Ionel Dănciulescu

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Ionel Dănciulescu
Ionel Dănciulescu.JPG
Danciu celebrates promotion to La Liga with Hércules
Personal information
Full name Ionel Daniel Dănciulescu
Date of birth (1976-12-06) 6 December 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth Slatina, Romania
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1995 Electroputere Craiova 31 (8)
1995–1997 Dinamo București 64 (22)
1997–1998 Altay 7 (1)
1998–2001 Steaua București 129 (54)
2002–2009 Dinamo București 198 (103)
2005 Shandong Luneng (loan) 26 (10)
2009–2010 Hércules 25 (10)
2010–2013 Dinamo București 93 (27)
National team
1996–1997 Romania U21 5 (1)
1999–2009 Romania 8 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ionel Daniel Dănciulescu (born 6 December 1976 in Slatina, Olt County) is a Romanian former footballer. He holds the all-time record for the most competitive appearances in Liga I, with 515 games played over 20 years.[1] He is also the second highest goalscorer in the history of Liga I, with 214 goals scored in his career (behind Dudu Georgescu with 252).

Club career[edit]

Born in Slatina, Romania, Ionel Dănciulescu started playing football in his hometown as a youngster for CSŞ Slatina, and was said to have great potential for striking a ball and to score goals. In his early career he got noticed immediately and was transferred in the capital of his region, Oltenia at Electroputere Craiova.

Electroputere Craiova[edit]

In 1993, Dănciulescue joined Electroputere making his Divizia A debut on 6 October 1993 against the derby rival at that time Universitatea Craiova, which ended 2–2. Over the course of two seasons with Electroputere, he scored 8 goals in 31 league games playing alongside the likes of Ștefan Nanu, Gabriel Popescu, and two other (later team-mates at Steaua), Sabin Ilie and Claudiu Răducanu. In 1995, Electroputere Craiova were relegated to the second league. Dănciulescu signed for Dinamo Bucharest and went on to become a promising striker.

Dinamo Bucharest[edit]

Having arrived in 1995, Dănciulescu only spent two seasons at Dinamo București, scoring 22 goals in 64 games. However, he did not win any trophies with Dinamo. He left the club for Turkey in 1997.

Altay Izmir[edit]

During the half season of 1997–98, Dănciulescu had a brief spell with Altay in the Turkish Super League. He played there seven games and scoring one goal.

Steaua Bucharest[edit]

After returning from Turkey, Dănciulescu decided to join Romanian giants Steaua București. He played five seasons with Steaua, scoring 54 goals in 129 league games. In the seasons 1997–98 and 2000–01 Steaua won the championship titles as well as the Romanian Cup in 1998–99 and a Romanian Supercup title in 2001.

In the second part of the season 2001–02 Dănciulescu had a conflict with both Gigi Becali, the boss of Steaua București, and Victor Pițurcă, Steaua's coach, and had to leave along with Ion Vlădoiu.[citation needed]

Return to Dinamo Bucharest[edit]

He signed again with Dinamo Bucharest, but his second spell period was probably the hardest in his career. He even played in the second league at that time via Dinamo's satellite team Poiana Câmpina. He came back strong during the 2002–03 season, after he scored 16 goals in 26 games. The fans accepted him and he became the top-scorer of the team along with Claudiu Niculescu. The Romanian press called them the "N&D couple".

In 2004, he was named Romanian Footballer of the Year, after becoming the top goalscorer in the 2003–04 season of Divizia A and scoring 2 goals in 5 matches with the national team. During his second spell with Dinamo, Dănciulescu won the Romanian League in the seasons 2003–04 and 2006–07, and two more Romanian Cups in 2002–03 and 2003–04. As of August 2008 he was the fourth overall goalscorer in the history of the Romanian First Division (with 187 goals), after Dudu Georgescu, Rodion Cămătaru and Marin Radu. He was top scorer in the 2007–08 season, scoring 21 goals for Dinamo Bucharest, which he also captained several times that season.[2]

Shandong Luneng[edit]

In 2005, he was loaned out to China side Shandong Luneng, which paid him 350.000 USD for 10 months. Dănciulescu scored 10 goals in 25 league games being the top-scorer of the team and helping them to reach the Chinese FA Cup final, where they finished runners-up.

Hércules C.F.[edit]

On 1 September 2009, Dănciulescu signed for Spanish side Hércules Alicante in the Segunda División securing a two-year deal. On 19 June 2010, Dănciulescu helped Hércules to promote to La Liga, after a break of 13 years, contributing 10 goals in 25 league games. He also scored two goals in the Spanish Cup against SD Huesca and Almería and became the overall top scorer of the team.

Second return to Dinamo[edit]

After only one year with Hércules, his contract was terminated so Dănciulescu came back to Dinamo in July 2010. He became a regular player for Dinamo in Ioan Andone's coaching spell and remained in the first squad in 2011, with Liviu Ciobotariu as manager. On 26 September 2011, he scored his 198th goal in Liga I in a match against Petrolul Ploiești, thus joining Rodion Cămătaru as the second most prolific goalscorer.[3] On 17th of October, Ionel Dănciulescu scored his 200th[4] goal in Liga I, during a match against Ceahlăul Piatra-Neamț.

In September 2013, Dănciulescu became the most prolific goalscorer in Cupa României after he scored once in a game against Sănătatea Cluj. He reached 41 goals in the competition, passing the record of Florea Voinea.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 6 October 2013

Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Electroputere Craiova 1993–94 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 5 2
1994–95 27 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 27 8
Total 31 8 2 2 0 0 0 0 32 10
Dinamo 1995–96 32 14 0 0 2 0 0 0 34 14
1996–97 32 8 2 2 0 0 0 0 34 10
Total 64 22 2 2 2 0 0 0 68 24
Altay
1997–98 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Total 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1
Steaua 1997–98 25 14 3 1 0 0 0 0 28 15
1998–99 33 15 7 6 5 2 0 0 45 23
1999–00 30 14 2 1 7 1 1 0 40 16
2000–01 27 6 3 3 0 0 0 0 30 9
2001–02 14 5 1 1 4 0 0 0 19 6
Total 129 54 16 12 16 3 1 0 162 69
Dinamo 2001–02 13 3 4 1 0 0 0 0 17 4
2002–03 26 16 5 2 2 0 0 0 33 18
2003–04 29 21 5 6 5 6 0 0 39 33
2004–05 15 11 4 2 6 3 0 0 25 16
Total 83 51 18 11 13 9 0 0 114 71
Shandong Luneng
2005 26 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 10
Total 26 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 10
Dinamo 2005–06 14 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 2
2006–07 31 15 2 1 12 5 0 0 45 21
2007–08 32 21 2 0 4 2 1 1 39 24
2008–09 34 12 4 2 2 0 0 0 40 14
2009–10 4 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 2
Total 115 52 8 3 20 7 1 1 144 63
Hércules
2009–10 25 10 3 2 0 0 0 0 28 12
Total 25 10 3 2 0 0 0 0 28 12
Dinamo
2010–11 29 7 5 3 0 0 0 0 34 10
2011–12 32 13 4 1 4 1 0 0 40 15
2012–13 27 7 1 0 1 0 0 0 29 7
2013–14 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
Total 93 27 11 5 5 1 0 0 109 33
In Romania 515 214 57 41 56 20 2 1 630 270
Career total 573 235 60 43 56 20 2 1 691 293

International career[edit]

Dănciulescu won his first Romania cap on 3 March 1999 against Estonia, in a 2–0 victory. However he was never in the plans of Victor Pițurcă, the man who brought him on the national team first time against Estonia, and was never called up again, due his conflict he had with Pițurcă when he was at Steaua. Dănciulescu was once called up during 2004 and 2009 by Anghel Iordănescu and Răzvan Lucescu.

He played only eight games for Romania, his best match was a friendly one against Germany ended with Romania's victory, 5–1 when he scored his only two goals for Romania.

International goals[edit]

Romania's goal tally first. "Score" column indicates the score after the player's goal.
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 28 April 2004 Stadionul Giuleşti Bucharest, Romania  Germany 3–0 5–1 Friendly
2 28 April 2004 Stadionul Giuleşti Bucharest, Romania  Germany 4–0 5–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Steaua Bucureşti
Dinamo Bucureşti
Shandong Luneng

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Orice Sport (13 November 2013). "Dănciulescu a pus capăt carierei de fotbalist şi a fost numit team-manager la Dinamo" (in Romanian). Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Fotbal :: Dinamo a cîştigat un titlu: Dănciulescu e golgeter
  3. ^ "Danciulescu l-a egalat pe Camataru la numarul de goluri in prima liga". observator.ro (in Romanian). 26 September 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  4. ^ gsp.ro (18 October 2011). "Danciu 200 în imagini » Îi va prelungi Dinamo contractul?" (in Romanian). Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Andra Constantinescu (24 September 2013). "Ionel Dănciulescu a devenit cel mai bun marcator din istoria Cupei României" (in Romanian). Retrieved 25 September 2013. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Cătălin Munteanu
Steaua Top Scorer
1998–1999
1999–2000
Succeeded by
Claudiu Răducanu