Nicolae Dică

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Nicolae Dică
Personal information
Full name Nicolae Marius Dică
Date of birth (1980-05-09) 9 May 1980 (age 38)
Place of birth Piteşti, Romania
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Attacking midfielder / Forward
Club information
Current team
FCSB (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Dacia Mioveni 50 (19)
2000–2004 Argeș Pitești 88 (34)
2004–2008 Steaua București 125 (54)
2008–2010 Catania 3 (0)
2009–2010 Iraklis (loan) 13 (3)
2010 CFR Cluj (loan) 13 (0)
2010 Manisaspor (loan) 5 (0)
2011 Steaua București 11 (4)
2011 Mioveni 15 (1)
2012–2014 Viitorul Constanța 69 (19)
Total 392 (134)
National team
2003–2010 Romania 32 (9)
Teams managed
2014–2015 Steaua București (assistant)
2015–2017 Argeș Pitești
2017– FCSB
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 January 2016
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 June 2010

Nicolae Marius Dică (Romanian pronunciation: [nikoˈla.e ˈmari.us ˈdikə]; born 9 May 1980) is a Romanian former footballer, and is the current coach of FCSB.

Primarily an attacking midfielder, he was also deployed as a forward and was known for his incisive passing, long balls and spectacular finishes. Dică played professionally in four countries, but spent most of his career in Romania, where he appeared for Dacia Mioveni, Argeș Pitești, Steaua București, CFR Cluj and Viitorul Constanța. He was a Romanian international for seven years, and represented the country at the UEFA Euro 2008.

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Dacia Mioveni[edit]

Dică started playing professional football when he was 18 years old at a local team Dacia Mioveni.[2]

In his first season, Dică played in 17 games and scored 5 times for Mioveni. In the second, he became a first team player and had a very good season, with Dacia finishing fourth in the Romanian Divizia B. He was one of the top scorers in the league that season with 14 goals.[citation needed]

Argeș Pitești[edit]

Dică was seen as an upcoming talent and the local Divizia A club, FC Argeș Pitești, signed him in 2000.[3] He made his debut for FC Argeș Pitești in a 2–1 win against Gaz Metan Mediaș.[4] He was soon awarded the captain's armband after the transfers of Adrian Mutu to Dinamo București and Adrian Neaga to Steaua București.

Steaua București[edit]

Romanian giants Steaua București paid €250,000 to sign him from Argeș Pitești in December 2003. He was transferred to Steaua after the recommendation of Victor Pițurcă and Mihai Stoica.[5]

He made his debut in Europe in the 2004–05 UEFA Cup season, when Steaua eliminated previous winners Valencia, en route to the Round of 16, where they were knocked out by another Spanish side Villareal.[6]

In 2005 after Dică lost the chance to play in the UEFA Champions League, due to FCSB being eliminated by Rosenborg BK,[7] he had another successful season in the UEFA Cup. The Bucharest club defeated the likes of Lens, Heereenven, Real Betis and their Romanian rivals Rapid București,[8] on their way to the UEFA CUP semi-final, where they were eliminated by English Premier League club, Middlesbrough.[9]

On 13 September 2006, Dică scored twice in the 4–1 away win against Dynamo Kyiv in Steaua București's opening game in the UEFA Champions League, this being his first ever appearance in said tournament.[10] He went on to score four goals and add one assist in six games against group opponents, Dynamo Kiev, Real Madrid, and Olympique Lyonnais. After his performances in the Champions League, the daily newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor gave the Romanian Footballer of the Year 2006 award to Dică.[11]

On 23 January 2007, he suffered a knee injury while playing in a friendly against AC Siena, and missed most of the season.[12] On 9 May, for his birthday, Dică returned to the team and was introduced in the late stages of the 2–0 victory against Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț.[13] This was his first official game in 2007.

Calcio Catania[edit]

On 28 June 2008, Dică moved to Catania, mainly due to the desire of his former Steaua coach, Walter Zenga. He was expected to replace midfielder Juan Manuel Vargas who moved to ACF Fiorentina,[14] but ended up being a flop, taking part in just 93 minutes of play during his first six months with Palermo. Although it seemed almost certain that he would leave during the January transfer market, coach Walter Zenga kept him at Catania until the end of the Serie A season.

In June 2009, Iraklis signed Dică on loan from Calcio Catania.[15] He made his competitive debut on 23 August 2009 and scored twice in a 2–1 win over Panthrakikos.

In January 2010, CFR Cluj signed the midfielder on loan from Catania until June 2010. He won the Liga I and the Romanian Cup with them, scoring his first goal in a 2–1 victory against Dinamo București in the second leg of the Cup semi-final.[citation needed]

In July 2010, Manisaspor signed the midfielder on loan from Catania until June 2011. He rarely made it to the first team and then, on 14 December 2010, he agreed to cancel his contract with Manisaspor.[16]

Later years[edit]

In January 2011, Dică signed a one-year contract with his former team, Steaua București.[17] He made his debut for the club, on 27 February 2011, in a 1–0 win at Universitatea Craiova.[18] 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 AS Brașov, which sent Steaua through to the Romanian Cup final. On 25 May, Dică scored from a trademark free kick in a 2–1 victory over rivals Dinamo București, and won his second consecutive Romanian cup.

In May 2011, Dică joined Liga I side Dacia Mioveni. He received the number 80 jersey.[19] On 31 October, Dică scored a goal in a 3–1 defeat to Concordia Chiajna.[20] In January 2012, after fifteen games for the Liga I squad, he terminated his contract with Mioveni.[21]

Later that month he signed a one and a half year contract with Liga II side Viitorul Constanța.[22] At the end of the 2011–12 season, Viitorul earned promotion to the Liga I,[23] in part due to Dică's performances, who scored six goals in the second half of the season.[24]

International[edit]

Dică playing against the Nigeria national team

On 11 October 2003, Dică made his debut for the Romania national team in a friendly game against Japan.[25] He scored his first goal in August 2006, in a friendly game against Cyprus and amassed a total of 32 appearances for Romania.[26]

Managerial career[edit]

On 15 May 2017, it was announced that Nicolae Dică will be the manager of FCSB for the 2017–18 season.[27] He went undefeated in his first ten games in all competitions before losing to Portuguese club Sporting CP, in the 2017–18 Champions League play-off.[28]

Personal life[edit]

In November 2003, Dică married Corina Zimbroianu, after the two met in 1998. He has a son, Marco Ilie, who was baptized by his former Steaua teammate, Mirel Radoi.[29]

In March 2007, he had a difficult period in his life as his father died due to cirrhosis. Dică was under treatment at the Isokinetic clinic, in Bologna, when he heard the news.[30] His father was the one who encouraged him to become a footballer.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 20 July 2017[31]
Club Division Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mioveni Liga II 1998–99 17 5 ? ? 17 5
Liga II 1999–00 33 14 ? ? 33 14
Total 50 19 ? ? 0 0 50 19
FC Argeș Liga I 2000–01 19 4 1 0 20 4
Liga I 2001–02 27 11 2 1 29 12
Liga I 2002–03 28 10 5 0 33 10
Liga I 2003–04 14 8 3 2 17 10
Total 88 34 11 3 0 0 99 37
Steaua București Liga I 2003–04 14 9 0 0 0 0 14 9
Liga I 2004–05 29 11 0 0 11 2 40 13
Liga I 2005–06 29 15 1 0 15 6 45 21
Liga I 2006–07 23 10 0 0 10 5 33 15
Liga I 2007–08 30 9 0 0 10 1 40 10
Total 125 54 1 0 46 14 172 68
Catania Serie A 2008–09 3 0 3 1 6 1
Iraklis Thessaloniki (loan) Superleague 2009–10 13 3 0 0 13 3
CFR Cluj (loan) Liga I 2009–10 13 0 3 1 0 0 16 1
Manisaspor (loan) Süper Lig 2010–11 5 0 2 1 7 1
Steaua București Liga I 2010–11 11 4 2 2 13 6
Mioveni Liga I 2011–12 15 1 0 0 15 1
Viitorul Constanța Liga II 2011–12 13 6 0 0 13 6
Liga I 2012–13 26 10 0 0 26 10
Liga I 2013–14 30 3 1 0 31 3
Total 69 19 1 0 0 0 70 19
Career total 392 134 23 8 46 14 461 156

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Romania's goal tally first. "Score" column indicates the score after the player's goal.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
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

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 20 May 2018[32][33]
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Romania SCM Pitești 29 December 2015 31 May 2017 44 36 6 2 112 28 +84 081.82
Romania FCSB 1 June 2017 Present 51 29 13 9 93 48 +45 056.86
Total 95 65 19 11 205 76 +129 068.42

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Steaua București

CFR Cluj

Individual

Manager[edit]

SCM Pitești

References[edit]

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