Lucescu Jr. in 2010
|Full name||Răzvan Lucescu|
|Date of birth||17 February 1969|
|Place of birth||Bucharest, Romania|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|Skoda Xanthi (manager)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
- 1 Playing career
- 2 Coaching career
- 3 Honours
- 4 References
- 5 External links
Rapid Bucharest (2004–2007)
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.
Return to Braşov (2007–2009)
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.
Romanian national team (2009–2011)
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. 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.
Return to Rapid Bucharest
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.
On 31 May 2012, he was appointed at the helm of Qatari side El Jaish on a two-year deal. In his first season in charge Lucescu won the 2012–13 Qatari Stars Cup and led his side into the knockout stages of the AFC Champions League. 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.
In March 2014, he was named the head coach of Liga I side Petrolul Ploiești replacing Cosmin Contra. 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.
- "The playing career of Răzvan Lucescu". RomanianSoccer.ro. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
- "Razvan Lucescu in 2003–04 with FC Braşov". Labtof.ro. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
- "Rapid appointment for Lucescu". UEFA. 10 June 2004. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
- "Lucescu makes Rapid exit". UEFA. 28 May 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
- "Coaching profile Răzvan Lucescu". UEFA. 31 May 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
- "Romania appoint Lucescu". Worldsoccer.com. 29 April 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
- "Lucescu leaves Romania post". UEFA. 5 June 2011. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
- "Dinamo a învins Rapid scor 1–0 si a câstigat Cupa României". Mediafax (in Romanian). 23 May 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- "El Jaish signs deal with new coach Lucescu". Qatar Stars League. 31 May 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2013.
- "El Jaish clinch Qatar Stars Cup". The Peninsula Qatar. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
- "El Jaish 3–1 Al Jazira". The AFC. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- "Lucescu takes charge at Petrolul". Eurosport. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
- "Lucescu, Sa Pinto take Greek club coaching jobs". Sports.Yahoo.com. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
- "Λουτσέσκου: "Ο Ολυμπιακός άξιζε το Κύπελλο"". Sport24.gr (in Greek). 23 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015.