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Universitatea Craiova
Full name FC Universitatea Craiova
Nickname(s) Blue Lions
Campionana unei mari iubiri
(The Champions of a Great Love)
Founded 1948
Ground Municipal
(Capacity: 20,054)
Owner Romania Adrian Mititelu
Chairman Romania Sorin Joavină
Manager Netherlands Mark Wotte
League Liga I
2008-09 Liga I, 7th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

FC Universitatea Craiova is one of the most famous football clubs from Romania, along with Steaua Bucuresti and Dinamo Bucuresti. They became the first Romanian football team to reach the semi-finals of a European tournament, during the UEFA Cup in 1982-83.



The football history in the city of Craiova began in the year 1921, when the first teams were founded; "Craiovan Craiova" and "Rovine Grivita Craiova".

In the year 1940, the two teams from Craiova merged, resulting in one of the most successful Romanian football teams in the Interwar period; “FC Craiova” , which was also the first team from the city of Craiova winning the Romanian championship in the season 1942-1943. However the title was not officialised by the Romanian Football Federation because of World War II.

Finally in 1948 “Universitatea Craiova” took life at the initiative of a group of students and professors, a team which latter would become one of the most popular and successful teams from Romania.

Craiova Maxima

The 1982/1983 season has been, without doubt, the best in the history of "The Champion of a Great Love" a nickname used for Universitatea by the media, because of the tremendous love and immense passion that always surrounded the team. That magnificent side stayed fresh for long time in the memory of Romanian fans, regardless their sympathy for other clubs.

That season, under the management of Constantin Otet and Nicolae Ivan, Universitatea Craiova reached the semifinals of the UEFA Cup defeating big names of European football like AC Fiorentina (runners-up in Italian Serie A), Girondins Bordeaux (France), and FC Kaiserslautern (Germany). In the first European Cup semifinal ever played by a Romanian club, Universitatea played against Benfica Lisbon (Portugal), two times European Champions and three times European Champions finalists. After two draws the Portuguese side advanced to the final on aggregate away goals. Ilie Balaci and Rodion Camataru were among the great players of Craiova Maxima, but also Stefanescu, Crisan, Geolgau, Beldeanu, Donose, Lung etc.

Universitatea Craiova after 1991

In 1991 Universitatea Craiova won for the last time the Championship and the Romanian Cup, under Sorin Cartu as coach. In the last years Craiova became a middle-table team, with rather poor performances. At the end of the season 2004-2005 they had been relegated in the second football division for the first time in history. However, Craiova promoted the next year in Liga I.



Liga I

Romanian Cup

Liga II

  • Winners (2): 1963–64, 2005-06
  • Runners-up (1): 1960–61

Liga III

  • Winners (1): 1957–58


  • Norcia Winter Cup Italy
    • Winners: 2003

Current squad

As of 20 February 2010

Universitatea Craiova - Starting Lineup - in year 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
2 Romania DF Ştefan Bărboianu
3 Romania DF Radu Barbu
5 Romania DF Sorin Buşu
7 Romania DF Valerică Găman
9 Romania FW Mihai Costea
10 Romania FW Florin Costea
13 Australia MF Spase Dilevski
16 Romania MF Alexandru Ologu
18 Romania DF Ovidiu Dănănae Cruz Roja.svg
19 Romania FW Mihai Roman
20 Romania MF Mihai Dina
21 Romania GK Silviu Lung Jr.
No. Position Player
22 Belgium GK Pieter Merlier
23 Romania GK Marian Mecea
25 Romania MF Dragoş Firţulescu
30 Romania MF Andrei Prepeliţă (captain)
33 Romania MF Eugen Trică
88 Romania MF Jackie Nicolae
99 Romania FW Dan Gogoşoiu
- Romania FW Cătălin Crăciun
28 Romania MF Constantin Gângioveanu
11 Romania FW Alexandru Piţurcă
77 Serbia MF Ivan Paunovic
4 Bulgaria DF Valentin Iliev

Notable former players

See FC Universitatea Craiova Notable former players.

badoi si balace

Famous coaches

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