Several coaches in Romanian football decided to train their license in Chisinau, on the grounds that in the neighboring country it would be easier to obtain a diploma.
In recent yearsDan Alexa took the Pro License, and Ianis Zicu and Marius Croitoru obtained the A License, while Mihai Iosif or Romeo Surdu are students.
The last on the list are Mihai Pintilii, Ovidiu Herea and Cristian Săpunaru, the three being immortalized at the base in the Republic of Moldova.
Mihai Pintilii, Cristi Săpunaru and Ovidiu Herea, caught in the Republic of Moldova. What the three are preparing for in the neighboring country
Mihai Pintilii posted on his personal Instagram page a photo with Cristi Săpunaru and Ovidiu Herea with the location at Vadul lui Vodă.
At the base in Moldova are organized training courses for the coach to obtain the license, which the three decided to attend courses to become technicians.
If Mihai Pintilii he has already retired from activity and became a second coach at FCSBOvidiu Herea and Săpunaru are still active.
Herea has reached the age of 37 and is still active at Metaloglobus, in the second echelon. Instead, Săpunaru (38 years old) plays in League 1, being the captain of Rapid.
Is it easier to get a license in the Republic of Moldova?
Romanian Dănuț Oprea (48 years old) became the head of the Coaching School within FMF and denies that in the Republic of Moldova the license would be much easier
“Definitely not! It is a totally wrong perception. It’s not easy, the courses are structured according to the latest UEFA rules. I want to tell you that the Federal Coaching School within FMF has accreditation from UEFA and this after an intense re-evaluation process. Currently, the FMF Federal Coaching School is accredited by UEFA for the next three years. We are constantly monitored and work according to the UEFA Coaches Convention. Last year we managed to accredit the courses at the National Association of Culture, Education and Research of the Republic of Moldova (ANACEC). I know there have been many discussions in Romania, but I do not want to get into controversy with anyone. It would be normal for the FMF Federal Coaching School to receive due respect. It has been said that we accept students without a Baccalaureate diploma. In the Republic of Moldova, in the past years, after 11th grade, one enters directly the faculty without a Baccalaureate diploma. Now, I couldn’t ban people from attending classes because they didn’t have a Baccalaureate. At the same time, each UEFA affiliated Association, according to the new Coaches Convention, signed in 2020, has the right to make certain derogations, depending on the performances obtained by athletes throughout their career “, explains Dănuț Oprea.