2007–08 FC Dinamo București season
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|Manager||Mircea Rednic (rounds 1-6), Walter Zenga (rounds 7-16), Cornel Ţălnar (rounds 17-21, 27-34), Gheorghe Mulţescu (rounds 22-26)|
|UEFA Champions League||3rd qual. round|
|UEFA Cup||1st round|
|Top goalscorer||Ionel Dănciulescu (21 goals)|
The 2007-08 season was FC Dinamo Bucureşti's 59th season in Liga I. The season found the Dinamo fans hoping for another title in Romania and a qualification in the Group Stage of the UEFA Champions League.
Dinamo entered the competition in the third qualifying round, and faced Lazio Roma, playing the first game in Rome on Stadio Olimpico on 14 August and the 2nd leg on 28 August on Lia Manoliu National Stadium.
The game in Rome ended in a 1-1 draw. Ionel Danciulescu scored first with a perfect header after a cross from Cristi Pulhac, Lazio equalised in the 2nd half with a header from Mutarelli. In the first half Bogdan Lobonț saved a penalty from Rocchi after Radu Stefan committed handball.
The second leg was played on Lia Manoliu National Stadium: the first half ended in a 1-0 lead for Dinamo, thanks to a goal scored by Florin Bratu on a 30 meter sprint; however, Dinamo suffered three goals in the second half, caused by three defensive mistakes, the first being a penalty kick scored by Rocchi after a foul by Valentin Nastase, who left the team following the match. The game ended in a 3-1 loss for Dinamo, being therefore not admitted to the group stage of the UEFA Champions League. The elimination led also Mircea Rednic to resign from his head coaching position, being replaced by Walter Zenga.
Dinamo challenged Sweden champions IF Elfsborg in the UEFA Cup 1st round and where eliminated after a 1-2 loss at home and a 1-0 win in Borås. Dinamo's only achievable goal remained the Romanian Championship. Winning the title would have qualified it to the UEFA Champions League Group Stage.
Walter Zenga left Dinamo after 2 disappointing derbies against Rapid at home (lost 2-0 ) and Steaua away (lost 1-0 ) with a poor defensive play that was opposing with the team's very strong playing offensive. With no points in these crucial games he was replaced by Cornel Talnar with whom Dinamo had a debut in Liga I 3-1 against UT Arad on 1 December 2007.
On March 4, 2008, Gheorghe Multescu replaced Cornel Talnar but he resigned after only 27 days in charge. After Multescu's resignment, Talnar is again invested as coach until the end of the championship having very good final matches against Rapid (2-1) and Steaua (2-1).Finally, Dinamo finished fourth and qualified for the UEFA Cup.
|1||29 July 2007||Gloria Buzău||A||2-1|
|2||4 August 2007||FC Vaslui||H||0-2|
|3||10 August 2007||Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț||A||3-0|
|4||18 August 2007||Dacia Mioveni||H||1-1|
|5||24 October 2007||Farul Constanța||A||1-0|
|6||1 September 2007||Gloria Bistrița||H||0-1|
|7||15 September 2007||Politehnica Iaşi||A||5-2|
|8||23 September 2007||U Cluj||H||2-1|
|9||30 September 2007||CFR Cluj||A||1-1|
|10||7 October 2007||Oțelul Galați||H||6-1|
|11||21 October 2007||Pandurii Târgu Jiu||A||1-0|
|12||27 October 2007||Politehnica Timişoara||H||1-1|
|13||31 October 2007||Unirea Urziceni||A||0-0|
|14||3 November 2007||U Craiova||A||1-1|
|15||11 November 2007||Rapid București||H||0-2|
|16||24 November 2007||Steaua București||A||0-1|
|17||1 December 2007||UTA Arad||H||3-1|
|18||8 December 2007||Gloria Buzău||H||2-0|
|19||16 December 2007||FC Vaslui||A||1-2|
|20||22 February 2008||Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț||H||2-1|
|21||1 March 2008||Dacia Mioveni||A||2-1|
|22||9 March 2008||Farul Constanța||H||0-0|
|23||14 March 2008||Gloria Bistrița||A||1-1|
|24||19 March 2008||Politehnica Iaşi||H||2-1|
|25||22 March 2008||U Cluj||A||2-1|
|26||30 March 2008||CFR Cluj||H||1-2|
|27||5 April 2008||Oțelul Galați||A||1-0|
|28||9 April 2008||Pandurii Târgu Jiu||H||1-2|
|29||12 April 2008||Politehnica Timişoara||A||1-1|
|30||20 April 2008||Unirea Urziceni||H||1-1|
|31||23 April 2008||U Craiova||H||4-4|
|32||26 April 2008||Rapid București||A||2-1|
|33||4 May 2008||Steaua București||H||2-1|
|34||7 May 2008||UTA Arad||A||3-1|
|Last 32||27 September 2007||Progresul București||București||2-0|
|Last 16||5 December 2007||Sănătatea Cluj-Napoca||Cluj-Napoca||4-0|
|Quarterfinals||27 February 2008||Dacia Mioveni||Urziceni||0-1|
UEFA Champions League
Third qualifying round
14 August 2007
|Lazio||1 – 1||Dinamo Bucureşti|
|Mutarelli 54'||Dănciulescu 22'|
28 August 2007
|Dinamo Bucureşti||1 – 3||Lazio|
|Bratu 27'||Rocchi 47' (pen.), 66'
Lazio won 4–2 on aggregate.
20 September 2007
|Dinamo Bucureşti||1 – 2||Elfsborg|
|Niculescu 8'||Keene 10', 30'|
4 October 2007
|Elfsborg||0 – 1||Dinamo Bucureşti|
|Dănciulescu 31' (pen.)|
Elfsborg won due to away goals.
Defenders: George Blay (18/0), Zie Diabaté (1/0), Mariano Fernández (2/0), John Galliquio (8/0), Lucian Goian (18/1), Ivan Gvozdenović (2/0), Silviu Izvoranu (22/0), Cosmin Moţi (23/1), Nicolae Muşat (2/0), Valentin Năstase (2/0), Nino Pekaric (3/0), Cristian Pulhac (29/0), Ştefan Radu (19/0), Adrian Scarlatache (1/0), Flavius Stoican (7/0), Blaže Todorovski (2/0).
Midfielders: Gabriel Boştină (20/0), Hristu Chiacu (10/0), Adrian Cristea (32/8), Fabrice Fernandes (2/0), Andrei Mărgăritescu (26/2), Cătălin Munteanu (30/1), Georgian Păun (2/0), Adrian Ropotan (30/0), Gabriel Torje (15/1), Vojislav Vranjković (6/0).
New players: Valentin Năstase (Ascoli Calcio), Flavius Stoican (Shakhtar Donetsk), Silviu Izvoranu (Politehnica Timişoara), Daniel Opriţa (Steaua Bucureşti), Florin Bratu (FC Nantes-Atlantique), Ianis Zicu (Internazionale Milano), Hristu Chiacu (Wisła Kraków), Gabriel Torje (Politehnica Timişoara).
Left team: Florin Matache (Ceahlăul Piatra-Neamţ), Sergiu Homei (Politehnica Iaşi), Silviu Bălace (FC Vaslui), Constantin Bumbac (FCM UTA Arad), Adrian Scarlatache (Pandurii Târgu-Jiu), Lucian Goian (Ceahlăul Piatra-Neamţ), Vojislav Vranjković -Serbia- (Ceahlăul Piatra-Neamţ), Zé Kalanga -Angola- (FC Boavista Porto), Cornel Predescu (Dacia Mioveni), Alexandru Bălţoi (FCM UTA Arad), Jean Philip Mendy -France- (Petrolul Ploieşti), Valentin Năstase (free player, round 6), Fabrice Fernandes (free player, round 4)