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|Full name||Viorel Ion|
|Date of birth||2 November 1967|
|Place of birth||Mărăcineni, Buzău, Romania|
|Gloria Buzău (manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Viorel Ion (born 2 November 1967, Buzău) is a Romanian football manager. Throughout his playing career, Viorel Ion played for several teams, including Oțelul Galați, Steaua București, VfL Bochum and Rapid București. He was player-manager of Gloria Buzău, which he helped promote to Liga I during the 2006–07 season.
His Romanian first league debut took place in 1984, at the age of 17, playing for Gloria Buzău. In 1991 he left his club, at the time relegated to Liga II, for Oțelul Galați. Nicknamed Vioară (Violin), he subsequently transferred to Steaua București, winning three Romanian Champion titles with that team. From Steaua, he went on to play in the German Bundesliga for VfL Bochum. Upon his return to Romania, he played for Rapid București and Oțelul Galați again.
Player-manager of Gloria Buzău
In 2001 he returned to Buzău, to find his old team, Gloria, relegated to the Romanian third division. He took over as player-manager and promoted the team back to Liga II in his first year. Later on, he attempted to lead Gloria to Liga I in 2005, when the team lost the promotion play-off to Politehnica Timișoara. Viorel Ion succeeded to promote Gloria Buzău to Liga I during the 2006–07 season, after finishing second. After losing the first two games of the 2007–08 season, Ion resigned his position as player-manager in favor of his colleague Ilie Stan, and took on other management position with Gloria Buzău.
^1 The 1987–1988, 1989–1991 appearances and goals made for Gloria Buzău are unavailable.
^2 The 1988–1989 appearances made for Gloria Buzău are unavailable.
^3 The 2001–2002 appearances and goals made for Gloria Buzău are unavailable.