Ion Caras

  • Date of birth : 11/09/1950
  • Position : Coach
  • Country : Moldova Moldova
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Ion Caras

Ion Caras
Moldova coach Ion Caras ©Boris Kharchenko

Ion Caras


Date of birth: 11 September 1950
Nationality: Moldovan
Playing career: FC Zimbru Chisinau (twice), FC Aeroflot Irkutsk, FC Speranţa Drochia, FC Automobilistul Tiraspol
Coaching career: FC Tighina, FC Zimbru Chisinau (twice), Moldova (twice), FC Constructorul Chisinau, FC Agro Chisinau, FC Nistru Otaci (twice), FC Sporting USM Chisinau, FC Politehnica Chisinau

• Caras spent most of his playing days in the 1970s and 1980s as a defender with Zimbru, helping them to the Soviet Top League in 1983.

• His first coaching role was with Tighina in 1990 and the following year he took charge of Moldova for their debut match as an independent nation, a 4-2 home loss to Georgia.

• He remained in the hot seat until 1997, then returned to club management and led Zimbru to that year's Moldovan Cup. Repeated the trick three years later with Constructorul – by beating Zimbru 1-0.

• After leaving his last club assignment at Nistru in 2010 and working as a referee observer, Caras began a second spell with the national team in January 2012.

• Caras steered Moldova through 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying, concluding with an impressive 5-2 victory in Montenegro. Caras was named Moldova's Coach of the Year 2013.

Last updated: 24/09/14 14.52CET

General info

  • Name: Ion Caras
  • Date of birth: 11/09/1950
  • Country: Moldova

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • National team: European Championship (Preliminary round )
    07/09/94: Georgia 0-1 Moldova
  • Club: UEFA Europa League (Qualifying round)
    12/08/99: FTC 3-1 Tiraspol

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions


Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Europa League
UEFA Intertoto Cup
Last updated: 09/09/2014 01:45 CET
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