Bölöni Laszlo BÖLÖNI

Presentation

ROMANIA ROMANIA
Born Mar 11, 1953
Târgu Mures, ROMANIA
Age 67 years old
Arrival(s)
2003 (Coach)
Departure(s)
2006 (Coach)
Career
Nancy Nancy Coach
Roumanie Roumanie Coach
Sporting Portugal Sporting Portugal Coach
Rennes Rennes Coach
Monaco Monaco Coach
Al-Jazira Al-Jazira Coach
Standard Liège Standard Liège Coach
Al-Wahda Al-Wahda Coach
Lens Lens Coach
PAOK PAOK Coach
Al-Khor Al-Khor Coach
Ittihad Ittihad Coach
Antwerp Antwerp Coach
La Gantoise La Gantoise Coach
Following in the footsteps of Halilhodzic, Laszlo Bölöni joined Stade Rennais in 2003, having just won the Portuguese League title with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Sporting team. In 2003/2004, the Rumanian Manager set his side up with a defensive 4-4-2 formation, with only Frei, Monterrubio or Piquionne as attacking options. The arrival of Kim Källström in the winter of 2004 added some much-needed balance between attack and defence, and the team finished 9th in Ligue 1. Bölöni was to make history for the club in the next season, finishing 4th (ahead of Marseille and Paris Saint Germain) which meant that they had directly qualified for the UEFA Cup. The season 2005/2006 saw a much more offensive 4-1-4-1 formation adopted, with Utaka and Gourcuff joining the ranks. The team eliminated Osasuna before putting in a somewhat lacklustre performance in the group stage. After that, they put together two astonishing runs: 5 defeats in a row, followed by 8 wins on the bounce. The frustrations of their last match against Lille (2-2) meant heartbreak at not qualifying for Europe (finishing 7th). Following a bust-up with influential players, he left to join Monaco in the summer of 2006.