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.

Florin Cernat
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Cernat playing for Çaykur Rizespor in 2013
Personal information
Full name Florin Lucian Cernat
Date of birth (1980-03-10) 10 March 1980 (age 39)
Place of birth Galați, Romania
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Playmaker
Club information
Current team
Voluntari (sporting director)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Oțelul Galați 36 (5)
2000–2001 Dinamo București 25 (2)
2001–2009 Dynamo Kyiv 130 (31)
2007–2008Hajduk Split (loan) 28 (8)
2009–2010 Hajduk Split 25 (2)
2010–2013 Kardemir Karabükspor 68 (19)
2013–2014 Çaykur Rizespor 34 (11)
2014–2015 Oțelul Galați 26 (6)
2015–2016 Viitorul Constanța 17 (8)
2016–2018 Voluntari 59 (11)
Total 448 (103)
National team
2002–2004 Romania 14 (2)
* 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

Club careerEdit

Oțelul Galați & Dinamo BucureștiEdit

Florin Cernat started his professional career at Oțelul Galați. In 2000, he was noticed by Dinamo Bucharest.

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.

Dynamo KyivEdit

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.[1]

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.

Hajduk SplitEdit

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.

After the completion of the Ukrainian Premier League 2008-09 season Cernat signed new deal with his former club Hajduk Split.[2]

Kardemir KarabüksporEdit

In August 2010 he signed a five-year deal with Turkish Süper Lig club Kardemir Karabükspor.

Çaykur RizesporEdit

In March 2013, he signed for newcomers Çaykur Rizespor. He immediately was given the number 10 and was awarded the captainship. Cernat helped his side to get promoted to the Süper Lig.

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.[3]

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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[4]



Dinamo București

Dynamo Kyiv

Hajduk Split

Çaykur Rizespor



  1. ^ Florin Cernat: Teams from Turkey, Russia and Emirates are interested in me - UkrainianSoccer.net, Accessed 26 December 2008
  2. ^ (in Russian) Чернат возвращается в "Хайдук" (Cernat returns to "Hajduk") - 26 June 2009
  3. ^ Marian Căpăţînă (2014). "Florin Cernat a semnat cu Oţelul Galaţi" (in Romanian). ProSport.
  4. ^ eu-football.info

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