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Marius Mihai Lăcătuș (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈmari.us miˈhaj ləkəˈtuʃ]; born 5 April 1964) is a Romanian football coach and former professional footballer. He is by far the most successful footballer ever to play for Steaua București and was part of their European Cup victory in 1986. Lăcătuș is the all-time top scorer for Steaua with 16 goals in European competitions.
Lăcătuș in 2010
|Full name||Marius Mihai Lăcătuș|
|Date of birth||5 April 1964|
|Place of birth||Brașov, Romania|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Steaua București (manager)|
|2004||Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț|
|2005||Inter Gaz București|
|2012||FCM Târgu Mureș|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He played as a deep lying striker or inside forward for Steaua București most of his career, being the team's captain between 1994 and 1999. He also played for Italian side Fiorentina and Real Oviedo in Spain.
Lăcătuș was an iconic player for Steaua București's supporters. Even now, many years after leaving the club as a player, the supporters shout his name at home games. The supporters loved him for his spectacular way of playing football, as well as for his commitment during the games. He was nicknamed Fiara (The Beast).
He was the first player to score in the penalty shoot-out of the 1986 European Cup final against FC Barcelona, won by Steaua. After 1990 World Cup in Italy, where he scored two goals against the USSR, Lăcătuș was signed by the Italian team ACF Fiorentina and then moved to Real Oviedo in Spain. In 1994, he returned to Steaua and played for the team until 1999, when he finally signed for FC Național București, where he played only for half a season before retiring. However, in October 2006 he decided to enroll himself as part of UT Arad team where he was also coach until 2007 before he joined Steaua.
Lăcătuș played a total of 414 games in the Romanian Divizia A (now Liga I), scoring 103 goals; 21 games in the Italian Serie A where he scored three times and also 51 games in the Spanish La Liga, scoring 7 goals. He also made appearances 72 games in the European Cup, Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Cup, scoring 16 goals.
Lăcătuș was capped 84 times, scoring 13 goals for the Romanian national team, and played for his country in the 1990 World Cup, Euro 1996 and 1998 World Cup. He scored the 700th goal for the national team of Romania.
- Scores and results list Romania's goal tally first. "Score" column indicates the score after the player's goal.
|1||21 November 1984||Bloomfield Stadium, Jaffa, Israel||Israel||1–1||1–1||Friendly|
|2||30 January 1985||Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal||Portugal||1–2||3–2||Friendly|
|3||30 January 1985||Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal||Portugal||2–2||3–2||Friendly|
|4||10 September 1986||Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania||Austria||2–0||4–0||UEFA Euro 1988 Qualifying|
|5||26 May 1990||Heysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium||Belgium||2–2||2–2||Friendly|
|6||9 June 1990||Stadio San Nicola, Bari, Italy||Soviet Union||1–0||2–0||World Cup 1990 Group B|
|7||9 June 1990||Stadio San Nicola, Bari, Italy||Soviet Union||2–0||2–0||World Cup 1990 Group B|
|8||29 August 1990||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, USSR||Soviet Union||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|9||6 May 1992||Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania||Faroe Islands||3–0||7–0||FIFA World Cup 1994 Qualifying|
|10||14 December 1994||Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel||Israel||1–0||1–1||UEFA Euro 1996 Qualifying|
|11||7 June 1995||Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania||Israel||1–0||2–1||UEFA Euro 1996 Qualifying|
|12||11 October 1995||Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania||France||1–2||1–3||UEFA Euro 1996 Qualifying|
|13||24 April 1996||Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania||Georgia||4–0||5–0||Friendly|
As a playerEdit
- Divizia A: 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 (Record)
- Romanian Cup: 1984–85, 1986–97, 1988–89, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99
- Romanian Super Cup: 1994, 1995, 1998
- European Cup: 1986
- European Super Cup: 1986
- Intercontinental Cup Runner-up: 1986
- Note: Lăcătuș is the Romanian footballer who won the most domestic awards.
- Marius Lăcătuș at RomanianSoccer.ro (in Romanian) and StatisticsFootball.com
- Marius Lăcătuș (Statistics as coach) (in Romanian)
- Marius Lăcătuș at National-Football-Teams.com
| Steaua captain
| Steaua Top Scorer