Laurentiu Reghecampf

Born September 19, 1975 in Targoviste Laurentiu Reghecampf is a former Romanian football player, current coach. As a soccer player, he played among others for Steaua Bucharest and Romanian representative. After his soccer career, he became a soccer coach and manager. He coached many teams winning two Romanian Championships and one Supercup. He even led his team to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals. He recently coached Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia and led them to the finals in the Champions League of Asia five months after his appointment. He coached Litex Lovech for a brief time and returned to coach Steaua Bucharest.

Starting with July 2017 Reghecampf is coach of the Emirates club Al Wahda.

PLAYER CAREER

Reghecampf’s’ first club was VSE St. Pölten in Austria. He later joined Steaua Bucharest where he helped win the cup title and the “Super Cupa” in 1997 and 1998. One year later, Reghecampf was loaned to Bulgarian side Litex Lovech, with whom he won the 1999 APFG title. In 2000, he was bought by German team FC Energie Cottbus.

In 2005, he joined Alemannia Aachen, who won promotion to the Bundesliga in his first season with the club. A Few seasons later he was named captain of Alemannia. In the 2006–07 season of the German Cup, Reghecampf scored twice in a 4–2 victory over Bayern Munich, thus eliminating them from the competition.

On 4 July 2008, it was announced he would join second-tier side 1. FC Kaiserslautern on a free transfer for the 2008–09 2. Bundesliga season. After one year here retired on 30 July 2009.

MANAGER CAREER

Reghecampf started his managerial career at Liga II team FC Snagov, in 2009. At the end of 2009–10 season, he was brought at Universitatea Craiova to save the team from relegation. He ended his quest successfully, but he was not kept at Craiova for the new season. Reghecampf then joined Gloria Bistrita where he worked with the team for 12 games. Reghecampf returned to Snagov, but after only five games he was called back to Craiova.

He started the 2011–12 season at FC Snagov, for a third spell. Every time Reghecampf came back to FC Snagov, he found the team on the latest places and he managed to bring them if front of the leaderboard.
In December 2011 he signed a contract with Romania Liga I club Concordia Chiajna, with a difficult objective, avoiding relegation, the team placing only 17th after half a season. He changed almost the entire squad, bringing 17 new players, most of them from Snagov, and after a series of wins, finished the season on the 9th place. In this second half of the season, Concordia Chiajna was actually the best Romanian team, winning 35 points in only 16 matches.

This evolution brought the attention of his former team, Steaua Bucharest, and at the end of the season, they offered him a contract.

His objective – bringing the first championship title for Steaua after seven years. In May 2013 he won the Romanian League after only 29 rounds and later the Romanian Supercup. Also, he guided the club into the UEFA Europa League round of 16 and took them into the UEFA Champions League group stage at the start of 2013/14.

On 27 May 2014, he signed a contract with Al-Hilal, Saudi Arabia. Since Reghecampf arrival, Al Hilal edged past Qatar’s Al Sadd 1-0 on aggregate in the ACL quarterfinals before the romp against Al Ain, making it eight successive clean sheets in the competition.

Reghecampf was considered one of the emerging European coaching stars in Saudi Arabia, who has a great name in Romania for his outstanding technical style, when he led the Romanian team Steaua Bucharest to achieve the League’s title after six years of lacking, achieving the leagues of the seasons 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, in addition to the Romanian Supercup 2013, to be named as the Best Coach of Romania 2 years in a row.

He led Al-Hilal to the AFC Champions League five months after his appointment, by defeating Al-Ain 4–2 in semi-finals.

Awards:
– Excellence award for ,coaching in 2015

Together with the academy coaches, he wants to help kids grow to achieve their soccer dreams. He now live in Las Vegas and want to create a strong future for the youth using German soccer methods.

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