Ionuț Popa

Ionuț Popa (17 April 1953 – 25 June 2020) was a Romanian professional footballer and manager. Popa managed teams such as UTA Arad, Bihor Oradea, Politehnica Iași and ACS Poli Timișoara, among others.

Ionuț Popa
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Ionuț Popa in 2011
Personal information
Date of birth (1953-04-17)17 April 1953
Place of birth Săvârșin, Romania
Date of death 25 June 2020(2020-06-25) (aged 67)
Place of death Arad, Romania
Youth career
1967–1971 Politehnica Timișoara
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Unirea Sânicolau Mare
Dacia Unirea Brăila
Vagonul Arad
Aurul Brad
1984–1987 Victoria Ineu
1987–1988 Petrolul Arad
Teams managed
1985–1987 Victoria Ineu
1987–1991 Petrolul Arad
1991–1993 Strungul Arad
1993 UTA Arad
1993–1995 Motorul Arad
1996–1997 Telecom Arad
1997–1998 UTA Arad
1998–1999 West Petrom Pecica
1999–2000 Indagrara Arad
2000–2002 UTA Arad
2002–2003 Bihor Oradea
2004 Jiul Petroșani
2004–2009 Politehnica Iași
2009–2010 UTA Arad
2010 Politehnica Iași
2010–2011 Mioveni
2011–2012 Politehnica Iași
2015–2016 Șoimii Pâncota
2016–2018 ACS Poli Timișoara
2018–2019 UTA Arad
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Managerial careerEdit

Politehnica IașiEdit

Popa was the coach of Liga I team Politehnica Iași from 2004, when they were promoted to the top league, until January 2009, becoming one of the longest serving coaches in Liga I. He quit his job due to a lack of funds. He was soon replaced by Cristiano Bergodi.[1]


UTA Arad

Politehnica Iași (2010)


  1. ^ "Ionut Popa: E clar ca cineva m-a lucrat pe la spate" [Ionut Popa: It's clear something was going on behind my back] (in Romanian). 20 January 2009.

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