Nicolae Dică


Nicolae Dică
Nicolae Dică
Nicolae Dică.jpg
Dică playing for CFR Cluj
Personal information
Full name Nicolae Constantin Dică
Date of birth 9 May 1980 (1980-05-09) (age 31)
Place of birth Piteşti, Romania
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current club Mioveni
Number 80
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Dacia Piteşti 50 (19)
2000–2004 Argeş Piteşti 89 (34)
2004–2008 Steaua Bucureşti 124 (54)
2008–2010 Catania 3 (0)
2009–2010 Iraklis (loan) 13 (3)
2010 CFR Cluj (loan) 13 (0)
2010 Manisaspor (loan) 5 (0)
2011 Steaua Bucureşti 11 (4)
2011– Mioveni 11 (1)
National team
2003– Romania 32 (9)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2011.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 June 2010

Nicolae Constantin Dică (born 9 May 1980 in Piteşti) is a Romanian football attacking midfielder. He is a playmaker or forward known for his incisive passing and long balls. He is on 2nd place top scorer for Steaua with 14 goals in European competitions.

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Club career

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 Argeş Piteşti, 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 Bucureşti in the quarter finals, but were unfortunately eliminated in the semi-final by English Premier League side, Middlesbrough.[2]

On 13 September 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 Dică along with Claudiu Niculescu from Dinamo Bucureşti.[4]

On 23 January 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 28 June 2008, Dică moved to Catania, mainly by the desire of his past and actual coach, Walter Zenga. He is expected to replace midfielder Juan Manuel 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

During the month of June 2009, Iraklis signed the player on loan from Calcio Catania.[7] He made his competitive debut on 23 August 2009 and scored twice in a 2–1 win over Panthrakikos.

CFR Cluj

In January 2010, CFR Cluj signed the midfielder on loan from Catania Calcio until June 2010. He won the Romanian League with them, and the Romanian Cup scoring his first goal in a 2–1 victory against Dinamo Bucharest in the second leg of the Romanian Cup semi-final.

Manisaspor

In July 2010, Manisaspor signed the midfielder on loan from Catania Calcio until June 2011. He rarely made it to the first team and then, agreed to cancel his contract with Manisaspor at 14 December 2010.[8]

Return to Steaua Bucureşti

On January 2011, Dică signed a one-year contract with his former team. He made his debut for the club on 27 February 2011, in a 1–0 win at Universitatea Craiova. On 5 April, He scored his first goal after his return to Steaua in a 5–0 home win over Unirea Urziceni. On 11 May, Dică scored the equalizer against FC Braşov which sent Steaua through to the final of the Romanian Cup. On 25 May, Dică scored a trademark free kick in a 2–1 victory over rivals Dinamo Bucharest, winning his second consecutive cup.

In June 2011, Dică left Steaua.

Dacia Mioveni

Later that month he joined Liga I side Dacia Mioveni. He received the number 80 jersey.[9]

Career statistics

Club

(Correct as of 30 October 2011)

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dacia Piteşti
1998–99 17 5 ? ? 0 0 17 5
1999–00 33 14 ? ? 0 0 33 14
Total 50 19 ? ? 0 0 50 19
FC Argeş
2000–01 19 4 ? ? 0 0 19 4
2001–02 27 11 ? ? 0 0 27 11
2002–03 28 10 ? ? 0 0 28 10
2003–04 14 8 ? ? 0 0 14 8
Total 89 34 ? ? 0 0 89 34
Steaua
2003–04 14 9 ? ? 0 0 14 9
2004–05 29 11 ? ? 11 2 40 13
2005–06 29 15 ? ? 15 6 44 21
2006–07 23 10 ? ? 10 5 33 15
2007–08 30 9 ? ? 10 1 40 10
Total 125 54 ? ? 46 14 171 68
Catania
2008–09 3 0 ? ? 0 0 3 0
Total 3 0 ? ? 0 0 3 0
Iraklis
2009–10 13 3 ? ? 0 0 13 3
Total 13 3 ? ? 0 0 13 3
CFR Cluj
2009–10 13 0 ? ? 0 0 13 0
Total 13 0 ? ? 0 0 13 0
Manisaspor
2010–11 5 0 ? ? 0 0 5 0
Total 5 0 ? ? 0 0 5 0
Steaua
2010–11 11 4 2 2 0 0 13 6
Total 11 4 2 2 0 0 13 6
Mioveni
2011–12 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Total 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Career total 319 114 2 2 46 14 367 130

International career

Nicolae Dică playing against Nigeria on Steaua Stadium.

Dică debuted on 11 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 16 August 2006 Stadionul Farul, Constanţa, Romania  Cyprus 1–0 2–0 Friendly
2 6 September 2006 Qemal Stafa, Tirana, Albania  Albania 1–0 2–0 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying
3 22 August 2007 Stadionul Lia Manoliu, Bucharest, Romania  Turkey 1–0 2–0 Friendly
4 8 September 2007 Dinamo Stadium, Minsk, Belarus  Belarus 2–1 3–1 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying
5 21 November 2007 Stadionul Lia Manoliu, Bucharest, Romania  Albania 1–0 6–1 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying
6 21 November 2007 Stadionul Lia Manoliu, Bucharest, Romania  Albania 6–1 6–1 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying
7 31 May 2008 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Montenegro 3–0 4–0 Friendly
8 31 May 2008 Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania  Montenegro 4–0 4–0 Friendly
9 20 August 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 8 March 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.

Honours

Club

Steaua Bucureşti
CFR Cluj

Individual

References

  1. ^ "Nicolae Dica – Catania – Campionato di Serie A" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. http://www.gazzetta.it/speciali/2008/calcio/Players/player_p188249.shtml. Retrieved 10 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Walker, Michael (28 April 2006). "Boro win 4–3 on aggregate". London: guardian.co.uk. http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2006/apr/28/match.sport?gusrc=rss&feed=football. Retrieved 7 June 2008. 
  3. ^ "Steaua Thrashed Dynamo Kiev in Champions League Opener". news.softpedia.com. 14 September 2006. http://news.softpedia.com/news/Steaua-Thrashed-Dynamo-Kiev-in-Champions-League-Opener-35495.shtml. Retrieved 7 June 2008. 
  4. ^ "Nicolae Dica este jucătorul anului 2006 în Ancheta Gazetei". blogsport.ro. 21 December 2006. http://blogsport.ro/gsp/2006/12/21/nicolae-dica-este-jucatorul-anului-2006-in-ancheta-gazetei/. Retrieved 7 June 2008. 
  5. ^ "Dică riscă să piardă tot sezonul". realitatea.net. 20 January 2007. http://www.realitatea.net/dica-risca-sa-piarda-tot-sezonul_37427.html. Retrieved 7 June 2008. 
  6. ^ "Catania Snap Up Nicolae Dica". transfermarketweb.com. 28 June 2008. http://www.transfermarketweb.com/?action=read&idsel=19424. Retrieved 28 June 2008. 
  7. ^ Catania gibt Dica an Iraklis ab
  8. ^ "Nicolae Dică şi-a reziliat contractul cu turcii de la Manisaspor: "Avem jucători mai buni ca el"". prosport.ro. 15 December 2010. http://www.prosport.ro/fotbal-extern/campionate-externe/nicolae-dica-si-a-reziliat-contractul-cu-turcii-de-la-manisaspor-avem-jucatori-mai-buni-ca-el-7819515. Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "Dică's profile on CS Mioveni's official site". csmioveni.ro. 18 July 2011. http://www.csmioveni.ro/fotbal/nicolae-constantin-dic. Retrieved 30 August 2011. 

External links

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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