Nicolae Dică in 2010
|Full name||Nicolae Constantin Dică|
|Date of birth||9 May 1980|
|Place of birth||Pitești, Romania|
|Height||1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder / Forward|
|2009–2010||→ Iraklis (loan)||13||(3)|
|2010||→ CFR Cluj (loan)||13||(0)|
|2010||→ Manisaspor (loan)||5||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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.
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.
Dică was seen as an upcoming talent and the local Divizia A club, FC Argeș Pitești, signed him in 2000. He made his debut for FC Argeș Pitești in a 2–1 win against Gaz Metan Mediaș. He was soon awarded the captain's armband after the transfers of Adrian Mutu to Dinamo București and Adrian Neaga to Steaua București.
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.
In 2005 after Dică lost the chance to play in the UEFA Champions League, due to FCSB being eliminated by Rosenborg BK, 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, on their way to the UEFA CUP semi-final, where they were eliminated by English Premier League club, Middlesbrough.
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. 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.
On 23 January 2007, he suffered a knee injury while playing in a friendly against AC Siena, and missed most of the season. 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. This was his first official game in 2007.
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, 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 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.
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.
In January 2011, Dică signed a one-year contract with his former team, Steaua București. He made his debut for the club, on 27 February 2011, in a 1–0 win at Universitatea Craiova. 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. On 31 October, Dică scored a goal in a 3–1 defeat to Concordia Chiajna. In January 2012, after fifteen games for the Liga I squad, he terminated his contract with Mioveni.
Later that month he signed a one and a half year contract with Liga II side Viitorul Constanța. At the end of the 2011–12 season, Viitorul earned promotion to the Liga I, in part due to Dică's performances, who scored six goals in the second half of the season.
On 11 October 2003, Dică made his debut for the Romania national team in a friendly game against Japan. He scored his first goal in August 2006, in a friendly game against Cyprus and amassed a total of 32 appearances for Romania.
On 15 May 2017, it was announced that Nicolae Dică will be the manager of FCSB for the 2017–18 season. 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. In December 2018, after a year and a half at the helm of the club, Dică terminated his contract with FCSB by mutual consent.
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. His father was the one who encouraged him to become a footballer.
- As of 20 July 2017
|FC Argeș||Liga I||2000–01||19||4||1||0||–||20||4|
|Steaua București||Liga I||2003–04||14||9||0||0||0||0||14||9|
|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|
|Viitorul Constanța||Liga II||2011–12||13||6||0||0||–||13||6|
- Scores and results list Romania's goal tally first. "Score" column indicates the score after the player's goal.
|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|
|Argeș Pitești||29 December 2015||31 May 2017||44||36||6||2||112||28||+84||81.82|
|FCSB||1 June 2017||23 December 2018||80||46||18||16||146||79||+67||57.50|
|Argeș Pitești||6 June 2019||7 October 2019||11||5||1||5||14||15||−1||45.45|
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