Sorin Frunză

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Sorin Frunză
Frunza in September 2011.jpg
Personal information
Full name Sorin Cătălin Frunză
Date of birth (1978-03-29) 29 March 1978 (age 39)
Place of birth Jorăști, Romania
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Left midfielder
Club information
Current team
Dacia Unirea Brăila (sporting director)
Youth career
0000–1997 Oțelul Galați
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1999 Oțelul Galați 0 (0)
1997–1998 Dunărea Galaţi (loan) 28 (4)
1999 Cimentul Fieni (loan) 31 (5)
2000 Politehnica Timişoara 7 (1)
2000–2001 Dacia Unirea Brăila 28 (19)
2001–2002 Jiul Petroşani 28 (7)
2002–2004 Vaslui 54 (28)
2004 Universitatea Craiova 15 (1)
2005–2008 Vaslui 60 (7)
2007 FC Botoşani (loan) 15 (2)
2008–2010 Unirea Urziceni 63 (5)
2010–2011 Rapid Bucureşti 24 (2)
2011–2012 Oțelul Galați 14 (0)
2012–2017 Dacia Unirea Brăila 118 (15)
Total 478 (95)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 February 2017.

Sorin Frunză (born 29 March 1978 in Jorăști, Romania) is a Romanian former professional footballer who last played for Dacia Unirea Brăila.

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.

Career[edit]

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.

Universitatea Craiova[edit]

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.

FC Vaslui[edit]

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 $.

Unirea Urziceni[edit]

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.[1]

Rapid București[edit]

After Unirea disbanded, Frunză joined FC Rapid Bucureşti, but failed to impress and ended his contract after only one season.

Oțelul Galați[edit]

In July 2012, Frunză signed up for Oţelul Galaţi on a one-year-contract.[2] 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[edit]

After he was released by Oțelul, Sorin Frunză signed up for Dacia Unirea Brăila the fierce rivals of Oţelul Galaţi. He quickly established himself as a key member of the team.

Honours[edit]

Unirea Urziceni

Statistics[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 5 October 2016

Club Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Dunărea Galaţi 1997–98 17 1 17 1
1998–99 11 3 11 3
Total 28 4 0 0 0 0 28 4
Cimentul Fieni 1998–99 19 2 19 2
1999–00 12 3 12 3
Total 31 5 0 0 0 0 31 5
Poli Timişoara 1999–00 7 1 7 1
Total 7 1 0 0 0 0 7 1
Dacia Unirea Brăila 2000-01 28 19 2 0 30 19
Total 28 19 2 0 0 0 0 0 30 19
Jiul Petroşani 2001–02 28 7 28 7
Total 28 7 0 0 0 0 28 7
Vaslui 2002–03 27 16 2 2 29 18
2003–04 27 12 2 0 29 12
2004–05 15 3 0 0 15 3
2005–06 13 0 1 0 14 0
2006–07 2 0 0 0 2 0
2007–08 30 4 1 0 31 4
Total 114 35 6 2 0 0 0 0 120 37
Universitatea Craiova 2004–05 15 1 4 1 19 2
Total 15 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 19 2
Botoşani 2006–07 15 2 0 0 15 2
Total 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 2
Unirea Urziceni 2008–09 25 1 3 1 1 0 29 2
2009–10 32 4 2 0 7 0 1 1 42 5
2010–11 6 0 0 0 4 1 10 1
Total 63 5 5 1 12 1 1 1 81 8
Rapid Bucureşti 2010–11 24 2 3 2 27 4
Total 24 2 3 2 0 0 0 0 27 4
Oțelul Galați 2011–12 14 0 2 0 5 0 21 0
Total 14 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 21 0
Brăila 2012–13 19 2 2 0 21 2
2013–14 31 3 1 0 32 3
2014–15 25 3 2 0 27 3
2015–16 33 6 2 0 35 6
2016–17 3 1 1 1 4 1
Total 111 14 8 1 0 0 0 0 119 15
Career Total 478 95 30 7 17 1 1 1 526 104

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
None / Unknown
FC Vaslui captain
2003–2008
Succeeded by
Gabriel Cânu