Famous Romanian Sportspersons

Find out more about the greatest Romanian Sportspersons, including Adrian Mutu, Simona Halep, Gheorghe Hagi, Lucian Bute and Costel Pantilimon.

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 1 Nadia Comaneci

Nadia Comaneci
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Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: November 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Onești, Romania

Nadia Comaneci is a Romanian former gymnast. One of the best-known gymnasts in the world, Comaneci has five Olympic gold medals under her belt. Credited with popularizing gymnastics around the world, Nadia Comaneci was honored by the Laureus World Sports Academy by including her in their Athletes of the 20th Century list in 2000.

 2 Simona Halep

Simona Halep
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Famous As: Tennis Player
Birthdate: September 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Constanta, Romania

Simona Halep is a Romanian tennis player. With 22 WTA singles titles and two Grand Slam singles titles under her belt, Simona Halep is one of the most successful Romanian female tennis players of all time. She is also widely considered one of the WTA Tour's best returners of the current generation.

 3 Gheorghe Mureșan

Gheorghe Mureșan
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: February 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tritenii de Jos, Romania

 4 Robert Bobroczky

Robert Bobroczky
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: July 17, 2000
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arad, Romania
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 5 Gheorghe Hagi

Gheorghe Hagi
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: February 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Săcele, Constanţa

 6 Ilie Năstase

Ilie Năstase
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: July 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
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 7 Adrian Mutu

Adrian Mutu
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Călineşti, Argeş
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 8 Márta Károlyi

Márta Károlyi
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Famous As: Gymnastics coach
Birthdate: August 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania

Márta Károlyi is a Hungarian-born Romanian-American gymnastics coach. She was the former national team coordinator for USA Gymnastics. Her husband, Bela, is also a prominent gymnastics coach, and between them, the couple has trained nine Olympic champions, fifteen world champions, sixteen European medalists, and many US national champions. She retired from coaching in 2016. 

 9 Mircea Lucescu

Mircea Lucescu
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: July 29, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bucharest

 10 Costel Pantilimon

Costel Pantilimon
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: February 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bacău
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 11 Dan Petrescu

Dan Petrescu
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: December 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

 12 Aurelia Dobre

Aurelia Dobre
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Famous As: Artistic gymnast
Birthdate: November 16, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

Aurelia Dobre is a Romanian former artistic gymnast who won three gold medals at the 24th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in 1987. In the same World Championships, she won two bronze medals. In 1988, she helped her team win the silver medal at the Summer Olympics. In 2016, she was made an inductee of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

 13 Ion Tiriac

Ion Tiriac
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: May 9, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brașov, Romania

 14 Bela Karolyi

Bela Karolyi
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Famous As: Coach
Birthdate: September 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kolozsvár, Kingdom of Hungary (1920–46) Kingdom of Hungary (now Cluj-Napoca, Romania)

Bela Karolyi is a prominent gymnastics coach who developed the Romanian centralized training system for gymnastics.  His wife, Márta Károlyi, is also a gymnastics coach and together they have trained numerous Olympic, European, and World champions. The couple has been credited with transforming gymnastic coaching in USA. Many gymnasts have called him out for his abusive coaching style. 

 15 Sorana Cirstea

Sorana Cirstea
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: April 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

 16 Cristian Chivu

Cristian Chivu
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Reşiţa

 17 Simona Amânar

Simona Amânar
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Famous As: Artistic gymnast
Birthdate: October 7, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Constanța, Romania

 18 Lavinia Milosovici

Lavinia Milosovici
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Famous As: Athlete, Gymnast
Birthdate: October 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lugoj, Romania

 19 Daniela Silivaș

Daniela Silivaș
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Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: May 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Deva, Romania

Daniela Silivaș is a Romanian former artistic gymnast. She is best known for winning six medals (three gold, two silver, and one bronze) at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. She also earned six individual World Championships titles in her five-year tenure as a Romanian senior national team member. She became a coach after retiring in 1991. 

 20 Ecaterina Szabo

Ecaterina Szabo
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Famous As: Artistic gymnast
Birthdate: January 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zagon, Romania

 21 Cătălina Ponor

Cătălina Ponor
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Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: August 20, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Constanța, Romania

 22 Gina Gogean

Gina Gogean
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: September 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Campuri, Romania

 23 Benjamin Adegbuyi

Benjamin Adegbuyi
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 24, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cluj-Napoca, Romania

 24 Mariana Simionescu

Mariana Simionescu
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: November 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Targu Neamt, Romania

 25 Gheorghe Popescu

Gheorghe Popescu
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: October 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Calafat, Dolj County, Romania

 26 Larisa Iordache

Larisa Iordache
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Famous As: Artistic gymnast
Birthdate: June 19, 1996
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

 27 Cătălin Moroșanu

Cătălin Moroșanu
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Famous As: Kickboxer, Rugby player
Birthdate: June 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cotnari, Romania

 28 Ștefan Radu

Ștefan Radu
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: October 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bucharest

 29 Bogdan Lobonţ

Bogdan Lobonţ
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Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: January 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hunedoara

 30 Răzvan Lucescu

Răzvan Lucescu
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: February 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bucharest

 31 Răzvan Cojanu

Răzvan Cojanu
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: March 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pucheni, Romania

 32 Mihaela Buzarnescu

Mihaela Buzarnescu
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: May 4, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

 33 Horia Tecău

Horia Tecău
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: January 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brașov, Romania

 34 Bogdan Dinu

Bogdan Dinu
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buzău, Romania

 35 Claudiu Keșerü

Claudiu Keșerü
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oradea, Romania

 36 Ernie Grunfeld

Ernie Grunfeld
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: April 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Satu Mare, Romania

 37 Cristina Neagu

Cristina Neagu
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Famous As: Handball player
Birthdate: August 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

 38 Ana Bogdan

Ana Bogdan
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: November 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sinaia, Romania

 39 Irina-Camelia Begu

Irina-Camelia Begu
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: August 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

 40 Daniel Ghiță

Daniel Ghiță
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Famous As: Kickboxer, Politician
Birthdate: April 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

 41 Andreea Răducan

Andreea Răducan
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Famous As: Gymnast
Birthdate: September 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bârlad, Romania

 42 Virginia Ruzici

Virginia Ruzici
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: January 31, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Câmpia Turzii, Romania

 43 Miodrag Belodedici

Miodrag Belodedici
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: May 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Socol, Romania

 44 Gabriel Torje

Gabriel Torje
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: November 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Timișoara

 45 Cristian Ganea

Cristian Ganea
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Famous As: Footballer left-back position
Birthdate: May 24, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bistrița, Romania

 46 Bogdan Stancu

Bogdan Stancu
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: June 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pitești

 47 Alexandru Lungu

Alexandru Lungu
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: September 3, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paleu, Bihor County, Romania

 48 Sandra Izbașa

Sandra Izbașa
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Famous As: Artistic gymnast
Birthdate: June 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania

 49 Dorinel Munteanu

Dorinel Munteanu
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Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: June 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Grădinari

 50 Raul Rusescu

Raul Rusescu
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: July 9, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Râmnicu Vâlcea