FC Voluntari

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FC Voluntari
FC Voluntari logo.png
Full nameFotbal Club Voluntari
Nickname(s)Voluntărenii
(The People from Voluntari)
Ilfovenii
(The People from Ilfov)
Short nameVoluntari
Founded26 July 2010;10 years ago (2010-07-26) [1]
Ground Anghel Iordănescu
Capacity4,600
OwnerVoluntari Town
President Ioan Andone
Manager Bogdan Andone
League Liga I
2019–20 Liga I, 11th of 14
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Fotbal Club Voluntari (Romanian pronunciation:  [volunˈtarʲ] ), commonly known as FC Voluntari, or simply as Voluntari, is a Romanian professional football club based in Voluntari, Ilfov County.

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Founded in 2010, they have been playing since the 2015–16 season in the Liga I, the first tier of the Romanian football league system. They claimed their first major honour in 2017, after defeating Astra Giurgiu in the Cupa României final at the penalty shootouts, and went on to win the Supercupa României in the same year.

History

Early years

In the 2012–13 season of the Liga IV, they finished second and promoted to the next league Liga III. This time they won the 2013–14 Liga III and promoted again to Liga II. In Liga II they had notable performances against Farul Constanța and CF Brăila. They qualified via the promotion play-offs to Liga I from the first place.

Promotion to the first division

At the end of the 2014–15 Liga II season, they were promoted for the first time in their club history to Liga I, via the promotion playoffs. The 2015–16 Liga I season was a tough one for FC Voluntari, as many technical and administrative changes took the club to the relegation zone. Finishing 12th, the team faced a promotion/relegation play-off against UTA Arad, 2nd place in Seria II of the 2015–16 Liga II. FC Voluntari won 3–1 on aggregate and remained in Liga I. [2]

With experienced players like Vasile Maftei, Florin Cernat or Laurențiu Marinescu in the lineup, Voluntari improved in the 2016–17 Liga I season, finishing in 9th place and avoiding a second consecutive relegation battle. The biggest achievement for the club was winning the Romanian Cup against Astra Giurgiu, the first major trophy in its short history. [3]

Stadium

The club plays its home matches at the 4,600-seater Stadionul Anghel Iordănescu in Voluntari.

Honours

Domestic

Leagues

Cups

Players

First team squad

As of 21 February 2021 [4] [5]

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 Spain.svg  ESP Marcos Lavín
2 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Cosmin Achim (Captain)
4 MF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Antoni Ivanov (on loan from CS U Craiova )
5 DF Flag of Moldova.svg  MDA Igor Armaș
6 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Marius Briceag (on loan from FCSB )
7 FW Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO Ivan Pešić (on loan from Vorskla Poltava )
8 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Ion Gheorghe
9 FW Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Jefté Betancor
11 FW Flag of Brazil.svg  BRA John Anderson
12 GK Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Victor Rîmniceanu
14 FW Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Marcelo Lopes
15 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Alexandru Chilili
16 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Adrian Dorobanțu
17 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Sebastian Mailat (on loan from CFR Cluj )
18 MF Flag of Cape Verde.svg  CPV Hélder Tavares
19 FW Flag of North Macedonia.svg  MKD Viktor Angelov
21 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Alexandru Ilie
No.Pos.NationPlayer
23 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Alexandru Vlad
24 DF Flag of Portugal.svg  POR Ricardinho
25 FW Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Robert Tangulea
26 GK Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Daniel Paraschiv
28 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Ionuț Balaur (Vice-captain)
30 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Gabriel Tamaș
33 GK Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Mihai Cotolan
34 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Iulian Badea
40 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU George Buliga
44 MF Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  BEL Martin Remacle
66 MF Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  CZE Lukáš Droppa
70 FW Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Adelin Voinescu
77 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Vasile Mihai
88 FW Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Alexandru Stoica
90 DF Flag of Algeria.svg  ALG Mourad Satli
98 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Cristian Costin
99 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Claudiu Borțoneanu

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
20 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Oktay Özkara (to Unirea Slobozia)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Florin Bălan (to Farul Constanța)

Club officials

Domestic records and statistics

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  6. Board of directors
  7. Technical staff