Former Romania captain Stefanescu dies at 62
Costica Stefanescu, a former Romania captain who was one of the
national football team’s greatest defenders, has died after jumping
from the fifth floor of the hospital where he was being treated for
cancer. He was 62.
Police said Stefanescu jumped Tuesday from the fifth floor of
the Military Hospital. Mediafax news agency reported Wednesday that
military prosecutors were investigating the case.
Stefanescu played 66 matches for the national team in 1970s and
80s. He also played for Steaua Bucharest and Universitatea Craiova
before becoming a coach.
His death shocked Romanian football officials and fans, and
condolences came pouring in from clubs. The Romanian football
federation said his body would be laid out at the National Arena on
Wednesday for mourners to pay their respects.
Steaua Bucharest called him ”one of the greatest players ever
in Romanian football history,” and Universitatea Craiova owner
Adrian Mititelu called him ”The King of Craiova.”
Stefanescu was an assistant coach for Romania from 1994-98 and
also coached several local and foreign teams, including Steaua and
He is survived by his wife Mariana and will be buried