Liviu Ciobotariu

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Liviu Ciobotariu
Liviu Ciobotariu, 2019.jpg
Ciobotariu in 2019
Personal information
Full name Liviu Ciobotariu [1]
Date of birth (1971-03-26) 26 March 1971 (age 51)
Place of birth Ghimpați, Romania [1]
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Centre-back
Club information
Current team
Voluntari (head coach)
Youth career
Progresul București
Senior career*
1989–1998 Național București 173 (19)
1990–1991Pandurii Târgu Jiu (loan) 24 (3)
1998–2000 Dinamo București 47 (4)
2000–2001 Standard Liége 47 (0)
2002–2004 RAEC Mons 46 (1)
2004 Royal Antwerp 14 (0)
2004–2005 Dinamo București 8 (0)
International career
1997–2001 Romania 32 (3)
Managerial career
2006 Național București
2006–2007 Dunărea Galați
2007–2008 CS Otopeni
2008 Internațional Curtea de Argeș
2008–2009 CS Otopeni
2009–2010 Pandurii Târgu Jiu
2010 CF Brăila
2010–2011 Dinamo II București
2011–2012 Dinamo București
2012–2013 CSMS Iași
2013–2014 FC Vaslui
2015 ASA Târgu Mureș
2015–2016 Al-Faisaly
2018 Al-Tai
2018–2019 Botoșani
2019–2020 Lebanon
2021 Hermannstadt
2021– Voluntari
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Liviu Ciobotariu (born 26 March 1971) is a Romanian professional football coach and former player who is the head coach of Romanian club FC Voluntari. His son Denis is also a footballer. [2] [3]


Club career

Ciobotariu debuted in Divizia A with Progresul București in 1992.

International career

Ciobotariu made his debut for the Romania national team in 1997 against Macedonia, and represented his country at the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000. He played his last international match in 2001, and got 32 caps and 3 goals in total.

Managerial career

Ciobotariu retired in 2005 and began to coach in 2006. Between July 2011 and April 2012, he was the manager of Dinamo București. In January 2015, he took control of ASA Târgu Mureș. Ciobotariu brought the team to the first position in Liga I, but failed to win the championship after two losses in the last two games of the 2014–15 season. At the end of the season, Ciobotariu ended his contract with ASA on mutual agreement.

On 4 June 2015, he was appointed as head coach of Saudi Professional League side Al-Faisaly, before moving to Al-Ta'ee in 2017. [4] After one season, Ciobotariu was appointed manager of Botoșani.

On 3 June 2019, Ciobotariu was named manager of the Lebanon national team. [5] After coaching for 10 games, on 17 June 2020 the Lebanese Football Association (LFA) decided not to extend Ciobotariu's contract, which had expired. [6]

On 15 January 2021, Ciobotariu was appointed head coach of Liga I club Hermannstadt, signing a two-year contract. [7] He was dismissed on 21 March after winning only one game out of 12. [8] He became head coach of fellow Liga I side Voluntari on 7 May 2021. [9]

Career statistics


National teamYearAppsGoals
Romania 199720
Romania score listed first, score column indicates score after each Ciobotariu goal.
14 September 1999 Tehelné pole, Bratislava, SlovakiaFlag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 3–15–1 UEFA Euro 2000 Qual.
23 June 2000 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, RomaniaFlag of Greece.svg  Greece 1–02–1 Friendly
326 February 2001 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, CyprusFlag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 1–01–0Friendly



Progresul București

Dinamo București


FC Voluntari


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  1. 1 2 "Liviu Ciobotariu". Global Sports Archive. Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  2. "După Costache, Dinamo mai propune un tânăr care va impresiona: "Vom auzi lucruri frumoase despre el"" [After Costache, Dinamo proposes another young man who will impress: "We will hear beautiful things about him"] (in Romanian). Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  3. "VIDEO Fiul lui Liviu Ciobotariu, gata să facă pasul spre echipa mare a lui Dinamo: "Tata mă învață..."" [VIDEO Liviu Ciobotariu's son, ready to make his way to Dinamo's big team: "Dad teaches me ..."] (in Romanian). Archived from the original on 8 October 2017. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  4. "Liviu Ciobotariu pleacă de la FC Botoșani pentru a deveni selecționer! Anunțul oficial se va face săptămâna viitoare". (in Romanian). Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  5. Abou Diab, Rami (4 June 2019). "Liviu Ciobotariu has been appointed as the new Lebanon head coach". FA Lebanon. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  6. Mahfoud, Maroun (17 June 2020). "Official: Jamal Taha is the new coach for the Lebanese national team". FA Lebanon. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  7. "OFICIAL | Liviu Ciobotariu, noul antrenor al sibienilor de la Hermannstadt! Ce staff va avea înlocuitorul lui Ruben Albes". Prosport (in Romanian). 15 January 2021. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  8. "OFICIAL | Liviu Ciobotariu a plecat de la Hermannstadt, după doar două luni". (in Romanian). Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  9. "OFICIAL Schimbare de antrenor în play-out! Liviu Ciobotariu revine în lupta pentru evitarea retrogradării". (in Romanian). Retrieved 7 May 2021.
  10. "CEI MAI BUNI Granzii puși la respect! » Jefte Betancor a fost ales "Jucătorul lunii septembrie", iar Liviu Ciobotariu - "Antrenorul lunii"! Cum s-a votat" [THE BEST Respectable grannies! » Jefté Betancor was chosen the "Player of the Month in September ", and Liviu Ciobotariu - the "Coach of the Month"! How the voting took place]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 6 October 2021. Retrieved 12 November 2021.