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Marius Popa

Personal information
Full nameMarius Cornel Popa
Date of birth31 July 1978(age 38)
Place of birthOradea, Romania
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0.5 in)
Playing positionGoalkeeper
Club information
Current clubUniversitatea Cluj

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Marius Cornel Popa (born 31 July 1978 in Oradea) is a Romanian football player, currently contracted by Universitatea Cluj. He is one of the team's goalkeepers.

He started his career at the local team, FC Bihor in 1997 and three years later moved to FC Naţional. He managed to break into the first team in 2003 and his performances have earned him a few call-ups, although Popa has not played any minute yet for the Romanian National team. He joined Poli in the winter break of the 2004/2005 season, together with National coach Cosmin Olăroiu and team-mates Gabriel Cânu, Gabriel Caramarin and Gigel Coman.

He has been the number one goalkeeper since arriving at Poli. However, he missed out on the Romanian Cup Final lost against Rapid Bucharest in the 2006/2007 season, when poor form and an injury a few weeks before the match offered youngster Costel Pantilimon the chance the shine. Pantilimon did not manage to hold on to his first team slot and Popa has since returned in goal.

Of the current squad, he has made the most appearances for Poli.

Popa has also been called up to the Romanian National team eleven times and made his debut in a friendly against Russia. He represented his country at the 2008 UEFA European Championship in Austria and Switzerland.

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