Clubs: FC Farul Constanta, FC Sportul Studentesc, FC Steaua Bucureşti, Real Madrid CF, Brescia Calcio, FC Barcelona, Galatasaray AŞ
European Champion Clubs' Cup: runner-up 1989
European Champion Clubs' Cup: leading scorer 1988
UEFA Cup: winner 2000
UEFA Super Cup: winner 1986, 2000
• Burst on to the scene for home-town club Farul in 1982 before joining Sportul the following season and making his Romania debut against Norway at the age of 18.
• Moved on to Steaua in 1987, scoring 76 goals in 97 games, picking up the UEFA Super Cup and winning three consecutive domestic doubles. His side also reached the final of the European Champion Clubs' Cup in 1989, his displays for club and country earning a transfer to Real Madrid the following year.
• Enjoyed a two-year spell at the Santiago Bernabéu before moving on to Brescia, helping the club back into Serie A. 'The Maradona of the Carpathians' had already represented his country at the 1984 UEFA European Championship and 1990 FIFA World Cup, but enjoyed a stellar World Cup campaign in 1994. He scored three times – including a wonderful 40-metre effort against Colombia – and helped his side reach the quarter-finals, where they lost on penalties to Sweden.
• Those performances alerted the attention of Barcelona. He spent two more years in the Liga, winning a second Spanish Super Cup, and then moved to Turkey where he enjoyed one of the most successful spells of his career.
• The attacking midfielder became a talismanic figure at Galatasaray, winning four straight titles and two national cups. He led them to the 2000 UEFA Cup final, where they beat Arsenal FC to become the first Turkish side to win a major continental trophy. Followed it up with a second as Galatasaray defeated Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup three months later.
• Won the last of his 125 caps after UEFA EURO 2000, and retired as a player in 2001. Embarked on a coaching career, his first job being a short-lived spell in charge of the national team. Has also had spells leading Bursaspor, Galatasaray (twice), FC Politehnica Timişoara and Steaua.
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