Bogdan Lobont

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Top 10 Young Romanian Footballers As Of July '00

Compiled by Laurentiu Popescu

Bogdan Lobont

Name: Bogdan Lobont
Current Club: Ajax Amsterdam
Date of Birth: Jan 18, 1978
Position: Goalkeeper
Website:Ajax Amsterdam
Comment: Bogdan Lobont is very close to becoming Romania's first choice keeper. The former coach of the Romanian national team, Victor Piturca, used Lobont as a starting keeper on three occasions - including the historic match against in Hungary in Bucharest - during the qualifying stage of EURO 2000. His successor, Emerich Jenei, also placed trust in the youngster during several friendly matches, but opted to revert back to veteran Bogdan Stelea during the finals stage. Lobont has recently joined fellow Romanian Cristian Chivu at Ajax Amsterdam from UFC Rapid Bucharest. The transfer was valued at around $4.5 million - an absolute record for a Romanian keeper. He played an important role in the winning of the Romanian league last year with Rapid, and was one of Mircea Lucescu's favorite players. He's had few appearances for the Dutch club in the few months he's been there, but it is only a matter of time before he replaces the aging Grim.