Marin Ion

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Marin Ion
Personal information
Date of birth (1955-03-25) 25 March 1955 (age 65)
Place of birth Ciorogârla, Romania
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
1971–1972 Rapid București
1972–1973 Dinamo Bucureşti
Senior career*
1973–1984 Dinamo Bucureşti 279 (4)
1985–1986 Bihor Oradea 28 (1)
1986 Victoria Bucureşti 13 (0)
1986–1987 Rapid Bucureşti 26 (1)
Teams managed
1989 Pandurii Târgu Jiu
1991–1992 Flacăra Moreni
1992–1996 Petrolul Ploieşti
1996–1997 Farul Constanța
1998–1999 Petrolul Ploieşti
2000–2001 Astra Ploieşti
2001–2002 Dinamo Bucureşti
2002 Bihor Oradea
2003–2004 Farul Constanţa
2004–2005 Universitatea Cluj
2005–2006 Bihor Oradea
2006 Dinamo Bucureşti
2006 Farul Constanța
2007 Farul Constanța (caretaker)
2007–2009 Farul Constanța
2009 Dinamo Bucureşti
2009–2011 Al-Ettifaq
2011 Dubai Club
2012 Dinamo II Bucureşti
2012–2014 Kuwait SC
2014–2015 Al Dhafra
2015 Dubai Club
2016 Zakho
2016–2017 Al-Mina'a
2018–2019 Qadsia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Marin Ion (also known as Ion Marin; born 25 March 1955) is a Romanian football manager and former defender who currently manages Kuwaiti club Qadsia SC.


Playing career

Marin started his football career as a defender with the youth team of Rapid Bucharest in 1971. A year later he joined Dinamo Bucharest, where he won 5 championship titles (1975, 1977, 1982, 1983 and 1984) and two Romanian Cups (1982, 1983). In the 1983–84 season, he reached with Dinamo the semi-finals of the European Cup, where they lost to eventual winners Liverpool. [1]

He left the club after 13 years to join bitter rivals Rapid Bucharest, and eventually ending his career with the Bucharest-based club. He also had spells with Bihor Oradea and Victoria Bucureşti. As a footballer he made over 300 appearances in Liga I. [2]

Marin represented his country in the national U-21 and U-23 sides.

Managerial career

Marin has managed a number of teams in his native Romania, including the youth team of Dinamo Bucharest, Pandurii Târgu Jiu, Flacăra Moreni, Petrolul Ploiesti, Farul Constanţa, Astra Ploieşti, Dinamo Bucharest, Universitatea Cluj and Bihor Oradea (autumn 2002 and as of October 2005). His most successful spells in Romania was with Petrolul Ploiești taking over the team and win the Romanian Cup in the 1994–95 season, and participating in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. He also won his first league title with Dinamo Bucharest in the 2001–02 season. In October 2009, he took Al-Ettifaq from relegation, and qualified them in the AFC Champions League for two consecutive seasons. On 3 October 2011, the experienced coach signed a two-year contract with UAE Pro-League side Dubai Club. [3] He resigned after a few months, causing him to join the reserve team of Dinamo Bucureşti in 2012. In July 2012, Marin was hired as manager by Kuwait SC and during his first season in charge, he won the Kuwaiti Premier League and AFC Cup. [4]

In 2013, he was named Kuwaiti Coach of the Year after winning his second AFC Cup title. [5] In April 2014, Marin stepped down as head coach of Kuwait SC.

On 30 September 2014, he became the head coach of the United Arab Emirates club Al Dhafra. [6] In January 2015 he parted ways with the club.

In April 2015, he returned for a short spell at Dubai CSC. In January 2016, he was appointed manager of Iraqi side Zakho FC replacing Ilie Stan.

In 2016, Marin was hired by Iraqi club Al-Mina'a SC, but stepped down in April 2017.

In May 2018, he moved back to Kuwait to coach Qadsia SC. [7]

Managerial statistics

As of 30 April 2019
Al-Minaa Flag of Iraq.svg 4 July 201618 April 2017281594053.57
Qadsia Flag of Kuwait.svg 22 May 201830 April 20194425811056.82



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  2. "Playing profile of Marin Ion". Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  3. Ahmed Rizvi (3 October 2011). "Pro League club Dubai unveil Ion Marin as new coach". The National. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  4. "Marin marvels at magnificent victory". 3 November 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012.
  5. "Ion lauds historic Kuwait SC title". 3 November 2013. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  6. "Al Dhafra appoint Marin Ion to replace sacked Karabeg". 30 September 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  7. الروماني إيوان مارين مدربًا للقادسية. Kooora (in Arabic). 28 May 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.