Mircea Lucescu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈmirt͡ʃe̯a luˈt͡ʃesku]; born 29 July 1945) is a Romanian football manager and former player who was most recently in charge of Turkey. He is one of the most decorated managers of all time.
Lucescu in 2009
|Date of birth||29 July 1945|
|Place of birth||Bucharest, Romania|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Right winger|
|1961–1963||Școala Sportivă 2 București|
|1965–1967||→ Știința București (loan)||39||(12)|
|2016–2017||Zenit Saint Petersburg|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
During his playing career, Lucescu won six Romanian league titles with his home town club Dinamo București and made 70 appearances for the Romania national football team, captaining the nation at the 1970 FIFA World Cup.
Lucescu has coached in Romania, Italy, Turkey, Ukraine and Russia. He is best known for his 12-year spell in charge of FC Shakhtar Donetsk, becoming the most successful coach in the club's history by winning eight Ukrainian Premier League titles, six Ukrainian Cups, seven Ukrainian Super Cups and the 2008–09 UEFA Cup. He also won Romanian league championships with Dinamo București and Rapid București, and Turkish Süper Lig titles with Galatasaray and Beşiktaş. He was named Romania Coach of the Year in 2004, 2010, 2012 and 2014, and Ukraine Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2008–2014. In 2013, Lucescu was awarded the Manager of the Decade award in Romania.
Romania, Italy and GalatasarayEdit
After coaching the Romanian national team where he led the team to their first appearance at UEFA European Championship finals, Lucescu had a long career in Italy, where he coached several clubs such as Pisa, Brescia, Reggiana and Inter Milan. He then took charge of Turkish club Galatasaray, with whom he won the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid in 2000. Under Lucescu's managership, Galatasaray reached the quarter-finals on the UEFA Champions League during the 2000–01 season. In the quarter-finals, they lost to Real Madrid. The same year, he lost the Turkish League title to rivals Fenerbahçe. The following year, Galatasaray qualified to the second phase of the Champions League and won the Turkish League title under his managership. Lucescu was sacked at the end of the season, despite winning the league championship, and was replaced by Fatih Terim.
Shortly after his departure from Galatasaray, in June 2002, Lucescu signed a contract with rivals Beşiktaş. It was a very important season for Beşiktaş as, in 2003, the reputable Turkish club was celebrating its 100th year since its foundation. They won the Turkish title, having only one loss and collecting 85 points – a record points tally in a single Süper Lig season.
The 2003–04 season started well for Lucescu and Beşiktaş. The team could not progress from a difficult Champions League group, but was able to get a ticket to the UEFA Cup by finishing third in its group – only to be knocked out by Valencia, who eventually went on to win the competition. At the beginning of the second half of the 2003–04 Süper Lig season, Beşiktaş were in first place and eight points ahead of their rivals Fenerbahçe, who were in second. On 25 January 2004, Beşiktaş played against Samsunspor at home, where referee Cem Papila showed five red cards to Beşiktaş players. After this match, the team's performance declined drastically, and Lucescu could not stop the decline. He blamed the Turkish Football Federation for one-sided decisions by the referees. After a disastrous second half, Lucescu decided to leave Turkey claiming that his championship was stolen.
In May 2004, Lucescu joined Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk and led their rise to prominence in Ukraine the following years. His first trophy with the club came in the 2003–04 Ukrainian Cup, defeating Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2–0 in the final on 30 May. In his first full season with the club, he secured the 2004–05 Premier League title.
The following season, he secured both the Premier League and the Super Cup. He failed to win any trophies the following season, however, though he made up for it in the 2007–08 season, winning the Premier League title and the Ukrainian Cup. His only domestic success in the 2008–09 season came in the Super Cup, although he was able to guide Shakhtar to their first ever European trophy, winning the last ever UEFA Cup before it was renamed the UEFA Europa League. He won the final against Werder Bremen 2–1 after extra time.
The 2009–10 season saw Shakhtar regain the Premier League title. The 2010–11 season was very successful for Lucescu. He guided Shakhtar to a domestic treble, winning the Premier League, the Ukrainian Cup and the Super Cup. They also had their most successful Champions League campaign, reaching the quarter-final stage before being defeated by eventual winners Barcelona.
The following season saw Shakhtar retain their Premier League and Ukrainian Cup titles. This gave Lucescu his sixth Premier League and fourth Ukrainian Cup with the club. Shakhtar had a disappointing Champions League campaign, finishing in fourth place in their group. His son, Răzvan Lucescu, is a former goalkeeper who at several points managed Rapid București, a team his father had also previously managed. Coincidentally, Shakhtar and Rapid met in the group stage of the UEFA Cup, the duel was disputed in only one leg at Donetsk in November 2005 ending with 1–0 win for Rapid.
On 29 May 2009, Lucescu was granted the title "Honorary citizen of Donetsk" by the city council of Donetsk for "earning the UEFA Cup, development and popularization of the Ukrainian football, improvement of the Donetsk, Donetsk region and Ukraine authority in the world".
In December 2009, he turned down an offer to coach the Ukraine national team, his reason being to avoid another potential clash with his son, Răzvan, who then managed the Romania national team and could qualify for UEFA Euro 2012, which Ukraine was to host.
Lucescu has won the Coach of the Year award in Ukraine in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
He led Shakhtar into the semi-finals of Europa League during his last season in charge, being eliminated by defending champions and eventual winners Sevilla. He announced his resignation in early 2016, ending a 12-year period in charge of Shakhtar and becoming the club's greatest manager. In his last match in charge, he won the 2015–16 Ukrainian Cup after defeating Zorya Luhansk 2–0 in the final.
Zenit Saint PetersburgEdit
On 28 May 2017, Zenit dismissed him after one season in which the club failed to qualify for the Champions League by coming in third in the league.
Turkey national football teamEdit
Lucescu is known to be a very educated person. He learned six foreign languages at a young age: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French and Russian in addition to his native Romanian. As a coach in Romania, he was often cited as telling his players that going to the theatre or reading a book is far more beneficial than going to restaurants. He also pressured his players to go to university. His son, Răzvan Lucescu, was also a footballer, and is currently managing Al-Hilal.
- As of 20 November 2018
|Galatasaray||1 July 2000||30 June 2002||106||64||22||20||210||111||+99||60.38|
|Beşiktaş||1 July 2002||17 May 2004||89||53||19||17||162||98||+64||59.55|
|Shakhtar Donetsk||17 May 2004||24 May 2016||573||395||90||88||1,220||452||+768||68.94|
|Zenit Saint Petersburg||24 May 2016||28 May 2017||40||25||7||8||74||34||+40||62.50|
|Turkey||2 August 2017||11 February 2019||17||4||6||7||17||25||−8||23.53|
- Dinamo București
- Romanian League (7): 1963–64, 1964–65, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1976–77, 1989–90
- Romanian Cup (1): 1967–68
- Corvinul Hunedoara
- Corvinul Hunedoara
- Dinamo București
- Rapid București
- Shakhtar Donetsk
- Ukrainian League (8): 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14
- Ukrainian Cup (6): 2003–04, 2007–08, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2015–16
- Ukrainian Super Cup (7): 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
- UEFA Cup (1): 2008–09
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