Ștefan Iovan

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Ştefan Iovan
Personal information
Full name Ştefan Iovan
Date of birth (1960-08-23) 23 August 1960 (age 53)
Place of birth Moțăței, Romania
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1978 Reşiţa 7 (0)
1978–1979 Luceafărul Bucureşti
1979–1980 Reşiţa
1980–1991 Steaua Bucureşti 285 (18)
1991–1992 Brighton & Hove Albion 6 (0)
1992 Steaua Bucureşti 6 (0)
1993–1995 Rapid Bucureşti 67 (0)
1995–1996 Electroputere Craiova 8 (0)
1996–1997 Reşiţa 13 (0)
Total 392 (18)
National team
Romania U-21 12 (0)
1983–1990 Romania 35 (3)
Teams managed
2000–2002 Steaua Bucureşti (assistant)
2002 Steaua Bucureşti (interim)
2002–2003 Steaua Bucureşti (assistant)
2004–2011 Romania (assistant)
2011 Romania (interim)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ştefan Iovan (born 23 August 1960 in Moțăței, Dolj) is a former football player, winner of European Cup with Steaua Bucureşti in 1986, when he also was the team's captain.

Career as player[edit]

Iovan made his debut at CSM Reşiţa in 1977, before joining the squad of Luceafărul Bucureşti one year later. Luceafărul was then a team formed by the Romanian Football Federation to gather the young talents of Romanian football and did not play in any league. Returns to Reşiţa in 1979, but in the winter of 1981 joins Steaua Bucureşti where he plays for ten years, until 1991.

In 1991 joins the English club Brighton & Hove Albion, but returns to Steaua Bucureşti in 1992 for half-a-season only before signing with Rapid Bucharest, then Electroputere Craiova in 1995. His last season as a professional football player was 1996 - 97 with CSM Reşiţa.

Iovan played a total of 365 games in Divizia A and scored 20 goals. He was champion of Divizia A in five occasions and also won the Romanian Cup four times.

In 1987 Iovan won the European Supercup with Steaua Bucureşti.

On 25 March 2008 he was decorated by the president of Romania, Traian Băsescu with Ordinul "Meritul Sportiv" — (The Order "The Sportive Merit") class II for his part in winning the of 1986 European Cup Final.

International career[edit]

At the international level, he played for Romania in 35 games and scored three goals.[1] He also played 12 times for the Romanian Under 21 side.

Coaching career[edit]

After retiring from football he was assistant coach at Steaua Bucureşti, however he led the team once from the position of head coach. He is currently in charge at Romania as assistant manager.


  1. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (11 December 2009). "Romania - Record International Players". RSSSF. 
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Tudorel Stoica
Steaua captain
Succeeded by
Dan Petrescu