Defender Tilihoi mourned in Romania

Former Universitatea Craiova and Romania defender Nicolae Tilihoi has died at the age of 61.

Nicolae Tilihoi with his right hand on the Romanian Cup
Nicolae Tilihoi with his right hand on the Romanian Cup ©FRF

Romanian football is in mourning following the death of former Universitatea Craiova defender Nicolae Tilihoi.

Having started his career at local sides Progresul Brăila (1974-75) and FC Brăila (1975-76), Tilihoi became a big name nationally at Universitatea Craiova from 1976-87. That 'Craiova Maxima' side won two league titles and four Romanian Cups, and also made an impact in UEFA competitions, Tilihoi helping them to reach the 1981/82 European Cup quarter-finals and the 1982/83 UEFA Cup semi-finals.

Tilihoi also made nine international appearances for Romania before finishing his career at lower-division side Metalul Bocșa in 1987/88. He subsequently coached in the lower divisions.

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