Ciprian Andrei Marica
(born 2 October 1985 in Bucharest
) is a Romanian footballer
currently playing for Bundesliga
club Schalke 04
and the Romanian national team
Marica's first professional club team was Dinamo Bucharest, the city in which he was born. He started to gain attention even though he only played 23 games (scoring four goals) in three years with the club.
Ciprian transferred to the Ukrainian top club and played his so far best seasons with them. He gained international experience, getting to play in the UEFA Cup European competition.
On 23 July 2007, he transferred to German club, VfB Stuttgart
, after his former club, Shakhtar Donetsk
, rejected another offer, from English team Derby County
amongst interest from Manchester City
. Marica signed a 5-year contract. Stuttgart sporting director Horst Heldt
said: "Ciprian is a very flexible forward, and a permanent thorn in the side of any opposition defence, who fits outstandingly into our team. He wanted to join us desperately."
Marica made his debut for VfB
in the Bundesliga
on 12 August 2007, in a home game against Schalke 04
(2–2). In his first season he got plenty of appearances (28), scoring only two goals in those (plus one goal in the UEFA Champions League, which led Stuttgart to their win against the Rangers F.C.
After this first failed season then-coach Armin Veh
mistrusted Marica,... Read More