Ioan Andone

Ioan Andone (Romanian pronunciation: [iˈo̯an anˈdone]; born 15 March 1960) is a Romanian football coach and former player. He last managed Dinamo Bucharest.

Ioan Andone
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Andone during the late 1980s
Personal information
Date of birth (1960-03-15) 15 March 1960 (age 61)
Place of birth Șpălnaca, Romania
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Voluntari (president)
Youth career
1972–1975 Şcoala Sportivă Hunedoara
1975–1979 Corvinul Hunedoara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1983 Corvinul Hunedoara 105 (15)
1983–1990 Dinamo București 171 (22)
1990–1991 Elche 34 (3)
1991–1993 Heerenveen 39 (4)
Total 349 (44)
National team
1981 Romania U-20 5 (0)
1981–1990[1] Romania 55 (2)
Teams managed
1993–1994 Sportul Studențesc
1994–1995 Universitatea Cluj
1996 Sportul Studențesc
1996–1997 Petrolul Ploiești
1997–1998 Farul Constanța
1999–2000 FC Brașov
2000–2001 Bihor Oradea
2001–2003 Sportul Studențesc
2003–2005 Dinamo București
2005–2007 Omonia Nicosia
2007–2008 CFR Cluj
2008–2009 Al-Ettifaq
2009 Al-Ahli
2010 CSKA Sofia
2010 Rapid București
2010–2011 Dinamo București
2012 CFR Cluj
2013 Astana
2014 Al-Ettifaq
2014–2015 Apollon Limassol
2015 Aktobe
2016–2017 Dinamo București
2018–2020 Voluntari (general manager)
2020– Voluntari (president)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing careerEdit

Andone made his Divizia A debut with Corvinul Hunedoara in 1979. He later went to Dinamo București where he helped win the league title in 1984 and 1990 and the cup title in 1984, 1986 and 1990. After the Romanian Revolution, he was bought by Spanish side Elche in 1990. Andone then went on to play two seasons in the Netherlands under head coach Fritz Korbach at Heerenveen before announcing his retirement in 1993. Andone was capped 55 times and scored two goals for the national team, and represented his country at the 1984 European Football Championship and 1990 World Cup.

Andone was banned from playing football for one year following the 1988 Romanian Cup final. Towards the end of the match with rivals Steaua, with the score at 1–1, Dinamo went into the lead following a headed goal by Gavrilă Balint. However, the linesman denied the goal for offside. In the ensuing melée, Steaua President Valentin Ceaușescu, son of then Romanian President, Nicolae, signalled for the Steaua players to leave the pitch. After the players had left the pitch, Ioan Andone shows middle fingers to Ceausescu in protest. He received a one-year ban for this action. In Communist Romania the power of the Ceaușescus was widespread and invaded every avenue of Romanian life, including football.[2]

Coaching careerEdit

After retiring as a player, Andone started coaching Sportul Studențesc. He later coached U Cluj for two years, Sportul Studențesc for a second period, Petrolul Ploiești, FC Farul Constanța, FC Brașov, FC Bihor Oradea and Sportul Studențesc for a third time. In 2003, he took over Dinamo București, and led them to one league championship and three consecutive cup titles. In December 2005 he took over Cypriot club Omonia Nicosia and stayed there until January 2007.

In 2008 won Liga I and Romanian Cup with CFR Cluj in an astonishing performance for a team which played six years before in the third league.[3]

After that he was coaching Al-Ettifaq Club of Saudi Arabia. On 8 June 2009, he started coaching Al Ahli club from Dubai. In the beginning of October 2009, after Dinamo București sacked Italian coach Dario Bonetti, Andone was offered the position of general manager. Although he stated that he would have wanted to train Dinamo again, he could not fulfill his wish because Al-Ahli Dubai's officials asked him to respect his contract and denied his permission to leave the club from UAE.[4] On 5 November 2009 the Romanian manager, leaves the bench of Al Ahli, the new manager is Mahdi Ali.[5] On 17 January 2010, he signed a year and a half contract with CSKA Sofia[6] and just two months later, on 30 March 2010, announced his resignation.[7] On 1 April 2010 Rapid București officials appointed the former CSKA Sofia manager to replace Nicolae Manea until the end of the season 2010.[8]

He returned to Dinamo in June 2010 to help rebuild the team and bring the title after a four-year break. He failed to succeed, Dinamo finished only sixth, and he was sacked at the end of the season.

In April 2012, Andone came back to CFR Cluj, and helped his side win its third Liga I title. Under his guidance, CFR accessed to the UEFA Champions League group stage, after winning all four qualifying games. He resigned in October 2012, because of the poor results in Liga I.

On 22 July 2013,[9] Andone signed a five-month contract with FC Astana of the Kazakhstan Premier League, which ended on 27 November 2013.

On 10 February 2014, he returned to Al-Ettifaq after four years, being appointed manager. The team failed to keep its position in the first division of Saudi championship, and Andone's contract was ended.

In October 2014, Andone signed a contract with Apollon Limassol.[10] He was sacked with six games left to go in the end-of-season title race, despite leading Apollon to the first position in the standings.

In July 2015, Andone was appointed as manager of FC Aktobe,[11] leaving the club in November after finishing Third.[12]

International careerEdit

International statsEdit

Romania national team
Year Apps Goals
1981 1 0
1982 9 1
1983 9 0
1984 5 0
1985 0 0
1986 4 0
1987 3 0
1988 9 1
1989 4 0
1990 11 0
Total 55 2

International goalsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 September 1982 Stadionul August 23, Bucharest, Romania   Sweden 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 1984 qualifying
2 30 March 1988 Kurt-Wabbel-Stadion, Halle, Germany   East Germany 3–2 3–3 Friendly



Corvinul Hunedoara
Dinamo București


Dinamo București
Omonia Nicosia
CFR Cluj
Astana FK


  1. ^ "Ioan Andonie - International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
  2. ^ [1] Behind the Curtain Book Review
  3. ^ Ioan Andone coach statistics
  4. ^ Andone, şanse mici să vină la Dinamo: "Nu cred că se pune problema să mă întorc anul acesta. Cred şi simt că arabii nu mă vor lăsa să plec!" Archived 12 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Ioan Andone şi-a reziliat contractul cu Al Ahli
  6. ^ "Ioan Andone will be CSKA Sofia coach". Archived from the original on 20 January 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2010.
  7. ^ Bulgarien: Nach zweieinhalb Monaten Andone verlässt Sofia
  8. ^ Football, Romania, Liga I: Ioan Andone is the new trainer of Rapid Bucharest
  9. ^ ПЯТЫЙ ТРЕНЕР "АСТАНЫ" (in Russian). FC Astana. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Apollon Limassol appoint Andone as coach". UEFA. 16 October 2014.
  11. ^ Йоан Андоне представлен игрокам Актобе. (in Russian). 20 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  12. ^ По обоюдному согласию. (in Russian). FC Aktobe. 10 November 2015. Archived from the original on 22 November 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015.

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