FC Politehnica Iași (2010)

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Politehnica Iași
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Full nameFotbal Club Politehnica Iași
Nickname(s)
  • Alb-albaștrii (The White and Blues)
  • Trupa din Copou (Copou Squad)
Short namePoli Iași
Founded16 August 2010;10 years ago (2010-08-16)
as ACSMU Politehnica Iași
Ground Emil Alexandrescu
Capacity11,390
OwnerIași Municipality
ChairmanIon Bucu
Manager Nicolò Napoli
League Liga I
2019–20 Liga I, 12th of 14
Website Club website
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Football Basketball
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Fotbal Club Politehnica Iași (Romanian pronunciation:  [po.liˈteh.nika ˈjaʃʲ] ), commonly known as Politehnica Iași or simply Poli Iași, is a Romanian professional football club based in the city of Iași, Iași County, currently playing in the Liga I.

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The team was formed in 2010 as ACSMU Politehnica Iași [1] and regard themselves as the continuation of the original Politehnica Iași which was dissolved in the same year. ACSMU began competing in the second division and made its first Liga I appearance in the 2012–13 season. Between 2011 and 2016, the club was named Studențesc Iași.

In the 2017–18 campaign, again under the name of Politehnica, it equalled the best result of its predecessor after finishing sixth place in the Romanian championship. The Emil Alexandrescu Stadium has been the home ground of both entities and has a capacity of 11,390.

History

Foundation and first years (2010–2014)

The original Politehnica Iași was established in April 1945 and folded in 2010 because of unpaid debts. [2] In August that year, Tricolorul Breaza merged with Navoby Iași and formed ACSMU Politehnica Iași. [3] Playing in the Liga II, the club's objective was to return to the first tier of Romanian football.

Ionuț Popa was appointed manager of the newly founded club and Grigore Sichitiu was elected as executive president. [4]

In the summer of 2011, the club was renamed Clubul Sportiv Municipal Studențesc Iași, or simply CSMS Iași. For the second half of the 2011–12 season ex-Romanian international Florin Prunea was brought in as president. [5] On 2 June 2012, after the 4–2 victory against Farul Constanța. [6] the team gained promotion to Liga I, [7] after two years in the second tier of Romanian football.

On 29 August, Liviu Ciobotariu was appointed head coach. [8] The Moldavian team finished the 2012–13 season in 17th place and were relegated to the second division. Even though there were hopes that they would be accepted for the 2013–14 Liga I season, eventually CS Concordia Chiajna secured the last place in the first league, due to the relegation of FC Rapid București for financial reasons. [9]

For the 2013–14 Liga II season, promising young coach Costel Enache was brought in to head a team that retained the services of its young talent, the likes of Alexandru Crețu, Adrian Avrămia and Andrei Hergheligiu. [10]

Return to the top division (2014–present)

Former logo, used between 2016 and 2018 CSM Politehnica Iasi 2016 logo.png
Former logo, used between 2016 and 2018

After Marius Lăcătuș replaced Enache as manager, Politehnica finished 1st in the 2013–14 Liga II and were promoted back to Liga I. For the 2014–15 season, the club played for their first time in the Cupa Ligii, defeating ASA Târgu Mureș and advancing to the last-16, where they eliminated former Romanian Cup and Liga I winner CFR Cluj. [11]

NamePeriod
ACSMU Politehnica Iași2010–2011
CSM Studențesc Iași2011–2016
CSM Politehnica Iași2016–2018
FC Politehnica Iași2018–present

The 2015–16 Liga I season was one of the best in the short history of Politehnica Iași and in the football history of Iași. After a great campaign, the team finished 7th and qualified for the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League under the command of Italian coach Nicolò Napoli, with a team that relied on experienced players like: Andrei Cristea, Bojan Golubović, Ionuț Voicu and Branko Grahovac. [12] In the second round of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League, Politehnica encountered Croatian team Hajduk Split and after a 2–2 draw at Iași, they were defeated at Split 1–2, prematurely leaving the competition. [13]

On 22 July 2016, the club announced that it had changed its name, from CSM Studențesc Iași to CSM Politehnica Iași, a name more closely linked to the Iași football tradition and dissolved FC Politehnica Iași (1945). [14]

In June 2017, president Florin Prunea was let go after five years at the helm of Politehnica Iași. [15] Adrian Ambrosie was subsequently appointed to the position. After a number of major departures, with the likes of Lukács Bőle and Daisuke Sato finishing their contracts, the team went into major reconstruction and signed a number of foreign internationals, like Denis Rusu, Kamer Qaka, Luwagga Kizito and Platini. [16] [17] [18] On 24 February 2018, despite of a 0–1 loss to defending champions Viitorul Constanța, Poli Iași became the first team from Moldavia to qualify for the Liga I play-off round since its introduction in 2015. [19] To the delight of manager Flavius Stoican, they went on to finish the league in 6th place, thus equalling the best result of predecessor FC Politehnica Iași.

On 11 July that year, the club announced that it earned the right to use the FC Politehnica Iași logo and name, which was considered to be the first step in the plan of regaining the club's full identity, the next one being the recovery of their record. [20]

Stadium

Politehnica Iași plays its home matches at the Emil Alexandrescu stadium. It is located in the borough of Copou, near the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, and has a capacity of 11,390 seats. [21]

Emil Alexandrescu Stadium. Stadionul Emil Alexandrescu panorama.jpg
Emil Alexandrescu Stadium.

Support

The biggest ultras groups of Politehnica Iași are Băieții Veseli and Ultras. Both supported FC Politehnica Iași (1945) until dissolution and regard the new team as its successor. They have friendly relationships with Zimbru Chișinău. [22]

Rivalries

Politehnica Iași's main rival is FC Vaslui, and matches between these clubs are known as the "Moldavian Derby". The rivalry developed in the 2001–02 Divizia C, when the previous club from Vaslui, Sportul Municipal, was fighting for promotion to Divizia B together with Poli Iaşi, with the latter winning the championship and earning promotion to Divizia B. The rivalry between FC Vaslui and Politehnica Iaşi was fueled by another clash for promotion, this time in the 2003–04 Divizia B, with the whites and blues prevailing yet again. [23] Ever since, the two sets of supporters participate in what is known as "The Derby of Moldavia". However, starting with their second season in Liga I, the tables have turned in favour of Vaslui after massive investments from the chairman, Adrian Porumboiu, with the yellow-greens dominating their rivals until their dissolution in 2014.

There are other smaller rivalries with Oțelul Galați and FC Botoșani. [24]

Honours

Domestic

Leagues

Players

Current squad

As of 21 February 2021 [25] [26]

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 Teodor Axinte
2 DF Flag of Cape Verde.svg  CPV Rodny Lopes
3 DF Flag of Greece.svg  GRE Nikos Baxevanos (on loan from Lazio )
4 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Ovidiu Mihalache (Vice-captain)
5 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Ștefan Cană (on loan from FCSB )
6 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Răzvan Popa
7 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Doru Popadiuc
8 MF Flag of Argentina.svg  ARG Juan Pablo Passaglia (4th captain)
9 FW Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  BIH Dženan Zajmović
10 FW Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Andrei Cristea (Captain)
11 MF Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  BEL Floriano Vanzo
12 GK Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Laurențiu Brănescu
13 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Cosmin Saizu
17 FW Flag of Ghana.svg  GHA Joseph Mensah
18 MF Flag of Argentina.svg  ARG Manuel de Iriondo
19 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Răzvan Onea
No.Pos.NationPlayer
20 MF Flag of Cape Verde.svg  CPV Platini
22 MF Flag of Argentina.svg  ARG Pablo Gaitán
24 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Sorin Bușu (3rd captain)
26 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Ionuț Moisă
28 FW Flag of Montenegro.svg  MNE Uroš Đuranović
29 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Antonio Stan
30 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Victor Petrișor
32 MF Flag of Venezuela (state).svg  VEN Rafael Acosta
42 FW Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Alexandru Zaharia
70 MF Flag of Costa Rica.svg  CRC Dylan Flores
77 FW Flag of Costa Rica.svg  CRC Deyver Vega
88 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Francisc Cristea
90 FW Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Andreias Calcan
95 GK Flag of Moldova.svg  MDA Ianoș Brînză (on loan from Botoșani )
97 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Ștefan Rusu

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
33 GK Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Denis Ciofu(to Unirea Slobozia)
GK Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Adrian Duță(to Dante Botoșani)
GK Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Eduard Belibrov(to Gloria Albești)
DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Sebastian Cotiugă(to Bradu Borca)
DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Vlad Gangal(to Bradu Borca)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Tudor Ciobanu(to Bradu Borca)
MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Denis Iftimie(to Sporting Vaslui)
MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Alexandru Păvăluc(to Bradu Borca)
MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Constantin Aeroaiei(to CSM Pașcani)

Club officials

Statistics and records

League history

European Cups history

SeasonCompetitionRoundOpponentHomeAway Aggregate
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 2Q Flag of Croatia.svg Hajduk Split 2–21–23–4
Notes

European cups all-time statistics

As of 1 December 2017
Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Europa League 1201134−1
Total1201134−1

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