Adrian Mutu
Romanian footballer
Adrian Mutu
Adrian Mutu is a Romanian footballer who plays as a Winger or a Forward. He is currently playing for Ajaccio. Mutu started his career in Romania, playing two years for Argeș Pitești and two years for Dinamo București, before joining Internazionale Milano midway through the 1999–2000 Serie A. After only 10 games at Inter Mutu left for Verona and then Parma, for which he scored 39 goals in the next three years. His excellent form brought him a €22.5m transfer to Chelsea.
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Soccer-Zicu follows Mutu to Romanian Cup holders Petrolul
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Experienced striker Ianis Zicu has left South Korean club Gangwon and signed a one-and-a-half-year contract with Petrolul Ploiesti, the Romanian Cup holders said on Thursday. The 30-year-old is the second major signing for Petrolul during the winter break after Romania's joint top international goal-scorer Adrian Mutu also returned to his homeland after leaving French Ligue 1 club Ajaccio. "Today is an important day in my career and I'm very happy that I was given the opportunity to come to this club, a true symbol of the Romanian football," Zicu told a news conference. The much-travelled Zicu, who scored 21 goals in 72 internationals, joined Inter Milan from Dinamo Bucharest in 2004 after winning two league titles and one Romanian Cup but was immediately sent on loan to Parma.
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Mutu leaving France for Romania return with Petrolul
Yahoo News - about 3 years
(Reuters) - Romania's joint top international goal-scorer Adrian Mutu will return to his homeland in the January transfer window after agreeing to leave second from bottom French Ligue 1 club Ajaccio for Petrolul Ploiesti. "Everything is agreed, I'll play for Petrolul for one and a half years," the former Chelsea and Juventus striker told local media on Wednesday. Much-travelled Mutu, 34, scored 35 times in 77 internationals, the same goal tally as the great Gheorghe Hagi, but has yet to find the net in the league this season and was dropped for recent World Cup qualifiers. Angered by Victor Piturca's decision to leave him out of Romania's squad for the World Cup playoffs against Greece last month, Mutu mocked the coach by comparing him to TV comedy character Mr Bean in a bizarre image he posted on Facebook.
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Adrian Mutu banned from Romania squad after comparing coach to Mr Bean
Yahoo News - over 3 years
The 34-year-old Ajaccio star posted an inflammatory pic to his Facebook account.
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Mutu and Pantilimon dropped by Romania for Greece playoff
Yahoo News - over 3 years
(Reuters) - Striker Adrian Mutu and goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon have been dropped for Romania's 2014 World Cup playoff against Greece, the Romanian football federation (FRF) said on Friday. Coach Victor Piturca has called up 15 overseas players but decided to leave out Ajaccio's Mutu, Romania's all-time joint leading scorer with 35 goals in 77 internationals, as he has yet to find the net in the French league this season. Piturca also dropped Manchester City keeper Pantilimon despite his impressive performance in their 2-0 League Cup victory over Newcastle United on Wednesday. ...
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Soccer-Road to Rouen as new coach Emon loses on Ajaccio debut
Yahoo News - about 4 years
PARIS, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Albert Emon endured a nightmare debut as Ajaccio coach when the Ligue 1 strugglers were knocked out 3-2 on penalties at third tier Rouen in the last 64 of the French Cup on Saturday. Stade Reims were another top-flight team dumped out when they lost 1-0 at amateurs Plabennec who also upset Ligue 1 sides Nice and Nancy on their way to the last 16 in 2010. Ajaccio, fifth from bottom in the league, were shorn of five players on international duty ahead of this month's African Nations Cup while striker Adrian Mutu was dropped. ...
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UPDATE 2-Soccer-Ligue 1 summaries
Yahoo News - about 4 years
Dec 12 (Infostrada Sports) - Summaries from the Ligue 1 matches on Wednesday Wednesday, December 12Bastia 1 Anthony Modeste 82 Olympique Marseille 2 Mathieu Valbuena 15, Andre Ayew 70pen Halftime: 0-1; Attendance: 0- - -Stade Brest 1 Eden Ben Basat 14 Montpellier HSC 2 Johan Martial 21og, John Utaka 57 Halftime: 1-1; Attendance: 10,668- - -Olympique Lyon 1 Michel Bastos 83 AS Nancy 1 Jordan Loties 74 Halftime: 0-0; Attendance: 31,952- - -Ajaccio 2 Adrian Mutu 30, Mickael Tacalfred 77og Stade de Reims 0 Halftime: 1-0; Attendance: 5,843- - -FC Lorient 2 Alain Traore 44, Lamine Kone 53 Sochaux 0 ...
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Soccer-Romania recall Mutu and Nicolita for World Cup qualifiers
Yahoo News - over 4 years
BUCHAREST, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Adrian Mutu and Banel Nicolita, who have not played for Romania since February, have been recalled for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers in Turkey on Oct. 12 and at home against Netherlands four days later. Coach Victor Piturca included Mutu even though the controversial striker has made just one, 28-minute substitute appearance for new club AC Ajaccio since his protracted summer move to the Corsican club. ...
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Ajaccio's Mutu Bids to Outscore Ibrahimovic
NYTimes - over 4 years
Former Fiorentina and Juventus forward Adrian Mutu boasted that he would score more goals in the French Ligue 1 than Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he signed a two-year contract with AC Ajaccio on Tuesday.
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Ajaccio announce Mutu capture
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Modest French club Ajaccio on Wednesday confirmed the signing of Romanian international striker Adrian Mutu from Italian second-tier side Cesena on a two-year contract.
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Juve Wary of Mutu as Top Meets Bottom
NYTimes - almost 5 years
Top plays bottom in Serie A on Sunday when unbeaten Juventus face an almost relegated Cesena side who are hoping striker Adrian Mutu can continue his midweek form by stunning his former employers.
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Adrian Mutu has no regret for Roma snub in favour of Fiorentina stay
Bettor - about 5 years
The former Chelsea star hails <a class="fplink fp-434586" href="/francesco+totti">Francesco Totti</a>, and confident of beating Luis Enrique’s side at the weekend... Cesena striker, <a class="fplink fp-3925" href="/adrian+mutu">Adrian Mutu</a>, insists that he does not regret his failed move to AS Roma in 2008. The striker was talking in the wake of his team’s visit to Stadio Olimpico Rome on Saturday, January 21st, 2012. Roma made a bid to sign Mutu during his Fiorentina days, but the striker blocked the move by insisting to stay at Stadio Artemio Franchi. Mutu insists that he does not regret h...
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Serie A 2011-12 preview - ESPN
Google News - over 5 years
Their home match against Cesena, who themselves must be wary of a sophomore slump despite acquiring some good players including Adrian Mutu, can already be described as - ironically - a six-pointer. And that is no marketing gimmick
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Is Fernando Torres damaged goods? - Fox News
Google News - over 5 years
Meanwhile Adrian Mutu, despite being something of a cult figure to the Stamford Bridge crowd, hardly justified his $26 million price tag. The Romanian contributed a paltry six goals during his time in West London. It makes you wonder what kind of
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Fiorentina's Gilardino conundrum - Football Italiano
Google News - over 5 years
Sebastien Frey did leave for Genoa and Adrian Mutu also departed for Cesena. This saw the wage bill slashed, especially as ten other players including Gaetano D&#39;Agostino and Marco Donadel departed, however, they have still clung onto their main stars
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Adrian Mutu
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 36
    On 30 July 2015, Mutu signed as the marquee player of Indian Super League club FC Pune City.
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    On 21 January 2015 The Court of Arbitration for Sport annulled the FIFA DRC ruling; Mutu remained the sole party to pay the compensation.
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  • 2014
    Age 35
    In 2014, Mutu acted in a music video released by hip hop artist Snoop Dogg.
    More Details Hide Details Dinamo Bucharest Juventus
    He equalized the all-time record of 35 goals set by Gheorghe Hagi for the national team in the 2–2 draw 2014 World Cup Qualifier against Hungary.
    More Details Hide Details Mutu scored Romania's only goal of Euro 2008 in the 55th minute of their second match against Italy, however in the same match he had a second-half penalty saved by Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, which could have sent Italy out of the competition and would have guaranteed Romania a spot in the quarter finals. The game finished 1–1. Since 2009, Romania's national team coach Răzvan Lucescu has had reservations about calling him up, because Mutu was revealed to be consuming alcohol after a match with Serbia in World Cup 2010 Qualifications. Because of poor results and fan pressure, Răzvan Lucescu was forced to call him up again. Mutu scored a brace in his first game back, a 3–1 win over Luxembourg on 29 March 2011, Romania's first win of the qualifiers. He also scored once in the next game, a 3–0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina on 3 June 2011. After the retirement of Cristian Chivu he has become the undisputed captain of Romania.
    In the summer of 2014, Mutu scored both home and away against Viktoria Plzeň in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round, a double which Petrolul impressively won 5–2 on aggregate.
    More Details Hide Details On 26 September 2014, Petrolul announced that the club had ended the contract between the two parties.
    After his previous season's goal haul was enough to keep Ajaccio in Ligue 1, Mutu's second season saw him play just 9 games and not score, before terminating his contract on 14 January 2014 alongside compatriot Ștefan Popescu.
    More Details Hide Details Later that day he was presented at Petrolul Ploiești in front of 10,000 fans. He was signed by his former international teammate, Cosmin Contra.
    He then had a season at Cesena and French club Ajaccio before returning to Romania with Petrolul Ploiești in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details On 5 April 2013, Mutu announced his intention to retire from football at the end of the 2013–14 season.
  • 2013
    Age 34
    He scored two goals in their 3–1 home victory over Lyon on 3 February 2013, and finished the 2012–13 season with 11 goals in 26 league games.
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  • 2012
    Age 33
    After his release from Cesena, Mutu signed a new contract with AC Ajaccio of the French Ligue 1 on 28 August 2012.
    More Details Hide Details He said that he favoured the Italian culture on Corsica, dismissed claims that he was preparing for retirement, and stated that he would score more goals than Zlatan Ibrahimović of Paris Saint-Germain. Club president Alain Orsoni said that Mutu was the highest-profile player to come to Corsica since Johnny Rep joined SC Bastia in 1978.
  • 2011
    Age 32
    On 23 June 2011, it was officially announced that Cesena had signed Mutu on a two-year contract.
    More Details Hide Details On 15 January, Mutu scored two goals versus Novara and took his tally to 101 goals in Serie A. After a couple of unconvincing games, on 11 April, Mutu scored a goal against Genoa, to eventually earn a draw for Cesena. In the summer of 2012, after Cesena relegated from Serie A, the two parties ended the contract by mutual consent.
    After such events, Mutu publicly apologised to the club and parted company with his agent Victor Becali; on 3 February 2011 Fiorentina announced the player was reinstated into the first team with immediate effect.
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    After the ban finished, Mutu was suspended by the club due to breach of contract (AWOL) on 7 January 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 31
    On 29 January 2010, it was reported that Mutu failed a doping test after a Coppa Italia match against Lazio match nine days earlier, in which he scored twice in to help Fiorentina win 3–2.
    More Details Hide Details The INOC was requested to hand Mutu a one-year ban by the Italian anti-doping prosecutor. He eventually received a nine-month ban on 19 April, which was later reduced to six months and ended on 29 October.
  • 2009
    Age 30
    On 15 February 2009, Mutu scored his first hat-trick with Fiorentina.
    More Details Hide Details After going 3–0 down against Genoa, Mutu converted a penalty, a free kick, and scored again in the final second of extra time, bringing the final score to 3–3. Despite a difficult elbow injury, Mutu managed to finish the 2008–2009 season with 14 goals, along with Gilardino they were one of the top ten single season striker partnerships in Viola history with 33 goals between them.
    On 2 February 2009, he scored his 100th and 101st Serie A goals against Bologna.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2008
    Age 29
    On 30 November 2008, at his 200th match in Serie A, Mutu was chosen to captain Fiorentina in the game against Roma.
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    In July 2008, A.S. Roma made a reported €18 to 20 million offer to sign him outright, but Mutu hinted that he may remain in Florence and eventually signed a new contract reported last to 2012.
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  • 2006
    Age 27
    Mutu formed a productive partnership with Luca Toni and between them the pair scored 32 goals in the 2006–07 season.
    More Details Hide Details He was named the best player of the season by “Il Calcio”, due to his 16 goals and eight assists in 33 games.
    On 8 July 2006, Fiorentina announced that they had signed Mutu for €8 million from relegated Juventus which both clubs involved in the 2006 Italian football scandal.
    More Details Hide Details This reunited Mutu with his former manager at Parma, Cesare Prandelli.
    After the 2006 Italian football scandal and the relegation of Juventus to Serie B, Mutu decided to join Fiorentina, where he played consistently for five years.
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  • 2005
    Age 26
    During the 2005–06 season, he scored seven goals in his 20 league match and 12 substitute appearances for Juventus.
    More Details Hide Details In the UEFA Champions League he made three starts and five substitute appearances and scored against Rapid Wien.
    He made his first appearance on 29 May 2005, coming on as a substitute in the 57th minute of the last match of the season which was a 4–2 win over Cagliari.
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    Mutu signed a five-year contract with the Italian club Juventus on 12 January 2005, despite still being banned from football until 18 May.
    More Details Hide Details As Juventus had no available room to buy another non-EU player from abroad, the move also involved fellow Serie A club Livorno, who signed the player and contemporaneously sold him to Juventus.
    Chelsea started to seek compensation from Mutu in early 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The Football Association Premier League Appeals Committee decided that the player had committed a breach of his contract without just cause which made Chelsea eligible to claim the compensation. Mutu started his first appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) but the case was dismissed. On 11 May 2006, Chelsea applied to FIFA for an award of compensation against Mutu. In particular, the club requested that the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) award compensation to the club following Mutu's breaching the employment contract without just cause. However, on 26 October, the DRC decided that it did not have jurisdiction to make a decision in the dispute and that the claim by the club was therefore not admissible. On 22 December, Chelsea lodged a new appeal before the CAS seeking the annulment of the DRC’s decision. On 21 May 2007, a CAS panel upheld the club’s appeal, set aside the DRC’s decision, and referred the matter back to the DRC, “which does have jurisdiction to determine and impose the appropriate sporting sanction and/or order for compensation, if any, arising out of the dispute” between the Club and the Player,"
  • 2004
    Age 25
    In September 2004, he failed a drugs test for cocaine and was released on 29 October 2004.
    More Details Hide Details He also received a seven-month ban and a £20,000 fine from the FA. The ban ended on 18 May 2005.
    In the 2004–05 season, Mutu had a difficult relationship with the club's new manager José Mourinho, with each accusing the other of lying about whether the player was injured for a 2006 World Cup qualifying match against the Czech Republic.
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  • 2003
    Age 24
    In August 2003, Chelsea paid Parma €22.5m (around £15.8m) for Mutu's transfer as part of new owner Roman Abramovich's spending spree, He started with four goals in three matches, including two in a 4–2 victory over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, but Mutu scored fewer goals as the season progressed.
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  • 2002
    Age 23
    In the 2002–03 season, Mutu was loaned to Parma with the option to purchase him outright, following Gilardino, who arrived in June 2002.
    More Details Hide Details At Parma, he met coach Cesare Prandelli (also at La Viola) and partnered Adriano Leite Ribeiro to form a deadly striking duo. He also met Sébastien Frey, Marco Marchionni and Alberto Gilardino who all later played for Fiorentina.
  • 2001
    Age 22
    Mutu was born in Călineşti, Romania. In 2001, he married Romanian TV presenter Alexandra Dinu, but they divorced two years later, with Alexandra being awarded custody of their son Mario.
    More Details Hide Details He has since been married to Dominican model Consuelo Matos Gómez; the couple have two daughters together.
    In June 2001, Verona bought Mutu outright, for 5,100 million lire. (€2,633,930)
    More Details Hide Details The quota system was abolished during the season.
  • 2000
    Age 21
    Mutu made his international debut against Greece on 29 March 2000.
    More Details Hide Details He represented Romania at Euro 2000, his first major tournament where they beat England 3–2, and drew 1–1 against Germany. Romania were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Italy. Mutu has played for Romania 72 times, scoring 34 goals, 23 of which have come in qualifying games. Romania has only lost once when Mutu has scored for them, which was in a 2004 European qualifying game against Denmark. He was the vice-captain of Romania. His performances (games, goals) with the Romanian national team earned him the Romanian Footballer of the Year award.
    In 2000, Mutu was sold to Verona in co-ownership deal, for 7,500 million lire (€3,873,427).
    More Details Hide Details The Veneto side has also signed Mauro Camoranesi (later team-mate at Juventus) and young rising star Alberto Gilardino (later team-mate at Fiorentina) that season, but narrowly avoided relegation through winning the relegation tie-breaker playoffs.
    He was included in their squads at the European Championship in 2000 and 2008.
    More Details Hide Details A four-time winner of the Romanian Footballer of the Year Award, only Gheorghe Popescu and Gheorghe Hagi have won the award more times, with six and seven wins respectively.
    From his debut in 2000, Mutu played 77 matches for the Romanian national team and scored 35 goals, a joint record alongside Gheorghe Hagi.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1999
    Age 20
    Mutu started his career in Romania, playing two years for Argeș Pitești and half a year for Dinamo București, before joining Internazionale midway through the 1999–2000 Serie A.
    More Details Hide Details After only 10 games there he left for Verona and then Parma, for which he scored 39 goals in the next three years. His excellent form brought him a €22.5 million transfer to Chelsea. Due to breach of contract for failing a (recreational) drug test, he was released and returned to Serie A to join Juventus.
  • 1997
    Age 18
    Mutu began his professional career with his home club Argeș Pitești. He made his debut on 15 March 1997 against Oțelul Galați and went on to score 11 goals in 41 games before sealing a transfer to Dinamo București.
    More Details Hide Details Mutu didn't spend long time playing in the Romanian capital. He scored 22 goals in 33 games in total and played an important role in Dinamo's league and Romanian Cup success. However, by the time that Dinamo lifted these trophies, Mutu had already left to play for Internazionale. Having joined Inter midway through the season, Mutu made an immediate impact on his debut for the Italian side, in the Coppa Italia scoring within nine minutes of his appearance against derby rivals A.C. Milan to help Inter to a 3–2 victory. However, Mutu failed to replicate his form in Serie A, playing only ten games for the Nerazzurri without scoring, partially due to 3+2 non-EU quota.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Age 0
    Born on January 8, 1979.
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