Răzvan Lucescu, the 40-year-old son of FC Shakhtar Donetsk boss Mircea Lucescu, has followed in his father's footsteps after being named coach of Romania's national team with Victor Piţurcă having been relieved of his duties.
Lucescu has become the second-youngest coach to take charge of Romania, with the record still held by his father who was appointed in 1981 at the age of 36 – leading Romania to the 1984 UEFA European Championship before leaving the post in 1986. Răzvan Lucescu has accepted the job with a view to guiding his country to UEFA EURO 2012™. Their chances of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup are slim after they picked up just four points from their first five Group 7 games.
Formerly a goalkeeper for FC Sportul Studenţesc and FC Rapid Bucureşti among others, Lucescu won his first title with Rapid in 2003 while he was both player and the club's vice-president. He moved into coaching with FC Braşov in the 2003/04 season, then took the reins at Rapid, steering them to the 2005/06 UEFA Cup quarter-finals – where they lost to FC Steaua Bucureşti – and to glory in the 2006/07 Romanian Cup. He returned to Braşov in 2007, helping them gain promotion to Liga 1 in his first term back. They are now eighth in the table and pushing for UEFA Europa League qualification. The man the ex-Braşov boss replaces, Victor Piţurcă, had been in the position since late 2004.
Regarded as an intelligent workaholic, Răzvan Lucescu is also known for his excellent rapport with players, and with 26 UEFA club games to his name he has more experience on the European stage than any Romanian coach – barring his father.
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