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Romania next manager after Cosmin Contra

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The current manager of Romania is Cosmin Contra. Born in Timisoara, 1975, Contra has been in charge of the country of his birth since 2017 and widely believed to be doing a great job at the helm given the country's limited resources.

Contra's is a name which will be familiar to football fans from various countries across Europe and even in Asia after a brief spell as a manager in China. Before He started his now seven-year-old coaching career however, Contra was a well-established player. He began his footballing education in Politehnica Timisoara, his hometown club. After passing through the academy system, Contra would make 51 appearances for the club, scoring one goal from his favoured right-back position.

After two seasons with Timisoara, Contra joined another Romanian club Dinamo Bucureseti; here he made a century of appearances before moving to his first team in Europe's 'big five' leagues, Alaves, in 1999. He established an excellent reputation for himself in Spain and before long he made a dream move to Italian giants AC Milan where he played almost 30 times in his debut season before switching back to Spain with Atlético Madrid.

He spent a number of seasons with Atleti as a bit-part player, several of which were spent out on loan, before moving permanently to Getafe in 2006. With Getafe, he twice finished as runner-up in the Copa del Rey. It transpired that this was the closest he got to winning a major trophy as a player.

After four seasons with Getafe he moved back to Romania with his parent club Timisoara. He played for one last season before retiring to focus on management. He spent a year as player-manager with his boyhood club before taking the full-time job on a permanent basis in 2011.

He spent less than a full season in permanent charge of Timisoara, losing just once in 14 games before being picked up by Spanish Segunda Division side Fuenlabrada after a two years hiatus from management. In his first position outside Romania, Contra performed reasonably well - his team found themselves in third place in the second division at the time of Contra's departure and may well have achieved promotion to La Liga had he stayed at the helm. However, Contra found an offer Petrolul Ploiesti in his native country too hard to turn down.

This would prove to be a smart move as he got his first taste of silverware, as either a player or a manager, with the club in 2013 as his side won the Cupa Romaniei at the end of a good campaign. After another season with the club, Contra decide his ambitions lay in Spain once more. He accepted an offer from his old club Getafe to become manager in 2014. He lasted a little over eight months with the La Liga side before being removed from his position in January 2015 following a poor run of results which left Getafe in danger of relegation.

After this, Contra decided to accept a lucrative offer form Chinese Super League club Guangzhuo. His time with the club, despite being financially rewarding, was disappointing. They won just nine of his 30 games in charge and before long he had returned to Spain with Alcoron. After just 11 games with his new club he found himself out of work once more.

He had a successful spell with another one of his old clubs, Dinamo Bucuresti, before accepting the Romania manager's job which he has held for almost three years.