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Who would you guys say are the most influential Romanians in football? Having had an impact on Romanian football and/or world football.

Some candidates:

Stefan Kovacs, won 15 titles as manager, including European and world titles with Ajax. Ranked 36th greatest manager of all time according to World Soccer, 43rd according to France Football.

Alexandru Apolzan, inventor of the “libero”/sweeper role

Angelo Niculescu, apparently invented the precursor to “tiki taka.” Got Romania to a WC in 1970 after almost 30 years without qualifying, and put a good showing there in the group of death, a bit unlucky. Then reached the Euro quarterfinals in 1972.

Emerich Jenei, led Steaua to many titles, including the European Cup in 1986. Also managed Romania to the Euro quarterfinals in 2000.

Gheorghe Hagi, not only for his influence as a player and helping Romania to be on the world map (unlike Dobrin and Balaci who were unable to during the communist era), but also his importance in our youth development with Viitorul and the academy.

Mircea Lucescu, 2nd most decorated manager of all time with 32 trophies including European titles with Shakhtar and Galatasaray. Hugely influential on Shakhtar’s rise.

Anghel Iordanescu, managed Romania during the 1994 and 1998 World Cups where Romania reached QFs and round of 16 respectively. Also won European Supercup, runner up in the European cup and Intercontinental cup with Steaua, and some AFC champions league titles in the Middle East.

Maybe soon Mirel Radoi? :D
 

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Pfff, what a joke list, where's Piturca?!
I hope that you're not joking.. he got us to a final tournament and nearly to the quarters. A missed penalty away.. in the most difficult group ever. WC champ, EURO champ in same group with a monster team in their prime. He held us toe to toe
 

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I would never joke about a serious grim looking guy like Piturca.
I hope that you're not joking.. he got us to a final tournament and nearly to the quarters. A missed penalty away.. in the most difficult group ever. WC champ, EURO champ in same group with a monster team in their prime. He held us toe to toe
Chivu, Mutu and other great players from that generation did that, not him. We made it despite him, not because of him. He showed dozens of time on club level and on NT level aside of this one success that he is not a good coach due to many weaknesses. Him leaving clubs after weeks (several times in his career) shows what a great and smart character he is.
 

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Exactly. His club career is piss poor. His success was that group VS Netherlands, where he managed to end first against a superior NT. Then the Euro groups, one good result vs France, one very good game vs Italy. Against Netherlands it was a shame.

But what he did overall having Mutu, Chivu, Rat, Contra, Marica, Lobont, Goian, Dica is just average. He left Sinmartean , Sapunaru and Muresan out in their prime, just to mention the biggest examples
 

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Kovacs, Niculescu, Jenei and Lucescu as coachs.

Hagi as player and 'man of football'. I don't rate him that high as coach, but his importance even in a 'spiritual' level is even higher since he retired as player. In other words, it was hard to believe, but Hagi is more important now for Romania than he was as player. It's like a symbol. Where would be Romanian football now without him? It's not only we would be in a much worse estate, but we wouldn't have hope to improve. Hagi gives us hopes that things in Romanian football can go the right way.
 

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Angelo Niculescu, apparently invented the precursor to “tiki taka.” Got Romania to a WC in 1970 after almost 30 years without qualifying, and put a good showing there in the group of death, a bit unlucky. Then reached the Euro quarterfinals in 1972.
It was known as 'temporization'. And it was more important and more rated abroad than we think.
 
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