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|Full name||Theodore Dumitru|
|Date of birth||2 September 1939|
|Place of birth||Bucharest, Romania|
|1988–1995||Mamelodi Sundowns (Youth Development)|
|1995–1997||SAFA (Youth Development)|
|2007||AmaZulu (Technical Director)|
|2008–2011||Mamelodi Sundowns (Technical Director)|
Theodore "Ted" Dumitru (born Dumitru Teodorescu on 2 September 1939 in Bucharest, Romania) is a retired football manager who last worked with Mamelodi Sundowns in the South African Premier Soccer League. He was the former coach of the South Africa national football team. Dumitru is one of a few coaches to have guided the 'big three' in South Africa Kaizer Chiefs, Sundowns and Orlando Pirates.
Playing and coaching career
Dumitru started playing football at Sportul Studenţesc in the late 1950s, he had a short run because injuries had ended his career prematurely; as a result, he started to coach Stiinta Craiova known as Universitatea Craiova today, in the 1964–65 season, the first for the Students in Divizia A. He was only 25 years old, thus establishing a record in the Liga I as the youngest coach ever. After saving in extremis the team from relegation in the first season as a coach, in the second he finished in the eighth place. He left Craiova in 1966 and was for a while the coach of Romania U-23 Olympic team. In 1969 he went to Turkey where he managed Altay Izmir, Beşiktaş and then Mersin.
In 1973, Dumitru was called back by the Securitate in Romania but he refused. He arrived in Germany where he requested political asylum. In Romania, he was sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison. In 1974 he begun coaching again, but this time across the ocean, in the United States, with Rochester Lancers in the NASL. He continued to train them, when it was moved to San Diego where it became the San Diego United. From that moment he was known as Ted Dumitru.
In 1980, Dumitru arrived in Africa, and was appointed as head coach of Zambia, and leads the team in the preliminaries of the African Cup of Nations together with Dick Chama, qualifying them in the final tournament in 1982, but he did not participate, due to his U.S. passport and was replaced by Yugoslav coach Ante Bulešic. Being that the tournament was hosted by Libya, a country where Americans are not welcomed. During his stint in Zambia, Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda once said of him: "He is more than a coach; he is a son of Africa. He is a humanist who puts sports well-being ahead of his profession."
In South Africa as a result of the contract signed with the Kaizer Chiefs who won two championship titles and two national cups. Then he moved to Mamelodi Sundowns, the other big team in South Africa, winning two more titles and qualified the South African side to a African Champions League Final in 2001.
In South Africa has also coached the club of Orlando Pirates. The Fifth and Sixth title in South Africa have been conquered with the Kaiser Chiefs, where he made a big step towards the national team of Bafana-Bafana in November 2005 but unfortunately was not performing well, being dismissed in February 2006, after the final tournament in African Cup of Nations.
He published a book about football, Mosaic Training which was published in Germany.
In South Africa, Dumitru is nicknamed Master Ted, The Professor or Mr Magic.
“The style of the game is a form of expression” Ted Dumitru is regarded as by far the most successful coach in the South African domestic scene.
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