Date of birth: 17 February 1969
Playing career: FC Sportul Studenţesc Bucureşti (three times), AC Crema, FC Naţional Bucureşti (twice), FC Braşov, FC Rapid Bucureşti (twice), FCM Bacău
Coaching career: FC Braşov (twice), FC Rapid Bucureşti, Romania
• The son of top Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu, he enjoyed a successful playing career as a goalkeeper in Romania's top division, playing 249 matches for five different clubs but never representing his country.
• Made only one appearance in his final season as a player in Rapid's title-winning 2002/03 campaign, when he was also club's vice-president. His previous best placing was runners-up spot with Naţional in 1996/97.
• Followed father into coaching as soon as he had hung up his gloves, starting out with former club Braşov. Returned to lead Rapid to league runners-up spot and UEFA Cup quarter-finals in 2005/06.
• Won a second successive Romanian Cup in 2006/07 before quitting to return to Braşov and immediately guiding the team from Transylvania to promotion to Liga I.
• Another impressive season earned him the job of succeeding Victor Piţurcă as Romania coach in the spring of 2009 – after his father had turned it down. Began with a restorative 1-0 win away to Lithuania in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
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