2002–03 Divizia A

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Divizia A
Season 2002–03
Champions Rapid Bucureşti[1]
Relegated Sportul Studenţesc
UTA Arad
Champions League Rapid Bucureşti
UEFA Cup Steaua Bucureşti
Dinamo Bucureşti
Intertoto Cup Gloria Bistriţa
Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ
Matches played 240
Goals scored 627 (2.61 per match)
Top goalscorer Claudiu Răducanu (21)
Biggest home win Ceahlăul 6–0 UTA
UTA 6–0 Bistriţa
Biggest away win Farul 0–5 Naţional
Highest scoring Sportul 5–6 Dinamo
Longest winning run Rapid (6)
Longest unbeaten run Universitatea, Steaua (9)
Longest losing run Politehnica (9)

The 2002–03 Divizia A was the eighty-fifth season of Divizia A, the top-level football league of Romania. Season began in August 2002 and ended in May 2003. Rapid Bucureşti became champions on 24 May 2003.

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 Rapid București (C) 30 20 3 7 59 25 +34 63 2003–04 UEFA Champions League Second qualifying round
2 Steaua București 30 16 8 6 42 27 +15 56 2003–04 UEFA Cup Qualifying round
3 Gloria Bistrița 30 13 6 11 32 33 −1 45 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round GLO 3-1 BRA
BRA 0-1 GLO
4 Brașov 30 13 6 11 37 33 +4 45
5 Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț 30 12 8 10 43 33 +10 44 2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup First round CH 3-2 D; D 5-0 CH
CR 3-1 D; D 1-0 CR
CR 0-0 CH; CH 3-0 CR
6 Dinamo București 30 13 5 12 49 46 +3 44 2003–04 UEFA Cup Qualifying round
7 Universitatea Craiova 30 12 8 10 36 37 −1 44
8 Național București 30 12 7 11 41 36 +5 43
9 Astra Ploiești 30 13 3 14 42 42 0 42
10 Farul Constanța 30 12 4 14 35 47 −12 40
11 Argeș Pitești 30 11 5 14 37 41 −4 38 ARG 3-1 BAC
BAC 2-3 ARG
12 Bacău 30 10 8 12 31 31 0 38
13 Oțelul Galați 30 9 9 12 25 37 −12 36 Qualification to Relegation playoffs
14 Politehnica AEK Timișoara 30 11 2 17 37 52 −15 35
15 Sportul Studențesc București (R) 30 9 4 17 44 55 −11 31 Relegation to Divizia B
16 UTA Arad (R) 30 8 6 16 37 52 −15 30

Source: LT (Romanian)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.

Positions by round[edit]

Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Argeș Pitești 14 12 15 14 15 14 13 12 12 12 10 11 9 11 14 14 12 13 12 12 13 11 12 11 11 11 10 12 10 11
Astra Ploiești 13 8 10 13 14 15 16 16 14 16 15 16 15 15 13 10 11 9 7 9 8 10 7 7 9 8 7 8 7 9
Bacău 15 14 13 12 11 13 15 15 16 15 14 13 11 12 9 9 7 6 6 8 10 12 10 10 10 10 12 11 12 12
Brașov 7 10 6 10 12 12 10 9 7 5 6 5 5 6 7 5 6 7 8 6 5 5 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 4
Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț 16 7 9 9 9 10 9 7 10 10 12 15 12 13 10 12 10 8 11 11 9 6 6 6 6 9 9 9 8 5
Universitatea Craiova 2 3 1 1 4 6 6 11 11 13 11 12 10 9 11 11 13 15 15 13 11 7 8 8 7 6 5 7 9 7
Dinamo București 1 6 7 8 6 7 8 8 6 3 2 4 2 2 2 2 3 4 5 5 7 9 9 9 8 7 6 6 5 6
Farul Constanța 8 13 11 11 7 9 11 10 8 9 9 10 14 10 15 15 14 11 10 7 6 8 11 12 12 12 11 10 11 10
Gloria Bistrița 9 5 8 4 8 5 4 2 2 2 5 6 7 8 5 6 5 5 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 8 5 4 3
Oțelul Galați 3 9 5 6 5 3 3 4 9 8 8 7 8 7 8 8 8 10 9 10 12 13 13 14 13 13 13 13 13 13
Național București 5 2 3 5 3 2 2 3 3 4 3 2 3 3 4 4 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 6 8
Rapid București 6 1 4 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Sportul Studențesc București 11 15 12 7 10 11 12 13 13 11 13 9 13 14 12 13 15 14 13 14 14 14 15 13 15 15 15 15 15 15
Steaua București 10 11 14 15 13 8 7 5 4 6 7 8 6 4 3 3 4 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Politehnica AEK Timișoara 4 4 2 3 2 4 5 6 5 7 4 3 4 5 6 7 9 12 14 15 15 15 14 15 14 14 14 14 14 14
UTA Arad 12 16 16 16 16 16 14 14 15 14 16 14 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16

Source: LT (Romanian)

Results[edit]

Home ╲ Away[1] ARG AST BAC BRA CEA UCR DIN FAR GBI OȚE NAT RAP SPO STE TIM UTA
Argeș Pitești 1–0 3–1 0–0 2–1 2–2 2–0 2–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 0–2 0–2 2–3 5–1 1–0
Astra Ploiești 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–2 2–0 4–2 2–1 2–0 2–0 3–2 0–2 3–2 0–1 2–1 1–1
Bacău 2–3 2–0 4–0 0–0 2–3 3–1 1–2 0–0 0–1 2–2 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–0
Brașov 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 0–1 3–2 0–1 2–0 3–2 0–0 2–0 2–1
Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț 0–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 3–0 3–2 0–0 3–0 4–0 3–1 1–2 2–2 1–0 3–2 6–0
Universitatea Craiova 0–0 3–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 3–1 0–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–3 2–0 3–1 1–0 1–1
Dinamo București 3–0 0–3 1–1 1–0 5–0 1–0 2–0 0–2 1–0 1–1 0–2 3–1 2–4 2–1 5–0
Farul Constanța 2–1 1–4 0–3 0–1 4–2 2–2 0–1 0–0 0–1 0–5 2–1 1–0 2–1 3–1 1–0
Gloria Bistrița 1–0 2–0 0–0 3–1 1–0 4–0 1–0 1–3 1–0 3–0 0–3 3–0 0–0 2–0 4–1
Oțelul Galați 2–0 2–1 1–0 0–2 0–0 0–1 2–0 2–2 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–2 2–1
Național București 3–1 1–0 0–0 0–2 1–3 1–2 0–2 4–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 5–1 0–0 1–0 2–1
Rapid București 1–0 4–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–2 3–1 5–1 3–1 5–2 2–0 0–1 1–2 3–0 3–0
Sportul Studențesc București 4–2 3–0 0–3 1–2 0–1 3–1 5–6 0–3 1–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 1–2 3–1 0–0
Steaua București 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 3–0 1–0 0–2 2–1 4–3 0–1 5–2
Politehnica AEK Timișoara 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 2–3 2–1 2–1 0–0 1–2 1–3 3–2 1–3 3–4
UTA Arad 2–2 2–1 3–1 3–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 6–0 3–0 1–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–1

Source: LT (Romanian)
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Relegation playoffs[edit]

The teams placed on the 13th and 14th place in the Divizia A faced the 2nd placed teams from both groups of the Divizia B. Politehnica AEK Timișoara and FC Bihor won the relegation play-offs.[2] Even though Oțelul Galați lost the relegation play-off against FC Bihor, they kept their place in the Divizia A because Petrolul Ploiești, the club that won the Divizia B, Seria I, sold its promotion place to Oțelul Galați and merged with Astra Ploiești, the other team from the city of Ploiești, which finished on the 9th position this season.[3]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Politehnica AEK Timișoara 8–4 Gloria Buzău 5–3 3–1
Oțelul Galați 3–4 FC Bihor 2–1 1–3

Top goalscorers[edit]

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Claudiu Răducanu Steaua Bucureşti 21
2 Ionel Dănciulescu Dinamo Bucureşti 16
3 Laurenţiu Diniţă Sportul Studenţesc 15
4 Cosmin Bărcăuan Dinamo Bucureşti 13
5 Sergiu Radu Naţional Bucureşti 12

References[edit]