Ianis Zicu

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Ianis Zicu
Personal information
Full name Ianis Alin Zicu
Date of birth (1983-10-23) 23 October 1983 (age 30)
Place of birth Constanța, Romania
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Winger
Club information
Current team
ASA Târgu Mureș
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Dinamo București 33 (8)
2001–2002 Poiana Câmpina (loan) 6 (4)
2002–2003 Farul Constanța (loan) 20 (7)
2004–2007 Inter Milan 0 (0)
2004–2005 Parma (loan) 9 (0)
2005–2006 Dinamo București (loan) 40 (12)
2006–2007 Rapid București (loan) 30 (13)
2007–2010 Dinamo București 39 (5)
2010–2011 Politehnica Timișoara 30 (18)
2011–2012 CSKA Sofia 15 (13)
2012 Pohang Steelers 15 (6)
2012 Gangwon FC (loan) 17 (9)
2013–2014 Gangwon FC 27 (6)
2014 Petrolul Ploiești 10 (0)
2014– ASA Târgu Mureș 1 (0)
National team
2000-2002 Romania U–19 6 (3)
2002–2004 Romania U–21 13 (3)
2003–2011 Romania 12 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2011

Ianis Alin Zicu (born 23 October 1983 in Constanța) is a Romanian footballer who plays as a midfielder. He is under contract with Liga I team ASA Târgu Mureș.

Club career[edit]

Dinamo București[edit]

Zicu made his Divizia A debut on 14 April 2001, at the age of 17 in a 4–2 win over Gaz Metan Mediaș. He scored his first goal in a 4–3 loss to Astra Ploiești in the 2000–01 season. However, Zicu found first-team opportunities limited, during his four years at the club he was loaned out several times to gain more experience. During his time at the club, Zicu won the league titles twice in 2002 and 2004, and the Romanian Cup in 2001.

Internazionale[edit]

In January 2004 Zicu joined Internazionale,[1] but club sent him immediately on a loan spell to Parma, as part of the Adriano Leite Ribeiro deal.

Loaned out[edit]

Zicu made his Serie A debut for Parma on 21 February 2004 in a 2–1 win against Sampdoria. He was loaned back to Dinamo București in January 2005. Upon his return, Zicu won his second Romanian Cup in 2005. He remained in his country on loan to Rapid București, and would become the team's leading scorer. He added another domestic cup with Rapid in 2007. However, the following season he went back to Dinamo on a permanent deal.

Politehnica Timișoara[edit]

On 21 July 2010, Zicu signed a five-year contract with arch rivals FC Timișoara.[2] He made his debut in the Europa League, in the second leg of the third qualifying round against MyPa. He scored the second goal in the 80th minute, MyPa were leading 3–0 at half time. Timisoara had completed an amazing comeback during the second half a stoppage-time equaliser from Marián Čišovský in the 90+2' minute gave Poli the tickets to the competition's play-offs. After the first half of the season, Zicu scored 9 times in 15 matches. He scored twice in the second half of the season against Gaz Metan Mediaș in a 3–1 win.[3] He dedicated his goals to his mother, who had died three weeks earlier of breast cancer. On 5 March 2011, Zicu netted again in a 2–1 away win against CFR Cluj at the Dr. Constantin Rădulescu Stadium.[4] He scored again this time against Universitatea Craiova, in a 4–0 win, and then in a 2–0 victory over Victoria Brănești, becoming the Liga 1 top scorer with 14 goals.[5]

CSKA Sofia[edit]

On 16 June 2011, Zicu moved abroad to sign with Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia for 3 years. On 30 July he made his competitive debut for CSKA in the Bulgarian Supercup derby match against Litex Lovech. He scored from penalty and made the result 2-1 for CSKA, afterwards the match ended 3-1 and CSKA Sofia won the Supercup for the record fourth time in their history.[6] On 28 October 2011, Zicu scored the only goal in the Eternal derby of Bulgaria to help CSKA to a 1:0 home win over Levski Sofia. He scored his first-ever hat-trick in his career on 12 November 2011, in a 3–1 home win over Minyor Pernik. Zicu finished the first half of the 2011–12 A PFG season as the top scorer in the league, having netted 13 times in total.[7]

Pohang Steelers[edit]

In late December 2011, it was revealed that Zicu had been transferred to South Korean club Pohang Steelers, signing a two-year deal with an option for a fourth year (a two-year extension) for an undisclosed fee, though media reports estimated it to be €2.3 million.[8] He made his official debut as a starter on 18 February 2012 in the 2–0 win over Thai club Chonburi FC in an AFC Champions League match and scored his first goal for the team on 11 March 2012, in the 1–1 away draw with Gwangju FC in a K-League game.[9] On 24 July 2012, he agreed to join the K-League rival Gangwon FC on a 6 month loan deal until the end of the 2012 season.

Gangwon FC[edit]

In January 2013, Zicu was transferred definitely to Gangwon FC.[10]

Petrolul Ploiești[edit]

On 15 January 2014, Zicu signed a contract for one year and a half with the team from Ploiești, after Adrian Mutu signed one day before with the club. He chose to wear the number 27, the number that he wore at FC Politehnica Timișoara, when he became the top scorer of Liga I. He ended his contract after only half a season.

ASA Târgu Mureș[edit]

In July 2014, he moved to the newly promoted ASA Târgu Mureș, where he signed a contract for one season.[11]

International career[edit]

He was a U-21 international before he made his debut for the senior side in 2003. He was banned from representing his country at any level for two years in 2004.[12]

Zicu made his senior debut for Romania in a friendly with Japan on 11 October 2003.

International goals[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 29 March 2011 Ceahlăul Stadium, Piatra Neamţ, Romania  Luxembourg 3–1 3–1 UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dinamo București 2007-08 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 2
2008-09 9 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 3
2009-10 18 0 3 1 5 0 0 0 26 1
Total 39 5 3 1 5 0 0 0 47 6
Politehnica Timişoara 2010–11 30 18 3 0 4 1 0 0 37 19
Total 30 18 3 0 4 1 0 0 37 19
CSKA Sofia 2011–12 15 13 1 0 2 0 1 1 19 14
Total 15 13 1 0 2 0 1 1 19 14
Pohang 2012 15 6 1 0 - - 16 6
Total 15 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 16 6
Career total 99 42 8 1 11 1 1 1 104 45

International[edit]

Romania national team
Year Apps Goals
2003 1 0
2004 0 0
2005 0 0
2006 1 0
2007 3 0
2008 0 0
2009 0 0
2010 1 0
2011 6 1
Total 12 1

Statistics accurate as of match played on 26 September 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile of Ianis Zicu". Inter.it. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Zicu signed with Poli". FC Timișoara. 21 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Poli - Gaz Metan 3-1". Politehnica Timișoara. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Magic Zicu". Politehnica Timişoara. Retrieved 5 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Classic Zicu became Liga 1 top scorer". RomanianSoccer. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Result from the Supercup match". Scorespro. 30 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Зику поздрави феновете си". Sport1.bg. 31 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Янис Зику подписа с корейския "Поханг", ЦСКА взима 2.3 милиона евро". Dnevnik.bg. 4 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Ianis Alin Zicu match log". soccerway.com. March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Ianis Zicu are motiv de bucurie: "Sunt fericit!" Transferul care îi aduce liniște românului". ProSport. 23 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Ianis Zicu a semnat cu ASA Targu Mures". LPF. 20 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Romanian pair axed for misconduct". UEFA.com. Retrieved 24 September 2009. 

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