Viorel Moldovan

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Viorel Moldovan
Personal information
Full name Viorel Dinu Moldovan
Date of birth (1972-07-08) 8 July 1972 (age 42)
Place of birth Bistrița, Romania
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Romania U21 (Head coach)
Youth career
1984–1990 Gloria Bistrița
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 Gloria Bistrița 84 (22)
1993–1995 Dinamo București 60 (19)
1995–1996 Neuchâtel Xamax 32 (19)
1996–1998 Grasshoppers 51 (44)
1998 Coventry City 10 (2)
1998–2000 Fenerbahçe 53 (33)
2000–2003 Nantes 57 (20)
2003 Al-Wahda 1 (0)
2003–2004 Nantes 12 (11)
2004–2005 Servette 13 (3)
2005 Politehnica Timișoara 33 (8)
2006–2007 Rapid București 41 (15)
Total 437 (196)
National team
1993–2005[1] Romania 70 (25)
Teams managed
2008–2009 Vaslui
2009–2010 Brașov
2010 Sportul Studențesc
2013–2014 Rapid București
2014– Romania U21
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Viorel Dinu Moldovan (born 8 July 1972 in Bistrița) is a retired Romanian football forward, who was a key part of the Romanian national team in the 1990s. He is currently the manager of Romania U21.

Career[edit]

On the club level, Moldovan played for Gloria Bistrița (1990–93), Dinamo București (1993–95), Neuchâtel Xamax (1995–96), Grasshoppers (1996–98), Coventry City (1998), Fenerbahçe (1998–2000), Nantes (2000–04), Servette (2004–05), FCU Politehnica Timișoara (2005), and Rapid București (2006–2007).

The most successful years of his career occurred while playing for Neuchâtel Xamax and Grasshoppers between 1996 and 1998 in Switzerland (he was the Swiss Super League topscorer in 1996 and 1997), for Fenerbahçe between 1998 and 2000 and for Nantes between 2000 and 2004. He was a determinant player when Nantes won the French Ligue 1 in 2001. During his brief spell in England with Coventry City he scored twice, once in the FA Cup against Aston Villa[2] and once in the league against Crystal Palace.[3]

International career[edit]

For Romania, Moldovan was capped 70 times, scoring 25 goals. He played for his country at the Euro 96, the 1998 FIFA World Cup - during which he scored goals against England and Tunisia in the first round - and Euro 2000.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results table. Romania's goal tally first:

Coaching career[edit]

Moldovan worked as the sporting director of FC Unirea Valahorum Urziceni and was the coach of FC Vaslui. On 26 May 2009 the coach quit FC Vaslui after just seven months for failing to guide the team to European qualification. The squad was then managed by coaching assistant Cristian Dulca on a temporary basis until a new coach was hired.[4] On 28 July 2009 the Italian coach Nicolò Napoli quit FC Brașov and was replaced by Moldovan, who signed a two-year deal; he previously coached SC Vaslui.[5]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Grasshoppers
Nantes
Rapid București

Individual[edit]

References[edit]