Mircea Lucescu

Mircea Lucescu

Coaching Zenit in 2016
Personal information
Full name Mircea Lucescu
Date of birth (1945-07-29) 29 July 1945
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Right winger
Club information
Current team
Zenit Saint Petersburg (manager)
Youth career
1961–1963 Școala Sportivă 2 București
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1977 Dinamo București 250 (57)
1965–1967Știința București (loan) 39 (12)
1977–1982 Corvinul Hunedoara 111 (21)
1989–1990 Dinamo București 1 (0)
1963–1990 Total 401 (90)
National team
1966–1979 Romania 70 (9)
Teams managed
1979–1980 Corvinul Hunedoara
1981–1986 Romania
1985–1990 Dinamo București
1990–1991 Pisa
1991–1996 Brescia
1996–1997 Reggiana
1997–1998 Rapid București
1998–1999 Inter Milan
1999–2000 Rapid București
2000–2002 Galatasaray
2002–2004 Beşiktaş
2004–2016 Shakhtar Donetsk
2016– Zenit Saint Petersburg

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mircea Lucescu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈmirt͡ʃe̯a luˈt͡ʃesku]; born 29 July 1945) is a Romanian former footballer and manager of Russian Premier League side Zenit Saint Petersburg. He was named Romania Coach of the Year in 2004, 2010, 2012, and in 2014. In 2013, Lucescu was awarded the Manager of the Decade award in Romania.[1]

Managerial career


After coaching the Romanian national team, Lucescu had a long career in Italy, where he coached clubs such as Pisa, Brescia, Reggiana and Inter Milan. He won with Galatasaray the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid. Under Lucescu's managership, Galatasaray qualified to the quarter-finals in the UEFA Champions League 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. The next year, Galatasaray qualified to the second phase of the Champions League and won the Turkish League title under his managership. Lucescu was sacked at the end of the season, despite winning the league champion title, and was replaced by Fatih Terim.


Shortly after his departure from Galatasaray, in June 2002 he signed a contract with rivals Beşiktaş. 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 points tally in the Süper Lig in a single 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 third position in its group – only to be knocked out by Valencia, who eventually went on to win the competition. At the beginning of the second half of the 2003–04 Süper Lig season, Beşiktaş were in first position and eight points ahead of their rivals Fenerbahçe, who were in second. On 25 January 2004, Beşiktaş played against Samsunspor at home, where referee Cem Papila showed five red cards to Beşiktaş players. 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

In May 2004, Lucescu joined Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk and led their rise to prominence in Ukraine the following years.[2] His first trophy with the club came in the 2003–04 Ukrainian Cup, defeating Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2–0 in the final on 30 May. In his first full season with the club, he secured the 2004–05 Premier League title.[3]

The following season, he secured both the Premier League and the Super Cup.[4] He failed to win any trophies the following season, however, though he made up for it in the 2007–08 season, winning the Premier League title and the Ukrainian Cup.[5] His only domestic success in the 2008–09 season came in the Super Cup, although he was able to guide Shakhtar to their first ever European trophy, winning the last ever UEFA Cup before it was renamed the UEFA Europa League. He won the final against Werder Bremen 2–1 after extra time.[6]

The 2009–10 season saw Shakhtar regain the Premier League title.[7] The 2010–11 season was very successful for Lucescu. He guided Shakhtar to a domestic treble, winning the Premier League, the Ukrainian Cup and the Super Cup.[8] They also had their most successful Champions League campaign, reaching the quarter-final stage before being defeated by eventual winners Barcelona.[9]

The following season saw Shakhtar retain their Premier League and Ukrainian Cup titles.[10] This gave Lucescu his sixth Premier League and fourth Ukrainian Cup with the club. Shakhtar had a disappointing Champions League campaign, finishing in fourth place in their group.[11] His son, Răzvan Lucescu, is a former goalkeeper who at several points managed Rapid București, a team his father had also previously managed. Coincidentally, Shakhtar and Rapid met in the group stage of the UEFA Cup in November 2005.

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 region and Ukraine authority in the world".[12]

In December 2009, he turned down an offer to coach the Ukraine national team, his reason being to avoid another potential clash with his son, Răzvan, who then managed the Romania national team and could qualify for UEFA Euro 2012, which Ukraine was to host.[13][14]

Lucescu has won the Coach of the Year award in Ukraine in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.[15]

He led Shakhtar into the semi-finals of Europa League during his last season in charge, being eliminated by defending champions and eventual winners Sevilla. He announced his resignation in early 2016, ending a 12-year period in charge of Shakhtar and becoming the club's greatest manager. In his last match in charge, he won the 2015–16 Ukrainian Cup after defeating Zorya Luhansk 2–0 in the final.

Zenit Saint Petersburg

On 24 May 2016, Lucescu signed a two-year contract with Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg, with an option for another year.[16]

Personal life

Lucescu is known to be a very educated person. He learned six foreign languages at a young age: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French and Russian in addition to his native Romanian.[17][18] As a coach in Romania, he was often cited as telling his players that going to the theatre or reading a book is far more beneficial than going to restaurants.[19] He also pressured his players to go to university.[19]

On 15 July 2009, he suffered an attack of pre-infarct angina, and was operated in an emergency hospital in Donetsk.[20]

On 6 January 2012, he was involved in a road accident in Bucharest and was seriously hurt.[21]

Career statistics



Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dinamo București 1963–64 20??--20
1964–65 10??--10
1967–68 171??--171
1968–69 288??10298
1969–70 244??--244
1970–71 233??30263
1971–72 267??30297
1972–73 2812??--2812
1973–74 255??21276
1974–75 314??31345
1975–76 266??21287
1976–77 197??10207
Corvinul 1977–78 347??--347
1978–79 275??--275
1979–80 --??----
1980–81 277??--277
1981–82 232??--232
Dinamo București 1989–90 10??--10
Career totals 36278??15337781

Managing Shakhtar


Tournament Games Won Draw Lost GF GA
League 3572734935817234
Cup 71577717545
Europe 134603044206161
Super Cup 115422212
Total 57339590881220452

Managerial statistics

As of 3 December 2016
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Galatasaray Turkey 1 July 2000 30 June 2002 105 64 21 20 210 111 +99 60.95
Beşiktaş Turkey 1 July 2002 17 May 2004 91 53 19 19 162 98 +64 58.24
Shakhtar Donetsk Ukraine 17 May 2004 24 May 2016 573 395 90 88 1,220 452 +768 68.94
Zenit Saint Petersburg Russia 24 May 2016 Present 24 16 5 3 52 22 +30 66.67
Total 793 528 135 130 1,644 683 +961 66.58




Dinamo București
Corvinul Hunedoara



Corvinul Hunedoara
Dinamo București
Rapid București
Shakhtar Donetsk
Mircea Lucescu lifting the Ukrainian Cup in 2011


See also


  1. http://www.ua-football.com/ukrainian/high/52b354b1.html
  2. "How Mircea Lucescu put Shakhtar on the map". UEFA. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  3. "Ukraine 2004/05". Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  4. "Ukraine 2005/06". Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  5. "Ukraine 2007/08". Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  6. "Jadson the difference as Shakhtar triumph". Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  7. "Ukraine 2009/10". Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  8. "Ukraine 2010/11". Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  9. "Shakhtar Champions League history". Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  10. "Ukraine 2011/12". Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  11. "2011-12 Champions League Group G". Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  12. Mircea Lucescu becomes an "Honorary citizen of Donetsk", Ukrainian Soccer Portal (29 May 2009)
  13. Shakhtar trainer Lucescu not to coach Ukraine's national team, Interfax-Ukraine (2 December 2009)
  14. FFU President ready to officially offer job of national coach to Lucescu, Interfax-Ukraine (1 December 2009)
  15. 1 2 "Shakhtar and Mircea Lucescu: 12 years together". shakhtar.com. 16 May 2016. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  16. "Lucescu appointed Zenit boss". Goal.com. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  17. "Mircea Lucescu competition coaching record". UEFA. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  18. "Lucescu: "We were better". Youtube. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  19. 1 2 "Луческу сочинил текст клубного гимна" (in Russian). shakhtar.com (citing Газета «Сегодня»). 19 August 2011.
  20. Mircea Lucescu a suferit un preinfarct la Donețk! Soția sa a plecat astăzi de urgență în Ucraina
  21. Player stats
  22. "Thank you, Mister!". shakhtar.com. 21 May 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  23. http://www.romaniansoccer.ro/players/1085/mircea-lucescu.htm
  24. http://shakhtar.com/en/team/coaches/
  25. http://zakon4.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/697/2006
  26. http://shakhtar.com/ru/news/9622
  27. http://shakhtar.com/ru/news/9633
  28. http://www.president.gov.ua/documents/13574.html
  29. http://lukyanchenko.donetsk.ua/news_echo.php?id=5069
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