Marius George Țucudean (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈmari.us ˈd͡ʒord͡ʒe t͡sukuˈde̯an]; born 30 April 1991) is a Romanian professional footballer who last played for CFR Cluj and the Romania national team as a striker.
Țucudean playing for Viitorul Constanța in 2017
|Full name||Marius George Țucudean|
|Date of birth||30 April 1991|
|Place of birth||Arad, Romania|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|2010||→ UTA Arad (loan)||12||(9)|
|2013–2014||→ Dinamo București (loan)||22||(7)|
|2015||→ FCSB (loan)||17||(3)|
|2016||→ ASA Târgu Mureș (loan)||9||(2)|
|2016–2017||Pandurii Târgu Jiu||15||(5)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 August 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 June 2019
He made his senior debut with UTA Arad in 2009, and throughout his career has represented among others Dinamo București, Steaua București, Viitorul Constanța and CFR Cluj, winning a combined nine domestic trophies. Țucudean also had two unsuccessful spells abroad, with Standard Liège and Charlton Athletic respectively. With CFR Cluj, he was the top scorer of the Romanian first division in the 2017–18 and 2018–19 seasons, and was named the Romanian Footballer of the Year for 2018 by the Gazeta Sporturilor newspaper.
Shortly after the start of the 2019-20 season, Țucudean temporarily retired from football in order to fully recover after undergoing two heart surgeries earlier in the year.
He made his debut for Dinamo București on 1 April 2011 in a game against Universitatea Cluj. Țucudean made an immediate impact at the capital-based club, scoring four goals from 13 appearances in the second half of the 2010–11 season. In the following campaign he made 30 appearances and scored four goals, also recording his UEFA Europa League debut.
On 14 July 2012, Țucudean netted twice against CFR Cluj in the Supercupa României, with Dinamo eventually winning the trophy at the penalty shoot-out. He was named man of the match for his performance. Fifteen days later, Țucudean scored four goals and offered an assist in the opener of the 2012–13 Liga I against CSMS Iași.
On 31 January 2013, Țucudean agreed to a four-and-a-half-year contract with Belgian side Standard Liège. After failing to score a goal in eleven league games, in the summer of the same year he rejoined Dinamo București on a season-long loan.
Țucudean signed a three-year deal with English club Charlton Athletic in July 2014. On 19 August, he scored his first goal in a 3–2 win over Derby County. His second goal came in a 2–1 victory against Bolton Wanderers on 21 October, a game in which he also assisted Johnnie Jackson's winner.
On 28 January 2015, he was loaned out with an option to buy to FC Steaua București, the cross-town rival of his former team Dinamo. During his spell with the Roș-albaștrii, he won the Liga I, the Cupa României and the newly-formed Cupa Ligii. He returned to Charlton in September, but in January the following year Țucudean again left on loan to join ASA Târgu Mureș. His contract with Charlton was terminated on 1 July 2016.
On 22 March 2017, Țucudean signed with Viitorul Constanța.
Țucudean was transferred to CFR Cluj for an undisclosed fee on 8 January 2018. He ended the 2017–18 season as the top scorer of the league championship, a position he shared with FCSB striker Harlem Gnohéré.
Following his good display throughout the year, in late November Țucudean was nominated for Gazeta Sporturilor's 2018 Romanian Footballer of the Year award. On 21 December, he was announced as the winner of the trophy. He retired temporarily from football because of a heart problem in 2019.
Țucudean is part of a wealthy family, their fortune being estimated by Romanian press at figures between €80 million and €100 million. His father Marius was also a footballer who played as a striker for UTA Arad, but retired at age 27 after being diagnosed with a heart disorder.
- As of 9 March 2019
|ASA Târgu Mureș||2015–16||9||2||2||0||–||–||–||11||2|
|Pandurii Târgu Jiu||2016–17||15||5||0||0||1||0||–||–||16||5|
- As of 7 June 2019
- As of 20 November 2018 (Romania score listed first, score column indicates score after each Țucudean goal)
|1||24 March 2018||Netanya Stadium, Netanya, Israel||3||Israel||2–1||2–1||Friendly|
|2||10 September 2018||Partizan Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia||6||Serbia||2–2||2–2||2018–19 UEFA Nations League C|
|3||20 November 2018||Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica, Montenegro||9||Montenegro||1–0||1–0||2018–19 UEFA Nations League C|
- Dinamo București
- Steaua București
- Viitorul Constanța
- CFR Cluj
- "Decizie radicală luată de George Țucudean. Anunțul OFICIAL făcut de CFR Cluj" [Radical decision made by George Țucudean. The OFFICIAL statement from CFR Cluj] (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 2 September 2019.
- "Moldovenii, impresionati de Tucudean". ziare.com (in Romanian). Retrieved 15 July 2012.
- "Țucudean s-a antrenat deja cu Dinamo, dar prezența în lotul lui Andone nu e certă". aradcity.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 15 July 2012.
- "Țucudean Liga I debut". romaniansoccer.ro. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
- "Țucudean statistics for the 2010–11 Dinamo Bucuresti season". soccerway.com. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
- "Țucudean statistics in UEFA competitions". UEFA. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
- "Andone, "ucis" de "copiii" sai". Orange (in Romanian). 15 July 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
- "Andone îi laudă pe "cîini": "Dinamo e mai bună ca anul trecut!"". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 15 July 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
- "Țucudean, cel mai nou erou al dinamoviştilor: "Sînt propriul meu model!"". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 15 July 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
- "Tucudean da 4 goluri si asteapta un telefon de la Piti!". Sport.ro (in Romanian). 29 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- "5 cilindri în Ț! Dinamo – CSMS Iaşi 5–2!". ProSport (in Romanian). 29 July 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- "George Tucudean rejoint les rouches". Standard Liège (in French). 31 January 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
- Iain Liddle (15 July 2014). "Charlton sign George Tucudean on three-year contract". Retrieved 15 July 2014.
- "Charlton 3–2 Derby". BBC Sport. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
- "Charlton 2–1 Bolton". BBC Sport. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- "Loan news: George Tucudean joins Steaua Bucharest". Charlton Athletic F.C. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
- Olly Groome (1 July 2016). "George Tucudean contract terminated". Archived from the original on 11 August 2016.
- "NE INTARIM PENTRU PLAY-OFF!" [WE STRENGTHEN OUR SQUAD FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFF!] (in Romanian). CFR Cluj. 8 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
- "S-a făcut transferul iernii: CFR l-a luat pe George Ţucudean!" (in Romanian). Prosport. 31 December 2017.
- "Cei mai buni marcatori ai ediției 2017-2018" [Top scorers of the 2017–2018 edition] (in Romanian). Liga Profesionistă de Fotbal. 8 June 2018. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
- "Direct în cartea de istorie! Alegem împreună SUPERLATIVELE anului 2018 » Votează-ți preferații AICI!" [Straight in the history books! We are choosing together the SUPERLATIVES of the year 2018 » Vote your favorites HERE!]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 30 November 2018. Archived from the original on 30 November 2018. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
- "SUPERLATIVELE GSP 2018 » INTERVIU EXCLUSIV. George Țucudean, fotbalistul anului în România: "Acum doi ani mă gândeam cu ce să mă ocup dacă mă las: să mă duc la fabrica de mobilă sau la vie?"" [GSP SUPERLATIVES 2018 » EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW. George Țucudean, footballer of the year in Romania: "Two years ago I was thinking what to do if I would have quitted football: go to the furniture factory or to the vineyard?"]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 21 December 2018. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
- "Țucudean UEFA statistics". romaniansoccer.ro. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
- "Mutări excelente făcute de Contra! Super goluri reușite de Stanciu și Țucudean" [Excellent moves made by Contra! Wonder goals managed by Stanciu and Țucudean] (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 24 March 2018. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
- "Richie Rich vine la Steaua. Familia lui Ţucudean este mai bogată decât Gigi Becali. Vârful remarcat de David Villa are un parc auto de 630.000 de euro" [Richie Rich comes to Steaua. Tucudean's family is richer than Gigi Becali. The striker remarked by David Villa has a fleet of 630,000 euros] (in Romanian). prosport.ro. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
- "FOTO Viaţa strălucitoare a lui Ţucudean: bani, maşini şi o iubită frumoasă. Cum şi-a ajutat atacantul, financiar, colegii" [PHOTO The glowing life of Ţucudean: money, cars and a beautiful girlfriend. How did the striker helped his colleagues financially] (in Romanian). prosport.ro. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
- "Stelistii trebuie sa stie asta! Secretul lui Tucudean a fost aflat: "S-a lasat de fotbal din cauza unei boli de inima"" [Steaua's fans need to know this! Tucudean's secret was found: "He retired from football because of a heart disease"] (in Romanian). cancan.ro. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
- George Țucudean at Soccerway. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
- "George Țucudean". European Football. Retrieved 8 January 2018.