FC Botoșani

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FC Botoșani
FC Botosani logo.png
Full nameFotbal Club Botoșani
Nickname(s)
  • Botoșănenii (The Botoșani People)
Short nameBotoșani
Founded2001;19 years ago (2001)
Ground Municipal
Capacity7,782
OwnerValeriu Iftime
ChairmanCătălin Anton
Manager Marius Croitoru
League Liga I
2019–20 Liga I, 4th of 14
Website Club website
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Fotbal Club Botoșani (Romanian pronunciation:  [botoˈʃanʲ] ), commonly known as FC Botoșani, is a Romanian professional football club in Botoșani, Romania, that competes in the Liga I.

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In 2013, twelve years after being established, FC Botoșani became the first team from the county to be promoted to the top tier of the Romanian football league system. [1] It recorded its first European appearance in the 2015–16 Europa League season. [2]

Botoșănenii play in predominantly white home kits, while their away equipment is generally blue.

History

Predecessors

Before World War II, the main local team of the city of Botoșani was Venus. After the war ended, the team was successively named Flamura Roșie, Textila and Unirea, and played mostly in the regional championship and the third division (Divizia C) without significant performances. In 1973, the team was renamed CS Botoșani. It won their series in the 1974–75 Divizia C and promoted for the first time to Divizia B, but only for a year. The team played again in Divizia B in the 1977–78 season, but was again relegated. [1]

In the summer of 1979, CS Botoșani promoted for the third time to Divizia B, and at the end of the 1979–80 season, they obtained the highest position of 3rd; that had heretofore not been reached by any football team from Botoșani. After that performance, the team declined, occupying places in the middle of the league, reaching in the ending of '80s near relegation.[ citation needed ]

One of the most famous Romanian players, Nicolae Dobrin, ended his career at CS Botoșani. He played for the team in the 1985–86 season and was also the team manager. [3]

CS Botoșani remained in Divizia B for 11 seasons, the most seasons spent by a football team from Botoșani. After that, at the ending of 1989–90 season the team was relegated to Divizia C. In 1993, the team was relegated to the county division and disbanded. [1]

There was also a Unirea Botoșani team that played between 1998 and 2000. The team merged with Poli Iași, who played in Divizia C under the name Poli Unirea Iași. [1]

Founding and early years (2001–2013)

The new Fotbal Club Botoșani was founded in 2001 by Salavastru and Sfaițer, with support from the local council, and started in Divizia C. In the summer of 2004, the team promoted to Divizia B. [4]

In 2005 the president of the Administration Council, Valeriu Iftimie, took over the main projects of the club after the French model. Therefore, the first team played in Divizia B, the second team, formed with youngsters, played in the third league. Also, the club has a centre for children and youths who are prepared for the future of the first team. [1]

Since the 2005–06 season, the matches of FC Botoșani were transmitted live on the radio, on "Radio AS". Until the beginning of the season, not even a radio station transmitted live. FC Botoșani participated in the second division of the Romanian football for nine consecutive seasons. In the 2005–06 season it finished on the 4th place, which was the highest position obtained until the 2012–13 season, when FC Botoșani won the series and promoted for the first time in Liga 1. [1]

Promotion to the first division and recent history (2013–present)

The main objective for the 2013–14 season was to avoid relegation. At the start of the season, FC Botoșani was the only first league team that had only Romanian players. FC Botoșani made their debut in Liga I on 21 July 2013, in a 0–0 draw against CFR Cluj, with eight newcomers in a top tier level of the starting eleven and played the most of the match with nine-man as Ciprian Dinu received a red card in the ninth minute. [5] The next matchday, on 26 July, saw FC Botoșani netting their first Liga I victory, in a 2–1 away win over Gaz Metan Mediaș. [6] On 25 August, FC Botoșani beat 1–0 FC Vaslui to record their first ever home win in the top tier. However, after this record, Botoșani had a poor run and manager Cristian Popovici was sacked, letting the team on the 12th place, two points above relegation. Leontin Grozavu was named manager and lead the team to a tough fight to avoid relegation. [7]

FC Botoșani started the next season with two important victories against Astra Giurgiu and Dinamo București, teams that fought for the championship title. At the end of the season they qualified for the first time ever in 2015–16 season of UEFA Europa League, because several clubs failed to obtain UEFA licences. [8] After a 4–4 draw with Viitorul Constanța, Botoșani again finished in eighth place.

On 2 July 2015, FC Botoșani made their debut in European competitions, in the first qualifying round of UEFA Europa League in a 1–1 tie against Spartaki Tskhinvali in the first leg in Botoșani. In the second leg in Georgia, FC Botoșani netted their first European victory in a 3–1 win over Spartaki Tskhinvali to advance to the next round, where they met Legia Warsaw. [2]

After their first qualification in the championship play-offs, FC Botoșani finished the 2019–20 season on the 4th place, thus achieving their best Liga I performance and, once again, qualifying for UEFA Europa League after 5 years since their last participation. They netted a 2–1 away victory against Kazakh side Ordabasy in the first round, before eventually being eliminated by Shkëndija of North Macedonia after a 0–1 home loss in the second round.

Stadium

FC Botoșani plays its home matches at the Botoșani Municipal Stadium. It is located near the centre of the city, has a capacity of 7,782 seats and is equipped with an all-weather running track. [9]

Support

The ultras of FC Botoșani are organized under the name of Dark Hooligans, Renegații and BT Pride. [10]

Rivalries

The main rivalry of Botoșani is with Foresta Suceava, but they recently developed a rivalry with Politehnica Iași. [11]

Honours

Domestic

Leagues

Players

First team squad

As of 24 November 2020 [12] [13]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Eduard Pap
2 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Denis Haruț
4 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Marian Luțu
5 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Florin Plămadă
6 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Andrei Chindriș
7 FW Flag of France.svg  FRA Hamidou Keyta
8 MF Flag of Argentina.svg  ARG Jonathan Rodríguez (Captain)
10 MF Flag of North Macedonia.svg  MKD David Babunski
11 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Mihai Roman (on loan from FCSB )
13 GK Flag of Austria.svg  AUT Hidajet Hankič
15 MF Flag of North Macedonia.svg  MKD Stefan Aškovski
17 FW Flag of Guinea.svg  GUI Sekou Camara
19 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Andrei Patache
20 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Adrian Moescu
21 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU David Croitoru
No.Pos.NationPlayer
22 GK Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Mario Contra
24 MF Flag of Denmark.svg  DEN Youssef Toutouh
26 FW Flag of France.svg  FRA Hervin Ongenda
27 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Eduard Florescu
28 MF Flag of Albania.svg  ALB Realdo Fili
29 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Marian Târșa
30 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Alexandru Țigănașu
32 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Alin Șeroni
47 DF Flag of Germany.svg  GER Christopher Braun
66 FW Flag of Greece.svg  GRE Minas Chalkiadakis
67 MF Flag of Albania.svg  ALB Enriko Papa
69 FW Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Bogdan Melinte
80 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Andrei Tîrcoveanu
90 DF Flag of Austria.svg  AUT Marcel Holzmann
99 FW Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Alexandru Caia
FW Flag of Syria.svg  SYR Mahmoud Al-Mawas

Other players under contract

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
38 DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Baba Touré
No.Pos.NationPlayer

Out on loan

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
3 DF Flag of Greece.svg  GRE Nikos Baxevanos (to Politehnica Iași)
22 GK Flag of Moldova.svg  MDA Ianoș Brînză (to Politehnica Iași)
87 MF Flag of Italy.svg  ITA Bryan Mendoza (to Petrolul Ploiești)
DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Iulian Dohotaru(to Șomuz Fălticeni)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Bogdan Filip(to Foresta Suceava)
MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Alexandru Micloș(to Șomuz Fălticeni)
FW Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Marian Chică-Roșă(to SCM Gloria Buzău)

Club officials

Records and statistics

European Cups history

SeasonCompetitionRoundClubHomeAwayAggregate
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q Flag of Georgia.svg Spartaki Tskhinvali 1–13–14–2
2Q Flag of Poland.svg Legia Warsaw 0–30–10–4
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1Q Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Ordabasy N/A2–1N/A
2Q Flag of North Macedonia.svg Shkëndija 0–1N/AN/A
Notes

European cups all-time statistics

As of 27 August 2020
Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Europa League 2521267−1
Total2521267−1

League history

Notable former players

The footballers enlisted below have had international cap(s) for their respective countries at junior and/or senior level and/or more than 80 caps for FC Botoșani.

Notable former managers

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  14. Board of directors
  15. Technical staff