Mircea Petescu

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Mircea Petescu
Personal information
Full name Mircea Viorel Petescu
Date of birth (1942-05-15) 15 May 1942 (age 74)
Place of birth Pecica, Arad County, Romania
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1960 UTA Arad 10 (1)
1960–1963 Ştiinţa Timişoara 50 (2)
1962 Viitorul București 14 (0)
1963–1967 Steaua Bucureşti 80 (1)
1967–1973 UTA Arad 143 (20)
Total 283 (24)
National team
1964–1968 Romania 5 (0)
Teams managed
1973–1975 FC Dordrecht (assistant)
1975–1977 NEC (assistant)
1977–1978 Telstar
1978–1980 Sparta
1981–1982 DS'79
1984–1985 's-Gravenzandse SV
1988 Go Ahead Eagles
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mircea Petescu (born 15 May 1942 in Pecica[1]) is a Romanian former footballer and coach.

Playing career[edit]


Under his leadership, UTA Arad eliminated the defending European Cup champions Feyenoord in the 1970–71 season.

Managerial career[edit]

After years of preparation, Petescu and his wife defected while on a state-approved vacation to the Netherlands.[2] There he started a coaching career and became known for promoting youngsters in the teams he coached. He was coach of Louis van Gaal at Telstar and Sparta[3] and discovered Danny Blind amongst many other players.

Personal life[edit]

In 2007, Petescu was sentenced to a 500 euro fine and suspended time in jail for extortion.[4]



UTA Arad
1969, 1970
Steaua Bucharest
1966, 1967


  1. ^ Mircea Petescu: ”Eu l-am descoperit pe Van Gaal!” Cine e Mircea Petescu? - Libertatea (Romanian)
  2. ^ Poul Annema, Petescu, van vedette tot anonyme, Nieuwe Leidsche Courant, 8 September 1973. (Dutch)
  3. ^ Roemeense krant betitelt Van Gaal als 'Van Hitler' - AD (Dutch)
  4. ^ Afperser oliemagnaat Rosseel krijgt voorwaardelijke celstraf - Nieuwsblad (Dutch)

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