Marius Șumudică

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Marius Șumudică
Marius Sumudica 2016.png
Șumudică at a press conference in 2016
Personal information
Full name Marius Ninel Șumudică
Date of birth (1971-03-04) 4 March 1971 (age 50)
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Striker
Club information
Current team
CFR Cluj (manager)
Youth career
1978–1988 Sportul Studențesc
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1996 Sportul Studențesc 127 (26)
1992–1993Dacia Unirea Brăila (loan) 11 (1)
1994Corvinul Hunedoara (loan) 6 (1)
1997–1999 Rapid București 70 (26)
1999–2001 Marítimo 50 (7)
2001–2002 Rapid București 26 (9)
2002–2003 Debrecen 39 (21)
2004 Omonia 9 (6)
2004 UTA Arad 10 (3)
2005 Gloria Bistrița 2 (0)
Total 350 (100)
Teams managed
2005 Rapid București (assistant)
2005–2006 Rapid II București
2006–2007 Rocar București
2007 AS Dodu Berceni
2008 Inter Gaz București
2008 Progresul București
2009 Astra Ploiești
2009 Farul Constanța
2010 Gloria Bistrița
2010–2011 Rapid București
2011 AO Kavala
2011 Astra Ploiești
2011–2012 FC Brașov
2012 FC Vaslui
2012 Universitatea Cluj
2012–2013 Al-Shaab
2014–2015 Concordia Chiajna
2015–2017 Astra Giurgiu
2017–2018 Kayserispor
2018–2019 Al-Shabab
2019–2021 Gaziantep
2021 Çaykur Rizespor
2021– CFR Cluj
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Marius Ninel Șumudică (born 4 March 1971) is a Romanian professional football manager and former player, who is currently in charge of Liga I club CFR Cluj.

Șumudică was a striker who began his senior career with Sportul Studențesc and represented five other teams in his native country, as well as Marítimo, Debrecen and Omonia abroad. Șumudică was part of Mircea Lucescu's squad that won Rapid București the national title in 1999, scoring 17 goals during the season. He also claimed two Cupa României trophies with "the Burgundy Eagles".

Șumudică began his managerial career in 2005 as an assistant at Rapid București. He brought Astra Giurgiu its first Liga I title in the 2015–16 campaign, during his third stint with the club. For that performance, Șumudică was named the 2016 Romania Coach of the Year by the Gazeta Sporturilor newspaper. Apart from his time in Romania, he has coached sides in Greece, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.

Managerial career[edit]

Astra Giurgiu[edit]

On 28 April 2015, Șumudică was appointed as manager of Astra Giurgiu, following Dorinel Munteanu's resignation.[1] It was his third term at the club, after two short spells in 2009 and 2011. He led the team to a 4th-place finish, qualifying them for the UEFA Europa League. The European campaign was almost a success, as Astra stopped short of reaching the Europa League group stages after knocking out West Ham United in the third round, but lost to AZ Alkmaar in the play-offs.

Domestically, despite the poor start which saw Astra losing 1–5 to previous runner-ups ASA Targu Mures, Astra managed to finish the regular season on first place, 3 points above Dinamo București. However, Șumudică was suspended 6 months by the Romanian FA on charges of betting on football matches.[2] He later managed to have his sentence reduced to 2 months by appeal.[3] Despite of his suspension, Astra kept their momentum during the play-offs, ending up in them being crowned Liga I champions for the first time in their history, also marking Șumudică's first domestic title as manager.

After a quick exit to Danish champions Copenhagen in the UEFA Champions League, Șumudică managed to guide Astra to 2016–17 UEFA Europa League group stage eliminating West Ham – for the second time in a row – along the way, after a 1–0 win in London. In the group stages, he faced Roma, Viktoria Plzeň and Austria Wien.[4] Despite losing the first two games of the group with Austria Wien (2–3 at Giurgiu) and Roma (0–4 in Italy), Astra managed two 2–1 away wins at Plzeň and Wien (along with a home draw with Viktoria) to stay in the race for a place in the knock-out stages. In the end, Astra's 0–0 draw with Roma and Austria Wien's failure against Plzeň in the last matchday secured Astra's place in the tournament's round of 32. There, they were eliminated by Belgian side Genk after a 2–2 draw at Giurgiu followed by 0–1 defeat in Belgium.

Astra's campaign in the league, meanwhile, was disappointing, with the team finishing 5th and losing the Romanian Cup final to FC Voluntari. However, due to Astra's position in the league and Voluntari not applying for a European license, the vacant spot was given to Astra, thus qualifying yet again in Europe.

Gaziantep[edit]

On 14 June 2019, Șumudică was appointed as manager of Turkish club Gaziantep.[5] In January 2021, following an away defeat in the Süper Lig against Sivasspor, the club announced that they had parted ways with the Romanian manager, following a few weeks of tension and public discussion about his contract.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Managerial[edit]

As of 20 July 2021.
Managerial record by club and tenure
Team Country From To Record
M W D L Win %
Rocar București Romania 2006 2007 34 22 5 7 064.71
AS Dodu Berceni Romania 2007 2007 17 7 3 7 041.18
Inter Gaz București Romania 2008 2008 0 0 0 0 !
Progresul București Romania 27 February 2008 15 December 2008 32 18 6 8 056.25
Farul Constanța Romania 5 July 2009 15 November 2009 15 7 3 5 046.67
Gloria Bistrița Romania 4 January 2010 31 May 2010 17 8 3 6 047.06
Rapid București Romania 10 June 2010 28 April 2011 32 14 10 8 043.75
AO Kavala Greece 15 July 2011 10 August 2011 0 0 0 0 !
Astra Ploiești Romania 11 August 2011 31 October 2011 12 6 4 2 050.00
FC Brașov Romania 2 November 2011 16 April 2012 14 5 2 7 035.71
FC Vaslui Romania 11 July 2012 24 September 2012 13 4 5 4 030.77
Universitatea Cluj Romania 9 November 2012 15 November 2012 1 0 0 1 000.00
Al Shaab United Arab Emirates 27 December 2012 31 December 2013 25 7 3 15 028.00
Concordia Chiajna Romania 13 March 2014 6 April 2015 38 8 15 15 021.05
Astra Giurgiu Romania 28 April 2015 8 June 2017 110 55 25 30 050.00
Kayserispor Turkey 3 July 2017 15 May 2018 39 18 9 12 046.15
Al Shabab Saudi Arabia 14 June 2018 13 June 2019 32 16 9 7 050.00
Gaziantep Turkey 14 June 2019 11 January 2021 51 20 19 12 039.22
Çaykur Rizespor Turkey 25 January 2021 4 March 2021 7 0 3 4 000.00
CFR Cluj Romania 2 June 2021 present 5 3 1 1 060.00
Total 494 218 125 151 044.13

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Rapid București

Marítimo

Manager[edit]

Astra Giurgiu

CFR Cluj

Individual

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Şumudică este noul antrenor al Astrei, după demisia lui Dorinel Munteanu: "Vreau să ne calificăm în Europa"" [Şumudică is Astra's new coach, after Dorinel Munteanu's resignation: "I want us to qualify for European cups"] (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 28 April 2015. Archived from the original on 1 May 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Marius Sumudica, prins si el la pariuri? Antrenorul Astrei va merge astazi la Comisia de Disciplina a FRF!" [Șumudică, also caught betting? Astra's head coach will go to FRF's discipline committee today] (in Romanian). SportTotal FM. 10 February 2016. Archived from the original on 1 May 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Pedeapsa lui Şumudică, redusă de la 6 la 2 luni: sancţiunea intră în vigoare începând cu sezonul 2016–2017! Reacţia antrenorului" [Șumudică's sanction, reduced from 6 to 2 months: the suspension will be applied starting with the 2016–2017 season! The coach's reaction] (in Romanian). ProSport. 8 March 2016. Archived from the original on 13 June 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Steaua și Astra și-au aflat adversarele din grupele Europa League" [Steaua and Astra Europa League groups revealed] (in Romanian). Digi24. 26 August 2016. Archived from the original on 2 November 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Marius Șumudică este noul antrenor al lui Gazisehir Gaziantep". mediafax. 13 June 2019. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Bașkanul lui Gaziantep a rupt tăcerea după despărțirea de Șumudică: "A depășit limita"". GSP. 11 January 2021. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  7. ^ "سوموديكا الشباب والمغربي حمدالله نجوم الدوري لشهر ديسمبر". SPL. 2 January 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2019.

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