Constantin Gâlcă

Constantin Gâlcă ( born March 8, 1972 in Bucharest ) is a former Romanian football player and current coach. He completed a total of 183 games in the Romanian Divizia A, Liga 199 games in the Spanish Primera División and 82 games in the Spanish Segunda. He took part in the Football World Cup 1994, the UEFA European Football Championship in 1996, the Football World Cup in 1998 and the European Football Championship 2000.

Career as a player

At the age of 16 years Gâlcă came into the first team his home club Progresul Bucharest, who played at that time only in the third-class Divizia C. In 1989, higher class clubs were aware of him and Gâlcă moved in the same year for FC Arges Pitesti in Romania's highest football league that Divizia A. There, he played his first appearance on 6 December 1989. Though he was used only four times, managed he at the age of 18 years, the leap into the Romanian U21 national team. He was then at FC Arges regulars, so he recommended for higher duties and in 1991, took the plunge into one of the best Romanian teams Steaua Bucharest to.

With Steaua him finally made ​​the breakthrough and Gâlcă was an indispensable key players who distinguished himself by dangerous long shots, hard work, and excellent tackles. With Steaua he was from 1993 to 1996 four consecutive Romanian champion and once won the Romanian Cup. Only the successes in European competition did not materialize.

After five years in Bucharest, where he was already a legend at a young age, he ventured into international markets in 1996 and joined the Spanish club RCD Mallorca, which at that time in the Segunda División played and the rise sought in the Primera División. The goal was achieved and Gâlcă had 13 goals this season big part. He left Mallorca but after the rise already accomplished again and moved to Espanyol. With Espanyol but he could not establish in the Spanish tip. The greatest success came in 2000, when the club won the Copa del Rey and for the first time after 60 years again brought a title.

In 2001 Gâlcă moved to league rivals Villarreal. Here he became a mainstay of the team and contributed a large part to the achievement of the 15th place and thus the class receipt. At the start of the following season 2002 /03 he was due to an injury no longer regulars and became División in the Segunda loaned to Real Zaragoza, where he managed the climb. However, he no longer returned to Villarreal, as he had his best time already behind. Gâlcă moved free transfer back into the Segunda División and joined UD Almería on. Here he experienced his second spring and managed in 2005, even a return to the national team. In 2006, he ventured once again made ​​it into the Primera División for Gimnàstic de Tarragona, but ended after only one season in the summer of 2007 his career to have played without a single time.


Gâlcă denied a total of 68 games for the Romanian national football team, scoring four goals. He made his debut on 22 September 1993 against Israel. He formed together with Dorinel Munteanu a strong duo in the defensive midfield. Gâlcă participated in the Football World Cup 1994 in the USA, the European Football Championship in England in 1996, the Football World Cup 1998 in France and the European Football Championship 2000 in Belgium and the Netherlands in part. where he always was a regular until 1994. After his 66th international game in 2002, coach Victor Piţurcă brought him back once again for two games.

Gâlcă also scored in 14 games for the Romanian U21 national team 2 goals.

Career as a coach

In June 2009 Gâlcă began his coaching career in the Spanish Tercera División ( fourth division ) at the second team of UD Almería. After the dismissal of Hugo Sanchez as coach of the first team on 21 December 2009 Gâlcă worked as interim coach in conversation, however, was itself dismissed as coach of the second team on 19 January 2010 after a disappointing season history.


  • World Cup qualifiers: 1994, 1998
  • European Football Cup: 1996, 2000
  • Romanian champion: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
  • Romanian Cup Winners: 1996
  • Spanish Cup winner: 2000


On 25 March 2008 Gâlcă was " sporty Meritul " III by Romanian President Traian Basescu for the achievements in the national team with the Order of Merit. Class excellent.


Gâlcă is married and the father of triplets, a son and two daughters.