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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.

Marius Lăcătuș
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Lăcătuș in 2010
Personal information
Full name Marius Mihai Lăcătuș
Date of birth (1964-04-05) 5 April 1964 (age 55)
Place of birth Brașov, Romania
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Inside-forward
Youth career
1977–1981 Brașov
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1983 Brașov 45 (5)
1983–1990 Steaua București 200 (59)
1990–1991 Fiorentina 21 (3)
1991–1993 Real Oviedo 51 (7)
1993–2000 Steaua București 157 (39)
2000 Național București 12 (0)
Total 486 (113)
National team
Romania U-21
1984–1998 Romania 84 (13)
Teams managed
2000 Naţional București
2001–2002 Oțelul Galați
2002–2003 Brașov
2004 Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț
2005 Inter Gaz București
2006–2007 UTA Arad
2007–2008 Steaua București
2009 Steaua București
2009–2010 Vaslui
2010–2011 Steaua București
2012 FCM Târgu Mureș
2013–2014 Politehnica Iași
2017–2019 CSA Steaua București
* 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.

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Club careerEdit

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.

On 25 March 2008 he was decorated by the president of Romania, Traian Băsescu with Ordinul "Meritul Sportiv" — (Order of Sporting Merit) class II for his part in winning the 1986 European Cup Final.

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.

As a player, he won the Romanian football championship ten times and the Romanian Cup seven times, as well as the European Cup in 1986 and the European Supercup in 1987, all with Steaua București.

International careerEdit

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.

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Romania's goal tally first. "Score" column indicates the score after the player's goal.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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

HonoursEdit

As a playerEdit

Steaua București

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ilie Dumitrescu
Steaua captain
1994–1999
Succeeded by
Miodrag Belodedici
Preceded by
Septimiu Câmpeanu
Steaua Top Scorer
1983–1984
Succeeded by
Victor Pițurcă