Aristică Cioabă in a press conference in Oman
|Full name||Aristică Cioabă|
|Date of birth||4 August 1971|
|Place of birth||Petroșani, Romania|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|1997–1998||→ Universitatea Cluj (loan)|
|2005||Raja Casablanca (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Cioabă began his footballing career in with Petroșani-based CS Jiul Petroșani and played for seven consecutive seasons with them in both Romania's Divizia A and the second tier Divizia B. He made his debut for the Jiul side in the 1989–90 Divizia A season under head coach, Gogu Tonca.
In the 1995–96 Divizia A season, he moved to the oldest Romanian city, Constanța where he signed a one-year contract with FC Farul Constanta and made a few appearances in the 1995 UEFA Intertoto Cup though his side were eliminated by SC Heerenveen in the Round of 16.
The following season, he returned to CS Jiul Petroșani, where he helped his side to get promoted to the 1996–97 Divizia A. In Romania, he also played for lower league sides like AFC Rocar București, FC Universitatea Cluj, Foresta Fălticeni and FC Onesti before moving abroad to China where he played for two years with Yunnan Hongta F.C. and Wuhan Hongjinlong. He also had spells in Saudi Arabia with Al-Shoalah before finishing his career in Spain with C.E. Esporles.
Cioabă holds the UEFA A License, the second highest football coaching qualification since 2005 from the Romanian Football Federation. He also holds the UEFA B License since 2004 from the Romanian Football Federation.
Cioabă began his managerial career in Morocco with Raja Casablanca where he worked as an assistant for Alexandru Moldovan in the first few rounds of the 2005–06 Botola. In his one-year stay as the assistant coach of the Casablanca-based club, he helped his side win the 2005 Coupe du Trône. He also helped them reach the Semi-finals stage of the 2005 CAF Champions League.
After spending a season in Kuwait, he moved to another West Asian country, Jordan in 2010 where he was appointed as the manager of top Jordanian club, Shabab Al-Ordon Club. In his very short stint with the Amman-based club, he led his side to the Semi-finals stage of the 2011–12 Jordan FA Cup where his side lost 4–2 on aggregate to Al-Faisaly SC.
After spending more than a year in Asia, he moved to the African continent and more accurately to Ghana where he was appointed as the head coach of Ghana Premier League club, Aduana Stars in August 2011 replacing Herbert Addo. He made appearances as the head coach of the Dormaa Ahenkro-based club in the 2011 CAF Champions League where his side lost 3–1 on aggregate to Morocco's Wydad Casablanca.
In 2012, he again made a move out to the Middle East and more accurately to Oman where he was appointed as the manager of Saham SC. He helped the Saham-based club to win the 2011–12 Oman First Division League and thus helping in promotion to the 2012–13 Oman Elite League. He also helped them achieve the runners-up position in the 2012–13 Oman Federation Cup. Soon after the Second Round of the 2013–14 Oman Professional League, Saham SC's management decided to part company with the Petroșani-born coach.
While he was at the Saham-based club, news speculated that he would take charge of Ghana's Medeama SC. Soon after he signed a two and half-year contract with the Ghanaian side worth $110 000. However, this agreement failed to materialize and as a result he signed for another Omani club Al-Oruba SC.
With Al-Shabab's Technical Staff
On 23 July 2014, he again moved to Kuwait where he was appointed as the manager of Al-Shabab SC. His side finished 11th in the 2014–15 Kuwaiti Premier League with 18 points from 4 wins and 6 draws which included a 0–0 away draw against eventual winners of 2014–15 Kuwaiti Premier League, Al-Kuwait. In the 2014-15 Kuwait Emir Cup, his side first won 2–1 against Al-Fahaheel FC in the First Round but later exited from the tournament after they lost 4-0 Khaitan SC in the Second Round. In the 2014–15 Kuwait Crown Prince Cup, his side first won 12–11 on penalties against Al-Fahaheel FC after the match had ended 2–2 after full-time in the 1st Round but later exited from the tournament after a facing a 4–1 penalties defeat against Al-Yarmouk SC after the match had ended 2–2 after full-time in the Second Round. In the 2014–15 Kuwaiti Federation Cup, his side failed to progress from the Group Stage and finished at the 5th in the Group A above 6th placed Kuwaiti giants, Al-Qadsia SC.
Back to Saham
On 24 June 2015, he once again returned to Oman and on 28 June 2015 he signed a one-year contract to be appointed as the manager of his former club, Saham of Oman Professional League. His club began the 2015-16 Oman Professional League campaign on 14 September 2015 in a 2–1 hard fought victory over Al-Khaboura SC. He helped his side qualify for the Quarter-finals of the 2015–16 Sultan Qaboos Cup after an emphatic 9–0 win over Oman Second Division League's, Bidia SC in the Round of 32 and a hard fought 5–3 penalty shootout win after playing a 2–2 draw against Al-Shabab Club in the Round of 16.
Back to Aduana Stars
In March 2016, he moved back to Ghana and more accurately to Dormaa Ahenkro where on 7 March, he was appointed as the head coach of his former club Aduana Stars for the remaining of the 2016 Ghanaian Premier League.
- Cupa Ligii (1): 1998
- Coupe du Trône (1): 2005
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