Florin Constantin Niță (Romanian pronunciation: [floˈrin konstanˈtin ˈnitsə]; born 3 July 1987) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Czech First League club Sparta Prague and the Romania national team.
|Full name||Florin Constantin Niță|
|Date of birth||3 July 1987|
|Place of birth||Bucharest, Romania|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 June 2021|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2021
He started his senior career at Concordia Chiajna, before signing in 2013 for FCSB. Niță won six honours during his spell with the capital-based team, and at the start of 2018 transferred to the Czech Republic with Sparta Prague.
Early career / Concordia ChiajnaEdit
Born in Bucharest, Niță started playing football at the age of seven for Steaua București. In 2001, he moved to local rivals Rapid București, where he stayed for four years. He spent his last season as a junior at Astra Ploiești.
In 2006, at the age of 19, Niță joined Concordia Chiajna and played his first senior matches in the Liga III, the third level of the Romanian football league system. He made his debut with the team in the first division on 25 July 2011, in a 1–2 home loss to Sportul Studențesc.
In December 2012, it was announced that Niță signed a contract with FC Steaua București, with the goalkeeper due to join the team in the summer of the following year. Niță started to appear frequently for the Roș-albaștrii in the 2015–16 season, in which he recorded 32 matches in all competitions.
On 16 August 2016, he saved one of the two penalty kicks missed by Sergio Agüero in the UEFA Champions League play-off against Manchester City. In May 2017, Niță agreed to a new deal with the club, now named FCSB, that would have kept him in Bucharest until 2021. His good display throughout the year also earned him third place in Gazeta Sporturilor's Romanian Footballer of the Year award, shared with Ștefan Radu.
On 18 March 2017, following the injury of Silviu Lung Jr., Niță was picked by manager Christoph Daum in Romania's squad for a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Denmark. Days before his call-up, former Romanian internationals Helmuth Duckadam, Gheorghe Hagi and Laurențiu Reghecampf stated that his omissal from the squad was "unjust".
Niță eventually made his debut for the full side on 9 November 2017, entering as a 71st-minute substitute for Costel Pantilimon in a 2–0 friendly win over Turkey in Cluj-Napoca. After Tătărușanu announced his retirement from the national team at the end of 2020, Niță played the full 90 minutes in all three 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches with North Macedonia, Germany and Armenia in March 2021. In spite of the fact that Romania lost against the latter two, his performances were praised by media and fans alike.
- As of 16 June 2021
- As of 11 October 2021.
- Liga I: 2013–14, 2014–15
- Cupa României: 2014–15
- Cupa Ligii: 2014–15, 2015–16
- Supercupa României: 2013
- ""La Steaua n-am avut nicio şansă!" Povestea EMOŢIONANTĂ a portarului care a eliminat liderul din Cupă! Şi-a pierdut părinţii şi casa" ["I had no chance at Steaua!" The HEARTWARMING story of the goalkeeper who eliminated the leader from the Cup! He lost his parents and his home] (in Romanian). ProSport. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
- "Veteran la 24 de ani! A fost şcolit la Steaua şi Rapid" [24-year-old hotshot! He spent his youth career at Steaua and Rapid] (in Romanian). ProSport. 5 September 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
- "ETAPA 1, CONCORDIA CHIAJNA – SPORTUL STUDENŢESC" (in Romanian). ProSport. 25 July 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- "Steaua a transferat un portar din Liga 1! Becali a dat deja banii pe el: "Stati linistiti, are Tatarusanu competitie din vara!" Cine a semnat cu Steaua" [Steaua transferred a Liga 1 goalkeeper! Becali already paid the money for him: "Stay calm, Tătărușanu will face competition from the summer!" Who signed for Steaua] (in Romanian). Sport.ro. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
- "Sergio Aguero hat trick as Man City cruise at Steaua Bucharest". ESPN FC. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
- "FCSB i-a prelungit contractul lui Florin Niță până în 2021". DolceSport. 19 May 2017.
- "Veste uriaşă pentru Niţă!". Digi Sport. 19 May 2017.
- "Florin Nita přichází na Letnou" [Florin Niță is coming to Letná] (in Czech). Sparta Prague. 1 February 2018. Archived from the original on 4 February 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
- "Florin Nita, despartire emotionanta de FCSB – Portarul va evolua la Sparta Praga" [Florin Niță, emotional parting from FCSB – The goalkeeper will play for Sparta Prague] (in Romanian). Hotnews.ro. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
- "OFICIAL! Florin Niţă a fost convocat la echipa naţională, în locul lui Silviu Lung" [OFFICIAL! Florin Niță has been called up for the national team, replacing Silviu Lung] (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 18 March 2017. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
- "EXCLUSIV Niţă, sfătuit să renunţe la echipa naţională: "În locul lui, aşa aş face! Nu are rost!"" (in Romanian). ProSport. 14 March 2017.
- "Cum a comentat Reghecampf faptul că Daum nu l-a luat pe Niță la "națională"" (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 17 March 2017.
- "România-Turcia, 2 – 0. Gheorghe Grozav a marcat de două ori pentru echipa națională" [Romania-Turkey, 2–0. Gheorghe Grozav scored twice for the national team] (in Romanian). Pro TV. 9 November 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- ""Am pierdut un meci, dar am castigat un portar!" Nita, laudat de un fost antrenor dupa paradele exceptionale! "A castigat respectul intregii tari"" ["We lost a game, but we won a goalkeeper!" Niță, praised by a former coach after his exceptional saves! "He has won the respect of the whole country"] (in Romanian). Sport.ro. 29 March 2021. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
- "Complimentul carierei pentru Niţă. A fost lăudat după meci de marele Manuel Neuer: "Felicitări! A avut intervenţii bune!"" [The praise of his career for Niță. He was complimented after the match by the great Manuel Neuer: "Congratulations! He had good saves!"] (in Romanian). Telekom Sport. 29 March 2021. Retrieved 1 April 2021.
- Florin Niță at Soccerway. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
- "Florin Niță". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 26 March 2018.