Cristian Săpunaru

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Cristian Săpunaru
Cristian Sapunaru 2011.jpg
Săpunaru training with Porto in 2011
Personal information
Full name Ionuţ Cristian Săpunaru
Date of birth (1984-04-05) 5 April 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Number 19
Youth career
1990–2002 Național București
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2006 Național București 34 (3)
2003–2004 Callatis Mangalia (loan) 10 (0)
2006–2008 Rapid București 51 (3)
2008–2012 Porto 67 (3)
2010 Rapid București (loan) 10 (3)
2012–2013 Zaragoza 29 (2)
2013–2014 Elche 8 (1)
National team
2006 Romania U21 3 (0)
2008–2011 Romania 9 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ionuţ Cristian Săpunaru (born 5 April 1984 in Bucharest) is a Romanian professional footballer. Mainly a right back, he can also play as a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Porto[edit]

A product of FC Național București's youth system, playing with the team since he was six years old, Săpunaru joined FC Rapid București in July 2006. In the summer of 2008 he was sold for 2.5 million to Portugal's F.C. Porto and signed a five-year contract,[1] with the top division outfit owning 50% of the player's rights – Romanian sources indicated the price was actually €6 million plus two players.[2]

During his debut campaign Săpunaru was first-choice right-back, as the northerners achieved a double, and scored his first goal in a League Cup 1–2 away loss against C.D. Nacional.

In early February 2010, he was suspended in Portugal – as his teammate Hulk – following incidents during a 0–1 league loss against S.L. Benfica, so he returned to his country for a five-month loan, joining former club Rapid.[3] He did not manage to be played regularly at Porto during that time but, following his return for 2010–11, became a very important first-team unit as the team won three major titles, appearing in 40 official games in the process.

On 17 February 2014, Săpunaru was condemned to pay a €90,000 fine for his participation in the beating of two stewards at the Estádio da Luz on the 20 December 2009 match.[4][5][6]

Zaragoza[edit]

On 31 August 2012, Săpunaru signed a one-year contract with La Liga club Real Zaragoza.[7] He made his official debut on 16 September, playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–2 loss at Real Sociedad.[8]

In his first season in Aragon, Săpunaru started but also suffered team relegation. He also entered his name in the competition's history books, after breaking the record for the most bookings in a single campaign (19 yellow cards and one red).[9]

International career[edit]

Săpunaru made his debut for the Romanian national team on 31 May 2008 against Montenegro, and was selected to the nation's squad at UEFA Euro 2008, although he did not play in the final stages.

Honours[edit]

Rapid Bucharest
Porto

Club statistics[edit]

As of 1 June 2013[10]
Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Național București
2002–03 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
2003–04 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Callatis Mangalia
2003–04 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Total 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Național București
2004–05 6 0 2 0 0 0 8 0
2005–06 23 3 5 0 0 0 28 3
Total 34 3 9 0 0 0 43 3
Rapid București
2006–07 19 1 3 0 6 0 28 1
2007–08 32 2 2 0 2 0 36 2
Total 51 3 5 0 8 0 64 3
Porto
2008–09 17 0 7 1 8 0 25 0
2009–10 5 0 0 0 4 0 9 0
Rapid București
2009–10 10 3 0 0 0 0 10 3
Total 10 3 0 0 0 0 10 3
Porto
2010–11 19 0 9 0 13 0 41 0
2011–12 15 2 2 0 3 0 20 2
Total 56 2 18 1 28 0 102 3
Zaragoza
2012–13 29 2 6 0 0 0 35 2
Total 29 2 6 0 0 0 35 2
Career total 190 13 38 1 36 0 264 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rapid's Săpunaru plumps for Porto; UEFA.com, 14 July 2008
  2. ^ Ce transfer !!! Sapunaru la FC Porto pentru 6 milioane + 2 jucatori (We have a transfer !!! Sapunaru to FC Porto for 6 million + 2 players); Sport Magazin, 9 July 2008 (Romanian)
  3. ^ Sapunaru to return on loan to Rapid Bucharest; Romanian Times, 1 February 2010
  4. ^ "Futebolistas do FC Porto condenados no caso do túnel da Luz" [FC Porto footballers condemned in tunnel of Luz case] (in Portuguese). Expresso. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "FC Porto: jogadores condenados no caso do "túnel da Luz"" [FC Porto: players condemned in the "tunnel of Light" case] (in Portuguese). Relvado. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Túnel da Luz. Futebolistas condenados a indemnizar "stewards"" [Tunnel of Light. Footballers condemned to compensate stewards] (in Portuguese). iOnline. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Cristian Sapunaru se une a la plantilla del Real Zaragoza" [Cristian Sapunaru joins Real Zaragoza roster] (in Spanish). Zaragoza's official website. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "La Real se aprovecha de un inocente Zaragoza" [Real takes advantage of innocent Zaragoza] (in Spanish). Marca. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Sapu cel galben » Săpunaru a rămas în istoria Primera Division: a depăşit recordul de cartonaşe galbene" [Sapu the yellow » Săpunaru makes history in Primera Division: yellow cards record broken] (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "C. Săpunaru". Soccerway. Retrieved 26 February 2014. 

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