Dorinel Munteanu

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Dorinel Munteanu
Dorinel Munteanu 2013.jpg
Dorinel Munteanu (2013)
Surname Dorinel Ionel Munteanu
birthday June 25, 1968
place of birth GrădinariRomania
size 170 cm
position midfield player
Years station
1983-1986 Minerul Oravița
Years station Games (goals) 1
1986-1987 Metalul Bocșa 13 0(0)
1987-1988 CSM Reșița 5 0(0)
1988-1989 FC Olt Scorniceşti 33 0(2)
1990-1991 FC Inter Sibiu 47 0(7)
1991-1993 Dinamo Bucharest 67 (27)
1993-1995 Cercle Bruges 65 (12)
1995-1999 1. FC Cologne 129 (18)
1999-2004 VfL Wolfsburg 101 (11)
2004-2005 Steaua Bucharest 33 0(2)
2005-2006 CFR Cluj 26 0(0)
2006-2007 FC Argeş Piteşti 3 0(0)
2007 FC Vaslui 16 0(0)
2008 Universitatea Cluj 3 0(0)
National team
Years selection Games (goals)
1991-2007 Romania 134 (16)
Stations as a trainer
Years station
2005-2006 CFR Cluj
2006-2007 FC Argeş Piteşti
2007-2008 FC Vaslui
2008 Universitatea Cluj
2008 Steaua Bucharest
2009 Universitatea Cluj
2009–2012 Oțelul Galați
2012 Dinamo Bucharest
2012-2013 Mordovia Saransk
2013 Kuban Krasnodar
2014 FK Qəbələ
2015 Astra Giurgiu
2016-2017 Zakho FC
2017-2018 CSM Școlar Reșița (Technical Director)
2018-2019 CS Concordia Chiajna
2019– CSM Școlar Reșița
1 Only league games are given.

Dorinel Ionel Munteanu (born June 25, 1968 in Grădinari , Caraş-Severin County ) is a former Romanian football player and current coach .


Even as a teenager Munteanu played in Divizia C with Minerul Oravița . At 18 he moved to Metalul Bocșa in Divizia B for a year , which was followed by a season at CSM Reșița . On August 21, 1988 he made his first game in Divizia A for his new club FC Olt Scorniceşti , when he ran 0-0 at AS Victoria Bucharest . After the forced dissolution of FC Olt, he moved to the second half of the 1989/90 season to FC Inter Sibiu , where he established himself as a left attacking middle player and in 1991 became a national player. This made Dinamo Bucharest aware of Munteanu and signed him the same year. In the first season 1991/92 the club was Romanian champion.

Dorinel Munteanu at 1. FC Cologne

In 1993 he moved abroad to Cercle Bruges in Belgium , where he played until July 1995 and then moved to 1. FC Köln . He played in the cathedral city for three years, for some time together with his friend and compatriot Ion Vlădoiu . His next stop was at VfL Wolfsburg , where Munteanu played from July 1999 to January 2004.

Then Dorinel Munteanu moved back to his home country at Steaua Bucharest . After not having won a title during his stays abroad, Munteanu won the second championship title of his career with Steaua.

At the age of 37, the Romanian international took over the first division club CFR Cluj as player -coach in his home country, just two days after receiving his UEFA professional coach license . This he left in October 2006 a few days later a player-coaching position at the Romanian first division club FC Argeş Piteşti , where he was dismissed in April 2007 due to unsuccessfulness. On June 7, 2007 he was committed as a player-coach of FC Vaslui . His last first division game completed Munteanu on December 1, 2007 in the away defeat of FC Vaslui against Rapid Bucharest . After the end of the away game at Universitatea Craiova on March 23, 2008, he splashed the referee Victor Berbecaru with water because he was dissatisfied with his performance. Munteanu was then suspended on April 1, 2008 for three championship games, which he had to serve in the following season, as his contract with FC Vaslui had been terminated the day before.

After the dismissal of Alpár Mészáros, Munteanu took over on August 26, 2008, the second division Universitatea Cluj also as a player-coach until he was head coach of the Romanian record champions Steaua Bucharest on October 26, 2008 . Thus ended on October 25, 2008 in the away win against Minerul Lupeni after three second division games for Universitatea Cluj, his active career as a player. In December 2008, Munteanu was released from Steaua. In April 2009 he returned to Universitatea Cluj as a coach. Just a few months later, he moved at the beginning of the 2009/10 season as the new head coach for first division club Oțelul Galați . After a placement in the front midfield, he led the club to win the title in the 2010/11 season despite a comparatively modest budget . After a sixth place in the 2011/12 season , he resigned from his post on August 30, 2012 after a bad start to the 2012/13 season . On November 15, 2012, he took over the coaching position at the Romanian first division and top club Dinamo Bucharest . He signed a contract until the end of June 2015.

Just 4 weeks later, on December 28, 2012, the Russian club Mordovija Saransk announced the engagement of Munteanu, who fulfilled his wish to work abroad. After relegation from the Premjer League , first division club FK Kuban Krasnodar took him under contract at the beginning of the 2013/14 season . However, he was released again in October 2013 and replaced by Viktor Goncharenko . In June 2014 he took over the Azerbaijani club FK Qəbələ . In December 2014 they parted ways again. In March 2015, he succeeded Oleg Protasov as head coach of Astra Giurgiu . He was released at the end of April 2015.

Munteanu was without a club for a year and a half before he became head coach of Iraqi first division club Zakho FC at the end of December 2016 . However, he only stayed there for two months. From April 2017 to June 2018 he was the technical director of CSM Școlar Reșița . Then followed half a year as a trainer at CS Concordia Chiajna . Since October 11, 2019, Munteanu has been the coach of CSM Școlar Reșița.

National team

The 170 cm tall midfielder played 134 times for the Romanian national soccer team (16 goals) and has been the record national player in his home country since 2005, when he replaced Gheorghe Hagi . The first game Munteanu played on May 23, 1991 against Norway . He was an important player in Romania in four major football tournaments for his country: the 1994 World Cup in the USA , the 1996 European Football Championship in England , the 1998 World Cup in France and the 2000 European Championship in Belgium and the Netherlands .


As a player

  • World Cup participant: 1994, 1998
  • EM participants: 1996, 2000
  • Romanian champions: 1992, 2004
  • Balkan Cup : 1991

As a trainer


On March 25, 2008, Munteanu was awarded the "Meritul sportiv" III order of merit by the Romanian President Traian Băsescu for his services in the national team. Class excellent.


Munteanu is married and has one daughter.


  • Mihai Ionescu, Răzvan Toma, Mircea Tudoran: Fotbal de la A la Z . Mondocart Pres, Bucharest 2001, ISBN 973-8332-00-1 , p. 282 .

Individual evidence

  1. Gazeta Sporturilor of June 8, 2007 , accessed November 6, 2011 (Romanian)
  2. ProSport of August 28, 2008 , accessed on November 6, 2011 (Romanian)
  3. Mediafax of March 23, 2008 , accessed on November 6, 2011 (Romanian)
  4. Mediafax of April 1, 2008 , accessed on November 6, 2011 (Romanian)
  5. Gazeta Sporturilor of March 31, 2008 , accessed November 6, 2011 (Romanian)
  6. ProSport of August 27, 2008 , accessed on November 6, 2011 (Romanian)
  7. Dorinel Munteanu a demisionat de la Oţelul Galaţi: Am decis să plec pentru binele echipei , August 30, 2012, accessed on November 16, 2012
  8. OFICIAL. Dorinel Munteanu la Dinamo , November 15, 2012, accessed November 16, 2012
  9. Decorarea unor personalităţi ale fotbalului românesc. March 25, 2008, accessed January 24, 2011 (Romanian).

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