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Born
1950-09-27
Intl. since
1984-01-01
Hometown
Ramnicu Valcea
Country
Romania
Speaks
Romanian, English, French
Occupation
Football analyst
Hobbies
 
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dictators

2011-03-25

During the final round of qualifying matches for Asian teams for the 1994 World Cup, matches that were refereed by European refs, Craciunescu not only got the match Iraq - Iran but also North Korea - South Korea. Coincidence, or was he the only one trusted with those kind of political matches?

Craciunescu has a Valentin Ceausescu story. The former dictator's son and Steaua boss came into Craciunescu's dressing room. Craciunescu, then assistant referee, was told he had been right to have validated two goals by Dinamo against Steaua.
This was in defense of Valentin Ceausescu who was alleged to have been intimidating referees to favour his team.

this is Craciunescu in the 80s.

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