Răzvan Lucescu

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Răzvan Lucescu
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Lucescu Jr. in 2010
Personal information
Full name Răzvan Lucescu
Date of birth (1969-02-17) 17 February 1969 (age 48)
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Skoda Xanthi (manager)
Youth career
1977–1982 Corvinul Hunedoara
1983–1987 Dinamo București
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1992 Sportul Studențesc 24 (0)
1992–1993 Crema Calcio 3 (0)
1993–1996 Sportul Studențesc 81 (0)
1996–1997 Național București 31 (0)
1997–1998 Sportul Studențesc 31 (0)
1998–1999 Național București 23 (0)
1999–2000 Brașov 13 (0)
2000–2001 Rapid București 26 (0)
2001–2002 Bacău 10 (0)
2002–2003 Rapid București 1 (0)
Total 243 (0)
Teams managed
2003–2004 Brașov
2004–2007 Rapid București
2007–2009 Brașov
2009–2011 Romania
2011–2012 Rapid București
2012–2014 El Jaish
2014 Petrolul Ploiești
2014– Skoda Xanthi
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Răzvan Lucescu (born 17 February 1969) is a Romanian former football goalkeeper and current coach of Skoda Xanthi. He is the son of football player and manager Mircea Lucescu.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Bucharest, Lucescu made 249 appearances in the Divizia A for Sportul Studenţesc, Naţional Bucureşti, Braşov, Rapid Bucureşti and Bacău.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Braşov (2003–2004)[edit]

He began his coaching career with FC Braşov in the 2003–04 season spanning 15 matches in the first league.[2]

Rapid Bucharest (2004–2007)[edit]

In June 2004, he was named coach of Rapid Bucharest.[3] In his first season, he qualified for the UEFA Cup, finishing third in the domestic league.

In the 2005–06 season, he had a dramatic start of the season, being dismissed for one night, before the owner of the club, George Copos, decided to take him back. Lucescu and his side managed to defeat teams such as Feyenoord Rotterdam, Shakhtar Donetsk (his father's team), Hertha Berlin and Hamburger SV, reaching to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup. Rapid was taken out by city rivals Steaua Bucharest after two draws. In the league, he finished as runners-up, after being sixth at the half of the season.

The 2006–07 season was not as good. Rapid got eliminated from the UEFA Cup group stages after 4 draws, finishing fourth. However, in 2007 Lucescu decided not to continue with Rapid, after a fallout with some of the supporters and several disagreements with the club owner. He opted to return to Braşov.

Răzvan won the Romanian Cup with Rapid in 2006 and 2007, both leading Rapid into the UEFA Cup.[4]

Return to Braşov (2007–2009)[edit]

Lucescu decided to start all over and, instead of accepting to manage bigger clubs from abroad, he decided to coach Braşov, who relegated two years before and finished 10th in the last season of the second division. He didn't disappoint and won promotion from the first place. Bringing Braşov back in the first league.[5]

Romanian national team (2009–2011)[edit]

On 29 April 2009, he was appointed head coach and general manager of Romania, leaving Braşov after a ninth-place finish in the first division and replacing Victor Piţurcă in this position.[6] After two years in control he gave up the national team, following the 3–0 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina, leaving it with chances of qualifying to the UEFA Euro 2012.[7]

Return to Rapid Bucharest[edit]

In June 2011, Lucescu returned to Rapid for a second spell as coach. Lucescu's Rapid side defeated Polish champions Śląsk Wrocław 4–2 on aggregate in the play-off round to qualify for the UEFA Europa League group stage. The club finished fourth in Liga I and reached the finals of the 2011–12 Romanian Cup.[8]

El Jaish[edit]

On 31 May 2012, he was appointed at the helm of Qatari side El Jaish on a two-year deal.[9] In his first season in charge Lucescu won the 2012–13 Qatari Stars Cup[10] and led his side into the knockout stages of the AFC Champions League.[11] His contract with El Jaish was terminated in January 2014 and he was replaced by coach Nabil Maâloul who led the club to the runner-up spot in the Qatar Stars League.

Petrolul Ploiești[edit]

In March 2014, he was named the head coach of Liga I side Petrolul Ploiești replacing Cosmin Contra.[12] He was sacked six months later, Petrolul finished third in the domestic league and were knocked out in the semi-finals by Astra Giurgiu in the Romanian Cup and also eliminated in the play-offs of the Europa League.

Skoda Xanthi[edit]

On 24 September 2014, Lucescu signed a one-year contract with Greek Super League club Skoda Xanthi.[13] He guided them to their first Greek Cup final in their history.[14]



Național București
Rapid București


Rapid București
El Jaish
Skoda Xanthi


  1. ^ "The playing career of Răzvan Lucescu". RomanianSoccer.ro. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  2. ^ "Razvan Lucescu in 2003–04 with FC Braşov". Labtof.ro. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Rapid appointment for Lucescu". UEFA. 10 June 2004. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Lucescu makes Rapid exit". UEFA. 28 May 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Coaching profile Răzvan Lucescu". UEFA. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Romania appoint Lucescu". Worldsoccer.com. 29 April 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Lucescu leaves Romania post". UEFA. 5 June 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Dinamo a învins Rapid scor 1–0 si a câstigat Cupa României". Mediafax (in Romanian). 23 May 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "El Jaish signs deal with new coach Lucescu". Qatar Stars League. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "El Jaish clinch Qatar Stars Cup". The Peninsula Qatar. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "El Jaish 3–1 Al Jazira". The AFC. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Lucescu takes charge at Petrolul". Eurosport. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Lucescu, Sa Pinto take Greek club coaching jobs". Sports.Yahoo.com. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  14. ^ "Λουτσέσκου: "Ο Ολυμπιακός άξιζε το Κύπελλο"". Sport24.gr (in Greek). 23 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 

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