|Full name||Ioan Ovidiu Sabău|
|Date of birth||12 February 1968|
|Place of birth||Câmpia Turzii, Romania|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|1988||ASA Târgu Mureş||12||(2)|
|2004–2005||Gaz Metan Mediaș||1||(0)|
|2003–2005||Gaz Metan Mediaș|
|2010–2011||FCM Târgu Mureș|
|2012||FCM Târgu Mureș|
|2013–2014||ASA Târgu Mureș|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Câmpia Turzii, he debuted in Divizia A with U Cluj in 1986. He later won the league title with Dinamo București in 1990, before he played several seasons in the Netherlands and Italy. Upon returning to Romania he went to Rapid București, where he won two league titles (1999, 2003) and one cup title (2002).
Sabău made his debut for the national team in 1988 against Israel. He was in the squad for the 1990 World Cup and Euro 1996. After a two-year absence from the national team he returned to play five matches in 1999.
He is a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses Association of Romania.
As a manager
Sabău started his coaching career in 2003 with FC Universitatea Cluj and Gaz Metan Mediaș before taking over Gloria Bistrița in the summer of 2005. During his time at Gloria Bistrița, he showed a good eye for young players such as Gabriel Mureșan or László Sepsi. Highlights include a sixth-place finish at the end of the 2006–07 season of Liga I and a 2–1 home victory over Atlético Madrid the following season, in the now-defunct UEFA Intertoto Cup.
Sabău resigned at the end of the 2008–09 season and was very close to taking over Dinamo, but eventually signed for league runners-up FC Timișoara. The team produced the main shock of the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds by eliminating UEFA Cup holders FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the third round.
In the summer of 2012, Sabău signed a contract with Rapid București, but after some poor results, he was sacked in October the same year.
- (in Romanian) Daniel Conțescu "Iehovistul Sabău le-a arătat calea: 'Timișoara va câștiga titlul. După două înfrângeri, Dorinel va fi înjurat'" ("Jehovah's Witness Sabău Shows Them the Way: 'Timişoara Will Win the Title. After Two Defeats, Dorinel Will be Cussed Out'"), Evenimentul ZIlei, 17 March 2011; accessed 17 March 2011
- Mulţumim, Ioan Ovidiu Sabău! Marian Rada, noul antrenor al Rapidului Archived 16 April 2013 at Archive.today