Romania's 'greatest' retires

Published: Wednesday, 26 September 2007, 21:30
A FIFA World Cup quarter-finalist with Romania and a European Cup winner with FC Steaua Bucureşti, coach Anghel Iordanescu has retired from a life in football.

Romanian football's greatest coach of the 20th century, Anghel Iordanescu, has announced his retirement from football – 21 years after helping FC Steaua Bucureşti to European Champion Clubs' Cup glory.

'Other priorities'
The 57-year-old, who was awarded the title of greatest coach by the Romanian Football Federation in 1999, brings the curtain down on his coaching career having worked in Romania, Cyprus, Greece and the Middle East. "I am not interested in football any more. I have other priorities, first of all business. I will not coach any more," said Iordanescu.

European Cup glory
He began as an assistant coach to Emeric Ienei at Steaua where the pair led the side to two titles and a domestic cup triumph. It was in this role that Iordansecu made a substitute appearance in Steaua's 1986 European Cup final defeat of FC Barcelona in Seville, before taking the reins as head coach and overcoming FC Dynamo Kyiv in the UEFA Super Cup later the same year.

National service
Iordanesu also managed Romania with distinction, first taking over in 1993 and guiding his country to the quarter-finals of the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States and then the last 16 of the 1998 tournament in France. After leaving the Romania post in 1998, Iordanescu had spells as head coach of Greece and in the Middle East before another stint at the national-team helm between January 2002 and November 2004.

Technical expert
Iordanescu had enjoyed a successful playing career with Steaua, also winning 64 caps for Romania and scoring 26 goals. Latterly, he served UEFA as a technical expert, both as a member of its technical development committee and as a member of technical study groups – including at UEFA EURO 2004™ in Portugal.

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