Claudiu Niculescu

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Claudiu Niculescu
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Personal information
Full name Claudiu Iulian Niculescu
Date of birth (1976-06-23) 23 June 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth Slatina, Romania
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Voluntari (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1995 IELIF Craiova 29 (5)
1995–1996 Drobeta-Turnu Severin 20 (15)
1996–1998 Electroputere Craiova (ro) 48 (31)
1998–2001 Universitatea Craiova 93 (41)
2001–2002 Dinamo București 30 (20)
2002–2003 Genoa 11 (3)
2003–2008 Dinamo București 123 (70)
2008 MSV Duisburg 17 (4)
2008–2009 Omonia 8 (1)
2009–2010 Dinamo București 38 (8)
2010–2012 Universitatea Cluj 42 (18)
Total 459 (216)
National team
2000–2007 Romania 8 (0)
Teams managed
2012 Universitatea Cluj
2012–2013 Bihor Oradea
2013 Damila Măciuca
2013–2014 CSM Râmnicu Vâlcea
2014–2015 CS Mioveni
2017– Voluntari
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Claudiu Iulian Niculescu (born 23 June 1976 in Slatina) is a Romanian football coach and former striker. As a footballer, he played in Romania for Universitatea Craiova, Dinamo București and U Cluj, and has also played abroad for Genoa 1893, MSV Duisburg and Omonia. He was a striker and was especially skilled in free-kicks. He is 11th in an all-time ranking for the goalscorers in Liga I, with 157 goals.[1] He is currently the manager of FC Voluntari.[2]

Club career[edit]

At his first season with Dinamo Bucharest, Niculescu won the title in the First League and he became officially one of the best strikers from the internal competition.

The second season was not a brilliant one for Dinamo Bucharest and Niculescu was transferred to Genoa FC 1893 in the Italian Second Division at the middle of the season.

After only half of season, in 2003 Niculescu turned back to Dinamo Bucharest and he won another champion title with his team.

In the 2006–07 season, he became the goal-getter of the league scoring 18 goals, four of these in the match against rivals Rapid Bucharest. He was also the second best goal-scorer the UEFA Cup, scoring eight goals. In total, he scored 18 goals for Dinamo in European matches, and he is the all-time top scorer in European competitions for Dinamo. In Romania, he played 351 games, scoring 173 goals.

On 25 July 2010, he scored on his debut for 'U' Cluj against his former fierce rivals, Steaua Bucharest.

Head coach[edit]

His first experience as a coach came at Universitatea Cluj, where he was in the same time active player.[3] He was named head-coach in March 2012, and in 15 games under his command, the club won four games, draw in six and lost five. Niculescu resigned after the first game of the 2012–13 season, a drastic loss at Pandurii Târgu Jiu: 6–2.[4]

On 25 September 2012, Claudiu Niculescu was installed as the head coach of Liga II team FC Bihor Oradea with an objective to help the team promote to the first division.[5] In December, Niculescu ended his contract, after only eight games (two wins, three draws and three loses).[6]

In January 2013, Niculescu took over Damila Măciuca, in Liga II.[7]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Dinamo București

Individual[edit]

As a manager[edit]

Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA Win %
Universitatea Cluj March 2012 July 2012 15 4 6 5 24 23 26.67
FC Bihor September 2012 January 2013 8 2 3 3 10 13 25.00
Damila Măciuca January 2013 June 2013 12 8 2 2 22 7 66.67
CSM Râmnicu Vâlcea July 2013 March 2014 24 10 7 7 28 21 41.67
CS Mioveni July 2014 October 2015 37 16 11 10 49 36 43.24
Total 96 40 29 27 133 100 41.67

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