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Mircea Lucescu

Mircea Lucescu (born 29 July 1945 in Bucharest) is a Romanian former footballer and current manager, and one of the most successful Romanian football managers.

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Bayern star Costa should leave Bundesliga for Juventus, says Lucescu
Lucescu encourages Costa to make Juve switch
Mircea Lucescu says Zenit didn't tell him he was fired and that he only saw on the club's website that Mancini replaced him. Surreal.
Mircea Lucescu says Douglas Costa would fit Serie A perfectly and he advised him to move from Bayern to Juventus.
Mircea Lucescu urges ex-protégé Douglas Costa to leave and join this summer…
Roberto Mancini is the new coach of Zenit St Petersburg, days after the Russian club parted company with Mircea Luc…
PAOK manager, Vladan Ivic, departs with former Zenit boss, Mircea Lucescu, to replace him.
Must be warm in that cave. AVB left a while ago. Mircea Lucescu was in charge this past season, I think.
"Mircea Lucescu to replace Vladan Ivic as manager of PAOK"
Don't put Mancini in same conversation with Lucescu. Mircea has a European title :)
Roberto Mancini appointed as the new manager of Zenit St Petersburg after the club parted company with Mircea Lucescu.
Former Manchester City and Inter coach Roberto Mancini has succeeded Mircea Lucescu at Zenit
Huge surprise! to take over at Read story on this HERE 👉
Artem Dzyuba spoke about his relationship with Mircea Lucescu, the and his love of eclairs!. 🍬
Mircea Lucescu called the great mistake his work in \Zenith\
Zenit reveals that Mircea Lucescu left the team
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Mircea Lucescu sacked by Mancini is rumoured to come in to replace the Romanian. More to come soon on
Mircea Lucescu has left Zenit. The club thank him for all his hard work. .
In Russia..Mircea Lucescu has been sacked by Zenit St.Petersburg and the new coach is Roberto Mancini. No Champions League
sacked by and Roberto Mancini is already in Russia to take the job. has more HERE 👉 htt…
Looking back to when Mircea Lucescu switched his Shakhtar Donetsk side from a 4-4-2 (Diamond) to 4-2-3-1, courtesy…
Led by the enigmatic, innovative Mircea Lucescu, Shakhtar Donetsk's plans for success included a few trips to Brazil h…
Zenit St Petersburg boss Mircea Lucescu has confirmed that midfielder Axel Witsel wants to leave the club. (Sky Sports)
Mircea Lucescu was unveiled as the new Head Coach of Zenit St Petersburg today, replacing Andre Villas Boas
Zenith have appointed Mircea Lucescu as their new coach, replacing Andre Villas-Boas after a decade at Shakhtar.
Mircea Lucescu takes over as Zenit coach from Andre Villas-Boas. via
Mircea Lucescu is our new Zenit boss, here's the lowdown on the Romanian maestro:
Mircea Lucescu wants a three-year contract with a €4M p/year salary to join Zenit. Talks are ongoing. [Sports Daily]
Mircea Lucescu reportedly walked passed journalists today to what is potentially his last training session with Shakhtar.
Zenit aren't negotiating with Mircea Lucescu according to Sport-Express. Instead they are close to signing Manuel Pellegrini.
Zenit will meet with Shakhtar head coach Mircea Lucescu next week to discuss contract according to
This day 12 years ago, Mircea became head coach!
Mircea Lucescu on stadium atmosphere and upcoming Ukrainian Cup final:
After the game Mircea Lucescu has presented a bouquet of flowers to referee of match Kateryna Mozul.
According to reports, Mircea Lucescu has recommended to Rinat Akhmetov that Myron Markevych is the ideal replacement for him at Shakhtar
76 - Mircea Lucescu makes his final change of the evening, with Bernard replacing Marlos. (1-0, 2-1 agg)
Agent Dogan Erdjan told Tribuna that Zenit have made "a very good offer" to Shakhtar head coach Mircea Lucescu which fulfills his demands.
Shakhtar Donetsk coach paves way for Liverpool to complete Alex Teixeira signing
Teixera Snubs Liverpool Move In Favour of China: Despite several denials from his manager Mircea Lucescu, Alex...
Wonder how many more millions it took for Mircea Lucescu and Teixeira to be dead set against a China deal to then agreeing it within hours.
Shakhtar Donetsk have accepted a transfer fee of €50 million to send Alex Teixeira to Jiangsu Suning, acc to Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu
The ESPN reporter talked to Mircea Lucescu,who confirmed the deal: Alex Teixeira to Jiangsu Suning is done…
Mircea Lucescu: "It is true, we have sold Alex Teixeira to China.“ [L’Equipe]
Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu has confirmed that Alex Teixeira is off to China for €50m.
Mircea Lucescu on Wenger ..."or the aggressive nature of a José Mourinho. He tires to educate above all."
Good story on Mircea Lucescu the Shakhtar coach in show 👏
Mircea Lucescu believes Andrea Pirlo could help Inter to the Scudetto.
The inspirational Mircea Lucescu story on Champions League Weekly today
Mircea Lucescu: It’s important to preserve Arena Lviv pitch for Real Madrid match.
Did Mircea Lucescu's parting shot help drive Douglas Costa to new heights at Bayern?
“Arsène is an aristocrat. not driven by the working class values of Ferguson or aggressive nature of a José. He educate”. - Mircea Lucescu
Mircea We’re happy with result, but have criticism towards players.
Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu has told Chelsea that Brazilian midfielder Willian is theirs - for the...
Mircea In my entire football career, I’ve never had the kind of luck as today
Mircea Lucescu expects Rapid Wien to come out all guns blazing...
Read what Mircea has said at a press conference before the match
Mircea play within an ace of breaking the regulations.
Mircea We have not received any official paperwork so far, can take part in the team's games.
Mircea trains in the general group from today. We will take the decision on his participation in the match tomorrow.
claim have targeted Bernard of Shakhtar Donetsk who's said to have a bad attitude by his own manager mircea lucescu
Happy 70th birthday to coach Mircea Lucescu! He played in the 1970 http…
Mircea I had expected that the match would be much harder.
Shakhtar Donetsk v Rapid Wien background: Marlos's goal in Vienna has left Mircea Lucescu's Shakhtar Donetsk w...
However reports suggest that Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu is in line to replace Bilic, who will leave Besiktas at the end of the season.
@ FCShakhtar "RT FCShakhtar_eng: Mircea Youth contributed to the popularization of in Europ…
Mircea Youth contributed to the popularization of in Europe!.
Most likely this is due to Mircea Lucescu announcing today he'll leave Shaktar Donetsk at end of this season.
Mircea Lucescu, car nerves in Ukraine: What decision he took to lie
Mircea I’ve never been afraid to meet with top sides. Read the full interview:
Mircea Lucescu: 'Current championship [Ukrainian League 2014-15] is a military one. A similar championship was held, probably, in 1944...'
Shakhtar Donetsk have denied reports that Mircea Lucescu is set to sign a contract extension - the Romanian could still leave this summer.
Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu on Milan target Douglas Costa: "He's better than James Rodriguez."
Önder Özen: "I'm not saying Slaven Bilic is a new Jürgen Klopp or Mircea Lucescu. But I have hope that he will be."
So, according to RMC - Andre Villas-Boas, Michael Laudrup and Mircea Lucescu are not being followed by Marseille. Hmm.
Shakhtar Donetsk boss Mircea Lucescu believes that Manchester United's Premier League struggles will not affect...
Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu has backed David Moyes to overcome his Old Trafford teething problems -
Chris Wheeler : David Moyes gets it right for Manchester United on tricky night at Shakhtar Donetsk Chris Wheeler : "A cold, wet night in eastern Ukraine was about as welcoming as it sounds in front of a hostile full house at the Donbass Arena, even if the atmosphere inside fell some way short of the 'cauldron' promised by Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu. These places rarely are, to be honest. "Moyes stood on the touchline too far from the overhead heaters built into the roof of this futuristic stadium to feel the benefit, wrapped up in a club anorak over his suit to shield him from the elements. "What he witnessed was a result, and a performance, that will at least head off talk of a growing crisis that has engulfed him since Saturday's shocking home defeat to West Bromwich Albion. "Nothing outstanding. But it was a professional job in the circumstances and what is required on these difficult excursions into unknown territory behind the old Iron Curtain. "Moyes would have been much happier if United had he ...
Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu took a swipe at Manchester United 's style of play after their...
Lucescu satisfied with Shakhtar standard: Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu said he was satisfied after ea...
I'm confident of a united win tonight as Moyes will field a very strong side my prediction of a lineup is DDG EVRA JONES VIDIC RAFAEL CARRICK FELLAINI GIGGS VALENCIA RVP ROONEY and a 3-1 win Shakhtar Donetsk boss Mircea Lucescu says Manchester United's poor start to the season is down to David Moyes' policy of rotating his team. But Lucescu says Moyes simply needs time to work out what talent is at his disposal and how best to deploy it. Lucescu's men take on United in the Champions League on Wednesday night with Moyes under pressure after the club's worst start to a season since 1989 after three defeats in six games. Lucescu said: "Of course every coach needs some time to look at a new way. "There can always be some changes of philosophy and maybe that's why Manchester United are facing some difficulties in their championship. We have analysed their games and noted there are always some changes. Because of rotation the links between players are not very good. "Turnover creates a lot of problems for them. ...
Manchester United must be wary of Shakhtar Donetsk's boys from Brazil | Jonathan Wilson The Ukrainian champions may be struggling domestically, but their forward line will pose a threat in the Champions League Shakhtar Donetsk should win the championship this season, but it says something for the changes in the Ukrainian league that the verb is "should" rather than "will". The shakiness of Manchester United's start to the season may be more obvious – while United lie 12th in the Premier League table, Shakhtar are third in the Premier Liha – but this has been a sobering a couple of months for Mircea Lucescu's side. There are still 19 games to go, and Shakhtar have won seven of their 11 matches so far, but the landscape has changed. They are five points clear of their traditional rivals Dynamo Kyiv, whose refusal to accept the inevitable and replace Oleh Blokhin becomes increasingly baffling by the week, but Dynamo are no longer the main threat. Top of the table stand Metalist Kharkiv, with nine wins an ...
Mircea Ukrainian League is very tough. Read more:
Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu says that Henrikh Mkhitaryan should ignore interest from Liverpool and Spiurs and instead head to Barcelona or Real Madrid. "It is his decision, his desire, but there is still time for him to change his mind, because I think he is making a big mistake," Lucescu said. "I can understand the urge to leave if he has a chance to go to a club that surpasses Shakhtar, like Barcelona or Real Madrid, but not many clubs are beyond our level - not clubs like Liverpool or Tottenham. (DN)
Latest EPL News & Transfer Gossips [ 2/07/2013 ] :- - Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu has warned Henrikh Mkhitaryan against moving to either Liverpool or Tottenham. - New Manchester United boss David Moyes started work yesterday and is ready to get busy. He is closing in on Benfica’s £17million Benfica centre-half Ezequiel Garay, and also wants Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara, midfielder Kevin Strootman of PSV Eindhoven and his old Everton left-back Leighton Baines. - Moyes will also meet Wayne Rooney this week - and believes he will persuade the striker to stay at United. - Bayern Munich are set to launch a £35million bid for Chelsea defender David Luiz. - Arsenal have failed in a €23million (£19.7million) bid for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender, according to reports in Germany. - Jack Wilshere says his Arsenal bosses must bring in more players as good as Gonzalo Higuain if they are to compete for the title again. - Arsenal could gazump archrivals Tottenham in their chase for D ...
Club coach, Mircea Lucescu urges Mkhitaryan to reject the Reds’ advances. Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mircea Lucescu says the Armenian should stay with the Ukrainian side but if he does choose to leave then it should be for a Champions League side. “If he still shows up at a club that is superior to Shakhtar, then, I guess, I will understand his wish,” Lucescu is reported to have said. “I’m talking about such teams as Bayern, Real Madrid, Barcelona. As the rest are of our level. “It’s his decision, his desire. “I think that Mkhitaryan makes a huge mistake. Shakhtar is a strong club, which is always backed by 50,000 cheering fans. “Henrikh plays in the team which every year fights for the championship, the Cup and the Champions League. I think he should appreciate it. “I want him to think very hard about this decision. There is still time. At a different team with a different game organisation, his qualities that he showed here may vanish. “I just encourage him to return to the team and star ...
Interesting piece by "Inverting the pyramid"'s Jonathan Wilson. Liverpool target Henrikh Mkhitaryan owes much to heritage and hard work When Jádson returned to Brazil to join São Paulo last season, the expectation was that Shakhtar Donetsk would buy another of his compatriots: how else could they replicate his creativity and goals from midfield? Mircea Lucescu, though, simply advanced one of his deeper lying midfielders, breaking the habit of the previous few seasons by playing an eastern European towards the front of his team. Henrikh Mkhitaryan had, in fairness, only been playing so deep because of Fernandinho's broken leg but still, nobody quite expected the explosion when he resumed his former role. His first 14 league games of last season brought 16 goals and he went on to amass 25 for the season. He is not, though, he insists, a forward: rather, he is a midfielder who can operate either as a deep-lying distributor or behind a striker. In Shakhtar's fluent 4-2-3-1 system, he was pivotal, a hub whos ...
Let Me Introduce You To Henrikh Mkhitaryan April 14, 2013 / by Eziz Allamov / 1 Comment Last Sunday just a bit more than 66,000 football fans gathered to watch another Ukrainian derby between the country’s biggest two clubs Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk at NSC Olimpiyskiy. It was another victory for Shakhtar in the Clásico – fifth in a row. It was another fantastic performance from that man again – Henrikh Hamletovich Mkhitaryan. Standard. The Shakhtar boss, Mircea Lucescu, firmly believes that there can’t be any leaders in a team, instead the team leads itself. However, it would be silly to deny that Henrikh Mkhitaryan has become the focal figure of the Ukrainian side this season. Born in 1989, in the capital city of Armenia, Henrikh spent first few years of his life in southeast of France where his father played as a striker for the local side Valence. Sadly, Mkhitaryan Sr. had passed away of brain tumor when his son was only seven, and the family had to return home. It was then Henrikh deci ...
Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu has confirmed that the club have NOT received any offers or enquiries for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Report: Willian agrees Anzhi move: Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu declared on Thursday that star midfielder Willian has agreed...
Ac Milan Coach Max Allegri is strongly linked with the Shakhtar Donetsk job as coach Mircea Lucescu is linked to Russian club Anzhi as a potential replacement for Guus Hiddink who is set to fulfill his retirement claims at the end of the season.The much travelled Dutchman is thought to be on Chelsea's managerial shortlist as Roman Abramovich is reportedly trying to persuade him for 1more high profile swansong to delay his impending end to coaching.Its thought that the Ukrainian giants will offer the Italian 6mil euros a season
Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu believes Borussia Dortmund deserved their 3-0 win over the Ukrainians on Tuesday. JTA
On the touchline, Mircea Lucescu and Jurgen Klopp embrace. They release a dove to symbolise the friendship forged in fire. There are tears.
Mircea Lucescu says Shakhtar Donetsk's lack of competitive action will not hurt their chances against Borussia Dortmund, whose coach Jürgen Klopp expects an intense tie - will win the first leg?
Shakhtar are still a potential dark horse in the competition - our expert panel debate the Champions League last 16 With the return of the Champions League, James Richardson and's panel of experts discuss the key talking points at Wembley With Shakhtar Donetsk hosting Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie on Wednesday,'s Carlo Garganese believes the Ukrainian side are still a potential dark hose in the competition despite the sale of star player Willian. The Brazilian attacker completed a €35 million move to Anzhi Makhachkala at the beginning of the month and speaking alongside James Richardson and International football writer Peter Staunton, Carlo said: "I think there are a few things that are working against them [Shakhtar], the winter break from December till March and the loss of Willian who is potentially a world class player. "Although having said that their coach Mircea Lucescu has been there nine years now, they have nine of the ...
Having led his side to six league titles, four Ukrainian Cups and the 2009 UEFA Cup, Mircea Lucescu is being spoken of as Shakhtar's own Valeriy Lobanovskiy - Shakhtar reach the final?
Willian of Shakhtar Donetsk in action during the Russian PremierTarget: Tottenham are desperate to land Willian from Shaktar (Picture: Getty) Tottenham have been given fresh hope they can sign Shakhtar Donetsk star Willian after he refused to report back from his team’s winter break. Spurs will reportedly try to make a final effort to sign the Brazilian attacking midfielder this month by selling fringe players David Bentley and Jermaine Jenas to free up wages. Shakhtar manager Mircea Lucescu has hinted Willian may be sold after his insubordination. The 24-year-old rang his boss to report that he would not attend the start of a training camp ahead of the Ukrainian league’s return to action. Shakhtar beat Chelsea to the signing of Brazilian midfielder Taison from Metalist Khrakiv last week which means Willian is expendable for the right price. His desire to leave the Ukraine leaders has irritated Lucescu, who said of his strike action: ‘I think it was unprofessional of him. ‘The president decided to ...
Manchester United linked with move for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fernandinho Manchester United is showing interest in bringing in Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho. According to reports from Italy the Premier League toppers have reached an agreement with Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk for the services of Fernandinho. The 27-year-old play-breaker is in his eighth season at Shakhtar Donetsk, where he has become the pivot of success for them in recent years. The highly rated midfielder Fernandinho is set to dissolve his loyalty if a Premier League club appears with interest in him. The defensive midfielder has been in good form for Shakhtar Donetsk this season. Fernandinho has helped his side acquire a 12-point lead on top of the Ukrainian Premier League. The Brazil international has also helped Shakhtar Donetsk earn a spot in the last 16 of the Champions League. A lot of praise has been directed towards Fernadinho for his superb performances in recent months. Shakhtar Donetsk’s manager Mircea Lucescu ha ...
Angelo Alessio said the belief drawn from beating Chelsea was key to winning at Shakhtar Donetsk, whose coach Mircea Lucescu is "not afraid of anyone, apart from maybe Barcelona" - is the best player in Italy?
Alessio: Juventus cannot play for a draw: Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu recently had some words for Ju...
Shakhtar Donetsk v Juventus Preview MATCH IN A SENTENCE: This is truly the match to follow on Wednesday as its result will have all sorts of ramifications, not only for the two sides contesting it but for European Cup holders Chelsea as well. BREAKDOWN: It’s really quite straightforward: a draw will take both Shakhtar Donetsk and Juventus into the Champions League Round of 16. That’s the result most pundits, whether skeptical or just realistic, are expecting to see on the Donbass Arena scoreboard after 90 minutes on Wednesday. And it’s a result that would consign Chelsea to the Europa League. A Chelsea win coupled with a trip-up by Juventus in Ukraine, however, would see the Bianconeri drop into Europe’s second tier and Chelsea go into the December 20 draw. “It’s an extraordinary situation,” exclaimed Shakhtar manager Mircea Lucescu in his Tuesday press conference. “Two big clubs like Chelsea and Juventus are depending on our result, since Shakhtar are top of the group. What could be bette ...
and "coach" Mircea - the savages and villans in european footballl. please ban them from CL wednesday!
Mircea Lucescu: "To stand like statues when they score is unsportsmanlike".
Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu said Chelsea fans should not panic because Shakhtar will beat Juventus! Hope That ...
Wouldn't mind seeing Mircea Lucescu as manager instead of 'Arry. Maybe that's just me.
Adriano can never justify what he did and i do not believe him nor his apology. Same goes for Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu.
Shaktar were my next team to mention and Mircea Lucescu, created a fortress at home, won every game but on in the league..
chelsea were thoroughly outplayed by the wiliest of old foxes, Mircea Lucescu.
We'll play to win against Juventus - Mircea Lucescu
This makes for some hilarious reading. About Shaktar's dubious goal last night. What a farce!
I want Mircea Lucescu as new manager. Read this, the guy is LEGENDARY.
Foul play? controversial Shakhtar Donetsk goal outrages Nordsjaelland as coach Mircea Lucescu is forced to apologise
Di Matteo getting the headlines but this was an absolute disgrace last night. Outrageous.
What are some other controversial football goals?
i'll be happy if we get 1. Moyes 2. Mircea Lucescu or 3. Pep but not Rafa he'll destroy our team
Shakhtar 'goal' has echoes of Arsenal's Overmars: Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu was forced to apologise ...
In today's divided world, can we at least agree that Luiz Adriano is a very unsporting soul?
Luiz Adriano a disgrace to football...Absolutely disgraceful... Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu apologised for the goal...
For sure, Mircea Lucescu memang punya sentuhan magis. Shakhtar has easily qualified left Chelsea and Juventus behind.
Lucescu sorry for controversial goal: Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu has apologised for the controversial...
If I was Shakthar coach Mircea Lucescu, I would have a Paolo Di Canio moment, tell my team to hit ball in their own net. Give back that goal
* LiveMatchday five live's team of reporters across Europe have the latest from all 16 of this week's matches. Latest Sujay Dutt in Stockholm (When the Swedish league season began in April, Tobias Sana was a squad player for IFK Göteborg. He went on to claim a starting place and then make a summer move to AFC Ajax, with whom he faces Borussia Dortmund ... Tuesday 20 November 2012 13.38CETIan Holyman * Galatasaray to have a go at United kids Galatasaray's big night 0 Regardless of the youthful team Manchester United FC plan to field in Group H, Fatih Terim is gearing his side up for "one of the most important games in Galatasaray's history". Monday 19 November 2012 21.29CET * Valencia prepared for Bayern ordeal Valencia's Bayern trial 0 "It will be a top-class match which will make big demands of us," warned coach Mauricio Pellegrino as Valencia CF look for revenge against Group F leaders FC Bayern München. Monday 19 November 2012 21.16CET * Benfica look to knock Celtic off their stride Benfica ...
The Ukrainian club side Shakhtar Donetsk head coach Mircea Lucescu has made it open to European super clubs that...
Lucescu: Willian better than Oscar: Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu is adamant the club will not be selling away Willian on t...
Mircea Lucescu firmly disagrees with Roberto Di Matteo's assessment that Chelsea deserved victory in their CL clash
Chelsea have not lost a home tie in the Champions League since a 1-0 semi-final first-leg defeat to Manchester United on April 6 2011 If selected, Branislav Ivanovic will be making the 300th appearance of his career. The Blues have been in fine form at home this term, with just Juventus and Manchester United avoiding defeat at Stamford Bridge. Shakhtar have maintained their 100 per cent winning record in the Ukrainian league this season - Juventus are the only side to have avoided defeat against them so far. Henrik Mkhitaryan is the top goalscorer in Europe's major leagues with 14 goals in 13 games so far this season. Mkhitaryan is 9/4 with Bet365 to score anytime in this match. If Chelsea manage to score, it will be the 100th goal that Shakhtar have conceded in Europe under Mircea Lucescu.
Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu wants to pile pressure on Chelsea Manager RDM in tonight’s crunch CL encounter at Stamford Bridge
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Shakhtar manager Mircea Lucescu: "After the game vs Chelsea, I drank some champagne with Abramovich and Ahmetov. Roman said we were better"
Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu has talked up his side's 2-1 Champions League win against Chelsea on Tuesday evening, and believes the scoreline could have been heathier if it wasn't for Petr Cech. photo Goals from Alex Teixeira and Fernandinho capped a strong display from the home side, and a consolation goal from Oscar two minutes from time made the score look far kinder for the English side than it should have been. "The match panned out exactly as we would have hoped," enthused the Romanian coach, speaking to reporters. "Perhaps, it was one of our best games in recent times. It proves we're on the right track, we are still growing, our young players are maturing and gaining the necessary confidence. "And I have to say that this Chelsea side are stronger than the one that won the Champions League last season. That makes our victory even more important. I believe we could've won by even more, but Petr Cech was really good in goal." Positives were aplenty for the Ukrainian side, whose coach believe ...
They hav a very good coach in Mircea Lucescu(d guy dat gave Andrea Pirlo his Serie A debut @ 15).The man built dis team 4rm scratch
On paper at least, Chelsea face the tougher task of the two English sides in the Champions League tonight. No trip to Ukraine is easy but Shakhtar are bang in form. Mircea Lucescu side beat FC Illychivets Mariupil 2-1 on Friday, which was their 21st successive top-flight victory - a Ukrainian Premier League record. They are the first team to win the first 12 games of a Ukrainian top-flight season and their current run of scoring in each of their last 31 league matches is also a national record
Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu says Andrea Pirlo's form over the past year should have resulted in him being awarded the Ballon d'Or, ahead of his side's clash with Juventus on Tuesday.
Mircea Lucescu felt Shakhtar Donetsk “were superior” to Juventus and are right in the running for the knockout phase. Their Champions League 1-1 draw in Turin put the Ukrainians joint top in Group E with Chelsea on four points. “A point against Juventus is great and an important result. Now we are to be counted on in the running for the knockout phase too,” Coach Lucescu told Sky Sport Italia. “We are unbeaten in 26 games. This team has grown together, I have 23 and 24-year-olds who have been playing in the same squad since they were 18. “I built this team and we are not afraid to play anywhere.” Shakhtar had 58 per cent of possession at the Juventus Stadium and rattled the crossbar in stoppages. “We had more possession and forced Juve to run hard without the ball. Even the scoring opportunities were clearly in our favour. “Willian is already a well-known player. This year he seemed all set to join Chelsea or Tottenham, but we couldn’t reach an economic agreement. He is a great talent. ...
Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu has claimed that Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo should win this year's Balon d'Or, ahead of the two sides' upcoming Champions League clash.
Mircea Lucescu: "I'd be surprised if we win the Champions League, but I can tell you that no team in Europe has our attacking display!"
Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Willian has admitted he was annoyed that his club did not accept an offer from Chelsea, but he is not giving up hope of a move just yet. The Blues have been busy strengthening their squad with some young talent this summer and 23-year-old Brazilian Willian is another player to have been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. There has been some confusion about how much Chelsea would have to pay to prise Willian away from Donetsk, with Shakhtar manager Mircea Lucescu claiming a €33million bid (£26m) had been turned down. Shakhtar president Rinat Akhmetov has also been quoted as saying that Willian can leave for €30m, and Willian insists that Lucescu must have got his figures wrong. "I don't know what the coach said, but the correct value was €25million," he told Globo Esporte. "But regardless of the value, of course I really wanted to play for a club like Chelsea, a club that won the Champions League. Big league "I'm really annoyed that the board didn't let me go. It woul ...
Chelsea Bid For Willian Rejected Chelsea sign Brazillian Internacional Oscer but have seen a £26 million offer for playmaker Willian turned down, according to Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu. Willian earned a nomination for the Samba Gold Trophy in 2011 Willian has been linked with last season's Champions League winners for the past 12 months, with Chelsea having a £16.7 million bid rejected in January. Lucescu maintains the attacking midfielder can leave for Stamford Bridge, but only for the right price. "I told Willian he can leave, but only if the right offer is made," Lucescu told Romanian TV station Dolce Sport. "He's a great player. Willian was the biggest investment Shakhtar have made in a young player, we have to respect that. He played only seven or eight games in Brazil." Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has already spent £32 million on Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard from Lille. But Lucescu questioned the Premier League club's valuation of players after Shakhtar knocked back an offer of ...
Chelsea £27m bid for Willian rejected. Shakhtar Donetsk's manager Mircea Lucescu said anything less than the £32m paid for Eden Hazard will not do
Shakhtar demand £32 million for Willian Shakhtar Donetsk has asked £32 million for their winger/ attacking midfielder Willian Da Silva. Chelsea are monitoring Willian for more than six month. Reports says Chelsea have offered £27 million for this Brazilian midfielder which was rejected by Shaktar. Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu want the same amount of money from Chelsea, which we paid to buy Belgian Eden Hazard. The manager said " we have invested a lot of money in Willian and Chelsea can buy him at the right price". He also believe their player is much better than Eden Hazard. We should take a little look into the career statistics of both players and fans can decide who is the better player and who worth the money.
Mircea Lucescu thinks Willian is better than Eden Hazard. So, he's asking for more than €40m... Funny. He arrived in Ukraine for €15m.
Ezequiel Lavezzi is reportedly being followed by a host of Premier League clubs but Ukrainian giants, Shakhtar Donetsk have confirmed their interest in the Napoli forward. Shakhtar Donetsk want Lavezzi, says Mircea Lucescu -
FT Shakhtar 3-0 Oleksandria. That's it, Shakhtar Donetsk are champions of Ukraine again. Another league & cup double for Mircea Lucescu.
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