FC Unirea Urziceni

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AS FC Urziceni
Full nameAsociația Sportivă Fotbal Club Urziceni
Nickname(s)Chelsea de Ialomița
(Chelsea of Ialomița)
Chelsea de Urziceni
(Chelsea of Urziceni)
Lupii din Bărăgan
(Wolves of Bărăgan)
Short nameUnirea
Founded1954 as Aurora Urziceni
Ground Tineretului
OwnerUrziceni Municipality

Asociația Sportivă Fotbal Club Urziceni, commonly known as FC Urziceni (Romanian pronunciation:  [urziˈt͡ʃenʲ] ), is a Romanian professional football club based in Urziceni, Ialomița County which currently plays in fourth division, Ialomița County. Unirea became national champions in 2009, at the end of their third season in the top-flight.


The club was founded in 1954, and spent the majority of its history in the lower tiers of the Romanian league system. In 2006 they reached Liga I for the first time, and received national praise for their results at this level. At the end of their second season in the top division they earned qualification to Europe, and one year later they claimed the domestic title. In 2010, the team's owner withdrew financial support and Urziceni was forced to sell most of its players to pay debts, leading to relegation at the end of the 2010–11 season.

In the summer of 2011, owner Dumitru Bucșaru did not file for a licence for the club to play in the Liga I and decided not to enroll the team in any championship. Unirea Urziceni was subsequently dissolved. [1]

Currently, there is the football team AS FC Urziceni, established and supported by the local mayorship in 2016, which plays on the Tineretului stadium in the Ialomița county leagues.


Rangers versus Unirea (1-4) in 2009 Rangers v Unirea Urziceni, Champions League.jpg
Rangers versus Unirea (1–4) in 2009
Unirea versus Zenit (0-0) in 2010 Unirea Urziceni-Zenit St. Petersburg 2010.jpg
Unirea versus Zenit (0–0) in 2010

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

In 1976, a new stadium, Tineretului, was inaugurated.

In 1988, the club reached the round-of-sixteen phase of the Cupa României, but lost 3–1 to Corvinul Hunedoara.

Prior to their promotion to Liga II at the end of the 2002–03 season, the club had spent its entire history playing in the lower leagues of the Romanian football league system, mostly in Divizia C and Divizia D.

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 Liga II. Following the play-offs, played against Forex Brașov and Bihor Oradea, at Stadionul Național, the club was promoted to the Liga I for the very first time in its history.


The club finished 10th in its first season in the top division. In the Liga I 2007–08, they finished seventh and reached the cup final. Manager and former Chelsea player Dan Petrescu nicknamed the team Chelsea of Ialomița. The following season the club won the league for the first time, after they beat Timișoara 2–1, [2] and qualified for the Champions League.

The club finished 3rd in the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League Group stage, obtaining 8 points. They beat Rangers 4–1 in Glasgow and Sevilla in Bucharest 1–0 and drew 1–1, with VfB Stuttgart and Rangers at Bucharest. In the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League Knockout stage, Urziceni were drawn against English giants Liverpool. In the first round, at Anfield, Liverpool won 1–0, and at Bucharest, Unirea lost again, 1–3.

Unirea finished second in the 2009–10 Liga I season, again qualifying for the UEFA Champions League. In the third qualifying round, Unirea finished 0–0 against Zenit St. Petersburg at Bucharest. In Russia, they lost 1–0, with Danny scoring the winner. In the Europa League Play-off round Unirea played against Hajduk Split. They lost in the first game played in Poljud 4–1, and drew 1–1 in Bucharest.

Decline, dissolution and refounding

In 2010, Unirea Urziceni started to decline. Dumitru Bucșaru sold almost the entire team during the first half of the championship, on account of a debt owed to Steaua owner Gigi Becali. In the second half of the season, Unirea took players on loan from Steaua II București and Dinamo II București, but only finished the season in 17th place. Although Unirea had avoided relegation, it didn't renew its license and was dissolved in 2011.

Chronology of names

Aurora Urziceni1954–1974
Avântul Urziceni1975–1979
Ferom Urziceni1979–1984
Unirea Urziceni1984–1999
Agricultorul Urziceni1999–2001
Unirea Urziceni2001–2011


Both of the club's nicknames originated during Dan Petrescu's period with the club.

Urziceni have been associated with Chelsea by the Romanian media after they quickly evolved from a newly promoted team to a title contender under the management of former Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu. His role was seen similar to that of Roman Abramovich, who started to invest massively in Chelsea in 2003, turning them in one of the best teams in Europe. They are therefore also called the Chelsea of Urziceni or the Chelsea of Ialomița.

Dan Petrescu is also responsible for coining the Wolves of Bărăgan nickname. During training sessions and official fixtures, he would call his players "wolves" in order to increase their ferocity. Bărăgan refers to the plain in which the town of Urziceni is located.

Both of these nicknames were rarely used by the Romanian media, which usually referred to the team as Ialomițenii, after the Ialomița County from where the club was based.

Colors and crest

Valahorum era logo FC Unirea Valahorum Urziceni.jpg
Valahorum era logo
Alternative club logo used during 2009-10 UEFA Champions League Unirea Urziceni.png
Alternative club logo used during 2009–10 UEFA Champions League
Unirea 2015 logo FC Unirea Urziceni 2015.png
Unirea 2015 logo

Unirea Urziceni colors are blue and white. However, the football equipment worn by the "ialomițeni" had over time other than the traditional colors such as orange, green, black or blue. Unirea Urziceni provider of equipment was the Spanish company Joma. [3]

The club crest contained a lion's head, a symbol of power. After the arrival of coach Dan Petrescu, a former player and admirer of Chelsea, the logo has undergone significant changes. Valahorum SA sponsor's name was removed from the emblem, being replaced by the number 1954 which is the year of foundation of the club. Logo design has also been modified so that it resemble as much English team emblem . Hence the nickname Team : Chelsea of Ialomița or Chelsea of Urziceni .


The club played its home matches at the Stadionul Tineretului, which has 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.



Liga I:

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Liga III:

Cupa României:

Supercupa României:

European record

Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Champions League / European Cup 2823389−1
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 36024311−8
Total5142571120 – 9

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