Costică Ștefănescu

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Costică Ștefănescu
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Ștefănescu in 1984
Personal information
Full nameCostică Ştefănescu
Date of birth(1951-03-26)26 March 1951
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Date of death 20 August 2013(2013-08-20) (aged 62)
Place of death Bucharest, Romania
Position(s) Centre-back
Youth career
1965–1969 Steaua București
Senior career*
1969–1973 Steaua București 77 (9)
1973–1986 Universitatea Craiova 378 (10)
1986–1988 FCM Braşov 35 (0)
National team
1977–1985 Romania 66 (0)
Teams managed
1986–1989 FC Brasov
1990 Steaua București
1990–1991 Romania U-21
1991–1992 Al-Wakrah
1992–1993 Selena Bacău
1993–1994 Politehnica Timişoara
1994–1998 Romania (assistant)
1999–2000 Astra Ploieşti
2000–2001 CSM Reşiţa
2001–2002 Hapoel Tzafririm Holon
2003 Al Shoala
2003–2005 Al-Jaish Damascus
2006 FC U Craiova
2007 Al-Wahda Damascus
2008 Najran SC
2009 Al Tadamon
2010–2012 Al-Jaish
2012 Al Shamal
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Costică Ștefănescu (26 March 1951 20 August 2013) was a Romanian football player and coach who last managed Qatari side Al Shamal. He spent the majority of his career at CS Universitatea Craiova, where he made a club record 378 appearances. [1] He is also the second all-time appearance leader in Divizia A, having played in a total of 490 matches. [2] In 1983, Ștefănescu was nominated for the Ballon d'Or. [3] [4] In August 2013, after suffering from cancer for a long time, he committed suicide by jumping from the fifth floor of the military hospital in Bucharest. [5]




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