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FC Baia Mare
FC Baia Mare.png
Full name Fotbal Club Baia Mare
Nickname(s) Minerul (The Miner)
Founded 1948 as CSM Baia Mare
Ground Viorel Mateianu
(Capacity: 15,500)
Chairman Romania Liviu Bala
Manager Romania Florin Fabian
League Liga II
2008-09 Liga III, Seria VI, 1st (Promoted)
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours

FC Baia Mare is a Romanian football club, based in Baia Mare, Maramureş, northern Romania. As of the 2008–09 season, they play in Liga III (Romanian third football league). The team play at Dealul Florilor Stadium (capacity 15,500), which hosted big names of European football such as Real Madrid, Dinamo Bucharest and Steaua Bucharest in the past.

The club was founded in 1948 from the merger of Phoenix Baia Mare (founded in 1932) and Minaur Baia Mare (founded in 1927 as Tricolor Baia Mare).

There is some kind of dispute over the year of establishment, for the time being some what unclear. The Communist Authorities claimed, in the past, that in 1948 they formed a new team called CSM Baia Mare, with no relation with Phoenix Baia Mare, which was previously dissolved by the same authorities. However, the players and the management remained the same. Moreover, CSM Baia Mare took Phoenix's place in Romanian second division and played at the same ground. The truth is that the claims came from the fact that the Communists did not want to keep the bourgeois history of Phoenix Baia Mare.

The club's nickname is Minerul (The Miner), due to the mining industry, which developed in Baia Mare and the rest of Maramureş during the last century. Minerul is also an old name of the team, the one that is the most loved by the supporters.

Contents

Previous names

  • CSM Baia Mare (1948–1950)
  • Metalul Baia Mare (1950–1956)
  • Energia Trustul Miner Baia Mare (1956–1957)
  • Minerul Baia Mare (1957–1958)
  • CSM Baia Mare (1958–1962)
  • Minerul Baia Mare (1962–1975)
  • FC Baia Mare (1975–1985)
  • FC Maramureş Baia Mare (1985–1998)
  • FC Baia Mare (since 1998)

History

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Timeline

  • 1948 — CSM Baia Mare is founded;
  • 1950 — The name is changed to Metalul Baia Mare;
  • 1955 — Metalul Baia Mare is relegated in Liga III;
  • 1956 — The team become Energia Trustul Miner Baia Mare and win promotion in Liga II;
  • 1957 — The team become Minerul Baia Mare;
  • 1958 — Third name change in three years, this time back to CSM Baia Mare;
  • 1959 — CSM Baia Mare reach the final of Romanian Cup, only to be defeated by Dinamo Bucureşti;
  • 1962 — Another name change, this time back to Minerul Baia Mare;
  • 1963 — Mircea Sasu become the first player ever to be selected from Minerul Baia Mare into the national team of Romania;
  • 1964 — Minerul Baia Mare win the second series of Liga II and win promotion into Liga I for the second time in their history;
  • 1965 — As the team finish only 13th out of 14 in Liga I, they are relegated after only one year;
  • 1975 — The team become FC Baia Mare;
  • 1978 — FC Baia Mare win promotion into Liga I. It is the third in the history. The Golden Age starts;
  • 1979 — FC Baia Mare finish 5th out of 18 in Liga I;
  • 1980 — The best performance in Liga I as they finish 4th out of 18;
  • 1981 — A poor year followed by relegation back to Liga II, mainly due to internal issues;
  • 1982 — FC Baia Mare reach the final of Romanian Cup where they are defeated by Dinamo Bucureşti. For the first time in their history FC Baia Mare play in Cup Winners' Cup, against Real Madrid of Spain.
  • 1983 — FC Baia Mare win the fourth promotion in their history into Liga I;
  • 1984 — A poor season in Liga I where the team finish 15th out of 18 but save themselves from relegation;
  • 1985 — FC Baia Mare is relegated back to Liga II. The Golden Era ends. The team become FC Maramureş Baia Mare.
  • 1993 — The Silver Era starts as FC Maramureş Baia Mare reach the semifinals of Romanian Cup;
  • 1994 — After a series of average and poor seasons in Liga II during the past decade, FC Maramureş Baia Mare win promotion in Liga I for the fifth time in their history;
  • 1995 — FC Maramureş Baia Mare reach the quarter-finals of Romanian Cup, but at the end of the season is relegated back to Liga II. The Silver Era ends.
  • 1998 — Another name change, this time back to FC Baia Mare;
  • 1999 — FC Baia Mare is relegated to Liga III for the second time in their history;
  • 2000 — The team promote back to Liga II;
  • 2001 — Second promotion in only two years, this time in Liga I, as FC Baia Mare win the promotion play-offs, however, the team's owner decides to trade the team's place in Liga I to another team, arguing the lack of financial resources to keep them over the competional season. FC Baia Mare return to Liga II;
  • 2002 — FC Baia Mare qualify again for promotion play-offs but do not win promotion;
  • 2004 — Relegation in Liga III;
  • 2006 — After two years in Liga III, FC Baia Mare win promotion to Liga II;
  • 2007 — The club is relegated back to Liga III and face serious financial issues. Brazilian Ayres Cerqueira Simao becomes the first foreign player ever to play for FC Baia Mare;
  • 2008 — Despite being in the frame for a promotion back to Liga II, a series of poor results and a players strike due to unpaid wages and bonuses left the club in Liga III for at least one more year. Yet, at the beginning of the 2008 - 09 season the club manage to transfer some players with good experience in Liga I, such as: Daniel Rednic and Sorin Iodi, thus becoming top favourites to win promotion into Liga II.
  • 2009 - FC Baia Mare promoted to Liga II after finishing first in Sixth Group of Liga III.

League and Cup History

Season League Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Notes
1948-1949 Divizia B 3 26 14 6 6 59 38 34
1950 Divizia B 6 22 9 3 10 30 36 21 Round of 32
1951 Divizia B 4 22 10 5 7 29 25 25
1952 Divizia B 6 22 7 7 8 29 32 21
1953 Divizia B 13 28 8 6 14 23 37 22 Round of 32
1954 Divizia B 4 24 12 4 8 36 30 28
1955 Divizia B 14 26 8 7 11 31 36 23 Round of 32 Relegated
1956 Divizia C 1 24 16 3 5 55 26 35 Promoted
1957-58 Divizia B 4 24 12 7 7 52 50 31
1958-59 Divizia B 9 26 10 6 10 43 45 26 Final
1959-60 Divizia B 2 26 15 6 5 53 24 36
1960-61 Divizia B 2 26 14 6 6 37 22 34 Equal points with 1st place
1961-62 Divizia B 6 26 13 3 10 39 41 29 Round of 16
1962-63 Divizia B 3 26 14 1 11 44 35 29 Quarter Finals
1963-64 Divizia B 1 26 17 2 7 42 20 36 Round of 16 Promoted
1964-65 Divizia A 13 26 9 3 14 27 45 21 Round of 16 Relegated
1965-66 Divizia B 2 26 14 7 5 43 20 35 Round of 32
1966-67 Divizia B 2 26 16 3 7 37 23 35 Quarter Finals
1967-68 Divizia B 4 26 11 5 10 30 34 27 Round of 32
1968-69 Divizia B 13 30 11 4 15 28 36 29 Round of 32
1969-70 Divizia B 3 30 15 6 9 28 14 36
1970-71 Divizia B 10 30 12 3 15 44 36 27
1971-72 Divizia B 2 30 13 6 11 46 40 32 Round of 32
1972-73 Divizia B 4 30 13 6 11 35 26 32
1973-74 Divizia B 5 34 14 7 13 45 36 35 Round of 16
1974-75 Divizia B 3 34 16 9 9 53 31 41
1975-76 Divizia B 3 34 17 5 12 46 31 39 Round of 16
1976-77 Divizia B 3 34 15 6 13 53 36 36
1977-78 Divizia B 1 34 22 7 5 80 25 51 Promoted
1978-79 Divizia A 5 34 17 4 13 42 38 38 Round of 32 Equal to 4th place
1979-80 Divizia A 4 34 18 3 13 57 51 39 Round of 32 Best performance ever
1980-81 Divizia A 17 34 10 6 18 37 62 26 Round of 32 Relegated
1981-82 Divizia B 2 34 17 7 10 71 36 41 Final
1982-83 Divizia B 1 34 21 5 8 83 29 47 Cup Winners' Cup
First Round
Promoted
1983-84 Divizia A 15 34 12 6 16 40 59 30 Round of 32
1984-85 Divizia A 17 34 11 4 19 30 46 26 Quarter Finals Relegated
1985-86 Divizia B 2 34 20 8 6 65 29 48 Equal with 1st place
1986-87 Divizia B 2 34 19 6 7 69 22 46
1987-88 Divizia B 4 34 15 6 13 43 32 36 Round of 16
1988-89 Divizia B 6 34 16 4 14 62 51 36
1989-90 Divizia B 3 34 16 7 11 50 26 39
1990-91 Divizia B 4 34 18 4 12 84 42 40
1991-92 Divizia B 2 34 22 6 6 75 26 50
1992-93 Divizia B 6 34 16 3 15 70 51 35 Semi-finals
1993-94 Divizia B 1 34 25 6 3 94 42 56 Promoted
1994-95 Divizia A 17 34 6 9 19 34 69 27 Quarter Finals Relegated
1995-96 Divizia B 13 34 14 3 17 46 53 45
1996-97 Divizia B 14 34 12 7 15 44 49 43
1997-98 Divizia B 3 34 18 6 10 65 36 60 Round of 32
1998-99 Divizia B 17 34 11 6 17 45 53 39 Relegated
1999-00 Divizia C 1 30 22 6 2 80 23 72 Promoted
2000-01 Divizia B 2 30 18 5 7 50 22 59 Round of 16 Promoted after play-offs but the team traded placed with FCM Bacău for 1 million US Dollars
2001-02 Divizia B 2 30 19 6 5 60 21 63 Failed promotion at play-offs
2002-03 Divizia B 14 28 7 5 16 26 42 26 Round of 16
2003-04 Divizia B 15 30 4 3 23 30 86 15 Relegated
2004-05 Divizia C 9 24 12 6 6 38 18 35 Started the season with seven points penalty
2005-06 Divizia C 1 24 19 1 4 52 13 58 Promoted
2006-07 Liga II 16 34 9 8 17 27 54 35 Relegated
2007-08 Liga III 3 34 19 7 8 63 26 64 Round of 32
2008-09 Liga III 1 34 25 7 2 65 16 82 Promoted

Performances

FC Baia Mare was a finalist in the Romanian Cup in 1959 and 1982, while in the Liga I, their best performance was 4th out of 18 at the end of the 1979-80 season.

The club played in the Liga I in other few occasions: in 1964–65 (13th out of 14), 1978–79 (5th out of 18); 1980–81 (17th out of 18), 1983–84 (15th out of 18), 1984–85 (17th out of 18) and 1994–95 (17th out of 18).

The team played mainly in Liga II where FC Baia Mare is ranked the first in an all-time standing, having the most games played and most points.

In 1982–83 FC Baia Mare played in Cup Winners' Cup against Real Madrid then coached by Alfredo Di Stéfano. After 0 : 0 in the first leg, FC Baia Mare lost 5 : 2 in the second leg. Koller and Buzgău scored for the Romanian side on Santiago Bernabeu.

In the summer of 1982, FC Baia Mare played a friendly game against AC Fiorentina in Italy and won 3 : 1. Giancarlo Antognoni and Francesco Graziani, both world champions with Italy at the 1982 World Cup, as well as Daniel Bertoni and Daniel Passarella, both world champions with Argentina at the 1978 World Cup played for AC Fiorentina in that game. This is, without doubt, the greatest achievement of FC Baia Mare to date.

The largest win in Divizia A is against FCM Galaţi, 7 : 1 in August 1979, however the club's finest hour in a Divizia A game came in June 1981 with a tremendous 5 : 0 win against Steaua Bucharest.

Current squad

As of July 23, 2008

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

No. Position Player
1 Romania GK Alin Bota
25 Romania GK Florin Şter
- Romania DF Vlad Gherman
3 Romania DF Gelu Bar
15 Romania DF Dănuţ Şomcherechi
21 Romania DF Marius Hodor
12 Romania DF Vlad Hotico
- Romania DF Lucian Han
23 Romania DF Ciprian Duruş
11 Romania MF Daniel Rednic
20 Romania MF Cristian Iaţu
8 Romania MF Petru Negrea
No. Position Player
5 Romania MF Radu Ernszt
13 Romania MF Marius Drule
6 Romania MF Petre Ardelean
19 Romania MF Fady Shannat
14 Romania MF Florin Achim
16 Romania MF Vlad Vanca
- Romania MF Vasile Pop
4 Romania MF Olimpiu Ciobai
- Romania MF Claudiu Bumba
10 Romania FW Sorin Bichiri
8 Romania FW Bogdan Pereş
24 Romania FW Robert Roszel

Transfers In

Transfers Out

On Loan

  • Paul Szentlaszloi (at CS Marmaţia Sighet)
  • Ciprian Popan (at CS Marmaţia Sighet)
  • Bogdan Lazăr (at CS Marmaţia Sighet)

Management

  • Sporting Director: Cristian Vasc

FC Baia Mare vs. Real Madrid (Cup Winners' Cup, 1982–83)

FC Baia Mare - Real Madrid 0 : 0

FC Baia Mare: Vasile Moldovan - Imre Szepi, Ioan Tătăran, Miron Borz, Alexandru Koller - Radu Pamfil, Marin Sabău, Lucian Bălan, Constantin Dragomirescu - Adalbert Rozsnyai (69' Viorel Buzgău), Andrei Ene; Coach: Paul Popescu

Real Madrid: Agustín Rodríguez Santiago - John Metgod (76' Alfonso Fraile Sanchez), Francisco Bonet Serrano, Juan José Jiménez Collar, José Antonio Camacho Alfaro - Ricardo Gallego Redondo, Ángel de Los Santos Cano, Ulrich Stielike, Isidro Díaz González - Carlos Alonso Gonzalez Santillana; Coach: Alfredo Di Stéfano

Real Madrid - FC Baia Mare 5 : 2

0 : 1 Alexandru Koller (12'); 1 : 1 Juan Gómez Gonzalez Juanito (16'); 2 : 1 Isidro Diaz Gonzalez (33'); 3 : 1 Francisco Garcia Hernandez (45'); 4 : 1 Carlos Alonso Gonzalez Santillana (47'), 5 : 1 John Metgod (48'); 5 : 2 Viorel Buzgău (89')

Real Madrid: Agustin Rodriguez Santiago - John Metgod, Francisco Bonet Serrano, Juan José Jimenez Collar, José Antonio Camacho Alfaro - Ricardo Gallego Redondo, Angel de Los Santos Cano, Francisco Garcia Hernandez, Isidro Diaz Gonzalez (85' Juan Alberto Acosta) - Carlos Alonso Gonzalez Santillana (66' Andrés Alonso Ito), Juan Gómez Gonzalez Juanito; Coach: Alfredo Di Stéfano

FC Baia Mare: Vasile Moldovan - Vasile Ignat, Ioan Tătăran, Ioan Hotico, Alexandru Koller - Radu Pamfil, Marin Sabău, Lucian Bălan, Constantin Dragomirescu (52' Viorel Buzgău) - Gheorghe Tulba, Andrei Ene (52' Adalbert Rozsnyai); Coach: Paul Popescu

Dream Team

Statistics — Domestic Leagues

Pts Pld W D L GF GA
In Liga I (7 seasons) 201 230 83 35 112 267 370
In Liga II (47 seasons) 1592 1410 669 254 487 2274 1661
In Liga III 1 (6 seasons) 266 170 113 30 27 353 122

1 up to and including the end of 2008-09 season

Statistics — Europe

Pts Pld W D L GF GA
In Cup Winners' Cup (1 season) 1 2 0 1 1 2 5

From FC Baia Mare to Romania National Football Team

  • Mircea Sasu 1 (6 caps / 1 goal): 1963: vs. Denmark (1 goal); 1964: vs. Bulgaria, vs. Hungary; 1965: vs. Czechoslovakia ; 1966: vs. Portugal, vs. Czechoslovakia;
    1 Mircea Sasu played an extra three games for Romania after he left FC Baia Mare and scored one goal: 1967: vs. East Germany, vs. Congo (1 goal); 1968: vs. Austria.
  • Alexandru Koller: (5 caps / 0 goals): 1976: vs. Iran; 1978: vs. Poland; 1979: vs. East Germany, vs. Poland, vs. USSR
  • Alexandru Terheş: (3 caps / 0 goals): 1978: vs. Poland; 1979: vs. East Germany; 1980: Hungary
  • Romulus Buia: (2 caps / 0 goals): 1991: vs. USA; 1992 vs. Mexico

Famous players

Goalkeepers

Defenders

Midfielders

Strikers

Famous coaches

Honours

The most successful team from Maramureş County.

Liga I:

  • Winners (0):, Best finnish: 4th 1979-80

Liga II:

  • Winners (4): 1963–64, 1977-78, 1982–83, 1993–94,
  • Runners-up (11): 1959–60, 1960–61, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1971–72, 1981–82, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1991–92, 2000–01, 2001–02

Liga III:

  • Winners (4): 1956, 1999–00, 2005–06, 2008–09

Romanian Cup:

  • Winners (0):
  • Runners-up (2): 1958–59, 1981–82

References


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