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Mircea Lucescu (ˈmirt͡ʃe̯a luˈt͡ʃesku; born 29 July 1945, in Bucharest
Bucharest
Bucharest is the capital municipality, cultural, industrial, and financial centre of Romania. It is the largest city in Romania, located in the southeast of the country, at , and lies on the banks of the Dâmbovița River....

) is a Romania
Romania
Romania is a country located at the crossroads of Central and Southeastern Europe, on the Lower Danube, within and outside the Carpathian arch, bordering on the Black Sea...

n former football
Football (soccer)
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball...

 player and current coach, and one of the most successful Romanian football managers. He is also the father of Rapid Bucharest coach, Răzvan Lucescu
Razvan Lucescu
Răzvan Lucescu is a Romanian former football goalkeeper and currently the manager of Rapid Bucharest. He is the son of football player and manager Mircea Lucescu.-1987–2003:...

. He is currently managing Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk
FC Shakhtar Donetsk
FC Shakhtar Donetsk is a Ukrainian professional football club from the city of Donetsk. Shakhtar has appeared in several European competitions and currently is often a participant of the UEFA Champions League. The club became the first Ukrainian club to win the UEFA Cup in 2009, the last year...

 with whom he won the UEFA Cup 2008-09.

Galatasaray


After coaching the Romanian national team, and a long career in Italy
Italy
Italy , officially the Italian Republic languages]] under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In each of these, Italy's official name is as follows:;;;;;;;;), is a unitary parliamentary republic in South-Central Europe. To the north it borders France, Switzerland, Austria and...

, he had a brilliant start with Galatasaray, winning the European Super Cup
European Super Cup
The UEFA Super Cup is an annual football game between the reigning champions of the two cup competitions organized by UEFA: the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League...

 against Real Madrid
Real Madrid C.F.
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol , commonly known as Real Madrid, is a professional football club based in Madrid, Spain. The club have won a record 31 La Liga titles, the Primera División of the Liga de Fútbol Profesional , 18 Copas del Rey, 8 Spanish Super Cups, 1 Copa Eva Duarte and 1 Copa de la...

. Under Lucescu's managership, Galatasaray qualified to quarter finals in the UEFA Champions League
UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League, known simply the Champions League and originally known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup or European Cup, is an annual international club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations since 1955 for the top football clubs in Europe. It...

 in the 2000–01 season. In the quarter finals they lost to Real Madrid. The same year, he lost the Turkish League title to rivals Fenerbahçe.

Next year, Galatasaray qualified to the second phase of the UEFA Champions League
UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League, known simply the Champions League and originally known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup or European Cup, is an annual international club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations since 1955 for the top football clubs in Europe. It...

 and won the Turkish League title under his managership. (2001–2002 season)

Beşiktaş


Lucescu was disappointed to be sacked despite winning the league champion title. In June 2002, he signed a contract with rivals Beşiktaş J.K.
Besiktas J.K.
Beşiktaş Jimnastik Kulübü , or simply Beşiktaş , is a Turkish sports club. The club's football team is one of the major teams in Turkey. The professional sports club, founded in 1903, is based in the Beşiktaş district in Istanbul, Turkey...

. It was a very important season for Beşiktaş since, in 2003, the reputable Turkish club was celebrating its 100th year since its foundation. They won the Turkish title, having only one loss and collecting 85 points – a record for the Turkcell Super League
Turkcell Super League
The Süper Lig is a Turkish professional league for association football clubs. It is the top-flight of the Turkish football league system. It is one of the top leagues in the UEFA confederation and the winner of the competition automatically qualifies for the UEFA Champions League...

 for the maximum points collected in a season.

The 2003–04 season started well for Lucescu and Beşiktaş. The team could not qualify from a difficult Champions League group, but was able to get a ticket to the UEFA Cup by holding the 3rd position in its group – only to be knocked out by Valencia C.F., who eventually went on to win that year's UEFA Cup. Beşiktaş reached the quarter final of the UEFA Cup
UEFA Cup
The UEFA Europa League is an annual association football cup competition organised by UEFA since 1971 for eligible European football clubs. It is the second most prestigious European club football contest after the UEFA Champions League...

 in 2002–2003, only to lose to Lazio
S.S. Lazio
Società Sportiva Lazio, commonly referred to as Lazio, is a professional Italian football club based in Rome. The team, founded in 1900, play in the Serie A and have spent most of their history in the top tier of Italian football...

. At the beginning of the second half of Turkish Super League season 2003-2004, Besiktas were in the first position and 8 points ahead of their rivals Fenerbahce, who were in the 2nd league position. On 25 January 2004, Besiktas played against Samsunspor
Samsunspor
Samsunspor is a professional Turkish football club located in the city of Samsun. The club was formed through a merger of five clubs: 19 Mayıs, Akınspor, Fener Gençlik, Samsunspor, and Samsunspor Galatasaray. The club colours are red and white, and they play their home matches at Samsun 19 Mayıs...

 at home, and referee Cem Papila showed 5 controversial red cards to Besiktas players and Besiktas lost the game by the decision of the referee. This match has been regarded as a black mark in Turkish football by several football authorities. After this match the team's performance declined drastically, and Lucescu could not stop the decline. He blamed the Turkish Football Federation for one-sided decisions by the referees. After a disastrous second half, Lucescu decided to leave Turkey claiming that his championship was stolen.

Shakhtar Donetsk


Lucescu is currently the manager of Shakhtar Donetsk. He won the last UEFA Cup Final
2009 UEFA Cup Final
The 2009 UEFA Cup Final was the final match of the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, the 38th season of the UEFA Cup, UEFA's second-tier club football tournament. It was also the last final to be held under the UEFA Cup name, as the competition was rebranded as the UEFA Europa League from the 2009–10 season...

, in 2009, against Werder Bremen 2–1 after extra time. His son, Răzvan Lucescu
Razvan Lucescu
Răzvan Lucescu is a Romanian former football goalkeeper and currently the manager of Rapid Bucharest. He is the son of football player and manager Mircea Lucescu.-1987–2003:...

, is a former goalkeeper who at several points managed FC Rapid Bucureşti, a team his father had also previously managed. Coincidentally, Shakhtar and Rapid met in the group stage of the UEFA Cup
UEFA Cup
The UEFA Europa League is an annual association football cup competition organised by UEFA since 1971 for eligible European football clubs. It is the second most prestigious European club football contest after the UEFA Champions League...

 in November 2005, and the latter won.

On 29 May 2009 Lucescu was granted the title "Honorary citizen of Donetsk" by the city council of Donetsk for "earning the UEFA Cup, development and popularization of the Ukrainian football, improvement of the Donetsk
Donetsk
Donetsk , is a large city in eastern Ukraine on the Kalmius river. Administratively, it is a center of Donetsk Oblast, while historically, it is the unofficial capital and largest city of the economic and cultural Donets Basin region...

, Donetsk region
Donetsk Oblast
Donetsk Oblast is an oblast of eastern Ukraine. Its administrative center is Donetsk. Historically, the province is an important part of the Donbas region...

 and Ukraine
Ukraine
Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. It has an area of 603,628 km², making it the second largest contiguous country on the European continent, after Russia...

 authority in the world".

In December 2009 he turned down an offer to coach the Ukraine national football team
Ukraine national football team
The Ukraine national football team is the national football team of Ukraine and is controlled by the Football Federation of Ukraine. After Ukrainian Independence and breakaway from the Soviet Union, they played their first match against Hungary on 29 April 1992...

. His reason: avoiding another potential clash with his son, Razvan, who manages the national team of Romania and could qualify for EURO 2012, which Ukraine hosts.

Personal


Lucescu is known to be a very educated person. He learned when he was young 5 new languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and French (in addition to native Romanian, and Russian he learned in Donetsk). As a coach in Romania he was telling his players it is better to go to the theatre or read a book than to go to restaurants. He also pressured his players to go to university.

On 15 July 2009 he suffered a heart attack and was operated in an emergency hospital in Donetsk.

Player

Club Season League Cup Europe
UEFA
The Union of European Football Associations , almost always referred to by its acronym UEFA is the administrative and controlling body for European association football, futsal and beach soccer....

Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Dinamo
Bucureşti
1963-64 2 0 ? ? 0 0 2 0
1964-65 1 0 ? ? 0 0 1 0
1967-68 17 1 ? ? 0 0 17 1
1968-69 28 8 ? ? 1 0 29 8
1969-70 24 4 ? ? 0 0 24 4
1970-71 23 3 ? ? 3 0 26 3
1971-72 26 7 ? ? 3 0 29 7
1972-73 28 12 ? ? 0 0 28 12
1973-74 25 5 ? ? 2 1 27 6
1974-75 31 4 ? ? 3 1 34 5
1975-76 26 6 ? ? 2 1 28 7
1976-77 19 7 ? ? 1 0 20 7
Corvinul
FC Corvinul Hunedoara
Corvinul Hunedoara is a Romanian football team from Hunedoara, Hunedoara County, founded in 1921.-History:The club played in the Liga I between 1960–1961, 1976–1979 and 1980-1992. Their best finish - 3rd place at the end of the 1981-82 season and urgo qualified for the 1982-83 season of the UEFA Cup...

1977-78 34 7 ? ? 0 0 34 7
1978-79 27 5 ? ? 0 0 27 5
1979-80 0 0 ? ? 0 0 0 0
1980-81 27 7 ? ? 0 0 27 7
1981-82 23 2 ? ? 0 0 23 2
Dinamo
Bucureşti
1989-90 1 0 ? ? 0 0 1 0
Career totals 36278??15337781

Manager



Team Nat From To Record
GWDLWin %
Corvinul Hunedoara
FC Corvinul Hunedoara
Corvinul Hunedoara is a Romanian football team from Hunedoara, Hunedoara County, founded in 1921.-History:The club played in the Liga I between 1960–1961, 1976–1979 and 1980-1992. Their best finish - 3rd place at the end of the 1981-82 season and urgo qualified for the 1982-83 season of the UEFA Cup...

  1979 align=left|1980

Mircea Lucescu (ˈmirt͡ʃe̯a luˈt͡ʃesku; born 29 July 1945, in Bucharest
Bucharest
Bucharest is the capital municipality, cultural, industrial, and financial centre of Romania. It is the largest city in Romania, located in the southeast of the country, at , and lies on the banks of the Dâmbovița River....

) is a Romania
Romania
Romania is a country located at the crossroads of Central and Southeastern Europe, on the Lower Danube, within and outside the Carpathian arch, bordering on the Black Sea...

n former football
Football (soccer)
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball...

 player and current coach, and one of the most successful Romanian football managers. He is also the father of Rapid Bucharest coach, Răzvan Lucescu
Razvan Lucescu
Răzvan Lucescu is a Romanian former football goalkeeper and currently the manager of Rapid Bucharest. He is the son of football player and manager Mircea Lucescu.-1987–2003:...

. He is currently managing Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk
FC Shakhtar Donetsk
FC Shakhtar Donetsk is a Ukrainian professional football club from the city of Donetsk. Shakhtar has appeared in several European competitions and currently is often a participant of the UEFA Champions League. The club became the first Ukrainian club to win the UEFA Cup in 2009, the last year...

 with whom he won the UEFA Cup 2008-09.

Galatasaray


After coaching the Romanian national team, and a long career in Italy
Italy
Italy , officially the Italian Republic languages]] under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In each of these, Italy's official name is as follows:;;;;;;;;), is a unitary parliamentary republic in South-Central Europe. To the north it borders France, Switzerland, Austria and...

, he had a brilliant start with Galatasaray, winning the European Super Cup
European Super Cup
The UEFA Super Cup is an annual football game between the reigning champions of the two cup competitions organized by UEFA: the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League...

 against Real Madrid
Real Madrid C.F.
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol , commonly known as Real Madrid, is a professional football club based in Madrid, Spain. The club have won a record 31 La Liga titles, the Primera División of the Liga de Fútbol Profesional , 18 Copas del Rey, 8 Spanish Super Cups, 1 Copa Eva Duarte and 1 Copa de la...

. Under Lucescu's managership, Galatasaray qualified to quarter finals in the UEFA Champions League
UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League, known simply the Champions League and originally known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup or European Cup, is an annual international club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations since 1955 for the top football clubs in Europe. It...

 in the 2000–01 season. In the quarter finals they lost to Real Madrid. The same year, he lost the Turkish League title to rivals Fenerbahçe.

Next year, Galatasaray qualified to the second phase of the UEFA Champions League
UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League, known simply the Champions League and originally known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup or European Cup, is an annual international club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations since 1955 for the top football clubs in Europe. It...

 and won the Turkish League title under his managership. (2001–2002 season)

Beşiktaş


Lucescu was disappointed to be sacked despite winning the league champion title. In June 2002, he signed a contract with rivals Beşiktaş J.K.
Besiktas J.K.
Beşiktaş Jimnastik Kulübü , or simply Beşiktaş , is a Turkish sports club. The club's football team is one of the major teams in Turkey. The professional sports club, founded in 1903, is based in the Beşiktaş district in Istanbul, Turkey...

. It was a very important season for Beşiktaş since, in 2003, the reputable Turkish club was celebrating its 100th year since its foundation. They won the Turkish title, having only one loss and collecting 85 points – a record for the Turkcell Super League
Turkcell Super League
The Süper Lig is a Turkish professional league for association football clubs. It is the top-flight of the Turkish football league system. It is one of the top leagues in the UEFA confederation and the winner of the competition automatically qualifies for the UEFA Champions League...

 for the maximum points collected in a season.

The 2003–04 season started well for Lucescu and Beşiktaş. The team could not qualify from a difficult Champions League group, but was able to get a ticket to the UEFA Cup by holding the 3rd position in its group – only to be knocked out by Valencia C.F., who eventually went on to win that year's UEFA Cup. Beşiktaş reached the quarter final of the UEFA Cup
UEFA Cup
The UEFA Europa League is an annual association football cup competition organised by UEFA since 1971 for eligible European football clubs. It is the second most prestigious European club football contest after the UEFA Champions League...

 in 2002–2003, only to lose to Lazio
S.S. Lazio
Società Sportiva Lazio, commonly referred to as Lazio, is a professional Italian football club based in Rome. The team, founded in 1900, play in the Serie A and have spent most of their history in the top tier of Italian football...

. At the beginning of the second half of Turkish Super League season 2003-2004, Besiktas were in the first position and 8 points ahead of their rivals Fenerbahce, who were in the 2nd league position. On 25 January 2004, Besiktas played against Samsunspor
Samsunspor
Samsunspor is a professional Turkish football club located in the city of Samsun. The club was formed through a merger of five clubs: 19 Mayıs, Akınspor, Fener Gençlik, Samsunspor, and Samsunspor Galatasaray. The club colours are red and white, and they play their home matches at Samsun 19 Mayıs...

 at home, and referee Cem Papila showed 5 controversial red cards to Besiktas players and Besiktas lost the game by the decision of the referee. This match has been regarded as a black mark in Turkish football by several football authorities. After this match the team's performance declined drastically, and Lucescu could not stop the decline. He blamed the Turkish Football Federation for one-sided decisions by the referees. After a disastrous second half, Lucescu decided to leave Turkey claiming that his championship was stolen.

Shakhtar Donetsk


Lucescu is currently the manager of Shakhtar Donetsk. He won the last UEFA Cup Final
2009 UEFA Cup Final
The 2009 UEFA Cup Final was the final match of the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, the 38th season of the UEFA Cup, UEFA's second-tier club football tournament. It was also the last final to be held under the UEFA Cup name, as the competition was rebranded as the UEFA Europa League from the 2009–10 season...

, in 2009, against Werder Bremen 2–1 after extra time. His son, Răzvan Lucescu
Razvan Lucescu
Răzvan Lucescu is a Romanian former football goalkeeper and currently the manager of Rapid Bucharest. He is the son of football player and manager Mircea Lucescu.-1987–2003:...

, is a former goalkeeper who at several points managed FC Rapid Bucureşti, a team his father had also previously managed. Coincidentally, Shakhtar and Rapid met in the group stage of the UEFA Cup
UEFA Cup
The UEFA Europa League is an annual association football cup competition organised by UEFA since 1971 for eligible European football clubs. It is the second most prestigious European club football contest after the UEFA Champions League...

 in November 2005, and the latter won.

On 29 May 2009 Lucescu was granted the title "Honorary citizen of Donetsk" by the city council of Donetsk for "earning the UEFA Cup, development and popularization of the Ukrainian football, improvement of the Donetsk
Donetsk
Donetsk , is a large city in eastern Ukraine on the Kalmius river. Administratively, it is a center of Donetsk Oblast, while historically, it is the unofficial capital and largest city of the economic and cultural Donets Basin region...

, Donetsk region
Donetsk Oblast
Donetsk Oblast is an oblast of eastern Ukraine. Its administrative center is Donetsk. Historically, the province is an important part of the Donbas region...

 and Ukraine
Ukraine
Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. It has an area of 603,628 km², making it the second largest contiguous country on the European continent, after Russia...

 authority in the world".

In December 2009 he turned down an offer to coach the Ukraine national football team
Ukraine national football team
The Ukraine national football team is the national football team of Ukraine and is controlled by the Football Federation of Ukraine. After Ukrainian Independence and breakaway from the Soviet Union, they played their first match against Hungary on 29 April 1992...

. His reason: avoiding another potential clash with his son, Razvan, who manages the national team of Romania and could qualify for EURO 2012, which Ukraine hosts.

Personal


Lucescu is known to be a very educated person. He learned when he was young 5 new languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and French (in addition to native Romanian, and Russian he learned in Donetsk). As a coach in Romania he was telling his players it is better to go to the theatre or read a book than to go to restaurants. He also pressured his players to go to university.

On 15 July 2009 he suffered a heart attack and was operated in an emergency hospital in Donetsk.

Player

Club Season League Cup Europe
UEFA
The Union of European Football Associations , almost always referred to by its acronym UEFA is the administrative and controlling body for European association football, futsal and beach soccer....

Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Dinamo
Bucureşti
1963-64 2 0 ? ? 0 0 2 0
1964-65 1 0 ? ? 0 0 1 0
1967-68 17 1 ? ? 0 0 17 1
1968-69 28 8 ? ? 1 0 29 8
1969-70 24 4 ? ? 0 0 24 4
1970-71 23 3 ? ? 3 0 26 3
1971-72 26 7 ? ? 3 0 29 7
1972-73 28 12 ? ? 0 0 28 12
1973-74 25 5 ? ? 2 1 27 6
1974-75 31 4 ? ? 3 1 34 5
1975-76 26 6 ? ? 2 1 28 7
1976-77 19 7 ? ? 1 0 20 7
Corvinul
FC Corvinul Hunedoara
Corvinul Hunedoara is a Romanian football team from Hunedoara, Hunedoara County, founded in 1921.-History:The club played in the Liga I between 1960–1961, 1976–1979 and 1980-1992. Their best finish - 3rd place at the end of the 1981-82 season and urgo qualified for the 1982-83 season of the UEFA Cup...

1977-78 34 7 ? ? 0 0 34 7
1978-79 27 5 ? ? 0 0 27 5
1979-80 0 0 ? ? 0 0 0 0
1980-81 27 7 ? ? 0 0 27 7
1981-82 23 2 ? ? 0 0 23 2
Dinamo
Bucureşti
1989-90 1 0 ? ? 0 0 1 0
Career totals 36278??15337781

Manager


{{updated|8 December 2010}}
Team Nat From To Record
GWDLWin %
Corvinul Hunedoara
FC Corvinul Hunedoara
Corvinul Hunedoara is a Romanian football team from Hunedoara, Hunedoara County, founded in 1921.-History:The club played in the Liga I between 1960–1961, 1976–1979 and 1980-1992. Their best finish - 3rd place at the end of the 1981-82 season and urgo qualified for the 1982-83 season of the UEFA Cup...

  1979 align=left|1980

Mircea Lucescu (ˈmirt͡ʃe̯a luˈt͡ʃesku; born 29 July 1945, in Bucharest
Bucharest
Bucharest is the capital municipality, cultural, industrial, and financial centre of Romania. It is the largest city in Romania, located in the southeast of the country, at , and lies on the banks of the Dâmbovița River....

) is a Romania
Romania
Romania is a country located at the crossroads of Central and Southeastern Europe, on the Lower Danube, within and outside the Carpathian arch, bordering on the Black Sea...

n former football
Football (soccer)
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball...

 player and current coach, and one of the most successful Romanian football managers. He is also the father of Rapid Bucharest coach, Răzvan Lucescu
Razvan Lucescu
Răzvan Lucescu is a Romanian former football goalkeeper and currently the manager of Rapid Bucharest. He is the son of football player and manager Mircea Lucescu.-1987–2003:...

. He is currently managing Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk
FC Shakhtar Donetsk
FC Shakhtar Donetsk is a Ukrainian professional football club from the city of Donetsk. Shakhtar has appeared in several European competitions and currently is often a participant of the UEFA Champions League. The club became the first Ukrainian club to win the UEFA Cup in 2009, the last year...

 with whom he won the UEFA Cup 2008-09.

Galatasaray


After coaching the Romanian national team, and a long career in Italy
Italy
Italy , officially the Italian Republic languages]] under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In each of these, Italy's official name is as follows:;;;;;;;;), is a unitary parliamentary republic in South-Central Europe. To the north it borders France, Switzerland, Austria and...

, he had a brilliant start with Galatasaray, winning the European Super Cup
European Super Cup
The UEFA Super Cup is an annual football game between the reigning champions of the two cup competitions organized by UEFA: the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League...

 against Real Madrid
Real Madrid C.F.
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol , commonly known as Real Madrid, is a professional football club based in Madrid, Spain. The club have won a record 31 La Liga titles, the Primera División of the Liga de Fútbol Profesional , 18 Copas del Rey, 8 Spanish Super Cups, 1 Copa Eva Duarte and 1 Copa de la...

. Under Lucescu's managership, Galatasaray qualified to quarter finals in the UEFA Champions League
UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League, known simply the Champions League and originally known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup or European Cup, is an annual international club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations since 1955 for the top football clubs in Europe. It...

 in the 2000–01 season. In the quarter finals they lost to Real Madrid. The same year, he lost the Turkish League title to rivals Fenerbahçe.

Next year, Galatasaray qualified to the second phase of the UEFA Champions League
UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League, known simply the Champions League and originally known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup or European Cup, is an annual international club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations since 1955 for the top football clubs in Europe. It...

 and won the Turkish League title under his managership. (2001–2002 season)

Beşiktaş


Lucescu was disappointed to be sacked despite winning the league champion title. In June 2002, he signed a contract with rivals Beşiktaş J.K.
Besiktas J.K.
Beşiktaş Jimnastik Kulübü , or simply Beşiktaş , is a Turkish sports club. The club's football team is one of the major teams in Turkey. The professional sports club, founded in 1903, is based in the Beşiktaş district in Istanbul, Turkey...

. It was a very important season for Beşiktaş since, in 2003, the reputable Turkish club was celebrating its 100th year since its foundation. They won the Turkish title, having only one loss and collecting 85 points – a record for the Turkcell Super League
Turkcell Super League
The Süper Lig is a Turkish professional league for association football clubs. It is the top-flight of the Turkish football league system. It is one of the top leagues in the UEFA confederation and the winner of the competition automatically qualifies for the UEFA Champions League...

 for the maximum points collected in a season.

The 2003–04 season started well for Lucescu and Beşiktaş. The team could not qualify from a difficult Champions League group, but was able to get a ticket to the UEFA Cup by holding the 3rd position in its group – only to be knocked out by Valencia C.F., who eventually went on to win that year's UEFA Cup. Beşiktaş reached the quarter final of the UEFA Cup
UEFA Cup
The UEFA Europa League is an annual association football cup competition organised by UEFA since 1971 for eligible European football clubs. It is the second most prestigious European club football contest after the UEFA Champions League...

 in 2002–2003, only to lose to Lazio
S.S. Lazio
Società Sportiva Lazio, commonly referred to as Lazio, is a professional Italian football club based in Rome. The team, founded in 1900, play in the Serie A and have spent most of their history in the top tier of Italian football...

. At the beginning of the second half of Turkish Super League season 2003-2004, Besiktas were in the first position and 8 points ahead of their rivals Fenerbahce, who were in the 2nd league position. On 25 January 2004, Besiktas played against Samsunspor
Samsunspor
Samsunspor is a professional Turkish football club located in the city of Samsun. The club was formed through a merger of five clubs: 19 Mayıs, Akınspor, Fener Gençlik, Samsunspor, and Samsunspor Galatasaray. The club colours are red and white, and they play their home matches at Samsun 19 Mayıs...

 at home, and referee Cem Papila showed 5 controversial red cards to Besiktas players and Besiktas lost the game by the decision of the referee. This match has been regarded as a black mark in Turkish football by several football authorities. After this match the team's performance declined drastically, and Lucescu could not stop the decline. He blamed the Turkish Football Federation for one-sided decisions by the referees. After a disastrous second half, Lucescu decided to leave Turkey claiming that his championship was stolen.

Shakhtar Donetsk


Lucescu is currently the manager of Shakhtar Donetsk. He won the last UEFA Cup Final
2009 UEFA Cup Final
The 2009 UEFA Cup Final was the final match of the 2008–09 UEFA Cup, the 38th season of the UEFA Cup, UEFA's second-tier club football tournament. It was also the last final to be held under the UEFA Cup name, as the competition was rebranded as the UEFA Europa League from the 2009–10 season...

, in 2009, against Werder Bremen 2–1 after extra time. His son, Răzvan Lucescu
Razvan Lucescu
Răzvan Lucescu is a Romanian former football goalkeeper and currently the manager of Rapid Bucharest. He is the son of football player and manager Mircea Lucescu.-1987–2003:...

, is a former goalkeeper who at several points managed FC Rapid Bucureşti, a team his father had also previously managed. Coincidentally, Shakhtar and Rapid met in the group stage of the UEFA Cup
UEFA Cup
The UEFA Europa League is an annual association football cup competition organised by UEFA since 1971 for eligible European football clubs. It is the second most prestigious European club football contest after the UEFA Champions League...

 in November 2005, and the latter won.

On 29 May 2009 Lucescu was granted the title "Honorary citizen of Donetsk" by the city council of Donetsk for "earning the UEFA Cup, development and popularization of the Ukrainian football, improvement of the Donetsk
Donetsk
Donetsk , is a large city in eastern Ukraine on the Kalmius river. Administratively, it is a center of Donetsk Oblast, while historically, it is the unofficial capital and largest city of the economic and cultural Donets Basin region...

, Donetsk region
Donetsk Oblast
Donetsk Oblast is an oblast of eastern Ukraine. Its administrative center is Donetsk. Historically, the province is an important part of the Donbas region...

 and Ukraine
Ukraine
Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. It has an area of 603,628 km², making it the second largest contiguous country on the European continent, after Russia...

 authority in the world".

In December 2009 he turned down an offer to coach the Ukraine national football team
Ukraine national football team
The Ukraine national football team is the national football team of Ukraine and is controlled by the Football Federation of Ukraine. After Ukrainian Independence and breakaway from the Soviet Union, they played their first match against Hungary on 29 April 1992...

. His reason: avoiding another potential clash with his son, Razvan, who manages the national team of Romania and could qualify for EURO 2012, which Ukraine hosts.

Personal


Lucescu is known to be a very educated person. He learned when he was young 5 new languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and French (in addition to native Romanian, and Russian he learned in Donetsk). As a coach in Romania he was telling his players it is better to go to the theatre or read a book than to go to restaurants. He also pressured his players to go to university.

On 15 July 2009 he suffered a heart attack and was operated in an emergency hospital in Donetsk.

Player

Club Season League Cup Europe
UEFA
The Union of European Football Associations , almost always referred to by its acronym UEFA is the administrative and controlling body for European association football, futsal and beach soccer....

Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Dinamo
Bucureşti
1963-64 2 0 ? ? 0 0 2 0
1964-65 1 0 ? ? 0 0 1 0
1967-68 17 1 ? ? 0 0 17 1
1968-69 28 8 ? ? 1 0 29 8
1969-70 24 4 ? ? 0 0 24 4
1970-71 23 3 ? ? 3 0 26 3
1971-72 26 7 ? ? 3 0 29 7
1972-73 28 12 ? ? 0 0 28 12
1973-74 25 5 ? ? 2 1 27 6
1974-75 31 4 ? ? 3 1 34 5
1975-76 26 6 ? ? 2 1 28 7
1976-77 19 7 ? ? 1 0 20 7
Corvinul
FC Corvinul Hunedoara
Corvinul Hunedoara is a Romanian football team from Hunedoara, Hunedoara County, founded in 1921.-History:The club played in the Liga I between 1960–1961, 1976–1979 and 1980-1992. Their best finish - 3rd place at the end of the 1981-82 season and urgo qualified for the 1982-83 season of the UEFA Cup...

1977-78 34 7 ? ? 0 0 34 7
1978-79 27 5 ? ? 0 0 27 5
1979-80 0 0 ? ? 0 0 0 0
1980-81 27 7 ? ? 0 0 27 7
1981-82 23 2 ? ? 0 0 23 2
Dinamo
Bucureşti
1989-90 1 0 ? ? 0 0 1 0
Career totals 36278??15337781

Manager


{{updated|8 December 2010}}
Team Nat From To Record
GWDLWin %
Corvinul Hunedoara
FC Corvinul Hunedoara
Corvinul Hunedoara is a Romanian football team from Hunedoara, Hunedoara County, founded in 1921.-History:The club played in the Liga I between 1960–1961, 1976–1979 and 1980-1992. Their best finish - 3rd place at the end of the 1981-82 season and urgo qualified for the 1982-83 season of the UEFA Cup...

  1979 align=left|1980
{{WDL
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|-
|align=left|Romania
Romania national football team
The Romania national football team is the national football team of Romania and is controlled by the Romanian Football Federation.Romania is one of only four national teams, the other three being Brazil, France, and Belgium, that took part in the first three World Cups.However, after that...


| 
|align=left|1981
|align=left|1986
{{WDL|59|25|16|18}}
|-
|align=left|Dinamo Bucureşti
| 
|align=left|1985
|align=left|1990
{{WDL||||}}
|-
|align=left|Pisa
| 
|align=left|1990
|align=left|1991
{{WDL|34|8|6|20}}
|-
|align=left|Brescia Calcio
Brescia Calcio
Brescia Calcio , known simply as Brescia, is the largest football club in the Lombard city of Brescia, where it was founded in 1911.In the 2009–10 season, in the return leg of the Serie B playoff final, they defeated Torino 2-1 at home , returning to Serie A after a 5-year absence...


| 
|align=left|1991
|align=left|1996
{{WDL|163|46|58|59}}
|-
|align=left|Reggiana
A.C. Reggiana 1919
Associazione Calcio Reggiana 1919 is an Italian association football club, based in Reggio Emilia, Emilia-Romagna. The club was founded in 1919 as A.C. Reggiana and refounded in July 2005 as Reggio Emilia F.C., but it was renamed A.C. Reggiana 1919 soon after the start of the 2005–06 season. The...


| 
|align=left|1996
|align=left|1997
{{WDL||||}}
|-
|align=left|Rapid Bucureşti
| 
|align=left|1997
|align=left|1998
{{WDL|46|36|6|4}}
|-
|align=left|Internazionale
F.C. Internazionale Milano
Football Club Internazionale Milano, often referred to as Internazionale or simply Inter, is a professional Italian football club based in Milan, Italy. Outside Italy, the club is often called Inter Milan. They are the reigning FIFA Club World champions and Coppa Italia holders.Inter have always...


| 
|align=left|1998
|align=left|1999
{{WDL|22|7|5|10}}
|-
|align=left|Rapid Bucureşti
| 
|align=left|1999
|align=left|2000
{{WDL||||}}
|-
|align=left|Galatasaray
Galatasaray S.K. (football team)
Galatasaray Anonim Şirketi is a Turkish football club, part of the Galatasaray S.K. multi-sport club of Istanbul. Galatasaray is a major sports club in Turkey, holding 17 Turkish Super League titles and the highest number of Turkish Cups....


| 
|align=left|2000
|align=left|2002
{{WDL|80|50|16|14}}
|-
|align=left|Beşiktaş
Besiktas J.K.
Beşiktaş Jimnastik Kulübü , or simply Beşiktaş , is a Turkish sports club. The club's football team is one of the major teams in Turkey. The professional sports club, founded in 1903, is based in the Beşiktaş district in Istanbul, Turkey...


| 
|align=left|2002
|align=left|2004
{{WDL|91|53|19|19}}
|-
|align=left|Shakhtar Donetsk
FC Shakhtar Donetsk
FC Shakhtar Donetsk is a Ukrainian professional football club from the city of Donetsk. Shakhtar has appeared in several European competitions and currently is often a participant of the UEFA Champions League. The club became the first Ukrainian club to win the UEFA Cup in 2009, the last year...


| 
|align=left|2004
|align=left|
{{WDL|290|198|46|46}}
|-
!colspan="4" align="center" valign=middle|Total
{{WDLtot|785|423|172|190}}
|}

Player

  • Romanian First League
    Liga I
    Liga I, or in full, due to sponsorship reasons, Liga I Bergenbier, is the top division of the Romanian football league system. Before the 2006/2007 season, it was called Divizia A, but the name had to be changed following the discovery that someone else had registered the trademark "Divizia A"...

     – Seven times winner (1964, 1965, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1990)
  • Romanian Cup
    Romanian Cup
    The Cupa României is a football competition which was held annually since 1933-34, except during the World War II. It is the country's main cup competition, and it is open to all clubs affiliated with FRF and the county football associations regardless of the league they belong to...

     – 1 time winner (1968)
  • Romanian Second League
    Liga II
    Liga II is the second tier league of the Romanian football league system. The league acquired this name in the 2006-07, being previously called Divizia B....

     – 1 time winner (1980)
  • European Cups – 15 matches – 3 goals

Manager

Dinamo Bucureşti
    • Romanian League: 1989–90
    • Romanian Cup
      Romanian Cup
      The Cupa României is a football competition which was held annually since 1933-34, except during the World War II. It is the country's main cup competition, and it is open to all clubs affiliated with FRF and the county football associations regardless of the league they belong to...

      : 1985–86, 1989–90
    • UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
      UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
      The UEFA Cup Winners' Cup was a football club competition contested annually by the most recent winners of all European domestic cup competitions. The cup is one of the many inter-European club competitions that have been organised by UEFA. The first competition was held in the 1960–61 season—but...

       Semi Final: 1989–90 Brescia Calcio
      Brescia Calcio
      Brescia Calcio , known simply as Brescia, is the largest football club in the Lombard city of Brescia, where it was founded in 1911.In the 2009–10 season, in the return leg of the Serie B playoff final, they defeated Torino 2-1 at home , returning to Serie A after a 5-year absence...

    • Serie B
      Serie B
      Serie B, currently named Serie bwin due to sponsorship reasons, is the second-highest division in the Italian football league system after the Serie A. It is contested by 22 teams and organized by the Lega Serie B since July 2010, after the split of Lega Calcio that previously took care of both the...

      : 1991–92
      Serie B 1991-92
      This article contains information on the 1991-1992 season of Serie B, the second highest football league in Italy.-Final classification:-Results:...

    • Anglo-Italian Cup
      Anglo-Italian Cup
      The Anglo-Italian Cup is a defunct European football competition that was played intermittently between 1970 and 1996 between clubs from England and Italy. Founded by Gigi Peronace in 1970, following the success of the Anglo-Italian League Cup, it was played as a professional tournament until 1973...

      : 1993–94 Rapid Bucureşti
    • Romanian League: 1998–99
    • Romanian Cup
      Romanian Cup
      The Cupa României is a football competition which was held annually since 1933-34, except during the World War II. It is the country's main cup competition, and it is open to all clubs affiliated with FRF and the county football associations regardless of the league they belong to...

      : 1997–98 Internazionale
      F.C. Internazionale Milano
      Football Club Internazionale Milano, often referred to as Internazionale or simply Inter, is a professional Italian football club based in Milan, Italy. Outside Italy, the club is often called Inter Milan. They are the reigning FIFA Club World champions and Coppa Italia holders.Inter have always...

    • UEFA Champions League
      UEFA Champions League
      The UEFA Champions League, known simply the Champions League and originally known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup or European Cup, is an annual international club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations since 1955 for the top football clubs in Europe. It...

      : Quarter Final : 1998–99 Galatasaray
      Galatasaray S.K. (football team)
      Galatasaray Anonim Şirketi is a Turkish football club, part of the Galatasaray S.K. multi-sport club of Istanbul. Galatasaray is a major sports club in Turkey, holding 17 Turkish Super League titles and the highest number of Turkish Cups....

    • Turkish Super League: 2001–02
    • UEFA Super Cup: 2000
      2000 UEFA Super Cup
      The 2000 UEFA Super Cup was a football match played on 25 August 2000 between Real Madrid of Spain and Galatasaray of Turkey. Real Madrid qualified by beating Valencia in the 2000 UEFA Champions League Final, while Galatasaray had made it to the Super Cup after beating Arsenal in the 2000 UEFA Cup...

    • UEFA Champions League
      UEFA Champions League
      The UEFA Champions League, known simply the Champions League and originally known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup or European Cup, is an annual international club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations since 1955 for the top football clubs in Europe. It...

       Quarter Final : 2000-01
      UEFA Champions League 2000-01
      The 2000–01 UEFA Champions League was the ninth edition of the UEFA Champions League, UEFA's premier European club football tournament, since it was renamed from the European Cup in 1992, and the 46th tournament overall. The competition was won by Bayern Munich , who beat Valencia 5–4 on...

       Beşiktaş
      Besiktas J.K.
      Beşiktaş Jimnastik Kulübü , or simply Beşiktaş , is a Turkish sports club. The club's football team is one of the major teams in Turkey. The professional sports club, founded in 1903, is based in the Beşiktaş district in Istanbul, Turkey...

    • Turkish Super League: 2002–03
    • UEFA Cup
      UEFA Cup
      The UEFA Europa League is an annual association football cup competition organised by UEFA since 1971 for eligible European football clubs. It is the second most prestigious European club football contest after the UEFA Champions League...

       Quarter Final : 2002-03 Shakhtar Donetsk
    • Ukrainian League
      Ukrainian Premier League
      The Ukrainian Premier League is the highest division of Ukrainian annual football championship. As the Supreme League it was founded in 1991 after the fold of the Soviet Union's Vysshaya Liga. In 2008 it was reformed into a more autonomous entity of the Football Federation of Ukraine and changed...

      : 2004–05
      Ukrainian Premier League 2004-05
      The 2004–05 Ukrainian Premier League season was the fourteenth since its establishment.The season started on July 15, 2004 with all eight games of the first round. The last day of the competition was June 16, 2005. Shakhtar Donetsk has managed to win its second champion's title place ahead of the...

      , 2005–06
      Ukrainian Premier League 2005-06
      The 2005–06 Ukrainian Premier League season was the fifteenth since its establishment.The season started on July 12, 2005 with six games of the first round. The last day of the competition was May 10, 2006. However, because the top two teams have finished with equal amount of points, it was decided...

      , 2007–08
      Ukrainian Premier League 2007-08
      The 2007–08 Ukrainian Premier League season is the seventeenth since its establishment. This season competition was sponsored by Biola which became the title sponsor of the League for the season. It began on July 17, 2007, and ended on May 18, 2008...

      , 2009–10, 2010–11
      2010–11 Ukrainian Premier League
      The 2010–11 Ukrainian Premier League season was the 20th since its establishment and third since its reorganization. Shakhtar Donetsk were the defending champions, having won their 5th league title...

    • Ukrainian Cup
      Ukrainian Cup
      The Ukrainian Cup is a national knockout cup competition in Ukrainian football, run by the Football Federation of Ukraine. The winner of the competition is awarded a qualification to the UEFA Cup , under special circumstances the finalist also may enter...

      : 2003–04, 2007–08
      2008 Ukrainian Cup Final
      The 2008 Ukrainian Cup Final is a football match that took place at the Metalist Stadium on May 7, 2008. The match was the 17th Ukrainian Cup Final and it was contested by FC Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Dynamo Kyiv. The 2008 Ukrainian Cup FInal was the first to be held outside of the Ukrainian capital...

      , 2010–11
      2010–11 Ukrainian Cup
      The 2010–11 Ukrainian Cup is the twentieth annual season of Ukraine's football knockout competition, and third under the name of DATAGROUP – Football Ukraine Cup....

    • Ukrainian Super Cup
      Ukrainian Super Cup
      Ukrainian Super Cup acts as the grand-opening for every new football competition season in Ukraine, officially having the winners of the previous season's Ukrainian Championship and Ukrainian Cup face-off against each other...

      : 2005, 2008, 2010
    • UEFA Cup
      UEFA Cup
      The UEFA Europa League is an annual association football cup competition organised by UEFA since 1971 for eligible European football clubs. It is the second most prestigious European club football contest after the UEFA Champions League...

      : 2008–09
    • UEFA Champions League
      UEFA Champions League
      The UEFA Champions League, known simply the Champions League and originally known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup or European Cup, is an annual international club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations since 1955 for the top football clubs in Europe. It...

       Quarter Final : 2010-11

See also


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{{Persondata
| NAME =Lucescu, Mircea
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| SHORT DESCRIPTION =footballer
| DATE OF BIRTH =29 July 1945
| PLACE OF BIRTH =Bucharest
Bucharest
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