|Full name||Mircea Viorel Petescu|
|Date of birth||15 May 1942|
|Place of birth||Pecica, Arad County, Romania|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|1973–1975||FC Dordrecht (assistant)|
|1988||Go Ahead Eagles|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
After years of preparation, Petescu and his wife defected while on a state-approved vacation to the Netherlands. 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 and discovered Danny Blind amongst many other players.
In 2007, Petescu was sentenced to a 500 euro fine and suspended time in jail for extortion.
- UTA Arad
- Steaua Bucharest
- Romanian Cup: 2
- 1966, 1967
- Mircea Petescu: ”Eu l-am descoperit pe Van Gaal!” Cine e Mircea Petescu? - Libertatea (Romanian)
- Poul Annema, Petescu, van vedette tot anonyme, Nieuwe Leidsche Courant, 8 September 1973. (Dutch)
- Roemeense krant betitelt Van Gaal als 'Van Hitler' - AD (Dutch)
- Afperser oliemagnaat Rosseel krijgt voorwaardelijke celstraf - Nieuwsblad (Dutch)
- Mircea Petescu career statistics at RomanianSoccer.ro