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Ioan Lupescu


Ioan Lupescu

Ionuţ Lupescu
Personal information
Full name Ioan Angelo Lupescu
Date of birth (1968-12-09) 9 December 1968
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1979–1982 Mecanică Fină
1982–1986 Dinamo Bucureşti
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1990 Dinamo Bucureşti 98 (11)
1990–1996 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 184 (4)
1996–1998 Borussia Mönchengladbach 43 (7)
1998–2000 Dinamo Bucureşti 61 (14)
2000 Bursaspor 9 (2)
2000–2001 Dinamo Bucureşti 17 (0)
2001 Al-Hilal 5 (1)
2001–2002 Dinamo Bucureşti 7 (0)
Total 454 (39)
National team
1988–2000[1] Romania 74 (6)
Teams managed
2004 FCM Bacău
2004 FC Braşov

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

† Appearances (goals)

Ioan Angelo Lupescu (born 9 December 1968 in Bucharest), widely known as Ionuţ Lupescu is a former Romanian footballer who played as a midfielder. He became a member of FIFA's Technical and Development Committee in early 2008.

Club career

Lupescu, son of Nicolae Lupescu, began his career in 1979 in the youth of Mecanica Fina Bucharest. In 1982 he moved to Dinamo Bucharest, and made his debut at the age of 17 in the Divizia A on 21 September 1986 in a 4–1 victory against SC Bacău. After winning the Romanian championship and the Cup in the 1989–90 season, and reaching the Cup Winners' Cup semi-finals during the 1989–90 season. Lupescu moved to Germany at Bayer Leverkusen there he won the DFB-Pokal in 1993, and reached the UEFA Cup semi-finals in 1994–95. After five seasons with Leverkusen, Lupescu signed with Borussia Mönchengladbach for two more years. In 1998, he returned to Dinamo Bucharest, and won another Championship in 2000. After a brief detour to Bursaspor in the Süper Lig in the beginning of the season 2000–01, Lupescu again returned to Dinamo Bucharest. On 29 October 2001, he had a short half-year spell contract with Al-Hilal club from Saudi Arabia a period of five months, but could not adapt, because of the high climate. In the same year he returned for the fourth time at Dinamo Bucharest, only to retire.

National team

Lupescu made 74 appearances for the Romanian squad, and scored six goals. He debuted on 3 February 1988, in a 2–0 win over Israel. He participated in the FIFA World Cup 1990 in Italy and in the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the USA and reached the quarter-finals, he also participated at the UEFA Euro 1996 in England, and UEFA Euro 2000 in Belgium and the Netherlands.

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 29 August 1990 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, USSR  Soviet Union 2–0 2–1 Friendly
2 5 December 1990 Stadionul Naţional, Bucharest, Romania  San Marino 4–0 6–0 UEFA Euro 1992 Qualifying
3 6 May 1992 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Faroe Islands 5–0 7–0 FIFA World Cup 1994 Qualifying
4 20 May 1992 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Wales 2–0 5–1 FIFA World Cup 1994 Qualifying
5 20 May 1992 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Wales 3–0 5–1 FIFA World Cup 1994 Qualifying
6 18 August 1999 Tsirion Stadium, Limassol, Cyprus  Cyprus 1–1 2–2 Friendly

Coaching career

In 2003, Lupescu acquired his coaching license at the German Sport University of Cologne.[2] By the end of his active career, he was head-coach for a short period at FCM Bacău and FC Braşov in Divizia A till 2004, and was dismissed because of poor results. He became Vice President Director of the Romanian Football Federation.



Dinamo Bucureşti
Bayer Leverkusen


Lupescu is the son of former Romanian national player Nicolae Lupescu, who for a time also served as a manager.


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