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Ilie Dumitrescu
Personal information
Full name Ilie Dumitrescu
Date of birth January 6, 1969 (1969-01-06) (age 41)
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7+12 in)
Playing position Manager
(Former: Winger / Centre forward)
Youth career
1977-1986 Steaua Bucureşti
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986-1994 Steaua Bucureşti 165 (71)
1987-1988 Olt Scorniceşti (loan) 31 (1)
1994-1995 Tottenham Hotspur 18 (4)
1995 Sevilla (loan) 13 (1)
1996 West Ham United 10 (0)
1996-1997 Club América 13 (1)
1997-1998 Atlante 27 (3)
1998-1999 Steaua Bucureşti 7 (3)
Total 284 (84)
National team
1989-1998 Romania 62 (20)
Teams managed
2001 Oţelul Galaţi
2001 FC Braşov
2001-2002 Alki Larnaca
2002 Romania U–21
2002-2003 FCM Bacău
2003-2004 Apollon Limassol
2004 AEK Athens
2005 FC Egaleo
2005 Akratitos
2005-2006 FC Kallithea
2006 PAOK Thessaloniki
2009 Panthrakikos
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ilie Dumitrescu (born 6 January 1969 in Bucharest) is a former Romanian football player, currently manager. A tricky forward, he shot to fame when his frontline partnership with Gheorghe Hagi and Florin Răducioiu led the Romania national football team to the 1994 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal, eliminating Argentina en route.

  • Dumitrescu is now working as a football commentator.


Club career

Dumitrescu joined the Steaua Bucureşti Academy in 1977 at the age of 8, making his way through all the youth teams and play for the first squad in April 1987. Even now he is renowned as the best player Steaua Bucureşti Academy ever produced along with Dan Petrescu.

After making his debut in Divizia A he is loaned to FC Olt to gain more experience. At Steaua, a team which won the European Cup in the previous year was no room for an 18-year-old. But at FC Olt was a different story, as Ilie did catch the first eleven from the very beginning, playing as left full back. This was not, however, a position he enjoyed, as he was a creative player. During his time with FC Olt Mircea Lucescu the famous Romanian coach noticed him and predicted a fruitful career.

It was just like Lucescu said. Once returned to Steaua Bucureşti, full with talent and ambition, he makes himself way to the first eleven at the age of only 19, becoming an important part of the squad, playing alongside big names such as Marius Lăcătuş and Gheorghe Hagi.

In 1989 he makes debut for Romania, being used as a substitute in a game against Greece. From there the 1990 FIFA World Cup was only one step away, an opportunity he could not miss.

Despite playing two games in Italy, Dumitrescu's services are not requested by a Western European club and he returned to play for his old team and, as captain, leads it to winning the championship in 1993 and playing in the quarterfinals of the Cup Winners' Cup in the same year.

1994 was a World Cup year and Dumitrescu was there, playing all the five games his team played in America and scoring two very important goals against Argentina, the first after 11 minutes, a stunning free kick from a tight angle curled over the Argentine goal keeper, and then 9 minutes later to regain the lead after Argentina had quickly drew level through a penalty, slick passing from the yellow maestros to leave Dumitresu to slot the ball in the net. Dumitrescu also got the assist for the final goal to play a great ball after a great run to Hagi who scored a vital goal which proved o be the winner. His performance opened the doors to the quarter-finals, the best performance Romania ever gained.

Impressed by his performance in America, the representatives of Tottenham Hotspur were keen to offer him a contract. Unfortunately his career will never be the same.

Just days after becoming a Tottenham Hotspur player, Dumitrescu found his name involved in a scandal. Keen to get sales, the British tabloid News of the World wrote an article about Ilie chasing the services of a prostitute. The story proved to be untrue, but it was enough to send him in loan to Sevilla FC, with an option to buy for the La Liga side.

Dumitrescu had a good time in Southern Spain and the coach of Sevilla wanted him but the club baulked at the demanded transfer fee, leaving the player no choice but to return to Tottenham.

After playing for them in the first half of the 1995 - 96 championship, Dumitrescu was sold to West Ham United, where Harry Redknapp wanted to make him the player he once was. But for various reasons he could not as Dumitrescu now had some issues regarding the work permit and when it came it was too late and the contract with the London team was broken, leaving him free agent.

In the summer of 1996 he signed a contract with Club América and then after one year he switched to the rivals of Atlante F.C..

After two years in Mexico, Dumitrescu returns to Steaua Bucureşti in 1998 but at the end of the first half of the season announced his retirement as a professional player. He was then only 29.

Career as player agent

In 1998 he established a company called Sport & Business World, as he was keen to start a new career as a player agent. It was however a very short career without any relevant success.

Career as coach

In 2001 he was requested by Oţelul Galaţi, from Romania's Divizia A, to take over as team coach. It was the beginning of a new career for Dumitrescu. From Galaţi he moved to FC Braşov and then Cypriot side Alki Larnaca in 2001-02, where he promoted them in the Cypriot First Division and his team did very well until the middle of the season and beating the best teams of Cyprus. However at the end of the season his team finished 11th. He was taking the role of head coach of the Romanian Under 21 side. During those years, he also managed FCM Bacău.

Three years after becoming coach, he left Romania in 2003 and went again to Cyprus, this time for Apollon Limassol, a team that became 11th the year before. After a great first round, his team, by playing catenaccio, won the 12 of the first 13 matches and won the unofficial title of the winter champions and he, personally, was awarded as the best trainer of Cyprus for the year 2004. However after that his team began losing the following games. After those defeats, he was asked by AEK Athens FC to become their manager, and since he was ambitious for a better career he left Apollon, to become AEK Athens manager on February 2004.

He remained in Greece, and he coached then Egaleo from the Greek Super League. The next three years found him at Akratitos, Kallithea and PAOK from Thessaloniki.

He has recently been criticized for the style of play adopted by his recent team PAOK, which was reminiscent of Catenaccio, the ultra-defensive style of play that many Italian teams used in the 1960s. After more criticism by the PAOK fans, Dumitrescu announced his resignation from the club on 3 October 2006.

In 2009 he returned back for a short period at Panthrakikos.


Ilie Dumitrescu is an art lover and has his own art gallery in Bucharest.


Romanian Championship:

Romanian Cup:

Romanian Supercup:

European Cup:



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 26 August 1992 Stadionul Naţional, Bucharest, Romania  Mexico 2–0 2–0 Friendly
2 14 November 1992 Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest, Romania  Czechoslovakia 1–1 1–1 1994 FIFA World Cup Qual.
3 3 February 1993 Estadio Nacional, Lima, Peru  Peru 2–0 2–0 Friendly
4 7 Februarie 1993 Harder Stadium, California, United States  United States 1–1 1–1 Friendly
5 14 April 1993 Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest, Romania  Cyprus 1–1 2–1 1994 FIFA World Cup Qual.
6 14 April 1993 Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest, Romania  Cyprus 2–1 2–1 1994 FIFA World Cup Qual.
7 13 October 1993 Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest, Romania  Belgium 2–0 2–1 1994 FIFA World Cup Qual.
8 13 February 1994 Hong Kong Stadium, China  United States 1–0 2–1 Friendly
9 13 February 1994 Hong Kong Stadium, China  United States 2–1 2–1 Friendly
10 16 February 1994 Changwon Stadium, South Korea  Korea Republic 1–1 2–1 Friendly
11 16 February 1994 Changwon Stadium, South Korea  Korea Republic 2–1 2–1 Friendly
12 20 April 1994 Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest, Romania  Bolivia 1–0 3–0 Friendly
13 20 April 1994 Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest, Romania  Bolivia 2–0 3–0 Friendly
14 25 May 1994 Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest, Romania  Nigeria 1–0 2–0 Friendly
15 3 July 1994 Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, United States  Argentina 1–0 3–2 1994 FIFA World Cup
16 3 July 1994 Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, United States  Argentina 2–1 3–2 1994 FIFA World Cup
17 12 October 1994 Wembley Stadium, London, England  England 1–0 1–1 Friendly
18 26 April 1995 Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadium, Trabzon, Turkey  Azerbaijan 2–1 4–1 UEFA Euro 1996 Qual.
19 20 August 1997 Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest, Romania  Macedonia 4–1 4–2 1998 FIFA World Cup Qual.
20 6 June 1998 Stadionul Ilie Oană, Ploieşti, Romania  Moldova 3–0 5–1 Friendly

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Dan Petrescu
Steaua captain
Succeeded by
Marius Lăcătuş
Preceded by
Romania Ilie Stan
Steaua Top Scorer
Succeeded by
Romania Adrian Ilie


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