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Gabi Popescu
Personal information
Full name Gabriel Popescu
Date of birth 25 December 1973 (1973-12-25) (age 36)
Place of birth    Craiova, Dolj County, Romania
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder (Retired)
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1992-1994
1994-1997
1997-1998
1998-1999
1999-2000
2000
2000-2002
2000-2001
2002-2004
2004-2005
2005
Electroputere Craiova
Universitatea Craiova
Salamanca
Valencia
Numancia
Dinamo Bucureşti
National Bucureşti
Universitatea Craiova (loan)
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
National Bucureşti
JEF United Ichihara Chiba
Total
065 00(0)
093 0(15)
015 00(4)
025 00(1)
007 00(1)
009 00(0)
047 00(5)
008 00(1)
059 0(12)
011 00(1)
007 00(1)
346 0(41)   
National team2
1996-1998 Romania 014 00(1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 23 December 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 23 December 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Gabriel Popescu (born 25 December 1973) is a Romanian footballer.

Popescu went on to represent the Romanian national team 21 times and scored four goals, he was also capped 37 times for the U-21 side. The undoubted highlight of his international career was his appearances at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, where he played in all four Romanian matches, including their dramatic 2-1 victory over England.

Popescu began his career with Romanian side Universitatea Craiova, before moving to Spain where he played with three different La Liga clubs - UD Salamanca, Valencia CF and CD Numancia. After his Spanish spell he returned to Romania firstly with Dinamo Bucureşti before joining city rivals National Bucureşti. Popescu then joined Suwon Samsung Bluewings in June 2002, in a double deal that also saw Bosnian-born forward Slaviša Mitrović join the K-League club.

'Gabi', as he was known to Korean fans, made a great impression in the Suwon Samsung Bluewings midfield during his first season, scoring six times in his 24 appearances. He weighed in with another six strikes in the 2003 season to further endear himself to the Suwon Samsung Bluewings fans, but struggled with injury during the close season and was limited to a peripheral role during the first half of 2004.

Popescu was allowed to return to National Bucureşti on a 6 month loan deal in the summer of 2004, where he linked up again with Slaviša Mitrović. At the end of the year, Popescu completed a switch to Japanese side JEF United Ichihara Chiba.

International goals

Results list Romania's goal tally first.
Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
10 September 1997 Romania Bucharest  Iceland 1 goal 4-0 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification

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Simple English

Gabriel Popescu
Personal information
Full name Gabriel Popescu
Date of birth 25 December 1973 (1973-12-25) (age 37)
Place of birth    Craiova, Romania
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1992-1994
1995-1997
1998
1998-1999
1999
2000
2000-2002
2002-2004
2004-2005
2005
Electroputere Craiova
Universitatea Craiova
Salamanca
Valencia
Numancia Soria
Dinamo Bucureşti
Naţional Bucureşti
Suwon Samsung Bluewings
Naţional Bucureşti
JEF United Ichihara Chiba
National team
1996-1998 Romania

Gabriel Popescu (born 25 December 1973) is a former Romanian football player. He has played for Romania national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League CupLeague CupTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
RomaniaLeague Cupa României Cupa LigiiTotal
1992/93Electroputere CraiovaDivizia A160160
1993/94330330
1994/95160160
1994/95Universitatea CraiovaDivizia A151151
1995/96302302
1996/97297297
1997/98195195
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Copa de la LigaTotal
1997/98SalamancaLa Liga154154
1998/99ValenciaLa Liga251251
1999/00Numancia SoriaLa Liga7171
RomaniaLeague Cupa României Cupa LigiiTotal
1999/00Dinamo BucureştiDivizia A9090
2000/01Naţional BucureştiDivizia A181181
2001/02294294
Korea RepublicLeague Korean FA Cup K-League CupTotal
2002Suwon Samsung BluewingsK-League246246
2003316316
20044040
RomaniaLeague Cupa României Cupa LigiiTotal
2004/05Naţional BucureştiDivizia A111111
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J. League CupTotal
2005JEF United Ichihara ChibaJ. League 1710075146
CountryRomania 2252122521
Spain 476476
Korea Republic 59125912
Japan 710075146
Total 33840007534545

International career statistics

Romania national team
YearAppsGoals
199630
199741
199870
Total141

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