Sepsi OSK Sfântu Gheorghe

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Sepsi OSK
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Full nameAsociația Club Sportiv Sepsi OSK Sfântu Gheorghe
Nickname(s)
  • Piros-fehérek (The Red and Whites)
  • Székelyek (The Székelys)
Short nameOSK
Founded2011;10 years ago (2011)
Ground Municipal Stadium
Capacity5,200
OwnerLászló Diószegi
ChairmanCornel Șfaițer
Manager Leontin Grozavu
League Liga I
2019–20 Liga I, 9th of 14
Website Club website
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Asociația Club Sportiv Sepsi OSK Sfântu Gheorghe, commonly known as Sepsi OSK (Hungarian:  [ˈʃɛpʃi ˈoɛʃkaː] ), Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe (Romanian:  [ˈsepsi ˈsfɨntu ˈɡe̯orɡe] ), or simply Sepsi, is a Romanian professional football club based in Sfântu Gheorghe, Covasna County, that plays in the Liga I.

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Founded in 2011, they achieved promotion to the top tier in 2017 after a quick ascent through the Romanian league system. Sepsi became the first team from Covasna—a county with a majority of Székely ethnics—to play in the Liga I. They also qualified for the 2020 Cupa României Final, which they lost 0–1 to FCSB.

The club's home ground is the Municipal Stadium and its colors are red and white in honour of the local football tradition.

History

Formation and ascent (2011–2017)

László Diószegi and Dávid Kertész decided to start a new football club in the summer of 2011. [1] They picked the red and white colors to honor the football traditions of Sfântu Gheorghe and chose the name OSK as an acronym reminiscent of the defunct Olt Sport Klub. [1] They wanted the name of the city to be also included in the club's name, so they chose the prefix Sepsi form Sepsiszentgyörgy, which is the Hungarian name of the city. [1] In order to be able to enroll to Liga V they signed a collaboration agreement with Clubul Sportiv Școlar from Sfântu Gheorghe and formed a junior team. [1]

In their debut season, they won the Liga V competition of Covasna County and were promoted to Liga IV. [1] They finished second in their first Liga IV season, eight points behind local Viitorul Sfântu Gheorghe. [2] Valentin Suciu—who would eventually guide them to Liga I—was appointed manager in 2013. [3] At the end of the 2013–14 campaign, Sepsi OSK effortlessly won the Liga IV competition of Covasna County and qualified for the Liga III promotion play-off, [4] where they faced the champion of Vrancea County, Selena Jariștea. Following a 1–1 draw after extra time, they won 6–5 on penalties, being subsequently promoted to the third division. [5]

After a satisfying third place in the 2014–15 Liga III, promotion to Liga II was set as the objective for the next season. [1] They won the 2015–16 Liga III and were promoted, which represented a notable performance for the team at the time. [6] In the summer of 2016, Attila Hadnagy joined the team and became its captain. As he scored 28 goals in 31 games, the unexpected happened in the season which followed. They finished second in the 2016–17 Liga II and were promoted to Liga I, the top tier of the Romanian football league system. [7] [8]

Top league years (2017–present)

As a last step in becoming fully professional in 2017, the club started a series of investments into infrastructure which included the creation of training grounds for its youth center and building a UEFA Category 4 stadium. In the years which followed the promotion, Sepsi OSK managed to stay in the Liga I, qualifying for the first time to the championship play-offs in the 2018–19 season. In the summer of 2020, they qualified for the first time to the Cupa României final, which they lost 1–0 to FCSB at the Ilie Oană Stadium in Ploiești.

Ownership and finances

Co-founder and present owner László Diószegi is an entrepreneur who runs the Diószegi chain of bakeries. After starting with a bakery shop opened in Sfântu Gheorghe by his family and another associate in the 1990s, the business grew to sell bakery products through several shops in Romania and England. [9]

Compared to other Liga I teams at the end of 2019, Sepsi OSK stood out with by far the highest revenue obtained from corporate sponsorship deals and having the least debt. [10] The list of companies that have or had sponsorship deals with Sepsi OSK include Gyermelyi, OTP Bank and MOL.

Sepsi OSK was granted in total 2 billion Hungarian forints during 2017 and 2018 by the Hungarian government to be used for developing club infrastructure, thus contributing with approximately €6 million to build a youth center and a new stadium. [11]

Grounds

Municipal Stadium

Sepsi OSK holds its home games at the Municipal Stadium in Sfântu Gheorghe. Located in the Simeria neighbourhood, it has a capacity of 5,200 seats. After the Liga I promotion of Sepsi OSK the Municipal Stadium did not meet the Liga I licensing requirements. As a result Sepsi OSK was forced to hold all of its autumn 2017 home games at the Silviu Ploeșteanu Stadium in Brașov [12] and the first two 2018 home games at the Ilie Oană Stadium in Ploiești. [13]

Meanwhile the structure of the stand was fortified to support TV-radio cabins in 2017. Also the seating capacity was increased the same year with 1,500 seats donated to Sepsi OSK from the demolished Ferenc Puskás Stadium. [14] The old floodlight system of DAC was also donated to Sepsi OSK and installed in the stadium in 2018. [15] As a result Sepsi OSK was able to play its first ever Liga I game in Sfântu Gheorghe on 19 March 2018. [16] Ownership of the stadium was transferred from the Romanian Ministry of Youth and Sport to the City Council of Sfântu Gheorghe in 2019. [17]

Sepsi OSK Stadium

The construction of a new UEFA Category 4 stadium with a capacity of 8,450 seats has been started on a lot near Sepsi Arena in the summer of 2018. [18] The Sepsi OSK Stadium is expected to be opened before the end of 2021, [19] and it will serve as the new home ground of Sepsi OSK.

Support

Being the first team from Covasna county—a county with a majority of ethnic Szeklers/Hungarians—to achieve promotion to the top tier of Romanian football, Sepsi OSK is widely supported among Hungarians. In the 2018–19 season home game attendance fluctuated between 2,000 and 3,500 with an average of 2,682 spectators per game.

The only known organised supporter group of the club is named Székely Légió which is Hungarian for Székely Legion. The group traces its origins to the supporters of the defunct Olt Sport Klub from the 1970s. [20] Members of the group are known for showing their support for Sepsi OSK through singing before, during and after the game regardless of the result. [20]

Honours

Domestic

Leagues

Cups

Players

First team squad

As of 20 February 2021 [21] [22]

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

No.Pos.NationPlayer
2 DF Flag of Greece.svg  GRE Panagiotis Deligiannidis
3 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Bogdan Mitrea
4 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Răzvan Tincu
5 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Lóránt Kovács
6 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Nicolae Păun
7 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU George Dragomir
8 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Gabriel Vașvari (vice-captain)
9 FW Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Andrei Dumiter
10 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Lóránd Fülöp (on loan from Puskás Akadémia )
11 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Marius Ștefănescu
12 GK Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Jesús Fernández
13 FW Flag of Sweden.svg  SWE Admir Bajrovic
14 MF Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Eder González
17 MF Flag of Guinea.svg  GUI Boubacar Fofana
18 FW Flag of Slovakia.svg  SVK Pavol Šafranko
19 MF Flag of France.svg  FRA Bryan Nouvier
20 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Andres Dumitrescu
No.Pos.NationPlayer
21 MF Flag of Slovakia.svg  SVK Peter Gál-Andrezly
22 FW Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Nándor Tamás (on loan from Puskás Akadémia )
23 MF Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED Anass Achahbar
25 FW Flag of Switzerland.svg   SUI Simone Rapp
27 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Claudiu Petrila (on loan from CFR Cluj )
29 DF Flag of Algeria.svg  ALG Rachid Bouhenna (captain)
30 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Florin Purece
33 GK Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Roland Niczuly
77 MF Flag of Croatia.svg  CRO Adnan Aganović
82 DF Flag of Slovakia.svg  SVK Branislav Niňaj
88 DF Flag of Bulgaria.svg  BUL Radoslav Dimitrov
90 FW Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Cătălin Golofca (on loan from CFR Cluj )
95 GK Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Albert Szántó
96 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Florin Ștefan
98 GK Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Cătălin Căpățână
99 DF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Balázs Csiszér

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
24 MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU István Fülöp
No.Pos.NationPlayer
MF Flag of Austria.svg  AUT Aleksa Markovic

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
1 GK Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Béla Fejér (to Nyíregyháza Spartacus)
MF Flag of Romania.svg  ROU Vlad Mitrea (to Petrolul Ploiești)
No.Pos.NationPlayer
FW Flag of Argentina.svg  ARG Tomás Díaz (to Chindia Târgoviște)

Club officials

Records and statistics

League and cup history

Managers in club's history

Listed according to when they were appointed manager of Sepsi OSK. (C) means caretaker.

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