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Full name  Ion Oblemenco
Name  Ion Oblemenco
Place of birth  Corabia, Romania
Role  Football player

Place of death  Agadir, Morocco
Height  1.82 m
1958-1960  Progresul Corabia
Playing position  Forward
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Date of birth  (1945-05-13)13 May 1945
Date of death  1 September 1996(1996-09-01) (aged 51)
Died  September 1, 1996, Agadir, Morocco

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Ion Oblemenco (13 May 1945 – 1 September 1996) was a Romanian football striker who spent the majority of his career playing for Universitatea Craiova. He is the club's all-time top goalscorer with a total of 167 goals, and the club's stadium is named in his honour.


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Early years

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Oblemenco was born in Corabia, Olt County. He began his youth career in 1958 at the age of 13 at Progresul Corabia, where he played till 1960, and then moved to Electroputere Craiova for two years.

Rapid Bucharest

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Oblemenco aged 19, was bought from CS Universitatea Craiova by Valentin Stănescu to Rapid Bucharest. He made his senior debut on 5 July 1964 and scored in a 3–1 defeat against his former club Universitatea Craiova. Oblemenco's first team opportunities were limited as he was kept out of the side by forwards Emil Dumitriu II and Ion Ionescu. He left Rapid in the Summer of 1966, and returned to Universitatea Craiova.

Universitatea Craiova

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Oblemenco quickly became a leader and team captain for the Blue Lions. He debuted in a match against Dinamo Bucharest on 21 August 1966. In the following game he scored twice in a 3–2 win over Jiul Petroşani. In his first 1966–67 season Oblemenco was the top scorer in Divizia A with 17 goals in 23 appearances, and repeats the same performance three times in (1969–1970 – 19 goals), (1971–1972 – 19 goals) and (1972–1973 – 21 goals) being, along with Ştefan Dobay and Dudu Georgescu, the only players who obtained this achievement in Divizia A.

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He rapidly became an adored star among the club's fans, and in his time there he elevated the team to the most successful era in its history. Oblemenco helped his side win its first championship title in 1973–74, over clubs like Steaua and Dinamo. He was nicknamed "The Gunner" because of his prolific and explosive goalscoring. His former teammate, Petre Deselnicu said: "I've kissed Oblemenco more than my wife, because he scored so many goals for our team". Oblemenco's final club was FCM Galaţi, where he retired in 1978. One of his biggest regrets was not playing for the national team.

Coaching career

After retiring as a player, he worked as assistant coach for Universitatea Craiova under Valentin Stănescu, together they managed to win the league title in the 1979–80 season, this was their second title in the history of the club. Oblemenco was then appointed as head coach. Nonetheless, he continued to enjoy success, winning the Romanian Cup and the championship in 1980–81 and also reaching the quarter-finals of the European Cup in 1982.

He also managed Chimia Râmnicu Vâlcea, Olt Scorniceşti and Hassania Agadir in Morocco.


On 28 October 1972, during the 1972–73 season, Oblemenco was diagnosed with peptic ulcer. He was successfully operated twice in October 1972. He returned to the pitch in March 1973, in a match between Rapid Bucharest and Universitatea Craiova, in which he scored three goals.

Oblemenco died of heart attack in a friendly match between the team he was managing, Hassania Agadir, and Union Sidi Kacem on 1 September 1996, aged 51.


  • Total matches played in Romanian First League: 272 matches – 170 goals
  • Topscorer of Romanian First League: 1967, 1970, 1972, 1973
  • European Cups: 9 matches – 4 goals
  • U-23 national team: 12 matches – 5 goals
  • He has scored 170 goals in Divizia A, being ranked 5th in the all time scoring table, but he has never been capped for Romania.
  • He played for Romania's U-23 side touring Uruguay, Brazil and Africa.
  • References

    Ion Oblemenco Wikipedia