Ionel Ganea

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

Romanian footballer and manager

Ionel Ganea
Personal information
Full name Ioan Viorel Ganea
Date of birth (1973-08-10) 10 August 1973 (age 48)
Place of birth Făgăraș, Romania
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
Nitramonia Făgăraș
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1994 ICIM Brașov ? (?)
1994–1996 FC Brașov 50 (4)
1996–1997 Universitatea Craiova 56 (22)
1997–1998 Gloria Bistrița 16 (17)
1999 Rapid București 16 (11)
1999–2003 VfB Stuttgart 107 (34)
2003 Bursaspor 15 (5)
2004–2006 Wolverhampton Wanderers 32 (7)
2006 Dinamo București 18 (14)
2007 Rapid București 9 (2)
2007–2008 Politehnica Timișoara 18 (3)
2011 Sănătatea Cluj ? (?)
Total 337 (119)
National team
1999–2006[1] Romania 45 (19)
Teams managed
2010 Dinamo II București
2011 Sănătatea Cluj
2012 Rapid Ghidighici
2013 Universitatea Cluj
2014 Rapid București
2015–2016 Dunărea Călărași
2016 Voluntari
2017 ASA Târgu Mureș
2018 ACS Poli Timișoara
2020–2021 Dunărea Călărași (technical director)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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Ganea debuted in Liga I (Divizia A at that time) with FC Brașov 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 350,000 ($462,000) a season. Although contracted to the end of 2009 with Rapid, Ganea left on a free transfer in June 2007 for FC Timişoara, despite the fact that he could have earned up to €1 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 București.

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