Viorel Moldovan

Viorel Moldovan
Viorel Moldovan
Personal information
Full name Viorel Dinu Moldovan
Date of birth 8 July 1972 (1972-07-08) (age 39)
Place of birth Bistriţa, Romania
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Youth career
1990 Gloria Bistriţa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1993 Gloria Bistriţa 84 (22)
1993–1995 Dinamo Bucharest 60 (19)
1995–1996 Neuchâtel Xamax 32 (19)
1996–1998 Grasshoppers 51 (44)
1998 Coventry City 10 (2)
1998–2000 Fenerbahçe 53 (33)
2000–2003 Nantes 57 (20)
2003 Al-Wahda 1 (0)
2003–2004 Nantes 12 (11)
2004–2005 Servette 13 (3)
2005 Politehnica Timişoara 33 (8)
2006–2007 Rapid Bucharest 41 (15)
National team
1993–2005 Romania 70 (25)
Teams managed
2008–2009 FC Vaslui
2009–2010 FC Braşov
2010 Sportul Studenţesc
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Viorel Dinu Moldovan (born 8 July 1972[1] in Bistriţa) is a retired Romanian football forward, who was a key part of the Romanian national team in the 1990s. He last managed Sportul Studenţesc.



On the club level, Moldovan played for Gloria Bistriţa (1990–93), Dinamo Bucureşti (1993–95), Neuchâtel Xamax (1995–96), Grasshoppers (1996–98), Coventry City (1998), Fenerbahçe (1998–2000), Nantes (2000–04), Servette (2004–05), FCU Politehnica Timişoara (2005), and Rapid Bucureşti (2006–2007).

The most successful years of his career occurred while playing for Neuchâtel Xamax and Grasshoppers between 1996 and 1998 in Switzerland (he was the Swiss Super League topscorer in 1996 and 1997), for Fenerbahçe between 1998 and 2000 and for Nantes between 2000 and 2004. He was a determinant player when Nantes won the French Ligue 1 in 2001. During his brief spell in England with Coventry City he scored twice, once in the FA Cup against Aston Villa[2] and once in the league against Crystal Palace.[3]

International career

For Romania, Moldovan was capped 70 times, scoring 25 goals. He played for his country at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, Euro 96, the 1998 FIFA World Cup - during which he scored goals against England and Tunisia in the first round - and Euro 2000.

International goals

Scores and results table. Romania's goal tally first:

Coaching career

Moldovan worked as the sporting director of FC Unirea Valahorum Urziceni and was the coach of FC Vaslui. On 26 May 2009 the coach has quit FC Vaslui after just seven months for failing to guide the team to European qualification, the squad will now be managed by coaching assistant Cristian Dulca on a temporary basis until a new coach is hired.[4] On 28 July 2009 the Italian coach Nicolò Napoli has quit FC Braşov and was been replaced by Moldovan, who has signed a two-year deal, he previously coached SC Vaslui.[5]


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