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Ilie Balaci

Personal information
Full nameIlie Balaci
Date of birth13 September 1956(age 60)
Place of birthBistreţ, Dolj, Romania
Playing positionPlaymaker
Club information
Current clubRaja Casablanca (manager)

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Ilie Balaci (-roiˈli.e ˈbalat͡ʃʲ; born 13 September 1956, Bistreţ, Dolj, Romania) is a retired Romanian football midfielder.

He was born in Bistreţ, Dolj County and debuted in Divizia A with FC Universitatea Craiova in 1973. He played 12 seasons for Universitatea, winning the league titles in 1980 and 1981. The team also won the Romanian Cup in 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1983.

Balaci got 67 caps and 8 goals for the Romanian national team between 1974 and 1986. He was unable to play for Romania at Euro 84 because of injury.

He retired from his playing career in 1988, and started working as a football coach with the Dinamo youth side. He came out of retirement to play for Pandurii Târgu Jiu in 1989 and as a player-coach for AS Drobeta Turnu-Severin for the 1989-1990 season. He has coached various teams in the Arab world as well as Universitatea Craiova in two periods.


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