Born in the Suceava city in Romania, Goian spent his formative years at Foresta Fălticeni academy and made his senior team debut in the 2001-2002 season.
Between the years 2004 and 2010, the defender was at the Bucharest club FC Dinamo București – a period which also included a long loan spell to CSM Ceahlăul.
In 2012, the central defender moved to China first with Tianjin TEDA FC and a season later, he joined another Chinese club Beijing Sport University FC. Lucian returned to Romania with SR Brașov in 2014 followed by a season at CFR Cluj.
Lucian first joined Mumbai City FC in 2016. After the ISL season ended, he moved to Australian A-Division side Perth Glory before re-signing for Mumbai City FC in the 2017-18 season.
Overall in his two stints with Mumbai City FC, Lucian has amassed 46 appearances in the Indian Super League and also captained the Islanders.
The 36-year-old comes to Chennaiyin FC with a wealth of experience on his back. Apart from the ISL, he has competed in the Romanian Liga 1, Europa League, UEFA Cup, AFC Champions League, A-League and the Chinese Super League.
He replaces the outgoing Brazilian defender and two-time ISL champion Mailson Alves whose departure from the club was announced today.
It feels great to sign with Chennaiyin. The coach (John Gregory) played a huge role in me coming here.
When he asked me if I wish to return to India to win the ISL trophy, I simply said yes.Lucian Goian
In Lucian (Goian), we are signing a leader who has rich experience in Indian football. His commitment and aggression on the pitch has been quite evident from his time in Mumbai.John Gregory, Head Coach, Chennaiyin FC.