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|Top 10 Young Romanian Footballers As Of July '00|
|Compiled by Laurentiu Popescu|
Name: Marius Niculae
Current Club: Dinamo Bucharest
Date of Birth: June 15, 1981
Comment: Marius Niculae must be in winning mood. Just two months ago he won his first Romanian title with Dinamo Bucharest. Days latter he also won the Romanian Cup with them while also managing to score his club's first goal in the final. Marius has emerged recently on the football scene. It was only after Adrian Mutu and former Romanian international Jean Vladoiu transferred from Dinamo that Niculae finally gained a first team place. Despite only playing in the latter part of the season this impressive striker has attracted plenty of attention, mostly from Seria A clubs. Lecce tried to sign him last winter while attending a training camp with the Romanian national team in Cyprus. The deal seamed almost sealed, but Niculae refused to give his signature at the last moment. Since then, the Italian sports paper La Gazzetta dello Sport has constantly linked him to Fiorentina, but more recently giants AC Milan have also shown considerable interest. Dinamo officials deny any sort of talks and state that the player is staying in Bucharest, but Marius seems poised to spice up the transfer market this summer. Niculae has an impressive physique and despite his size he posses excellent ball skills and a powerful shot. He found the net on his debuts for both the U 21 national team and for the senior squad. It was first speculated that Jenei planned to include the emerging talent in the squad for EURO 2000, but he later opted to rely on the more experienced Ganea and Moldovan. No harm done; at only 18 Niculae has all the time in the world in order to impress in both Seria A and on the international scene.