Date of birth: 8 May 1956
Playing career: FC Universitatea Craiova, FC Dinamo Slatina, CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu, FC Drobeta Turnu-Severin, FC Olt, FC Steaua Bucureşti, RC Lens
Coaching career: FC Steaua Bucureşti (four times), FC Universitatea Craiova (twice), Romania Under-21, Romania (three times)
• Came to the fore with Steaua, winning the 1986 European Champion Clubs' Cup and that year's UEFA Super Cup. Also collected a runners-up medal in the 1989 European Cup before leaving for Lens.
• Though limited to six goals in 13 international appearances, his record of 165 strikes in 301 league games makes him one of the most prolific forwards in Romanian history.
• Started his coaching career as an assistant at Steaua in 1991. His first opportunity as head coach came at Universitatea Craiova between 1994 and 1995 before he was handed the Romania U21 reins. In July 1998 he made the step up to the senior national team, but following his dismissal he returned to Steaua whom he led to the league title in 2000/01.
• Reclaimed the national team helm in 2004 and masterminded qualification for UEFA EURO 2008, guiding them to the top of qualifying Group G, above the Netherlands. His second spell ended in April 2009 after a poor run in FIFA World Cup qualifying. Had brief stints at Steaua and Universitatea Craiova before his reappointment by the Romanian Football Federation (FRF) in June 2011.
• Led Romania to second spot, behind the Netherlands, in 2014 World Cup Group D yet could not inspire his side to a play-off success against Greece, the 4-1 aggregate defeat meaning they missed out on a trip to Brazil.
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