Referees from Romania

Ovidiu Alin Hategan
Intl. since: 2008
Hometown: Arad
Internationally Ovidiu Hategan is listed as a first category referee. He was promoted in 2011.
Alexandru Dan Tudor
Intl. since: 2001
Hometown: Bucarest
The Romanian mass-media calls him Brad Pitt. The reason is not any resemblance between him and the US actor, but somewhere in 2000/2001 a club president, furious about his attitude
Pavel Cristian Balaj
Intl. since: 2003
Hometown: Baia-Mare
Balaj used to be a professional footballer himself. He played for Baia Mare in the second divison of Romania as well as for Pesc in the first division of Hungary. Cristian always m
Istvan Kovacs
Intl. since: 2010
Hometown:
Debut first League when he was 22, FIFA ref at 25.
Ionut Marius Avram
Intl. since: 2010
Hometown:
A UEFA category 2 referee, promoted from 4 in 2011.
Radu Marian Petrescu
Intl. since: 2012
Hometown:
After a couple of international matches as a fourth official, Radu Marian Petrescu became a real FIFA referee in 2012, third category.
Nicolae Rainea
Intl. since: 1967
Hometown: Birlad
Nicolae Rainea was the best ever Romanian referee and one of the best European officials in the 70s and 80s. He refereed at three FIFA World Cups (1974, 1978, 1982), the Euro 1980
Ioan Igna
Intl. since: 1976
Hometown: Timisoara
Among the many matches Ion Igna took charge of in the 70s and 80s, were the 1988 Euro semi-final and 2 matches in the 1986 World Cup.
Ion Craciunescu
Intl. since: 1984
Hometown: Ramnicu Valcea
During the final round of qualifying matches for Asian teams for the 1994 World Cup, matches that were refereed by European refs, Craciunescu not only got the match Iraq - Iran but
Sorin Corpodean
Intl. since: 1997
Hometown: Cluj-Napoca
Sorin Corpodean did mostly qualifiers and a few group stage matches for the UEFA Cup. He was listed as a second class referee category but demoted to the third class and then in 20
Alexandru Deaconu
Intl. since: 2005
Hometown: Bucharest
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Marian Mircea Salomir
Intl. since: 1999
Hometown: Cluj-Napoca
Marian got the passion for refereeing from his father, Mircea Lucian Salomir, who was a FIFA Referee in the 80s.
Constantin Sebastian Coltescu
Intl. since: 2006
Hometown: Craiova
Coltescu was a category 4 referee FIFA referee in 2006...
Augustus Viorel Constantin
Intl. since: 2002
Hometown: Ramnicu Valcea
His father, a former valuable referee from Romania, was the president of Romanian Referees Commission. until he got arrested, see
Horatiu Mircea Fesnic
Intl. since: 2017
Hometown:
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Marcel Lica
Intl. since: 1996
Hometown: Constanta
Marcel Lica officiated from 1992 till 2002 on the highest level in Romania. His last match was Dinamo Buchuresti vs Brasov. Internationally we found only two matches for this centu
Gheorghe Constantin
Intl. since: 1989
Hometown: Ramnicu Valcea
Gheorghe Constantin was a FIFA Referee until 1998, when he reached the retirement age. In 2007 he became president of the Romanian Referees Committee and held the position until th
Adrian Porumboiu
Intl. since: 1986
Hometown: Vaslui
Born on the same day, month and year as Ion Craciunescu, Adrian Porumboiu followed him very closely. Unfortunately for him, he was always... "no. 2". His most memorable moment was
Otto Anderco
Intl. since:
Hometown: Satu Mare
Otto Anderco, international referee in the late 1970s, was sent to jail in 1981 for match fixing.
George Catalin Gaman
Intl. since: 2017
Hometown:
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Stefan Dan Petrescu
Intl. since: 1985
Hometown: Bucharest
After his retirement from the international list, Petrescu managed to get into the UEFA Referees Committee for a short term (1999-2001), being appointed as assessor during Euro 20
Aron Huzu
Intl. since: 1988
Hometown: Sibiu
In the spring, after the match fixing scandal erupted in Romania, the Romanian Football Federation fired the former president of the Referees Committee, Gheorghe Constantin, and na
Andrei Radulescu
Intl. since: 1964
Hometown: Bucharest
Andrei Radulescu was the second Romanian referee appointed to a FIFA World Cup - Mexico 1970. After his retirement, he worked for the Romanian Referees' Committee.
Constantin Dan Zotta
Intl. since: 1997
Hometown: Bucharest
Zotta retired prematurely from the FIFA list becoming the Executive Director of the premier division club Rapid Bucharest.
Nicolae Mihailescu
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bucharest
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Adrian Stoica
Intl. since: 1996
Hometown: Bucharest
Adrian Stoica started very well his refereeing career and managed to get quickly to the FIFA List. He had very good performances in the UEFA Cup, but some problems in his own count
Denis Xifandu
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Gheorge Nicolae Petriceanu
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bucharest
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Constantin Ghita
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bucarest
Before he became a referee, Constantin Ghita was a player for Progresul Sibiu and Steagul Rosu Brasov.
Teodora Albon
Intl. since: 2003
Hometown: Cluj-Napoca
Teodora Albon started her refereeing career while still playing for the women's team Clujana Cluj, where she was coached by her husband, Mirel Albon, a former assistant referee in
Gheorghe Limona
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bucharest
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Vasile Dumitrescu
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bucharest
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Corneliu Nitescu
Intl. since: 1960
Hometown: Sibiu
1969, European Cup, since there were no proper qualifiers the following results were not uncommon: 10-0 and 6-0 (Leeds U-Lyn), 8-0 (Warsaw-Arad), 8-0 and 6-1 (Real Madrid-Nicosia)
Gheorghe Ionescu
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Octavian Streng
Intl. since: 1984
Hometown: Oradea
At 29, Octavian Streng was one of the youngest referees in the Romaninan first division at that time. He was very serious and worked hard in difficult times, managing to get his F
Aurel Bentu
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bucharest
Aurel Bentu was regarded in Romania as a referee who was never very good in theory, but very talented and always able to handle the most difficult matches.
Dumitru Aurelian Bogaciu
Intl. since: 2008
Hometown: Bucarest
Aurelian Bogaciu was only 24 when he was inducted on the FIFA list in 2007. UEFA had to grant him some kind of special permit to be able to attend the European matches. Aurelian B
Constantin Barbulescu
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bucharest
Constantin Petrea
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bucharest
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Francisc Kolossi
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bucharest
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Ionica Serea
Intl. since: 2004
Hometown: Focsani
Ionica Serea was a player for FCM Bacau before he became a referee. He was demoted to a lower Liga in 2005 and later reinstalled in the Liga 1. He lost his FIFA badge a year earlie
Edgar Sorin Altmayer
Intl. since: 2001
Hometown: Timisoara
He was a FIFA referee for a short period of time, being removed from the international list after his big mistakes in the Romanian Cup semi-final Dinamo - Astra.
Mircea Lucian Salomir
Intl. since: 1983
Hometown: Cluj-Napoca
A referee in the 80s, Mircea Salomir became a successful businessman in the early 90s, when he was still an active referee. He helped his son, Marian Salomir, to follow in his foot
Viorel Anghelinei
Intl. since: 1997
Hometown: Galati
A former first division player, Anghelinei managed to get his FIFA badge as a referee at an older age, which left him only a few years at the international level.
Cristina Dorcioman
Intl. since: 2002
Hometown: Campulung Muscel
Yes, a woman. Not only taking charge of women's matches but also sometimes the ref in a men's (boys) competition.
Chevorc Ghemighean
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bucharest
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Alexandru Pirvu
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bucharest
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Constantin Radulescu
Intl. since:
Hometown:
A officer in the army during WWI, a player (1919-1923), one of the founders of the Romanian FA, coach of the national team and Cluj and referee for 20 years. They don't make men li
Anton Helesteanu
Intl. since:
Hometown: Iasi
Anton Heleastanu was suspended in 2007 by the Romanian football federation. He lost his FIFA Badge in 2005 because his business connections with the president (and brother in law)
Constantin Dinulescu
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bucharest
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Alexandru Toth
Intl. since:
Hometown: Oradea
Before he became a referee Alexandru Toth was a player of CA Oradea in the years 1940-44 and Libertatea Oradea in the years 1947-48.
Mihai Popa
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bucharest
Mihai Popa took charge of a match in the 1960 European Championships.
Constantin Mitran
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bucharest
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Radu Istrate
Intl. since:
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Victor Padureanu
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bucharest
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Mircea Nesu
Intl. since:
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Cristian Teodorescu
Intl. since:
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Iosif Ritter
Intl. since: 1964
Hometown: Timisoara
Iosif Ritter saw that the field was too wet to be played on and the 2nd round match for the 1969 European Cup Fenerbahce - Ajax was delayed for a day. It kept on raining the whole
Marcel Birsan
Intl. since: 2019
Hometown:
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Vasile Tatar
Intl. since:
Hometown: Hunedoara
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Marian Dorobantu
Intl. since: 2001
Hometown: Buzau
Marian Dorobantu spent a very short time on the FIFA list, being forced to retire prematurely due to a bad injury.
Romeo Stancan
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bucharest
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Radu Liviu Petrescu
Intl. since: 1985
Hometown: Brasov
Radu L. Petrescu is known because of the incident that happened in the 1988 Romanian Cup Final, Steaua - Dinamo, when he disallowed a goal scored by Steaua in the last minute and V
Gheorghe Dragomir
Intl. since:
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Lajos Tiberiu
Intl. since:
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Petre Sotir
Intl. since: 1964
Hometown: Medias
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Gheorghe Popovici
Intl. since:
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Florin Chivulete
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Alexandru Mustatea
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Emil Kroner
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bucharest
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Vergiliu Antohi
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Alexandru Parvu
Intl. since:
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Aurel Maier
Intl. since:
Hometown: Lugoj
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Adrian Moroianu
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Petre Badea
Intl. since:
Hometown: Stalina
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Andrei Bolonyi
Intl. since:
Hometown: Brasov
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Petre Kroner
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bucharest
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Savou Dajou
Intl. since:
Hometown: Timisoara
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Mircea Crutescu
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bucharest
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Stefan Geac
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Hometown: Bucharest
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Crutescu Mircea
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Hometown: Bucharest
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Cristina Floarea Babadac
Intl. since: 1999
Hometown: Alexandria
Cristina Ionescu recently changed her name into Cristina Babadac, after she married Ionut Babadac, an assistant referee in the Romanian first division. Cristina is the best ever Ro
Ilie Draghici
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Hometown: Bucharest
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Solomon Segall
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bucharest
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Tiberiu Asztalos
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Hometown: Bucharest
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Ion Gheorghita
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Hometown: Bucharest
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Tiberiu Astalos
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.. Istriati
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Stefan Ionescu
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Hometown: Bucharest
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Dumitru Schulder
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Hometown: Bucharest
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Gheorghe Osiac
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Hometown: Timisoara
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Carol Jurja
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Hometown: Bucharest
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Stelian Mataiser
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Hometown: Craiova
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Niculae Szego
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Hometown: Arad
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