|Full name||Ianis Alin Paparazicu|
|Date of birth||23 October 1983|
|Place of birth||Constanța, Romania|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder / Winger|
|2002–2003||→ Farul Constanța (loan)||20||(7)|
|2004–2005||→ Parma (loan)||9||(0)|
|2005–2006||→ Dinamo București (loan)||40||(12)|
|2006–2007||→ Rapid București (loan)||30||(13)|
|2012–2013||→ Gangwon (loan)||17||(9)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 January 2017|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 June 2011
- 1 Club career
- 2 International career
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Honours
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Zicu made his Divizia A debut on 14 April 2001, at the age of 17 in a 4–2 win over Gaz Metan Mediaș. He scored his first goal in a 4–3 loss to Astra Ploiești in the 2000–01 season. However, Zicu found first-team opportunities limited, during his four years at the club he was loaned out several times to gain more experience. During his time at the club, Zicu won the Romania league titles twice in 2002 and 2004, the Romanian Cup in 2001, 2004, and 2005 and the Romanian Supercup in 2005.
Zicu made his Serie A debut for Parma on 21 February 2004 in a 2–1 win against Sampdoria. He was loaned back to Dinamo București in January 2005. Upon his return, Zicu won his second Romanian Cup in 2005. He remained in his country on loan to Rapid București, and would become the team's leading scorer. He added 1 more domestic cup with Rapid in 2007. However, the following season he went back to Dinamo on a permanent deal.
On 21 July 2010, Zicu signed a five-year contract with archrivals FC Timișoara. He made his debut in the Europa League, in the second leg of the third qualifying round against MyPa. He scored the second goal in the 80th minute, MyPa were leading 3–0 at half time. Timisoara had completed an amazing comeback during the second half a stoppage-time equaliser from Marián Čišovský in the 90+2' minute gave Poli the tickets to the competition's play-offs. After the first half of the season, Zicu scored 9 times in 15 matches. He scored twice in the second half of the season against Gaz Metan Mediaș in a 3–1 win. He dedicated his goals to his mother, who had died three weeks earlier of breast cancer. On 5 March 2011, Zicu netted again in a 2–1 away win against CFR Cluj at the Dr. Constantin Rădulescu Stadium. He scored again this time against Universitatea Craiova, in a 4–0 win, and then in a 2–0 victory over Victoria Brănești, becoming the Liga 1 top scorer with 18 goals.
On 16 June 2011, Zicu moved abroad to sign with Bulgarian club CSKA Sofia for 3 years. On 30 July he made his competitive debut for CSKA in the Bulgarian Supercup derby match against Litex Lovech. He scored from penalty and made the result 2-1 for CSKA, afterwards the match ended 3-1 and CSKA Sofia won the Supercup for the record fourth time in their history. On 28 October 2011, Zicu scored the only goal in the Eternal derby of Bulgaria to help CSKA to a 1:0 home win over Levski Sofia. He scored his first-ever hat-trick in his career on 12 November 2011, in a 3–1 home win over Minyor Pernik. Zicu finished the first half of the 2011–12 A PFG season as the top scorer in the league, having netted 13 times in total.
In late December 2011, it was revealed that Zicu had been transferred to South Korean club Pohang Steelers, signing a two-year deal with an option for a fourth year (a two-year extension) for an undisclosed fee, though media reports estimated it to be €2.3 million. He made his official debut as a starter on 18 February 2012 in the 2–0 win over Thai club Chonburi FC in an AFC Champions League match and scored his first goal for the team on 11 March 2012, in the 1–1 away draw with Gwangju FC in a K-League game. He scored 6 goals in 15 appearances for Pohang Steelers and won the 2012 Korean FA Cup with them. On 24 July 2012, he agreed to join the K-League rival Gangwon FC on a 6-month loan deal until the end of the 2012 season.
On 15 January 2014, Zicu signed a contract for one year and a half with the team from Ploiești, after Adrian Mutu signed one day before with the club. He chose to wear the number 27, the number that he wore at FC Politehnica Timișoara, when he became the top scorer of Liga I. He ended his contract after only half a season.
ASA Târgu Mureș
He was an under-21 international before he made his debut for the senior side in 2003. He was banned from representing his country at any level for two years in 2004.
Zicu made his senior debut for Romania in a friendly with Japan on 11 October 2003.
|Poiana Câmpina (loan)||2001-02||6||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||4|
|Farul Constanța (loan)||2002-03||20||7||2||0||0||0||0||0||22||7|
|Dinamo București (loan)||2004-05||13||3||3||2||0||0||0||0||16||5|
|Rapid București (loan)||2006-07||30||12||5||5||8||0||1||0||44||17|
|ASA Târgu Mureș||2014–15||30||5||2||0||0||0||0||0||32||5|
|ASA Târgu Mureș||2016–17||20||5||2||0||0||0||0||0||22||5|
|Romania national team|
Statistics accurate as of match played on 26 September 2011
|1.||29 March 2011||Ceahlăul Stadium, Piatra Neamţ, Romania||Luxembourg||3–1||3–1||UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying|
- Dinamo București
- Rapid București
- CSKA Sofia
- Pohang Steelers
- "Profile of Ianis Zicu". Inter.it. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
- "Zicu signed with Poli". FC Timișoara. 21 July 2010.
- "Poli - Gaz Metan 3-1". Politehnica Timișoara. Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 26 February 2011.
- "Magic Zicu". Politehnica Timişoara. Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2011.
- "Classic Zicu became Liga 1 top scorer". RomanianSoccer. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
- "Result from the Supercup match". Scorespro. 30 July 2011.
- "Зику поздрави феновете си". Sport1.bg. 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014.
- "Янис Зику подписа с корейския "Поханг", ЦСКА взима 2.3 милиона евро". Dnevnik.bg. 4 January 2012.
- "Ianis Alin Zicu match log". soccerway.com. March 2012.
- "Ianis Zicu are motiv de bucurie: "Sunt fericit!" Transferul care îi aduce liniște românului". ProSport. 23 January 2013.
- "Ianis Zicu a semnat cu ASA Targu Mures". LPF. 20 July 2014.
- "Romanian pair axed for misconduct". UEFA.com. Retrieved 24 September 2009.