Adrian Mutu

Adrian Mutu (Romanian pronunciation: [adriˈan ˈmutu] (listen); born 8 January 1979) is a Romanian football coach and former player who is currently the reserve team coach at United Arab Emirates club Al Wahda. As a player, he played as an attacking midfielder or a forward.

Mutu started his career in Romania playing two years for Argeș Pitești and half a year for Dinamo București, before joining Internazionale in Italy midway through the 1999–2000 Serie A. After only 10 games with the Nerazzurri, he left for Hellas Verona and then Parma, for which he scored 39 goals in the next three years. His excellent form brought him a €22.5 million transfer to Chelsea. Due to breach of contract for failing a (recreational) drug test, he was released and returned to Serie A to join Juventus. After the 2006 Italian football scandal and the relegation of Juventus to Serie B, Mutu decided to join Fiorentina, where he played consistently for five years. He then had a season at Cesena and French club Ajaccio before returning to his native country with Petrolul Ploiești in 2014. After two more brief spells with Pune City and ASA Târgu Mureș, Mutu retired from professional football in 2016.

From his international debut in 2000, Mutu played 77 matches for the Romanian national team and scored 35 goals, a joint record alongside Gheorghe Hagi. He was included in the country's squads at the European Championship in 2000 and 2008. A four-time winner of the Romanian Footballer of the Year award, only Gheorghe Popescu and Gheorghe Hagi have received the award more times, with six and seven wins respectively.

Adrian Mutu
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Mutu playing for Fiorentina in 2007
Personal information
Full name Adrian Mutu[1]
Date of birth 8 January 1979 (age 40)[1]
Place of birth Călinești, Romania
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward / Winger
Club information
Current team
Al Wahda U21 FC (manager)
Youth career
1987–1996 Argeș Pitești
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 Argeș Pitești 41 (11)
1998–1999 Dinamo București 35 (22)
1999–2000 Internazionale 10 (0)
2000–2002 Verona 57 (17)
2002–2003 Parma 31 (16)
2003–2004 Chelsea 27 (6)
2005–2006 Juventus 33 (7)
2006–2011 Fiorentina 112 (54)
2011–2012 Cesena 28 (8)
2012–2014 Ajaccio 37 (11)
2014 Petrolul Ploiești 14 (4)
2014–2016 Pune City 10 (4)
2016 Târgu Mureș 4 (0)
Total 439 (160)
National team
1995 Romania U16 2 (0)
1996–1997 Romania U18 14 (8)
1998–2000 Romania U21 12 (6)
2000–2013 Romania 77 (35)
Teams managed
2018 Voluntari
2018– Al Wahda Reserves
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Early career

Mutu began his professional career with Argeș Pitești and FC Dinamo Bucureşti.

Verona

In 2000, Mutu was sold by Inter to Verona in co-ownership deal,[2] for 7,500 million lire (€3,873,427).[3] The Veneto side has also signed Mauro Camoranesi (later teammate at Juventus) and young rising star Alberto Gilardino (later teammate at Fiorentina) that season, but narrowly avoided relegation through winning the relegation tie-breaker playoffs. In June 2001, Verona bought Mutu outright, for 5,100 million lire. (€2,633,930)[3][4][5]

Parma

In the 2002–03 season, Mutu was loaned to Parma with the option to purchase him outright.[6]

Chelsea

In August 2003, Chelsea paid Parma €22.5m (around £15.8m) for Mutu's transfer as part of new owner Roman Abramovich's spending spree,[7][8][9]

In the 2004–05 season, Mutu had a difficult relationship with the club's new manager José Mourinho, with each accusing the other of lying about whether the player was injured for a 2006 World Cup qualifying match against the Czech Republic.[10] In September 2004, Mutu was banned from football for 7 months until May 2005 after testing positive for cocaine use.[11]

Breach of contract issue

Chelsea started to seek compensation from Mutu in early 2005.[9][12] The Football Association Premier League Appeals Committee decided that the player had committed a breach of his contract without just cause[9] which made Chelsea eligible to claim the compensation.[13] Mutu started his first appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in April 2005 but the case was dismissed in December 2005.[9] On 11 May 2006, Chelsea applied to FIFA for an award of compensation against Mutu. In particular, the club requested that the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) award compensation to the club following Mutu's breaching the employment contract without just cause.[9] However, on 26 October, the DRC decided that it did not have jurisdiction to make a decision in the dispute and that the claim by the club was therefore not admissible.[9] On 22 December, Chelsea lodged a new appeal before the CAS seeking the annulment of the DRC's decision. On 21 May 2007, a CAS panel upheld the club's appeal, set aside the DRC's decision, and referred the matter back to the DRC, "which does have jurisdiction to determine and impose the appropriate sporting sanction and/or order for compensation, if any, arising out of the dispute" between the Club and the Player,"[9]

On 7 May 2008, the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber ordered Mutu to pay €17,173,990 in compensation to his former club, Chelsea FC, for breach of contract.[14][15] This included €16,500,000 for the unamortised portion of the transfer fee paid to Parma, €307,340 for the unamortised portion of the sign-on fee (received by Mutu), and €366,650 for the unamortised portion of the fee to the Agent, but was not to take into account the determination of the damages for the amounts already paid by the club to the player (consideration for services rendered) or the remaining value of the employment contract (valued at €10,858,500). Mutu had to pay within 30 days after being informed of the decision in August 2008.[9] Mutu lodged an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport for the second time,[16] but on 31 July 2009, that court dismissed his appeal,[14] and Mutu was ordered to pay Chelsea the amount plus interest of 5% p.a. starting on 12 September 2008 until the effective date of payment; the matter was submitted to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee for its determination. In addition, Mutu had to pay the costs of arbitration for both parties, including CHF 50,000 to Chelsea.[9] The fine was the highest ever levied by FIFA.[17]

Mutu could have been banned from football by FIFA if he did not pay the fine [18] although some lawyers disputed this.[19] Mutu started his third appeal, this time to the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland, in October 2009,[20] but on 14 June 2010 this appeal was also dismissed with Mutu again being ordered to pay Chelsea €17m in damages.[21][22] In 2013, FIFA DRC decided in a new ruling that Livorno and Juventus were also jointly liable to pay compensation; both clubs immediately appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.[23] On 21 January 2015 the Court of Arbitration for Sport annulled the FIFA DRC ruling; Mutu remained the sole party to pay the compensation.[24]

Juventus

Mutu signed a five-year contract with the Italian club Juventus on 12 January 2005, despite still being banned from football until 18 May. As Juventus had no available room to buy another non-EU player from abroad, the move also involved fellow Serie A club Livorno, who signed the player and contemporaneously sold him to Juventus.[25][26]

Fiorentina

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Mutu with Fiorentina during their 2007–08 season.

On 8 July 2006, Fiorentina announced that they had signed Mutu for €8 million.[27]

In July 2008, A.S. Roma made a reported €18 to 20 million offer to sign him outright,[28][29] but Mutu hinted that he may remain in Florence[30] and eventually signed a new contract reported last to 2012.[31]

On 29 January 2010, it was reported that Mutu failed a doping test after a Coppa Italia match against Lazio match nine days earlier, in which he scored twice in to help Fiorentina win 3–2. The INOC was requested to hand Mutu a one-year ban by the Italian anti-doping prosecutor.[32] He eventually received a nine-month ban on 19 April, which was later reduced to six months and ended on 29 October. After the ban finished, Mutu was suspended by the club due to breach of contract (AWOL) on 7 January 2011.[33] After such events, Mutu publicly apologised to the club and parted company with his agent Victor Becali;[34][35] on 3 February 2011 Fiorentina announced the player was reinstated into the first team with immediate effect.[36]

Later career

On 23 June 2011, it was officially announced that Cesena had signed Mutu on a two-year contract.[37] On 15 January, Mutu scored two goals versus Novara and took his tally to 101 goals in Serie A. After a couple of unconvincing games, on 11 April, Mutu scored a goal against Genoa, to eventually earn a draw for Cesena.[38]

In the summer of 2012, after Cesena relegated from Serie A, the two parties ended the contract by mutual consent.[39]

After his release from Cesena, Mutu signed a new contract with AC Ajaccio of the French Ligue 1 on 28 August 2012. He said that he favoured the Italian culture on Corsica, dismissed claims that he was preparing for retirement, and stated that he would score more goals than Zlatan Ibrahimović of Paris Saint-Germain. Club president Alain Orsoni said that Mutu was the highest-profile player to come to Corsica since Johnny Rep joined SC Bastia in 1978.[40]

After his previous season's goal haul was enough to keep Ajaccio in Ligue 1, Mutu's second season saw him play just 9 games and not score, before terminating his contract on 14 January 2014 alongside compatriot Ștefan Popescu.[41]

Later that day he was presented at Petrolul Ploiești in front of 10,000 fans. He was signed by his former international teammate, Cosmin Contra.[42] In the summer of 2014, Mutu scored both home and away against Viktoria Plzeň in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round, a double which Petrolul impressively won 5–2 on aggregate.[43]

On 26 September 2014, Petrolul announced that the club had ended the contract between the two parties.[44]

On 30 July 2015, Mutu signed as the marquee player of Indian Super League club FC Pune City.[45]

International career

Euro 2008

Mutu scored Romania's only goal of Euro 2008 in the 55th minute of their second match against Italy, however in the same match he had a second-half penalty saved by Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, which could have sent Italy out of the competition and would have guaranteed Romania a spot in the quarter finals. The game finished 1–1.[46]

Since 2009, Romania's national team coach Răzvan Lucescu has had reservations about calling him up, because Mutu was revealed to be consuming alcohol after a match with Serbia in World Cup 2010 Qualifications. Because of poor results and fan pressure, Răzvan Lucescu was forced to call him up again.[47] Mutu scored a brace in his first game back, a 3–1 win over Luxembourg on 29 March 2011, Romania's first win of the qualifiers.[48] He also scored once in the next game, a 3–0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina on 3 June 2011.[49]

International ban

On 11 August 2011, Mutu and his teammate Gabriel Tamaş were excluded[50] from the Romanian national team after they were found drinking at a bar on the night of 10 August, while their teammates were playing in a friendly match against San Marino.[50] However, after only three games, their suspension was lifted. On 21 November 2013, Mutu was barred from playing on the national team after he posted an image of manager Victor Piţurcă as Mr. Bean on Facebook.[51]

Managerial career

Mutu began his managerial career in April 2018 when he was appointed as manager of Romanian Liga I club Voluntari, signing a two-year contract following the departure of former manager Claudiu Niculescu.[52] However, his tenure lasted just two months. Although he managed to save the club from relegation, winning a play-off against Chindia Târgoviște, the club's board of directors chose to fire Mutu on 14 June. Club president Dan Leasa disagreed with the board's decision and also left the club.[53]

In July 2018, Mutu was signed by United Arab Emirates club Al Wahda to be the manager of their reserve team.[54]

Style of play

A highly skilful and creative player, with an eye for goal, who was, however, troubled by off-field issues throughout his career, Mutu was capable of playing in several offensive positions, and was used as a supporting forward, as a main striker, as a winger, and also as an attacking midfielder, due to his ability to both score and assist goals. Often compared to compatriot Gheorghe Hagi, in his prime, Mutu was a quick and mobile player, with excellent technical skills and dribbling ability, and was also an accurate set-piece and penalty-kick taker. Despite his talent, he was often prone to injury and accused of inconsistency throughout his career, and was also notorious for his poor work-rate, temperamental character, and behaviour on the pitch; because of this, he was often regarded as not having lived up to his true potential.[55][56][57]

Career statistics

Club

[58][59]

Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argeș Pitești 1996–97 Divizia A 5 0 5 0
1997–98 21 4 21 4
1998–99 15 7 6[a] 3 21 10
Total 41 11 6 3 47 14
Dinamo București 1998–99 Divizia A 17 4 0 0 17 4
1999–2000 18 18 3 3 4[a] 4 25 25
Total 35 22 3 3 4 4 42 29
Inter Milan 1999–2000 Serie A 10 0 4 2 14 2
Hellas Verona 2000–01 Serie A 25 5 1 1 26 6
2001–02 32 12 2 0 34 12
Total 57 17 3 1 60 18
Parma 2002–03 Serie A 31 16 1 0 4[a] 4 36 20
Chelsea 2003–04 Premier League 25 6 3 3 1 0 7[b] 1 36 10
2004–05 2 0 2 0
Total 27 6 3 3 1 0 7 1 38 10
Juventus 2004–05 Serie A 1 0 1 0
2005–06 32 7 4 3 8[b] 1 1[c] 0 45 11
Total 33 7 4 3 8 1 1 0 46 11
Fiorentina 2006–07 Serie A 33 16 2 1 35 17
2007–08 29 17 1 0 10[a] 6 40 23
2008–09 19 13 1 0 9[d] 2 29 15
2009–10 11 4 2 4 6[b] 3 19 11
2010–11 20 4 20 4
Total 112 54 6 5 25 11 143 70
Cesena 2011–12 Serie A 28 8 1 0 29 8
Ajaccio 2012–13 Ligue 1 28 11 28 11
2013–14 9 0 9 0
Total 37 11 37 11
Petrolul Ploiești 2013–14 Liga I 8 2 8 2
2014–15 6 2 1 0 6[a] 2 13 4
Total 14 4 1 0 6 2 21 6
Pune City 2015 Indian Super League 10 4 10 4
Târgu Mureș 2015–16 Liga I 4 0 1 0 5 0
Career total 439 160 27 17 1 0 60 26 1 0 528 203
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearances in UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Appearance in Supercoppa Italiana
  4. ^ Seven appearances and two goals in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Cup

International

As of 28 March 2017[60]
National team Year Apps Goals Ratio
Romania
2000 11 1 0.09
2001 6 0 0.00
2002 6 1 0.16
2003 10 7 0.70
2004 5 4 0.80
2005 5 5 1.00
2006 6 3 0.50
2007 9 6 0.66
2008 7 2 0.28
2009 2 0 0.00
2010 0 0 0.00
2011 5 5 1.00
2012 3 0 0.00
2013 2 1 0.50
Total 77 35 0.45

International goals

Scores and results list Romania's goal tally first. Score column indicates score after each Mutu goal.[61]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 26 April 2000 Stadionul Farul, Constanța, Romania  Cyprus 1–0 2–0 Friendly
2 17 April 2002 Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak Stadium, Bydgoszcz, Poland  Poland 2–0 2–1
3 29 March 2003 Stadionul Național, Bucharest, Romania  Denmark 1–0 2–5 UEFA Euro 2004 qualification
4 7 June 2003 Bilino Polje Stadium, Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–0 2–0
5 20 August 2003 Shakhtar Stadium, Donetsk, Ukraine  Ukraine 1–0 2–0 Friendly
6 2–0
7 6 September 2003 Astra Stadium, Ploiești, Romania  Luxembourg 1–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2004 qualification
8 10 September 2003 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark  Denmark 1–1 2–2
9 11 October 2003 Stadionul Dinamo, Bucharest, Romania  Japan 1–0 1–1 Friendly
10 18 February 2004 GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus  Georgia 1–0 3–0
11 2–0
12 18 August 2004 Stadionul Giulești, Bucharest, Romania  Finland 1–0 2–1 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
13 4 September 2004 Stadionul Ion Oblemenco, Craiova, Romania  Macedonia 2–1 2–1
14 17 August 2005 Stadionul Farul, Constanța, Romania  Andorra 1–0 2–0
15 2–0
16 3 September 2005 Stadionul Farul, Constanța, Romania  Czech Republic 1–0 2–0
17 2–0
18 8 October 2005 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland  Finland 1–0 1–0
19 16 August 2006 Stadionul Farul, Constanța, Romania  Cyprus 1–0 2–0 Friendly
20 6 September 2006 Qemal Stafa Stadium, Tirana, Albania  Albania 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification
21 7 October 2006 Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest, Romania  Belarus 1–0 3–1
22 7 February 2007 Stadionul Național, Bucharest, Romania  Moldova 2–0 2–0 Friendly
23 28 March 2007 Stadionul Ceahlăul, Piatra Neamț, Romania  Luxembourg 1–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification
24 6 June 2007 Stadionul Dan Păltinișanu, Timișoara, Romania  Luxembourg 1–0 2–0
25 22 August 2007 Stadionul Național, Bucharest, Romania  Turkey 2–0 2–0 Friendly
26 8 September 2007 Dinamo Stadium, Minsk, Belarus  Belarus 1–0 3–1 UEFA Euro 2008 qualification
27 3–1
28 31 May 2008 Stadionul Național, Bucharest, Romania  Turkey 1–0 4–0 Friendly
29 13 June 2008 Letzigrund, Zürich, Switzerland  Italy 1–0 1–1 UEFA Euro 2008
30 29 March 2011 Stadionul Ceahlăul, Piatra Neamț, Romania  Luxembourg 1–1 3–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualification
31 2–1
32 3 June 2011 Stadionul Giulești, Bucharest, Romania  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1–0 3–0
33 7 October 2011 Stadionul Național, Bucharest, Romania  Belarus 1–0 2–2
34 2–1
35 22 March 2013 Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Budapest, Hungary  Hungary 1–1 2–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification

Managerial statistics

As of 13 June 2018[62]
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Romania Voluntari 15 April 2018 14 June 2018 11 3 3 5 11 14 −3 027.27
Total 11 3 3 5 11 14 −3 027.27

Honours

Club

Juventus

Individual

Achievements

The second player to score in European competitions with seven different teams.[68]

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External links

2000 Coppa Italia Final

The 2000 Coppa Italia Final decided the winner of the 1999–2000 Coppa Italia. It was played over two legs and won 2–1 on aggregate by Lazio over Internazionale. It was Lazio's fourth Coppa Italia Final and third win.

2002–03 Parma A.C. season

Parma Associazione Calcio regained its respect following a lacklustre Serie A and Champions League performance the year before. Under new coach Cesare Prandelli, Parma played an offensive 4–3–3 formation, in which new offensive signings Adrian Mutu and Adriano starred. Both made up for the departure of Marco Di Vaio to Juventus. Mutu scored 18 goals from the left wing, and Parma accepted a multimillion-pound offer from Chelsea in the summer, which meant the Romanian international only spent a year at the club. Also impressing were goalkeeper Sébastien Frey and young centre-halves Matteo Ferrari and Daniele Bonera, who proved to be acceptable replacements for departed captain Fabio Cannavaro, who had joined Inter in late August 2002.

Parma finished fifth in Serie A and missed out on Champions League qualification to Lazio by four points. It had the upper hand on Udinese for fifth on goal difference, and was one point clear of Chievo in seventh. That solitary point qualified Parma for European football in 2003–04. Parma also spent part of pre-season playing in the 2002 Amsterdam Tournament.

2005 Supercoppa Italiana

The 2005 Supercoppa Italiana was a match contested by 2004–05 Serie A champions Juventus and 2004–05 Coppa Italia winners Internazionale. The match took place on 20 August 2005, and resulted in a 1–0 win for Internazionale after extra time.

2005–06 Juventus F.C. season

The 2005–06 season was Juventus Football Club's 108th in existence and 104th consecutive season in the top flight of Italian football before the 2006 Italian football scandal stripped the club its previous league title as well as this season's league title, later awarded to Internazionale, and relegated to Serie B, as well as suspending club directors Luciano Moggi and Antonio Giraudo permanently in 2011 after being firstly been banned for 5 years after the sporting trial.

Following the enforced relegation, Juventus lost Fabio Cannavaro and Emerson to Real Madrid, Lilian Thuram and Gianluca Zambrotta to Barcelona, Adrian Mutu to Fiorentina, and Patrick Vieira and Zlatan Ibrahimović to Internazionale. The remainder of the squad did however stay including Alessandro Del Piero, Gianluigi Buffon, Pavel Nedvěd, David Trezeguet and Mauro Camoranesi, for the following 2006–07 Serie B season.

2006–07 ACF Fiorentina season

ACF Fiorentina had a fantastic season points-wise, scoring just a couple of points less than second-positioned Roma, but due a 15-point penalty because of the club's involvement in the Calciopoli scandal, it missed out on the Champions League, and had to settle for 6th and a position in the 2007–08 UEFA Cup. New signing Adrian Mutu was able to compensate for Luca Toni not having such a spectacular season as the one before, and both players netted 16 goals. Goalkeeper Sébastien Frey also had a top-class season, conceding only 31 goals all year, despite having a defensive line without renowned stoppers.

2006–07 Juventus F.C. season

The 2006–07 season was Juventus Football Club's 109th season in existence and first season in its history in Serie B following the 2006 Italian football scandal, leaving Internazionale as the only Italian club never to have been relegated. Juventus were docked nine points this season (repealed from the original 17-point deduction). Juventus finished the Serie B season in first place and promoted back up to Serie A.

Following the enforced relegation, Juventus lost Fabio Cannavaro and Emerson to Real Madrid, Lilian Thuram and Gianluca Zambrotta to Barcelona, Adrian Mutu to Fiorentina, and Patrick Vieira and Zlatan Ibrahimović to Internazionale. The remainder of the squad did however stay including Alessandro Del Piero, Gianluigi Buffon, Pavel Nedvěd, David Trezeguet, Marcelo Zalayeta and Mauro Camoranesi, for the following 2006–07 Serie B season.

2006–07 Reggina Calcio season

Reggina Calcio was thought to be certain to be relegated in the 2006-07 season, since it had been deducted eleven points for its involvement in Calciopoli. At no stage had Reggina renewed its contract with more than a point or two, and therefore its 51 points from 38 league matches sent echoes over the entire Italian football society. The Serie A stay was extended thanks to the successful striking force of Rolando Bianchi and Nicola Amoruso, scoring an unprecedented 35 goals between them, a figure any top club would have been delighted of. Bianchi headed for Manchester City in the summer, and successful coach Walter Mazzarri found a new berth at Sampdoria, leaving Reggina with its Serie A status intact, but back on square one again.

2007–08 U.C. Sampdoria season

U.C. Sampdoria had a successful season in the domestic league, finishing in sixth place. The club also captured Antonio Cassano from Real Madrid, with the notorious troublemaker settling in well at Sampdoria, helping the club to European qualification. The season also saw the first Serie A derbies between Sampdoria and Genoa C.F.C. since 1995, with Sampdoria winning the second one with 1-0, following a goalless draw in the beginning of the league campaign.

2008–09 Genoa C.F.C. season

Genoa C.F.C. enjoyed its best season in recent history and finished fifth in Serie A. Topscorer Diego Milito hit the back of the net 24 times, and earned a move to Inter prior to the 2009-10 season. The ex-player and 29-year-old Argentinian Milito, arrived from relegated Spanish side Real Zaragoza, and the returnee performed his best season yet. Thanks to his goals and Thiago Motta's midfield display, Genoa finished in the top 5, and nearly pipped Fiorentina to the final Champions League spot. Motta was also sold to Inter in the summer, which left a huge fold in the Genoa squad.

2013–14 FC Petrolul Ploiești season

The 2013–14 season was Petrolul Ploiești's 84th season in the Romanian football league system, and their third consecutive season in the Liga I.

They finished third in the 2012–13 Liga I, as well as winning the Cupa României for the third time in their history. Petrolul competed in UEFA Europa League, following an 18-year absence in European competitions. After defeating Víkingur Gøta and Vitesse Arnhem, they were eliminated in the play-off round by Swansea City. During the winter transfer window, the team brought Adrian Mutu, a former Romanian international, which attracted media attention. In January 2014, German automobile manufacturer Opel became Petrolul's shirt sponsor. In April, Petrolul had the chance to qualify for their second consecutive Cupa României final, but lost the second leg of the semi-final against rivals Astra Giurgiu (2–1), after a 0–0 result at home. The fans blamed Petrolul's administration for selling two of their best players (Hamza Younés and Damien Boudjemaa), and bringing Adrian Mutu and Ianis Zicu, who did not live up to expectations. Some also considered that the new manager, Răzvan Lucescu, wasn't a suitable replacer for Cosmin Contra, who left the club for Getafe in March. Petrolul came third in the Liga I for a second successive season, thus again participating in the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.

2015 FC Pune City season

The 2015 Season is Pune City's 2nd season in existence in the Indian Super League.

Călinești, Argeș

Călinești is a commune in Argeș County, in southern central Romania. It is composed of twelve villages: Călinești, Ciocănești, Cârstieni, Glodu, Gorganu, Radu Negru, Râncăciov, Udeni-Zăvoi, Urlucea, Valea Corbului, Văleni-Podgoria and Vrănești.

Adrian Mutu was born in Călinești.

FC Argeș Pitești

Fotbal Club Argeș Pitești (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈard͡ʒeʃ piˈteʃtʲ]), commonly known as FC Argeș or Argeș Pitești, is a Romanian professional football club based in Pitești, Argeș County, currently playing in the Liga II.

Nicknamed "the White-Violet Eagles", the team was founded in 1953 as Dinamo Pitești. Its most successful period was in the 1970s, when it won the national championship twice.

FC Argeș traditionally plays its home matches at the Nicolae Dobrin Stadium, which has a capacity of 15,000.

Gheorghe Hagi

Gheorghe "Gică" Hagi (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈɡe̯orɡe ˈhad͡ʒi] (listen); born 5 February 1965) is a Romanian former professional footballer, considered one of the best attacking midfielders in Europe during the 1980s and '90s and the greatest Romanian footballer of all time. Galatasaray fans called him "Comandante" ("The Commander") and Romanians call him "Regele" ("The King"). He is currently the owner and manager of Viitorul Constanța.

Nicknamed "The Maradona of the Carpathians", Hagi is considered a hero in his homeland. He was named Romanian Footballer of the Year seven times, and is regarded as one of the best football players of his generation. As a creative advanced playmaker, he was renowned for his dribbling, technique, vision, passing and finishing.Hagi played for the Romanian national team in three FIFA World Cups, in 1990, 1994 (where he was named in the World Cup All-Star Team) and 1998; as well as in three UEFA European Championships, in 1984, 1996 and 2000. He won a total of 125 caps for Romania, ranked second after Dorinel Munteanu, and is the joint leading goalscorer (alongside Adrian Mutu) with 35 goals.

In November 2003, to celebrate UEFA's Jubilee, Hagi was selected as the Golden Player of Romania by the Romanian Football Federation as their most outstanding player of the past 50 years. In 2004, he was named by Pelé as one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers at a FIFA Awards Ceremony. He was listed at number 25 in World Soccer Magazine's list of the 100 greatest players of the 20th century. Hagi is one of the few footballers to have played for both Spanish rival clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona FC.

In 2009, Hagi founded Romanian club Viitorul Constanța. He is currently both owner and chairman of the club. Hagi also established the Gheorghe Hagi Football Academy, one of the largest and most successful football academies in Southeastern Europe.

List of Indian Super League marquees

Since its inception, the Indian Super League, one of the top footballing tournaments in India, has adopted the marquee player rule in which all eight teams signed one player to be their marquee player for the season. The rule allows ISL teams to pursue players who, in their prime, were considered superstars in the game. Their presence would help build attendances and fanfare throughout the league while also benefiting the players on the field performance wise.

Former Liverpool and Spanish international player, Luis García was the first marquee player in the Indian Super League when he signed for Atlético de Kolkata.

Pantaleo Corvino

Pantaleo Corvino (born 12 December 1949) is an Italian director of football, currently working for Fiorentina.

After his father's death, he was forced to interrupt his career as a player and became non-commissioned officer.

His early career in management started in his town, Vernole. He then worked for Scorrano before moving to then Serie C1 side Casarano, thus turning to professional football. During his 10-year spell there, he signed Fabrizio Miccoli.

He was sporting director of Lecce from 1998 to 2005, gaining a reputation for scouting and signing new talents such as strikers Javier Chevantón, Valeri Bojinov (whom he discovered at the age of 14 while playing for Pietà Hotspurs), Mirko Vučinić and midfielder Cristian Ledesma. In June 2000, he was about to sign Bulgarian player Dimitar Berbatov, who would later enjoy successful career. Corvino said in an interview that Berbatov had already underwent a medical, but when it came to signing the contract, the move collapsed, probably due to another request by the player himself.

He has been in the books of Fiorentina since 2005. At Fiorentina, he most notably signed Zdravko Kuzmanović, Stevan Jovetić, Pablo Daniel Osvaldo, Felipe Melo, Juan Manuel Vargas, Artur Boruc, Luca Toni, Alberto Gilardino, Adrian Mutu and many other players.

In March, 2012, Fiorentina officially declared that Corvino's contract would not be renewed. He was replaced by former AS Roma Director, Daniele Pradè.

Romanian Footballer of the Year (Gazeta Sporturilor)

The Romanian Footballer of the Year (Romanian: Fotbalistul român al anului), also known as the Nicolae Dobrin Trophy (Romanian: Trofeul Nicolae Dobrin), is an annual association football award given by the Gazeta Sporturilor newspaper to the Romanian player adjudged to have been the best during a calendar year. The current holder is George Țucudean, who won the award for his performances in 2018 representing CFR Cluj.It has been presented since 1966 and is currently named after Nicolae Dobrin, the first recipient of the award and one of Romania's most notable footballers. Gheorghe Hagi, the joint leading goalscorer of the national team alongside Adrian Mutu, has received the trophy a record of seven times. Other honours handed out by Gazeta Sporturilor include the Liga I Foreign Player of the Year and the Romania Coach of the Year awards.

UEFA Euro 2008 statistics

These are the statistics for the Euro 2008 in Austria/Switzerland.

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