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Costel Pantilimon

Goalkeeper     Sunderland  Premier


Birthdate:  January 1, 2000    Nationality:  Romania    

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Pantilimon signed a four-year contract with Sunderland on Monday, joining on a free transfer from Manchester City, the club's official web site reports.

Pantilimon was used as Joe Hart's backup for a majority of last season, although he did see some Premier League starts when Hart struggled in the first half. It's unclear if he was promised any first team looks, as Vito Mannone is coming off an excellent season for the Black Cats.

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December 21, 2013

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Pantilimon has lost his starting job to Joe Hart, who is in the starting XI for Saturday's Premier League match against Fulham.

It was only a matter of time before Pantilimon was back on the bench, as he was clearly just a temporary fill-in for a struggling Hart. Pantilimon's fantasy value obviously plummets now, unless Hart struggles again.

December 14, 2013

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Pantilimon made three saves but was beaten thrice during Manchester City's win over Arsenal on Saturday.

There was talk this week that Joe Hart was finally going to re-take his spot in the starting XI, which would have put Pantilimon back on the bench. That didn't happen Saturday, as the tall Romanian got his seventh consecutive league start. However, after giving up three goals, the talk of bringing Hart back will only get louder.

December 4, 2013

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Pantilimon registered zero saves, received a yellow card, scored an own goal and was beaten for another score during Manchester City's 3-2 win over West Brom.

Pantilimon has been starting in place of Joe Hart, although performances like Wednesday's won't allow him to keep the job much longer. There hasn't been any talk that Hart is close to winning the job back, although it seems to be only a matter of time before Pantilimon is back on the bench.

December 1, 2013

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Pantilimon made four saves en route to a shutout of Swansea City on Sunday.

Pantilimon continues to get Premier League starts ahead of incumbent starter Joe Hart and he's performed well enough that he could very well keep the job moving forward. He has three clean sheets in four Premier League starts, while allowing only a single goal in that span.

November 24, 2013

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Pantilimon made five saves while keeping Tottenham out of the goal during Sunday's 6-0 victory at the Etihad.

There was talk ahead of the match that manager Manuel Pelligrini may insert Joe Hart back into the lineup, but it was Pantilimon who benefitted from yet another offensive explosion for Manchester City at home. The Romanian keeper now has two clean sheets in his three Premier League appearances this year, with City scoring 13 times in those two shutouts.

November 24, 2013

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Pantilimon is in the starting XI for Sunday's Premier League match against Tottenham.

Pantilimon will get another start ahead of Joe Hart, who seemed close to regaining his starting spot following in the international break. While Spurs have plenty of weapons to score goals, they've struggled to consistently find the back of the net this year in open play.

November 10, 2013

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Pantilimon, starting his second consecutive Premier League match for Manchester City over Joe Hart, made one save but allowed the only goal of the game in Sunday's 0-1 loss at Sunderland.

There wasn't much Pantilimon could do on the day after salvaging a 21st minute goal to Phillip Bardsley. He hasn't exactly played brilliantly in his three starts in all competitions, but he also hasn't been bad enough that Joe Hart could snag his job back.