Ionel Daniel Dănciulescu (born 6 December 1976) is a Romanian former professional footballer.
|Full name||Ionel Daniel Dănciulescu|
|Date of birth||6 December 1976|
|Place of birth||Slatina, Romania|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2005||→ Shandong Luneng (loan)||26||(10)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He holds the all-time record for the most competitive appearances in Liga I, with 515 games played over the course of twenty years. He is the second-highest goalscorer in the history of Liga I with 214 goals, only behind Dudu Georgescu with 252. He is also the highest goalscorer of the Cupa României with 41 goals.
Early years / Electroputere CraiovaEdit
In 1993, Dănciulescu joined Electroputere Craiova making his Divizia A debut on 6 October 1993 against the derby rival at that time Universitatea Craiova, which ended 2–2. Over the course of two seasons with Electroputere, he scored 8 goals in 31 league games playing alongside the likes of Ștefan Nanu, Gabriel Popescu, and two other (later teammates at Steaua), Sabin Ilie and Claudiu Răducanu. In 1995, Electroputere Craiova were relegated to the second league. Dănciulescu signed for Dinamo Bucharest and went on to become a promising striker.
Having arrived in 1995, Dănciulescu only spent two seasons at Dinamo București, scoring 22 goals in 64 games. However, he did not win any trophies with Dinamo. He left the club for Turkey in 1997.
After returning from Turkey, Dănciulescu decided to join Romanian team Steaua București. He played four seasons with Steaua, scoring 54 goals in 129 league games. In the seasons 1997–98 and 2000–01 Steaua won the championship titles as well as the Romanian Cup in 1998–99 and a Romanian Supercup title in 2001.
In the second part of the season 2001–02 Dănciulescu had a conflict with both Gigi Becali, the boss of Steaua București, and Victor Pițurcă, Steaua's coach, and had to leave along with Ion Vlădoiu.
Return to Dinamo BucureștiEdit
He signed again with Dinamo Bucharest, but at the beginning of this second spell he had probably the hardest in his career as Dinamo's fans were cussing him at games because he played for Steaua and scored against Dinamo. He even played in the second league at that time via Dinamo's satellite team Poiana Câmpina. He came back strong during the 2002–03 season, after he scored 16 goals in 26 games. The fans accepted him and he became the top-scorer of the team along with Claudiu Niculescu. The Romanian press called them the "N&D couple", a nickname inspired from the first letters of their family name and the Romanian pop band "N&D".
In 2004, he was named Romanian Footballer of the Year, after becoming the top goalscorer in the 2003–04 season of Divizia A and scoring 2 goals in 5 matches with the national team. During his second spell with Dinamo, Dănciulescu won the Romanian League in the seasons 2003–04 and 2006–07, and two more Romanian Cups in 2002–03 and 2003–04. As of August 2008 he was the fourth overall goalscorer in the history of the Romanian First Division (with 187 goals), after Dudu Georgescu, Rodion Cămătaru and Marin Radu. He was top scorer in the 2007–08 season, scoring 21 goals for Dinamo Bucharest, which he also captained several times that season.
In the 2007–08 season he became the top goalscorer of Liga I, forming a couple in Dinamo's offence with Florin Bratu. The Romanian press called them "BD in action", a nickname inspired from the first letters of their family name and the Romanian movie "BD in action".
In 2005, he was loaned out to China side Shandong Luneng, which paid him US$350,000 for 10 months. Dănciulescu scored 10 goals in 25 league games being the top-scorer of the team and helping them to reach the Chinese FA Cup final, where they finished runners-up.
On 1 September 2009, Dănciulescu signed for Spanish side Hércules Alicante in the Segunda División securing a two-year deal. On 19 June 2010, Dănciulescu helped Hércules to promote to La Liga, after a break of 13 years, contributing 10 goals in 25 league games. He also scored two goals in the Spanish Cup against SD Huesca and Almería and became the overall top scorer of the team.
Third spell at Dinamo BucureștiEdit
After only one year with Hércules, his contract was terminated so Dănciulescu came back to Dinamo in July 2010. He became a regular player for Dinamo in Ioan Andone's coaching spell and remained in the first squad in 2011, with Liviu Ciobotariu as manager. On 26 September 2011, he scored his 198th goal in Liga I in a match against Petrolul Ploiești, thus joining Rodion Cămătaru as the second most prolific goalscorer. On 17 October, Ionel Dănciulescu scored his 200th goal in Liga I, during a match against Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț. On 16 March 2013 after playing in a match against Petrolul Ploiești, Dănciulescu became the first footballer that reached 500 appearances in the Romanian top-league Liga I.
In September 2013, Dănciulescu became the most prolific goalscorer in Cupa României after he scored once in a game against Sănătatea Cluj. He reached 41 goals in the competition, passing the record of Florea Voinea.
Dănciulescu won his first Romania cap on 3 March 1999 against Estonia, in a 2–0 victory. However, he was never in the plans of Victor Pițurcă, the man who brought him on the national team first time against Estonia, and was never called up again, due to the dispute he had with Pițurcă when he was at Steaua. Dănciulescu played seven games including three at the 2006 and 2010 World Cup qualifiers during 2004 and 2009 being called up by Anghel Iordănescu and Răzvan Lucescu.
|1||28 April 2004||Stadionul Giulești-Valentin Stănescu Bucharest, Romania||Germany||3–0||5–1||Friendly|
|2||28 April 2004||Stadionul Giulești-Valentin Stănescu Bucharest, Romania||Germany||4–0||5–1||Friendly|
- Liga I: 2001–02, 2003–04, 2006–07
- Cupa României: 2002–03, 2003–04, 2011–12
- Supercupa României: 2012
- Liga I top scorer: 2003–04, 2007–08
- Gazeta Sporturilor Romanian Footballer of the Year: 2004
- Orice Sport (13 November 2013). "Dănciulescu a pus capăt carierei de fotbalist şi a fost numit team-manager la Dinamo" (in Romanian). Retrieved 13 November 2013.
- "FOTO&VIDEO Dănciulescu a împlinit 37 de ani! Mesajul fostului atacant dinamovist" [PHOTO & VIDEO Dănciulescu celebrates 37 years! The message of the former Dinamo striker] (in Romanian). Digisport.ro. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
- "Ionel Dănciulescu e cel mai bun marcator din istoria Cupei României" [Ionel Dănciulescu is the best scorer in the history of the Romanian Cup] (in Romanian). Digisport.ro. 25 September 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
- "Antrenorul care a descoperit cuplul N&D dezvăluie: "Niculescu şi Dănciulescu erau stelişti pînă în măduva oaselor"" [The coach who discovered the N&D couple reveals: "Niculescu and Dănciulescu were Steaua fans to the bone"] (in Romanian). Gsp.ro. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
- "Electroputere Squad 1993/1994". WorldFootball. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
- "Electroputere Squad 1994/1995". WorldFootball. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
- Ionel Dănciulescu at RomanianSoccer.ro (in Romanian) and StatisticsFootball.com
- "EXCLUSIV VIDEO Dezvăluiri din culisele conflictului frații Becali – Pițurcă. De ce a plecat Dănciulescu de la Steaua și are doar 8 convocări la națională" [VIDEO EXCLUSIVE Revelations from behind the scenes of the Becali brothers – Pițurcă conflict. Why Dănciulescu left Steaua and has only 8 matches at the national team] (in Romanian). Gsp.ro. 8 May 2020. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
- "Interviu eveniment cu Ionel Dănciulescu. De ce a plecat de la Steaua, probleme cu inima și povești cu Pițurcă, Bonetti și Vigo: "Atunci mi-am dat seama că sunt dinamovist"" [Event interview with Ionel Dănciulescu. Why he left Steaua, heart problems and stories with Pițurcă, Bonetti and Vigo:" Then I realized that I am a Dinamo fan"] (in Romanian). Gsp.ro. 2 April 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
- "EXCLUSIV VIDEO Dezvăluiri la GSP Live. Care a fost secretul faimosului cuplu N&D: "Ne simțeam, nu trebuia să vorbim, nu trebuia să ridicăm privirea"" [VIDEO EXCLUSIVE GSP Live Disclosures. What was the secret of the famous N&D couple: "We felt each other, we didn't have to talk, we didn't have to look up at each other"] (in Romanian). Gsp.ro. 29 April 2020. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
- "Ce atac la CLUJ! N&D canta din nou: Danciulescu negociaza cu U Cluj!" [What an attack at CLUJ! N&D sings again: Danciulescu negotiates with U Cluj!] (in Romanian). Sport.ro. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
- "Topscorers of Liga 1". RomanianSoccer. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
- "Romanian player of the year". RomanianSoccer. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
- Fotbal :: Dinamo a cîştigat un titlu: Dănciulescu e golgeter
- "Talnar: "A intrat in actiune BD"" [Talnar: "BD came into action"] (in Romanian). Prosport.ro. 23 February 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
- "BD in actiune si Clujul aproape campioana! Se pregateste statuia spartanului necunoscut!" [BD in action and Cluj almost champion! The statue of the unknown Spartan is being prepared!] (in Romanian). Sport.ro. 5 May 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
- "BD în acţiune! Din nou. Bratu – Dănciulescu au trecut la munca de birou. Gazeta Sporturilor îţi prezintă locul de muncă al noilor şefi" [BD in action! Again. Bratu – Dănciulescu went to office work. Gazeta Sportulor presents you the job of the new bosses] (in Romanian). Gsp.ro. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
- "2005 Chinese Cup final". Sports.sina.com. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
- "Danciulescu l-a egalat pe Camataru la numarul de goluri in prima liga". observator.ro (in Romanian). 26 September 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2011.
- gsp.ro (18 October 2011). "Danciu 200 în imagini – Îi va prelungi Dinamo contractul?" (in Romanian). Retrieved 18 October 2011.
- "FOTO Dănciulescu premiat. LPF i-a oferit un trofeu special la meciul 500" [PHOTO Dănciulescu awarded. LPF offered him a special trophy at the 500 match] (in Romanian). Gsp.ro. 16 March 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
- "RECORD. Ionel Dănciulescu a devenit primul fotbalist care a jucat 500 de meciuri în Liga I" [RECORD. Ionel Dănciulescu became the first football player to play 500 matches in Liga I.] (in Romanian). Digi24.ro. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
- Andra Constantinescu (24 September 2013). "Ionel Dănciulescu a devenit cel mai bun marcator din istoria Cupei României" (in Romanian). Retrieved 25 September 2013.
- "Ionel Dănciulescu". European Football. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
- "Romania – Estonia 2:0". European Football. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
- "Romania – Germany 5:1". European Football. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
- Ionel Dănciulescu at WorldFootball.net