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Marcel Răducanu

Personal information
Date of birth21 October 1954(age 62)
Place of birthBucharest, Romania
Height1.78 m
Playing positionAttacking midfielder

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Marcel Răducanu (born 21 October 1954 in Bucharest, Romania) is a former football player who played for Steaua Bucureşti, Borussia Dortmund, FC Zürich and the Romanian national team.

Between 1976 and 1981 he played 21 games for Romanian national team, during which he scored three goals. He played nearly 80 matches scoring many goals for Romania's Under-16, U-18, national youth sides, respectively for the U-21 and U-23, being the team's best all-around player and also made two appearances for the Olympic team.

In 1980 he was voted as the best Romanian football player.

After playing for Steaua Bucureşti in the '70s, when he won two championships and also two Romanian Cups, Răducanu defected following a match in Dortmund, West Germany in 1981. In his native Romania this act was considered a desertion, as he was a Captain in the Romanian army. Therefore he was sentenced to nearly six years in prison in his absence.

Once in Germany he signed with both Hannover 96 and Borussia Dortmund clubs, and as a result was suspended by UEFA for one year. In order to have his services, Borussia Dortmund paid half a million deutschmarks to the Hannover club, and Răducanu made his debut in Bundesliga in 1982. Between 1982 and 1988, he played a total of 163 games in the German federal league and scored 31 goals. He also spent time in Switzerland at FC Zürich where he played until his retirement.

Răducanu retired from football in 1990. Since 1994 he has run a football school in Dortmund.

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