Costel Pantilimon

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Costel Pantilimon
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Pantilimon, June 2014
Personal information
Full nameCostel Fane Pantilimon[1]
Date of birth(1987-02-01) 1 February 1987 (age 27)
Place of birthBacău, Romania
Height2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
Playing positionGoalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Sunderland
Number1
Youth career
Aerostar Bacău
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2003–2005Aerostar Bacău9(0)
2005–2006Politehnica Timişoara II26(0)
2006–2012Politehnica Timişoara93(0)
2011–2012Manchester City (loan)0(0)
2012–2014Manchester City7(0)
2014–Sunderland0(0)
National team
2003–2004Romania U175(0)
2005Romania U193(0)
2006–2008Romania U2112(0)
2008–Romania18(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:53, 16 June 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:53, 16 June 2014 (UTC)
 
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Costel Pantilimon
Algérie-Roumanie - 20140604 - Costel Pantilimon.jpg
Pantilimon, June 2014
Personal information
Full nameCostel Fane Pantilimon[1]
Date of birth(1987-02-01) 1 February 1987 (age 27)
Place of birthBacău, Romania
Height2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
Playing positionGoalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Sunderland
Number1
Youth career
Aerostar Bacău
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2003–2005Aerostar Bacău9(0)
2005–2006Politehnica Timişoara II26(0)
2006–2012Politehnica Timişoara93(0)
2011–2012Manchester City (loan)0(0)
2012–2014Manchester City7(0)
2014–Sunderland0(0)
National team
2003–2004Romania U175(0)
2005Romania U193(0)
2006–2008Romania U2112(0)
2008–Romania18(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:53, 16 June 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22:53, 16 June 2014 (UTC)

Costel Fane Pantilimon (born 1 February 1987) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays for English club Sunderland as a goalkeeper. At the height of 6'8" (203 cm), he is currently the tallest player in the Premier League.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Bacău, Pantilimon started his career at Aerostar Bacău and got his share of limelight at the Romania national under-19 team before transferring to Timișoara on 1 February 2006, his nineteenth birthday.[3]

Politehnica Timișoara[edit]

Initially Pantilimon was Timișoara's second-choice goalkeeper, behind Marius Popa; however, in May 2008 the owner of the club, Marian Iancu, transferred Popa to the second team, and Pantilimon took the pole position.[4] He made his debut in the Romanian Liga 1 against Dinamo Bucharest, in March 2007.[3]

In a match against Ceahlăul on 17 October 2009 he captained the team for the first time, since Dan Alexa, Gigel Bucur and Arman Karamyan and his brother Artavazd were all on the bench.[5]

Pantilimon was part of the Timișoara team that defeated UEFA Cup winners Shakhtar Donetsk in the qualifying rounds of the 2009–10 Champions League campaign. He played all 90 minutes of each leg.[6][7]

Manchester City[edit]

Pantilimon (left) with Sergio Agüero on Manchester City's Premier League victory parade, May 2012

On 11 August 2011, Pantilimon joined Manchester City on a one-year loan deal from Poli Timişoara to act as cover for Joe Hart following the departure of Shay Given.[8]

His first start was in the League Cup win against holders Birmingham City on 21 September 2011. His next game was on 26 October, against Wolverhampton Wanderers, in the League Cup, where City fielded a second-string team, although still comprehensively won 5–2. Pantilimon got his next Manchester City start during the 1–0 League Cup quarter final win against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. In the Arsenal game he won the Man of the Match award, mainly for two stunning saves made in the first half. He started the 3rd Round Tie of the FA Cup against Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium. Pantilimon saved Wayne Rooney's penalty but was unable to save the follow up. Manchester City lost the game 3–2 in January 2012.[9]

Pantilimon's loan deal was made permanent for a fee in the region of £3 million. He is contracted to City until 2016.[10] During the 2012–13 FA Cup, he kept four clean sheets in a row and managed an outstanding performance against Chelsea in the semi-final, conceding just a single goal in five games. In response to this performance the Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini immediately promised that the Romanian would keep his place when the team return to Wembley to face Wigan Athletic on 11 May.[11] However, he was a substitute in the final with Joe Hart starting, which saw Manchester City lose to Wigan 1–0.[12] It was later revealed that Mancini had promised on the eve of the FA Cup Final that the Romanian would play, but then deputing the goalkeeping coach on match day morning to say there had been a change of plan.[13]

Pantilimon was given his first start of the season for City in the 2013–14 Football League Cup third round match at home to Wigan Athletic on 24 September 2013, which City won 5–0;[14] he was praised for his extraordinary effort in keeping a clean sheet by manager Manuel Pellegrini.[15] Five weeks later, Pantilimon was also selected to start in the next League Cup match away to Newcastle United on 30 October 2013; once again, he conceded no goals, as City won 2–0 and progressed to the last eight of the competition.[16] Three days later, on 2 November 2013, he made his Premier League début at home to Norwich City, keeping his third clean sheet in a row in an emphatic 7–0 victory.[17] On 7 November 2013, he started in Champions League game against CSKA Moscow that ended in city winning 5–2. He started his second Premier League game on 10 November 2013 away against Sunderland that ended in a 0–1 defeat. As of 2 December 2013, Pantilimon has kept three clean sheets in four Premier League starts, while allowing only a single goal in that span.[18]

Sunderland[edit]

Pantilimon, who played 18 games for the Premier League champions last season, joined Sunderland on 16 June 2014, being allowed to leave the club on a free transfer.[19] He made his first appearance in the Capital One Cup against Birmingham City on the 27th Aug.

International career[edit]

Pantilimon is a former Romania under-21 international. He made his debut for the senior Romania national team on 19 November 2008, in a friendly against Georgia.[citation needed]

Club statistics[edit]

As of Statistics accurate as of 14 May 2014[20]
ClubSeasonLeagueFA CupLeague CupOtherTotal
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Poli Timişoara2006–0780200000100
2007–085000000050
2008–09310502000380
2009–10210009000300
2010–11280103000320
Total93080140001150
Manchester City2011–120010004050
2012–130050001060
2013–1470501050180
Total7011010100290
Sunderland2014–150000100000
Career total10001901601001440

Honours[edit]

Manchester City

Personal life[edit]

Pantilimon is a hearing child of two deaf parents.[21] He married Andreea Berbece in 2013[22][23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "tallest Premier League 2013". Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Pantilimon, gigantul României" (in Romanian). Adevărul. Retrieved 9 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "Marian Iancu: "Marius Popa este netransferabil"" (in Romanian). onlinesport.ro. Retrieved 17 May 2008. 
  5. ^ "Pantilimon, căpitan în premieră" (in Romanian). violamania.ro. Retrieved 17 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Fernandinho comes to Shakhtar's rescue". UEFA.com. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "Timisoara - Shakhtar: match report". shakhtar.com. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "City sign Romanian keeper Pantilimon". mcfc.co.uk. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United". BBC. 8 January 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Pantilimon signs permanent deal at City as Mancini bolsters keeper options". Daily Mail (London). 20 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Taylor, Daniel (14 April 2013). "Manchester City resist late Chelsea siege to face Wigan in Cup final". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Manchester City 0 Wigan 1: Latics lift FA Cup". Manchester Evening News. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Pellegrini aiming for top of tree over Christmas period". Irish Independent. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Manchester City 5-0 Wigan". BBC. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Capital One Cup: Manuel Pellegrini praises Costel Pantilimon in Manchester City win". Sky Sports. 31 October 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Capital One Cup: Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester City (aet)". BBC. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "Manchester City 7-0 Norwich City". BBC. 2 November 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  18. ^ "Costel Pantilimon: Another Clean Sheet". RotoWire. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "Costel Pantilimon: Sunderland sign ex-Man City keeper". BBC Sport. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Player Profile of Costel Pantilimon". ESPN. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "Drama gigantului din poarta Romaniei" (in Romanian). sport.ro. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  22. ^ Wheeler, Chris (10 May 2013). "Going out on a high: Pantilimon will seize big chance at Wembley". Mail Online. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 
  23. ^ Surulescu, Daniela (26 February 2013). "EXCLUSIV! Fostul portar al lui Poli, Costel Pantilimon s-a casatorit, la Dumbravita, langa Timisoara! VEZI FOTO si VIDEO!" (in Romanian). Opinia Timișoarei. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 

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