Edward Iordănescu

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Edward Iordănescu
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Personal information
Full nameEdward Iordănescu
Date of birth (1978-06-16) 16 June 1978 (age 42)
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
CFR Cluj (manager)
Youth career
1984–1995 Steaua
Senior career*
1995–1996 Steaua 1 (0)
1997–1998 Sportul Studențesc 0 (0)
1998–1999 Panionios 2 (0)
1999–2000 Unirea Focșani 18 (1)
2000 Rapid București 0 (0)
2001 Rocar București 1 (0)
2001–2002 Alki Larnaca 5 (0)
2002–2003 Petrolul Ploiești 8 (0)
2003–2004 FC Vaslui 8 (0)
Teams managed
2010 Steaua București
2013–2014 Târgu Mureș
2014–2016 Pandurii Târgu Jiu
2016 CSKA Sofia
2017–2018 Astra Giurgiu
2018 CFR Cluj
2019–2020 Gaz Metan Mediaș
2020– CFR Cluj
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Edward Iordănescu (Romanian pronunciation:  [jordəˈnesku] ; born 16 June 1978) is a Romanian professional football manager and former player. He was until recently in charge of Liga I side CFR Cluj. Iordănescu is the eldest son of former international player and coach Anghel Iordănescu. [1] [2]


Playing career

Iordănescu's adventure with Steaua began in early 1984. At the early age of six, he was taken along by his father to watch games at the Ghencea Stadium. He sat next to Alin Stoica, the son of Tudorel. They began playing together during warm-ups and half-time, when the players would pass them the ball. After playing for CSA Steaua București's youth teams, Iordănescu was promoted to the first team in 1996 along with his former teammate Alin Stoica. After finding out how difficult it was to make an impact at the first-team level, he left Steaua for Sportul Studențesc.

Among others, Iordănescu played as a midfielder for several teams in Romania including Unirea Focşani, Rapid București, Petrolul Ploieşti and Vaslui. He also had spells abroad in Greece and Cyprus with Panionios and Alki Larnaca.

Coaching career

Iordănescu retired in 2004, in order to begin studying to become a coach. He took courses in Italy, Spain and England.

After Ilie Dumitrescu announced his resignation from his role as Steaua București manager in 2010, pointing out that he cannot stay where he is not wanted, Iordănescu took over as interim coach.

On 20 June 2013, Iordănescu signed a contract with Liga II side FCM Târgu Mureș with the clear target to promote to Liga I. In October 2013, he resigned.

In December 2014, Iordănescu was named head coach of Pandurii Târgu Jiu. He guided his side to the final of the 2014–15 Cupa Ligii competition.

On 24 August 2016, Iordănescu was unveiled as the new head coach of Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia. [3] Polish side Lech Poznań were also interested in hiring Iordănescu. [4] On 27 November 2016, following a 1–1 home draw against Vereya, he resigned from his duties. [5]

On 8 June 2017, he was appointed manager of Liga I club Astra Giurgiu. [6] On 2 April 2018, his contract with the club was terminated after a mutual agreement. [7]

On 13 June 2018, Iordănescu signed a three-year deal with CFR Cluj, replacing Dan Petrescu who left for Guizhou Hengfeng. [8] He won his first trophy as a manager on 15 July, as his new side defeated Universitatea Craiova 1–0 in the Supercupa României. [9]

Managerial statistics

As of match played 1 March 2021
Managerial record by team and tenure
Fortuna Brazi 3 February 20135 May 2013105412010+10050.00
ASA Târgu Mureș 20 June 20132 January 2014103431510+5030.00
Pandurii Târgu Jiu 16 December 201420 June 2016522513147557+18048.08
CSKA Sofia 24 August 201627 November 201612534149+5041.67 [10]
Astra Giurgiu 8 June 20172 April 2018351510104635+11042.86 [10]
CFR Cluj 13 June 201826 July 2018311121+1033.33 [10]
Gaz Metan Mediaș 7 January 20192 June 2020472212136347+16046.81 [11]
CFR Cluj 4 December 2020-151032258+17066.67 [10]



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Pandurii Târgu Jiu

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