Ștefan Iovan

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Ştefan Iovan
Ștefan Iovan cr.jpg
Iovan pictured in the 1980s
Personal information
Full name Ştefan Iovan
Date of birth (1960-08-23) 23 August 1960 (age 58)
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 (loan)
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)
2013– Viitorul Constanţa (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ştefan Iovan (born 23 August 1960) is a Romanian former football player and manager. Iovan played for several clubs, most notably Steaua Bucureşti, and represented Romania 35 times between 1983 and 1990.

Club career[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. Iovan returned to Reşiţa in 1979, but in the winter of 1981 joined Steaua Bucureşti where he played for ten years, until 1991.

In 1991 he joined the English club Brighton & Hove Albion, but returned 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 on five occasions and also won the Romanian Cup four times, all with Steaua Bucharest.

He was the team captain of Steaua when they won the 1986 European Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.

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 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, leading the team once as head coach. He is currently the assistant manager of Viitorul Constanţa.


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