He was a Romanian footballer and coach.
Under his leadership, UTA Arad eliminated the defending European Cup champions Feyenoord from 1970 to 1971.
After years of preparation, Petescu and his wife defected while on a state-approved vacation to the Netherlands,
There he started his coaching career and became known for promoting youngsters in the teams he coached.
Petescu coached Louis van Gaal at Telstar and Sparta and discovered Danny Blind amongst many other players.
Mircea Petescu passed away at 76 years old.