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Cristian Manea
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Manea playing for Romania in March 2019
Personal information
Full name Cristian Marian Manea
Date of birth 9 August 1997 (1997-08-09) (age 24)
Place of birth Agigea, Romania
Height 1.83m
Playing position Right back
Club information
Current club CFR Cluj
Number 4
Youth career
2009–2013 Gheorghe Hagi Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014 Viitorul Constanța 5 (0)
2014–2020 Apollon Limassol 0 (0)
2014–2015 Viitorul Constanța (loan) 26 (2)
2015–2017 → Mouscron (loan) 14 (0)
2017–2019 CFR Cluj (loan) 69 (1)
2019–2020 FCSB (loan) 2 (0)
2020 CFR Cluj (loan) 5 (0)
2020– CFR Cluj 26 (0)
National team
2013 Romania U-16 2 (0)
2013–2014 Romania U-17 6 (0)
2014–2016 Romania U-19 8 (0)
2014–2019 Romania U-21 19 (0)
2021 Romania Olympic 2 (0)
2014– Romania 12 (1)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 May 2021.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 June 2021

Cristian Marian Manea ( born 9 August 1997) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays mainly as a right back for CFR Cluj and the Romania national team.

Club career

Viitorul Constanța

Born in Agigea, Constanța County, Manea is a youth exponent of Viitorul Constanța, for which he made his Liga I debut on 21 April 2014 in a 0–3 home loss to FC Steaua București.

Investment fund

In 2014, an investment fund acquired player's rights and Manea arrived in Cyprus at Apollon Limassol. The deal was reported to be €2.5 million. Previously, Romanian media suggested that he had been sold to Chelsea for around £2.3 million, but the rumours proved to be false.

Various loans

He spent the 2014–15 campaign on loan at former club Viitorul, and scored his first senior goal on 13 April 2015 in a 2–1 away defeat of Petrolul Ploiești.

On 28 August 2015, he moved to Belgian team Royal Excel Mouscron on a season-long loan, which was extended for an additional year. Manea amassed 18 appearances in all competitions before returning to Romania on 27 June 2017, joining CFR Cluj also on loan. He was an undisputed starter in his two years at the club, winning back-to-back national championships.

On 2 September 2019, FCSB have agreed a deal to sign Manea on loan with an option to buy the right back.

International career

Manea earned caps for Romania at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels.

In May 2014, aged 16, he was called up to the senior team by coach Victor Pițurcă despite having only made five club appearances at the time. Manea made his debut as a starter against Albania on the 31st and subsequently became the youngest footballer to play for Romania, breaking the previous record set by Grațian Sepi in 1928.

His first senior goal was recorded four years later on 5 June 2018, as he opened the scoring in a 2–0 friendly win over Finland at the Ilie Oană Stadium in Ploiești.

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Viitorul Constanța
2013–14 5 0 0 0 5 0
2014–15 (loan) 26 2 1 0 2 0 29 2
Total 31 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 34 2
Mouscron (loan)
2015–16 7 0 2 0 9 0
2016–17 7 0 1 0 8 0
Total 14 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 0
CFR Cluj (loan)
2017–18 35 0 0 0 35 0
2018–19 34 1 4 0 5 0 1 0 44 1
2019–20 5 0 0 0 2 0 7 0
CFR Cluj 2020–21 26 0 1 0 5 0 1 0 33 0
Total 100 1 5 0 0 0 12 0 2 0 119 1
FCSB (loan) 2019–20 2 0 2 0 4 0
Career total 147 3 11 0 2 0 12 0 2 0 174 3

International

National team Year Apps Goals
Romania 2014 1 0
2015 2 0
2016 0 0
2017 0 0
2018 6 1
2019 1 0
2020 2 0
Total 12 1

International goals

International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 5 June 2018 Ilie Oană, Ploiești, Romania 3  Finland 1–0 2–0 Friendly

Honours

Club

CFR Cluj
  • Liga I: 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21
  • Supercupa României: 2018, 2020

Individual

  • Liga I Team of the Season: 2017–18
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