Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Cosmin Olaroiu

Cosmin Olaroiu was born on June 10, 1969 in Bucharest, Romania. He is a famous football player and coach from Romania.

Biography and Career :

Cosmin Olaroiu started playing football at Gloria Buzau in 1989 and before he played his first game in Liga 1 (first Romanian league) on 2nd of Septemper 1992 at Progresul Bucharest, he also played for Carpati Nehoiu, MECON Bucharest and Girueta Bucharest.

He played 3 seasons in 80 games for Progresul Bucharest and scored 8 times.

In 1995 Cosmin Olaroiu was transferred to Universitatea Craiova where played 39 games in Liga 1 and 2 games in UEFA Cup and scored only 2 times.

Cosmin Olaroiu left Romania in 1997 for South Korea where played at Samsung Blue Wings fo r 3 seasons and in11999 ended his football career.

Cosmin Olaroiu started his manager career in 2000 at National Bucharest and finished on respectable 7th place in the end of his first season as a coach. In the next one he lost in the last game the champion title after he was defeated by Universitatea Craiova and Dinamo Bucharest became the champion team.

Cosmin Olaroiu started a collaboration with Steaua Bucharest but it lasted only for 7 rounds after Steaua had the worst start of season in its history.

He came back to FC National first as a manager and after Walter Zenga left, as a coach.

In the winter of 2004, a business man, Marian Iancu became the new boss of FCU Politehnica Timisoara and asked for Cosmin Olaroiu as coach.

Cosmin Olaroiu took his best players from National and went to Poli where finished on 4th place his first season there. After one year Iancu resigned him and said that "he can't win the championship because is a 3rd-4th place coach".

Cosmin Olaroiu signed after a few weeks for Steaua and at 37 years old he succeeded to win the championship and the Romanian SuperCup in 2006 and qualify in the semi-finals of UEFA Cup where was defeated after a dramatic game by Middlebrough.

On 23th August 2006 after Steaua defeated Standard Liege, Olaroiu became the first coach playing with a Romanian team in UEFA Champions League after 10 years in a group with Dynamo Kiev, Olympique Lyon and Real Madrid.

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