|Full name||Claudiu Iulian Niculescu|
|Date of birth||23 June 1976|
|Place of birth||Slatina, Romania|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|2013–2014||CSM Râmnicu Vâlcea|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Claudiu Iulian Niculescu (born 23 June 1976 in Slatina) is a Romanian football coach and former striker. As a footballer, he played in Romania for Universitatea Craiova, Dinamo București and U Cluj, and has also played abroad for Genoa 1893, MSV Duisburg and Omonia. He was a striker and was especially skilled in free-kicks. He is 11th in an all-time ranking for the goalscorers in Liga I, with 157 goals.
At his first season with Dinamo Bucharest, Niculescu won the title in the First League and he became officially one of the best strikers from the internal competition.
The second season was not a brilliant one for Dinamo Bucharest and Niculescu was transferred to Genoa FC 1893 in the Italian Second Division at the middle of the season.
After only half of season, in 2003 Niculescu turned back to Dinamo Bucharest and he won another champion title with his team.
In the 2006–07 season, he became the goal-getter of the league scoring 18 goals, four of these in the match against rivals Rapid Bucharest. He was also the second best goal-scorer the UEFA Cup, scoring eight goals. In total, he scored 18 goals for Dinamo in European matches, and he is the all-time top scorer in European competitions for Dinamo. In Romania, he played 351 games, scoring 173 goals.
His first experience as a coach came at Universitatea Cluj, where he was in the same time active player. He was named head-coach in March 2012, and in 15 games under his command, the club won four games, draw in six and lost five. Niculescu resigned after the first game of the 2012–13 season, a drastic loss at Pandurii Târgu Jiu: 6–2.
On 25 September 2012, Claudiu Niculescu was installed as the head coach of Liga II team FC Bihor Oradea with an objective to help the team promote to the first division. In December, Niculescu ended his contract, after only eight games (two wins, three draws and three loses).
- Dinamo București
- Romanian League: 2001–02, 2003–04, 2006–07
- Romanian Cup: 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05
- Romanian Supercup: 2005
As a manager
|Universitatea Cluj||March 2012||July 2012||15||4||6||5||24||23||26.67|
|FC Bihor||September 2012||January 2013||8||2||3||3||10||13||25.00|
|Damila Măciuca||January 2013||June 2013||12||8||2||2||22||7||66.67|
|CSM Râmnicu Vâlcea||July 2013||March 2014||24||10||7||7||28||21||41.67|
|CS Mioveni||July 2014||October 2015||37||16||11||10||49||36||43.24|
- "S-a retras "Lunetistul" » 10 repere din cariera lui Claudiu Niculescu" (in Romanian). gsp.ro. 24 September 2012.
- "Claudiu Niculescu este noul antrenor al lui "U" Cluj" (in Romanian). stirileprotv.ro. 14 March 2012.
- "Niculescu a demisionat de la U Cluj: "Am fost jignit"" (in Romanian). gsp.ro. 23 July 2012.
- "Claudiu Niculescu a ajuns la Oradea şi a condus primul antrenament la FC Bihor" (in Romanian). fcbihor.ro. 25 September 2012.
- "FC Bihor s-a despărţit de antrenorul Claudiu Niculescu" (in Romanian). fcbihor.ro. 13 December 2012.
- "Claudiu Niculescu, antrenor principal" (in Romanian). fcdamila.ro. 3 January 2013.
- Claudiu Niculescu career stats at RomanianSoccer.ro