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Adrian Bucurel Ilie (born April 20, 1974 in Craiovamarker) is a retired Romanianmarker football forward.

Career as football player

Young Ilie started to play football for Electroputere Craiova from a very early age. In 1991, aged 17, he made his debut for the first team. A full professional contract followed in 1992, when he suddenly became one of the best Electroputere's players, scoring 12 goals in 30 games in one season.

In 1993 Electroputere sold him to Steaua Bucharest for USD90,000, which was at that time a record fee paid by a Romanian football club. It was however more than 20 times less the amount Galatasaray paid for Ilie in 1996 to be able to transfer him.

After only one and a half years at Galatasaray when he was not used very often, Ilie signed with Valencia CF. This was an important step in Ilie's career, as he re-discovered the pleasure of playing football and scoring goals. In the second half of the 1997 - 98 season he played 17 games for Valencia and scored 12 goals, being a very important part of the team. He was nicknamed by Claudio Ranieri "Cobra"

In 1998 he was joined at Valencia by his brother, Sabin.

The beginning of the end for Ilie's career was in 2000. Suffering many injuries, he stayed away from Valencia's squad most of the time and was finally released from his contract in 2002, the year when he won the Spanish Football Championship. It was the seventh title Ilie won, the previously six being with Steaua (four) and Galatasaray (two).

Deportivo Alavés was the fifth club Ilie played for. It happened during the 2002-03 season, but the team's relegation at the end of the season broke the contract and Ilie moved back to Turkeymarker, this time to play with Beşiktaş J.K., where he was requested by the team's coach, Mircea Lucescu.

After only one year with Beşiktaş, Ilie signed a contract with FC Zurich in 2005 but in the following year after failing to recover from a knee injury, Adrian Ilie announced his decision to retire from football.

However in 2009, he decided to come back into professional football after some discussions with Russian club FC Terek Grozny but he had to quit after failing his medical tests.

== International ==At the international level, Ilie won 55 caps for Romania, scoring 13 goals. He played at the 1996 European Football Championship, 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2000 European Football Championship.

International goals

Scores and results list Romania's goal tally first. "Score" column indicates the score after the player's goal.


# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 August 14 1996 Stadionul Ghenceamarker, Bucharestmarker, Romaniamarker 1-0 2-0 Friendly
2 April 30 1997 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania 1-0 1-0 World Cup 1998 Qual.
3 June 3 1997 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania 1-0 3-2 Friendly
4 June 3, 1997 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania 2-1 3-2 Friendly
5 June 15 1998 Stade de Gerlandmarker, Lyonmarker, Francemarker 1-0 1-0 World Cup 1998 Group G
6 September 2 1998 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania 3-0 7-0 UEFA Euro 2000 Qual.
7 September 2, 1998 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania 4-0 7-0 UEFA Euro 2000 Qual.
8 September 2, 1998 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania 5-0 7-0 UEFA Euro 2000 Qual.
9 June 5, 1999 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania 1-0 2-0 UEFA Euro 2000 Qual.
10 September 4 1999 Tehelné polemarker, Bratislavamarker, Slovakiamarker 1-0 5-1 UEFA Euro 2000 Qual.
11 August 16 2000 Stadionul Cotroceni, Bucharestmarker, Romaniamarker 1-0 1-1 Friendly
12 June 6 2001 S.marker Darius and S.marker Girėnas Stadiummarker, Kaunasmarker, Lithuaniamarker 1-0 2-1 World Cup 2002 Qual.
13 September 5 2001 Népstadionmarker, Budapestmarker, Hungarymarker 1-0 2-0 World Cup 2002 Qual.


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Career as a businessman

Following his father-in-law's advice, who worked in tourism before retiring, Ilie invested massively in Poiana Braşovmarker where he built a hotel and several villas.

He is also the owner of Forex Braşov, a team from Romania's Liga II. Forex played the promotion play-off at the end of 2005-06 season.

No Deal or No Deal: The Story of Adrian Ilie and Terek Grozny


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