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Universitatea Cluj
Universitatea Cluj logo.png
Full nameFotbal Club Universitatea Cluj
Nickname(s)
  • Șepcile roșii (The Red Caps)
  • Studenții (The Students)
  • Alb-negrii (The White and Blacks)
Short nameU Cluj
FoundedSeptember 1919; 101 years ago (1919-09)
as Societatea Sportivă a
Studenților Universitari

11 August 2016; 4 years ago (2016-08-11)
as Alb-Negru al Studenților Clujeni
GroundCluj Arena
Capacity30,201[1]
OwnersCluj-Napoca Municipality
Babeș-Bolyai University
U Cluj Supporters Association
ChairmanRadu Constantea
ManagerCostel Enache
LeagueLiga II
2019–20Liga II, 14th of 20
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Chart showing the progress of U Cluj's league finishes from 1932 to the present.

Fotbal Club Universitatea Cluj (Romanian pronunciation: [universiˈtate̯a kluʒ]), commonly known as Universitatea Cluj or simply as U Cluj, is a Romanian professional football club based in the city of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj County. Founded in 1919 by Iuliu Hațieganu, the team currently plays in the Liga II, the second tier of the Romanian football league system.

Universitatea Cluj spent most of their history in the first division, but never became national champions. They played five Romanian Cup finals under four different names, and won the trophy in the 1964–65 season. They were considered to be the important in the region of Transylvania, however this status has been threatened in the 21st century by the success of their city rivals CFR Cluj. Universitatea players and fans are nicknamed Șepcile roșii ("The Red Caps"), after the red berets worn by students of the Cluj University of Medicine.

The club traditionally plays in white and black kits, although variations of red, maroon and gold have been used in the past. Their home ground is Cluj Arena, which was opened in 2011.

History[edit]

The Universitatea sports club of Cluj was founded in September 1919 by the "Sports Society of University Students" (Romanian: Societatea Sportivă a Studenților Universitari—abbreviated to "U"). Its first chairman was Professor Iuliu Hațieganu, a physician and politician. In the early years of its existence "U" Cluj played in local competitions; at the time there was no national football championship in Romania. The team played against Chinezul Timișoara in the 1923 final of the Mara Cup, losing 0–2. "U" played in the Romanian national football championship Divizia A from 1932. In their first season "U" finished first in its group and played the championship final against Ripensia Timișoara (0–0 and 3–5).

A statue of "U" Cluj's 1940s and 1950s captain Mircea Luca is in front of the Cluj Arena stadium.

In the first season of the Romanian Cup, in 1933–34, "U" reached the final, losing against Ripensia Timișoara (0–5). In 1940, "U" moved from Cluj to Sibiu as a result of the Second Vienna Award, when the northern part of Transylvania was ceded to Hungary. In 1942, "U" played in the final of the Romanian Cup for a second time and lost against Rapid București (1–7). In 1945, after the end of the Second World War and the return of the northern part of Transylvania to Romania, "U" returned to its home in Cluj.

In 1946, the name of the club was changed to Știința Cluj (English: Science Cluj). In 1949, the team reached the final of the Romanian Cup for the third time, but it was beaten by CSCA București—now called Steaua București (1–2).

At the end of the 1950s and the beginning of the 1960s, the manager of Știința Cluj was Ștefan Kovács—a famous Romanian coach who later became the manager of Ajax Amsterdam. In 1964–65, Știința Cluj won the Romanian Cup; this remained the greatest performance of the club for many years.

In 1966, the name of the team was changed back to "Universitatea". At the end of the 1971–1972 season, "U" was in the best position in the Romanian Championship Divizia A after the Second World War; it finished third in the league table, with the same number of points as the second placed team UTA Arad. In 1998, "U" reached the final of Cupa Ligii but lost to FCM Bacău. In 1999, "U" was relegated into the second Romanian division, Divizia B and in 2000 it was relegated for the first time in its history into the third division, Divizia C. It played one season in the third division, and in 2001 it was promoted back to Divizia B. The manager of the team at the time was the ex-Romanian international, Ioan Ovidiu Sabău—who started playing football in the 1980s at "U" Cluj.

In the 2005–06 Divizia B season, the new objective became promotion to the first league. Under coach Leo Grozavu, who often played highly defensive football,[citation needed] the team made many nil draws and the team lost second place (promotion play-off) by a point, though in the last match days they won 4–0 with the first place and the third, and 3–2 (after leading 3–0) with the 2nd place.

In the beginning of the 2006–07 Liga II season (Divizia B was renamed to Liga II in this season), a new manager, Adrian Falub—who had never coached before but had played over 220 matches for "U" Cluj in the first league—was hired. Under his lead, the team had a poor early season and only reached 8th position. Yet, the moment passed and the team reached 1st position, often separated by over 6 points from the next position. On 19 May 2007, virtual promotion was achieved after a 0–0 draw against second place contender Dacia Mioveni. Three weeks before the final match day, "U" ended its 8-year spell in the lower divisions, returning to the first league for the 52nd season in its history.

"U" Cluj players celebrating the promotion in the Liga I in 2007.

2007–08 Liga I season, first season of Liga I in last 8 years for "U" Cluj was a tough one, the club didn't manage very well the promotion and at the end of a tumultuous season the club finished on 18th place, the last one, with only 17 points, returning to Liga II.[2]

2008–09 Liga II season was a transition one and "U" saved from relegation to Liga III in the last round, after a 3–0 victory against Arieșul Turda while the main contra-candidate ACU Arad ended only 1–1 at home against Bihor Oradea, a match which was followed by a major scandal. Bihor Oradea accused ACU Arad of trying to fix the match, a victory being enough for the team from Arad to save from relegation.[3]

In the summer of 2009 "U" Cluj was taken over by Florian Walter, owner of Romprest Service which is one of the leaders of the facility management sector in Romania.[4] After only one season under the ownership of Walter, "U" Cluj promoted to Liga I finishing 2nd in the 2009–10 Liga II season.

In the new season, "U" Cluj demonstrated that was much better prepared from an administrative and sports point of view and managed to finish 2010–11 Liga I season on the 8th place, far away from the relegation area.

2011–12 Liga I season brought "U" to another area of its existence, well known and valuable players like Mircea Bornescu, George Galamaz, Gabriel Boștină, Marian Cristescu, Ovidiu Hoban, Gheorghe Grozav, Laurențiu Marinescu or Tony were bought by the club and the objective was qualification in the UEFA Europa League. Șepcile Roșii finished only on 7th place and failed to achieve the objective, but they got the best ranking of the club in the last 26 years.

In the summer of 2012, Florian Walter left "U" Cluj and becoming the owner of Petrolul Ploiești. Together with his departure, most valuable players left also the club and signed with the team from Ploiești.[5] Left without the main financier Alb-Negrii attempted to form a squad of competitive players with little money. In February 2013 club debts grew worrying and "U" went into insolvency.[6] Despite all the financial problems the team saved from relegation, finishing 12th at the end of 2012–13 season.

In the spring of 2013 Florian Walter announced that he will return at "U" Cluj.[7] At the end of the 2012–13 season a new problem shaken the already disturbed environment of "U" Cluj. License committee refused to license the club for the 2013–14 Liga I season and decided to relegate it to Liga II.[8] Șepcile Roșii contest the decision at CAS and won, assuring his presence in the next season of Liga I.[9] 2013–14 season it would once again be one without claims for "U" due to financial problems that the club had, also Florian Walter no longer seemed interested in investing too much in the team. With all the problems Studenții managed again to save from relegation, finishing 11th.

2014–15 Liga I season was a reorganization one, 6 teams relegated instead of 4, in attempt to reduce Liga I teams from 18 to 14. "U" Cluj struggled with its few resources until the very end, but at the end of the season the club was placed on 15th position and relegated to Liga II after its 5-year spell in Liga I.

The relegation in the Liga II was a real disaster for "U"'s already shaky financial situation. The club made a squad full of young players from the academy hoping that through the ambition of the young players and a miracle the team will promote back in Liga I after only one season of Liga II.[10] That was the only solution for saving the club, which was at that moment in insolvency for 2 years and a half and with an owner, Florian Walter, present only as a name in the papers, without investing in the club anyway and also being in international tracking for tax evasion and money laundering.[11] 2015–16 Liga II season was a season of extremes for "U" Cluj. In the first part of the championship the team had run over expectations and had great chances of promotion. But after the winter break the financial situation become worse and the team started to have bad results which ended with a qualification in the play-out tournament, without any chances of promotion. This moment was a crucial one, without any motivation the team ended the championship on 10th place and relegated to Liga III.[12]

Summer of 2016 it meant a new beginning for "U". With a sporting society in insolvency, with big chances of bankruptcy and an owner arrested for tax evasion and money laundering, there was no other solution than the formation of a new club. Cluj-Napoca Municipality which is the owner of "U" Cluj logo and record terminated the lease agreement with the company of Florian Walter. Than Cluj-Napoca Municipality together with Babeș-Bolyai University and "U" Cluj Supporters Association started a new project entitled ACSF Alb-Negru al Studenților Clujeni (ACSF White-Black of the Students from Cluj) a name that was given to the new team, because the society administered by Florian Walter was not yet bankrupt and the name of FC Universitatea Cluj could not belong to two companies. After the foundation of the new team Cluj-Napoca Municipality rented "U" logo and record to the new society.[13] The team was enrolled in Liga IV-Cluj County, Ioan Ovidiu Sabău has been named team manager and Marius Popescu the new coach. Șepcile Roșii also signed with a lot of valuable players like Octavian Abrudan, Alexandru Păcurar, Dorin Goga or Gabriel Giurgiu. Together with them in the team have been added the most talented players of "U" Cluj Football Academy and the objective was the promotion.[14] The project was a real success and Studenții won Liga IV without any problems, winning 26 matches and making only a draw in a match against Sticla Arieșul Turda. Also the team achieved the number of 1,000 contributing members and a lot of development projects are planned.[15][16][17]

On 29 September 2016 Walter's society, FC Universitatea Cluj, has gone bankrupt leaving the name free.[18] But the bankruptcy occurred after the starting of the 2016–17 Liga IV season, so the name remained ACSF Alb-Negru al Studenților Clujeni for that season. On 11 May 2017 was announced officially that from the 2017–18 season the team will return to the old name, FC Universitatea Cluj and also the basketball team will evolve under the same brand.[19][20]

Stadium[edit]

The club's home ground is the Cluj Arena, to which it moved in 2011.

Ion Moina Stadium, the first football and athletics stadium in Cluj-Napoca, was built between 1908 and 1911 and had a capacity of 1,500. The official inauguration in 1911 was a game between a Cluj team and Galatasaray Istanbul. It was the first game in Europe for Galatasaray; the Cluj team won 8–1. In 1961, new U-shaped stands were built and the capacity of the stadium became 28,000. In 2000, most of the stands were declared structurally unsafe for hosting supporters and were closed, leaving the stadium with a capacity of 12–13,000. In late 2008, the old "Ion Moina" Stadium was demolished, and building works begun for the Cluj Arena. The last official game at the old stadium was played on 22 November 2008; Universitatea drew 0–0 in their Liga II game with Mureșul Deva.[21]

During the construction works for the new stadium, Universitatea played its home games in the 2008–09 and 2009–10 Liga II seasons at the Clujana Stadium and its home games in the 2010–11 Liga I season at the Cetate Stadium in Alba Iulia, Gloria Stadium in Bistrița and Gaz Metan Stadium in Mediaș.

On 11 October 2011, the first match at the new Cluj Arena stadium—a friendly between Universitatea and the Russian team Kuban Krasnodar—was played; Kuban won 4–0. On 16 October 2011, the first official match at the new stadium was played; Universitatea won the Liga I game against FC Brașov 1–0.

Support[edit]

"U" Cluj supporters during a First Division game (season 2011–12)

"U" has many supporters in Cluj-Napoca, but also in some other parts of Romania—especially in Transylvania. One of the reasons for the team's popularity is that Cluj-Napoca has some of Romania's most important universities—including the Babes-Bolyai University, the largest in the country with more than 45,000 students.[22]

The history of U's fanatic supporters began in the 1970s, when fan-groups started to appear on the stadium. First, in 1972 appeared Amicii U, one of the first supporters groups in Romania. The group started to compose songs along with Music Academy's students and wear accessories like the well-known red hats or pins with the club's crest. Those years, Slavă ție studenție was composed, being nowadays club's anthem.[23] After the fall of communist regime, the Ultras idea arrived in Romania. First ultras group founded was Vecchia Guardia in 1996, followed by Ultra Curva Groapa in 1997 and Ultras 19 in 2004.

Some of the present-day ultras groups of "U" Cluj are: VG (Vecchia Guardia), BOYS, MADS, UCG (Ultra Curva Groapa), FPU (The Few The Proud The Ultras), Fanatics, PPS (Prezenti pentru simbol), Black Devils, Zebras Mănăștur, SAN, F.O.R.T., Mănăștur Clan or Battalogne Gheorgheni. .[24][permanent dead link]

The fanaticism sometimes led to violence, some violent episode being in 1979 when Sportul Studențesc won the match with "U" due to poor referee decisions. After the match, supporters began to shout thieves in front of the stadium and the police started to fight the angry fans.[23] Other episode happened in 2008, when CFR fans went to one of the main squares of the city to celebrate a Dinamo victory over Steaua, that advantage their team to win the league that year. Some Universitatea fans went to the square and had a fight with the rivals before police intervention.

Rivalries & Friendships[edit]

"U" Cluj supporters during a Second Division game against CFR Cluj in 2003.

Universitatea have a rivalry with local city team CFR Cluj. The animosity between the teams is one of the oldest in Romanian football.[25] The first incidents between fans of the two sides occurred in the 1920s.[25] A particularly violent episode took place during a derby played in 1924, when the stadium had to be evacuated because of a large-scale fight between supporters. Universitatea won the match 2–1. Other episodes of this rivalry are: in 2005, upset by the fact that Universitatea lost a match against UTA Arad, "U" fans injured CFR players at the Sport Hotel in Cluj-Napoca;[26] in 2008, following a derby, CFR won and obtained its first league title and Universitatea relegated in Liga II, but this match was preceded by a corruption scandal, because Steaua București's owner, Gigi Becali, offered "U" staff one million euros for defeating CFR.[27]

The second-most important rivalry is against FC Rapid Bucuresti due serious clashes between fans in 2006, 2011, 2019. Another rivalries are Steaua București, Farul Constanta and UTA Arad.

Universitatea's fans have a good friendship with Dinamo's fans, the main rivals of FCSB and Rapid. Dinamo friendship started in the mid-1990s, both ultras groups being linked with "the mentality, fanaticism and nationalist side",[28] although in the 1970s and 1980s, "U" supporters had friendships with other important clubs fans, like Poli Timișoara or Rapid București, these teams being the few that already had fan-groups.[23]

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Leagues[edit]

Cups[edit]

Junior Teams[edit]

The "U" Cluj Under 21 and Junior teams have always ranked among the best in the country and have won several National Championship titles:

  • The Under-21s were Romanian champions 3 times in: 1962–63, 1970–71, 1971–72
  • The Under-21s were Romanian champions 8 times in: 1955, 1956, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1971–72, 1973–74, 2000–01

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 15 January 2020[29]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Romania ROU Vlad Muțiu
2 DF Romania ROU Ionuț Ilieș
3 DF Romania ROU Robert Neciu (on loan from Viitorul)
4 MF Romania ROU Ioan Filip
5 DF Angola ANG Inácio Miguel
6 DF Romania ROU Tudor Telcean
8 MF Romania ROU Daniel Novac
10 MF Israel ISR Idan Golan
11 FW Romania ROU Alexandru Pop
12 GK Romania ROU Cosmin Vâtcă
13 DF Romania ROU Carol Taub
14 MF Romania ROU Matei Moraru
15 MF Romania ROU Denis Mâneran
16 MF Romania ROU Cosmin Meșter
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF Romania ROU Cătălin Ștefănescu
19 MF Romania ROU Nicolae Pîrvulescu
20 MF Romania ROU Victor Dican
22 DF Romania ROU Dan Berci
24 DF Romania ROU Srdjan Luchin
26 DF Romania ROU Laurențiu Rus
30 DF Romania ROU Gabriel Tamaș (Captain)
33 GK Romania ROU Andrei Gorcea
35 DF Romania ROU Andrei Mureșan
70 MF Romania ROU Alexandru Negrean (on loan from Viitorul II)
83 MF Portugal POR Sérgio Ribeiro
93 FW Romania ROU Cristian Gavra (Vice-captain)
MF Albania ALB Donaldo Açka
FW Argentina ARG Lucas Chacana

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK Romania ROU Rareș Pop (to Chindia Târgoviște)
DF Romania ROU Alexandru Trifan (to 1. FC Gloria)
DF Romania ROU Tudor Vomir (to Unirea Dej)
MF Romania ROU Florin Burghele (to 1. FC Gloria)
MF Romania ROU Alexandru Oltean (to Sănătatea Cluj)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Romania ROU Alexandru Roșca (to Unirea Ungheni)
MF Romania ROU Șerban Tîrlă (to Aerostar Bacău)
MF Romania ROU Adrian Micaș (to Comuna Recea)
MF Romania ROU Alin Văsălie (to Comuna Recea)
FW Romania ROU Mihai Forna (to SCM Zalău)

Club officials[edit]

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Period Shirt partner
2009–2014 United States Nike 2010–2015 Romania Romprest
2014–2019 Germany Erima
2017– Romania IRUM
2019– Germany Adidas 2020– Romania Superbet

Records and statistics[edit]

European cups all-time statistics[edit]

Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup / European Cup Winners' Cup 1 4 2 0 2 3 6 – 3
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 1 2 1 0 1 5 6 – 1
UEFA Intertoto Cup 1 4 0 1 3 3 8 – 5
Total 3 10 3 1 6 11 20  – 9

History by season[edit]

Key[edit]

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated

The players in bold were the top goalscorers in the division.

Season League Cup European Cup Other Top Goalscorer(s) Notes Name[30]
Division[31] Pos P W D L GF GA Pts Name Goals
1921–22 District 3rd 7 4 1 2 8 10 9  – Universitatea Cluj
1922–23  –
1923–24 1st  – Finals QF
1924–25 1st 14 10 4 0 27 6 24  – Finals QF
1925–26 2nd 18 11 4 3 43 26 26  –
1926–27 1st 10 7 2 1 21 8 16  – Finals SF
1927–28 2nd  –
1928–29 2nd  –
1929–30 1st 16  – Finals SF
1930–31  –
1931–32 1st  –
1932–33 Div A 1st 12 8 2 2 24 15 18  – Finals F Romania Grațian Sepi 10 Foundation of the Romanian Football
League system
1933–34 3rd 14 8 1 5 33 17 17 F Romania Grațian Sepi 14
1934–35 4th 22 12 1 9 36 34 25 R16 Romania Silviu Ploeșteanu 8
1935–36 12th[32] 22 7 2 13 29 53 16 SF
1936–37 9th 22 8 2 12 38 62 18 QF Romania Silviu Ploeșteanu 8
1937–38 6th 18 7 2 9 33 50 20 R32
1938–39 Div B 3rd 18 9 3 6 30 21 21 p
1939–40 2nd 18 14 1 3 63 22 29 p
1940–41 Div A 11th 24 8 1 15 42 58 17 p Romania Sever Coracu 12 Moved to Sibiu due to
Second Vienna Award
Universitatea Cluj-Sibiu
1941–42 SF[33] 3 2 0 1 13 6 F
1942–43 8th[33] 22 7 6 9 48 51 20 QF
1943–44 4th[33] 13 7 1 5 32 27 15  – Romania Sever Coracu 9
1944–45  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – Universitatea Cluj
1945–46 District 1st  –
1946–47 Div A 9th 26 11 3 12 54 47 25  – Romania Sever Coracu 13
1947–48 4th 30 14 6 10 54 48 34 R16 Romania Sever Coracu 8
1948–49 12th 26 7 5 14 31 49 19 F Romania Sever Coracu 10 C.S.U. Cluj
1950 Div B 1st 22 14 6 2 47 16 34 R16 Ştiinţa Cluj
1951 Div A 6th 22 8 5 9 32 36 21 R32 Romania Silviu Avram 10
1952 5th 22 7 7 8 24 23 21 R16
1953 8th 21 7 4 10 24 31 18 SF
1954 5th 26 11 6 9 32 32 28 R32
1955 7th 24 8 7 9 27 35 23 R32
1956 12th 24 6 5 13 22 48 17 R16
1957 Div B 3rd 12 6 2 4 25 23 14  –
1957–58 1st 26 17 3 6 58 23 37 p
1958–59 Div A 11th 22 2 11 9 23 36 15 R16
1959–60 5th 22 7 10 5 34 32 24 QF Romania Viorel Mateianu 7
1960–61 4th 26 12 5 9 47 44 29 R32 Romania Viorel Mateianu 11
1961–62 7th 26 10 6 10 46 44 26 R32 Romania Emil Petru 8
1962–63 4th 27 11 7 9 42 44 29 R32 Romania Mihai Adam 15
1963–64 9th 26 11 2 13 39 38 24 R32 Romania Mihai Adam 10
1964–65 7th 26 9 6 11 40 38 24 W Romania Mihai Adam 18
1965–66 7th 26 8 10 8 34 35 26 R16 CWC 2R Romania Mihai Adam 8
1966–67 6th 26 9 8 9 31 30 26 R32 Romania Mihai Adam 8 Universitatea Cluj
1967–68 10th 26 10 5 11 36 37 25 R16 Romania Mihai Adam 15
1968–69 8th 30 13 4 13 47 39 30 QF Romania Vasile Oprea 18
1969–70 11th 30 9 10 11 40 37 28 R16 Romania Mihai Adam 11
1970–71 12th 30 10 9 11 36 35 29 SF Romania Mihai Adam 12
1971–72 3rd 30 16 5 9 39 27 37 R16 Romania Mihai Adam 10
1972–73 16th 30 7 9 14 25 50 23 QF UEFA 1R
1973–74 10th 34 12 9 13 35 37 33 QF
1974–75 12th 34 12 9 13 29 38 33 QF
1975–76 18th 34 8 3 23 30 45 19 R16
1976–77 Div B 12th 34 14 4 16 37 40 32 p
1977–78 3rd 34 21 5 8 71 27 47 p
1978–79 1st 34 21 4 9 73 23 46 R32
1979–80 Div A 12th 34 14 4 16 44 43 32 R16 Romania Septimiu Câmpeanu 24
1980–81 14th 34 14 4 16 47 57 32 R16 Romania Septimiu Câmpeanu 19
1981–82 16th 34 11 8 15 34 49 30 R16 Romania Septimiu Câmpeanu 11
1982–83 Div B 3rd 34 19 3 12 61 26 41 R32
1983–84 2nd 34 25 1 8 78 25 51 p
1984–85 1st 34 20 10 4 68 23 50 p
1985–86 Div A 7th 34 14 5 15 51 52 33 R16 Romania Septimiu Câmpeanu 12
1986–87 10th 34 14 4 16 54 47 32 R32 Romania Septimiu Câmpeanu 12
1987–88 10th 34 11 7 16 39 54 29 R32 Romania Septimiu Câmpeanu 11
1988–89 14th 34 11 8 15 43 55 30 R32
1989–90 13th 34 10 9 15 40 60 29 R32 Romania Imre Bíró 9
1990–91 18th 34 5 6 23 26 67 16 R16
1991–92 Div B 1st 34 26 7 1 82 10 57[34] p
1992–93 Div A 11th 34 14 2 18 43 51 30 QF Romania Marius Predatu 14
1993–94 12th 34 11 9 14 39 42 31 SF Romania Marius Popescu 6
1994–95 12th 34 13 4 17 39 42 43 SF Romania Marius Predatu 9
1995–96 9th 34 14 6 14 41 40 48 R32 IT GS Romania Radu Sabo 12
1996–97 15th 34 11 6 17 52 67 39 QF Romania Ovidiu Maier 8
1997–98 13th 34 11 7 16 42 40 40 R32 League Cup F Romania Marius Popescu 9
1998–99 17th 34 4 4 26 19 92 16 R16
1999–00 Div B 17th 34 6 6 22 30 76 24 4R Romania Daniel Dăscălescu
Romania Adrian Truşcă
5
2000–01 Div C 1st 28 20 5 3 65 19 65 p Romania Ioan Ovidiu Sabău 9
2001–02 Div B 10th 30 11 7 12 51 40 40 p Romania Ciprian Prodan 12
2002–03 9th 28 8 10 10 48 44 34 p Romania Dan Codreanu 14
2003–04 6th 30 15 7 8 49 28 52 p Romania Răzvan Cociş 12
2004–05 7th 28 12 4 12 41 33 40 R16 Romania Emil Jula 11
2005–06 3rd 28 15 9 4 44 16 54 4R Romania Dorin Goga 9
2006–07 L2 1st 34 21 9 4 49 21 72 R32 Romania Radu Sabo 10
2007–08 L1 18th 34 4 11 19 32 58 23 R16 Romania Dorin Goga 8
2008–09 L2 14th 34 11 12 11 37 33 43[34] R32 Romania Flavius Băd 9
2009–10 2nd 32 20 7 5 60 24 67 4R Romania Valentin Lemnaru 13
2010–11 L1 8th 34 13 8 13 48 54 47 R16 Romania Claudiu Niculescu 13
2011–12 7th 34 11 14 9 46 37 47 R32 Romania Adrian Cristea 8
2012–13 12th 34 10 8 16 39 55 38 R32 Romania Viorel Dinu 9
2013–14 11th 34 11 7 16 29 46 40 R32 Romania Valentin Lemnaru 13
2014–15 15th 34 8 11 15 29 41 35 F League Cup QF Cameroon Justin Mengolo 5
2015–16 L2 10th 26 13 5 8 30 15 44 R32 Romania Octavian Ursu 8
10 3 3 4 11 13 28[35]
2016–17 L4 1st 28 27 1 0 167 9 82 2R Cluj County Phase W Romania Brian Lemac 48
2017–18 L3 1st 28 24 2 2 88 16 74 R16 Romania Dorin Goga 16
2018–19 L2 3rd[36] 38 25 7 6 85 26 82 R16 Romania Cristian Gavra 22
2019–20 14th 23 5 12 6 29 26 27 R16 Romania Dorin Goga 5

Notable former players[edit]

The footballers enlisted below have had international cap(s) for their respective countries at junior and/or senior level. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries at junior and/or senior level on through the time's passing. Additionally, these players have also had a significant number of caps and goals accumulated throughout a certain number of seasons for the club itself as well.

Former managers[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://www.libertatea.ro/sport/scapa-cine-poate-3-251120
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  32. ^ Won the Relegation play-off against ILSA Timișoara (5–1 agg)
  33. ^ a b c Unofficial championship.
  34. ^ a b Deducted two points.
  35. ^ Points halved after the regular season, after the results with the last two teams are canceled. Entered the play-out with 16 points.
  36. ^ Lost the Promotion play-off against FC Hermannstadt (1–2 agg)

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