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FC Timişoara
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Full name CS Fotbal Club Timişoara
Nickname(s) Alb-Violeţii (White-Violets),Bănăţenii
Founded 2002
Ground Dan Păltinişanu
(Capacity: 32,019)
Chairman Romania Marian Iancu
Manager Romania Ioan Ovidiu Sabău
League Liga I
2008-09 Liga I, 2nd
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Fotbal Club Timişoara is a Romanian football club which was established in 2002 and is currently playing in Romania's top league, Liga I. The club was born when Anton Doboş, owner of AEK Bucureşti, moved the team to Timişoara after obtaining promotion to Liga I, finishing 1st in the 2001-02 season of Liga II, Seria 1. However, there is an issue regarding the club's rights to the history of FC Politehnica Timişoara, as former owner Claudio Zambon has been claiming he is the rightful holder of the club records. The investigations are at present ongoing in civil law. Despite all this controversy, FC Timişoara remains one of the most popular football clubs in the country. Since joining the first league in the 2002/2003 season, it has always had the highest average attendance at home matches[1][2].

The club also has a 2nd team, FC Timişoara II, which currently plays in the Romanian Liga III. It aims to train and promote talented youth for the first team.

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History

Student based team with the creation of Traian Lalescu Polytechnic University in 1921, stayed in the cone of shadow of the great teams of the city in the interwar period, Ripensia and China. After the war and shortly after a successful rival of CFR Timisoara, however, Poli took over to football in Timisoara, but failed at any time to match the performance of the two great teams Timisoara before the communist period. Having suffered from dictatorial regime and serving the central teams with players forced the team logo of the Timi often oscillated between the first two echelons. Despite some sporadic presence in the European Cups and the elimination of clubs like Celtic Glasgow and Atletico Madrid, Poli was unable to ever win the championship Romania.

A few years after the fall of communism and decline followed the team, mainly because the university division. The new sponsor came to the club, the Italian Claudio Zambon has failed to keep the team in first Romanian league. Team that managed a draw in 1991 with Real Madrid has come up in 1995, the Second Division. There, team Timisoara has failed to order more seasons in a row, and the demoted thereafter until the League has four.

In 2002, Anton Dobos chose to relocate his team AEK Bucharest from the capital to Timişoara to fill the gap left when Politehnica Timişoara had been moved to Bucharest in 2000.[3] AEK Bucharest had themselves been moved from their original home of Bragadiru.[3] Dobos named the city's new team FC Politehnica AEK Timişoara and adopted Politehnica Timişoara's badge and colours, the original club now in Bucharest having dropped into the fourth tier of the league.[3] Politehnica Timişoara successfully sued Politehnica AEK Timişoara, forcing the newer club to change its badge and colours.[3]

The 2002/2003 season had double meaning for FC Timişoara (FC Politehnica AEK Timişoara at the time) as it was the first season in history, and also the first season in Liga I. The team finished 14th, and was able to remain in Liga I for the next season only after a play-off against Gloria Buzău.

In the 2003/2004 season the side grew more mature, learning from last season's mistakes, finishing an honorable 8th place.

The 2004/2005 campaign had been dramatic for the team, as they desperately struggled in the first half of the season and looked set for relegation at the winter break. However, the arrival of BKP was decisive, as the new sponsor did not shy away from investing in the team. After acquiring Romanian internationals Cosmin Contra and Viorel Moldovan, as well as a few other players from FC Naţional Bucureşti, including their coach at that time, Cosmin Olăroiu, Poli gently slid upwards in the table. Far from being relegated, the club finished 6th (out of 16 teams) after an excellent second half season.

Poli-Juventus, 1-0 at half-time

The club's strong finish that season, the new players that arrived, and the good practice match results in the preseason campaign (including a 2-2 draw against Italian giants Juventus) has ensured that Poli was expected to do very well in the 2005/2006 Divizia A season, perhaps even challenge the big Bucharest teams.

However, the rather poor start of the season led to the sacking of Cosmin Olăroiu after the 12th match day. Romanian football legend Gheorghe Hagi took over, finally returning to Romanian football after 15 years (excluding a short spell as coach of the National team in 2001). His stay also ended abruptly, after only six months, when he resigned following a series of bad results. His place was taken by the second in command, Iosif Rotariu, for the remainder of that season.

2006/2007 started off on the same mediocre note, but the team stayed around the first five places in the league for most of the season. As a consequence of the club board's dissatisfaction, the team had no less than four managers through the year. Sorin Cîrţu had been appointed just before the season began, as he was the last manager to have won the league with a non-Bucharest team. Although Poli acquired the services of Ştefan Grigorie and Dan Alexa from Dinamo Bucureşti and Andrei Cristea from Steaua Bucureşti, Cîrţu only lasted a couple of weeks on the team's bench. He was subsequently replaced by Alin Artimon, who had been in charge of the youth department at the club, but despite some good results, the young manager folded under the pressure and resigned after a home draw against Dinamo. Second team manager Iosif Rotariu was in charge of the team for a short while, before Artimon's and Hagi's assistant manager, Valentin Velcea was appointed manager until the end of the season. He achieved some good results in the league and qualified for the Romanian Cup final, after defeating Steaua in Bucharest, but the team's bad performances at the end of the season (which left them standing 7th in the final league standings) and the 0-2 loss against Rapid in the RC final, at the Dan Păltinişanu Stadium, left the fans dissatisfied by what had generally been another season of mediocrity.

2007/2008

It had been rumored for several months before Dušan Uhrin, Jr. was officially announced as the next Poli manager, that he would be the one for whom expectations would be made for 2007/2008. The Czech manager impressed everyone with his calm and clear rationales, being labeled as one of the few gentlemen of Romanian football. He took over a weakened team, Ifeanyi Emeghara and Mihăiţă Pleşan having departed for Steaua at the season debut. On the other hand Ionel Ganea came to Poli as part of a player exchange which saw Ştefan Grigorie leave to Rapid, then Marian Aliuţă and Cristian Dancia were signed on free transfers and two Slovenian internationals, Dare Vršič and Dejan Rusič were also bought to strengthen the team.

By the end of 2007 the team was third in the standings with 32 points and had an average of over two goals scored per match. However, Poli's defensive record was much worse than it had been in previous years and it seemed that this was the team's most significant weakness that had to be tended to.

A few days into the winter transfer window, the white-violets announced the transfers of Miloš Brezinský from FC Slovan Liberec and Balázs Borbély from Artmedia Bratislava. Elvio Raul Martinez, Tiberiu Bălan and Carlos Milhazes were also brought on loan. The club also terminated their deal with FCM Reşiţa, so that all of Politehnica's players there returned to Timişoara. In January, Marian Iancu stated he would retire from the club unless the City and County Councils would become co-investors at the football team. After a month of pressures, both Councils decided to offer a sponsorship, but refused to join the club's ownership. The involvement was satisfactory for Mr. Iancu, who went on to say that BKP will continue offering their financial support.

Poli ended the season in sixth position, which ensured them qualification to the UEFA Cup, because the Romanian Cup final was played between CFR Cluj (league Champions which therefore qualified for the UEFA Champions League) and FC Unirea Urziceni (who finished fifth in the standings). It was the first time in sixteen years that a team from Timişoara achieved European qualification. Poli managed to score 57 goals, more than any other first league side for the season. Moreover, for the first time in over three decades, a team outside of Bucharest managed to not lose in any encounter with FC Dinamo Bucureşti, FC Rapid Bucureşti and FC Steaua Bucureşti.

In 2008/09, Timişoara finished the season in 2nd place, which meant eligibility for the 3rd qualifying round of the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League. In that round, the team defeated the reigning UEFA Cup champions Shakhtar Donetsk. They were eliminated from the competition during the Playoff Round by an aggregate score of 0 - 2 by German club VfB Stuttgart, and will take part in the UEFA Europa League.

On 29 October 2009, UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body ruled that Dinamo Zagreb would have to play their next two home matches in the UEFA Europa League behind closed doors due to the actions of their supporters in their match at Timişoara. They also deducted three points from the Croatian club's points tally in Group A. The club appealed, but the appeal was not heard until after the first closed-doors game against Ajax.[4] After the appeal was heard, UEFA replaced the three point deduction with a €75,000 fine, and a three-year suspended ban from European competition.[5]

Chronology of the names

Year(s) Name
2002–2004 FC Politehnica AEK Timişoara
2004–2007 FCU Politehnica Timişoara
2007–2008 FC Politehnica 1921 Ştiinţa Timişoara
2008–present FC Timişoara

Supporters

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CVUCS

Commando Viola Ultra Curva Sud (in short CVUCS) is one of the most famous football fan groups in Romania. The fans, located in the southern sector of the stadium, are renowned for their unwavering support for their team, and their "Anti-Bucharest" chants and attitude, which are mainly directed towards arch rivals Dinamo Bucureşti and Steaua Bucureşti. Largely regarded the most important rivalry though is the local rivalry with UTA, a team based 50 kilometers away from Timisoara, in Arad. Often there are violent encounters before and after venues of the two teams.

There is an ongoing friendship between fans of Poli and those of Rapid Bucuresti.

Poli is the team with the highest number of attendances at home matches, despite having achieved only a mid-table position in the last season.

Protest for club record

On the March 17, 2007, ten thousand fans marched from the club stadium to the city center, protesting against the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which deemed that FC Timişoara was not allowed to use the club name, colours, emblem and insignias of FC Politehnica Timişoara any longer, as they belonged to the club owned by Claudio Zambon. His team currently plays in a small town next to Bucharest, in the Romanian fourth league.

In the week preceding the event, after FIFA announced it would maintain the initial CAS decision, the supporters wrote a manifest which they sent to several major newspapers around the world. The manifest was quickly translated in five languages: English, German, French, Spanish and Italian. Moreover, the fans spread out fliers through Timişoara, posting the manifest all over the city in just a few hours. Subsequently, over 20,000 people came to watch the match against Politehnica Iaşi which took place that Saturday. Despite the defeat (0-1), over half the number marched peacefully to the town center, where they stayed for several hours, chanting for their team and listening to speeches made by the local authorities, former players and the leaders of the supporter groups.

After the club was docked six points in early September 2008 for not fully complying with the CAS decision, the fans took to the streets in a spontaneous protest on the 4th of September. After blocking one of the main roads into Timisoara, from where they were dispersed by local police through the use of tear gas, the over one thousand supporters marched towards the city center. On the way their numbers increased to five thousand and after reaching their destination, they chanted in support for Poli and against the Romanian Football Federation, who they blamed not only for the lost points, but for the part they played in disowning FC Timișoara of their club records.

This underlying issue brought the fans together in another protest on the 7th of September, when about ten thousand supporters gathered once more in the city center, in an organized protest this time. Similarly to the meeting in 2007, speeches were held by significant local figures and chants were sung. Another protest is planned for the 9th of September, as the fans aim to push national authorities into investigating the alleged frauds committed by the RFF, in the hope that once these are uncovered, FC Timişoara will be allowed to return to its former name and colours.

The fans created a website, http://www.justiceforpoli.com, where they present all the events which lead up to the present situation, backed up by news items from the media and official documents provided by the club.

On March 3, 2010, FC Timişoara received a good news regarding the club's records. Bucharest Tribunal has prevailed Marian Iancu and Association Football Club Politehnica Timisoara in the trial of them in commercial law club led by Claudio Zambon. In short, the court found absolute nullity of Article of association of the company SC Fotbal Club Politehnica Timisoara SA, which says that the club record continuer Zambon is purple and white. The Italian has two remedies: to appeal and appeal. If the call will be rejected, however, Zambon will lose everything, and the current team in the League and receive the club record set in 1921[6] [7].

Achievements

Romanian League:

Romanian Cup:

Current squad

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
2 Brazil DF Éder Bonfim
4 Slovakia DF Miloš Brezinský
5 Romania MF Dan Alexa (captain)
6 Togo DF Daré Nibombé
7 Romania MF Alexandru Curtean
8 Romania DF László Sepsi
9 Romania MF Răzvan Cociş Cruz Roja.svg
10 Costa Rica FW Winston Parks
11 Senegal FW Gueye Mansour
13 Romania DF Cristian Scutaru
14 Romania DF Ioan Mera
15 Portugal DF Tiago Costa Cruz Roja.svg
16 Romania DF Srdjan Luchin
17 Czech Republic FW Lukáš Magera
18 Romania MF Marian Chiţu
No. Position Player
20 Romania DF Claudiu Ionescu
21 Romania FW Dorin Goga
23 Romania MF Florin Maxim Cruz Roja.svg
25 Slovakia MF Ján Kozák
26 Romania MF Hristu Chiacu
28 Slovakia DF Marián Čišovský Cruz Roja.svg
31 Romania MF Marian Fuchs
29 Romania GK Costel Pantilimon
33 Colombia FW Cristian Mejía
34 Romania DF Cosmin Contra
37 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Nemanja Supić
55 Romania MF Alexandru Bourceanu
77 Angola MF Dédé Cruz Roja.svg
99 Portugal GK Pedro Taborda

Out on loan

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
Romania FW Mircea Axente (at Oţelul Galaţi)
Romania DF Alin Raţiu (at FC Internaţional)
Slovenia MF Dare Vršič (at FC Koper)
Romania DF Iasmin Latovlevici (at Gloria Bistriţa)
Romania MF Adrian Poparadu (at CS Otopeni)
Romania MF Florin Sandu (at CS Otopeni)
Romania MF Ionuţ Matei (at CS Otopeni)
Romania GK Cristian Zimmermann (at CS Otopeni)
Moldova MF Artur Pătraş (at Concordia Chiajna)

Reserves and youth team

Notable former and present players

(have played at least 30 matches for the club or scored a minimum of 15 goals)

Romania
Australia
Armenia
Costa Rica
Czech Republic
Nigeria
Senegal
Slovakia
Slovenia
Togo

References

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