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Dean Furman (born 22 June 1988) is a South African professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for SuperSport United in the Premier Soccer League.

Dean Furman
Furman playing for South Africa
Personal information
Full name Dean Furman[1]
Date of birth (1988-06-22) 22 June 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth Cape Town, South Africa
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[2]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
SuperSport United
Number 8
Youth career
Radlett Rangers
2003–2006 Chelsea
2006–2008 Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2009 Rangers 1 (0)
2008–2009Bradford City (loan) 31 (5)
2009–2013 Oldham Athletic 131 (8)
2013Doncaster Rovers (loan) 8 (0)
2013–2015 Doncaster Rovers 50 (3)
2015– SuperSport United 55 (2)
National team
2012– South Africa 51 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 October 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 October 2018

He made his debut for the South Africa national team in 2012, representing the nation at two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.


Personal lifeEdit

Furman, who is Jewish of English descent,[3][4][5][6] was born in the Camps Bay suburb of the city of Cape Town.[7]

Club careerEdit


Furman began his footballing career as a youth team player at Premier League club Chelsea.[7] However, he did not make the breakthrough into the first team and so left the club.


He signed for Rangers on 10 May 2006.[8] Furman was a regular in the reserve side and captained the Under-19 team to the Scottish Youth Cup final in 2007, where they beat Old Firm rivals Celtic.[9]

He signed a new two-year contract on 24 October 2007.[10] Furman made his professional debut in a 3–1 Scottish Premier League win at Ibrox against Dundee United on 10 May 2008, as a 52nd-minute substitute for Kevin Thomson.[11]

Bradford CityEdit

On 27 August 2008, he joined English League Two side Bradford City, managed by former Rangers midfielder Stuart McCall, on loan until January.[12][13] He made his debut for Bradford City as a late substitute in a 3–2 defeat away to Aldershot Town three days after his signing before he made his first start in a Football League Trophy game with Leeds United and first league start at Shrewsbury Town, all of which ended in defeats for Bradford.[14][15] After playing 12 league games for Bradford, he pulled his hamstring, which kept him out for more than a month before he returned to action in a reserve game against Hartlepool United on 16 December.[16] His first game back in the first team was as a late substitute in a 0–0 draw with Lincoln City ten days later.[17] Having returned to fitness, Furman also extended his loan spell with Bradford to the end of the season.[18] His first goal for Bradford came later the same month when he scored Bradford's first equaliser in a 3–3 league draw with Luton Town.[19]

Oldham AthleticEdit

Furman returned to Rangers at the end of the season and was offered a new one-year deal at Ibrox,[20] as well as an offer from Bradford City.[21] Instead, Furman returned to England with League One side Oldham Athletic, joining them on 29 June 2009, on a three-year contract.[22] Furman won the Football League Goal of the Year 2011 for his effort against Notts County on 14 August 2010.[23] Furman was appointed captain of Oldham Athletic for the 2011–12 season.

Doncaster RoversEdit

Though still club captain of Oldham, Doncaster Rovers signed him on loan on 14 March 2013 for the remainder of the 2012–13 season.[24] Without Furman Oldham Athletic avoided relegation and Doncaster Rovers were promoted on the last day of the league season, the aims of both teams when the loan transfer was made being achieved. At the end of the season Furman joined Doncaster permanently, signing a two-year contract.[25]

On 18 May 2015, he was one of six players released by the club.[26]

SuperSport UnitedEdit

After rejecting a contract extension from Doncaster Rovers, on 18 August 2015 Furman signed for South African side, SuperSport United on a two-year deal, with an option of a further year.[27]

International careerEdit

Furman received his first international call-up for South Africa for a friendly on 19 August 2008 against Australia.[28] He was an unused substitute in that match. Furman earned his first cap for South Africa in a friendly against Brazil on 8 September 2012.[29] Furman earned his first man of the match award in the country's 2–0 defeat of Mozambique on 11 September 2012.[30]

Furman was selected for the final squad of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournament hosted by his home country.[31] In the second group match of the tournament, the Bafana Bafana convincingly defeated Angola 2–0 and Furman was named as Man of the Match.[32] Furman played the full 90 in South Africa's final group game, a 2–2 draw with Morocco, that secured Bafana Bafana top spot in the group and ensured their first passage to the quarter-finals of the competition since 2002.[33] The quarter-final game against Mali on 2 February ended 1–1 after extra time and Furman had his penalty kick saved by Soumaila Diakité, as Mali won 3–1 in the penalty shoot-out.[34]

Furman was named captain of Bafana Bafana ahead of 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan in Durban on 15 November 2014. He replaced former captain Senzo Meyiwa, who died earlier after being shot at his girlfriend's home.[35] He played every minute of the finals in Equatorial Guinea, a group stage exit. He won his 50th cap for South Africa on 24 March 2019 during a 2–1 win over Libya which secured the nation's qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.[36]

Career statisticsEdit


As of matches played on 12 July 2019[37]
South Africa national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 5 0
2013 12 1
2014 7 0
2015 7 0
2016 5 1
2017 6 0
2018 5 0
2019 4 0
Total 51 2

International goalsEdit

As of 12 July 2019[37]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 7 September 2013 Durban, South Africa   Botswana 2–0 4–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 8 October 2016 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso   Burkina Faso 1–0 1–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification


Doncaster Rovers

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Professional Retain List & Free Transfers 2012/13" (PDF). The Football League. 3 June 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 August 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Furman Profile ESPN". ESPN. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  3. ^ The World through Soccer: The Cultural Impact of a Global Sport - Tamir Bar-On
  4. ^ Stanford, Peter (22 September 2013). "Why are there so few British-born Jewish players in England's top flight?". The Independent. London.
  5. ^ "Jewish International Soccer Star Dean Furman Wins Over South Africa Playing for National Team" | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner
  6. ^ The triumph of Dean Furman
  7. ^ a b Milner, Jack (10 May 2007). "Captain Dean's double vision" (PDF). Jewish Report. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 October 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2009.
  8. ^ "Le Guen signs up Chelsea teenager" BBC Sport website (10 May 2006)
  9. ^ "Rangers romp to SFA Youth Cup win" BBC Sport website (27 April 2007)
  10. ^ "Contract Thrillers". Rangers F.C. 24 October 2007. Archived from the original on 26 October 2007.
  11. ^ "Rangers 3–1 Dundee Utd". BBC Sport. 10 May 2008.
  12. ^ Parker, Simon (27 August 2008). "City sign Rangers superstar on loan". Telegraph & Argus. Archived from the original on 30 August 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
  13. ^ "Bradford City take Furman on loan" BBC Sport Website (28 August 2008)
  14. ^ "Games played by Dean Furman in 2008/2009". Soccerbase. Retrieved 2 October 2008.
  15. ^ Parker, Simon (2 October 2008). "Furman out to nail down starting spot". Telegraph & Argus. Archived from the original on 4 October 2008. Retrieved 2 October 2008.
  16. ^ Parker, Simon (16 December 2008). "Injured City pair back in action". Telegraph & Argus. Archived from the original on 18 December 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
  17. ^ Parker, Simon (26 December 2008). "City firing blanks again". Telegraph & Argus. Archived from the original on 27 December 2008. Retrieved 27 December 2008.
  18. ^ Parker, Simon (1 January 2009). "City end Moncur's loan spell". Telegraph & Argus. Archived from the original on 3 January 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2009.
  19. ^ "Furman scores for Bradford". Kick Off. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2009.[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ MacPherson, Graeme (20 July 2009). "Furman backs Rangers talent despite decision to leave". The Herald. Retrieved 20 July 2009.
  21. ^ <pr> Despite not scoring in his first year at boundary park, he started his second season with an array of goals, including two 30-yard (27 m) volleys in consecutive matches.Parker, Simon (22 June 2009). "Furman set to shun City pursuit". Telegraph & Argus. Retrieved 19 July 2009.[dead link]
  22. ^ "Latics land Furman". Sky Sports. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2009.
  23. ^ "Dean Furman strike for Oldham wins Goal of the Year". BBC. 21 March 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2011.
  24. ^ "Rovers Sign Latic's Furman". DRFC official site. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  25. ^ "Dean Furman: Doncaster Rovers sign ex-Oldham Athletic captain". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
  26. ^ "Dean Furman: Doncaster Rovers release South Africa captain". BBC Sport. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  27. ^ "SuperSport United sign Bafana star Dean Furman". Eyewitness News. 18 August 2015. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  28. ^ "McCarthy returns for South Africa" Archived 16 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine The World Game (14 August 2008)
  29. ^ Etherington, Tom (7 September 2011). "FT: Brazil 1–0 South Africa (International Friendly, São Paulo)". Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  30. ^ "Furman stars for South Africa". Oldham Athletic AFC. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  31. ^ "Gordon Igesund dips into Kaizer Chiefs squad for key 2013 Afcon players". Goal. 31 December 2012.
  32. ^ "Dean Furman enjoying his first AFCON tournament". SAFA. 24 January 2013.
  33. ^ "Hosts South Africa finished top of Group A after their dramatic 2–2 draw with Morocco in Durban knocked the North Africans out of the tournament". BBC Sport. 27 January 2013.
  34. ^ Wilson, Jonathan (2 February 2013). "Mali shoot down hosts South Africa with Soumaila Diakité a hero again". London: The Guardian.
  35. ^ May, Edward (15 November 2014). "Dean Furman to captain Bafana Bafana". Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  36. ^ Said, Nick (24 March 2019). "Percy Tau scores two goals as Bafana Bafana qualify for Afcon". Times Live. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  37. ^ a b Dean Furman at

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