Born on October 9, 1967, Gheorghe Popescu is a former footballer from Romania who played for the Romanian national team in the 1990s. He played for a number of European Clubs among them Tottenham Hostpur and FB Barcelona, amusing career titles and honors all throughout his 18-year career. He is the brother-in-law of fellow Romanian player Gheorghe Hagi.
Popescu was still playing even in his late thirties and was valued for his tactical skills, which made him an invaluable asset during major European championship matches. He is also known for his expert manipulation of the ball for attacking the opponent from deep. Due to his skills he has consistently been included in the Romanian Footballer Awards for 13 years and was never outside of the top 4. He was also recently voted into the Romanian football all-time World Cup team. Popescu is one of Romania’s most-capped players with 115 and a record of 16 goals. He has played for the country in three World Cups (1990, 1994 and 1998) and in two Euro tournaments (1996 and 2000). He is also included in the exclusive circle of players with a century of caps.
Popescu was recently involved in a controversy when he was accused of being an informant for the Communist secretariat during the regime of late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, an allegation that was released by the newspaper Daily Adevarul. Popescu vehemently denied the allegations, calling it ‘a big lie.’ He however revealed that he had been approached by the secret police, although he added that his conscience was clear.