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January 25, 2021

FIFA: Stancu, a legitimate successor to Hagi

“It has taken a very long time, but it seems as though Romania has uncovered a legitimate successor to Gheorghe Hagi, Iuliu Bodola and Anghel Iordanescu, the three top scorers in the history of the national team,” writes the FIFA official website fifa.com in an article entitled “Tomcat a hit for the Lions”.

As of August last year, the “Tricolorii” ranks include a striker who looks capable of achieving great things – and not only that, he is still only 23. The striker in question is Bogdan Sorin Stancu, nicknamed “Tomcat”.
Stancu’s first game for Galatasaray was a 3-2 cup quarter-final first leg defeat away to Gaziantepspor, in which the Romania international opened his scoring account with the goal that put his new team 2-1 up at one point. He doubled his tally in Turkey with another goal in Galatasaray’s 4-2 top flight victory over Eskisehirspor three days later.

Should Stancu’s obvious instinct for goal continue to bear fruit, the passionate fans in Istanbul will have found a new hero, and all-time Romania top scorer Hagi may have found a challenger for his crown. Stancu needs another 34 goals to catch the 46-year-old, who himself spent the years from 1996 to 2001 in Istanbul in the Lions’ famous red and yellow jersey, writes fifa.com. A lightweight at just 69 kg (152 lbs), Stancu was born in June 1987 in Pitesti, a town of 170,000 on the Arges River. He was spotted and taken on at the age of 11 by local outfit Arges Pitesti, now a second division side. As he steadily progressed through the youth section at his hometown club, it became clear that the talented youth had what it takes to break into the pro ranks. Before Galata, he was a player of Unirea Urziceni and Steaua Bucharest.

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