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Dorinel Munteanu
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Munteanu coaching Mordovia Saransk in 2013
Personal information
Full name Dorinel Ionel Munteanu
Date of birth (1968-06-25) 25 June 1968 (age 54)
Place of birth Grădinari, Romania
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Team information
Current team
Oțelul Galați (head coach)
Youth career
1982–1985 Minerul Oravița
1985–1987 Metalul Bocșa
Senior career*
1986–1987 Metalul Bocșa 13 (0)
1987–1988 CSM Reșița 5 (0)
1988–1989 Olt Scornicești 33 (2)
1989–1991 Inter Sibiu 47 (7)
1991–1993 Dinamo București 67 (27)
1993–1995 Cercle Brugge 65 (12)
1995–1999 1. FC Köln 129 (18)
1999–2003 VfL Wolfsburg 101 (11)
2004–2005 Steaua București 33 (2)
2005–2006 CFR Cluj 26 (0)
2006–2007 Argeș Pitești 3 (0)
2007–2008 Vaslui 16 (0)
2008 Universitatea Cluj 3 (0)
2008 Steaua București [1] 0 (0)
2009 Universitatea Cluj [2] 0 (0)
International career
1988–1990 [3] Romania U21 3 (0)
1991–2007 [4] Romania 134 (16)
Managerial career
2005–2006 CFR Cluj (player/coach)
2006–2007 Argeș Pitești (player/coach)
2007–2008 Vaslui (player/coach)
2008 Universitatea Cluj (player/coach)
2008 Steaua București (player/coach)
2009 Universitatea Cluj
2009–2012 Oțelul Galați
2012 Dinamo București
2012–2013 Mordovia Saransk
2013 Kuban Krasnodar
2014 Gabala
2015 Astra Giurgiu
2017 Zakho
2017–2018 CSMȘ Reșița (technical director)
2018–2019 Concordia Chiajna
2019–2020 CSM Reșița
2021– Oțelul Galati
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Dorinel Ionel Munteanu (Romanian pronunciation:  [doriˈnel munˈte̯anu] ; born 25 June 1968) is a Romanian football manager and former player, who is in charge of Liga II club Oțelul Galați. [5]


A former midfielder, Munteanu is the most capped Romanian player of all time, with a total of 134 appearances and 16 goals. [6] He played in two editions of the World Cup, those held in the United States in 1994 and France in 1998, as well as two European Championships, in 1996 and 2000. [6]

Club career

Munteanu with 1. FC Koln Dorinel Munteanu.jpg
Munteanu with 1. FC Köln

Munteanu was born in Grădinari, Caraș-Severin County. He started his football career playing for Metalul Bocșa, a team which offered him the first chance to play in Divizia B in 1986. After a year he went to play for CSM Reșița and then in 1988 for Olt Scornicești, while 1989 found him at Inter Sibiu.

Dinamo București bought him from Inter Sibiu in 1991 only to sell him to Cercle Brugge two years later. After two years in Belgium, he moved to Germany to play for 1. FC Köln and VfL Wolfsburg until 2003.

In 2003, aged 35, he was released from his contract by VfL Wolfsburg and signed with Steaua București as a free agent, only to leave the club in 2005 after a conflict with the club's Chief Executive Mihai Stoica and join the squad of CFR Cluj-Napoca.

International career

Dorinel won his first cap for Romania in 1991 while still at Inter Sibiu. [6] Since then he was a very important part of the national team of Romania, playing in various positions such as left back, left midfielder and playmaker.

In 2001, he won his 100th cap in a game against Slovenia in Ljubljana and four years later he won the 126th cap, making him the most capped Romanian footballer. [6] He has a total of 134 caps. [6]

Munteanu scored 16 goals for Romania and played at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 1996, 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000. [6]

Coaching career

After leaving Steaua București, Munteanu is offered the position of player-manager at CFR Cluj. In this first managerial job, he took the team to the Intertoto Cup final in 2005 and finished fifth in Divizia A at the end of the 2005–06 season. [7] [8] During the first half of the 2006–07 season, despite a good start (six wins, two draws, two defeats) with CFR Cluj, Munteanu announced he resigns his position at the club, due to interference with his decisions and lack of support from the club management. Munteanu had a pending offer from Argeș Pitești and he decided to accept it, despite the team being bottom of the first league after 10 games. Towards the end of the season, due to impossibility of avoiding the relegation of Argeș Pitești, he was sacked, only to be confirmed in short time as the new manager of Liga 1 team FC Vaslui. He has stated that he also intends to continue his playing career at FC Vaslui. He came back as head coach of Universitatea Cluj in September 2008, but only after seven games he quit to go to Steaua București. [1] [9] And again, after only eight games, he was dismissed by the club's president, Gigi Becali and returned to Universitatea Cluj. [10]

After the short spell at Universitatea Cluj, in July 2009 he signed a contract with Oțelul Galați. In the first season under his command, the team finished eighth. The next season, Oțelul started the season with four wins in the first six games and climbed on top of the championship. They finished first the Autumn part of the season, and what seemed to be only a flash in the pan, became one of the biggest surprises in the Romanian football. Oțelul maintained its position throughout the Spring season and became Romanian champion for the first time in their history. Munteanu was seen as the primary factor for this success. [11]

The following season, under Munteanu's guidance, Oțelul took part in the UEFA Champions League group stage, but failed to gain a single point. In the championship, Oțelul finished sixth and didn't qualify for the European competitions.

The 2012–13 season started badly for Oțelul who won the game in the first round, against Politehnica Iași, but then registered five consecutive games without a win. As a consequence, Dorinel Munteanu resigned.

In November 2012, he was installed as a head coach at Dinamo București. [12] [13] After only one month and four games in charge at Dinamo, Munteanu resigned at the end of 2012, citing the wish to follow his dream to coach abroad. [14] Just a day later, on 28 December 2012, Munteanu signed a contract for one and a half years with Mordovia Saransk. [15] On 1 August 2013, he took charge of Russian side Kuban Krasnodar, [16] before being sacked on 12 October of the same year. On 14 June 2014, Munteanu was appointed as manager of Gabala FK. [17] Munteanu was relieved of his duties as manager on 8 December 2014, following four wins in sixteen matches. [18]

Career statistics


Appearances and goals by national team and year [19]
National teamYearAppsGoals
Romania 199172

International goals

Scores and results list Romania's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Munteanu goal. [6]
List of international goals scored by Dorinel Munteanu
121 December 1991 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, EgyptFlag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 1–11–3 Friendly
224 December 1991 Port Said Stadium, Port Said, EgyptFlag of Egypt.svg  Egypt 1–01–1Friendly
37 June 1995 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, RomaniaFlag of Israel.svg  Israel 2–12–1 UEFA Euro 1996 Qualifying
415 October 1995 Všešportový areál, Košice, SlovakiaFlag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 2–02–0UEFA Euro 1996 Qualifying
56 September 1997 Sportpark, Eschen, LiechtensteinFlag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein 5–08–1 World Cup 1998 Qualifying
66 September 1997Sportplatz, Eschen, LiechtensteinFlag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein 6–08–1World Cup 1998 Qualifying
76 September 1997Sportplatz, Eschen, LiechtensteinFlag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein 7–18–1World Cup 1998 Qualifying
810 October 1998 Estádio das Antas, Porto, PortugalFlag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 1–01–0 UEFA Euro 2000 Qualifying
95 June 1999Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, RomaniaFlag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 2–02–0UEFA Euro 2000 Qualifying
109 June 1999Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, RomaniaFlag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 2–04–0UEFA Euro 2000 Qualifying
1120 June 2000 Stade du Pays de Charleroi, Charleroi, BelgiumFlag of England.svg  England 2–23–2 UEFA EURO 2000 Group A
1228 March 2001 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia Flag of Georgia (1990-2004).svg  Georgia 1–02–0 World Cup 2002 Qualifying
1327 March 2002 Stadionul Gheorghe Hagi, Constanța, RomaniaFlag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 1–04–1Friendly
147 September 2002 Koševo Stadium, Sarajevo, Bosnia and HerzegovinaFlag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2–03–0 UEFA Euro 2004 Qualifying
1512 February 2003 Neo GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, CyprusFlag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 1–12–1Friendly
1629 March 2003 Stadionul Lia Manoliu, Bucharest, RomaniaFlag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 2–12–5UEFA Euro 2004 Qualifying

Managerial statistics

As of 21 April 2023 [5] [20]
Flag of Romania.svg CFR Cluj 1 July 20052 October 2006492413127752+25048.98
Flag of Romania.svg Argeș Pitești 5 October 200626 April 2007215791420−6023.81
Flag of Romania.svg FC Vaslui 1 July 20075 April 200827101073727+10037.04
Flag of Romania.svg Universitatea Cluj 26 August 200826 October 2008105231413+1050.00
Flag of Romania.svg Steaua București 27 October 200815 December 2008814347−3012.50
Flag of Romania.svg Universitatea Cluj 1 April 200930 June 2009124531411+3033.33
Flag of Romania.svg Oțelul Galați 8 July 200930 August 2012121542542139118+21044.63
Flag of Romania.svg Dinamo București 15 November 201227 December 2012523096+3040.00
Flag of Russia.svg Mordovia Saransk 28 December 201210 June 2013113261216−4027.27
Flag of Russia.svg Kuban Krasnodar 11 June 201312 October 2013197662223−1036.84
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Gabala 14 June 20148 December 2014186572026−6033.33
Flag of Romania.svg Astra Giurgiu 4 March 201528 April 20151033487+1030.00
Flag of Iraq.svg Zakho 30 December 201623 February 2017502318−7000.00
Flag of Romania.svg Concordia Chiajna 18 September 20187 January 2019142481026−16014.29
Flag of Romania.svg CSM Reșița 10 November 201929 May 20207223109+1028.57
Flag of Romania.svg Oțelul Galați 6 July 2021Present6241101111841+77066.13



Inter Sibiu

Dinamo București

Steaua București

CFR Cluj



CFR Cluj

Oțelul Galați


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