|Full name Nicolae Mitea|
1994–1997 FRB Titan Bucuresti
Weight 61 kg
Current team Free agent
Height 1.68 m
|Playing position |
Name Nicolae Mitea
|Date of birth (1985-03-24) 24 March 1985 (age 30)|
Number 14 (FC Dinamo Bucuresti / Midfielder)
Similar People Cristian Pulhac, Bogdan Lobont, Tom De Mul, George Ogararu, Cristian Chivu
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Nicolae Mitea (born 24 March 1985) is a Romanian international footballer.
Mitea started his professional career in the Romanian Divizia A, playing for FC Dinamo Bucureşti in the 2002-03 season. After having played only 9 matches in the Romanian league, he was picked up by Dutch club Ajax after he impressed on a trial.
Before he left he and Dinamo won the Cupa României. His first season at Ajax was a success as he, at the age of 18, played 23 matches and scored 7 goals in the Dutch Eredivisie and in the process winning the league title with Ajax.
This period also saw him making his debut for the Romanian national team on 20 August 2003. The 2004-2005 season proved more difficult, as Mitea struggled to find the back of the net and only scored twice during that season. He performed very well on the Romanian youth team and became more interesting for the national team.
2005 was his breakthrough year in the national team, as he played 4 matches that year in which he scored twice. He established himself as a more important player for the team as well. His development in his career was set on hold due to a knee injury which sidelined him for a long time, resulting in only one appearance for Ajax in the 2005-06 season. Also in the following season Mitea did not play regularly as manager Henk ten Cate choose to overlook him and he was no longer first choice for the left-wing position. Despite the lack of appearances in these two seasons he did add 2006–07 KNVB Cups to his list of trophies.
Due to minor injuries and still being out of favour with Henk Ten Cate, and then temporary replacement coach Adrie Koster, Mitea did not play a single game for Ajax during the 2007-08 season. Unsurprisingly, Mitea wasn't in new coach Marco van Basten's plans and was told to look for a new club.
Mitea returned to Dinamo Bucureşti in August 2008 signing a 4-year contract, but after only 1 season, in the summer of 2009 he left Dinamo and became a free agent.