Catalin Munteanu

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Top 10 Young Romanian Footballers As Of July '00

Compiled by Laurentiu Popescu

Catalin Munteanu

Name: Catalin Munteanu
Current Club: UD Salamanca (?)
Date of Birth: Jan 20, 1979
Position: Midfielder
Website:UD Salamanca
Comment: Catalin Munteanu is just another fine player from Steaua Bucharest, but unlike most, Munteanu left he club at a very young age in order to play in La Liga. His club, Salamanca, has since relegated to the Spanish second division, and it seems like the player is getting irritated with idea of playing at that level for yet another year. Portuguese giants FC Porto said they were willing to sign the youngster after Salamanca placed most of its players up for sale. Shortly after though, Atletico de Madrid said that they had signed the Romanian in exchange for $3.6 million and three youths from the Madrid club. His agent, Ioan Becali, stated that Munteanu has not signed anything yet, but did not exclude a possible move to the fallen giants. Former Romanian national team coach, Victor Piturca, helped Catalin earn his first caps for the senior squad, but he has yet to manage to hold a stable place there. As captain of the U 21 team he is without a doubt its most important player. From a technical perspective, Munteanu is close to perfect. He can also make skillful passes and posses an accurate and deft shot. He only narrowly missed the EURO 2000 this summer, but there is plenty of time for him to leave his mark.