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Marius Niculae


Position         : Forward

Date of birth : 16 May, 1981

Team              : Sporting Lisbon (Portugal)

Nationality     : Romania

Notes              : Joined Dinamo Bucharest at 12 but came to prominence in 1999/00 season where won league title. Made international debut Vs Latvia in January 2000 where scored a goal. Is one of Romania's top youngsters needed to rejuvenate an aging national squad. Also U/21 international. Will follow Adrian Mutu, another young striker who played for Dinamo Bucharest, and go to a big foreign club with AC Milan, Inter, Parma, Fiorentina and Benfica all rumoured to be interested.. Scored on debut for Dinamo at the age of fifteen. He scored twelve goals in 1999/00. Was top goalscorer in the Romanian league in 2000/01 with 20 goals in 28 games, before eventually deciding to move overseas to Sporting Lisbon in Portugal from Dinamo.


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