Romanian football player, Ilie Balaci, Died at 62


Ilie Balaci was born on September 13, 1956 and died on October 21, 2018.

He was a Romanian football midfielder and manager.

Ilie Balaci spent 12 of his 15 years as a professional with Universitatea Craiova, appearing in more than 300 official games with the club and winning seven major titles.

During his time he was considered one of the greatest Romanian footballers of all time, along with Gheorghe Hagi, Nicolae Dobrin, Marcel Răducanu and Florea Dumitrache.

Following his retirment as a footballer, he went on to coach lower league sides Pandurii Târgu Jiu and Drobeta-Turnu Severin.

During 1991, Balaci coached clubs in North Africa and the Arab world, he became one of the most successful managers there having won over 22 major trophies domestic and international.

Balaci claims that he was born on 8 September 1956 but his birth was declared by his relatives to the People’s Council only on 13 September 1956.

Balaci has two daughters, the big one Lorena was married to footballer Eugen Trică and the younger one, Liana Ungur is a professional tennis player and she is married to Adrian Ungur.

He died while at his home in Craiova, Romania, paramedics tried to resuscitate him but with no success

Ilie Balaci passed away at 62 years old, due to a stroke.


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