Razvan Lucescu, the head coach of FC Brasov, has been appointed on Wednesday as head coach of the Romanian national football team after the members of the Romanian Football Federation’s Executive Committee have validated the proposal made by Ionut Lupescu, the FRF general director.
‘Ionut Lupescu proposed Razvan Lucescu and the Executive Committee unanimously agreed to appoint him as head coach of the national football team. Details about the contract are to be revealed tomorrow during a press conference, including the amounts of money included in the contract, Razvan Lucescu’s staff and his goals. Razvan Lucescu was given a clear goal, namely to qualify for the European Championship 2012,’ FRF President Mircea Sandu stated. Razvan Lucescu will be assisted by Stefan Iovan, Dan Apolzan and Bogdan Stelea.
The first two assistant coaches were already part of the national team’s staff, while Bogdan Stelea is set to replace Gabriel Boldici.
Razvan Lucescu’s father, Mircea Lucescu, coached the Romanian national team from 1981 to 1985, managing to qualify Romania for the European Championship 1984 but failing to qualify for the Mexico World Cup 1986. Razvan Lucescu started his football career by playing for Sportul Studentesc in 1988 back when he played his first League I game against ASA Targu Mures. The June 19 game ended with Sportul Studentesc victory, score 6-1.
Razvan Lucescu has also played a total of nine UEFA Cup games for FC National in the 1996/1997 season and for Rapid in the 2000/2001 season.
Razvan Lucescu’s coaching career includes FC Brasov (2003-2004 and since 2007 until now) and Rapid Bucharest (2004-2007).
While coaching Rapid, Razvan Lucescu won two Romanian Cups and managed to qualify for the UEFA Cup quarterfinals, a competition that his team left without being defeated, at the end of two draws against Steaua Bucharest.