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Ioan Sabău

Personal information
Full nameIoan Ovidiu Sabău
Date of birth12 February 1968(age 48)
Place of birthCâmpia-Turzii, Romania
Height1.83 m
Playing positionManager (former Midfielder)

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Ioan Ovidiu Sabău (born 12 February 1968) is a former Romanian football midfielder, who was born in Câmpia-Turzii and debuted in Divizia A with U Cluj in 1986. He is currently manager of FCM Târgu Mureş.

He later won the league title with Dinamo Bucureşti in 1990, before he played several seasons in the Netherlands and Italy. Upon returning to Romania he went to Rapid Bucureşti, where he won two league titles (1999, 2003) and one cup title (2002).

Sabău made his debut for the national team in 1988 against Israel. He was in the squad for the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1996. After a two-year absence from the national team he returned to play five matches in 1999.

In November 2001, he made another comeback to the Romanian national team, playing in both legs of their 2002 World Cup play-off defeat by Slovenia.

He was considered an important member of the Golden Generation of Romanian football, despite missing out the 1994 FIFA World Cup, where Romania reached the quarter-finals, due to injury.

He is a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses Association of Romania.

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