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Dan Petrescu
Petrescu cheered by Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge
Personal information
Full name Daniel Vasile Petrescu
Date of birth 22 December 1967 (1967-12-22) (age 42)
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Playing position Defender, Winger
Club information
Current club FC Kuban Krasnodar
Youth career
1977–1985 Steaua Bucureşti
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1991 Steaua Bucureşti 95 (28)
1986–1987 Olt Scorniceşti (loan) 24 (0)
1991–1993 U.S. Foggia 55 (7)
1993–1994 Genoa C.F.C. 24 (1)
1994–1995 Sheffield Wednesday 39 (3)
1995–2000 Chelsea 151 (17)
2000–2001 Bradford City 17 (1)
2001–2002 Southampton 11 (2)
2002–2003 Naţional Bucureşti 20 (0)
Total 436 (59)
National team
1989–2000 Romania 95 (12)
Teams managed
2004 Rapid Bucureşti
2004–2006 Sportul Studenţesc
2006 Wisła Kraków
2006–2009 Unirea Urziceni
2010– Kuban Krasnodar
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Daniel Vasile Petrescu (born 22 December 1967 in Bucharest, Romania) is a Romanian former international football player most famous for having played for the English Premiership club Chelsea. Other clubs included Steaua Bucureşti and Sheffield Wednesday. Petrescu received 95 international caps for the Romanian national side. He is currently managing FC Kuban Krasnodar after resigning as the manager of Romanian Liga 1 team Unirea Urziceni in December 2009.

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Club career

After playing for Steaua Bucureşti's youth teams, Dan Petrescu was promoted into the first team in 1986 in a game played by Steaua just one month after winning the European Cup. Petrescu was loaned to FC Olt for the 1986–87 season, but asked to come back to Steaua Bucureşti in 1987.

He was an important part of the team which reached the semifinals of the European Cup in 1988 and the final in 1989. Also in 1989 he played for Romania for the first time, but missed the World Cup of the following year due to an injury.

In 1991 he was bought by U.S. Foggia of Italy, in a period when the club saw promotion to Serie A. In 1993 he moved to Genoa C.F.C.

Petrescu moved to the English Premiership in 1994 after a successful World Cup for Romania, signing for Sheffield Wednesday from Genoa. After one season at Hillsborough he signed for Chelsea and featured prominently there for the next five years. During his term at Chelsea, he was a member of the teams which won the FA Cup in 1997 and the League Cup and Cup Winners' Cup (both in 1998). After falling out with Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli after a defeat to Manchester United, Petrescu never played for the club again and was not even selected as a substitute for the 2000 FA Cup Final against Aston Villa. He moved to Bradford City for £1m that July, scoring once against West Ham,[1] and then had a spell at Southampton, where he scored twice against Leicester[2] and Manchester City.[3]

Return to Romania

Petrescu returned to his native Bucharest for a last season as a football player, with FC Naţional. His last match was the Romanian Cup final, on 31 May 2003. Naţional lost 1–0 to Dinamo Bucharest, during which Petrescu received a lot of abuse from some of the Dinamo fans as he left the pitch at the end of ninety minutes, even though it was the last game of one of Romania's greatest footballers. This was because he used to play for Dinamo's greatest rivals, Steaua Bucureşti.

International career

Petrescu registered 95 caps for the Romanian national team. He made his debut for the squad in 1989, and played at three major tournaments: the 1994 World Cup, Euro 96 and the 1998 World Cup, where the entire team famously dyed their hair blond after losing a bet with the team's coach Anghel Iordanescu.

In 1994 Petrescu played in his first World Cup in the U.S.. He scored the only goal in a win against the United States which saw Romania qualify for the second round as group winners. They were then handed a difficult game against Argentina which they managed to win, only to lose to Sweden on penalties in the quarter-finals, with Petrescu missing his spot-kick.

Euro 96 was a disappointment for Romania, as they lost all three group matches and only managed to score one goal.

At France 1998, he raced past his Chelsea teammate Graeme Le Saux and scored the winning goal against England, which effectively won them the group and ensured they would not have to face Argentina in the second round. In the end, the Romanians lost their second round game 1–0 to Croatia.

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International goals

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 5 December 1990 Stadionul Naţional, Bucharest, Romania  San Marino 6–0 6–0 UEFA Euro 1992 Qualifying
2 8 April 1992 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Latvia 2–0 2–0 Friendly
3 25 May 1994 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Nigeria 2–0 2–0 Friendly
4 26 June 1994 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, United States  United States 1–0 1–0 World Cup 1994 Group A
5 6 September 1994 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Azerbaijan 2–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 1996 Qualifying
6 1 June 1996 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Moldova 1–0 3–1 Friendly
7 31 August 1996 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Lithuania 2–0 3–0 World Cup 1998 Qualifying
8 9 October 1996 Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland  Iceland 4–0 4–0 World Cup 1998 Qualifying
9 29 March 1997 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Liechtenstein 5–0 8–0 World Cup 1998 Qualifying
10 10 September 1997 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Iceland 2–0 4–0 World Cup 1998 Qualifying
11 6 June 1998 Stadionul Ilie Oană, Ploieşti, Romania  Moldova 2–0 5–1 Friendly
12 22 June 1998 Stadium Municipal, Toulouse, France  England 2–1 2–1 World Cup 1998 Group G

Coaching career

Petrescu pursued a career as a coach. He resigned from Rapid Bucureşti in October 2004, after only six games and four months at the helm. On 1 January 2006 he became the manager of Polish 2004–05 champions Wisła Kraków, replacing the temporary coach Tomasz Kulawik. Wisła finished second in the 2005–06 championship. After poor league performances in the 2006–07 season and a loss against Iraklis in the UEFA Cup (Wisła won the tie on aggregate, however the second game was won under a new coach), Petrescu was dismissed as manager of Wisła Kraków on 18 September 2006.

About a week later, he was appointed as the manager of Romanian Liga 1 newly-promoted team Unirea Urziceni, with which he has had considerable success since then. Under his management, Unirea Urziceni was runner-up in the 2007–08 Romanian Cup and qualified for the 2008–09 edition of the UEFA Cup. He was considered for the vacant manager's position at his former club Steaua after Marius Lăcătuş's resignation in October 2008. Dorinel Munteanu was appointed instead, but Petrescu has not ruled out a future role at the club. In May 2009, he went on to win the Liga 1 title with outsiders Unirea Urziceni, the first title for both Petrescu and his club, and consequently achieving qualification to the UEFA Champions League 2009–10, during which he led Unirea to a shock 4-1 victory at Ibrox against Rangers and a win against Sevilla FC at home, 1-0. He is the first Romanian coach to obtain 8 points in a UEFA Champions League group.

Petrescu resigned as manager of Unirea Urziceni in December 2009[4]. On 28 December 2009 the Russian First division club FC Kuban Krasnodar hired the former Unirea Urziceni coach on a five-year deal.[5]

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Romania League Cupa României Cupa Ligii Europe Total
1985-86 Steaua Bucureşti Liga I 2 0
1986-87 Olt Scorniceşti Liga I 24 0
1987-88 Steaua Bucureşti Liga I 11 0
1988-89 28 4
1989-90 23 9
1990-91 31 13
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1991-92 Foggia Serie A 25 4
1992-93 30 3
1993-94 Genoa Serie A 24 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1994-95 Sheffield Wednesday Premier League 29 3
1995-96 8 0
1995-96 Chelsea Premier League 24 2
1996-97 34 3
1997-98 31 5
1998-99 32 4
1999-00 29 4
2000-01 Bradford City Premier League 17 1
2000-01 Southampton Premier League 9 2
2001-02 2 0
Romania League Cupa României Cupa Ligii Europe Total
2002-03 National Bucharest Liga I 20 0
Total Romania 139 26
Italy 79 8
England 215 24
Career Total 433 58

Honours

As a player

Steaua Bucureşti
Chelsea F.C.
FC Naţional
Individual

As a manager

Wisła Kraków
Unirea Urziceni

References

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ştefan Iovan
Steaua captain
1991
Succeeded by
Ilie Dumitrescu
Preceded by
Romania Gavril Balint
Steaua Top Scorer
1990–1991
Succeeded by
Romania Ilie Stan

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