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Dan Alexa (born 28 October 1979 in Timişoara) is a Romanian professional football manager and former player who is the head coach of Liga I club Astra Giurgiu.

Dan Alexa
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Dan Alexa in 2004.
Personal information
Date of birth (1979-10-28) 28 October 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth Timișoara, Romania
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 UM Timişoara 10 (2)
1999–2001 Rocar Bucureşti 44 (2)
2001 Politehnica Timișoara 4 (0)
2002 Universitatea Craiova 15 (0)
2002–2004 Dinamo Bucureşti 47 (1)
2004–2005 Beijing Guoan 40 (0)
2006 Dinamo Bucureşti 13 (1)
2006–2011 Politehnica Timișoara 126 (5)
2011–2012 Rapid Bucureşti 25 (3)
2012–2014 Anorthosis Famagusta 40 (4)
Total 364 (19)
National team
2000 Romania U-21 1 (0)
2004–2011 Romania 6 (2)
Teams managed
2014–2015 Poli Timișoara
2015–2016 Rapid București
2016–2017 ASA Târgu Mureș
2017 Concordia Chiajna
2017–2019 Dunărea Călărași
2019 - Astra Giurgiu
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

As a defensive midfielder,[1] he spent 16 years as a professional player.

After he ended his playing career, Alexa became a manager. His first job was at Poli Timișoara, in March 2014. Since August 23, 2017 he was manager of Dunărea Călărași until summer of 2019. Then he was named manager of Astra Giurgiu.

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Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Although born in Banat, Alexa was considered disposable while at UM Timișoara in 1998, and he moved to Rocar Bucureşti where he helped his side reach the 2000–01 Romanian Cup final.

Dinamo BucureștiEdit

After several years with short spells at FC Timişoara and Universitatea Craiova, Alexa got his big chance as Dinamo Bucureşti decided to transfer him. His performances were of a high caliber throughout the two seasons he spent there, but he also got a reputation for being an extremely aggressive player. In two years, he scored 1 goal in 47 appearances.

Beijing HyundaiEdit

His consequent move to Beijing Hyundai saw him leave Romania for two years. In a friendly match against Real Madrid he was selected man of the match.[2]

Dinamo BucureștiEdit

He returned to Dinamo in 2006 just for a few months playing 13 matches, scoring a goal.

Politehnica TimișoaraEdit

In the summer of the same year, Politehnica boss Marian Iancu decided to bring Alexa - by then, a real "persona non grata" in Timișoara, due to his pledge of loyalty to Dinamo - back to the city where he started his career, together with teammate Ştefan Grigorie. The fans protested at Alexa's arrival in Timișoara through several banners and chants, but the club's management remained unimpressed. Alexa himself stated that he had made those statements out of necessity and that he will do all he can to prove to the fans that he is a real professional.A few months after his arrival, Alexa became the captain of Poli. He is nicknamed "the surgeon" because he inflicted many injuries requiring surgery to opposing players. On 19 April 2010, he scored the equaliser goal in the 98th minute against CFR Cluj and mentain Poli in battle for the title, however Poli finished 5th, losing the last 3 matches.

Rapid BucureștiEdit

On 4 June 2011, the former captain of Politehnica Timişoara signed a two-year contract with Rapid Bucureşti following the relegation of Poli.[3]

Anorthosis FamagustaEdit

On 24 June 2012, Dan Alexa signed with the Cyprus First Division football club, Anorthosis Famagusta, on a free transfer. He signed a reported €250,000/yr contract with the club.[4]

International careerEdit

Alexa was first called up by the national team in 2004. Later in 2010, he was called up for a friendly match against Italy after a six-year absence.[5] Alexa scored his first goals for Romania in a 2–2 draw against Ukraine at Cyprus International Cup 2011.[6] However, Romania were eliminated from the tournament, after losing on penalty kicks 4–2.

International statsEdit

Romania national team
Year Apps Goals
2004 1 0
2005 0 0
2006 0 0
2007 0 0
2008 0 0
2009 0 0
2010 1 0
2011 4 2
Total 6 2

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 February 2011 Paralimni Stadium, Paralimni, Cyprus   Ukraine 1–2 2-2 Friendly
2 8 February 2011 Paralimni Stadium, Paralimni, Cyprus   Ukraine 2–2 2-2 Friendly

HonoursEdit

PlayerEdit

UM Timişoara
Dinamo Bucureşti

CoachEdit

Poli Timișoara
Rapid Bucureşti
Dunărea Călărași

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 2 June 2019[7]
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
  Poli Timișoara 24 June 2014 4 March 2015 23 12 6 5 42 25 +17 052.17
  Rapid București 29 April 2015 15 January 2016 29 18 5 6 52 32 +20 062.07
  ASA Târgu Mureș 19 February 2016 2 January 2017 36 17 9 10 50 37 +13 047.22
  Concordia Chiajna 3 March 2017 1 August 2017 27 13 4 10 34 21 +13 048.15
  Dunărea Călărași 23 August 2017 present 78 38 21 19 104 64 +40 048.72
Total 193 99 44 50 281 179 +102 051.30

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dan Alexa". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
  2. ^ "Comentand la rece etapa a 27-a: Cine sunt premiantii, cine sunt perdantii". Cronica Română. 17 May 2006. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ "Alexa and Surdu signed with Rapid". Gazeta Sporturilor. 4 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Rapid a pierdut un super jucator". Sport.ro. 24 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Alexa returns to national team". Analog TV. 18 November 2010.
  6. ^ "Romania - Ukraine 2-2". Gazeta Sporturilor. 8 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Nou antrenor la Dunărea. Dan Alexa a semnat contract pe un an cu gruparea de pe malul Borcei" [New coach at Dunărea. Dan Alexa signed a one-year contract with the group on the Borcei shore] (in Romanian). adevarul.ro. Retrieved 29 April 2018.

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