Ion Pârcălab

Ion Pârcălab (born 5 November 1941)[3] is a Romanian former football player and manager.

Ion Pârcălab
Ion Parcalab.jpg
Pârcălab in the 1970s
Personal information
Date of birth (1941-11-05) 5 November 1941 (age 80)
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1961 UTA Arad 38 (13)
1961–1970 Dinamo București 194 (53)
1970–1973 Nîmes 83 (20)
Total 315 (86)
National team
1961–1968 Romania[a] 38 (5)
Teams managed
UTA Arad (assistant)
Gloria Buzău
Sportul Studențesc București (juniors)
IMUM Medgidia
1980 Progresul Pucioasa
Aversa Bucureşti
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Club careerEdit

Ion Pârcălab, nicknamed "The Carpathian Arrow" by foreign experts, started his senior career at UTA Arad, making his Divizia A debut on 24 May 1959 in a 2–1 loss against Jiul Petroșani.[4][5] In 1961 he went to play for Dinamo București where in his first four seasons spent at the club, he won four consecutive Divizia A titles in the first he contributed with 7 goals scored in 24 matches, in the second he played 21 games and scored 7 goals, in the third he made 25 appearances with 10 goals scored and in the last one he scored 8 goals in 20 matches.[4] He also won two Cupa României in 1964 and 1968, at the first one scoring a goal in the final which ended 5–3 against rivals Steaua București and in 1965, he was awarded the title "Best Football Player" in Romania.[4][5][6] Pârcălab's last Divizia A appearance took place on 19 July 1970, playing for Dinamo in a 1–1 against Politehnica Iași, having a total of played 232 matches played in the competition in which he scored 66 goals, also appearing in a total of 20 matches in which he scored 5 goals in European competitions.[4]

Transfer at NîmesEdit

During Romania's communist era, transfers of Romanian footballers outside the country were rarely allowed, but in June 1970 dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu went on a visit in Nîmes where he was invited by the communist mayor of the town Georges Pompidou.[5][7] At that meeting they also talked about football and Pompidou complained about the poor results of the local football team, Nîmes Olympique so Ceaușescu told him that he is going to send two Romanian footballers to the club.[5][7] Some French people were sent to see the 1970 Cupa României final which was won with 2–1 by Steaua București against Dinamo București and they selected Florea Voinea from Steaua București and Pârcălab from Dinamo to come and play for Nîmes Olympique, where in the 1971–72 season they helped the team finish second in the championship, each of them scoring 11 goals.[4][5][7][8]

International careerEdit

Ion Pârcălab played 26 games and scored three goals at international level for Romania, making his debut on 8 October 1961 under coach Gheorghe Popescu I in a friendly which ended with a 4–0 victory against Turkey.[1][9] His following game was a 3–1 victory against Spain at the 1964 European Nations' Cup qualifiers.[1][10] Pârcălab scored his first goal for the national team in a friendly which ended with a 3–2 victory against East Germany.[1][11] He played six matches and scored one goal in a 2–0 victory against Eusébio's Portugal at the 1966 World Cup qualifiers.[1][12] Pârcălab scored his last goal for the national team in a friendly which ended with a 2–1 victory against Israel and made one appearance at the Euro 1968 qualifiers and one at the 1970 World Cup qualifiers.[1][13] Pârcălab also played 12 games for Romania's Olympic team and participated at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo where he scored two goals, one in a 3–1 victory against Mexico and one in a 3–0 victory against Yugoslavia, helping the team finish in the 5th place.[2][14]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Romania's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Pârcălab goal.[1]
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 12 May 1963 23 August Stadium, București, Romania   East Germany 2–1 3–2 Friendly
2 21 November 1965 23 August Stadium, București, Romania   Portugal 1–0 2–0 1966 World Cup qualifiers
3 7 December 1966 Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel   Israel 2–1 2–1 Friendly

ConvictionEdit

In 1980, Pârcălab was coach at Progresul Pucioasa in the third division.[15][16][17][18][19] After a victory in the championship, Pârcălab took his players to a restaurant in order to celebrate, but after a few drinks, a conflict between him and the goalkeeper Nicolae Stancu started because of a waitress.[15][16][17][18][19] They went to the bathroom to solve their problem and it is assumed that there Pârcălab killed Stancu by introducing a broomstick in his throat or by hitting him in the back of his head.[15][16][17][18][19] Pârcălab was sentenced to three years in prison but got released after two.[15][16][17][18][19] In the early 2000s, Pârcălab claimed he was innocent and that he was wrongfully convicted.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Pârcălab's stepbrother was Nicolae Dumitrescu, who was also an international footballer and a manager.[20][21]

HonoursEdit

Dinamo București

Nîmes Olympique

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Including 12 appearances and 2 goals for Romania's Olympic team[1][2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Ion Pârcălab". European Football. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b Ion Pârcălab at National-Football-Teams.com
  3. ^ Football sources report his date of birth as being 5 November while Olympic sources report his date of birth as being 15 November.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i Ion Pârcălab at RomanianSoccer.ro (in Romanian) and StatisticsFootball.com
  5. ^ a b c d e "EXCLUSIV / Generatia lui Ion Parcalab nu se regaseste in ceea ce arata Dinamo acum! Vezi cine l-a numit "Sageata Carpatilor" si cum a ajuns sa termine pe locul 2 in Franta!" [EXCLUSIVE / Ion Parcalab's generation does not like how Dinamo looks like now! See who called him the "Carpathian Arrow" and how he ended up in second place in France!] (in Romanian). Sptfm.ro. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Romanian Cup – Season 1963–1964". RomanianSoccer. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  7. ^ a b c "Povestea fotbalistului al cărui transfer în Franţa a fost rodul negocierii între Nicolae Ceauşescu şi Georges Pompidou" [The story of the footballer whose transfer to France was the result of negotiations between Nicolae Ceausescu and Georges Pompidou] (in Romanian). Adevarul.ro. 13 February 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Florea Voinea profile". RomanianSoccer. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  9. ^ "Romania 4-0 Turkey". European Football. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  10. ^ "Romania 3-1 Spain". European Football. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  11. ^ "Romania 3-2 East Germany". European Football. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  12. ^ "Romania 2-0 Portugal". European Football. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  13. ^ "Israel 1-2 Romania". European Football. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  14. ^ "A câștigat titluri cu Dinamo, dar cea mai frumoasă amintire este de la Olimpiadă" [He won titles with Dinamo, but the most beautiful memory is from the Olympics] (in Romanian). Digisport.ro. 8 April 2020. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  15. ^ a b c d "Un OFICIAL dinamovist a primit doi ani pentru CRIMĂ!" [A Dinamo EMPLOYEE received two years for CRIME!] (in Romanian). Fanatik.ro. 4 April 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  16. ^ a b c d "Scheletul din dulapul unuia dintre cei mai mari fotbalişti ai României, care a înfundat puşcăria pentru crimă: "O mătură băgată pe gât l-a omorât pe loc!"" [The skeleton in the closet of one of Romania's greatest footballers, who was in prison for murder: "A broom put in his throat killed him instantly!"] (in Romanian). Adevarul.ro. 6 April 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  17. ^ a b c d e "Crima sinistră comisă de Ion Pârcălab: "I-a băgat o coadă de mătură pe gât, detaliile sunt șocante"" [The sinister crime committed by Ion Pârcălab: "He put a broomstick in his throat, the details are shocking"] (in Romanian). Gsp.ro. 25 July 2020. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  18. ^ a b c d ""L-a omorât pe loc!" Crima mușamalizată comisă de o legendă a fotbalului românesc: "Au mers la toaletă să tranșeze disputa"" ["He killed him on instantly!" The cover-up crime committed by a Romanian football legend: "They went to the toilet to settle the dispute"] (in Romanian). Digisport.ro. 25 July 2020. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  19. ^ a b c d "Dezvăluiri cutremurătoare despre crima comisă de un mare fotbalist dinamovist: "I-au luat capul din mormânt!". Ce scrie în certificatul de deces" [Shocking revelations about the crime committed by a great Dinamo football player: "They took his head from the grave!". What is written on the death certificate] (in Romanian). Prosport.ro. 28 July 2020. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  20. ^ "Cinci decenii şi jumătate de la primul campionat de juniori câştigat de UTA. Pe când juniorii creșteau ocrotiţi de fotbaliştii legendari" [Five decades and a half from the first junior championship won by UTA. From the time when juniors grew protected by legendary footballers] (in Romanian). glsa.ro. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  21. ^ "SPECIAL Situaţie de gradul I în Liga 1. Ce a realizat Silviu Lung jr. prin câştigarea titlului cu Astra. De la fraţii Vâlcov, la fraţii Costea şi familia Piţurcă" [SPECIAL First grade situation in Liga 1. What Silviu Lung jr. accomplished by winning the title with Astra. From the brothers Vâlcov to the brothers Costea and the Piţurcă family] (in Romanian). prosport.ro. 9 May 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2017.

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