A former striker of Dinamo Bucharest and the Romanian national team, Mircea Lucescu began his coaching career in 1972, taking control of the provincial club Korvinul from the city of Hunedoara. Together with this modest team he managed to not only get up to the top division, but also to take the bronze medal after which Lucescu was invited to lead the Romanian national team.
In 1985 Lucescu returned to club football and spent five years managing Dinamo Bucarest in Romania before heading to Italy, where he coached Pisa, Brescia and Reggiani. In 1997, he took control of Rapid Bucharest before heading back to Italy in 1998 with Inter Milan. In 1999, he returned to Rapid Bucharest and in 2000 left for Turkey going to Galatasaray and then Besiktas.
From 2004 to 2016 Lucescu managed Shakhtar Donetsk where he won 8 league titles, six domestic cups and 7 super cups in Ukraine. Across his career the Romanian maestro has won 32 trophies, including three championships in three different countries (Ukraine, Turkey and Romania), the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.
Lucescu is married and has a son, Razvan, who also is a football coach. Lucescu is interested in art, literature and speaks six languages.
Lucescu has been manager of Zenit since 24th May 2016.