Viorel Dinu Moldovan (born 8 July 1972) is a Romanian football manager and former player. A striker, he was an important player for the Romania national team in the 1990s.
|Full name||Viorel Dinu Moldovan|
|Date of birth||8 July 1972|
|Place of birth||Bistrița, Romania|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2003||→ Al-Wahda (loan)||1||(0)|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
Moldovan was born in Bistrița.
At club level, Moldovan played for Gloria Bistrița (1990–93), Dinamo București (1993–95), Neuchâtel Xamax (1995–96), Grasshoppers (1996–97), Coventry City (1998), Fenerbahçe (1998–2000), Nantes (2000–04), Servette (2004), FCU Politehnica Timișoara (2005), and Rapid București (2006–2007).
The most successful years of his career were playing for Neuchâtel Xamax and Grasshoppers between 1996 and 1998 in Switzerland (he was the Swiss Super League top scorer in 1996 and 1997), for Fenerbahçe between 1998 and 2000 and for Nantes between 2000 and 2004. He was a key player when Nantes won the French Ligue 1 in 2001. During his brief spell in England with Coventry City he scored twice, once in the FA Cup, scoring the winner against local rivals Aston Villa, and once in the league against Crystal Palace.
Moldovan was capped 70 times for Romania, scoring 25 goals. He represented his country at Euro 96, the 1998 FIFA World Cup, during which he scored goals against England and Tunisia in the first round, and Euro 2000.
Moldovan worked as the sporting director of FC Unirea Valahorum Urziceni and was the coach of FC Vaslui. On 26 May 2009, the coach quit FC Vaslui after just seven months for failing to guide the team to European qualification. The squad was then managed by coaching assistant Cristian Dulca on a temporary basis until a new coach was hired. On 28 July 2009, the Italian coach Nicolò Napoli quit FC Brașov and was replaced by Moldovan, who signed a two-year deal.
|Club||Season||League||National cup||League cup||Continental||Total|
|Neuchâtel Xamax||1995–96||Nationalliga A||31||19||—||2||0||33||19|
|Coventry City||1997–98||Premier League||10||1||4||1||—||14||2|
|Nantes Atlantique||2000–01||Division 1||23||11||3||4||2||2||5||5||33||22|
- ^ Includes appearance in Trophée des Champions
- Scores and results list Romania's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Moldovan goal.
|1||24 April 1996||Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania||Georgia||1–0||5–0||Friendly|
|2||24 April 1996||Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania||Georgia||2–0||5–0||Friendly|
|3||24 April 1996||Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania||Georgia||3–0||5–0||Friendly|
|4||31 August 1996||Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania||Lithuania||1–0||3–0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5||29 March 1997||Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania||Liechtenstein||1–0||8–0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|6||2 April 1997||Žalgiris Stadium, Vilnius, Lithuania||Lithuania||1–0||1–0||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|7||20 August 1997||Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania||North Macedonia||1–0||4–2||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|8||20 August 1997||Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania||North Macedonia||3–1||4–2||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|9||6 September 1997||Sportplatz, Eschen, Liechtenstein||Liechtenstein||1–0||8–1||1998 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|10||8 April 1998||Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania||Greece||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
|11||22 April 1998||King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels, Belgium||Belgium||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|12||6 June 1998||Stadionul Ilie Oană, Ploiești, Romania||Moldova||4–0||5–1||Friendly|
|13||22 June 1998||Stadium Municipal, Toulouse, France||England||1–0||2–1||World Cup 1998 Group G|
|14||26 June 1998||Stade de France, Saint Denis, France||Tunisia||1–1||1–1||World Cup 1998 Group G|
|15||2 September 1998||Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania||Liechtenstein||6–0||7–0||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|16||5 September 1998||Ta' Qali Stadium, Attard, Malta||Germany||1–0||1–1||Friendly|
|17||14 October 1998||Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary||Hungary||1–0||1–1||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|18||4 September 1999||Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia||Slovakia||4–1||5–1||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|19||4 September 1999||Tehelné pole, Bratislava, Slovakia||Slovakia||5–1||5–1||UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying|
|20||27 May 2000||Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands||Netherlands||1–2||1–2||Friendly|
|21||12 June 2000||Stade de Sclessin, Liège, Belgium||Germany||1–0||1–1||UEFA Euro 2000|
|22||6 June 2001||S. Darius and S. Girėnas Stadium, Kaunas, Lithuania||Lithuania||2–0||2–1||2002 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|23||15 August 2001||Bežigrad Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia||Slovenia||2–1||2–2||Friendly|
|24||16 October 2002||Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, Luxembourg||Luxembourg||1–0||7–0||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|
|25||16 October 2002||Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg, Luxembourg||Luxembourg||2–0||7–0||UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying|
- Swiss League top scorer: 1995–96, 1996–97
- Swiss Foreign Footballer of the Year: 1995–96, 1996–97
- ^ "Viorel Dinu MOLDOVAN". RomanianSoccer.
- ^ "Dinu Viorel Moldovan – Goals in International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation.
- ^ Shaw, Phil (14 February 1998). "Moldovan the destroyer of myths". The Independent. London. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
- ^ Callow, Nick (28 February 1998). "Coppell deep in the doldrums". The Independent. London. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
- ^ a b c d Viorel Moldovan at RomanianSoccer.ro (in Romanian)
- ^ Porumboiu: "Despărţirea de Viorel Moldovan s-a făcut pe cale amiabilă"
- ^ FC Braşov: Napoli înlocuit de Viorel Moldovan în scaunul de antrenor Archived 30 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine
- ^ Viorel Moldovan at WorldFootball.net
- ^ Viorel Moldovan at Soccerway
- ^ Viorel Moldovan at National-Football-Teams.com