Vasile Godja

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Vasile Godja
Personal information
Full name Vasile Ioan Godja
Date of birth October 19, 1954
Place of birth Brașov, Romania
Playing position manager
Teams managed
Years Team
1986–1990 Tractorul Brașov (youth)
1990–1997 Tractor Sazi
2003 Tractor Sazi

Vasile Ioan Godja (born October 19, 1954 in Brașov) is a Romanian former football player and manager.

Godja was head-coach of Tractor Sazi F.C. an Iranian football club during the early 1990s, while working for Iran Tractor Manufacturing Co. (ITMCO), one of the industries in Tabriz, Iran.[1]

Club career[edit]

During the period 1970–86 Godja was respectively under contract to Metrom Brașov, Steagul Roșu Brașov (now known as FC Braşov) and Tractorul Brașov.

Managerial career[edit]

After retiring as a player, Godja managed the youth team of his hometown Tractorul Brașov. He obtained his coaching license at A.N.E.F.S. Bucharest in 1988.

From 1990–96, Godja was in this period the coach of Iranian football side Tractor Sazi, under his lead the club promoted from the third league to the first league. His most notable performance came in the 1992–93 season finishing third place in national competition followed by Pirouzi Teheran and PAS Teheran.

During the 1995–96 season Tractor Sazi were playing in the second league, Godja managed to promote the team once again into the first league. Under his leadership, Tractor Sazi were runners-up of the Hazfi Cup in 1994, and won in 1995 the MILLS International cup in India.

He was appointed again in July 2003[2] and spent six months without success before being replaced in December.[3]

Discovering talents[edit]

In the period of 1992 - 1996 he discovered various talents. From which 14 players (among them Akhbar Zolmagi Dian, Naser Farasaty, Iunes Peihnejab, Shahram Bauhnuser, Naser Faspach, Hosen Hasandon) where later on contracted by first league teams.

He also discovered and trained various talented players like Karim Bargheri, Sirous Dinmohammadi, Alireza Nikmer and Hossein Khatibi, which in time became players of Iran’s national team.[4]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Vasile Goja will officially start his work in 10 days". 2003-06-28. Retrieved 2007-04-18. 
  3. ^ "Tractor Sazi sacks Romanian coach, appoints Qassempour". 2003-12-23. Retrieved 2007-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Antrenorul Vasile Godja e o vedeta la Tabriz". (in Romanian). 2005-04-26. Retrieved 2008-02-13.