As an individual, Mircea Lucescu craves the stability he was denied while growing up in post-war Romania. After unsuccessful managerial stints In Italy, Lucescu was signed up by Galatasaray. In his first season in charge, he won the European Super Cup in 2001 defeating the mighty Real Madrid. Despite winning the Turkish Super Lig in his second season, Lucescu was shockingly shown the door. Along similar lines, despite achieving league success with Besiktas, his next club, Lucescu was forced to resign. He then moved to Shakhtar Donetsk.
In Shakhtar, Mircea was the recipient of adulation and respect and he flourished in this environment. He finally found the stability he yearned for throughout his coaching career and went on to lead Shakhtar to win eight Ukrainian League titles, five Ukrainian Cups, six European Super Cups, and the UEFA Cup in 2008-09. The 69-year-old has survived a heart attack and a major auto-mobile accident and is still showing no signs of calling quits on one of the most successful managerial careers in history.