Gheorghe Hagiis regarded as one of the greatest players in Romanian football and rightly so. The 49-year-old lifted several titles including two Romanian titles and also reaching the final of the European cup in the 1988/89 season with Steaua Bucharest.
Now, he is the manager of FC Viitorul Constanta. The club recently took on FC Botoșani in a league match and they were trailing 2-1 going into the final minutes of the match. Rather than go for an experienced name in the search for an equaliser,Hagi brought his son –Ianis Hagi – into the frame at just 16 years of age.
His debut has been spoken with a lot of excitement especially given his father’s pedigree.Gheorghe Hagi, though, has revealed that the response surprise in seeingIanis Hagi make his debut for the club.
He reckons thatFC Viitorul Constanta will have to depend a lot upon the youngsters at the club. He says that the club has many promising youngsters within the youth setup. Ianis Hagi is already the captain of the U-17 Romanian team. He says that it was a huge surprise knowing that his father had decided to call him up for this match.
“Ianis has some experience training with our first team and I decided to let him play. Step by step, he will adapt to playing with the senior team. Whatever happens, he and his young colleagues from the academy are our future,” said Gheorghe Hagi. “Honestly, it was a huge surprise for me when my dad told me I was coming on. I am well aware how hard I have to work to get to the top. I am so proud of my father, but I have to make my own way in life,” said Ianis after the game against FC Botoşani.