Raul Rǎzvan Costin, (born January 29, 1985, Romania), is a Romanian footballer who plays for Argeș Pitești. His predominant position is central midfielder but he can also play in a more defensive role and also as a right back. He is best known for his simple distribution and long shots.
|Date of birth||January 29, 1985|
|Place of birth||Mogoșoaia, Romania|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Central midfielder|
|2005–2006||→ Sibiu (loan)||16||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 December 2017
Costin is a product of the Naţional Bucureşti youth academy making his first-team debut during the 2006–07 season against CFR Cluj coming on as a substitute in a 1–0 loss. Before his Naţional debut, he has played one season loaned to FC Sibiu during the 2005-06 season. In the 2008 summer, because of Progresul's (former Naţional) disaffiliation, he signed for Dacia Mioveni where he managed 12 goals, in 32 matches, finishing 6th with his team.
On 18 July 2009, he signed a three-year contract with SC Vaslui for an undisclosed fee. He made his first-team debut on 12 August, against Gaz Metan Mediaş coming as a substitute in a 2-1 win and he scored his first goal against Poli Iaşi in the Moldavian Derby, also in a 2-1 win. He helped his team reaching the Romanian Cup final after scoring the first goal, in the 4-0 win against FC Braşov in the semi-finals. On 15 April 2012 he scored an amazing goal against CS Mioveni in a 3-0 victory.
In August 2013, Costin signed for Azerbaijan Premier League side Simurq. Costin made his debut for Simurq in their second game of the season, away to Khazar Lankaran on 11 August 2013, coming on as a 63rd-minute substitute for Stjepan Poljak. Costin's first goal for Simurq was the winning goal in the 89th minute against Inter Baku on 1 September 2013.
Statistics accurate as of match played 20 September 2015
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- "Khazar 0-0 Simurq". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
- "Inter Baku 1-2 Simurq". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
- "Bine ai venit, Raul Costin!". http://www.universitateacluj.ro/ (in Romanian). Universitatea Cluj. External link in
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