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Nicolae Dică
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Personal information
Full name Nicolae Constantin Dică
Date of birth May 9, 1980 (1980-05-09) (age 29)
Place of birth    Piteşti, Romania
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11+12 in)[1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club CFR Cluj
Number 10
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1998–2000
2000–2004
2004–2008
2008–
2009–2010
2010–
Dacia Piteşti
Argeş Piteşti
Steaua Bucureşti
Catania
Iraklis (loan)
CFR Cluj (loan)
050 0(19)
089 0(34)
124 0(54)
003 00(0)[1]
013 00(3)
000 00(0)   
National team2
2003– Romania 030 00(9)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of May 30, 2008.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of September 6, 2008.
* Appearances (Goals)

Nicolae Constantin Dică (born May 9, 1980 in Piteşti) is a Romanian football attacking midfielder, he plays for CFR Cluj on loan from the Italian team Catania. He is a playmaker or forward known for his incisive passing and long balls.

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Club career

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Dacia Piteşti

Dică started playing professional football when he was 18 years old at a local team in his birth town, Dacia Piteşti, in Divizia B.

In his inaugural season, Dică played in 17 games and scored 5 times for Dacia Piteşti. In the second, he played in almost all the games and had a very good period, with his side finishing fourth. He was one of the top scorers in the league that season with 14 goals. Dică was seen as an upcoming talent and the Divizia A team of his town, FC Arges Pitesti, signed him in 2000. Dică played for Dacia Piteşti a total of 50 times and scored 19 goals in Liga II.

Arges Piteşti

Dică made his debut in Liga I for FC Argeş Piteşti in a 2-1 win against Gaz Metan Medias. He was soon awarded captaincy of the team after Adrian Mutu went to Dinamo and Adrian Neaga departed for Steaua Bucureşti. Dică's skill inevitably attracted interest from the top teams in the Romanian championship.

Dică played 89 matches and scored 34 goals for Argeş Piteşti.

Steaua Bucureşti

Romanian giants Steaua Bucureşti paid 250,000 to sign him from Argeş Piteşti in December 2003. He was brought to Steaua by Victor Piturca and Mihai Stoica.

In the first season for Steaua he scored 9 times in 14 games, helping the side to a runners-up spot to eventual champions and bitter rivals, Dinamo Bucureşti. At the next season, Dică had some disputes with the fans and was anxious to leave but remained at Steaua and in the next season, helping them to the championship title with a total of 11 goals. The following season, Steaua won the league again and Dica's value grew. He contributed with 15 goals, finishing the top scorer for Steaua.

He debuted in European competition in the 2004-2005 season when Steaua qualified for the UEFA Cup, eliminating previous winners Valencia en route to the Round of 16, where they were knocked out by another Spanish side, Villareal.

In 2005 after they lost the chance to play in the UEFA Champions League groups due to elimination by Rosenborg BK, they had another fairly successful season in the UEFA Cup. They defeated the likes of Lens, Heereenven, Real Betis and their traditional Romanian rivals Rapid Bucuresti in the quarter finals, but were unfortunately eliminated in the semi-final by English Premier League side,Middlesbrough.[2]

In September 13, 2006, Dica scored twice in the 4-1 away win against Dynamo Kiev in Steaua Bucureşti's opening game in the UEFA Champions League, this being his first ever appearance in said tournament [3]. He went on go on to score four goals and add one assist in six games against group opponents, Dynamo Kiev, Real Madrid, and Olympique Lyonnais.

The daily newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor gave the Romania's player of the year 2006 honour to Nicolae Dica along with Claudiu Niculescu from Dinamo Bucuresti. [4]

In January 23, 2007 he suffered a knee injury during a friendly against Siena 2 and missed most on the season. [5] On May 9, for his birthday, Dica returned to Steaua Bucureşti and was introduced in the late stages of the 2-0 victory against Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt, even gaining the captain's band before running on to the Ghencea field again. This was his first official game in 2007. Dica played 46 matches in the European cups scoring 14 times.

Calcio Catania

On June 28, 2008, Dică moved to Catania, mainly by the desire of his past and actual coach, Walter Zenga. He is expected to replace midfielder Juan Vargas who moved to AC Fiorentina.[6 ] Since moving to Sicily he has been a big flop, taking part in just 93 minutes of play during his first six months. It seemed almost certain that he would leave during the January transfer market, but coach Walter Zenga claimed that he would not leave Catania until next summer.

Iraklis Thessaloniki

In June 2009, the Romanian super star attacking midfielder left for Iraklis on loan from Calcio Catania.[7] He made his competitive debut on 23 August 2009 by scoring twice in a 2-1 win over Panthrakikos.

CFR Cluj

In January 2010 CFR Cluj have signed the Romanian attacking midfielder on loan from Catania Calcio until June 2010, until now he was on loan at Iraklis Thessaloniki.

Career statistics

Club Season Domestic League Domestic Cups Continental games Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Iraklis
09-10 13 3 1 0 0 0 14 3
Total 13 3 1 0 0 0 14 3
Catania
08-09 3 0 2 1 0 0 5 1
Total 3 0 2 1 0 0 5 1
Steaua Bucureşti
07-08 30 9 0 0 10 1 37 10
06-07 23 10 0 0 10 5 33 15
05-06 29 15 1 0 15 6 45 21
04-05 28 11 0 0 11 2 40 13
03-04 14 9 0 0 0 0 14 9
Total 124 54 1 0 46 14 171 68
FC Argeş 03-04 14 9 3 2 0 0 17 11
02-03 28 10 5 0 0 0 33 10
01-02 27 11 2 0 0 0 29 11
00-01 19 4 0 0 0 0 19 4
Total 88 34 10 2 0 0 98 36
Dacia Piteşti 99-00 33 14 0 0 0 0 33 14
98-99 17 5 0 0 0 0 17 5
Total 50 19 0 0 0 0 50 19
Career Totals 276 110 14 3 46 14 336 127
Last updated January 11, 2009

International career

Dică debuted on the 11th of October 2003 at the national Romanian team in a friendly game against Japan.

Dică won 25 caps for Romania, scoring his first goal in August 2006 in a friendly against Cyprus. After his injury suffered in a club-team friendly in January 2007 Dică will rejoin the "tricolorii" in qualifying for the Euro 2008 with the Romanian National Team.

International goals

Scores and results list Romania's goal tally first. "Score" column indicates the score after the player's goal.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 August 16, 2006 Stadionul Farul, Constanţa, Romania  Cyprus 1–0 2–0 Friendly
2 September 6, 2006 Qemal Stafa, Tirana, Albania  Albania 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying
3 August 22, 2007 Stadionul Lia Manoliu, Bucharest, Romania  Turkey 1–0 2–0 Friendly
4 September 8, 2007 Dinamo Stadium, Minsk, Belarus  Belarus 2–1 3–1 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying
5 November 21, 2007 Stadionul Lia Manoliu, Bucharest, Romania  Albania 1–0 6–1 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying
6 November 21, 2007 Stadionul Lia Manoliu, Bucharest, Romania  Albania 6–1 6–1 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying
7 May 31, 2008 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Montenegro 3–0 4–0 Friendly
8 May 31, 2008 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Montenegro 4–0 4–0 Friendly
9 August 20, 2008 Stadionul Tineretului, Urziceni, Romania  Latvia 1–0 1–0 Friendly

Personal life

In November 2003 Dică married Corina Zimbroianu. The two met in 1998 and since then they never stood apart. He has a son, Marco Ilie, who was baptized by his teammate from Steaua Bucureşti, Mirel Radoi.

On March 8, 2007 Dică suffered a difficult period of his life as his father died due to cirrhosis. Dică was under treatment at the Isokinetic clinic in Bologna when he heard the news. His father was the one who encouraged him to become a football player.

Each time he scores a goal Dică, being very spiritual, makes the sign of the cross, kisses his hands and points two fingers to the sky, one for God and the other for his late father.

Career honours / achievements

Club

Individual

References

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Romania Adrian Neaga
Steaua Top Scorer
2004–2005
2005–2006
Succeeded by
Romania Valentin Badea
Preceded by
Romania Valentin Badea
Steaua Top Scorer
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Greece Pantelis Kapetanos
Romania Bogdan Stancu

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