|Full name||Ilie Balaci|
|Date of birth||13 September 1956|
|Place of birth||Bistreţ, Romania|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Club Sportif Sfaxien (manager)|
|1988–1989||Pandurii Târgu Jiu|
|2007–2009||Universitatea Craiova (general manager)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Ilie Balaci (Romanian pronunciation: [iˈli.e ˈbalat͡ʃʲ]; born 13 September 1956 in Bistreţ, Dolj County) is a retired Romanian football midfielder and current manager of Sudan Premier League side Al-Hilal.
He 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.
Balaci is a product of Universitatea Craiova's youth system. He made his first team debut in 1973, at the age of 16, and won the league title in his first season. He soon managed to become one of the youngest players ever to score in the Romanian League. Balaci went on to play twelve seasons with Craiova, helping them to win two consecutive league titles in 1980 and 1981. He also won the Romanian Cup four times, in the years 1977, 1978, 1981 and 1983. He became an integral part of the team helping them reach the 1982–83 UEFA Cup semi-finals, before moving to Olt Scorniceşti in the winter of 1984. In December 1982, he signed a pre-contract with Italian side AC Milan, but the transfer did not materialize because of the communist regime in Romania.
In the 1986–87 season, he jointed Bucharest rivals Dinamo Bucureşti together with Craiova teammate Rodion Cămătaru. He spent two seasons at the club, under the leadership of Mircea Lucescu. However, Balaci did not win any major trophies whilst he was playing for them.
|1973–74||FC Universitatea Craiova||Divizia A||27||3|
|1974–75||FC Universitatea Craiova||Divizia A||29||7|
|1975–76||FC Universitatea Craiova||Divizia A||27||3|
|1976–77||FC Universitatea Craiova||Divizia A||32||12|
|1977–78||FC Universitatea Craiova||Divizia A||28||12|
|1978–79||FC Universitatea Craiova||Divizia A||17||0|
|1979–80||FC Universitatea Craiova||Divizia A||29||6|
|1980–81||FC Universitatea Craiova||Divizia A||29||12|
|1981–82||FC Universitatea Craiova||Divizia A||31||10|
|1982–83||FC Universitatea Craiova||Divizia A||27||10|
|1983–84||FC Universitatea Craiova||Divizia A||4||0|
|1984–85||FC Universitatea Craiova||Divizia A||5||1|
|FC Olt Scornicesti||Divizia A||13||3|
|1985–86||FC Olt Scornicesti||Divizia A||17||4|
|1986–87||FC Dinamo Bucuresti||Divizia A||26||1|
|1987–88||FC Dinamo Bucuresti||Divizia A||6||0|
Balaci made his full international debut on 23 March 1974 in a friendly match against France at the age of 17. He earned 65 caps and scored 8 goals for the Romanian national team between 1974 and 1986.
After retiring as a footballer, Balaci went on to coach lower league sides Pandurii Târgu Jiu and Drobeta-Turnu Severin. In 1991, he 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.
He took charge of Tunisia’s Club Africain and Moroccan club Olympique Casablanca in the early 1990s. He then managed UAE, Qatari and Saudi Arabian clubs Al Shabab, Al Nassr, Al-Hilal, Al Ain and Al Sadd. In June 2003, he was appointed manager of Al Ahli until January 2005. He then went on to join Qatari side Al-Arabi in the 2005–06 season, before moving to the United Arab Emirates club Al Shabab for a second spell. In August 2007, Balaci was hired as general manager of Universitatea Craiova whom he also coached in two periods, and remained there for two seasons. On 22 July 2009, Balaci was named head coach of Kuwait club Kazma. He had an impressive start with the Kuwaiti side at the 2010 AFC Cup.
|1988–89||Pandurii Târgu Jiu|
|1991–92||Club Africain||CAF Champions League, Tunisian League, Tunisia Cup|
|1992–93||Olympique Casablanca||Arab Cup Winners' Cup, Moroccan Cup|
|1993–94||Olympique Casablanca||Arab Cup Winners' Cup, Moroccan League|
|1994–95||Al Shabab||UAE Pro-League|
|1995–96||Al Shabab||UAE President's Cup|
|1996–97||Al Nasr||Gulf Club Champions Cup|
|1997–98||Al Hilal||Gulf Club Champions Cup, Saudi Premier League|
|1998–99||Al Ain||UAE President's Cup|
|1999–00||Al Ain||UAE Pro-League|
|2000–01||Al Hilal||Arab Cup Winners' Cup, Asian Super Cup|
|2001–02||Al Sadd||Arab Champions League, Emir of Qatar Cup|
|2002–03||Al Hilal||Saudi Crown Prince Cup|
|2003–04||Al Ahli||UAE President's Cup|
Balaci's daughter Liana Ungur is a professional tennis player.
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- "Comuniştii au blocat transferurile românilor". Adevărul (in Romanian). 14 November 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
- "Ilie Balaci , International Appearances". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 26 April 2009. Retrieved 19 March 2010.
- "Le Roumain Ilie Balaci à la tête du Raja de Casablanca". Aujourd'hui Le Maroc (in French). 13 July 2011. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
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- "Balaci tinteste inca un trofeu". Gazeta de Sud (in Romanian). 23 April 2004. Retrieved 4 May 2010.
- "Ilie Balaci all set to sign with Al Ahli". gulfnews.com. 7 June 2003. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
- "Al Nasr, the Saudi vanguard". FIFA.com. 27 October 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2010.
- "Meseria mea este de antrenor". Gazeta de Sud (in Romanian). 20 January 2005. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
- "My players showed the right character". gulfnews.com. 4 October 2006. Retrieved 27 February 2010.
- "That's the spirit, beams Balaci". the-afc.com. 17 March 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2010.
- "Marchand nouvel entraîneur". L'Équipe (in French). 25 September 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
- "Ilie Balaci, new coach of Al Nahdha". stc-sports.com. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
- "الهلال يتعاقد رسميا مع بلاتشي". Al-Hilal Omdurman (in Arabic). 20 April 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2016.