Mircea Dridea

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Mircea Dridea (born 7 April 1937) is a Romanian former footballer and manager. He played as a centre forward and spent his entire club career at Petrolul Ploiești, where he won three Divizia A league titles and one Cupa României.[3] Dridea played in the European Cup defeating Bill Shankly‘s Liverpool 3–1 at home.[4][5]

Romanian former footballer and manager

Mircea Dridea

Mircea Dridea in 1966.
Personal information
Date of birth (1937-04-07) 7 April 1937 (age 84)
Place of birth Ploiești, Romania
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Petrolul Ploiești(Honorary president)
Youth career
1952–1956 Petrolul Ploiești
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1956–1971 Petrolul Ploiești 273 (142)
Total 273 (142)
National team
1959–1967 Romania[lower-alpha 1] 18 (8)
Teams managed
1973 Petrolul Ploiești (interim)
1981–1982 Petrolul Ploiești
1983–1984 FAR Rabat
1984–1985 Prahova Ploiești
1985–1987 Petrolul Ploiești
1987–1988 Kénitra
1988 Progresul Brăila
1988 Sportul Studențesc
1989 Oțelul Galați
1990–1991 Flacăra Moreni
1991–1993 Metalul Plopeni
1993–1994 Olympic Alexandria
1995–1996 Metalul Filipeștii de Pădure
1996–1997 Olympique de Médenine
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 September 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 September 2017

Dridea was capped 18 times and scored 8 goals for the Romania national team between 1959 and 1967. He is the older brother of Virgil Dridea, who is also a former footballer and manager of Petrolul Ploiești.[6][7]

On 5 September 1983, FAR Rabat under head coach Dridea played a friendly match against reigning European Cup winners Hamburger SV to inaugurate the new Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium.

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Petrolul Ploiești
FAR Rabat
  1. Including three appearances for Romania’s Olympic team.[1][2]
  1. “Mircea Dridea”. European Football. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
  2. Mircea Dridea at National-Football-Teams.com
  3. “Cel mai faimos jucător din istoria “lupilor” împlinește 80 de ani » Mircea Dridea: “Te iubesc, dragul meu Petrolul! (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor.
  4. “Mircea Dridea, “lupul” care a învins Liverpool şi naţionala Franţei” (in Romanian). Adevărul.
  5. “Mesajul lui Mircea Dridea pentru suporterii Petrolului: “Eu am 80 de ani și uite că mai sper să jucăm în Liga I (in Romanian). Libertatea.
  6. “Fostul internațional Mircea Dridea împlinește vineri 80 de ani. Dialog memorabil cu seniorul fotbalului ploieștean, “Mister Petrolul[Former international Mircea Dridea celebrates 80 years on Friday. Memorable dialogue with Ploiesti football star, “Mr. Petrolul”] (in Romanian). libertatea.ro. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  7. “Virgil Dridea, fostul antrenor al Petrolului, cel care i-a zdrobit în 1999 pe roş-albaştri: “Steaua e ciuca bătăilor[Virgil Dridea, former coach of Petrolul, who crushed the red-blues in 1999: “Steaua is a tangle of beatings”] (in Romanian). libertatea.ro. Retrieved 7 October 2017.

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