Dorinel Munteanu

Dorinel Ionel Munteanu (Romanian pronunciation: [doriˈnel munˈte̯anu]; born 25 June 1968) is a Romanian retired professional footballer and manager.

Munteanu is the most capped Romanian player of all time, with a total of 134 appearances and 16 goals. He played in two editions of the World Cup, those held in the United States in 1994 and France in 1998, as well as two European Championships, in 1996 and 2000.

Dorinel Munteanu
Dorinel Munteanu 2013
Munteanu coaching Mordovia Saransk in 2013
Personal information
Full name Dorinel Ionel Munteanu
Date of birth 25 June 1968 (age 50)
Place of birth Grădinari, Romania
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Central Midfielder
Left midfielder
Youth career
1985–1987 Metalul Bocșa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1987 Metalul Bocșa
1987–1988 CSM Reșița
1988–1989 Olt Scornicești 33 (2)
1989–1991 Inter Sibiu 47 (7)
1991–1993 Dinamo București 67 (27)
1993–1995 Cercle Brugge 68 (13)
1995–1999 1. FC Köln 133 (18)
1999–2003 VfL Wolfsburg 101 (11)
2003–2005 Steaua București 32 (2)
2005–2006 CFR Cluj 26 (0)
2006–2007 Argeș Pitești 3 (0)
2007–2008 Vaslui[1] 16 (0)
2009[3] Universitatea Cluj[2] 0 (0)
Total 528 (80)
National team
1991–2007[4] Romania 134 (16)
Teams managed
2005–2006 CFR Cluj
2006–2007 Argeș Pitești
2007–2008 Vaslui
2008 Universitatea Cluj
2008 Steaua București
2009 Universitatea Cluj
2009–2012 Oțelul Galați
2012 Dinamo București
2012–2013 Mordovia Saransk
2013 Kuban Krasnodar
2014 Gabala
2015–2016 Astra Giurgiu
2017 Zakho FC
2017–2018 CSMȘ Reșița
2018–2019 Concordia Chiajna
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

Munteanu was born in Grădinari. He started his football career playing for Metalul Bocșa, a team which offered him the first chance to play in Divizia B in 1986. After a year he went to play for FCM Reșița and then in 1988 for FC Olt, while 1989 found him at FC Inter Sibiu.

Dinamo Bucharest bought him from FC Inter Sibiu in 1991 only to sell him to Cercle Brugge two years later. After two years in Belgium, he moved to Germany to play for 1. FC Köln and VfL Wolfsburg until 2003.

In 2003, aged 35, he was released from his contract by VfL Wolfsburg and signed with Steaua București as a free agent, only to leave the club in 2005 after a conflict with the club's Chief Executive Mihai Stoica and join the squad of CFR Cluj Napoca.

International career

Dorinel won his first cap for Romania in 1991 while still at FC Inter Sibiu. Since then he was a very important part of the national team of Romania, playing in various positions such as left back, left midfielder and playmaker.

In 2001, he won his 100th cap in a game against Hungary in Budapest and four years later he won the 126th cap, making him the most capped Romanian footballer. He has a total of 134 caps.

Munteanu scored 16 goals for Romania and played at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 1996, 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000.

International goals

Scores and results list Romania's goal tally first. "Score" column indicates the score after the player's goal.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 21 December 1991 Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt  Egypt 1–1 1–3 Friendly
2 24 December 1991 Port Said Stadium, Port Said, Egypt  Egypt 1–0 1–1 Friendly
3 7 June 1995 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Israel 2–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 1996 Qualifying
4 15 October 1995 Všešportový areál, Košice, Slovakia  Slovakia 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 1996 Qualifying
5 6 September 1997 Sportpark, Eschen, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 5–0 8–1 World Cup 1998 Qualifying
6 6 September 1997 Sportplatz, Eschen, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 6–0 8–1 World Cup 1998 Qualifying
7 6 September 1997 Sportplatz, Eschen, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 7–1 8–1 World Cup 1998 Qualifying
8 10 October 1998 Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal  Portugal 1–0 1–0 UEFA Euro 2000 Qualifying
9 5 June 1999 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Hungary 2–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2000 Qualifying
10 9 June 1999 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Azerbaijan 2–0 4–0 UEFA Euro 2000 Qualifying
11 20 June 2000 Stade du Pays de Charleroi, Charleroi, Belgium  England 2–2 3–2 UEFA EURO 2000 Group A
12 28 March 2001 Boris Paichadze Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia  Georgia 1–0 2–0 World Cup 2002 Qualifying
13 27 March 2002 Stadionul Gheorghe Hagi, Constanța, Romania  Ukraine 1–0 4–1 Friendly
14 7 September 2002 Koševo Stadium, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2004 Qualifying
15 12 February 2003 Neo GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus  Slovakia 1–1 2–1 Friendly
16 29 March 2003 Stadionul Lia Manoliu, Bucharest, Romania  Denmark 2–1 2–5 UEFA Euro 2004 Qualifying

Coaching career

After leaving Steaua București, Munteanu is offered the position of player-manager at CFR Cluj. In this first managerial job, he took the team to the Intertoto Cup final in 2005 and finished fifth in Divizia A at the end of the 2005–06 season. During the first half of the 2006–07 season, despite a good start (six wins, two draws, two defeats) with CFR Cluj, Munteanu announced he resigns his position at the club, due to interference with his decisions and lack of support from the club management. Munteanu had a pending offer from Argeș Pitești and he decided to accept it, despite the team being bottom of the first league after 10 games. Towards the end of the season, due to impossibility of avoiding the relegation of Argeș Pitești, he was sacked, only to be confirmed in short time as the new manager of Liga 1 team FC Vaslui. He has stated that he also intends to continue his playing career at FC Vaslui. He came back as head coach of Universitatea Cluj in September 2008, but only after seven games he quit to go to Steaua București. And again, after only eight games, he was dismissed by the club's president, George Becali.

After a short spell at Universitatea Cluj, in July 2009 he signed a contract with Oțelul Galați. In the first season under his command, the team finished eighth. The next season, Oțelul started the season with four wins in the first six games and climbed on top of the championship. They finished first the Autumn part of the season, and what seemed to be only a flash in the pan, became one of the biggest surprises in the Romanian football. Oțelul maintained its position throughout the Spring season and became Romanian champion for the first time in their history. Munteanu was seen as the primary factor for this success.

The following season, under Munteanu's guidance, Oțelul took part in the UEFA Champions League group stage, but failed to gain a single point. In the championship, Oțelul finished sixth and didn't qualify for the European competitions.

The 2012–13 season started badly for Oțelul who won the game in the first round, against Politehnica Iași, but then registered five consecutive games without a win. As a consequence, Dorinel Munteanu resigned.

In November 201332, he was installed as a head coach at Dinamo București.[6][7] After only one month and four games in charge at Dinamo, Munteanu resigned at the end of 2012, citing the wish to follow his dream to coach abroad.[8] Just a day later, on 28 December 2012, Munteanu signed a contract for one and a half years with Mordovia Saransk.[9] On 1 August 2013, he took charge of Russian side Kuban Krasnodar,[10] before being sacked on 12 October of the same year. On 14 June 2014, Munteanu was appointed as manager of Gabala FK.[11] Munteanu was relieved of his duties as manager on 8 December 2014, following four wins in sixteen matches.[12]

Career statistics


As of 7 January 2018
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Romania CFR Cluj 1 July 2005 2 October 2006 40 20 10 10 58 38 +20 050.00
Romania Argeș Pitești 5 October 2006 26 April 2007 18 3 7 8 12 17 −5 016.67
Romania FC Vaslui 1 July 2007 5 April 2008 26 11 9 6 39 22 +17 042.31
Romania Universitatea Cluj 26 August 2008 26 October 2008 10 5 1 4 12 12 +0 050.00
Romania FC Steaua București 27 October 2008 15 December 2008 5 1 4 0 4 3 +1 020.00
Romania FC Universitatea Cluj 1 April 2009 30 June 2009 12 4 5 3 14 9 +5 033.33
Romania FC Oțelul Galați 8 July 2009 30 August 2012 140 79 28 33 156 112 +44 056.43
Romania FC Dinamo București 15 November 2012 27 December 2012 4 2 2 0 8 5 +3 050.00
Russia FC Mordovia Saransk 28 December 2012 5 June 2013 11 3 2 6 12 16 −4 027.27
Russia FC Kuban Krasnodar 6 June 2013 12 October 2013 18 7 5 6 20 20 +0 038.89
Azerbaijan Gabala FK 14 June 2014 8 December 2014 16 4 5 7 18 26 −8 025.00
Romania Astra Giurgiu 7 July 2015 3 January 2016 23 14 6 3 60 30 +30 060.87
Iraq Zakho FC 5 February 2017 8 May 2017 12 10 1 1 32 18 +14 083.33
Romania CSMȘ Reșița 10 November 2017 29 June 2018 35 21 8 6 53 29 +24 060.00
Romania Concordia Chiajna 17 September 2018 7 January 2019 15 3 4 8 11 26 −15 020.00
Total 385 187 97 101 509 383 +126 048.57


As a player

Inter Sibiu

Dinamo București

Steaua București

As a coach

Oțelul Galați


  1. ^ "Dorinel Munteanu, antrenor-jucator la Steaua". Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Liga 2/ Dorinel Munteanu revine la Universitatea Cluj ca antrenor-jucator". Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Mamrud, Roberto (16 March 2012). "Dorinel Munteanu - Century of International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ "Dorinel Munteanu la Dinamo" (in Romanian). 15 November 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Dorinel Munteanu, noul antrenor al echipei Dinamo după ce Bonetti şi-a reziliat contractul" (in Romanian). Mediafax. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Multumim, Dorinel Munteanu!" (in Romanian). 27 December 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  9. ^ ДОРИНЕЛ МУНТЯНУ - ГЛАВНЫЙ ТРЕНЕР ФК «МОРДОВИЯ» (in Russian). 28 December 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2013.
  10. ^ "UEFA Europa League - News". 1 August 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  11. ^ ""Qəbələ"nin yeni baş məşqçisi - Dorinel Muntyanu". (in Azerbaijani). Gabala FK. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Эксклюзив: Мунтяну увольняют из Габалы". (in Russian). Azerifootball. 9 December 2014. Retrieved 9 December 2014.

External links

1991–92 FC Dinamo București season

The 1991-92 season was FC Dinamo Bucureşti's 43rd season in Divizia A. The year 1992 brings the 14th Divizia A title in history. Dinamo dominated the season from start to finish and ended without a single loss. The newcomers Gábor Gerstenmájer and Albanian Sulejman Demollari made an instant impact, scoring together 39 goals in league only. The technical staff was formed from Florin Halagian - head coach, Viorel Hizo and Florin Cheran - assistants, and Dutch Rinus Israel - technical director.

In Europe, Dinamo entered the UEFA Cup and in the first round passed by Sporting CP, but was stopped in the second round by another club from Genoa. After Sampdoria, now Genoa C.F.C..

1994 FIFA World Cup Group A

Group A of the 1994 FIFA World Cup was one of six groups of four teams competing at the 1994 World Cup in the United States. The first matches were played 18 June 1994 and the final games took place simultaneously on 26 June 1994.

The group consisted of one CONCACAF team, the host United States, two UEFA teams, Switzerland and Romania, and one CONMEBOL team, Colombia. Romania won the group, Switzerland finished second and also the United States advanced to the knockout stage as one of the best third-placed teams. Colombia finished last with only three points.

1998 FIFA World Cup Group G

At the 1998 FIFA World Cup, the 32 teams were divided into eight groups of four, labelled A–H. The four teams in Group G were England, Romania, Colombia and Tunisia. With wins in their first two games against Colombia and England, followed by a draw against Tunisia, Romania won the group and qualified for the round of 16. England and Colombia were level on points before they played each other in their final match, each having defeated Tunisia and lost to Romania. England, with a better goal difference, only required a draw to advance. They won the match to take the second qualifying place.

2007–08 FC Vaslui season

The 2007–08 season is FC Vaslui's 6th season of its existence, and its 3rd in a row, in Liga I. In the summer, Adrian Porumboiu revealed that the new coach would be Dorinel Munteanu. He also announced that the team's objective that season, would be a European Cup. FC Vaslui made only 2 transfers in the summer, Bălace and Matei. Also, Petar Jovanović and the team captain Sorin Frunză returned from their loans.FC Vaslui started the season very well, in the second Matchday, beating Liga I champions, Dinamo on their own field, with 2-0. For 2 Matchdays, FC Vaslui was on the 1st place in Liga I. But during the first half, team fatigue appeared, and performance declined. However, in the last match in 2007, FC Vaslui beat once again Dinamo, with 2 beautiful goals scored by Sorin Frunză. In the winter break, N'Doye and Hugo Luz were the only signings. In the Matchday 25, FC Vaslui lost against Steaua, and Adrian Porumboiu accused Dorinel Munteanu that he sold the match to Steaua. Munteanu was sacked, and Bălace, Sabou and Frunză were sent to the second team. Emil Săndoi was named the new coach. With the new coach, FC Vaslui had one terrible final season, having only one victory. In the Matchday 33, FC Vaslui lost the 7th place, who assured UEFA Intertoto Cup, for Oţelul, but TAS decided FC Vaslui to win the match against Oţelul, because they used 2 players suspended. After a 2-4 with Rapid, and a 0-0 draw for Oţelul, FC Vaslui qualified for UEFA Intertoto Cup, this being the team's most important achievement in its short history.

2008–09 Liga I

The 2008–09 Liga I was the ninety-first season of Liga I, the top-level football league of Romania. Season began on 26 July 2008 and ended on 10 June 2009. CFR Cluj were the defending champions.

2011 Supercupa României

The 2011 Supercupa României was the 13th edition of Romania's season opener cup competition.

2012–13 FC Dinamo București season

The 2012–13 season was FC Dinamo București's 64th consecutive season in Liga I. In this season, Dinamo played in Liga I, Cupa României and UEFA Europa League. The European place was earned after Dinamo won the Romanian Cup in the season before. Dinamo kept Dario Bonetti as head coach, and won the first trophy of the season, Romanian Supercup, with a win against champions CFR Cluj. But after that the good results failed to appear. Dinamo was eliminated from Europa League, and after 15 rounds, when the team laid on the seventh spot of the standings, Dario Bonetti was sacked and Dorinel Munteanu was brought to replace him. In the Romanian Cup, Dinamo was eliminated by CFR Cluj, after extra-time. At the end of 2012, Munteanu resigned citing his desire to coach abroad. His place was taken by Cornel Ţălnar. Under his spell, Dinamo started well the second half of the season and entered the fight for a European place. But after a round of poor results, Dinamo missed a place for a European competition for the first time since 1998.

2012–13 Liga I

The 2012–13 Liga I was the ninety-fifth season of Liga I, the top-level football league of Romania. The season began on 21 July 2012 and ended on 30 May 2013. Steaua Bucharest were the defending champions.

Since Romania dropped from 14th to 22nd place in the UEFA association coefficient rankings at the end of the 2011–12 season, the league has lost its second UEFA Champions League berth. Further, all teams who will qualify for a European competition via league placement at the end of this season will have to enter these a round earlier as in the season before. The champions will enter the second qualifying round of the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League, while the second- and third-placed teams will begin at the second and first qualifying rounds, respectively, of the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League. In addition, the winners of the 2012–13 Romanian Cup will also start in the second qualifying round of the Europa League, two rounds earlier than before.

2014–15 Azerbaijan Premier League

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2018–19 Liga I

The 2018–19 Liga I (also known as Liga 1 Betano for sponsorship reasons) is the 101st season of the Liga I, the top professional league for Romanian association football clubs. The season began in July 2018 and is scheduled end in June 2019, being the fourth to take place since the play-off/play-out rule has been introduced. CFR Cluj are the defending champions.

Andrei Martin

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László Balint

György László "Gyuszi" Balint (born 29 March 1979) is a Romanian football manager of Hungarian descent. He has been a player-manager in the 2010–2011 season, after signing as a player in March 2010.In his early career as a footballer, he played for Rapid Energia Braşov, Romradiatoare Braşov, before joining FC Braşov in 2001, where he played for four seasons in Liga I. After the club's relegation he moved to CFR Cluj, under player-coach Dorinel Munteanu, reaching with his new club into the Intertoto Cup finals of 2005. The following season, he transferred to another Liga I club, UTA Arad. In 2007, he is brought by Dan Petrescu into the squad of Unirea Urziceni, a team that would gain its first championship title in history two years later. After that, followed a short spell at Diósgyőr in the Hungarian First Division, before signing as a player-manager for Unirea Tărlungeni in the Romanian Liga III, a club near his hometown of Braşov. Under his management, Unirea Tărlungeni promoted for the first time in history in the Romanian Liga II. After coaching Unirea Tărlungeni for a year in Romanian Liga II în January 2015 was employed by FC Brașov as assistant coach for the second part of the 2014-2015 Romanian Liga I, followed by an employment as head-coach at Academica Clinceni in the Romanian Liga II. In June 2017, he was appointed as head-coach at Târgu Mureș, team that has relegated from the Romanian Liga I to the Romanian Liga II, where he spent only 3 months, resigning after the 6th match in the league, when ASA 2013 Târgu Mureș was sitting 3rd in the table. After his short spell at Târgu Mureș he took over the management of FK Miercurea Ciuc, finishing second at the end of the 2017-2018 season of Liga III, highest ranking in the club history. Currently, he is in charge as manager at Sportul Snagov.


Munteanu is a Romanian language surname (Romanian pronunciation: [munˈte̯anu]). When transliterated from Russian, in may be spelled as Muntyanu.

It is commonly found in Romania and Moldova and literally translates as "highlander". Notable people with this surname include:

Alexandru Munteanu (born 1988), Romanian footballer

Anastasiya Muntyanu, Canadian gymnast

Andreea Munteanu (born 1998), Romanian artistic gymnast

Aura Andreea Munteanu (born 1988), Romanian gymnast

Cătălin Munteanu (born 1979), Romanian footballer

Cherasim Munteanu (fl. 1970s), Romanian sprint canoer

Cristian Lucian Munteanu (born 1980), Romanian footballer

Daniel Munteanu (born 1978), Romanian footballer

Donar Munteanu (1886–?), Romanian poet

Dorinel Munteanu, (born 1968), retired Romanian footballer and manager

Eugen Munteanu (born 1953), Romanian linguist

Gabriel Munteanu, (born 1973), Romanian judoka

Gavriil Munteanu (1812–1869), Romanian scientist and translator

Gheorghe Munteanu-Murgoci (1872–1925), Romanian geologist

Igor Munteanu (born 1965), Moldovan political analyst and journalist

Ion Munteanu (fl. 1990–1994), Moldovan politician

Ionica Munteanu (born 1979), Romanian female handballer

Kiara Munteanu (born 1997), Australian female artistic gymnast

Luminata Munteanu, Romanian sprint canoer

Marian Munteanu (born 1962), Romanian student leader

Neculai Munteanu (born 1941), Romanian anti-communist dissident

Nicodim Munteanu (1864–1948), also known as Patriarch Nicodim, head of the Romanian Orthodox Church 1939–1948

Nicolae Munteanu (born 1951), Romanian handball player

Nina Munteanu (born 1954), Canadian ecologist and novelist of science fiction and fantasy

Olga Munteanu (born 1927), Romanian artistic gymnast

Petre Munteanu (1916–1988), Romanian operatic tenor

Silvia Sorina Munteanu, Romanian opera singer

Titus Munteanu (1941−2013), Romanian director, filmmaker and producer

Valeriu Munteanu (disambiguation), multiple people, including:

Valeriu Munteanu (philologist) (1921–1999), Romanian philologist, lexicographer, and translator

Valeriu Munteanu (politician) (born 1980), Moldovan politician

Virgil Munteanu (born 1988), Romanian Greco-Roman wrestler

Vlad Munteanu (born 1981), Romanian footballer

Zamfir Munteanu (fl. 1917–1918), Moldovan politician

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.

Tudor Mândrușcă

Tudor Mândrușcă (born 4 February 1989) is a Romanian footballer who plays as a forward.

Dorinel Munteanu has placed Mândrușcă among the most promising young talents of his generation.

UEFA Euro 1996 Group B

Group B of UEFA Euro 1996 was one of four groups in the final tournament's initial group stage. It began on 9 June and was completed on 18 June. The group consisted of France, Spain, Bulgaria and Romania.France won the group and advanced to the quarter-finals, along with Spain. Bulgaria and Romania failed to advance.

UEFA Euro 2000 Group A

Group A of UEFA Euro 2000 began on 12 June and ended on 20 June 2000. Portugal won the group ahead of Romania, while England and Germany were surprisingly eliminated.

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