Bogdan Stancu

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Bogdan Stancu
Bogdan Stancu during a training session at Steaua
Personal information
Full name Bogdan Sorin Stancu
Date of birth (1987-06-28) 28 June 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Pitești, Romania
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Striker
Left winger
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
1998–2005 FC Argeș
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 FC Argeș 7 (0)
2005–2006 Mioveni (loan) 12 (3)
2006–2008 Unirea Urziceni 51 (11)
2008–2011 Steaua București 72 (32)
2011–2012 Galatasaray 16 (3)
2011–2012 Orduspor (loan) 32 (10)
2012–2013 Orduspor 33 (11)
2013– Gençlerbirliği 59 (23)
National team
2006–2009 Romania U21 15 (5)
2009– Romania 37 (9)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 November 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 November 2015

Bogdan Sorin Stancu (born 28 June 1987 in Pitești)[1] is a Romanian footballer who plays for Turkish Süper Lig side Gençlerbirliği. His nickname is Motanul (meaning Tomcat). He plays as a striker or in a more supporting role as a second striker or left winger.

Stancu started his professional career at Argeș Pitești, also having a brief loan spell at Mioveni.[2] Due to an irregularity in his contract he left the club and joined Unirea Urziceni.[3] In the summer of 2008, after two years at Urziceni, he moved to Steaua București and finished his first season as Steaua's top scorer with 11 goals. In the first half of the 2010–11 season Stancu managed to score 16 times in 27 games after which Galatasaray paid 5m to secure his services. After a not so successful stint at the Turkish club, he was loaned for a year to Orduspor, after which he joined them on a permanent basis. After Orduspor was relegated from the Süper Lig Stancu moved to Gençlerbirliği for an undisclosed fee.[4]

Club career[edit]

FC Argeș[edit]

He was discovered at a trial by coach Mihai Ianovschi in 1998, who took him to the junior team of FC Argeș Pitești.[5]

In 2001, at the age of 14, Stancu was at the youth academy of FC Argeș when his father died due to heart failure. He was deeply affected by the loss and quit football for a few months.[6]

In 2005, he was brought to the first team by Sorin Cârțu. After a short period he was sent to Dacia Mioveni in Divizia B, where he had a contract of only $1000 per month and a clause by which he earned $1 for every minute played for Mioveni. His team won a few games with Stancu as their only goalscorer. After a season where he scored 3 goals in 12 matches, he returned to FC Argeș and made his debut in Divizia A at the age of 19 against former champions Steaua București, game which ended as a goalless draw.[7]

In the summer of 2006, Sorin Cârțu resigned from the club and former Italian star Giuseppe Giannini was appointed as the new manager of FC Argeș. After two weeks of training he decided that Bogdan Stancu and another player, Robert Neagoe, should be released. He ended up making only 7 appearances for his team that season. Stancu was sent once again to Dacia Mioveni during the pre-season but after a few days, Gigi Nețoiu brought him to Unirea Urziceni.[8]

Steaua Bucharest[edit]

In May 2008, after three years at Unirea, Stancu was transferred to Steaua București. Local media reported the fee to be in the region of 1 million.[9]

2008–09 season[edit]

On 30 June 2008 Stancu played his first match in Steaua's shirt in a friendly against Maribor, scoring the first goal. He scored his second goal On 26 July against Roma in a friendly game, Steaua won 3–1. On 23 August 2008 Stancu scored his first double for Steaua against Gloria Bistrița in Liga I. In his first 5 Liga I matches for Steaua he scored 4 goals. He managed to score 4 goals in several winter break friendly matches. After the winter break he would score again in the first match against Vaslui. On 14 March 2009 he scored in the 6th minute of the match against Politehnica Iași, leading Steaua to its victory. At his first season at Steaua was top scorer with 11 goals, along with Greek Pantelis Kapetanos.

2009–10 season[edit]

He started the new season scoring the 2nd goal for his team against Újpest in the second qualifying round of Europa League, on 16 July 2009, making the score 2–0 for Steaua București. He scored the third and final goal against Motherwell after being served perfectly by Rafał Grzelak. On 6 August 2009 he scored two more goals against the same Motherwell and help his team qualify in the Europa League playoffs. After his great performances in Europa League he was rewarded by Răzvan Lucescu with a call-up in the Romanian national team against Hungary. However, during a league match he got injured and Lucescu dropped him from the team.[10] Two weeks later he scored another two goals against St Patrick's Athletic. In 9 European matches he scored 6 goals. He was sent off on round 4 against Oțelul Galați in the 75th minute after receiving a second yellow card. At end of season he was top scorer of team in Europa League with 6 goals.

2010–11 season[edit]

In pre-season, he was top scorer with 5 goals in 6 friendly matches.

On 25 July 2010, Stancu netted the second goal in his first start of the season in a 1–2 away win against Universitatea Cluj. In the 2nd round he scored the equalizer in the 66th minute against U Craiova, after Valentin Iliev opened the score, 12 minutes later his teammate Romeo Surdu, scored the second goal helping the team to a 2–1 home win. In the 4th round he scored twice against Victoria, first goal in 24th minute and the victory goal in the 67th minute, Steaua winning home with 2–1. In his first European match of the season he scored the only goal in a 1–0 match against Grasshopper. In the 5th round he scored against FC Vaslui, he scored 2nd goal of the match in 46th minute, Steaua winning with 3–0. On round 10 scored two goals against Sportul Studențesc in a 4–2 victory. On next two rounds scored three goals, one against Dinamo București and two against Pandurii Târgu Jiu in a 2–0 victory. In matchday 4 at Europa League, Stancu scored two goals against Utrecht in a 3–1 victory, both goals came in the 52nd and 53rd minute. On round 17, Stancu scored twice against CFR Cluj. The next match day Stancu scored again in a 3–0 win against Universitatea Cluj. He finished the first half of the season with 13 goals in 18 appearances, making him the goalscorer in the league.


On 21 January 2011, Bogdan Stancu was sold to Turkish club Galatasaray for 5 million.[11][12] He signed a four and a half year contract worth 5,2 million[13]

He scored on his first Turkish Cup match for Galatasaray, in the 2–3 loss against Gaziantepspor in the first leg of the 2010–11 Turkish Cup quarterfinals which he had scored the second goal with a long shot. Stancu then scored in his second regular match in the Turkish League too, in the 4–2 win against Eskişehirspor. On the ninth of May Stancu scored a goal in Galatasarays victory against Kasımpaşa.[14] He finished the season with 3 goals in 16 appearances.[15]


On 23 August 2011, Stancu was loaned to Orduspor on a one-year loan deal worth 350,000.[16] Fatih Terim decided to start the 2011–12 season with the newly arrived striker Johan Elmander and Milan Baroš.

He scored 4 goals in his first 7 games for Orduspor.[17] In the last week of January 2012 he was chosen player of the week in the Süper Lig by Gazete Futbol due to his performance against Eskişehirspor.[18][19] On 1 February he opened the score in a match against Ankaragücü.[20] He continued his goalscoring form by scoring in the 3–2 victory against Antalyaspor on 12 February.[21] On 11 March Stancu scored a goal in a game against Beşiktaş to eventually earn a draw for Orduspor.[22] Then he assisted Javito's goal, in a game against Sivasspor, which finished in a 1-1 draw.[23]

At the end of the year Stancu joined Orduspor for a fee of 2,5m.[24] He later signed a 4-year contract worth 1,2m per year.[25]


On 25 July 2013, Stancu signed a three-year contract with Gençlerbirliği for an undisclosed fee.[26] He scored his first goal for the club in a 3–0 win over Akhisar Belediyespor on 23 August 2013. He made an immediate impact at Gençlerbirliği, scoring 7 league goals in his first half season,[27] the last of which was against his former club Galatasaray.[28]

International career[edit]

Stancu is an ex Romania U-21 player, gathering 15 appearances and scoring 5 goals from 2006 to 2009.[29]

On 3 September 2010, he made his debut for Romania in a game against Albania coming on in the 64th minute to replace Daniel Niculae.[30] He also scored his first goal for his national side 16 minutes into his first game.[31] On 29 February 2012, Stancu scored from a header against Uruguay to earn Romania a draw.[32]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 3 September 2010 Ceahlăul Stadium, Piatra Neamț, Romania  Albania 1–0 1–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
2 29 February 2012 Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania  Uruguay 1–1 1–1 Friendly
3 6 February 2013 Estadio Ciudad, Málaga, Spain  Australia 2–2 3–2 Friendly
4 14 August 2013 Arena Națională, Bucharest, Romania  Slovakia 1–0 1–1 Friendly
5 11 October 2013 Estadi Comunal, Andorra la Vella, Andorra  Andorra 0–2 0–4 FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifying
6 15 November 2013 Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece  Greece 1–1 3–1 FIFA World Cup 2014 play-off qualifying
7 14 October 2014 Olympiastadion, Helsinki, Finland  Finland 0–1 0–2 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
8 0–2
9 17 November 2015 Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna, Italy  Italy 0–1 2–2 Friendly


As of 7 June 2015[33][34]
Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Argeș 2005–06 7 0 7 0
Total 7 0 7 0
Dacia Mioveni 2005–06 12 3 12 3
Total 12 3 12 3
Unirea Urziceni 2006–07 20 5 2 0 22 5
2007–08 29 6 2 0 31 6
Total 49 11 4 0 53 11
Steaua 2008–09 29 11 1 0 5 0 35 11
2009–10 25 8 1 0 9 6 35 14
2010–11 18 13 1 0 8 3 27 16
Total 72 32 3 0 22 9 97 41
Galatasaray 2010–11 14 2 2 1 16 3
Total 14 2 2 1 16 3
Orduspor 2011–12 31 10 1 0 1 0 33 10
2012–13 30 10 3 1 33 11
Total 61 20 4 1 1 0 66 21
Gençlerbirliği 2013–14 28 13 28 13
2014–15 24 9 3 1 27 10
Total 52 22 55 23
Career total 267 90 16 3 22 9 1 0 306 102


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  2. ^ Italianul Giannini nu l-a vrut pe Stancu
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  13. ^ FOTO / Asta e salariul OFICIAL al lui Stancu la Galata! Vezi cat va castiga!
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  15. ^ Stancu
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  17. ^ Stancu la borna cu numarul 4
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  19. ^ Stancu scores goal after goal
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  22. ^ Nu se dezminte » Bogdan Stancu a înscris și cu Beşiktaş!
  23. ^ Stancu, din nou decisiv! Românul a dat pasa de gol la singura reușită a echipei sale
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  25. ^ "Bogdan Stancu se îmbogățește la Orduspor!". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  26. ^ "Stancu 3 yıllık sözleşmeyi imzaladı". (in Turkish). 25 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
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  29. ^ England U21 1-1 Romania U21
  30. ^ Romania, doar egal cu Albania in preliminariile Euro 2012
  31. ^ Romania, doar egal cu Albania in preliminariile Euro 2012
  32. ^ Bogdan Stancu, încă un GOL cu 'dedicație': "Mă întorc sigur la Galata"
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  34. ^ "Bogdan Sorin Stancu, Profile with news, career statistics and history". Romaniansoccer. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nicolae Dică
Steaua Top Scorer
(with Pantelis Kapetanos)
Succeeded by
Pantelis Kapetanos
Preceded by
Pantelis Kapetanos
Steaua Top Scorer
Succeeded by
Raul Rusescu