Published January 15, 2020
January 15, 2020 TSI
Adrian Mutu was given the chance to kick off his coaching career with Romania Under 21 – a team he starred for before becoming a world-famous striker.
The Romanian Football Federation (FRF) confirmed Mutu’s work on Wednesday after successful talks with President Razvan Burleanu.
It means that the 41-year-old ex Juventus, Fiorentina and Chelsea forward takes control of a team that is on the field to qualify for the finals of Euro 2021.
“I feel honored, it’s a big responsibility for me,” said Mutu, quoted on the FRF website.
Romania Under 21 was semi-finalist at Euro 2019, where they beat Croatia and England and drew with France before losing to Germany in the semifinals.
He takes the place of Mirel Radoi, who in November was rewarded for his success having been appointed head coach of Romania’s senior team.
Mutu said: “I come after Mirel Radoi, who made history with the national U21s, and this motivates me even more. This is a new generation of talent, this campaign has started well. The goal is to qualify for the Euro. “
Mutu previously had a short stint as head of the Romanian Voluntari team and also coached the reserve team Al Wahda in Abu Dhabi.
Romania’s Under-21 team ranks second in the Euro 2021 qualifying round, behind Denmark’s leaders.
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