Nicolae Dică playing for CFR Cluj
|Full name||Nicolae Marius Dică|
|Date of birth||9 May 1980|
|Place of birth||Piteşti, Romania|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder / Forward|
|SCM Pitești (manager)|
|2009–2010||→ Iraklis (loan)||13||(3)|
|2010||→ CFR Cluj (loan)||13||(0)|
|2010||→ Manisaspor (loan)||5||(0)|
|2014–2015||Steaua București (assistant)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08 January 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 June 2010
Nicolae Marius Dică (born 9 May 1980 in Pitești) is a Romanian former football attacking midfielder. He is a playmaker or forward known for his incisive passing and long balls. He last played for Liga I side Viitorul Constanța.
- 1 Club career
- 2 Career statistics
- 3 International career
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Honours
- 6 References
- 7 External links
In his inaugural season, Dică played in 17 games and scored 5 times for Dacia Pitești. In the second, he played in almost all the games and had a very good period, with his side finishing fourth. He was one of the top scorers in the league that season with 14 goals. Dică was seen as an upcoming talent and the Divizia A team of his town, FC Argeș Pitești, signed him in 2000. Dică played for Dacia Pitești a total of 50 times and scored 19 goals in Liga II.
Dică made his debut in Liga I for FC Argeș Pitești in a 2–1 win against Gaz Metan Mediaș. He was soon awarded captaincy of the team after Adrian Mutu went to Dinamo and Adrian Neaga departed for Steaua București.
Dică's skill inevitably attracted interest from the top teams in the Romanian championship.
Dică played 89 matches and scored 34 goals for Argeș Pitești.
In the first season for Steaua he scored 9 times in 14 games, helping the side to a runners-up spot to eventual champions and bitter rivals, Dinamo București. At the next season, Dică had some disputes with the fans and was anxious to leave but remained at Steaua and in the next season, helping them to the championship title with a total of 11 goals. The following season, Steaua won the league again and Dica's value grew. He contributed with 15 goals, finishing the top scorer for Steaua.
He debuted in European competition in the 2004–2005 season when Steaua qualified for the UEFA Cup, eliminating previous winners Valencia en route to the Round of 16, where they were knocked out by another Spanish side, Villareal.
In 2005 after they lost the chance to play in the UEFA Champions League groups due to elimination by Rosenborg, they had another fairly successful season in the UEFA Cup. They defeated the likes of Lens, Heereenven, Real Betis and their traditional Romanian rivals Rapid București in the quarter finals, but were eliminated in the semi-final by English Premier League side, Middlesbrough.
On 13 September 2006, Dică scored twice in the 4–1 away win against Dynamo Kiev in Steaua București's opening game in the UEFA Champions League, this being his first ever appearance in said tournament. He went on go on to score four goals and add one assist in six games against group opponents, Dynamo Kiev, Real Madrid, and Olympique Lyonnais.
On 23 January 2007, he suffered a knee injury during a friendly against Siena 2 and missed most on the season. On 9 May, for his birthday, Dică returned to Steaua București and was introduced in the late stages of the 2–0 victory against Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț, even gaining the captain's armband before running on to the Ghencea field again. This was his first official game in 2007. Dică played 46 matches in the European cups scoring 14 times.
On 28 June 2008, Dică moved to Catania, mainly by the desire of his past and actual coach, Walter Zenga. He is expected to replace midfielder Juan Manuel Vargas who moved to AC Fiorentina. Since moving to Sicily he has been a big flop, taking part in just 93 minutes of play during his first six months. It seemed almost certain that he would leave during the January transfer market, but coach Walter Zenga claimed that he would not leave Catania until next summer.
Loan to Iraklis Thessaloniki
Loan to CFR Cluj
In January 2010, CFR Cluj signed the midfielder on loan from Catania Calcio until June 2010. He won the Romanian League with them, and the Romanian Cup scoring his first goal in a 2–1 victory against Dinamo București in the second leg of the Romanian Cup semi-final.
Loan to Manisaspor
In July 2010, Manisaspor signed the midfielder on loan from Catania Calcio until June 2011. He rarely made it to the first team and then, agreed to cancel his contract with Manisaspor at 14 December 2010.
Return to Steaua București
In January 2011, Dică signed a one-year contract with his former team. He made his debut for the club on 27 February 2011, in a 1–0 win at Universitatea Craiova. On 5 April, He scored his first goal after his return to Steaua in a 5–0 home win over Unirea Urziceni. On 11 May, Dică scored the equalizer against FC Brașov which sent Steaua through to the final of the Romanian Cup. On 25 May, Dică scored a trademark free kick in a 2–1 victory over rivals Dinamo București, winning his second consecutive cup.
In June 2011, Dică left Steaua.
|CFR Cluj (loan)|
Dică debuted on 11 October 2003 at the national Romanian team in a friendly game against Japan.
Dică won 32 caps for Romania, scoring his first goal in August 2006 in a friendly against Cyprus. After his injury suffered in a club-team friendly in January 2007 Dică will rejoin the "tricolorii" in qualifying for the Euro 2008 with the Romanian national team.
- Scores and results list Romania's goal tally first. "Score" column indicates the score after the player's goal.
|1||16 August 2006||Stadionul Farul, Constanța, Romania||Cyprus||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2||6 September 2006||Qemal Stafa, Tirana, Albania||Albania||1–0||2–0||UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying|
|3||22 August 2007||Stadionul Lia Manoliu, Bucharest, Romania||Turkey||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|4||8 September 2007||Dinamo Stadium, Minsk, Belarus||Belarus||2–1||3–1||UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying|
|5||21 November 2007||Stadionul Lia Manoliu, Bucharest, Romania||Albania||1–0||6–1||UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying|
|6||21 November 2007||Stadionul Lia Manoliu, Bucharest, Romania||Albania||6–1||6–1||UEFA Euro 2008 Qualifying|
|7||31 May 2008||Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania||Montenegro||3–0||4–0||Friendly|
|8||31 May 2008||Stadionul Ghencea, Bucharest, Romania||Montenegro||4–0||4–0||Friendly|
|9||20 August 2008||Stadionul Tineretului, Urziceni, Romania||Latvia||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
In November 2003, Dică married Corina Zimbroianu. The two met in 1998 and since then they never stood apart. He has a son, Marco Ilie, who was baptized by his teammate from Steaua, Mirel Radoi.
On 8 March 2007, Dică suffered a difficult period of his life as his father died due to cirrhosis. Dică was under treatment at the Isokinetic clinic in Bologna when he heard the news. His father was the one who encouraged him to become a football player.
Each time he scores a goal Dică, being very spiritual, makes the sign of the cross, kisses his hands and points two fingers to the sky, one for God and the other for his late father.
- Romanian First League: 2004–05, 2005–06
- Romanian Cup: 2010–11
- Romanian Supercup: 2006
- UEFA Cup semi-finalist: 2005–06
- Romanian Footballer of the Year: 2006
- In the 2006–2007 season, Dică was voted by the fans across the whole of Europe as the third best football player in the UEFA Champions League after Kaká and Cristiano Ronaldo.
- "Nicolae Dica – Catania – Campionato di Serie A" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
- Walker, Michael (28 April 2006). "Boro win 4–3 on aggregate". London: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 7 June 2008.
- "Steaua Thrashed Dynamo Kiev in Champions League Opener". news.softpedia.com. 14 September 2006. Retrieved 7 June 2008.
- "Nicolae Dica este jucătorul anului 2006 în Ancheta Gazetei". blogsport.ro. 21 December 2006. Retrieved 7 June 2008.
- "Dică riscă să piardă tot sezonul". realitatea.net. 20 January 2007. Retrieved 7 June 2008.
- "Catania Snap Up Nicolae Dica". transfermarketweb.com. 28 June 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2008.
- Catania gibt Dica an Iraklis ab
- "Nicolae Dică şi-a reziliat contractul cu turcii de la Manisaspor: "Avem jucători mai buni ca el"". prosport.ro. 15 December 2010. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
- "Dică's profile on CS Mioveni's official site". csmioveni.ro. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
- Dica la primul gol pentru Mioveni
- Dica si-a reziliat contractul cu Mioveni
- Hagi l-a transferat pe Dica
- Viitorul in Liga I
- Nicolae Dică at National-Football-Teams.com
- Nicolae Dică at Romaniansoccer.ro
- Nicolae Dică at FC Steaua Bucharest
- Nicolae Dică – UEFA competition record
|Steaua Top Scorer
|Steaua Top Scorer