Mircea Lucescu

  • Date of birth : 29/07/1945
  • Position : Coach
  • Country : Romania Romania
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Mircea Lucescu

Mircea Lucescu
Mircea Lucescu holds the UEFA Cup after leading Shakhtar to victory in 2009 ©Getty Images

Mircea Lucescu


Date of birth: 29 July 1945
Nationality: Romanian
Playing career: Dinamo Bucureşti (twice), Sportul Studenţesc Bucureşti (loan), Corvinul Hunedoara
Coaching career: Corvinul Hunedoara, Romania, Dinamo Bucureşti, Pisa, Brescia, Reggiana, Rapid Bucureşti (twice), Internazionale Milano, Galatasaray, Beşiktaş, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zenit, Turkey

• A useful striker for Dinamo in the 1960s and 1970s, winning six league titles and 70 caps for Romania as well as captaining his country at the 1970 FIFA World Cup, Lucescu became Corvinul player-coach in his early 30s and, after five years as Romania national team coach, went on to win the 1989/90 Romanian league and cup double with Dinamo.

• Fluent in six foreign languages and regarded as a workaholic, he cemented his reputation at Pisa, Brescia and Reggiana before returning home to coach Rapid, winning the cup in 1997/98 and the league in 1998/99 either side of a short spell back in Italy with Inter.

• After joining Galatasaray in 2000 he lifted the UEFA Super Cup in his first game as coach and took them to the Turkish title in 2001/02 – a feat he repeated with Beşiktaş in 2002/03, their centenary season.

• Left Beşiktaş in 2004 and promptly joined Shakhtar, leading the Donetsk club to titles in 2005, 2006 and 2008, when his side also won the Ukrainian Cup. In May 2009, Lucescu's Shakhtar became the first Ukrainian club to win the UEFA Cup. He suffered a heart attack that summer but swiftly returned to work, guiding the club to another league title at the end of the season and winning the domestic double in 2010/11, when Shakhtar also reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

• More success followed, Lucescu's team completing a hat-trick of domestic doubles in 2012/13 and making it five league titles in a row the following year. Lucescu stepped down in 2016 after 12 years in charge having won a sixth Ukrainian Cup to go with his eight league titles and, after a year at Zenit, succeeded Fatih Terim as Turkey coach in August 2017.

Last updated: 28/08/18 17.43CET


General info

  • Name: Mircea Lucescu
  • Date of birth: 29/07/1945
  • Country: Romania
  • Team: Turkey ( TUR)

  • Current campaign
  • Friendlies 2018/20
  • UEFA Nations League 2018/19

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • National team: European Championship (Preliminary round)
    01/05/82: Romania 3-1 Cyprus
  • Club: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (First round)
    17/09/86: Tirana 1-0 Dinamo Bucureşti

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions

Turkey UNL4103

Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
Shakhtar Donetsk88361933
Rapid Bucureşti2011
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Rapid Bucureşti4220
Dinamo Bucureşti18837
UEFA Super Cup
Shakhtar Donetsk1001
UEFA Europa League
Shakhtar Donetsk45241110
UEFA Intertoto Cup
Rapid Bucureşti2101
Last updated: 23/11/2018 17:35 CET