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Marius Lăcătuş
Personal information
Full name Marius Mihai Lăcătuş
Date of birth 5 April 1964 (1964-04-05) (age 45)
Place of birth Braşov, Romania
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)
Playing position Inside-forward
Club information
Current club FC Vaslui (Manager)
Youth career
1977–1981 FC Braşov
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1983 FC Braşov 45 (5)
1983–1990 Steaua Bucureşti 200 (59)
1990–1991 ACF Fiorentina 21 (3)
1991–1993 Real Oviedo 51 (7)
1993–2000 Steaua Bucureşti 157 (39)
2000 FC Naţional Bucureşti 12 (0)
Career Total 486 (113)
National team
Romania U-21
1984–1998 Romania 84 (13)
Teams managed
1997–1998 Steaua Bucureşti (assistant coach)
2000–2001 FC Naţional Bucureşti
2001 Panama (assistant coach)
2001–2002 FC Oţelul Galaţi
2002–2003 FC Braşov
2003 Romania (assistant coach)
2004 FC Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ
2005 CS Inter Gaz Bucureşti
2006–2007 FCM UTA Arad
2007–2008 Steaua Bucureşti
2009 Steaua Bucureşti
2009– FC Vaslui
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:34, 29 March 2009 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 1998 (UTC)

Marius Mihai Lăcătuş (born 5 April 1964 in Braşov) is a Romanian retired football player and currently head coach at FC Vaslui.


Club career

He played as a deep lying striker or inside forward for Steaua Bucureşti most of his career, being the team's captain between 1994 and 1999. He also played for AC Fiorentina of Italy and Real Oviedo of Spain. Since 21.10.08, he was the team coach of Steaua Bucureşti, the team that made him who he is. However, after a home game against Lyon for the 2008-2009 UEFA Champions League group stage ,which his team lost with a disappointing 5-3, he resigned from the position of Steaua's manager, as he stated that that defeat was his fault.

Lăcătuş was an iconic player for Steaua Bucureşti's supporters. Even now, seven years after leaving the club as a player, the supporters shout his name at each game. The supporters loved him for his spectacular way of playing football, as well as for his commitment during the games. He was nicknamed Fiara (The Beast).

He was the first player to score in the penalty shoot-out of the 1986 European Cup final against FC Barcelona, won by Steaua Bucureşti. After 1990 World Cup in Italy, where he scored two goals against USSR, Lăcătuş was signed by the Italian team ACF Fiorentina and then moved to Real Oviedo in Spain. In 1994 he returned to Steaua Bucureşti and played for the team until 1999, when he finally signed for FC Naţional Bucureşti, where he played only for half a season before retiring. However, in October 2006 he decided to enroll himself as part of UT Arad team were he was also coach until 2007 before he joined Steaua Bucureşti.

His sister is a renowned piano cafe concert player in Romania.

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.

Lăcătuş played a total of 414 games in the Romanian Divizia A (now Liga I), scoring 103 goals; 21 games in the Italian Serie A where he scored three times and also 51 games in the Spanish La Liga, scoring 7 goals. He also made appearances 72 games in the European Cup, Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Cup, scoring 17 goals.

As a player he won the Romanian football championship ten times and the Romanian Cup seven times, as well as the European Cup in 1986 and the European Supercup in 1987, all with Steaua Bucureşti.

He is all time top scorer for Steaua with 17 goals in European Competitions.


Lăcătuş was capped 84 times, scoring 13 goals for the Romanian national team, and played for his country in the 1990 World Cup, Euro 1996 and 1998 World Cup. He scored the 700th goal for the national team of Romania.

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 November 1984 Bloomfield Stadium, Jaffa, Israel  Israel 1–1 1–1 Friendly
2 30 January 1985 Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal  Portugal 1–2 3–2 Friendly
3 30 January 1985 Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal  Portugal 2–2 3–2 Friendly
4 10 September 1986 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Austria 2–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 1988 Qualifying
5 26 May 1990 Heysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium  Belgium 2–2 2–2 Friendly
6 9 June 1990 Stadio San Nicola, Bari, Italy  Soviet Union 1–0 2–0 World Cup 1990 Group B
7 9 June 1990 Stadio San Nicola, Bari, Italy  Soviet Union 2–0 2–0 World Cup 1990 Group B
8 29 August 1990 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, USSR  Soviet Union 1–0 2–1 Friendly
9 6 May 1992 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Faroe Islands 3–0 7–0 FIFA World Cup 1994 Qualifying
10 14 December 1994 Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan, Israel  Israel 1–0 1–1 UEFA Euro 1996 Qualifying
11 7 June 1995 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Israel 1–0 2–1 UEFA Euro 1996 Qualifying
12 11 October 1995 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  France 1–2 1–3 UEFA Euro 1996 Qualifying
13 24 April 1996 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Georgia 4–0 5–0 Friendly


Romania Steaua Bucureşti

  • Lăcătuş is the Romanian football player who won the most domestic awards.


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ilie Dumitrescu
Steaua captain
Succeeded by
Miodrag Belodedici
Preceded by
Romania Septimiu Câmpeanu
Steaua Top Scorer
Succeeded by
Romania Victor Piţurcă
Preceded by
Italy Massimo Pedrazzini
Steaua Manager
Succeeded by
Romania Dorinel Munteanu
Preceded by
Romania Dorinel Munteanu
Steaua Manager
Succeeded by
Italy Cristiano Bergodi


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