Victor Piţurcă (born 8th Of May 1956 in Orodel, Dolj County, Romania) is a former football striker. He was one of the prolific strikers of Steaua Bucharest, being one of the team's top scorers – he scored a massive 165 goals in 175 games played for this team.
In 1983 he was requested by Steaua, helping the club to reach its highest peak in European football. Piţurcă's team won the UEFA Champions League in 1986 and the European Supercup in 1987. Piţurcă won the Romanian Championship with Steaua Bucharest 5 times and the Romanian Cup 4 times. At the end of the 1987-88 season he was the top scorer of Liga I and won UEFA's Bronze Boot. For Romanian National football team, Piţurcă only get 13 caps, scoring 6 goals.
After playing for Racing Club de Lens during the 1989-90 season, Piţurcă retired from professional football to take over as coach. His first appointment was for Steaua Bucharest in 1991, followed by another one with Universitatea Craiova in 1994, finishing second in the table at the end of 1994-95 season.
In December 1999 he took over as manager of Steaua Bucharest, winning the championship in 2001, but resigned in 2004. In December 2004 he was appointed manager of Romania for the second time. At first Romania did well under his coaching, defeating several important European teams both in friendlies (Germany, Spain) and official matches (Czech Republic in Group 1 of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualification and the Netherlands in Group G of the UEFA 2008 Qualifying Round).
After topping their qualifying group (and thus qualifying for their first international tournament in 8 years), Romania was drawn in Group C at UEFA Euro 2008, alongside the Netherlands, Italy and France. At the time of the draw, these countries' respective Elo rankings among European teams were 1st, 2nd, 4th and 8th. After drawing their first two games against the finalists of the previous World Cup (0-0 against France, 1-1 against Italy), Romania lost 0-2 to the Netherlands, finishing the group in third place and thus being eliminated from the competition.
In July 2010 Victor Piţurcă accepted to be Steaua Bucharest's manager. He prepared this team for the first 2 games in the season. Both were victories. After them he resigned his contract and starting with the 6th game of the season he accepted a 3 years contract as manager of Universitatea Craiova. After 15 years we may hope again. Long live Victor Piţurcă!