Gheorghe Hagi is a football icon in Romania and the former Barcelona player is widely regarded as the greatest footballer in his country till date. Gheorghe Hagi is one of few players to play for both Barcelona and Real Madrid during the course of their football career. His international debut came against hosts Norway in Oslo in 1983 at the age of just 18.
The attacking midfielder went on to score 35 goals in 124 games for Romania. The first of those 35 Romania goals for Gheorghe Hagi came against the Northern Ireland in 1984. He would later go on to captain his country for the first time during the game against the same opposition one year later. Gheorghe Hagi and Romania failed to qualify for the 1986 FIFA World Cup tournament in Mexico but that was rectified at the 1990 edition in Italy. Romania were eliminated in Italy at the round of 16 stage by the Republic of Ireland on penalties after the two teams had battled to a goalless draw.
Romanian football legend Gheorghe Hagi was one of the stars of the 1994 FIFA World Cup tournament in the United States of America. Gheorghe Hagi was instrumental as Romania reached the quarterfinals at the tournament before they were eliminated by Sweden on penalties. Sweden would go on to secure third place at the end of the tournament. Gheorghe Hagi is an icon as far as Romanian football is concerned and he scored three goals at the FIFA World Cup tournament in 1994. Only nine players scored more than Gheorghe Hagi at the tournament. Romania have not been able to replicate the quarterfinal heights reached by Gheorghe Hagi and his teammates in the United States of America.
Gheorghe Hagi and Romania were drawn in Group A alongside hosts United States, fellow European Switzerland and South American nation Colombia. At the end of proceedings in Group A, Romania emerged as the best team in the group ahead of Switzerland, the United States and bottom team Colombia. Romania began their group campaign with the 3-1 win over Colombia and Hagi was one of the goalscorers. Hagi made it two goals in two games when he scored the only Romania goal in the 4-1 defeat to Switzerland. In the final group game, Romania beat hosts United States 1-0 and that result ensured that they finished as Group A winners. (more…)
Gheorghe Hagi has insisted that the comparisons made by football pundits and fans around the world between him and his son are unfair and should not even be a topic that is up for debate. He admitted that he has grown fed up with the comparisons and that people should stop mentioning it any further.
Hagi, a former player who enjoyed a great career including stints at Real Madrid and Barcelona got criticized heavily for declaring that his son Lanis will become as good as Zinedine Zidane one day.
Gheorghe Hagi is widely considered as the greatest Romanian footballer to grace the game. Blessed with a deadly range of shooting and mercurial playmaking skills Hagi lit up the European scene in the 80s and early 90s. He is also part of the select company of players that played for both Real Madrid and Barcelona which is no means feat.
His son Ianis is looking to follow the footsteps of his famous father and become the latest line of quality footballer form Romania. The 20-year-old has similar attributes to his father with a knack of scoring long-range goals. Ianis plays for Viitrolul Constanta a club owned and managed by his father Gheorghe and this has also added to the hype surrounding the player.
Former Romania legend Gheorghe Hagi has revealed that he wants Constantin Galca as his successor if ever he has to leave Vitorul. Indeed the former Romanian international is currently the manager of the club that he owns and there is news that he might be leaving the club in the future.
He said that Galca is an experienced man and that he is sure that he can help bring the club forward. He said that Galca has won trophies previously in the Romanian league and that he knows what it takes to be champions.
Gheorghe Hagi who is known as the best-attacking midfielders not only in Romania but in Europe scored best goals in his time. The Romania star has passed on his traits to his son Ianis Hagi who is beyond the capabilities possessed by his father. The 19-year-old young star played for Romania under 21s recently against Bosnia in a qualification match. Romania successfully scored 1-0 and was given a corner in the 70th minute. Ianis Hag accepted it as he was swinging in across towards the post. However, it deceived others and it made it to the back of the net of Bosnia. This definitely called for some grand celebrations and made people talk on social media on how well he performed and he could be better than his father too.
Ian’s fan followers increased in great numbers especially after his latest performance that made people applaud with shock and excitement. People started praying for his career and wished him luck for his great career on social media. There was no doubt as far as his striking quality is concerned. However, people are unsure and confused as to who is better than whom between father and son. Ianis is currently playing for Viitorul Constanta, the First Division side of Romania run by Gheorghe.