Full name: Nicolae Dobrin

Date of birth: 26 August 1947

Place of birth: Pitești, Romania

Date of death: 26 October 2007

Place of death: Pitești, Romania

Playing position: Attacking Midifielder



Nicolae Dobrin was one of Romania's greatest football player, he was born in Pitești, Argeș County, and he played for the first time in a First Division game when he was still 14, on 1 July 1962, in the match between Știința Cluj and Dinamo Pitești. He played for Argeș Pitești for 22 years, and only one year for another team, Târgoviște; Dobrin refused to play for any other First Division clubs, such as Dinamo Bucharest or Universitatea Craiova.

He was one of the most talented dribblers in football history and he was named Romanian Player of the Year on three occasions, in 1966, 1967, and 1971. Dobrin's contribution was essential to the 1979 Championship win for FC Argeș, when he scored in extra time to defeat Dinamo 4–3.

Dobrin played 48 games for the Romanian national team, scoring six times, and contributed to Romania's qualification for the 1970 FIFA World Cup. However, he did not play in it even though he was in the finals squad.

During his whole career, Dobrin played 409 matches, scoring 111 goals in all. He played his last game on 14 June 1983, when FC Argeș faced Bihor Oradea.

In 2007, Dobrin was the technical director of FC Argeș.

Dobrin died on 26 October 2007 in Piteşti. His funeral ceremony, held at St. George's Cathedral and at St. George's Military Cemetery, was attended by more than 5,000 people.



FC Argeș

Winner Romanian League. 1971

Winner Romanian League. 1979

Runner-up. Romanian Cup. 1965

Runner-up. Romanian League. 1968

Runner-up. Romanian League. 1978


Years Team Apps Goals
1959-1981 Arges Pitesti 390 106
1981-1982 Targoviste 13 5
1987-1989 Arges Pitesti 5 0
Total   408 111
National team      
1966-1980 Romania 48 6
Teams managed      
1982-1986 Arges Pitesti    
1992 Botosani    
1998-1999 Arges Pitesti    
2001 Arges Pitesti