Romanian footballer, Ion Voinescu, Died at 88


Ion ‘Țop’ Voinescu was born on April 18, 1929, and died on March 9, 2018.

He was a Romanian footballer.

He was one of the finest goalkeepers Romania ever produced.

At a younger age, he made his debut for Olimpia Bucharest in 1939, just before World War II.

During 1943 Voinescu was transferred to another team from Bucharest ASPIM, and in 1945, after the war signs his first professional contract with Carmen Bucharest, one of the best Romanian football team of the interbelic period, but leaves the squad after one year and signs for Solvay Uioara.

During 1947 finds him at RATA Târgu Mureş and then in 1948 returns to Bucharest and signs for Metalul.

During 1950, a request was by Steaua Bucureşti, from where he retires from professional football in 1963.

He won 22 caps for Romania.

Voinescu also played for Romania at the 1952 Summer Olympics.

It is said that Arsenal and Vasco da Gama were interested in securing his services but during that time it was impossible to leave the country due to the restrictions of the communist regime.

Later on, as a coach, Voinescu used to work for his old club, Steaua Bucureşti, as goalkeepers coach on many occasions.

During the late 1980s, Voinescu retired from football.

He passed away at 85 years old