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Unirea Urziceni
Unirea Urziceni logo
Full name Fotbal Club Unirea Voluntari Urziceni
Nickname(s) Chelsea de Ialomiţa
Short name Unirea Urziceni
Founded 1954
Ground Tineretului, Urziceni
(Capacity: 7,000)
Owner Romania Dumitru Bucşaru
Chairman Romania Mihai Stoica
Manager Israel Ronny Levy
League Liga I
2008-09 Liga I, 1st
Home colours
Away colours
Current season

Fotbal Club Unirea Voluntari Urziceni, commonly known as Unirea Urziceni, is a Romanian professional football club based in Urziceni.



The first sporting club in Urziceni was a basketball club called "Ialomiţa". On the improvised pitch from Obor, the football team "Ialomiţa" played against teams from Ploieşti, Buzău, and Slobozia. They also played many games against Germans settled around the local lake, from which they took the name “La Nemţi” (“At the Germans'”).

In 1976 a new stadium, Tineretului, was inaugurated. In 1988 the club reached the sixteenths phase of the Romanian Cup, but lost 3-1 to Corvinul Hunedoara. Two seasons later they finished second in the Divizia C, and were promoted to the Divizia B. In 2003 the club was taken over by a new sponsor, Valahorum. At the end of the 2005-06 season the club finished second in the Seria 2 of the Divizia B. Following the play-offs, played against Forex Braşov and Bihor Oradea, at Stadionul Naţional, the club was promoted to the Liga I for the very first time in history.

The club finished tenth in its first season in the top division. In 2007-08 year they finished fifth and reached the cup final. Manager and former Chelsea player Dan Petrescu nicknamed the team Chelsea of Ialomiţa. The following season the club won the league for the first time, after they beat Timişoara 2–1,[1] and qualified for the Champions League. The club finished third in their group, qualifying for the Europa Cup, where they lost to Liverpool.


The club plays its home matches at the Tineretului Stadium with a capacity of 7,000 seats. Due to its small capacity, among other things, the club played its European matches at the Steaua Stadium in Bucharest.


Current squad

As of 25 February 2010 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 Lithuania GK Giedrius Arlauskis
4 Serbia DF Ersin Mehmedović
5 Romania MF Dinu Todoran
6 Romania DF George Galamaz (captain)
7 Romania FW Marius Bilaşco
8 Romania MF Sorin Paraschiv
10 Romania MF Răzvan Pădureţu
11 Romania FW Marius Onofraş
14 Romania FW Raul Rusescu
16 Romania MF Epaminonda Nicu
17 Portugal FW António Semedo
No. Position Player
18 Brazil MF Ricardo Gomes
19 Argentina DF Pablo Brandán
20 Romania MF Laurenţiu Marinescu
22 Guinea-Bissau DF Bruno Fernandes
23 Romania DF Valeriu Bordeanu
24 Romania DF Vasile Maftei
29 Romania DF Daniel Munteanu
30 Romania MF Sorin Frunză
32 Romania MF Iulian Apostol
77 Romania GK Cătălin Grigore

Club officials


Board of directors

Position Name Nationality
Owner Dumitru Bucşaru  Romania
President Mihai Stoica  Romania
Sporting Director Narcis Răducan  Romania
General Director Felix Grigore  Romania
PR Manager Paul Andone  Romania

Current technical body

Position Name Nationality
Manager Ronny Levy  Israel
Assistant Manager Cristian Pojar  Romania
Goalkeeping Coach Dumitru Stângaciu  Romania
Fitness coach Patric Lăzărescu  Romania
Doctor Laurenţiu Oproiu  Romania
Physiotherapist Radu Vasilcan  Romania
Masseur Adrian Moise  Romania
Masseur Sorin Cristof  Romania


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