Costel Pantilimon

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Costel Pantilimon
Pantilimon Aguero.JPG
Pantilimon (left) on Manchester City's Premier League victory parade, May 2012
Personal information
Full nameCostel Fane Pantilimon[1]
Date of birth(1987-02-01) 1 February 1987 (age 26)
Place of birthBacău, Romania
Height2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
Playing positionGoalkeeper
Club information
Current clubManchester City
Number30
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–Manchester City3(0)
National team
2003–2004Romania U175(0)
2005Romania U193(0)
2006–2008Romania U2112(0)
2008–Romania16(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 September 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 September 2013
 
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Costel Pantilimon
Pantilimon Aguero.JPG
Pantilimon (left) on Manchester City's Premier League victory parade, May 2012
Personal information
Full nameCostel Fane Pantilimon[1]
Date of birth(1987-02-01) 1 February 1987 (age 26)
Place of birthBacău, Romania
Height2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
Playing positionGoalkeeper
Club information
Current clubManchester City
Number30
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–Manchester City3(0)
National team
2003–2004Romania U175(0)
2005Romania U193(0)
2006–2008Romania U2112(0)
2008–Romania16(0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 September 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 September 2013

Costel Fane Pantilimon (born 1 February 1987) is a Romanian footballer who plays for the Premier League club Manchester City as a goalkeeper. At the height of 6'8" (203 cm), he is presently 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]

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 1st 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]

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 on 24 September 2013, which City won 5–0;[13] he was praised for his extraordinary effort in keeping a clean sheet by manager Manuel Pellegrini.[14] Five weeks later, Pantilimon was also selected to start in the next League Cup match away to Newcastle on 30 October 2013; once again, he conceded no goals, as City won 2–0 and progressed to the last eight of the competition.[15] Three days later, on 2 November 2013, he made his Premier League début at home to Norwich, keeping his third clean sheet in a row in an emphatic 7–0 victory.[16] On November 7th 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.

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.

Personal life[edit]

Costel Pantilimon is a hearing child of two deaf parents.[17]

Club statistics[edit]

Statistics accurate as of 4 November 2013

ClubSeasonLeagueCupEuropeOtherTotal
AppsCSAppsCSAppsCSAppsCSAppsCS
Poli Timişoara
2006–0784210000105
2007–085200000052
2008–0931125220003814
2009–1021110094003015
2010–11288103000328
Total9337831440011544
Manchester City
2011–120010004252
2012–130054001064
2013–143222100063
Total328610521610
Career Total95391791545212954

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Manchester City

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 2011-09-02. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  2. ^ "tallest Premier League 2013". Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Pantilimon, gigantul României" (in Romanian). Adevărul. Retrieved 2008-10-09. 
  4. ^ "Marian Iancu: "Marius Popa este netransferabil"" (in Romanian). onlinesport.ro. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  5. ^ "Pantilimon, căpitan în premieră" (in Romanian). violamania.ro. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  6. ^ "Fernandinho comes to Shakhtar's rescue". UEFA.com. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  7. ^ "Timisoara - Shakhtar: match report". shakhtar.com. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  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). 
  11. ^ "Manchester City resist late Chelsea siege to face Wigan in Cup final". 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. ^ "Manchester City 5-0 Wigan". BBC. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  14. ^ "Capital One Cup: Manuel Pellegrini praises Costel Pantilimon in Manchester City win". Sky Sports. 31 October 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  15. ^ "Capital One Cup: Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester City (aet)". BBC. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Manchester City 7-0 Norwich City". BBC. 2 November 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "Drama gigantului din poarta Romaniei" (in Romanian). sport.ro. Retrieved 2010-10-11. 

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