Dan Alexa

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Dan Alexa
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Dan Alexa, 2004
Personal information
Date of birth (1979-10-28) 28 October 1979 (age 43)
Place of birth Caransebeș, Romania
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Defensive midfielder
Team information
Current team
FC Brașov (manager)
Youth career
CSȘ Caransebeș
LPS Banatul Timișoara
Senior career*
1998 UM Timișoara 10 (2)
1999–2001 Rocar București 45 (2)
2001 Fulgerul Bragadiru 4 (0)
2002 Universitatea Craiova 15 (0)
2002–2004 Dinamo București 47 (1)
2004–2005 Beijing Hyundai 40 (0)
2006 Dinamo București 13 (1)
2006–2011 Politehnica Timișoara 126 (5)
2011–2012 Rapid București 25 (3)
2012–2014 Anorthosis Famagusta 40 (4)
2017 Viitorul Caransebeș 1 (0)
International career
2000 Romania U21 1 (0)
2004–2011 Romania 6 (2)
Managerial career
2014–2015 ACS Poli Timișoara
2015–2016 Rapid București
2016 ASA Târgu Mureș
2016–2017 Concordia Chiajna
2017–2019 Dunărea Călărași
2019 Astra Giurgiu
2020 Rapid București
2020–2021 ASU Politehnica Timișoara
2021–2022 CSM Reșița
2022– FC Brașov
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Dan Alexa (born 28 October 1979) is a Romanian professional football manager and former player.


As a defensive midfielder, [1] he spent 16 years as a professional player.

After he ended his playing career, Alexa became a manager. His first job was at ACS Poli Timișoara, in March 2014. Since 23 August 2017 he was manager of Dunărea Călărași until summer of 2019. Then he was named manager of Astra Giurgiu.

Club career

Early career

Although born in Banat, Alexa was considered disposable while at UM Timișoara in 1998, and he moved to Rocar București where he helped his side reach the 2000–01 Romanian Cup final.

Dinamo București

After several years with short spells at FC Timișoara and Universitatea Craiova, Alexa got his big chance as Dinamo București decided to transfer him. His performances were of a high caliber throughout the two seasons he spent there, but he also got a reputation for being an extremely aggressive player. In two years, he scored 1 goal in 47 appearances.

Beijing Hyundai

His consequent move to Beijing Hyundai saw him leave Romania for two years. In a friendly match against Real Madrid he was selected man of the match. [2]

Dinamo București

He returned to Dinamo in 2006 just for a few months playing 13 matches, scoring one goal.

Politehnica Timișoara

In the summer of the same year, Politehnica boss Marian Iancu decided to bring Alexa – by then, a real "persona non-grata" in Timișoara, due to his pledge of loyalty to Dinamo – back to the city where he started his career, together with teammate Ştefan Grigorie. [3] The fans protested at Alexa's arrival in Timișoara through several banners and chants, but the club's management remained unimpressed. Alexa himself stated that he had made those statements out of necessity and that he will do all he can to prove to the fans that he is a real professional. A few months after his arrival, Alexa became the captain of Poli. He is nicknamed "the surgeon" because he inflicted many injuries requiring surgery to opposing players. On 19 April 2010, he scored the equaliser goal in the 98th minute against CFR Cluj and kept Poli in the battle for the title, however Poli finished 5th, losing their last three matches.

Rapid București

On 4 June 2011, the former captain of Politehnica Timișoara signed a two-year contract with Rapid București following the relegation of Poli. [4]

Anorthosis Famagusta

On 24 June 2012, Dan Alexa signed with the Cyprus First Division football club, Anorthosis Famagusta, on a free transfer. He signed a reported €250,000/yr contract with the club. [5]

International career

Alexa was first called up by the national team in 2004. Later in 2010, he was called up for a friendly match against Italy after a six-year absence. [6] Alexa scored his first goals for Romania in a 2–2 draw against Ukraine at Cyprus International Cup 2011. [7] However, Romania were eliminated from the tournament, after losing on penalty kicks 4–2.

International stats

Romania national team

International goals

18 February 2011 Paralimni Stadium, Paralimni, Cyprus Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 1–22–2 Friendly
28 February 2011 Paralimni Stadium, Paralimni, Cyprus Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 2–22–2 Friendly



UM Timișoara

Dinamo București


ACS Poli Timișoara

Rapid București

Dunărea Călărași

CSM Reșița

Managerial statistics

As of 8 June 2022 [8]
Flag of Romania.svg ACS Poli Timișoara 17 March 201422 August 2015482114135741+16043.75
Flag of Romania.svg Rapid București 27 August 201520 July 20163422755521+34064.71
Flag of Romania.svg ASA Târgu Mureș 07 August 201622 December 20162383123238−6034.78
Flag of Romania.svg Concordia Chiajna 23 December 201618 July 2017206682025−5030.00
Flag of Romania.svg Dunărea Călărași 22 August 201712 June 2019763621199563+32047.37
Flag of Romania.svg Astra Giurgiu 13 June 201910 October 2019135441614+2038.46
Flag of Romania.svg Rapid București 11 March 202006 August 2020513144+0020.00
Flag of Romania.svg ASU Politehnica Timișoara 11 November 202017 June 2021196672024−4031.58
Flag of Romania.svg CSM Reșița 30 June 202110 June 20223225619116+75078.13
Flag of Romania.svg FC Brașov 23 June 2022present000000+0!

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  1. Dan Alexa at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. "Comentand la rece etapa a 27-a: Cine sunt premiantii, cine sunt perdantii". Cronica Română. 17 May 2006. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
  3. "Pe minus" [On minus] (in Romanian). Gsp.ro. 22 August 2007. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  4. "Alexa and Surdu signed with Rapid". Gazeta Sporturilor. 4 June 2011.
  5. "Rapid a pierdut un super jucator". Sport.ro. 24 June 2012.
  6. "Alexa returns to national team". Analog TV. 18 November 2010.
  7. "Romania – Ukraine 2–2". Gazeta Sporturilor. 8 February 2011.
  8. "Nou antrenor la Dunărea. Dan Alexa a semnat contract pe un an cu gruparea de pe malul Borcei" (in Romanian). adevarul.ro. 12 November 2020. Retrieved 13 November 2020.