Ioan Andone

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Ioan Andone
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Andone during the late 1980s
Personal information
Date of birth (1960-03-15) 15 March 1960 (age 63)
Place of birth Șpălnaca, Romania
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Position(s) Centre-back
Youth career
1972–1975 Școala Sportivă Hunedoara
1975–1979 Corvinul Hunedoara
Senior career*
1979–1983 Corvinul Hunedoara 105 (15)
1983–1990 Dinamo București 171 (22)
1990–1991 Elche 34 (3)
1991–1993 Heerenveen 39 (4)
International career
1981 Romania U-20 5 (0)
1981–1990 [1] Romania 55 (2)
Managerial career
1993–1994 Sportul Studențesc
1994–1995 Universitatea Cluj
1996 Sportul Studențesc
1996–1997 Petrolul Ploiești
1997–1998 Farul Constanța
1999–2000 FC Brașov
2000 Sportul Studențesc
2000–2001 Bihor Oradea
2001–2003 Sportul Studențesc
2003–2005 Dinamo București
2006–2007 Omonia Nicosia
2007–2008 CFR Cluj
2009 Al-Ettifaq
2009 Al-Ahli
2010 CSKA Sofia
2010 Rapid București
2010–2011 Dinamo București
2012 CFR Cluj
2013 Astana
2014 Al-Ettifaq
2014–2015 Apollon Limassol
2015 Aktobe
2016–2017 Dinamo București
2018–2020 Voluntari (general manager)
2020–2021 Voluntari (president)
2021– Corvinul Hunedoara (Board Member)
Representing Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg  Romania
FIFA World Youth Championship
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg FIFA U-20 World Cup 1981
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Ioan Andone (Romanian pronunciation:  [iˈo̯an anˈdone] ; born 15 March 1960) is a Romanian football coach and former player.


Club career

Ioan Andone, nicknamed "Fălcosul" was born on 15 March 1960 in Șpălnaca and when he was 14 years old he played basketball and football simultaneously, Carol Gal being his first football coach at Școala Sportivă Hunedoara, after which at 16 he decided to concentrate exclusively on his football career when he went at Corvinul Hunedoara's youth center where he was coached by Dumitru Pătrașcu. [2] [3] On 7 March 1979, Andone made his Divizia A debut for Corvinul when coach Mircea Lucescu sent him on the field in order to replace Radu Nunweiller in the last 20 minutes of a 2–0 away loss against Sportul Studențesc București. [4] [5] [6] At the end of his first season spent at Corvinul, the club relegated to Divizia B, but Andone stayed with the club, promoting back to the first division after one year, helping the club finish 3rd in the 1981–82 Divizia A, also appearing in four games in which he scored two goals in the 1982–83 UEFA Cup. [2] [4] In the summer of 1983 Andone and teammate Mircea Rednic were transferred from Corvinul to Dinamo București in exchange for five players which included Nicușor Vlad, Teofil Stredie and Florea Văetuș. [2] [4] Andone spent a total of 7 seasons with The Red Dogs , winning the title in his first season with 3 goals scored in 27 appearances and in his last season with 20 appearances and two goals scored. [2] [4] During the same period, Andone also won three Cupa României and played 25 games in which he scored one goal in European competitions, appearing in 6 games in the 1983–84 European Cup season when the team reached the semi-finals and in 8 games in the 1989–90 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup campaign when the team also reached the semi-finals with his former Corvinul coach, Mircea Lucescu. [2] [4] Andone was in the center of a big scandal in the derby against Steaua from March 1989 which was lost with 2–1 after Gheorghe Hagi opened the score, Andone equalized for Dinamo and Gabi Balint scored the winning goal for Steaua in the last minute of the game, also referee Ion Crăciunescu eliminated Rodion Cămătaru and Claudiu Vaișcovici from Dinamo. [2] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] Feeling that they were disadvantaged by the referee, right after the game Andone and Rednic showed some obscene gestures in front of the official tribune where Valentin Ceaușescu, the son of dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and unofficial president of Steaua was staying. [2] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] Initially, the Romanian Football Federation suspended Andone for one year, but after his friend from Steaua, Marius Lăcătuș talked to Valentin Ceaușescu and convinced him to forgive Andone, his suspension was reduced to three months, Rednic also got away with it after a friend of his from Steaua, László Bölöni talked to Valentin Ceaușescu. [2] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] After the 1989 Romanian Revolution, he was bought by Spanish side Elche for 125.000$ where he was teammate with Santiago Cañizares and played 34 matches in which he scored scored 3 goals in the 1990–91 Segunda División season. [12] [13] [14] Andone then went on to play for the last two seasons of his career in the Netherlands under head coach Fritz Korbach at Heerenveen in the Eerste Divisie, where he was also teammate with Rodion Cămătaru, appearing in 39 league games in which he scored 4 goals. [4] [12] [15] [16] [17] Andone gained throughout his career a total of 255 Divizia A appearances with 35 goals scored and a total of 29 matches with 3 goals scored in European competitions. [4] [12] [15]

International career

Ioan Andone played 55 matches and scored two goals at international level for Romania, making his debut on 11 November 1981 when coach Mircea Lucescu sent him on the field in the 82nd minute in order to replace Aurel Țicleanu in a 0–0 against Switzerland at the 1982 World Cup qualifiers. [18] [19] He made five appearances in which he scored one goal in a 2–0 victory against Sweden at the successful Euro 1984 qualifiers, being used by coach Mircea Lucescu in the 2–1 loss against West Germany at the final tournament as Romania did not pass the group stage. [18] He played one game at the 1986 World Cup qualifiers, one at the Euro 1988 qualifiers and four at the successful 1990 World Cup qualifiers, being used by coach Emerich Jenei in all the minutes of the four matches from the final tournament, as Romania got eliminated by Ireland in the eight-finals. [18] Ioan Andone's last game for the national team took place on 17 October 1990 in a 3–0 loss against Bulgaria at the Euro 1992 qualifiers. [18] Andone was also part of Romania's U20 squad at the 1981 World Youth Championship from Australia, appearing in 5 games, helping the team finish the tournament in the 3rd position, winning the bronze medal. [2] [20]

For representing his country at the 1990 World Cup, Andone was decorated by President of Romania Traian Băsescu on 25 March 2008 with the Ordinul "Meritul Sportiv" – (The Medal "The Sportive Merit") class III. [21] [22]

International stats

Romania national team [18]

International goals

Scores and results list Romania's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Andone goal. [18]
18 September 1982 Stadionul 23 August, Bucharest, Romania Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 1–02–0 UEFA Euro 1984 qualifying
230 March 1988 Kurt-Wabbel-Stadion, Halle, Germany Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 2–33–3 Friendly

Managerial career

Ioan Andone started his coaching career in 1993 at Sportul Studențesc, a team he would coach on other three occasions. [12] [23] He coached Universitatea Cluj, Petrolul Ploiești, Farul Constanța, FC Brașov and Bihor Oradea before arriving in March 2003 at Dinamo București, a team with whom he won the first trophies of his coaching career consisting of a Divizia A title, three Cupa României and one Supercupa României, he would go on to have two more spells at Dinamo but without winning any trophies. [12] [24] [25] At Dinamo he also made his first European performance by eliminating Everton with 5–2 on aggregate and reaching the group stage of the 2005–06 UEFA Cup. [26] After he left Dinamo, Andone took over Cypriot club Omonia Nicosia in January 2006 and stayed there until January 2007, finishing on the second place in the 2005–06 Cypriot First Division. [24] [27] Andone coached CFR Cluj in the 2007–08 season, helping the team win the title and the cup, these being the first trophies the club won in its history, however he was dismissed in the beginning of the following season for poor results. [12] [24] [28] He went to coach abroad, having spells in the Arab world at Al-Ettifaq and Al-Ahli, before returning to Europe at Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia where he worked with Romanian players Florentin Petre and Daniel Pancu. [12] [24] [29] [30] On 1 April 2010, Rapid București's officials appointed the former CSKA Sofia manager to lead the team until the end of the 2009–10 season. [23] On 9 April 2012 he returned for a second spell at CFR Cluj, replacing Jorge Costa before the 26th round of the 2011–12 season, managing to win the title at the end of it and in the following season CFR eliminated Slovan Liberec and Basel in the 2012–13 Champions League campaign, thus reaching the group stage of the competition where after making 4 points in three games, Andone was dismissed. [12] [24] [31] From 2013 until 2015, Andone coached abroad having two spells in Kazakhstan Premier League, the first with Astana in 2013 when he finished the championship on the second place, the second with Aktobe in 2015 when he finished the championship on the third place, also in between these two periods he had a second unsuccessful spell at Al-Ettifaq with whom he relegated from the Saudi Professional League and a spell in Cyprus at Apollon Limassol where he was dismissed while still being on the first place of the 2014–15 Cypriot First Division. [12] [24] [32] [33] [34] [35] From June 2018 until July 2021, Andone worked at Voluntari, first as general manager and from July 2020 as president. [36] [37] [38] Ioan Andone has a total of 456 matches as a manager in the Romanian top-division, Liga I consisting of 207 victories, 80 draws and 169 losses. [39]



Corvinul Hunedoara

Dinamo București


Dinamo București

CFR Cluj

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  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 "Cum au fost create marile echipe ale anilor '80?. Episodul 3: Dinamo - Show cu doar 14 "câini". Dar de rasă" [How were the great teams of the '80s created? Episode 3: Dinamo - Show with only 14 "dogs". But dogs of race] (in Romanian). 25 March 2021. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  3. "Ioan Andone: orice "ciine" isi are nasul" [Ioan Andone: every "dog" has his godfather] (in Romanian). Retrieved 23 June 2022.
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  5. ""Noaptea m-am dus în gară, la 12" Ioan Andone şi povestea debutului său în Divizia A: "A doua zi m-am dus la şcoală"" ["I went to the train station at night, at 12" Ioan Andone and the story of his debut in Division A: "The next day I went to school"] (in Romanian). 8 March 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  6. "AMINTIRI DIN FOTBAL Ioan Andone a câştigat primii bani ca fotbalist la Corvinul şi i-a cheltuit pe haine de firmă" [FOOTBALL MEMORIES Ioan Andone earned his first money as a football player at Corvinul and spent them on company clothes] (in Romanian). 15 February 2013. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  7. 1 2 3 "Salvat de Boloni" [Saved by Boloni] (in Romanian). 1 May 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  8. 1 2 3 "Povestea adevărată şi în imagini a gesturilor halucinante ale lui Andone la adresa publicului din Ghencea şi a lui Valentin Ceauşescu în '89!" [The true story and in images of Andone's hallucinatory gestures to the audience in Ghencea and Valentin Ceausescu in '89!] (in Romanian). 7 October 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  9. 1 2 3 "La derby-ul din '89, Andone l-a sfidat pe Valentin Ceauşescu" [In the derby of ’89, Andone mocked Valentin Ceausescu] (in Romanian). 20 October 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  10. 1 2 3 "Amintiri din Epoca de Aur! Cum i-a salvat Lacatus lui Andone cariera de fotbalist!" [Memories of the Golden Age! How Lacatus saved Andone's football career!] (in Romanian). 15 October 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  11. 1 2 3 "Cinci momente care au rămas în istoria "Unicului Derby". De la semne obscene adresate lui Ceaușescu, la incendiul din '97. Dinamo – Steaua, episodul 160, de la 20:30" [Five moments left in the history of the "Only Derby". From obscene signs to Ceausescu to the fire of '97. Dinamo - Steaua, episode 160, from 20:30] (in Romanian). 22 November 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  12. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 "Ioan Andone - rezumatul carierei de fotbalist şi antrenor. Vezi şi un amplu CV!" [Ioan Andone - the summary of his football career and coach. See also an extensive CV!] (in Romanian). 18 January 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  13. "Santiago Canizares, amintiri despre Ioan Andone în perioada Elche: "M-a atras proiectul, pentru că aveam ocazia să joc alături de mari fotbalişti"" [Santiago Canizares, memories of Ioan Andone during the Elche period: "I was attracted by the project, because I had the opportunity to play with great footballers"] (in Romanian). 25 February 2021. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  14. "S-a stabilit ultima promovată în La Liga: Elche CF! Este formația unde s-a transferat Ioan Andone de la Dinamo, imediat după Revoluția din 1989, pentru 125.000 de dolari" [The last one promoted in La Liga has been established: Elche CF! It is the band where Ioan Andone transferred from Dinamo, immediately after the 1989 Revolution, for 125,000 dollars] (in Romanian). 24 August 2020. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  15. 1 2 "Mircea Dinescu l-a invitat pe Ioan Andone să asculte muzică lăutărească la Cetate. "Poezie şi delicateţuri", noul show de la Prima TV" [Mircea Dinescu invited Ioan Andone to listen to fiddle music at the Citadel. "Poetry and delicacies", the new show on Prima TV] (in Romanian). 13 March 2021. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  16. "Imagini memorabile. Andone şi Cămătaru s-au întâlnit cu un fost coleg de la Heerenveen" [Memorable pictures. Andone and Cămătaru met with a former colleague from Heerenveen] (in Romanian). 24 January 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  17. "Un atacant pentru un secol de istorie. Rodion Cămătaru, ales cel mai bun "vârf" al lui Heerenveen:"A fost extrem de iubit - uriașul prietenos!"" [A striker for a century of history. Rodion Cămătaru, chosen the best "striker" of Heerenveen:"He was extremely loved - the friendly giant] (in Romanian). 11 June 2020. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
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  23. 1 2 "Primul obiectiv pentru Ando la Rapid:"Să câștig derby-urile!"" [Ando's first objective at Rapid:"Let's win the derbies!"] (in Romanian). 1 April 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  24. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 "Ioan Andone împlinește 60 de ani! Cifrele unor cariere impresionante ca jucător şi antrenor care au gravitat în jurul clubului Dinamo!" [Ioan Andone turns 60! Impressive career figures as a player and coach that revolved around the Dinamo club!] (in Romanian). 15 March 2020. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  25. "Ioan Andone şi-a reziliat contractul cu Dinamo. Cine îl poate înlocui" [Ioan Andone terminated his contract with Dinamo. Who can replace him] (in Romanian). 15 February 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  26. "VIDEO 15 ani de la istoricul Dinamo - Everton 5-1. 3 dintre oamenii-cheie au rememorat meciul pentru GSP: "Sincer să fiu, am fost cel mai bun!"" [VIDEO 15 years since the historic Dinamo - Everton 5-1. 3 of the key people recalled the match for GSP:" To be honest, I was the best! "] (in Romanian). 16 September 2020. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  27. "Antrenori - Ioan Andone a demisionat de la Omonia Nicosia" [Coaches - Ioan Andone resigned from Omonia Nicosia] (in Romanian). 6 January 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  28. "Andone, "răsplătit"" [Andone, "rewaraded"] (in Romanian). 31 August 2008. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  29. "Le-au tremurat chilotii! Vezi cum au marcat Pancu si Petre pentru Andone la TSKA Sofia!" [Their panties were shaking! See how Pancu and Petre scored for Andone at TSKA Sofia!] (in Romanian). 22 January 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  30. "Florentin Petre și Daniel Pancu au marcat pentru ȚSKA Sofia" [Florentin Petre and Daniel Pancu scored for CSKA Sofia] (in Romanian). 13 March 2010. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  31. "Andone şi-a reziliat contractul cu CFR, după întâlnirea cu Paszkany!" [Andone terminated his contract with CFR, after meeting with Paszkany!] (in Romanian). 24 October 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  32. "Ioan Andone, despre revoltele din Kazahstan, unde a antrenat doi granzi:"Citesc și nu-mi vine să cred"" [Ioan Andone, about the riots in Kazakhstan, where he trained two giants: "I read and I can't believe it"] (in Romanian). 6 January 2022. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  33. "Echipa Al-Ettifaq, antrenata de Ioan Andone, a retrogradat din prima liga saudita" [The Al-Ettifaq team, coached by Ioan Andone, has relegated from the first Saudi league] (in Romanian). 7 April 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  34. "Ioan Andone a fost demis de la Apollon Limassol: meciul care i-a fost fatal" [Ioan Andone was fired from Apollon Limassol: the match that was fatal for him] (in Romanian). 8 April 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  35. "ULUITOR. Un antrenor român A FOST DAT AFARĂ în momentul în care se afla pe PRIMUL LOC" [AMAZING. A Romanian coach WAS DISMISSED when he was on the FIRST PLACE] (in Romanian). 9 April 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  36. "FC Voluntari se schimbă total! Ioan Andone e noul manager general, clubul a numit și un alt director sportiv. Revenirea lui Niculescu nu mai e atât de sigură: cu cine se luptă "Lunetistul" pentru banca tehnică" [FC Voluntari is totally changing! Ioan Andone is the new general manager, the club has appointed another sports director. Niculescu's return is not so sure: who is the "Sniper" fighting for the technical bench] (in Romanian). 21 June 2018. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  37. "Ioan Andone este noul preşedinte al celor de la FC Voluntari" [Ioan Andone is the new president of FC Voluntari] (in Romanian). 15 July 2020. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
  38. "Ioan Andone a plecat de la FC Voluntari! Ce club va conduce acum" [Ioan Andone has left FC Voluntari! Which club will he run now?] (in Romanian). 7 July 2021. Retrieved 23 June 2022.
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