Florin Lucian Cernat (born 10 March 1980) is a Romanian international former footballer who played as a midfielder and playmaker. He was known for his excellent passing play, great vision on field, and highly precise free-kicks and exceptional dribbling ability.
Cernat playing for Çaykur Rizespor in 2013
|Full name||Florin Lucian Cernat|
|Date of birth||10 March 1980|
|Place of birth||Galați, Romania|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder / Playmaker|
|Voluntari (sporting director)|
|2007–2008||→ Hajduk Split (loan)||28||(8)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 July 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 November 2002
Oțelul Galați & Dinamo BucureștiEdit
Dinamo ended up buying him. The rising star was played most of the entire 2000-01 season, appearing for 25 out of 30 league matches. He helped the team finish 2nd in the league and qualify for the UEFA Cup. Cernat also participated in the team's UEFA Champions League 2000-01 campaign, which ended prematurely in the second round.
During that period, Dynamo Kyiv's coach, Valeriy Lobanovskiy was looking for players to replace the stars that he had recently sold. This included Andriy Shevchenko and Kakha Kaladze to AC Milan, Serhiy Rebrov to Tottenham Hotspur, and Oleh Luzhny to Arsenal F.C.. In July 2001 Cernat transferred to Dynamo Kyiv, where he contributed to the team and won many titles.
Returning from loan to Dynamo, Cernat was rarely able to prove himself under new coach Yuri Semin. On Wednesday 24 December 2008, Cernat announced that he has been in Kyiv for 8 years and will leave in the summer.
One of the most notable games for Dynamo occurred in 2004-2005 Champion League season, Group Stage game 2 (28 September 2004) against Bayer Leverkusen. Cernat came off as a substitute and scored 3rd and 4th goals for Dynamo, earning a historical 4-2 victory on Olympiskiy stadium.
With new coach Anatoliy Demyanenko in 2005, Florin Cernat came out of favour with the coach and rarely saw the field. For the 2007-08 season, Demyanenko loaned him off to the Croatian Premier League club Hajduk Split for a transfer fee of 312,000 £. There, his team earned second place in the Croatian Cup 2007-08, losing in the final to Dinamo Zagreb.
Return to OțelulEdit
In September 2014, Cernat accepted the offer to return to Oțelul Galați, the first club of his career. He signed a contract for a season, with an option to extend the deal for an extra season.
|1.||18 February 2004||GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus||Georgia||3–0||Win||Cyprus International Tourn.|
|2.||8 September 2004||Estadi Comunal d'Aixovall, Andorra la Vella, Andorra||Andorra||1–5||Win||2006 FIFA World Cup Qual.|
|Correct as of 2 January 2013|
- Ukrainian League: 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2008–09
- Ukrainian Cup: 2002–03, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07
- Ukrainian Super Cup: 2004, 2006, 2007
- Independent States Cup: 2002
- Florin Cernat: Teams from Turkey, Russia and Emirates are interested in me - UkrainianSoccer.net, Accessed 26 December 2008
- (in Russian) Чернат возвращается в "Хайдук" (Cernat returns to "Hajduk") - 26 June 2009
- Marian Căpăţînă (2014). "Florin Cernat a semnat cu Oţelul Galaţi" (in Romanian). ProSport.
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