Dan Petrescu

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Dan Petrescu
Dan Vasile Petrescu.jpg
Petrescu in 2011
Personal information
Full name Daniel Vasile Petrescu
Date of birth (1967-12-22) 22 December 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Full back / Winger
Club information
Current team
CFR Cluj (head coach)
Youth career
1975–1985 Steaua București
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1991 Steaua București 95 (26)
1986–1987 Olt Scornicești (loan) 24 (0)
1991–1993 Foggia 55 (7)
1993–1994 Genoa 24 (1)
1994–1995 Sheffield Wednesday 39 (3)
1995–2000 Chelsea 152 (17)
2000–2001 Bradford City 17 (1)
2001–2002 Southampton 11 (2)
2002–2003 Național București 20 (0)
Total 437 (57)
National team
1989–2000[1] Romania 95 (12)
Teams managed
2003 Sportul Studențesc
2003–2004 Rapid București
2004–2005 Sportul Studențesc
2005–2006 Wisła Kraków
2006–2009 Unirea Urziceni
2009–2012 Kuban Krasnodar
2012–2014 Dynamo Moscow
2014 Al-Arabi
2015 ASA Târgu Mureș
2015–2016 Jiangsu Suning
2016 Kuban Krasnodar
2016–2017 Al-Nasr
2017– CFR Cluj
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Daniel Vasile Petrescu (born 22 December 1967) is a Romanian football manager and former professional player who played as a full-back or as a winger. He is currently the head coach of Liga I side CFR Cluj.

Petrescu is best known for having played for Steaua Bucharest in the 1989 European Cup final and winning the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup with Premier League club Chelsea. Petrescu also received 95 international caps for the Romania national team.

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

After playing for Steaua București's youth teams, Petrescu was promoted into the first team in 1986 in a match played by Steaua just one month after winning the European Cup. He was loaned to Olt Scornicești for the 1986–87 season, but asked to return to Steaua in 1987.

Petrescu was part of the Steaua squad that reached the European Cup semi-finals (1988) and the final (1989).

In 1991, Petrescu was bought by Italian club Foggia in a period when the club saw promotion to Serie A. In 1993, he moved to Genoa.

Petrescu signed for Sheffield Wednesday in 1994 from Genoa, after a successful 1994 World Cup for Romania. After one season at Hillsborough, he signed for Chelsea and featured prominently there for the next five years. During his term at Chelsea, he was a member of the teams which won the FA Cup in 1997 and the League Cup and Cup Winners' Cup (both in 1998). After falling out with Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli after a defeat to Manchester United, Petrescu never played for the club again and was not even selected as a substitute for the 2000 FA Cup final against Aston Villa.

Turning down a move to Southampton in August 2000,[2] he instead moved to Bradford City for £1 million, scoring one goal, against West Ham United.[3]

In January 2001, Petrescu's former Chelsea manager, Glenn Hoddle, eventually persuaded him to join Southampton for a "nominal" fee.[2] He initially settled in well at The Dell, scoring against Leicester City[4] and Manchester City[5] in his first few matches.[6] In March, Hoddle left the Saints to take up the managerial reins at Tottenham Hotspur and his replacement, Stuart Gray, dropped Petrescu, replacing him with Hassan Kachloul for the remainder of the season.[6] After making only two substitute appearances in the 2001–02 season, Petrescu was released and returned to Romania.[2]

Petrescu returned to his native Bucharest for a last season as a footballer, with Național București. His last match was the Cupa României final, on 31 May 2003; Național lost 1–0 to Dinamo București, during which Petrescu received much abuse from some of the Dinamo fans as he left the pitch at the end of 90 minutes, even though it was the last game of one of Romania's greatest footballers. Presumably, this was because he used to play for Dinamo's greatest rivals, Steaua.

International[edit]

Petrescu registered 95 caps for the senior Romania national team. He made his debut in 1989 and played at four major tournaments: the 1994 World Cup, UEFA Euro 1996, the 1998 World Cup (where the entire Romania squad famously dyed their hair blonde after losing a bet with head coach Anghel Iordănescu), and Euro 2000.

Petrescu missed the 1990 World Cup due to injury. In 1994, Petrescu played in his first World Cup, held in the United States. He scored the only goal in a win against the United States which saw Romania qualify for the second round as group winners. They were then handed a difficult game against Argentina which they managed to win, only to lose to Sweden on penalties in the quarter-finals, with Petrescu missing his spot-kick.[7] The miss still haunts him today. "It will probably stay with me for the rest of my life," he said. After the World Cup, he flew to Saint Thomas and spend two weeks in the Caribbean region.[8]

Euro 1996 was a disappointment for Romania, as they lost all three group matches and only managed to score one goal.

At the 1998 World Cup in France, Petrescu raced past his Chelsea teammate Graeme Le Saux and scored the winning goal against England, which effectively won them the group and ensured they would not have to face Argentina in the second round. He became the second Romanian player to score in two different World Cups after Stefan Dobay. The Romanians, however, lost their second round match to Croatia, 1–0.

Petrescu was an important piece of the Romanian team at Euro 2000, where they survived a group with Portugal, Germany and England. A new victory over the English team was decisive to qualify for quarter-finals. Romania won all the matches where Petrescu scored.

Managerial career[edit]

After retiring in 2003, Petrescu pursued a career as a coach. He began his managerial career in July 2003 with second division side Sportul Studențesc, whom he led to promotion before taking over at Rapid Bucharest in December, but stepped down in April 2004, after only six games and four months at the helm.[9] He then returned for a second spell at Sportul Studențesc, where he helped the club to a seventh-place finish in Diviza A.

Wisła Kraków[edit]

In December 2005, Petrescu agreed to manage 2004–05 Ekstraklasa champions Wisła Kraków in Poland, replacing caretaker manager Tomasz Kulawik. Wisła finished second in the 2005–06 championship. He was dismissed as manager of Wisła on 18 September 2006 after unconvincing results to begin the 2006–07 season. Petrescu accused the Wisła players for not wanting to train hard to improve their performances.[10]

Unirea Urziceni[edit]

Petrescu in 2008

About one week after his termination, Petrescu was appointed as manager of Romanian Liga I newly promoted club Unirea Urziceni, with which he had considerable leading. Under his management, Unirea Urziceni was runner-up in the 2007–08 Cupa României and qualified for the 2008–09 UEFA Cup. He was considered for the vacant manager's position at his former club Steaua București after Marius Lăcătuș' resignation in October 2008. Dorinel Munteanu was appointed instead, but Petrescu has not ruled out a future role at the club. In May 2009, Petrescu won the Liga I title with outsiders Unirea Urziceni, the first title for both Petrescu and his club, and consequently achieving qualification to the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League, during which he led Unirea to a shock 4–1 victory at Ibrox against Rangers and a win against Sevilla at home, 1–0.

Petrescu resigned as manager of Unirea Urziceni in December 2009.[11]

Kuban Krasnodar[edit]

Petrescu as Dynamo Moscow manager in 2012

On 28 December 2009, Russian First Division club Kuban Krasnodar hired Petrescu on a five-year contract.[12] Petrescu managed to gain promotion to the Russian Premier League in his debut season, winning the 2010 Russian First Division with a total of 80 points, nine clear of second place. His team conceded only 20 goals in 38 matches.[13]

On 14 August 2012, it was announced that Petrescu had resigned as Kuban Krasnodar manager, citing the need for a new challenge. His resignation shocked the players and fans. After his resignation, Petrescu was regarded as one of the best young coaches working in Russian football.[14] Kuban later participated in the UEFA Europa League for the first time.

Dynamo Moscow[edit]

Shortly after his resignation, in August 2012 Petrescu signed a three-year contract reportedly worth €2.5 million per year to join Dynamo Moscow.[15]

On 8 April 2014, his contract was terminated by mutual agreement after a heavy loss to outsiders Anzhi Makhachkala, 0–4.[16] Dynamo Moscow director of sports Guram Adzhoyev stated, "Last year Dan drew the team from the complicated situation, lifted it to the certain level, but recently we have seen no progress."[17]

Al-Arabi[edit]

In June 2014, Petrescu agreed to coach Qatari side Al-Arabi.[18] On 1 December 2014, his contract with the club was terminated after a mutual agreement.

Târgu Mureș[edit]

On 10 June 2015, Petrescu was announced as the new manager of Liga I runner-up ASA Târgu Mureș. His first, and only, match in charge was in the Supercupa României against champions Steaua București ended with Târgu Mureș winning 1–0.[19] He resigned the next day, to take up a lucrative contract with Chinese side Jiangsu Suning.[20]

Jiangsu Suning[edit]

On 9 July 2015, Petrescu left Târgu Mureș, claiming his decision was due to the club's growing financial problems, though he was immediately hired as manager of Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning on a lucrative deal.[20][21] Petrescu said in a statement, "It's very hard to leave the team in this moment. I don't how it'll be in China, I hope it will be like in Russia."[22] In his first season in charge, Petrescu guided the club to victory in the 2015 Chinese FA Cup.[23] On 3 June 2016, Suning announced that Petrescu will no longer be the manager of the club.[24]

Return to Kuban Krasnodar[edit]

On 14 June 2016, Petrescu signed a two-year contract with Kuban Krasnodar, after the club was relegated to the second-tier Russian National Football League.[25] On 4 October 2016, with Kuban winning only 3 out of first 15 games and sitting in the 14th spot in the league instead of the expected fight for promotion, he left Kuban by mutual consent, stating that the club had not paid him.[26]

Al-Nasr Dubai[edit]

On 29 October 2016, Petrescu was announced as the manager of Emirates Arabian Gulf League side Al-Nasr until the end of the season. He led the club to the final match of the UAE President's Cup but was defeated by Al-Wahda in his last game in charge. Al-Nasr appointed Cesare Prandelli as his replacement.[27]

CFR Cluj[edit]

On 10 June 2017, he was appointed head coach of Liga I club CFR Cluj.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Petrescu was married to Daniela Carmen from 1992 to 2003, with whom he has two daughters: Rebecca (born 1994) and Beatrice Chelsea (born 1998). He named one of his daughters "Chelsea" in honour of his former club.[29] In May 2007, he married Romanian former athlete Adriana Stan. The couple have a daughter together, Jennifer, born in 2008.[30]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[31][32][33]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Romania League Cupa României Cupa Ligii Europe Other Total
1985–86 Steaua București Liga I 2 0 0 0 - 0 0 - 2 0
1986–87 Olt Scornicești 24 0 1 0 - 25 0
1987–88 Steaua București 11 0 1 0 1 0 - 13 0
1988–89 28 4 2 0 8 1 - 38 5
1989–90 23 9 3 1 4 1 - 30 11
1990–91 31 13 3 2 3 2 - 37 17
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Other Total
1991–92 Foggia Serie A 25 4 2 0 - 27 4
1992–93 30 3 30 3
1993–94 Genoa 24 1 24 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Charity Shield Total
1994–95 Sheffield Wednesday Premier League 29 3 2 0 2 0 - 33 3
1995–96[34] 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
1995–96[34] Chelsea 24 2 7 1 0 0 31 3
1996–97[35] 34 3 5 0 2 1 41 4
1997–98[36] 31 5 1 0 3 1 7 2 1 0 43 8
1998–99[37] 32 4 4 0 3 0 6 0 - 45 4
1999–00[38] 29 4 3 0 0 0 15 1 47 5
2000–01[39] Bradford City 17 1 1 0 2 0 - 20 1
2000–01[39] Southampton 9 2 0 0 0 0 9 2
2001–02[40] 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Romania League Cupa României Cupa Ligii Europe Other Total
2002–03 National București Liga I 20 0 5 0 - 6 0 - 31 0
Total Romania 139 26 15 3 - 22 4 - 176 33
Italy 79 8 2 0 - 81 8
England 215 24 23 1 12 2 28 3 1 0 279 30
Career total 433 58 40 4 12 2 50 7 1 0 536 71

Managerial record[edit]

As of 1 October 2017
Team Country From To Record Ref.
M W D L Win %
Sportul Studențesc Romania 20 July 2003 3 December 2003 22 16 3 3 072.73 [41]
Rapid București Romania 8 December 2003 14 April 2004 7 3 2 2 042.86 [42]
Sportul Studențesc Romania 17 June 2004 5 December 2005 50 21 13 16 042.00 [43][44]
Wisła Kraków Poland 7 December 2005 18 September 2006 23 14 6 3 060.87 [45][46]
Unirea Urziceni Romania 25 September 2006 26 December 2009 130 64 36 30 049.23 [47][48][49][50]
Kuban Krasnodar Russia 28 December 2009 14 August 2012 86 41 24 21 047.67 [13][51][52]
Dynamo Moscow Russia 17 August 2012 8 April 2014 55 28 14 13 050.91 [53][54]
Al-Arabi Qatar 5 June 2014 1 December 2014 11 3 5 3 027.27 [55]
ASA Târgu Mureș Romania 10 June 2015 9 July 2015 1 1 0 0 100.00 [56]
Jiangsu Suning China 12 July 2015 3 June 2016 36 15 12 9 041.67 [57]
Kuban Krasnodar Russia 14 June 2016 4 October 2016 16 3 7 6 018.75 [58]
Al-Nasr United Arab Emirates 29 October 2016 26 May 2017 26 13 5 8 050.00 [59]
CFR Cluj Romania 10 June 2017 Present 13 10 2 1 076.92 [60]
Total 476 232 129 115 048.74

Honours[edit]

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