Ion Ionescu (footballer, born 1936)

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Ion V. Ionescu
Personal information
Full name Ion V. Ionescu
Date of birth (1936-05-02) 2 May 1936 (age 82)
Place of birth Rudna, Romania
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1945–1954 Politehnica Timişoara - (-)
1955–1956 Progresul Sibiu - (-)
1956–1959 Ştiinţa Bucureşti - (-)
1959–1960 Victoria Bucureşti - (-)
Teams managed
1972–1795 Politehnica Timișoara
1975–1976 Jiul Petroșani
1976–1977 CFR Timișoara
1977–1979 UTA Arad
1979–1980 CSM Reșița
1980–1983 Politehnica Timișoara
1983–1984 Aurul Brad
1984–1986 Corvinul Hunedoara
1986–1988 Politehnica Timișoara
1988–1990 Sportul Studențesc
1991–1992 Politehnica Timișoara
1993–1994 Progresul București
1996–1997 UTA Arad
1997–2002 Politehnica Timișoara
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ion V. "Jackie" Ionescu (born 2 May 1936 in Rudna) is a former Romanian football player and former coach.


He played at Poli Timișoara (1945–1954), Progresul Sibiu (1955), Știința București (1956–1959) and Victoria București (1959–1960).

He coached: Poli Timișoara (1972–1975, 1980–1983, 1986–1988, 1991–1992), Jiul Petroșani (1975–1976), CFR Timișoara (1976–1977), UTA (1977–1979, 1996–1997), CSM Reșița (1979), Aurul Brad (1983–1984), Corvinul Hunedoara (1984–1986, 1990–1991), Sportul Studențesc (1988–1990), Progresul București (1993–1994).

As coach he won Romanian Cup with Politehnica Timişoara in 1980, and participated in the European Cup Winners Cup (1980) and UEFA cup (1992). He also coached the Romanian National Universities Soccer Team during their world cup win of the University Football World Cup in Monaco, 1974.

After retiring as a coach, he continued his career as advisor to Poli Timisoara (2005–2007), editorialist at various local and national sports papers and generally became known as "football analyst" with numerous appearances on TV and the radio.

He published seven books and authored a number of courses currently used at universities across the country.

Jackie Ionescu was awarded the title of "Citizen of Honour" of Timisoara.


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