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By ESPN Staff

Romanian coach Iordanescu retires at 57

BUCHAREST, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Anghel Iordanescu, acclaimed as the best Romanian coach of the 20th century, announced his retirement on Tuesday, 20 years after leading Steaua Bucharest to victory in the European Super Cup.

A playmaker capped 64 times for Romania, he came on as a substitute in Steaua's 1986 European Cup Winners' Cup triumph over Barcelona when he was already the team's assistant coach.

He took over the Steaua team from Emerich Jenei the following season and led them to victory over Dynamo Kiev in the Super Cup in Monaco.

Iordanescu, 57, had two stints as manager of the Romanian national team and led them to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 1994, their best-ever showing in the tournament.

He also took Romania to the final tournaments of the 1996 European championship and 1998 World Cup, moving on from there to take charge of the Greek national team.

Iordanescu spent most of the remainder of his coaching career in the Middle East, interspersed by a stint with Rapid Bucharest and his second term with the Romanian national team.

Football personalities in Romania voted him the nation's manager of the century.

Iordanescu coached Al-Hilal and Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia, winning the Asian Super Cup with Al-Hilal and the AFC (Asian) Champions League with Al-Ittihad. He was sacked from his final coaching post with Al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates last year.

'I will never coach again. My priority will be the real estate business,' Iordanescu told reporters on Tuesday.