Dan Petrescu

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Dan Petrescu
Dan Vasile Petrescu.jpg
Petrescu in 2011
Personal information
Full name Daniel Vasile Petrescu
Date of birth (1967-12-22) 22 December 1967 (age 46)
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Defender / Winger
Club information
Current team
Al-Arabi (manager)
Youth career
1977–1985 Steaua București
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1991 Steaua București 95 (26)
1986–1987 Olt Scornicești (loan) 24 (0)
1991–1993 Foggia 55 (7)
1993–1994 Genoa 24 (1)
1994–1995 Sheffield Wednesday 39 (3)
1995–2000 Chelsea 152 (17)
2000–2001 Bradford City 17 (1)
2001–2002 Southampton 11 (2)
2002–2003 Naţional București 20 (0)
Total 437 (57)
National team
1989–2000[1] Romania 95 (12)
Teams managed
2003–2004 Sportul Studentesc
2004 Rapid București
2004–2005 Sportul Studenţesc
2005–2006 Wisła Kraków
2006–2009 Unirea Urziceni
2009–2012 Kuban Krasnodar
2012–2014 Dynamo Moscow
2014– Al-Arabi
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Daniel Vasile Petrescu (born 22 December 1967) is a Romanian football manager and former player, who currently manages Al-Arabi in Qatar.[2]

He is famous for having played for Steaua Bucharest in the 1989 European Cup Final and winning the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and UEFA Super Cup with FA Premier League club Chelsea. Petrescu also received 95 international caps for the Romanian national side.

Club career[edit]

After playing for Steaua Bucureşti's youth teams, Dan Petrescu was promoted into the first team in 1986 in a game played by Steaua just one month after winning the European Cup. Petrescu was loaned to FC Olt for the 1986–87 season, but asked to come back to Steaua Bucureşti in 1987.

He was part of the Steaua Bucharest squad that reached the European Cup semifinals (1988) and the final (1989). Also in 1989 he played for the Romanian national team for the first time, but missed the World Cup of the following year due to an injury.

In 1991 he was bought by Foggia of Italy, in a period when the club saw promotion to Serie A. In 1993 he moved to Genoa.

Petrescu signed for Sheffield Wednesday in 1994 from Genoa, after a successful World Cup for Romania. After one season at Hillsborough he signed for Chelsea and featured prominently there for the next five years. During his term at Chelsea, he was a member of the teams which won the FA Cup in 1997 and the League Cup and Cup Winners' Cup (both in 1998). After falling out with Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli after a defeat to Manchester United, Petrescu never played for the club again and was not even selected as a substitute for the 2000 FA Cup Final against Aston Villa. Turning down a move to Southampton in August 2000,[3] he instead moved to Bradford City for £1 million, scoring once against West Ham.[4]

In January 2001, Petrescu's former Chelsea manager, Glenn Hoddle eventually persuaded him to join Southampton for a "nominal" fee.[3] He initially settled in well at The Dell, scoring against Leicester[5] and Manchester City[6] in his first few matches.[7] In March, Hoddle left "the Saints" to take up the managerial reins at Tottenham Hotspur and his replacement Stuart Gray dropped Petrescu, replacing him with Hassan Kachloul for the rest of the season.[7] After making only two substitute appearances in the 2001–02 season, Petrescu was released and returned to Romania.[3]

Petrescu returned to his native Bucharest for a last season as a football player, with FC Naţional. His last match was the Romanian Cup final, on 31 May 2003. Naţional lost 1–0 to Dinamo Bucharest, during which Petrescu received a lot of abuse from some of the Dinamo fans as he left the pitch at the end of ninety minutes, even though it was the last game of one of Romania's greatest footballers. This was because he used to play for Dinamo's greatest rivals, Steaua Bucureşti.

International career[edit]

Petrescu registered 95 caps for the Romanian national football team. He made his debut for the squad in 1989, and played at four major tournaments: the 1994 World Cup, Euro 96, the 1998 World Cup, where the entire team famously dyed their hair blond after losing a bet with the team's coach Anghel Iordanescu, and Euro 2000.

He missed the 1990 World Cup due to an injury. In 1994 Petrescu played in his first World Cup in the U.S.. He scored the only goal in a win against the United States which saw Romania qualify for the second round as group winners. They were then handed a difficult game against Argentina which they managed to win, only to lose to Sweden on penalties in the quarter-finals, with Petrescu missing his spot-kick.

Euro 96 was a disappointment for Romania, as they lost all three group matches and only managed to score one goal.

At France 1998, he raced past his Chelsea teammate Graeme Le Saux and scored the winning goal against England, which effectively won them the group and ensured they would not have to face Argentina in the second round. He became the second Romanian player to score in two different World Cups after Stefan Dobay. In the end, the Romanians lost their second round game 1–0 to Croatia.

He was an important piece of the Romanian team at Euro 2000, where they survived a group with Portugal, Germany and England. A new victory over the English team was decisive to qualify for quarter-finals. Romania won all the games where Petrescu scored.

Coaching career[edit]

Rapid Bucureşti[edit]

Petrescu pursued a career as a coach. He resigned from Rapid Bucureşti in October 2004, after only six games and four months at the helm.

Wisła Kraków[edit]

On 1 January 2006 Dan Petrescu became the manager of Polish 2004–05 champions Wisła Kraków, replacing the temporary coach Tomasz Kulawik. Wisła finished second in the 2005–06 championship. He was dismissed as manager of Wisła Kraków on 18 September 2006, after unconvincing results in the 2006–07 season. Petrescu accused the players of Wisła Kraków for not wanting to train hard to improve their performances.

Unirea Urziceni[edit]

About a week later, he was appointed as the manager of Romanian Liga 1 newly promoted team Unirea Urziceni, with which he has had considerable success since then. Under his management, Unirea Urziceni was runner-up in the 2007–08 Romanian Cup and qualified for the 2008–09 edition of the UEFA Cup. He was considered for the vacant manager's position at his former club Steaua after Marius Lăcătuş's resignation in October 2008. Dorinel Munteanu was appointed instead, but Petrescu has not ruled out a future role at the club. In May 2009, he went on to win the Liga 1 title with outsiders Unirea Urziceni, the first title for both Petrescu and his club, and consequently achieving qualification to the UEFA Champions League 2009–10, during which he led Unirea to a shock 4–1 victory at Ibrox against Rangers and a win against Sevilla at home, 1–0.

Petrescu resigned as manager of Unirea Urziceni in December 2009.

Kuban Krasnodar[edit]

Petrescu as Dynamo Moscow manager in 2012

On 28 December 2009 the Russian First Division club Kuban Krasnodar hired the former Unirea Urziceni coach on a five-year deal.[8]

Dan Petrescu managed to gain promotion in his first season, winning the 2010 Russian First Division with a total of 80 points, 9 clear of second place. His team conceded only 20 goals in 38 matches.[9]

On 14 August 2012 it was announced that Petrescu had decided to quit as manager of Kuban Krasnodar, citing the need for a new challenge. His resignation as manager of Kuban Krasnodar shocked the players and fans. After his resignation, Petrescu was regarded as one of the best young coaches working in Russian football.[10]

Dynamo Moscow[edit]

Petrescu signed a three-year contract in August 2012, worth €2.5 Million a year according to the Romanian press, to take over Dynamo Moscow.[11] On 8 April 2014, though, contract was terminated by mutual agreement after heavy loss to League outsiders Anzhi Makhachkala 0–4.[12] As Dynamo Moscow director of sports Guram Adzhoyev stated, "last year Dan drew the team from the complicated situation, lifted it to the certain level, but recently we have seen no progress".[13]

The Middle East[edit]

In June 2014, he agreed to coach Qatari side Al-Arabi.[14]


  1. ^ "Dan Vasile Petrescu - Century of International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 
  2. ^ "Petrescu signs coaching contract" (in Arabic). Al-Arabi. 6 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (2003). In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. Hagiology. pp. 565–566. ISBN 0-9534474-3-X. 
  4. ^ Warshaw, Andrew (30 September 2000). "Petrescu to the rescue for Bradford". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 20 October 2010. 
  5. ^ "Saints see off sorry Foxes". BBC Sport. 31 January 2001. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "Saints deepen City woes". BBC Sport. 3 March 2001. Retrieved 4 November 2009. 
  7. ^ a b In That Number – A post-war chronicle of Southampton FC. p. 268. 
  8. ^ Petrescu Wechsel aus Geldgründen
  9. ^ 2010 Russian First Division table
  10. ^ "Kuban stunned by Petrescu’s retirement". RT (Russia Today). 14 July 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  11. ^ ""Mînă de fier" » Petrescu confirmat la Dinamo Moscova: trei ani, 7,5 milioane de euro salariu" (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 18 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Match protocol" (in Russian). Russian Football Premier League. 6 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Динамо" расторгло контракт с Даном Петреску (in Russian). FC Dynamo Moscow. 8 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Dan Petrescu reveals he turned down offer to boss Celtic". Daily Record. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ştefan Iovan
Steaua captain
Succeeded by
Ilie Dumitrescu
Preceded by
Gavril Balint
Steaua Top Scorer
Succeeded by
Ilie Stan