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Dorinel Munteanu
The romanian football trainer dorinel munteanu in 27 08 2008 at Cluj-Napoca, Ion Moina stadium.jpg
Personal information
Full name Dorinel Ionel Munteanu
Date of birth June 25, 1968 (1968-06-25) (age 41)
Place of birth Grădinari, Caraş-Severin County, Romania
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6+12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder / Left midfielder
Club information
Current club Oţelul Galaţi (Manager)
Youth career
Minerul Oraviṭa
1985–1986 Metalul Bocşa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1987 Metalul Bocşa
1987–1988 CSM Reşiţa
1988–1989 FC Olt Scorniceşti 33 (2)
1989–1991 FC Inter Sibiu 47 (7)
1991–1993 Dinamo Bucharest 67 (27)
1993–1995 Cercle Brugge 68 (13)
1995–1999 1. FC Köln 133 (18)
1999–2003 VfL Wolfsburg 101 (11)
2003–2005 Steaua Bucureşti 33 (2)
2005–2006 CFR Cluj 26 (0)
2006–2007 Argeş Piteşti 3 (0)
2007–2008 FC Vaslui 16 (0)
2008 Universitatea Cluj 2 (0)
2008[1] Steaua Bucureşti 0 (0)
2009 Universitatea Cluj 0 (0)
Total 529 (80)
National team
1991–2007 Romania 134 (16)
Teams managed
2005–2006 CFR Cluj
2006–2007 Argeş Piteşti
2007–2008 FC Vaslui
2008 Universitatea Cluj
2008 Steaua Bucureşti
2009 Universitatea Cluj
2009– Oţelul Galaţi
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 25, 2008.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 24, 2008

Dorinel Ionel Munteanu (born June 25, 1968 in Grădinari) is a Romanian football coach and player midfielder. As of June 30, 2006, Dorinel Munteanu is the most capped player for Romania, with 134 caps.


Club career

During his long career, which still continues, Munteanu was always seen as a player capable of making big efforts. A pure professional footballer, an example for others, he stayed away from drinking and night clubs, thus he suffered very few injuries.

Munteanu started to play football for Metalul Bocşa, a team which offered him the first chance to play in Divizia B in 1986. After one year he went to play for FCM Reşiţa and then in 1988 for FC Olt, while 1989 found him at FC Inter Sibiu.

Dinamo Bucharest bought him from Sibiu in 1991 only to sell him to Cercle Brugge two years later. After two years in Belgium he moved to Germany to play for 1. FC Köln and VfL Wolfsburg between 1995 and 2003.

In 2003, aged 35, he was released from his contract by VfL Wolfsburg and signed with Steaua Bucureşti as a free agent, only to leave the club in 2005 after a conflict with the club's Chief Executive Mihai Stoica and join the squad of CFR Cluj Napoca.

International career

Dorinel won his first cap for Romania in 1991 while still at FC Inter Sibiu. Since then he was a very important part of the national team of Romania, playing in various positions such as left back, left midfielder and playmaker.

In 2001 he won his 100th cap in a game against Hungary in Budapest and four years later he won the 126th cap, making him the most capped Romanian footballer. He now has 134 caps.

Munteanu scored 16 goals for Romania and played at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, 1996 European Football Championship, 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2000 European Football Championship.

Coaching career

After leaving Steaua Bucureşti, Munteanu is offered the position of player-manager at CFR Cluj Napoca. In this first managerial job, he took the team to the Intertoto Cup final in 2005 and finished fifth in Divizia A at the end of the 2005–06 season. During the first half of the 2006–07 season, despite a good start (6 wins, 2 draws, 2 defeats) with CFR Cluj Napoca, Munteanu announced he resigns his position at the club, due to interference with his decisions and lack of support from the club management. Munteanu had a pending offer from FC Argeş Piteşti and he decided to accept it, despite the team being bottom of the first league after 10 games. Towards the end of the season, due to impossibility of avoiding the relegation of FC Argeş Piteşti, he was sacked, only to be confirmed in short time as the new manager of Liga 1 team FC Vaslui. He has stated that he also intends to continue his playing career at FC Vaslui. But after a match of FC Vaslui vs Steaua Bucureşti it was proved that the Vaslui players didn't play fair, they were stimulated by money that came from the Steaua Bucureşti owner to let Steaua win. After he heard that, Dorinel Munteanu quit the team, and spent a period far from the football pitch. He came back as head coach of U Cluj in September 2008, but only after 7 games he quit to go to Steaua Bucureşti. And again, after only 8 games, he was dismissed by the club's president, George Becali.


Season Club Title
1991-1992 Romania Dinamo Bucureşti Divizia A
2004-2005 Romania Steaua Bucureşti Divizia A

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 21 December 1991 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Egypt 1–1 1–3 Friendly
2 24 December 1991 Port Said Stadium, Port Said, Egypt  Egypt 1–0 1–1 Friendly
3 7 June 1995 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Israel 2–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 1996 Qualifying
4 15 October 1995 Všešportový areál, Košice, Slovakia  Slovakia 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 1996 Qualifying
5 6 September 1997 Sportplatz, Eschen, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 5–0 8–1 World Cup 1998 Qualifying
6 6 September 1997 Sportplatz, Eschen, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 6–0 8–1 World Cup 1998 Qualifying
7 6 September 1997 Sportplatz, Eschen, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 7–1 8–1 World Cup 1998 Qualifying
8 10 October 1998 Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal  Portugal 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2000 Qualifying
9 5 June 1999 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Hungary 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2000 Qualifying
10 9 June 1999 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Azerbaijan 2–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2000 Qualifying
11 20 June 2000 Stade du Pays de Charleroi, Charleroi, Belgium  England 2–2 3–2 UEFA EURO 2000 Group A
12 28 March 2001 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia  Georgia 1–0 2–0 World Cup 2002 Qualifying
13 27 March 27, 2002 Stadionul Gheorghe Hagi, Constanţa, Romania  Ukraine 1–0 4–1 Friendly
14 7 September 2002 Koševo Stadium, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2004 Qualifying
15 12 February 2003 Neo GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus  Slovakia 1–1 2–1 Friendly
16 29 March 2003 Stadionul Lia Manoliu, Bucharest, Romania  Denmark 2–1 2–5 UEFA Euro 2004 Qualifying

See also

External references


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Romania Aurel Şunda
CFR 1907 Cluj Manager
Succeeded by
Italy Cristiano Bergodi
Preceded by
Italy Giuseppe Giannini
Argeş Piteşti Manager
Succeeded by
Romania Constantin Cârstea
Preceded by
Romania Viorel Hizo
FC Vaslui Manager
Succeeded by
Romania Emil Săndoi
Preceded by
Romania Alpar Meszaros
Universitatea Cluj Manager
Succeeded by
Romania Gheorghe Mihali
Preceded by
Romania Marius Lăcătuş
Steaua Manager
Succeeded by
Romania Marius Lăcătuş
Preceded by
Romania Petre Grigoraş
Oţelul Galaţi Manager
Succeeded by


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