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Ladislau Bölöni
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Personal information
Full name László Bölöni
Date of birth March 11, 1953 (1953-03-11) (age 56)
Place of birth Târgu Mureş, Romania
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Standard Liège (manager)
Youth career
1967-1970 Chimica Târnăveni
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970-1984 ASA Târgu Mureş 406 (64)
1984-1987 Steaua Bucharest 97 (24)
1987-1988 Racing Jet Wavre 16 (0)
1988-1989 US Creteil 11 (2)
1989-1992 US Orléans 77 (4)
Total 607 (94)
National team
1975-1988 Romania 108 (25)
Teams managed
1994-2000 AS Nancy
2000-2001 Romania
2001-2003 Sporting Lisbon
2003-2006 Stade Rennais
2006 AS Monaco
2007-2008 Al-Jazeera
2008- Standard Liège
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
The native form of this personal name is Bölöni László. This article uses the Western name order.

László Bölöni (born March 11, 1953 in Târgu Mureş) is a Romanian former international football player[1][2] of Hungarian ethnicity, currently being a football coach at Standard Liège.

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Club career

Born to a Transylvanian Hungarian family in Târnăveni, Bölöni's first team was Chimica Târnăveni. In 1970 he moved to ASA Târgu Mureş where he stayed until 1984, until he joined Steaua Bucureşti, being part of the team which won the European Champions Cup in 1986 (despite missing his penalty in the shootout in the final) and the European Super Cup the following year. Bölöni remained at Steaua until 1988.

On 25 March 2008 he was decorated by the president of Romania, Traian Băsescu with Ordinul "Meritul Sportiv" — (The Order "The Sportive Merit") class II for his part in winning the of 1986 European Cup Final.

In 1988, aged 35, Bölöni left the country to play in Belgium at Racing Jet Bruxelles and then in France at US Créteil. He retired from professional football in 1992.

International career

Playing for the Romanian national team in 1983, Bölöni scored one of his most vital goals ever, against Italy in a Euro 84 qualification match which eventually proved invaluable to the country's qualification for the tournament. At the finals themselves in France, he played in all three of Romania's games, and scored the equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Spain in Saint-Etienne.

In total, Bölöni won 108 caps for Romania, and scored 25 goals.

National statistics

Coaching career

As a football coach, Bölöni started with French club AS Nancy, where he was head coach for several years. In 2000 he was appointed as national team coach, but in the summer of 2001 decided to leave the job and join Portugal's club Sporting Clube de Portugal, where he won both the Portuguese championship and cup in his first year. He was fired at the end of the next season due to very poor results. His legacy at Sporting was the introduction of youth team players such as Ricardo Quaresma, Hugo Viana and Cristiano Ronaldo into the senior's team starting lineup.

In 2003 he returned to France as manager of Stade Rennais; in 2005, he managed the team to their best position in the history (4th in Ligue 1), and a subsequent UEFA Cup qualification.

In May 2006, Bölöni signed a two-year contract with AS Monaco FC but was fired on October 23 for lack of results (Monaco being 19th out of 20 in the league by that date).

On June 9, 2008, Belgian team Royal Standard de Liège appointed Bölöni as their new manager, as he succeeded Michel Preud'homme, who led the club to their first Jupiler League title in 25 years (season 2007-2008). He won the title in Belgium in his first season at Royal Standard de Liège (season 2008-2009) on May 24, 2009 after the final of the Jupiler League against R.S.C. Anderlecht.

Honours

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Manager

Individual

References

  1. ^ http://www.sportlaminut.ro/fotbal-extern/boloni-sunt-cetatean-roman-si-imi-iubesc-tara-evz-3937259 Bölöni: "I am romanian citizen, and I love my country!"
  2. ^ http://www.gsp.ro/international/europa-league/ladislau-boloni-romania-e-casa-mea-124614.html

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