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Adrian Bumbescu (born 23 February 1960 in Craiova) is a Romanian retired footballer who played as a central defender.

Adrian Bumbescu
Adrian Bumbescu.jpg
Bumbescu at Steaua București in 2016
Personal information
Date of birth (1960-02-23) 23 February 1960 (age 59)
Place of birth Craiova, Romania
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Universitatea Craiova
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1980 Universitatea Craiova 25 (0)
1980–1982 Dinamo București 36 (0)
1982–1984 FC Olt 67 (0)
1984–1992 Steaua București 188 (4)
1992–1995 Steaua Mizil[1] 28 (1)
Total 344 (5)
National team
1986–1989 Romania 15 (1)
Teams managed
2005–2006 Concordia Chiajna
2009 Concordia Chiajna
2010 Concordia Chiajna
2010 Steaua II Bucureşti
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

A defender with a tough attitude, he played mostly with Steaua București, helping it win the 1986 European Cup and subsequent European Supercup.[2]


Club careerEdit

During his career as a player, Bumbescu won the Liga I with three clubs, in an unparalleled feat. His first appearances came during 1978–79 with hometown's FC Universitatea Craiova and, after winning the league in his second season, he signed with FC Dinamo București and conquered another championship in 1982.

After two years at FC Olt Scornicești, Bumbescu moved to national powerhouse FC Steaua București, where he won a further five leagues – being instrumental in four of those – and three domestic cups. He also played complete matches in two of the team's biggest achievements, the 1985–86 European Cup and the subsequent edition of the UEFA Super Cup, which was held the following year.

After 1991–92, Steaua refused to renew Bumbescu's contract. Aged 32, he joined Liga II side Steaua Mizil, where he played three more seasons before eventually retiring from professional football, having appeared in 316 first division games and scored four goals; he later rejoined Steaua as a youth coach.[2]

On 25 March 2008, Bumbescu was decorated by the president of Romania Traian Băsescu with Ordinul "Meritul Sportiv" — ("The Sportive Merit" order) class II, for his part in the winning of the 1986 European Cup.[3]

International careerEdit

Bumbescu won 15 caps for Romania during slightly less than three years, scoring once. He did not take part in any major international tournament, however.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Romania's goal tally first. "Score" column indicates the score after the player's goal.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 25 March 1987 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania   Albania 5–1 5–1 Euro 1988 qualifying


Universitatea Craiova
Dinamo București
Steaua București


  1. ^ 1992–93 appearances for Steaua Mizil are unavailable
  2. ^ a b "Un colonel unic, Adrian Bumbescu" [One of a kind colonel, Adrian Bumbescu]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Comunicat de presa" [Press release] (in Romanian). President of Romania. 25 March 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2017.

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