Costel Orac

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Costel Orac
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Orac in 1984
Personal information
Full name Constantin Orac
Date of birth (1959-01-22) 22 January 1959 (age 64)
Place of birth Galați, Romania
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Striker
Team information
Current team
Concordia Chiajna (youth center director)
Youth career
1970–1971 Politehnica Galați
1971–1976 FCM Galați
Senior career*
1976–1981 FCM Galați 90 (11)
1981–1989 Dinamo București 217 (41)
1989–1990 Victoria București 2 (1)
1990 Étoile Carouge 25 (14)
1991 Dinamo București 6 (1)
1991–1992 Unirea Focșani 22 (13)
International career
Romania U21 3 (0)
Romania Olympic team 5 (0)
1984–1986 Romania 3 (1)
Managerial career
1991–1992 Unirea Focșani (player/assistant)
1992–1994 Unirea Focșani
1994–1995 Selena Bacău
1996–1997 Alki Larnaca
1997–1998 FC Brașov
1999–2000 Bihor Oradea
2000–2001 FCM Poiana Câmpina
2001–2002 FC Baia Mare
2002–2003 Oțelul Galați
2004–2005 Botoșani
2005–2006 Unirea Urziceni
2006–2007 Otopeni
2007–2008 FCM Bacău
2009 Dinamo București (assistant)
2009–2010 Dinamo II București
2010–2011 Concordia Chiajna
2011–2012 Botoșani
2014– Concordia Chiajna (Youth Center director)
2020–2021 Concordia Chiajna (caretaker)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16 March 2010
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 16 March 2010

Costel Orac (born 22 January 1959) is a Romanian retired footballer and current coach.


Club career

Costel Orac was born on 22 January 1959 in Galați. [1] [2] He made his Divizia A debut on 22 August 1976, playing for FCM Galați in a 1–0 loss against Jiul Petroșani. [1] He played 5 seasons in the first two leagues for FCM Galați, after which he was transferred at Dinamo București together with teammate Nicușor Vlad. [1] [2] [3] In his first three seasons spent at the club, he won the Divizia A title in all of them, in the first he contributed with 9 goals scored in 32 matches, in the second he played 30 games and scored 4 goals and in the third he made 23 appearances and scored 5 goals. [1] [2] Orac also won three Cupa României with the The Red Dogs , scoring the decisive goal in the 2–1 victory against rival Steaua București from the 1984 final and appeared in 26 matches in which he scored 5 goals in European competitions, including helping the team eliminate Inter Milan by scoring the decisive goal of the 3–2 victory from the second leg in the 1981–82 UEFA Cup season and appeared in 7 games in which he scored two goals against Hamburg and Liverpool in the 1983–84 European Cup as the club reached the semi-finals. [1] [2] [4] [5] [6] [7] In 1989, Orac alongside teammates Dumitru Moraru and Alexandru Nicolae were transferred from Dinamo to Victoria București where because of a conflict he had with coach Florin Halagian, he played only two Divizia A games in which he scored one goal and made one appearance in the 1989–90 UEFA Cup in which he gave an assist in a 1–1 against Valencia. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] After the 1989 Romanian Revolution, Orac went to play in the Nationalliga B where he was recommended by coach Mircea Lucescu to Étoile Carouge's coach Radu Nunweiller. [1] [2] [4] [5] [8] In Switzerland, after a injury, Orac found out at a medical control that he has problems with his back, he returned to play at Dinamo for a short while, making his last appearance in Divizia A on 11 May 1991 in a 1–1 against Universitatea Craiova after which he went to play in Divizia B at Unirea Focșani where he retired after playing one season. [1] [2] [4] [5] During his whole career, Costel Orac played 308 Divizia A matches in which he scored 54 goals and made 27 appearances in which he scored 5 goals in European competitions. [1] [2] [4] [5]

International career

Costel Orac played three friendly games at international level for Romania, making his debut on 29 July 1984 under coach Mircea Lucescu in a 4–2 victory against China in which he scored one goal. [9] [10] His following two games were a 1–1 and a 0–0 against Iraq. [9]

International stats

Romania national team [9]

International goals

Romania's goal tally first. [10]
Costel Orac – International goals
1.29 July 1984 Stadionul 23 August, Iaşi, RomaniaFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China 3042 Friendly

Managerial career

Costel Orac started his coaching career while he was still an active player, being an assistant at Unirea Focșani in the 1991–92 Divizia B. [5] From the 1992–93 Divizia B season, he began his career as a head coach at Unirea Focșani and in 1996 he had his only coaching experience outside Romania, for one season and a half in the Cypriot First Division at Alki Larnaca. [5] He spent most of his career coaching in Divizia B, having a total of 356 games, managing to win four promotions to the first league with Selena Bacău, Baia Mare, Unirea Urziceni and Concordia Chiajna. [2] [4] [5] Costel Orac has a total of 73 matches managed in Divizia A and in 2009 he was Dario Bonetti's assistant at Dinamo for a few months. [2] [4] [5]

Personal life

His nephew, Daniel Orac was also a footballer. [11] [12] [13]



FCM Galați

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Selena Bacău

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  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Costel Orac at (in Romanian)
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 "EXCLUSIV Costel Orac iese la atac, într-un interviu-eveniment: "Lucescu mi-a răpit pe nedrept participarea la Euro 84"" [EXCLUSIVE Costel Orac goes on the attack, in an event-interview: "Lucescu unjustly kidnapped my participation at Euro 84"] (in Romanian). 22 January 2021. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  3. 1 2 "Costel Orac, dialog deschis cu Ioanițoaia despre Dinamo, blaturi și problemele de sănătate: "Am făcut infarct cu complicații! Medicii m-au salvat, doar 5% mai supraviețuiesc"" [Costel Orac, open dialogue with Ioanițoaia about Dinamo, fixed games and health problems: "I had a heart attack with complications! The doctors saved me, only 5% survive "] (in Romanian). 15 June 2022. Retrieved 3 July 2022.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Costel Orac - o extremă de legendă" [Costel Orac - a legendary winger] (in Romanian). 27 April 2010. Retrieved 3 July 2022.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 "Interviu cu Orac, omul care a bătut Inter Milano și Hamburg: Lumea mă ia peste picior pe stradă din cauza situației de la Dinamo. Au greșit cu Bratu, iar politica de transferuri a fost dezastruoasă!" [Interview with Orac, the man who beat Inter Milan and Hamburg: People take me by surprise on the street because of the situation at Dinamo. They were wrong with Bratu, and the transfer policy was disastrous!] (in Romanian). 26 December 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2022.
  6. "29 de ani de la retragerea lui Orac. "Dădeam gol cu Inter, gol cu Hamburg, gol cu Liverpool, dar la națională n-aveam loc!"" [29 years since Orac's retirement. "I scored with Inter, with Hamburg, with Liverpool, but I didn't have a place in the national team!"] (in Romanian). 11 May 2020. Retrieved 3 July 2022.
  7. "Romanian Cup – Season 1983–1984". RomanianSoccer. Retrieved 1 May 2023.
  8. "Trei decenii de la Marele Exod" [Three decades since the Great Exodus] (in Romanian). 7 September 2020. Retrieved 3 July 2022.
  9. 1 2 3 "Costel Orac". European Football. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  10. 1 2 "Romania 4-2 China". European Football. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
  11. "Becali negociaza Grozav cu Walter!" [Becali negotiates for Grozav with Walter] (in Romanian). 29 May 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  12. "Atacantul Daniel Orac nu mai dă Universitatea Craiova pe Steaua București" [The striker Daniel Orac no longer gives Universitatea Craiova for Steaua Bucharest] (in Romanian). Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  13. "Nepotu' ORAC in razboi cu CSMS Iasi, I-a reclamat pe ieseni la FRF" [The nephew ORAC is in war with CSMS Iasi, he made a claim against them at FRF] (in Romanian). Archived from the original on 6 October 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2017.