Săpunaru training with Porto in 2011
|Full name||Ionuţ Cristian Săpunaru|
|Date of birth||5 April 1984|
|Place of birth||Bucharest, Romania|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)|
|2003–2004||→ Callatis Mangalia (loan)||10||(0)|
|2010||→ Rapid București (loan)||10||(3)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Early years / Porto
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, with the top division outfit owning 50% of the player's rights – Romanian sources indicated the price was actually €6 million plus two players.
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. 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.
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).
- Rapid Bucharest
- UEFA Europa League: 2010–11
- Primeira Liga: 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12
- Taça de Portugal: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2009, 2010, 2011
- UEFA Super Cup: Runner-up 2011
- As of 1 June 2013
- Rapid's Săpunaru plumps for Porto; UEFA.com, 14 July 2008
- 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)
- Sapunaru to return on loan to Rapid Bucharest; Romanian Times, 1 February 2010
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "La Real se aprovecha de un inocente Zaragoza" [Real takes advantage of innocent Zaragoza] (in Spanish). Marca. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
- "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.
- "C. Săpunaru". Soccerway. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
- RomanianSoccer profile and stats
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- BDFutbol profile
- Cristian Săpunaru at National-Football-Teams.com
- Cristian Săpunaru – FIFA competition record
- Cristian Săpunaru – UEFA competition record