Eric Bicfalvi

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Eric Bicfalvi
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Bicfalvi playing for Ural Yekaterinburg in 2017
Personal information
Full name Eric Cosmin Bicfalvi
Date of birth (1988-02-05) 5 February 1988 (age 30)
Place of birth Carei, Romania
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position
Club information
Current team
Ural Yekaterinburg
Number 6
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2006 Fink Fenster Petrești 23 (9)
2006–2007 Jiul Petroșani 16 (0)
2007–2012 Steaua București 63 (3)
2008 Gloria Buzău (loan) 25 (1)
2012–2015 Volyn Lutsk 72 (26)
2015–2016 Liaoning Whowin 12 (0)
2016 Dinamo București 7 (1)
2016 Tom Tomsk 15 (3)
2017– Ural Yekaterinburg 35 (10)
National team
2006–2007 Romania U19 3 (1)
2007–2010 Romania U21 23 (3)
2014– Romania 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 November 2017

Eric Cosmin Bicfalvi (Romanian pronunciation: ['erik kosˈmin ˈbikfalvi], Hungarian: Bikfalvi Erik, Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈbikfɒlvi ˈɛrik]; born 5 February 1988) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays mainly as an attacking midfielder for Russian club Ural Yekaterinburg.

He began his senior career in Romania playing for Fink Fenster Petrești, Jiul Petroșani, Steaua București and Gloria Buzău, before going on to compete professionally in Ukraine, China and Russia.

Bicfalvi has been a full Romania international since November 2014.

Club career[edit]

Bicfalvi with Volyn Lutsk in 2015

In 2005, Bicfalvi began his senior career in the Romanian third division with Fink Fenster Petrești, where he spent one year. During this period, he made 23 appearances and scored nine goals for the club. The following season he moved to Liga I side Jiul Petroșani. After the team was relegated, he was signed by FC Steaua București on a five-year deal.

In 2012, as his contract expired he subsequently joined Ukrainian club Volyn Lutsk. Bicfalvi ended the 2014–15 Ukrainian Premier League season as joint-top scorer with 17 goals,[1] which earned him a transfer to Liaoning Whowin in the Chinese Super League on 7 July 2015.[2]

He did not adapt to life in China and after a brief spell with Dinamo București, the cross-town rival of his former club Steaua, he put pen on a contract with Tom Tomsk, newly promoted to the Russian Premier League.[3]

On 23 January 2017, he signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with another Russian first division side, Ural Yekaterinburg.[4]

International career[edit]

Bicfalvi is a former Romania youth international, representing the nation at under-19 and under-21 levels.

In August 2013, after not being convoked by the Romania senior team on any occasion, his agent announced that Bicfalvi would like to play for Hungary in the near future.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

However, Romania senior manager Anghel Iordănescu named him as a possible call-up for the next UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Northern Ireland in November 2014.[12][13] On 18 November that year, Bicfalvi made his full debut in a friendly with Denmark.[14][15]

Personal life[edit]

Bicfalvi's paternal grandfather, Alexander Bicfalvi / Sándor Bikfalvi was also a footballer and played for Victoria Carei. He was ethnic Swedish according to Gazeta Sporturilor and Hungarian according to Nemzeti Sport, while Eric's mother, Elisabeta / Erzsébet, is of Hungarian origin.[16][17]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 13 May 2018[18]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Jiul Petroșani 2006–07 Liga I 16 0 0 0 16 0
Steaua București 2007–08 9 1 2 0 4 0 15 1
Gloria Buzău 14 1 1 0 15 1
2008–09 11 0 0 0 11 0
Total 25 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 26 1
Steaua București 2008–09 Liga I 6 1 0 0 6 1
2009–10 7 0 2 0 6 0 15 0
2010–11 20 0 3 0 6 0 29 0
2011–12 21 1 1 0 6 0 1[a] 0 29 1
Total (2 spells) 63 3 8 0 22 0 1 0 94 3
Steaua II București 2009–10 Liga II 3 1 3 1
Volyn Lutsk 2012–13 Ukrainian Premier League 24 5 1 0 25 5
2013–14 23 4 1 0 24 4
2014–15 25 17 3 2 28 19
Total 72 26 5 2 0 0 0 0 77 28
Liaoning Whowin 2015 Chinese Super League 12 0 0 0 12 0
Dinamo București 2015–16 Liga I 7 1 2 1 1[b] 0 10 2
Tom Tomsk 2016–17 Russian Premier League 15 3 0 0 15 3
Ural Yekaterinburg 9 2 3 2 12 4
2017–18 26 8 0 0 26 8
Total 35 10 3 2 0 0 0 0 38 12
Career total 248 45 19 5 22 0 2 0 291 50
  1. ^ One appearance in Supercupa României
  2. ^ One appearance in Cupa Ligii

International[edit]

As of 22 April 2018[19]
National team Year Apps Goals
Romania
2014 1 0
2015 0 0
2016 2 0
2017 3 0
Total 6 0

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Steaua București
Ural Yekaterinburg

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Top Scorers. Season 2014/2015
  2. ^ 辽足官宣乌超金靴加盟 at sports.sina.com 2015-07-07 Retrieved 2015-07-07
  3. ^ https://www.dolce-sport.ro/fotbal/fotbal-international/exclusiv-eric-bicfalvi-i-gasit.html
  4. ^ «УРАЛ» ЗАКЛЮЧИЛ КОНТРАКТ С ЭРИКОМ БИКФАЛВИ (in Russian). FC Ural Yekaterinburg. 23 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Un fotbalist român, nemulțumit că nu e băgat în seamă de selecționer, vrea să evolueze pentru Ungaria!". 
  6. ^ "Magyar lenne egy román játékos". rangado. 
  7. ^ ORIGO. "Bikfalvi a magyar vlogatottsgon gondolkodik". origo.hu/. 
  8. ^ SZFU. "Magyar válogatott lenne Bikfalvi?". Szatmári Friss Újság. 
  9. ^ "Magyar válogatott akar lenni a románok elfelejtett játékosa". csakfoci.hu. Archived from the original on 26 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "Maszol - A magyar válogatott felé tapogatózik Eric Bicfalvi?". maszol.ro/. 
  11. ^ "Játékossors: magyar válogatott lenne a Steaua egykori játékosa? - N". NSO.hu. 13 August 2013. 
  12. ^ SZFU. "Iordănescu lehet a kapitány, Bikfalvit is meghívta". Szatmári Friss Újság. 
  13. ^ "OFICIAL: FRF confirmă varianta cu Iordănescu. "Secunzi" surpriză, Bicfalvi şi Puşcaş printre convocaţi". 
  14. ^ http://www.digisport.ro/Sport/FOTBAL/Competitii/Echipa+Nationala/Sanmartean+tine+mortis+sa+joace+si+cu+Danemarca+chiar+daca+are+u
  15. ^ http://www.nemzetisport.hu/minden_mas_foci/felkeszules-bevettek-a-danok-a-keseru-pirulat-2377325
  16. ^ "Haginál a románok lecsaphatnak a magyar válogatottba vágyó Bicfalvira". Nemzeti Sport. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "Bunicul lui Eric, Alexander Bicfalvi, este de origine suedez, dar s-a stabilit in Romania si s-a casatorit cu o romanca, Maria. "Nu ma consider nici macar 0,1 la suta suedez, sint roman get-beget", a spus Bicfalvi". GSP. 10 June 2007. Retrieved 10 June 2007. 
  18. ^ Eric Bicfalvi at Soccerway. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  19. ^ "Eric Bicfalvi". European Football. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 

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