Former national team and current Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu was awarded “The coach of the decade” title during a special ceremony, “Gala Fantasticii Fanatik”, organized by sports pubblication Fanatik, at the “World Trade Plaza” Hotel in Bucharest on Monday evening.
After coaching the Romanian national team in the 80’s and a long career in Italy, where he had coached clubs such as Pisa, Brescia, Reggiana and Inter Milan, he had a brilliant start with Galatasaray, winning the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid in 2000. Under Lucescu’s managership, Galatasaray won the Turkish League title in the 2001-2002 season.
In June 2002, he signed a contract with rivals Besiktas J.K.. They won the Turkish title in 2003, having only one loss and collecting 85 points – a record for the Turkish Super League for the maximum points collected in a season.
Lucescu joined Shakhtar in May 2004 and win several times the title, the Ukrainean Cup and the Supercup. In the 2008-09 season 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 2009 UEFA Cup Final against Werder Bremen 2–1 after extra time. 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”.
Lucescu is known to be a very educated person. He learned 5 foreign languages at a young age: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, Italian and French (in addition to native Romanian, and Russian he learned in Donetsk), according to wikipedia.org.
Fanatik awarded Adrian Mutu “The football player of the decade” title and fencer Ana Maria Branza “The sport woman of the decade” title. Gigi Becali won the title “The man of the decade”. The prize was lifted by the general manager of Steaua Mihai stoica, giving the fact Becali is currently in prison.