Cristian Săpunaru

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Cristian Săpunaru
Cristian Sapunaru 2011.jpg
Săpunaru training with Porto
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
Club information
Current team
Elche
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 56 (2)
2010 Rapid București (loan) 10 (3)
2012–2013 Zaragoza 29 (2)
2013– 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 who plays for Elche CF in Spain. Mainly a right back, he can also play as 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 at 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.

Real Zaragoza[edit]

On 31 August 2012, Săpunaru signed a one-year contract with La Liga club Real Zaragoza.[4] He made his official debut on 16 September, playing the full 90 minutes in a 0–2 loss at Real Sociedad.[5]

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).[6]

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]

Club[edit]

Rapid Bucharest
Porto

Club statistics[edit]

As of 1 June 2013[7]
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

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