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Ionel Ganea

Ionel Ganea
Personal information
Full name Ioan Viorel Ganea
Date of birth (1973-08-10) 10 August 1973 (age 47)
Place of birth F?g?ra?, Romania
Height 1.79 m (5 ft  in)
Playing position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
Dun?rea C?l?ra?i (technical director)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993-1994 ICIM Bra?ov
1994-1996 FC Bra?ov 50 (4)
1996-1998 FC U Craiova 56 (22)
1998 Gloria Bistri?a 16 (17)
1999 Rapid Bucure?ti 16 (11)
1999-2003 VfB Stuttgart 107 (34)
2003-2004 Bursaspor 16 (5)
2004-2006 Wolves 34 (7)
2006 Dinamo Bucure?ti 18 (14)
2007 Rapid Bucure?ti 9 (2)
2007-2008 Politehnica Timi?oara 18 (3)
2011 S?n?tatea Cluj 0 (0)
Total 341 (119)
National team
1999-2006[1] Romania 45 (19)
Teams managed
2010 Dinamo II Bucure?ti
2011 S?n?tatea Cluj
2012 Rapid Chi?in?u
2013 Universitatea Cluj
2014 Rapid Bucure?ti
2015-2016 Dun?rea C?l?ra?i
2016 Voluntari
2017 Târgu Mure?
2018 Poli Timi?oara
2020- Dun?rea C?l?ra?i (technical director)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ioan Viorel Ganea (born 10 August 1973) is a Romanian football manager and former striker.

Playing career

Ganea debuted in Liga I (Divizia A at that time) with FC Bra?ov in 1994. He went on to play for a number of clubs in Romanian football over the next five years. He joined Rapid Bucharest in January 1999, where he scored 11 goals in the remainder of the season to fire the club to the league championship. He finished that season with 28 goals overall, making him the leading goalscorer.

This form won him a move to Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart in the summer of 1999. He remained in Germany for four seasons and tasted UEFA Cup action, but was never a regular starter. He moved to Turkish top flight club Bursaspor in June 2003 on a free transfer, but stayed there for just six months before moving to England.

The striker joined Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers in December 2003 after his contract in Turkey was cancelled by mutual consent. He scored three Premier League goals during the 2003-04 season - against eventual champions Arsenal, Leeds and Newcastle - but could not prevent relegation.

He remained with the club for two seasons in the second tier, mostly under the managerialship of Glenn Hoddle. The first of these years was written off after suffering cruciate knee ligament injury on a pre-season tour of Norway. He recovered for the 2005-06 season but never held down a regular starting place, and was released as his contract expired at the end of the campaign.

He moved back to Romania, with Dinamo Bucharest on an initial one-year deal. However, just six months later, Ganea broke this contract to rejoin Rapid Bucharest on a record EUR350,000 ($462,000) a season. Although contracted to the end of 2009 with Rapid, Ganea left on a free transfer in June 2007 for FC Timi?oara, despite the fact that he could have earned up to EUR1 million a season through bonuses at Rapid.

He returned briefly on the pitch as a professional player only for one game on 22 September 2011 in a Romanian Cup match against FC Steaua Bucure?ti.

International career

Ganea made his debut for the Romanian national team on 3 March 1999 against Estonia, scoring both goals in a 2-0 win.[2] He represented his country at Euro 2000 and scored a last-minute penalty against England that took Romania to the quarter finals at the expense of their opponent.[3] He made 45 caps and 19 goals, but his last game was in 2006.[2]


At the beginning of his career, while playing at FC Bra?ov, Ganea beat up the team captain Dorel Purdea.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

During his stay at U Craiova, Ganea was involved in several controversies. Ganea kicked his teammate Cornel Fr?sineanu in the mouth, which left him without a few teeth and for a while he had to eat using a straw.[5][6][7][10][11][12][13]Eugen Tric? tried to calm him down but Ionel threatened to beat him too so Tric? backed off.[10][12][13] He also had a fight with Silvian Cristescu who threw a massage table at his head.[5][6][8] On 2 May 1998 Rapid Bucure?ti needed to win the match against U Craiova in order to be sure that they win the Liga I title so they agreed with George Ilinca who was U Craiova's owner to let them win the game. Some players, including Ionel Ganea did not agree to take part in the arrangement, the game ended 2-2 with both of U Craiova's goals being scored by Ganea, and the title was won by Steaua Bucure?ti.[14][15][16]

At VfB Stuttgart he had a fight with teammate Jochen Seitz, for which he was punished by the club with a 10.000 marks fine.[6][17] One day Ganea was eating an ice cream and coach Felix Magath saw him and told him that he shouldn't be eating food that contains too many calories because he has weight issues, Ganea got mad and threw the ice cream at him.[5][6][7][11]

In a match at Euro 2000 against England Ionel was tackled hard by Sol Campbell but the referee did not take any measure against him, so Ionel waited for Campbell to get close to him and when none of the referees were watching he hit him and cussed him: "Motherfucker! Bitch!".[18][19] In 2001, he had a fight with the goalkeeper Stelea in a training session that took part before a Romania - Italy game.[7][11][20] During the match with the Italians, the striker was one step away from hitting his coach László Bölöni, because he was mad that the coach left him on the bench.[5][6][7][8][11][21] While playing for Romania against Scotland in April 2004, he tackled Celtic defender John Kennedy resulting in a knee injury that left Kennedy unable to play for three years. Kennedy has since been forced to retire from professional football as a result of this and subsequent injuries.[4][22]

Steven Gerrard's autobiography contains an episode about an incident between him and Ionel Ganea in a Wolverhampton - Liverpool game played in January 2004: "He tore my leg from the knee to the ankle. Under the puttee, my leg was cut deep, a nasty wound". After finding out what Gerrard wrote about him in his autobiography Ganea told the press:"I inform Gerrard that when I write my autobiography, I will not mention him. I will not have room for little girls".[8][18][19][23][24] In April 2006 he was involved in more controversy when he criticised the Wolverhampton Wanderers manager at that time, Glenn Hoddle, claiming "he is the most difficult manager I have worked with in my career".[25]Glenn Hoddle also fined him with a one week salary for fighting at a training session with a teammate.[26][27]

While playing for Rapid Bucure?ti in a match against U Craiova he hit opponent's Michael Baird's mouth with his head during half-time.[5][6][8][11]

In August 2007 after a Unirea Urziceni - Politehnica Timi?oara game the striker had a conflict with the president of Unirea Urziceni Mihai Stoica, with Ganea grabbing him by the neck until the Gendarmery officers separated them.[5][11] One week later, Ganea was banned for 22 matches, which were later reduced to 16, after attacking one of the assistant referees after being sent off during a match between his club Politehnica Timi?oara and Rapid Bucure?ti.[11][28][29] In his first match played against CFR Cluj after executing the 16 match suspension, he had a verbal conflict with former U Craiova teammate Eugen Tric? before the beginning of the match, being close to start a fight after the end of the match.[29][30]

In 2012 while attending at Ioan Dr?gan's funeral, who was his wedding's Godfather and a former FC Bra?ov teammate he almost got into a fight with the priest, being unsatisfied of the way he was preaching.[4][5]

While coaching Universitatea Cluj he was accused by player Cristian Mure?an of beating him up but Ganea denied the incident.[31][32][33]

During his coaching period at FC Voluntari after a 1-0 victory against CSMS Ia?i he had a conflict with a female journalist named Alina Iosub in which he offended and cussed her, she also threatened him by saying that if he comes to Boto?ani, he won't leave there alive.[9][34][35]

His wife, Dana, with which he was married for over 24 years accused him of physical and verbal domestic violence and filled for divorce several times, also asking for a restraining order against him.[36][37][38][39]

Personal life

His son, George is also a footballer.[40][41]

International goals

Scores and results table. "Score" indicates the score after the player's goal:[2]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 3 March 1999 Stadionul Lia Manoliu, Bucharest, Romania  Estonia 1-0 2-0 Friendly
2 3 March 1999 Stadionul Lia Manoliu, Bucharest, Romania  Estonia 2-0 2-0 Friendly
3 28 April 1999 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Belgium 1-0 1-0 Friendly
4 9 June 1999 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Azerbaijan 1-0 4-0 UEFA Euro 2000 Qual.
5 19 September 1999 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 2-0 3-0 UEFA Euro 2000 Qual.
6 19 September 1999 Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz, Liechtenstein  Liechtenstein 3-0 3-0 UEFA Euro 2000 Qual.
7 26 April 2000 Stadionul Gheorghe Hagi, Constan?a, Romania  Cyprus 2-0 2-0 Friendly
8 20 June 2000 Stade du Pays de Charleroi, Charleroi, Belgium  England 3-2 3-2 UEFA EURO 2000 Group A
9 3 September 2000 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Lithuania 1-0 1-0 World Cup 2002 Qual.
10 28 February 2001 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Lithuania 1-0 3-0 Friendly
11 28 February 2001 GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus  Lithuania 2-0 3-0 Friendly
12 13 February 2002 Stade de France, Saint Denis, France  France 1-2 1-2 Friendly
13 27 March 2002 Stadionul Gheorghe Hagi, Constan?a, Romania  Ukraine 4-0 4-1 Friendly
14 17 April 2002 Zdzis?aw Krzyszkowiak Stadium, Bydgoszcz, Poland  Poland 1-0 2-1 Friendly
15 7 September 2002 Ko?evo Stadium, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-0 3-0 UEFA Euro 2004 Qual.
16 12 February 2003 Neo GSZ Stadium, Larnaca, Cyprus  Slovakia 2-1 2-1 Friendly
17 7 June 2003 Stadionul Ion Oblemenco, Craiova, Romania  Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-0 2-0 UEFA Euro 2004 Qual.
18 11 June 2003 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, Norway  Norway 1-0 1-1 UEFA Euro 2004 Qual.
19 6 September 2003 Stadionul Astra, Ploie?ti, Romania  Luxembourg 3-0 4-0 UEFA Euro 2004 Qual.



Universitatea Craiova

Rapid Bucure?ti

VfB Stuttgart

Dinamo Bucure?ti



  1. ^ Stokkermans, Karel (10 June 2011). "Ioan Viorel Ganea - Goals in International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Ionel Ganea". European Football. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "Romania vs England 3 - 2". European Football. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Ganea ?ocheaz? din nou » Era s? bat? un preot la un priveghi" [Ganea shocks again »He was about to beat a priest at a vigil] (in Romanian). 3 January 2012. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ionel Ganea a s?rit din nou la b?taie! A vrut s? altoiasc? un preot" [Ionel Ganea tried to fight again! He wanted to beat up a priest] (in Romanian). 3 January 2012. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "'Ganezu" din scandal in scandal" ['Ganezu" from scandal in scandal] (in Romanian). 27 August 2007. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Recidivistul HuliGanea" [The recidivist HuliGanea] (in Romanian). 28 August 2007. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Ionel Ganea, omul care a b?gat spaima în fotbal" [Ionel Ganea, the man who put the fear in football] (in Romanian). 15 August 2015. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Gest MIZERABIL la Ia?i! Ganea a amenin?at-o cu b?taia pe reportera Look TV: ,,Hai, f?, nu m? bagi odat? în direct? Dac?-?i trag una, te lipesc de perete!" Dup? ce s-a calmat, a vrut s? o pupe ?i s?-?i cear? scuze. Amenin?area jurnalistei: ,,S-ar putea s? nu te întorci viu la Bucure?ti! Î?i promit asta!"" [MISERABLE gesture in Iasi! Ganea threatened to beat the Look TV reporter: "Come on, aren't going to put me on live? If I hit you once, you'll get stuck in the wall! "After he calmed down, he wanted to kiss her and apologize. The journalist threatened him: "You may not return alive to Bucharest! I promise you this! "] (in Romanian). 19 March 2016. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Ganea bag? frica în steli?ti. Top 5 întîmpl?ri ?ocante cu fostul dinamovist!" [Ganea puts fear into Steaua's players. Top 5 shocking events with the former Dinamo player!] (in Romanian). 22 September 2011. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g "Citeste un superinterviu cu Ionel Ganea: "Nu faceti ca mine!"" [Read a super interview with Ionel Ganea: "Don't do what I did!"] (in Romanian). 28 August 2007. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ a b "VIDEO A mâncat cu paiul timp de o lun?, dup? ce a fost b?tut CRUNT de Ionel Ganea. Acum a ajuns la modesta Atletic Bradu" [VIDEO He ate with straw for a month, after being beaten badly by Ionel Ganea. Now he has reached to play for the modest Atletico Bradu] (in Romanian). 15 April 2012. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Lutu: Ganea si Cartu l-au lasat lat pe Frasineanu!" [Lutu: Ganea and Cartu left Frasineanu KO!] (in Romanian). 29 June 2010. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ "Fanii Rapidului nu-l iart? pe Ganea pentru episodul din 1998" [Rapid fans do not forgive Ganea for the 1998 episode] (in Romanian). 26 July 2014. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ "Valiza care a daramat Rapidul! Cine sunt oltenii care au castigat titlul 20 pentru Steaua si impotriva lui Lucescu" [The suitcase that collapsed Rapid! Who are the Oltenians who won the title 20 for Steaua and against Lucescu] (in Romanian). 22 February 2010. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ "3 situa?ii "paranormale" » Craiova, enigma Ligii 1! Cum a servit titluri lui Dinamo ?i Steaua ?i cum l-a ajutat pe Hagi s? devin? golgheter. CSU cum se va descurca?" [3 "paranormal" situations »Craiova, the riddle of League 1! How did they serve titles to Dinamo and Steaua and how did they help Hagi become the top goalscorer. How will CSU handle it?] (in Romanian). 5 May 2017. Retrieved 2019.
  17. ^ "10.000 Mark Geldstrafe nach Faustschlag gegen Seitz" [10,000 marks fine after punching Seitz] (in German). 3 December 2000. Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ a b "F?r? fric? în fa?a superstarurilor! Sfaturi pentru tineri de la Ionel Ganea: ,,M-am întors spre Sol Campbell ?i i-am spus «Motherfucker! Bitch»"" [No fear in front of superstars! Tips for young people from Ionel Ganea: "I turned back to Sol Campbell and said 'Motherfucker! Bitch ' "] (in Romanian). 11 October 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  19. ^ a b "S? râdem cu Ionel Ganea. Trei pove?ti inedite cu trei fotbali?ti uria?i. Cum l-a pus la respect pe Gerrard: "A venit la mine ?i.. JAP! I-am dat una"" [Let's laugh with Ionel Ganea. Three unique stories with three huge footballers. How he put Gerrard in his place: "He came to me and .. JAP! I gave him one"] (in Romanian). 11 October 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  20. ^ "Stelea si Dan Petrescu s-au luat la pumni!" [Stelea and Dan Petrescu punched each other!] (in Romanian). 20 February 2008. Retrieved 2019.
  21. ^ ""Ganea a s?rit s?-l bat? pe Boloni în 2001, dar nu am realizat pe moment gravitatea incidentului"" ["Ganea jumped to beat Boloni in 2001, but I didn't realize the gravity of the incident at the moment"] (in Romanian). 5 September 2008. Retrieved 2019.
  22. ^ "Celtic Defender John Kennedy Forced to Retire from Football". Evening Times. Archived from the original on 16 November 2009.
  23. ^ "Gerrard: ,,Ganea e nebun"" [Gerrard: ,,Ganea is insane"] (in Romanian). 29 April 2008. Retrieved 2019.
  24. ^ "Durii din fotbalul românesc: Fiare, tauri la cozoroc ?i templieri b?trâni" [Rough guys from Romanian football: Beasts, bullfights and old Templars] (in Romanian). 18 August 2012. Retrieved 2019.
  25. ^ Cooper, Scott (8 April 2006). "Ganea fires angry broadside at Hoddle". Retrieved 2011.
  26. ^ "Ganea s-a b?tut la un antrenament" [Ganea got into a fight at a training session] (in Romanian). 10 April 2006. Retrieved 2019.
  27. ^ "O poveste FABULOAS? cu Ionel Ganea în Anglia! Ruptur? total? cu Glenn Hoddle la primul meci jucat dup? 18 luni. Ce a f?cut" [A fabulous story with Ionel Ganea in England! Total break with Glenn Hoddle in the first match played after 18 months. What did he do] (in Romanian). 22 April 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  28. ^ "Soccer-Ganea banned for 22 matches for attacking linesman". Reuters. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 2011.
  29. ^ a b "Trica si Ganea, la un pas de bataie" [Trica and Ganea, one step away from starting a fight] (in Romanian). 18 December 2007. Retrieved 2019.
  30. ^ "Shot-Ganea revine: gata sa sara din nou la bataie dupa meciul Poli - CFR" [Shot-Ganea returns: ready to jump into a fight after the Poli - CFR match] (in Romanian). 17 December 2007. Retrieved 2019.
  31. ^ "Ionel Ganea a batut fara mila un fotbalist: "L-a rupt!"" [Ionel Ganea mercilessly beat up a footballer: "He wrecked him!""] (in Romanian). 29 July 2013. Retrieved 2019.
  32. ^ "Fotbalistul batut de Ganea povesteste filmul evenimentelor" [The footballer beaten up by Ganea tells the film of the events] (in Romanian). 29 July 2013. Retrieved 2019.
  33. ^ "Ganea este acuzat de un juc?tor c? l-ar fi b?tut! Cristi Mure?an: ,,Eu am încercat s? ?in secret acest subiect"" [Ganea is accused by a player of having beaten him! Cristi Mure?an: "I tried to keep this subject a secret"] (in Romanian). 29 July 2013. Retrieved 2019.
  34. ^ "Ganea, incident cu o jurnalist?: "Hai, ochelaristo, mai repede!" "Ai grij? la Boto?ani, s? nu pleci rupt!"" [Ganea had an incident with a journalist: "Come on, glasses girl, faster!" "Watch out in Botosani, you might leave in pieces!"] (in Romanian). 19 March 2016. Retrieved 2019.
  35. ^ "De aici a pornit totul: momentul care a declan?at scandalul. Limbaj suburban al lui Ganea" [The point from where everything started: the moment that triggered the scandal. Ganea's suburban language] (in Romanian). 19 March 2016. Retrieved 2019.
  36. ^ "Ionel Ganea, acuzat c? ?i-a b?gat so?ia în spital!" [Ionel Ganea, accused of putting his wife in the hospital!] (in Romanian). 5 March 2010. Retrieved 2019.
  37. ^ "Ionel Ganea, acuzat de fosta so?ie c? î?i terorizeaz? propriul copil. Au fost f?cute dou? plângeri la Poli?ie" [Ionel Ganea, accused by his ex-wife of terrorizing his own child. Two complaints were made to the Police] (in Romanian). 26 November 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  38. ^ "Dana, so?ia lui Ionel Ganea, dezv?luiri teribile: "Î?i bate joc de copilul lui. M-a agresat fizic ?i verbal!"" [Dana, Ionel Ganea's wife, makes terrible revelations: "He is disrespecting his own child. He physically and verbally assaulted me! "] (in Romanian). 26 November 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  39. ^ "Declara?ii n?ucitoare. Adev?rulL despre divor?ul din familia lui Ganea. E halucinant! Fostul fotbalist ?i-a b?tut so?ia din cauz? c?..." [Crushing declarations. The truth about Ganea's family divorce. It's unbelievable! The former footballer had beat up his wife at dinner because ...] (in Romanian). 26 November 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  40. ^ "VIDEO Primul gol al lui Ganea jr. la Rapid: "Cel mai frumos moment din via?a mea!"" [VIDEO The first goal of Ganea jr. at Rapid: "The most beautiful moment of my life!"] (in Romanian). 10 October 2015. Retrieved 2017.
  41. ^ "Fiul lui Ionel Ganea: "Tata ?i-a f?cut treaba, eu trebuie s?-mi fac singur un nume în fotbal"" [The son of Ionel Ganea: "Dad has done his job, I have to make on my own in football"] (in Romanian). 20 July 2017. Retrieved 2017.

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