Stelian Moculescu

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Stelian Moculescu
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Stelian Moculescu (2006)
Date of birth May 6, 1950
place of birth Brașov , Romania
size 1.93 m
position Trainer



Stations as a player:
Știința Timișoara
Rapid Bucharest
USC Münster
TSV 1860 Munich
Tyrolia Vienna
VC Passau

Positions as trainer:
TSV 1860 Munich (player-trainer)
VC Passau (player-trainer)
Tyrolia Vienna (player-trainer)
State trainer Bayern
TSV 1860 Munich
TSV Milbertshofen
ASV Dachau
VfB Friedrichshafen
Berlin Recycling Volleys

National team
30 missions for
55 missions for

Stelian Moculescu (born May 6, 1950 in Brașov (Kronstadt), Romania ) is a Romanian-German volleyball coach and former player.

Moculescu is the most successful volleyball coach in Germany. He was champion and cup winner several times with several clubs. Between 1997 and 2016 he won 27 titles with VfB Friedrichshafen : the German championship and the DVV-Pokal thirteen times each and the volleyball Champions League in 2007 . He was also the national coach of the German national team twice .


Moculescu grew up in a large family in Timișoara . At Știința Timișoara, he began his career as a player in 1964. With the club he became Romanian champion in 1968. At the same time, he studied structural engineering and ran into problems because he resisted changing clubs within the city. Therefore, he was not allowed to play for the Romanian national team for a year , for which he completed a total of 30 international matches. In 1970 he went to Rapid Bucharest . Since Munich was determined to be the venue for the Olympic Games in 1972 , the anti-communist family had a plan to flee Romania. The national team qualified for the tournament at the last moment. On the morning of September 11, 1972, Moculescu fled with the help of the German national coach Manfred Kindermann via Zirndorf to the federal border police in Walsrode , where his asylum application was approved six days later .

In Germany he first played one season at USC Münster . In 1973 he moved to TSV 1860 Munich . In 1977 he became a player-coach there. With a young team he won the DVV Cup and the German championship in the 1977/78 season . A year later, the Munich team successfully defended the cup and in 1980 there was the second double. In 1981 Moculescu was briefly active at Tyrolia Vienna , where he also won the cup and championship. He then acted as a player-coach at VC Passau , where he won the next cup in 1982 in the final against Gießen. In 1983 he returned to Vienna and at the same time became regional coach in Bavaria. In 1987, after 55 international matches for Germany, he took over as the successor to Zbigniew Jasiukiewicz as national coach, which he initially held until 1990. Then he was again a club coach. With TSV Milbertshofen he won the championship in 1991. Then the club decided to dissolve the volleyball department. Moculescu moved with the team to ASV Dachau . There were initially no successes. Then the coach formed a new team from players who had experienced disappointments in other places, which became German champions in the 1995 final against SV Bayer Wuppertal . In 1996 Dachau managed to defend its title and in 1997 the club won the DVV Cup. In addition, Dachau reached the final of the Volleyball Champions League against Las Daytona Modena in the 1995/96 season .

In 1997 Moculescu moved to VfB Friedrichshafen . In the first two seasons of 1997/98 and 1998/99 he won the championship and DVV cup double with the Bodensee club. In 1999 Friedrichshafen reached third place in the Champions League. In January 1999 Moculescu took over the position of national coach for the second time parallel to his work in Friedrichshafen and led Germany to the title win at the Universiade 1999. In the 1999/2000 season he was again champion with Friedrichshafen and reached the final of the Champions League against Sisley Treviso . In the next two years, two more doubles with the club followed. In the DVV Cup, Friedrichshafen remained unbeaten until the cup victory in 2008. In the Bundesliga season 2002/03 , however, the defending champion was eliminated in the playoff semifinals and a year later Friedrichshafen was runner-up. In 2005, 2006 and 2007 against evivo Düren , in 2008 and 2011 against SCC Berlin and in 2009 and 2010 against Generali Haching , Moculescu collected further championship titles on Lake Constance. He achieved his greatest success as a club coach in the 2006/07 Champions League , which Friedrichshafen was the first German club to win with a final victory over Tours Volley-Ball . In recognition of his services to volleyball, Moculescu received the DVV Volleyball Award in 2007 . He was also named Europe's Coach of the Year by the CEV .

With the German national team, Moculescu reached ninth place at the European Championships in the Czech Republic and seventh place at the 2003 European Championships in Berlin . The 2006 World Cup in Japan ended Germany in eleventh place. The DVV selection at the EM 2007 in Russia was more successful as fifth. Under his leadership, he participated in the Olympic volleyball tournament for the first time since 1972, which Germany finished in ninth place in 2008 in Beijing . Then Moculescu resigned as national coach. In November of the same year, he took over the Romanian men's national team , which he brought into the final four of the Europa League in 2010 and 2011 . In April 2012 he ended this activity.

With VfB Friedrichshafen, Moculescu won the DVV Cup again in 2012 against Haching . In the Bundesliga he had to admit defeat to the Berliners, who defeated VfB in the final in 2013 and 2014. However , Friedrichshafen won the 2014 cup final . In the 2014/15 season there was again the double for Moculescu's team. In the DVV-Pokal 2015/16 , the defending champion had to admit defeat to the United Volleys Rhein-Main in the quarter-finals . In the final series of the championship , the BR Volleys prevailed in three games. With the final game in Berlin, Moculescu ended his coaching career as previously planned. In January 2017 he was introduced as head coach for the beach volleyball teams of the Austrian Volleyball Association . In February 2018 he returned to the German volleyball league and succeeded Luke Reynolds as coach at the Berlin Recycling Volleys , with which he became German champion in May.


As a player

As a trainer

  • Universiade winner: 1999 in Spain
  • 5th place at the European Championships 2007 in Russia
  • Champions League winner: 2007, second in 1996 and 2000, third in 1999
  • German champion (19): 1978, 1980, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2018
  • German Cup Winner (19): 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1990, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014, 2015
  • Austrian champion : 1981, 1984, 1985
  • Austrian Cup Winner: 1983, 1984


Public perception and positions

Moculescu is often described as a strict trainer who demands ambitious performance in terms of sport and the environment. He turned against "trouble spots" and did not want to "work with incompetents", whereby he also opposed national players. In Dachau, for example, he asked: "What should I do with someone who can be replaced because the ball has flown in his face?" He also called for more public attention for volleyball, especially on television. In order to achieve this, he also made the clubs responsible that had to get out of the "gym smell".

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Farewell gala for VfB coach Stelian Moculescu. Südkurier, May 10, 2016, accessed June 18, 2016 .
  2. The master maker. Schwäbische Zeitung , May 4, 2010, accessed on February 14, 2018 .
  3. a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y Obsessed with success. Volleyball Magazine, July 2003, accessed February 14, 2018 .
  4. Olympia Munich 1972 volleyball memories. Bayerischer Rundfunk , July 20, 2012, accessed on February 14, 2018 .
  5. a b c d e German Champion 1995 ASV Dachau: Played freely. (PDF) German Volleyball Magazine, June 1995, accessed on February 14, 2018 .
  6. a b Stelian Moculescu receives the second volleyball award - "Stelian Moculescu has become a brand in our sport!" German Volleyball Association, March 4, 2007, accessed on February 14, 2018 .
  7. a b European Cup: Moculescu best coach in Europe. DVV, June 23, 2007, accessed on February 14, 2018 .
  8. VfB coach Stelian Moculescu is retiring. Südkurier , March 17, 2016, accessed on February 12, 2018 .
  9. Volleyball: Moculescu is the new ÖVV head coach. Courier , January 4, 2017, accessed February 18, 2018 .
  10. Stelian Moculescu takes over at the BR Volleys. Der Tagesspiegel, February 12, 2018, accessed on February 12, 2018 .
  11. ^ The letter of honor from the city of Friedrichshafen for services to sport. (PDF) (No longer available online.) City of Friedrichshafen, June 5, 2016, archived from the original on February 15, 2018 ; accessed on February 14, 2018 .
  12. Stelian Moculescu receives medal of merit from the state of Baden-Württemberg. Volleyball-Landesverband Württemberg, April 27, 2008, accessed on February 14, 2018 .
  13. Stelian Moculescu: "We need circus at a high level". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , November 16, 2001, accessed on February 14, 2018 .
  14. "In sport, the motto is not happy-go-lucky". Stuttgarter Zeitung , December 19, 2014, accessed on February 14, 2018 .
  15. Master plan against the stink. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung , October 16, 2014, accessed on February 14, 2018 .