Ionuț Rada

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Ionuț Rada
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Personal information
Full name Ionuț Alin Rada
Date of birth (1982-07-06) 6 July 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Craiova, Romania
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Playing position Centre back / Left back
Club information
Current team
CFR Cluj
Number 24
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Universitatea Craiova 46 (1)
2001 Rocar Bucureşti (loan) 13 (0)
2004–2007 Rapid Bucureşti 65 (3)
2005–2006 Naţional Bucureşti (loan) 14 (2)
2007–2010 Steaua Bucureşti 32 (1)
2009–2010 CS Otopeni (loan) 13 (0)
2010– CFR Cluj 78 (4)
2012 Karlsruher SC (loan) 15 (1)
National team
2003 Romania U-21 1 (0)
2003–2005 Romania 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 31 July 2011

Ionuț Alin Rada, (born 6 July 1982 in Craiova) is a Romanian football player. His position on the pitch is central defender. He currently plays for CFR Cluj.

Club career[edit]

Universitatea Craiova[edit]

Rada started his career playing for Universitatea Craiova's youth team and also played for Gheorghe Popescu's famous football school from Craiova.

He debuted in Liga I for Universitatea Craiova playing only four matches being loaned to AS Rocar Bucureşti.

He returned to Universitatea Craiova and played there until 2004, scoring 1 goal in 42 appearances.

AS Rocar Bucureşti[edit]

He played for AS Rocar Bucureşti 13 matches but did not manage to score any goals. He was then brought back to Universitatea Craiova

Rapid Bucureşti[edit]

In 2004, he joined Rapid Bucureşti along with his teammate from Universitatea Craiova, Ionut Stancu. From Rapid he was loaned one season to Progresul Bucureşti, where he gained 14 appearances and scored two goals, one of the two goals was against his current team Steaua Bucureşti. That goal made Walter Zenga, Steaua Bucureşti's manager at that time, resign.

On 27 July 2006, Rada suffered an injury and missed the start of the season. He spent a month under treatment at the Isokinetic clinic in Bologna. He was left out of the team for the first time on 26 November 2006 by Razvan Lucescu because of his performance against Mladá Boleslav in the UEFA Cup.

George Copos, Rapid's owner, increased Rada's salary from €60.000 to €120.000 on 21 February 2007, due to his good performance. He was one of the lowest paid players from Rapid until his salary was doubled.

He played for Rapid in 65 matches and scored three goals. His best performance at this club was the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup.

Steaua Bucureşti[edit]

Rada signed with Steaua Bucureşti on 25 July 2007 for three years.[1] Steaua Bucureşti transferred him for a known fee of €800.000 but because the player was 50% owned by former Romanian football player Gheorghe Popescu, the club had to pay him another €800.000 thus resulting a total transfer fee of €1.600.000. Popescu said that he was mainly responsible for Rada's transfer to Steaua Bucureşti.

Ionut Rada training at Steaua.

He was put on the transfer list by his former club Rapid because the fans believed that the player did not give a 100% for the respective club. With his agreement and with the acknowledgment of George Copos he was put on the transfer list.

Rada currently earns €120.000 per season, but he said that the money is not important to him because it was his dream to play for Steaua in the UEFA Champions League. He was sure that he made the right choice because he also had offers from other teams.

He scored his first goal for Steaua Bucureşti against FC Vaslui in the current season of Liga I. He scored with a perfect header from a corner kick served by Banel Nicolita. The match ended with the score 1–0 for Steaua Bucureşti. He made his debut in the UEFA Champions League group stage against Slavia Prague, match lost by Steaua Bucureşti with 2–1.

He was loaned by his choice to CS Otopeni.

On 28 December 2009 Steaua announced that Rada was sold to Al-Nasr.[2]

Al-Nasr[edit]

On 28 December 2009 he signed on a year and half with Al-Nasr.[2]

CFR Cluj[edit]

On 11 June 2010, he signed with Romanian Champions CFR Cluj for three seasons. His first match was against FC Basel in 2010–11 UEFA Champions League when he scored his first goal.

International career[edit]

He was selected by Anghel Iordanescu for the Romania national football team in 20 August 2003 against Ukraine, thus being his first appearance in Romanian national football team. He won 2 caps for Romania.

Honours[edit]

FC Rapid Bucureşti
CFR Cluj

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rada si Zaharia, noile achizitii!" (in Romanian). steauafc.com. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Multumim, Ionut Rada!" (in Romanian). steauafc.com. [dead link]

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