublin, the Irish home fans gave him mocking cheers for his shootout miss. A Bayer Uerdingen scout was at the match, which led to his transfer to Germany.[1]

His football career was cut short by a knee injury.[1] He returned to Petroșani and opened a number of bars, the first named "Penalty".[1]

Between June and September 2013 he was the assistant coach of Liga I giants Dinamo București being part of the managing team led by Gheorghe Mulțescu.



Jiul Petroșani
Dinamo București
Bayer Uerdingen


Dacia Unirea Braila


  1. ^ a b c d Howard, Paul (31 March 2002). "Timofte still paying penalty". Sunday Tribune. Archived from the original on 10 May 2011. Retrieved 2009-04-05.

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