Nicolae Pantea

Nicolae Pantea (born 12 February 1946) is a Romanian former footballer and manager, a glory of Steaua București. He used to play as a midfielder.

Nicolae Pantea
Personal information
Full name Nicolae Pantea
Date of birth (1946-02-12) 12 February 1946 (age 76)
Place of birth Beliu, Arad County
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1961–1964 Rapid Arad
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1966 UTA Arad 49 (6)
1966–1975 Steaua București 196 (24)
1975–1977 Petrolul Ploieşti 1 (0)
National team
1971–1973 Romania[a] 3 (1)
Teams managed
1981–1983 Steaua București (assistant)
1984 UTA Arad
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Club careerEdit

Nicolae Pantea started his career in 1961, playing for the youth team of Rapid, a team from Arad. Three years later, Pantea moved to UTA Arad. He spent two years playing for UTA, making also his debut in Divizia A.

In 1966, Pantea is sold to Steaua București, where he plays for a period of nine years, making 196 appearances in Divizia A and scoring 24 goals. He won four times the Romanian Cup and once the Romanian championship.

In the last two years of his career, Nicolae Pantea played for Petrolul Ploieşti in Divizia B, winning the promotion to Divizia A in 1977. After a short period, Pantea announced his retirement.

International careerEdit

Nicolae Pantea made his debut for Romania in a friendly which took place April 1972 against Peru.[1][3] In his last match for the national team, he scored his first and only goal for The Tricolours, it was the fifth goal of a 9–0 victory against Finland at the 1974 World Cup qualifiers.[1][4]

International goalsEdit

Nicolae Pantea: International Goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 14 October 1973 August 23 Stadium, Bucharest, Romania   Finland 9–0 Win FIFA World Cup 1974 qualifying



Steaua București
Petrolul Ploieşti


  1. ^ Including one appearance for Romania's Olympic team.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c "Nicolae Pantea". Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  2. ^ Nicolae Pantea at
  3. ^ "Romania – Peru 2:2". European Football. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Romania – Finland 9:0". European Football. Retrieved 27 January 2021.

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