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Florin Constantin Niță (Romanian pronunciation: [floˈrin konstanˈtin ˈnit͡sə]; born 3 July 1987) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Czech club Sparta Prague.

Florin Niță
Florin Niță 2018.jpg
Niță with Sparta Prague in 2018
Personal information
Full name Florin Constantin Niță
Date of birth (1987-07-03) 3 July 1987 (age 31)
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Sparta Prague
Number 1
Youth career
1994–2001 Steaua București
2001–2005 Rapid București
2005–2006 Astra Ploiești
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2013 Concordia Chiajna 117 (0)
2013–2018 FCSB 87 (0)
2018– Sparta Prague 35 (0)
National team
2017– Romania 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 March 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 March 2018

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Club careerEdit

Early yearsEdit

Born in Bucharest, Niță started playing football at the age of seven for Steaua București.[1] 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.[2]

Concordia ChiajnaEdit

In 2006, at the age of 19, Niță joined Concordia Chiajna and played his first senior matches in the Liga III,[2] the third level of the Romanian football league system.

He made his debut in the first division in a 1–2 home loss to Sportul Studențesc on 25 July 2011.[3]

FCSB(Steaua)Edit

In December 2012, it was announced that Niță signed a contract with FC Steaua București, with the player due to join the team in the summer of the following year.[4]

On 16 August 2016, he saved one of the two penalty kicks missed by Sergio Agüero in a 0–5 Champions League play-off defeat to Manchester City.[5] In May 2017, he agreed to a new deal with Steaua that would have kept him at the club until 2021.[6][7]

Sparta PragueEdit

On 1 February 2018, Niță was transferred to Czech team Sparta Prague for an undisclosed fee, rumoured to be 2 million plus €500,000 in bonuses.[8][9]

International careerEdit

On 18 March 2017, following Silviu Lung Jr.'s injury, Niță was picked by manager Christoph Daum in Romania's squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Denmark.[10] Later that year, former Romanian internationals Helmuth Duckadam, Gheorghe Hagi and Laurențiu Reghecampf claimed that Niță's omissal from the squad was "unjust";[11][12] Hagi even went as far as to say that the goalkeeper should claim the starting spot of Ciprian Tătărușanu.[13]

He 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.[14]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 9 March 2019[15]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Concordia Chiajna 2007–08 7 0 ? ? 7 0
2008–09 15 0 ? ? 15 0
2009–10 29 0 ? ? 29 0
2010–11 27 0 0 0 27 0
2011–12 21 0 0 0 21 0
2012–13 18 0 2 0 20 0
Total 117 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 119 0
FCSB 2013–14 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2014–15 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2015–16 29 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 32 0
2016–17 29 0 2 0 2 0 9 0 42 0
2017–18 21 0 0 0 8 0 29 0
Total 87 0 7 0 5 0 18 0 0 0 117 0
Sparta Prague 2017–18 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2018–19 21 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 23 0
Total 35 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 37 0
Career total 239 0 9 0 5 0 20 0 0 0 273 0

InternationalEdit

As of 24 March 2018[16]
National team Year Apps Goals
Romania
2017 1 0
2018 1 0
Total 2 0

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ""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.
  2. ^ a b "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.
  3. ^ "ETAPA 1, CONCORDIA CHIAJNA - SPORTUL STUDENŢESC" (in Romanian). ProSport. 25 July 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "Sergio Aguero hat trick as Man City cruise at Steaua Bucharest". ESPN FC. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  6. ^ "FCSB i-a prelungit contractul lui Florin Niță până în 2021". DolceSport. 19 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Veste uriaşă pentru Niţă!". Digi Sport. 19 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Florin Nita přichází na Letnou" [Florin Niță is coming to Letná] (in Czech). Sparta Prague. 1 February 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ "EXCLUSIV Niţă, sfătuit să renunţe la echipa naţională: "În locul lui, aşa aş face! Nu are rost!"" (in Romanian). ProSport. 14 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Cum a comentat Reghecampf faptul că Daum nu l-a luat pe Niță la "națională"" (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 17 March 2017.
  13. ^ "Niţă, propus de Hagi la naţională: "Ar merita să fie titular, cu noi a fost cel mai bun din lume"" (in Romanian). Fanatik. 8 March 2017.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "F. Niță". Soccerway. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Florin Niță". EU-Football.info. Retrieved 26 March 2018.

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