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Bogdan Lobonţ
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Personal information
Full name Bogdan Ionuţ Lobonţ
Date of birth 18 January 1978 (1978-01-18) (age 32)
Place of birth Hunedoara, Romania
Height 1.84 m (6 ft +12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Roma
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1997 Corvinul Hunedoara 40 (0)
1997–2000 Rapid Bucureşti 80 (0)
2000–2005 Ajax 49 (0)
2001–2002 Dinamo Bucureşti (loan) 22 (0)
2005–2006 Fiorentina 17 (0)
2006– Dinamo Bucureşti 71 (0)
2009– Roma (loan) 2 (0)
National team
1997–1998 Romania U-21 10 (0)
1998–2009 Romania 74 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 October 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 April 2009

Bogdan Ionuţ Lobonţ (born 18 January 1978 in Hunedoara) is a Romanian goalkeeper playing for A.S. Roma and the Romanian national team. Lobonţ has been popularly nicknamed "Pisica" (The Cat) in Romania due to his quick reflexes, compared to that of a cat.


Club career

Lobonţ first played for hometown club Corvinul Hunedoara and he remained with the team until 1997, when he moved to Rapid Bucureşti. He enjoyed success there, and was picked up by AFC Ajax in 2000. However, injury and inexperience combined to keep him out of a starting role and he was loaned to Dinamo Bucureşti for the 2001–02 season.

Upon his return to Ajax, though, he was the team's primary goalkeeper. Although he struggled with injuries from time to time, he played well when available in both the Eredivisie and the UEFA Champions League.

In January 2006, Lobonţ was sold from Ajax to Italian Serie A club Fiorentina, which was looking for a goalkeeper after the injury to starting goalkeeper Sébastien Frey. Although he played particularly well, Frey's return meant that he would spend most of the time as a substitute. Because he had also lost his place on the Romanian national team, Lobonţ made a surprise move back to Dinamo Bucureşti in the winter of 2006 in order to help them win Liga I.

On 31 August 2009, A.S. Roma have taken Bogdan on a free loan from Dinamo Bucureşti, with an option for the Italian team to buy him at the end of the season. He made his first appearance for the Giallorossi on the 4th of October, coming off the bench after 23 minutes to play against SSC Napoli.

International career

Lobonţ plays an important part of the Romanian national team, earning over 70 caps, his first being in 1998. He was part of his country's UEFA Euro 2000 and UEFA Euro 2008 squads.

He turned in a particularly strong performance in Romania's group stage game in Euro 2008 against world champions Italy, saving numerous well-placed shots and keeping his team's hopes alive with a 1-1 draw.




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