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Dorinel Ionel Munteanu (Romanian pronunciation: [doriˈnel munˈte̯anu]; born 25 June 1968) is a Romanian retired professional footballer and manager.

Dorinel Munteanu
Dorinel Munteanu 2013.jpg
Munteanu coaching Mordovia Saransk in 2013
Personal information
Full name Dorinel Ionel Munteanu
Date of birth (1968-06-25) 25 June 1968 (age 51)
Place of birth Grădinari, Romania
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Central midfielder
Left midfielder
Youth career
1985–1987 Metalul Bocșa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1987 Metalul Bocșa
1987–1988 CSM Reșița
1988–1989 Olt Scornicești 33 (2)
1989–1991 Inter Sibiu 47 (7)
1991–1993 Dinamo București 67 (27)
1993–1995 Cercle Brugge 68 (13)
1995–1999 1. FC Köln 133 (18)
1999–2003 VfL Wolfsburg 101 (11)
2003–2005 Steaua București 32 (2)
2005–2006 CFR Cluj 26 (0)
2006–2007 Argeș Pitești 3 (0)
2007–2008 Vaslui[1] 16 (0)
2009[3] Universitatea Cluj[2] 0 (0)
Total 528 (80)
National team
1991–2007[4] Romania 134 (16)
Teams managed
2005–2006 CFR Cluj
2006–2007 Argeș Pitești
2007–2008 Vaslui
2008 Universitatea Cluj
2008 Steaua București
2009 Universitatea Cluj
2009–2012 Oțelul Galați
2012 Dinamo București
2012–2013 Mordovia Saransk
2013 Kuban Krasnodar
2014 Gabala
2015–2016 Astra Giurgiu
2017 Zakho FC
2017–2018 CSM Reșița
2018–2019 Concordia Chiajna
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Munteanu is the most capped Romanian player of all time, with a total of 134 appearances and 16 goals. He played in two editions of the World Cup, those held in the United States in 1994 and France in 1998, as well as two European Championships, in 1996 and 2000.

Club careerEdit

Munteanu was born in Grădinari. He started his football career playing for Metalul Bocșa, a team which offered him the first chance to play in Divizia B in 1986. After a year he went to play for FCM Reșița and then in 1988 for FC Olt, while 1989 found him at FC Inter Sibiu.

Dinamo Bucharest bought him from FC Inter Sibiu in 1991 only to sell him to Cercle Brugge two years later. After two years in Belgium, he moved to Germany to play for 1. FC Köln and VfL Wolfsburg until 2003.

In 2003, aged 35, he was released from his contract by VfL Wolfsburg and signed with Steaua București as a free agent, only to leave the club in 2005 after a conflict with the club's Chief Executive Mihai Stoica and join the squad of CFR Cluj Napoca.

International careerEdit

Dorinel won his first cap for Romania in 1991 while still at FC Inter Sibiu. Since then he was a very important part of the national team of Romania, playing in various positions such as left back, left midfielder and playmaker.

In 2001, he won his 100th cap in a game against Hungary in Budapest and four years later he won the 126th cap, making him the most capped Romanian footballer. He has a total of 134 caps.

Munteanu scored 16 goals for Romania and played at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 1996, 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000.

Coaching careerEdit

After leaving Steaua București, Munteanu is offered the position of player-manager at CFR Cluj. In this first managerial job, he took the team to the Intertoto Cup final in 2005 and finished fifth in Divizia A at the end of the 2005–06 season. During the first half of the 2006–07 season, despite a good start (six wins, two draws, two defeats) with CFR Cluj, Munteanu announced he resigns his position at the club, due to interference with his decisions and lack of support from the club management. Munteanu had a pending offer from Argeș Pitești and he decided to accept it, despite the team being bottom of the first league after 10 games. Towards the end of the season, due to impossibility of avoiding the relegation of Argeș Pitești, he was sacked, only to be confirmed in short time as the new manager of Liga 1 team FC Vaslui. He has stated that he also intends to continue his playing career at FC Vaslui. He came back as head coach of Universitatea Cluj in September 2008, but only after seven games he quit to go to Steaua București. And again, after only eight games, he was dismissed by the club's president, George Becali.

After a short spell at Universitatea Cluj, in July 2009 he signed a contract with Oțelul Galați. In the first season under his command, the team finished eighth. The next season, Oțelul started the season with four wins in the first six games and climbed on top of the championship. They finished first the Autumn part of the season, and what seemed to be only a flash in the pan, became one of the biggest surprises in the Romanian football. Oțelul maintained its position throughout the Spring season and became Romanian champion for the first time in their history. Munteanu was seen as the primary factor for this success.

The following season, under Munteanu's guidance, Oțelul took part in the UEFA Champions League group stage, but failed to gain a single point. In the championship, Oțelul finished sixth and didn't qualify for the European competitions.

The 2012–13 season started badly for Oțelul who won the game in the first round, against Politehnica Iași, but then registered five consecutive games without a win. As a consequence, Dorinel Munteanu resigned.

In November 201332, he was installed as a head coach at Dinamo București.[6][7] After only one month and four games in charge at Dinamo, Munteanu resigned at the end of 2012, citing the wish to follow his dream to coach abroad.[8] Just a day later, on 28 December 2012, Munteanu signed a contract for one and a half years with Mordovia Saransk.[9] On 1 August 2013, he took charge of Russian side Kuban Krasnodar,[10] before being sacked on 12 October of the same year. On 14 June 2014, Munteanu was appointed as manager of Gabala FK.[11] Munteanu was relieved of his duties as manager on 8 December 2014, following four wins in sixteen matches.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Romania's goal tally first. "Score" column indicates the score after the player's goal.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 21 December 1991 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt   Egypt 1–1 1–3 Friendly
2 24 December 1991 Port Said Stadium, Port Said, Egypt   Egypt 1–0 1–1 Friendly
3 7 June 1995 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania   Israel 2–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 1996 Qualifying
4 15 October 1995 Všešportový areál, Košice, Slovakia   Slovakia 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 1996 Qualifying
5 6 September 1997 Sportpark, Eschen, Liechtenstein   Liechtenstein 5–0 8–1 World Cup 1998 Qualifying
6 6 September 1997 Sportplatz, Eschen, Liechtenstein   Liechtenstein 6–0 8–1 World Cup 1998 Qualifying
7 6 September 1997 Sportplatz, Eschen, Liechtenstein   Liechtenstein 7–1 8–1 World Cup 1998 Qualifying
8 10 October 1998 Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal   Portugal 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2000 Qualifying
9 5 June 1999 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania   Hungary 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2000 Qualifying
10 9 June 1999 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania   Azerbaijan 2–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2000 Qualifying
11 20 June 2000 Stade du Pays de Charleroi, Charleroi, Belgium   England 2–2 3–2 UEFA EURO 2000 Group A
12 28 March 2001 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia   Georgia 1–0 2–0 World Cup 2002 Qualifying
13 27 March 2002 Stadionul Gheorghe Hagi, Constanța, Romania   Ukraine 1–0 4–1 Friendly
14 7 September 2002 Koševo Stadium, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina   Bosnia and Herzegovina 2–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2004 Qualifying
15 12 February 2003 Neo GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus   Slovakia 1–1 2–1 Friendly
16 29 March 2003 Stadionul Lia Manoliu, Bucharest, Romania   Denmark 2–1 2–5 UEFA Euro 2004 Qualifying

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 7 January 2018
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
  CFR Cluj 1 July 2005 2 October 2006 40 20 10 10 58 38 +20 050.00
  Argeș Pitești 5 October 2006 26 April 2007 18 3 7 8 12 17 −5 016.67
  FC Vaslui 1 July 2007 5 April 2008 26 11 9 6 39 22 +17 042.31
  Universitatea Cluj 26 August 2008 26 October 2008 10 5 1 4 12 12 +0 050.00
  FC Steaua București 27 October 2008 15 December 2008 5 1 4 0 4 3 +1 020.00
  FC Universitatea Cluj 1 April 2009 30 June 2009 12 4 5 3 14 9 +5 033.33
  FC Oțelul Galați 8 July 2009 30 August 2012 140 79 28 33 156 112 +44 056.43
  FC Dinamo București 15 November 2012 27 December 2012 4 2 2 0 8 5 +3 050.00
  FC Mordovia Saransk 28 December 2012 5 June 2013 11 3 2 6 12 16 −4 027.27
  FC Kuban Krasnodar 6 June 2013 12 October 2013 18 7 5 6 20 20 +0 038.89
  Gabala FK 14 June 2014 8 December 2014 16 4 5 7 18 26 −8 025.00
  Astra Giurgiu 7 July 2015 3 January 2016 23 14 6 3 60 30 +30 060.87
  Zakho FC 5 February 2017 8 May 2017 12 10 1 1 32 18 +14 083.33
  CSM Reșița 10 November 2017 29 June 2018 35 21 8 6 53 29 +24 060.00
  Concordia Chiajna 17 September 2018 7 January 2019 15 3 4 8 11 26 −15 020.00
Total 385 187 97 101 509 383 +126 048.57

HonoursEdit

As a playerEdit

Inter Sibiu

Dinamo București

Steaua București

As a coachEdit

Oțelul Galați

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dorinel Munteanu, antrenor-jucator la Steaua". Ziare.com. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Liga 2/ Dorinel Munteanu revine la Universitatea Cluj ca antrenor-jucator". Sport.hotnews.ro. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  3. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (16 March 2012). "Dorinel Munteanu - Century of International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  5. ^ [2][permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Dorinel Munteanu la Dinamo" (in Romanian). fcdinamo.ro. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Dorinel Munteanu, noul antrenor al echipei Dinamo după ce Bonetti şi-a reziliat contractul" (in Romanian). Mediafax. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Multumim, Dorinel Munteanu!" (in Romanian). fcdinamo.ro. 27 December 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  9. ^ ДОРИНЕЛ МУНТЯНУ - ГЛАВНЫЙ ТРЕНЕР ФК «МОРДОВИЯ» (in Russian). fc-mordovia.ru. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  10. ^ "UEFA Europa League - News". Uefa.com. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  11. ^ ""Qəbələ"nin yeni baş məşqçisi - Dorinel Muntyanu". Gabalafc.az (in Azerbaijani). Gabala FK. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  12. ^ Эксклюзив: Мунтяну увольняют из Габалы. www.azerifootball.com/ru (in Russian). Azerifootball. 9 December 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014.

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