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Gabriel Raksi

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Full nameGabriel Raksi
Place of birthOradea, Romania
Playing positionStriker

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Gabriel Raksi (1 November 1938 - 12 April 2002) was a Romanian international football player.

He made his first steps in the football career ever since 1951, joining the team Metalul Oradea (coached by Al. Pop).

The next team he joined was Industria Sârmei Câmpia Turzii, reaching in 1959 to CCA Bucureşti, after his enrollment. Gheorghe Popescu I, the coach of CCA Bucureşti team immediately introduced him in the Romanian great team, making his debut on the Republic Stadium, during the game with Progresul Bucureşti (n.r. 2-1); Gheorghe Popescu I’s team comprised the following players: Voinescu, Zavoda II, Apolzan, Ivănescu, Jenei, Bone, Cacoveanu, Raksi, Alecsandrescu, Zavoda I, Tătaru. Raksi remained at Steaua (the designation that Steaua Bucureşti took in 1962) until 1967.

During his time with Steaua, Raksi played three times for the Romania national football team, in the national youth team for 7 times and for 4 times in the Division B, as it was practiced then. The team that attacked the qualification to the Rome Olympic Games (1960) when Raksi was making his debut against Bulgaria had the following team composition: Voinescu, Zavoda II, Apolzan, Soare, Jenei, Călinoiu, Raksi, Constantin, Ene, Eftimie, Tătaru.

In 1967 Raksi leaves at order for the ASA Târgu Mureş, being captain in the Romanian Army.

In 1970 when he is put to reserve, Raksi joins the Cotroceni team, Progresul Bucureşti, where he gains new career satisfactions with: Paul Manta, Viorel Popescu, Jean Grama, Măndoiu, Adrian Constantinescu, Dinu Iordan, Beldeanu, Matei, Dudu Georgescu and Ţarălungă. This was an excellent team that had a remarkable success during the disputes with first hand teams. When Raksi was 36, he plucked up his courage together with another great football player of the banking team, Guţă Iancu, and defends the flag of the Division B team, Metallurgistul Cugir.

A year later (in 1975) Raksi returns to Bucharest as coach of the IMGB Bucureşti, under the leadership of a great football professional Gheorghe Retezan who was football coach at that time. Between 1976 and 1978 and between 1980 and 1982, Raksi coaches Relonul Săvineşti, another team from Division B, obtaining more than satisfying results.

In 1983 he joins Carpaţi Sinaia, then in 1984 Poiana Câmpina; in 1985 he is with Ştiinţa Drăgăneşti in Division C. Afterwards he joins Unirea Alexandria, and between 1987 and 1989 he reaches Sticla Arieşul Turda, almost the place where hr came from in 1959 to join the great team of the Steaua Bucureşti.

After the 1989 Revolution, Raksi stays in Bucharest and leads teams from stadiums such as Onoare, Voinţa and Granitul, so that in 1993-1994 he makes another stop in Viitorul Chirnogi, a team from Division C.

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