Gheorghe Hagi’s Viiturol Football Club Fires Player for Gambling
Romanian soccer club Viitorul Constanta has fired one of their players, Mihai Vodut, after Vodut’s former girlfriend made claims he bet on football matches. The club was started by former Romanian great Gheorghe Hagi 10 years ago, after he finished out a legendary career with Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Viitorul, which won its first league title in Liga I Betano, the Romanian premier league, in 2017, currently is fifth place of their 14-team division.
After a temporary suspension, Mihai Vodut’s contract was terminated from the club after the media reports of his betting were verified. Viitorul has a strict no betting policy which was clearly stated in Vodut’s contract, but once a player is verified to have bet on games he could affect, clubs must protect the integrity of the sport.
The claims, which were published on a Romanian news website, were made by a former girlfriend of the Viitorul Constanta forward. She claimed that the 24-year-old Viitorul player had her place bets on his own team for him. While Vodut appears to have been on his own team, it is one step removed from betting against the team.
Mihai Vodut Profile
The 24-year-old Viiturol player was born in Bukarest, Romania on July 28, 1994. He played as a forward for the Romanian soccer club.
Vodut started his career in 2013 at CF Chindia Targoviste and transferred to the Viiturol team not long after. Once there he worked hi was up through the teams until he reached his peak at the first team for Viiturol where unfortunately for him, he didn’t last long.
Though he sure didn’t bring any positive attention to himself, Vodut did put a light on Hagi and his Academy once again. And though this is not good attention, it has not taken anything away from the profound academy and team Hagi has built, despite the faulty player Vodut was.
Viitorul Constanta’s Rise to Prominence
Hagi started the club in 2009 with the goal of bringing more attention and support to young Romanian talents. He has since made a record amount of growth for such a new team. Hagi had a belief from the beginning that he has stuck with and has most likely helped to contribute to their victories.
When he founded the club, Gheorghe Hagi said, “This is not about money; that’s the last thing for me. This is about work – work and dedication.”
Hagi carries a strong and genuine belief in the kids he trains in his academy and teams. And after several years of hard work and perfecting every skill during trainings it finally seem to have paid off. Viitorul took home the victory in 2017 when they won the Romanian title securing their spot in the Champions league, which if you are not familiar with soccer, is a big deal.
Though he wanted to train young players, Hagi’s on-field success continued when he became a team owner. After the team’s phenomenal success in 2016-17, Hagi said, “We didn’t plan what happened, but we made it and it’s fantastic. Winning the league wasn’t our objective; it came as a surprise, because we simply wanted to stay up. But we aren’t an accident. We started with nothing and you have to know how to build success. Everything you see here has come as a consequence of things being done the right way through hard, good work.”
The more established teams in Liga I, such as 2nd and 3rd place finishers Steaua București and Astra Giurgiu, were not happy with the win, which caused Hagi to say, “Even though we know some are upset, we are happy. The big must behave like big men. They must know how to lose.”
Georghe Hagi’s Managerial Career
Hagi’s roll as manager did not start with his own club. He spent the beginning of his coaching career at several different clubs including the Romania national team, Bursaspor, Galatasaray and Steaua Bucharest. And though some were a worse fit than others, in the end all of them proved disappointing.
This thrust him into finding his perfect fit, and for Hagi, that was to guild his own team. His mission to debut star Romanian players rang true when it came time for his son to play at the young age of 16. Now some might call it favoritism when the owner throws his own son onto the first team as the captain, but for Hagi, that was just the way he did things.
Ianis Hagi’s Career
When Ianis was old enough Hagi gave him a spot on the team. And even at the age of 16 he was subbing season players out at games. It was only a few months later when Ianis made his official starting debut in May of 2015 against Botosani and made his presence known with a goal which ended in an exciting 4-4 draw. Ianis’s beaming father ran and hugged him after his phenomenal goal.
He saw his son’s potential, much like all of his other young players and wanted to showcase it. That way of coaching right there is what separated Hagi from the pack. He wanted to do things differently, and that is exactly what he did, and is still doing today.
Catalin Andrei, a leading journalist at Sport ProTV, told ESPN FC, “Gheorghe’s ambition was to show other club owners the right way to do things in football. He wanted to build an academy similar to those he witnessed at Real Madrid and Barcelona, while also gathering information from Ajax and AC Milan.”
Hagi and his Academy have accomplished more in just 10 short years that many clubs have yet to accomplish after several decades. So, I guess you could say that Hagi and his way of doing things is working.
Gheorghe Hagi Profile
Hagi built a massive career for himself and one that truly made Romania proud. He was even given the nickname, the Maradona of the Carpathian after the world-renowned Diego Maradona.
During his nearly 20 year professional career, which started in 1982, Hagi not only contributed greatly to his National team but to top of the league Spanish La Liga clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Hagi really made a name for himself when he represented his country of Romania in the FIFA World Cup in 1990,1994 and 1998. He also played in three Euro Championships in 1984,1996 and 2000 before he retired at the age of 36 in 2001.
Hagi says that he did not accomplish everything he wanted out of his career, though he sure had an impressive one, but he hopes his son will do it for him.
“I wanted very much to play in England,” Hagi said. “I know people like and appreciate me there; it would have been extraordinary for me, a great pleasure. I’ll just let my son do it. Where I haven’t been to play, I’ll let him go.”