|Full name||Sorin Cătălin Frunză|
|Date of birth||29 March 1978|
|Place of birth||Jorăști, Romania|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position||Left midfielder|
|Dacia Unirea Brăila (sporting director)|
|1997–1998||→ Dunărea Galaţi (loan)||28||(4)|
|1999||→ Cimentul Fieni (loan)||31||(5)|
|2000–2001||Dacia Unirea Brăila||28||(19)|
|2007||→ FC Botoşani (loan)||15||(2)|
|2012–2017||Dacia Unirea Brăila||118||(15)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 February 2017.
Frunză began his career at Oţelul Galaţi, but never made a first team appearance and was released from the club after spells on loan at Divizia B clubs Dunărea Galaţi and Cimentul Fieni. After one six-month spell at Politehnica Timişoara and two one-year spells at Dacia Unirea Brăila and Jiul Petroşani, Frunză moved in 2002 to newly founded Vaslui, and spent two seasons at the club before a transfer to Universitatea Craiova in the Romanian first division. However, following a dispute between Vaslui and Craiova over $50,000 that the former was to receive from the latter, Frunză returned to Vaslui after only six months. He was appointed team captain and helped Vaslui to gain a historical promotion in Divizia A, after only three years since the club foundation.
On 30 March 2008, Frunză alongside team-mates Silviu Bălace and Daniel Sabou were accused by Adrian Porumboiu of fixing a match against Steaua București. As a consequence, he was relegated to Vaslui's second team and subsequently sold to Unirea Urziceni. He won the first and only league championship of his career with the Wolves, as part of the squad that conquered the season's Liga I title. In 2010, as a result of Unirea Urziceni's decline, Frunză was released and subsequently moved to Rapid Bucureşti. He returned one year later at his youth club Oțelul Galați, but he failed to make an impact. In 2012, he returned for a second spell at CF Brăila in the Romanian second tier.
Frunză started his professional career at Oțelul Galați. He moved after that at Cimentul Fieni, Politehnica Timişoara and Jiul Petroşani, before he signed for FC Vaslui, when the team was in the 3rd Division. He managed to win the promotion with Vaslui and became the team captain because of his good display.
In the 2004–05 summer, he was loaned to U Craiova, but he stayed there only half of season, after that he returned at Vaslui, where he succeeded promotion for the first time in history club, in Liga I.
He played only half of the season at FC Vaslui in the 2005–06 season, an injury causing him troubles for playing in that season. In the next season, he played only two matches, because a conflict with the coach Viorel Hizo, and in the second part of the season, he was loaned to FC Botoşani.
He returned in the next season, where he was chosen vice-captain from the team, after Bogdan Panait. Because of his good performance, he was named captain of the team, and he was one of the best assisters from the Championship. He scored two goals in the FC Vaslui 2–1 victory against the champions, FC Dinamo Bucureşti, and he scored one of the most beautiful goals from the Romanian Championship history, against Universitatea Craiova, recovering in his own half, and after dribbling three players, he shot with his right foot, right to the bottom corner. At the end of the season he was sold to Unirea Urziceni, for almost 200.000 $.
Frunză quickly established himself as a key member in Dan Petrescu's team and helped the side to its first championship title in history in the 2008–09 season. Frunză was a starter in all six Champions League matches for Unirea as the team finished third with eight points, behind FC Sevilla and Vfb Stuttgart, but ahead of Rangers. On 6 March 2010, Frunză was named best player of Unirea in the derby against Steaua Bucharest after scoring once and providing an assist for team-mate Marius Onofras.
After Unirea disbanded, Frunză joined FC Rapid Bucureşti, but failed to impress and ended his contract after only one season.
In July 2012, Frunză signed up for Oţelul Galaţi on a one-year-contract. He was on the bench for the Romanian Supercup, game won by Oțelul against FC Steaua București. At the end of his contract, in June 2012, he was released by Oțelul.
Dacia Unirea Brăila
Statistics accurate as of match played 5 October 2016
|Dacia Unirea Brăila||2000-01||28||19||2||0||—||—||30||19|
- "Sorin Frunză: În astfel de momente îţi vine să te laşi de fotbal". 7 March 2010. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
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|FC Vaslui captain