Viorel Ion

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Viorel Ion
Personal information
Date of birth (1967-11-02) 2 November 1967 (age 50)
Place of birth Mărăcineni, Buzău, Romania
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1991 Gloria Buzău12 4 (4)
1991–1992 Oțelul Galați 33 (11)
1992–1995 Steaua București 73 (9)
1995–1998 Oțelul Galați 100 (28)
1998–1999 VfL Bochum 12 (1)
1999–2000 Oțelul Galați 36 (5)
2000–2001 Rapid București 14 (0)
2001–2003 Gloria Buzău3 18 (3)
2003–2004 Rulmentul Alexandria 8 (0)
2004–2005 Dunărea Galați 20 (4)
2005–2008 Gloria Buzău 56 (8)
Total 374 (73)
National team
1991–1997 Romania 4 (0)
Teams managed
2005–2008 Gloria Buzău
2011–2012 CF Brăila
2012–2013 CS Otopeni
2013–2016 Gloria Buzău
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Viorel Ion (born 2 November 1967 in Buzău) is a Romanian football manager. Throughout his playing career, Viorel Ion played for several teams, including Oțelul Galați, Steaua București, VfL Bochum and Rapid București. He was player-manager of Gloria Buzău, which he helped promote to Liga I during the 2006–07 season.


His Romanian first league debut took place in 1984, at the age of 17, playing for Gloria Buzău. In 1991, he left his club, at the time relegated to Liga II, for Oțelul Galați. Nicknamed Vioară (Violin), he subsequently transferred to Steaua București, winning three Romanian Champion titles with that team. From Steaua, he went on to play in the German Bundesliga for VfL Bochum. Upon his return to Romania, he played for Rapid București and Oțelul Galați again.

Ion made four appearances for the Romania national football team.[1]

Player-manager of Gloria Buzău[edit]

In 2001, he returned to Buzău, to find his old team, Gloria, relegated to the Romanian third division. He took over as player-manager and promoted the team back to Liga II in his first year. Later on, he attempted to lead Gloria to Liga I in 2005, when the team lost the promotion play-off to Politehnica Timișoara. Viorel Ion succeeded to promote Gloria Buzău to Liga I during the 2006–07 season, after finishing second. After losing the first two games of the 2007–08 season, Ion resigned his position as player-manager in favor of his colleague Ilie Stan, and took on other management position with Gloria Buzău.



Steaua Bucharest


^1 The 1987–1988, 1989–1991 appearances and goals made for Gloria Buzău are unavailable.
^2 The 1988–1989 appearances made for Gloria Buzău are unavailable.
^3 The 2001–2002 appearances and goals made for Gloria Buzău are unavailable.


  1. ^ Siminiceanu, Radu (6 April 2003). "Romania National Team 1990–1999 – Details". RSSSF. Retrieved 11 February 2012. 

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