Radu Nunweiller

Radu Nunweiller (born 16 November 1944) is a former Romanian central midfield football player and manager.[3]

Radu Nunweiller VI
Radu Nunweiller (1970).jpg
Personal information
Full name Radu Nunweiller
Date of birth (1944-11-16) 16 November 1944 (age 77)
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1957–1962 Tânarul Dinamovist
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1963 Viitorul București 1 (0)
1963–1976 Dinamo București 295 (38)
1976–1979 Corvinul Hunedoara 37 (2)
Total 333 (40)
National team
1966–1975 Romania[a] 42 (2)
Teams managed
1981–1984 Martigny-Sports
1984–1987 Lausanne-Sport
1987–1988 Martigny-Sports
1989–1990 Etoile Carouge
1990–1995 Chênois
1995–1996 Servette Geneva (assistant)
1996–2001 Lausanne-Sport (assistant)
2001–2002 Lausanne-Sport
2003 UTA Arad
2004–2005 Yverdon-Sport
2009–2010 Neuchâtel Xamax (assistant)
2010 Neuchâtel Xamax (caretaker)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Club careerEdit

Radu Nunweiller was born in Bucharest on 16 November 1944.[4][5] He had an Austrian father named Johann Nunweiller, who settled in Piatra Neamț after World War II where he met his wife, Rozina, later they moved from Piatra Neamț to Bucharest.[6] He had six brothers, the oldest one of them, Constantin was a water polo player and the other five: Dumitru, Ion, Lică, Victor and Eduard were footballers, each of them having at least one spell at Dinamo București, they are the reason why the club's nickname is "The Red Dogs".[6][7] Radu made his Divizia A debut, playing for Viitorul București on 21 October 1962 in a 4–2 loss against Steaua București.[4][5] After playing only one Divizia A match for Viitorul București, Nunweiller went to play for Dinamo București where he would spent most of his career, winning five Divizia A titles and two Cupa României, also appearing in 22 matches in which he scored 7 goals in European Cup competitions.[2][3][4][5] Radu Nunweiller ended his career after playing three seasons for Corvinul Hunedoara, having a total of 333 appearances and 40 goals scored in Divizia A.[4][5]

International careerEdit

"When I decide which team will play, I first pass the name of Radu Nunweiller next to the number 10 jersey and then I look for ten more players."

–Angelo Niculescu, former Romania manager[5]

Radu Nunweiller played 41 matches and scored 2 goals for Romania (42/2 including Romania's Olympic team games), making his debut on 21 September 1966 under coach Ilie Oană in a friendly which ended with a 2–0 loss against East Germany.[1][8] He played one game at the 1968 Euro qualifiers and three games at the successful 1970 World Cup qualifiers, also being used by coach Angelo Niculescu in all the minutes of the three group matches from the final tournament as Romania did not advance to the next stage.[1] He played 9 matches and scored one goal at the 1972 Euro qualifiers, managing to reach the quarter-finals where Romania was defeated by Hungary, who advanced to the final tournament.[1] Nunweiller played 5 games and scored one goal at the 1974 World Cup qualifiers, two games at the Euro 1976 qualifiers where he made his last appearance for the national team on 17 April 1975 in a 1–1 against Spain.[1]

For representing his country at the 1970 World Cup, Nunweiller was decorated by President of Romania Traian Băsescu on 25 March 2008 with the Ordinul "Meritul Sportiv" – (The Medal "The Sportive Merit") class III.[9][10]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Romania's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Nunweiller goal.[1]
List of international goals scored by Radu Nunweiller
# Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 October 1970 Stadionul 23 August, Bucharest, Romania 18   Finland 3–0 3–0 Euro 1972 qualifiers
2 20 September 1972 Helsingin Olympiastadion, Helsinki, Finland 32   Finland 1–0 1–1 1974 World Cup qualifiers

Managerial careerEdit

After he ended his playing career in 1979, Nunweiller ran away from Romania's communist regime, at that time running away from the country being illegal, going to Switzerland where he worked as manager and assistant manager at various clubs.[3][5][6] He obtained a promotion to the Swiss Super League with Yverdon-Sport, had a short experience in the 2002–03 Divizia A season, consisting of 7 games (2 victories, 1 draw, 4 losses) with UTA Arad, also being Neuchâtel Xamax's manager in a 2010–11 Swiss Super League game which ended with a 4–1 loss against FC Basel.[3][5][11]



Dinamo București




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


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Radu Nunweiller". European Football. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Radu Nunweiller at National-Football-Teams.com
  3. ^ a b c d e Radu Nunweiller at WorldFootball.net
  4. ^ a b c d e Radu Nunweiller at RomanianSoccer.ro (in Romanian) and StatisticsFootball.com
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "INTERVIU EVENIMENT cu Radu Nunweiller. "Generația din care am făcut parte eu, Dinu, Lucescu și frații mei a fost una sacrificată!"" [EVENT INTERVIEW with Radu Nunweiller. "The generation of which I, Dinu, Lucescu and my brothers were part was a sacrificed one!"] (in Romanian). Prosport.ro. 6 January 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2021.
  6. ^ a b c "Fata primului "câine roșu", cele mai frumoase povești despre Lică Nunweiller și un îndemn pentru ultima etapă: "Tata v-ar fi zis să fiți Un suflet!"" [The girl of the first "red dog", the most beautiful stories about Lica Nunweiller, and an exhortation for the last stage: "Dad would have said be A Soul!"] (in Romanian). premium.gsp.ro. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Destinul fratilor Nunweiller, cei care au dat numele de "cainii-rosii". "Nevestele ne-au indepartat"" [The Destiny of the Nunweiller Brothers, who gave the name of "Red Dogs". "The wives separated us"] (in Romanian). cancan.ro. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  8. ^ "East Germany 2-0 Romania". European Football. Retrieved 9 November 2021.
  9. ^ "DECRET privind conferirea Ordinului și Medaliei Meritul Sportiv" (PDF). Monitorul Oficial al României Nr. 241. 28 March 2008. p. 3. Retrieved 9 November 2021.
  10. ^ "Decorarea unor personalități ale fotbalului românesc". Administrația Prezidențială. 25 March 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2021.
  11. ^ "FC Basel vs. Neuchâtel Xamax 4 – 1". WorldFootball. Retrieved 9 November 2021.

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