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Alexandru Apolzan
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Full name Alexandru Apolzan
Date of birth February 6, 1927(1927-02-06)
Place of birth    Sibiu, Romania
Date of death    December 23, 1982 (aged 55)
Place of death    Bucharest, Romania
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1941–1943
1945–1946
Şoimii Sibiu
23 August Bucureşti
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1946–1949
1949–1962
CFR Bucureşti
Steaua Bucureşti
Total
060 00(1)
216 00(2)
276 00(3)   
National team
1949–1960 Romania 022 00(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Alexandru Apolzan (February 6, 1927 in Sibiu – December 23, 1982) was a Romanian football player, who played mainly for Steaua Bucureşti and also for Romania. He is considered as one of the best fullbacks in the history of Romanian football, only Miodrag Belodedici and Gheorghe Popescu, in the recent years, being able to play at the same level.

An inventor of modern football

The history of football suggests that Franz Beckenbauer was the one who invented the role of sweeper or libero in football, but this is wrong. It was the Romanian Apolzan who first played in this role, while at Steaua Bucureşti. However, Apolzan played during the darkest period in the history of Romania, when the connections with the outside world were almost cut completely.

Apolzan signed his first contract with Şoimii, a local team from Sibiu, in 1941. After the war he joins the squad of CFR Bucharest and then between 1949 and 1962, at the end of his career, played for Steaua Bucureşti.

The great Hungarian coach Gusztáv Sebes, the builder of the great Hungarian team from the first half of the '50s - the Magical Magyars, said in 1954, after the 1954 FIFA World Cup that Apolzan, Ion Voinescu and Titus Ozon are at the same level as his own Hungarian players and that he would be proud to be able to coach them.

He also won 22 caps for Romania. It was however an era when Romania used to play less than five games per year.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gheorghe Popescu I
Steaua captain
1949–Unknown
Succeeded by
Ion Voinescu
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