2011–12 Liga I
|Champions League||CFR Cluj
|Europa League||Dinamo Bucureşti
|Goals scored||748 (2.45 per match)|
|Top goalscorer||Wesley Lopes (27)|
|Biggest home win||CFR 6–1 Sportul|
|Biggest away win||Gaz Metan 0–5 Dinamo
Mioveni 0–5 Vaslui
Ceahlăul 0–5 Dinamo
CFR 0–5 Rapid
Mioveni 0–5 CFR
|Highest scoring||Rapid 5–3 Gaz Metan|
|Longest winning run||Vaslui (9)|
|Longest unbeaten run||Rapid (12)|
|Longest losing run||Mioveni (10)|
|Highest attendance||Steaua 3–2 Dinamo (47,698)|
|Average attendance||4,855 |
Since Romania dropped from eighth to fourteenth place in the UEFA association coefficient rankings at the end of the 2010–11 season, the league has lost its UEFA Europa League playoff round berth. Further, the champions will not directly be entered into the group stage of the UEFA Champions League any more, but rather have to begin in the third qualification round.
- 1 Teams
- 2 Season events
- 3 League table
- 4 Results
- 5 Statistics
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The league was originally expected to comprise eighteen teams, fourteen teams from the 2010–11 season and four teams eligible for promotion from the 2010–11 Liga II. However, the exact composition of the league was further affected by the licensing controversies, see below.
Four teams from the 2010–11 season were relegated to their respective 2011–12 Liga II division; these teams are Universitatea Craiova, Unirea Urziceni, Victoria Brăneşti and Sportul Studenţesc. Unirea Urziceni were relegated just two seasons after they won the 2008–09 Liga I. It was the fastest relegation of a former champion, Unirea being also the 2009–10 Liga I runners-up. After the relegation, the team was disbanded. Universitatea Craiova was relegated for the second time in club history, ending a five-year tenure in the highest football league of Romania. After the relegation, the team was temporary excluded by FRF from all internal competitions. Victoria and Sportul was supposed to make their immediate return to the second level, but Sportul remained in Liga I after the relegation of Timişoara and Gloria Bistriţa on licencing problems, see below.
The teams promoted from 2010–11 Liga II are Seria I winners Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ, Seria II winners Petrolul Ploieşti and Seria I runners-up Concordia Chiajna. Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ is returning to the first division after one year, Petrolul Ploieşti after seven years, while Concordia Chiajna promoted for the first time in Liga I. After Seria II runners-up Bihor Oradea were denied a Liga I licence (see below), Mioveni, third placed in Liga II respective series, was promoted instead.
Stadia and locations
|Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ||Piatra Neamţ||Ceahlăul||18,000|
|CFR Cluj||Cluj-Napoca||Dr. Constantin Rădulescu||24,000|
|Gaz Metan Mediaş||Mediaş||Stadionul Gaz Metan||8,500|
|Pandurii Târgu Jiu||Târgu Jiu||Tudor Vladimirescu||9,200|
|Petrolul Ploieşti||Ploieşti||Ilie Oană||15,500|
|Rapid Bucureşti||Bucharest||Giuleşti-Valentin Stănescu||19,100|
|Târgu Mureş||Târgu Mureş||Trans-Sil||8,500|
|Universitatea Cluj||Cluj-Napoca||Cluj Arena||30,201|
|Voinţa Sibiu||Sibiu||Municipal (Sibiu)||14,000|
Personnel and kits
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- 1Gabriel Cânu was previously Vaslui's captain, but since he got injured at the beginning of the season, Wesley was handed the captaincy in Cânu's absence.
|Team||Outgoing manager||Manner of departure||Date of vacancy||Position in table||Replaced by||Date of appointment|
|CFR Cluj||Alin Minteuan||End of contract||22 May 2011||Off-season||Jorge Costa||1 June 2011|
|Steaua Bucureşti||Gabriel Caramarin||End of tenure as caretaker||26 May 2011||Ronny Levy||10 June 2011|
|Rapid Bucureşti||Marian Rada||End of tenure as caretaker||4 June 2011||Răzvan Lucescu||4 June 2011|
|Dinamo Bucureşti||Ioan Andone||Resigned||8 June 2011||Liviu Ciobotariu||13 June 2011|
|Braşov||António Conceição||Resigned||14 July 2011||Daniel Isăilă||14 July 2011|
|Astra Ploieşti||Tibor Selymes||Sacked||1 August 2011||15||Marius Şumudică||3 August 2011|
|Braşov||Daniel Isăilă||End of tenure as caretaker||9 August 2011||10||José Murcia||9 August 2011|
|Mioveni||Ionuţ Popa||Resigned||22 August 2011||18||Ilie Stan||22 August 2011|
|Braşov||José Murcia||Resigned||29 August 2011||11||Daniel Isăilă||29 August 2011|
|Mioveni||Ilie Stan||Resigned||18 September 2011||17||Constantin Stancu||19 September 2011|
|Târgu Mureş||Ioan Sabău||Resigned||26 September 2011||16||Tibor Selymes||27 September 2011|
|Steaua Bucureşti||Levy, RonnyRonny Levy||Resigned||30 September 2011||9||Ilie Stan||30 September 2011|
|Mioveni||Constantin Stancu||End of tenure as caretaker||4 October 2011||17||Mihai Stoichiţă||4 October 2011|
|Sportul Studenţesc||Gheorghe Mulţescu||Resigned||15 October 2011||15||Daniel Timofte||17 October 2011|
|Astra Ploieşti||Marius Şumudică||Resigned||30 October 2011||8||Tibor Selymes||3 November 2011|
|Târgu Mureş||Tibor Selymes||Sacked||1 November 2011||17||Maurizio Trombetta||4 November 2011|
|Braşov||Daniel Isăilă||End of tenure as caretaker||1 November 2011||12||Marius Şumudică||1 November 2011|
|Sportul Studenţesc||Daniel Timofte||End of tenure as caretaker||4 November 2011||15||Daniel Isăilă||4 November 2011|
|Mioveni||Mihai Stoichiţă||Resigned||14 November 2011||18||Mihai Stoica||16 November 2011|
|Mioveni||Mihai Stoica||Resigned||1 December2011||18||Marian Pană||4 December 2011|
|Concordia Chiajna||Laurenţiu Diniţă||Resigned||17 December 2011||17||Laurențiu Reghecampf||18 December 2011|
|Astra Ploiești||Tibor Selymes||Sacked||18 December 2011||9||Toni Conceição||6 January 2012|
|Târgu Mureş||Maurizio Trombetta||Sacked||21 January 2012||15||Marius Lăcătuş||21 January 2012|
|Universitatea Cluj||Ionuţ Badea||Sacked||14 March 2012||8||Claudiu Niculescu||14 March 2012|
|Târgu Mureş||Marius Lăcătuş||Resigned||19 March 2012||16||Ioan Sabău||19 March 2012|
|Astra Ploieşti||Toni Conceição||Sacked||26 March 2012||11||Mircea Rednic||29 March 2012|
|Steaua București||Ilie Stan||Resigned||27 March 2012||4||Mihai Stoichiţă||27 March 2012|
|Petrolul Ploiești||Valeriu Răchită||Resigned||28 March 2012||17||Gheorghe Mulţescu||28 March 2012|
|CFR Cluj||Jorge Costa||Sacked||8 April 2012||1||Ioan Andone||8 April 2012|
|Dinamo București||Liviu Ciobotariu||Resigned||10 April 2012||2||Dario Bonetti||10 April 2012|
|Braşov||Marius Şumudică||Sacked||16 April 2012||11||Ionuţ Badea||16 April 2012|
|Mioveni||Marian Pană||Sacked||4 May 2012||18||Constantin Stancu||4 May 2012|
On 30 May 2011, the Romanian Football Federation denied licences to four 2010–11 Liga I teams, Timişoara, Gloria Bistriţa, Universitatea Craiova and Victoria Brăneşti, while a fifth team, Unirea Urziceni, did not apply for a licence. Of these five teams, Timişoara and Gloria Bistriţa had achieved qualification for the 2011–12 season on competitional grounds. A final decision by the Executive Committee of the FRF on the matter, particularly on the question to which league both teams will be incorporated, was scheduled for 2 June 2011, but eventually postponed to 20 June 2011. As a direct consequence from the licence denial, Timişoara were not allowed to participate in the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League.
On 6 June 2011, the FRF announced that Bihor Oradea, runners-up in the 2010–11 Liga II Seria II and therefore having earned promotion, did not meet requirements for a Liga I licence.
On 11 June 2011, a FRF communique stated that the Executive committee doesn't have the power to change the Licencing Commission decisions. However, on 20 June, the FRF Executive Committee decided that for the next three years the licences won't matter for Liga I promotion. Therefore, Timişoara, Gloria Bistriţa and Bihor Oradea could play in the 2011–12 Liga I season. The decision was reverted in the same day, after an intervention of FRF president, Mircea Sandu. The only chance for the three teams to play in the next season would be a favorable decision from Court of Arbitration for Sport for their appeals.
On 22 June 2011, FRF announced that Sportul Studenţesc will retain their Liga I place and Mioveni will promote instead of Bihor Oradea. FRF decided also that a play-off round will be played between Săgeata Năvodari and Voinţa Sibiu for the last remaining place in Liga 1. On 2 July, in Săgeata Năvodari, the first match of the play-off was a goalless draw. Voinţa Sibiu promoted for the first time in history in Liga I after a 2-0 victory in the second match of the play-off.
On 8 July, Court of Arbitration for Sport announced that the appeals from Timişoara, Bihor and Bistriţa will be heard in an expedited manner in order to have a decision before the start of the season. On 18 July, CAS announced that the appeals were dismissed. The challenged decisions taken by the competent authorities in Romania and by UEFA were confirmed in their entirety.
Home ground dilemmas
The Ministry of National Defense, owner of Ghencea, denounced the contract with Steaua for unpaid debts. A new agreement is expected to be signed. Meanwhile, because Steaua's home ground was suspended for the first two stages because of the incidents in the 2010–11 Romanian Cup final and the 2011 Romanian Supercup, the team played the first two home matches at Constanţa and Ploieşti. Further matches was played in Ploieşti and Buzău. Numerous other stadiums were considered by the Steaua owner George Becali for a new home: the new National Arena, CFR Cluj stadium, Buzău and Astra stadium. Ghencea owners invited Steaua to return to Ghencea, but only after the debts (around 560.000 euro) will be fully paid. However, Steaua played further matches on Astra and Buzău stadiums and National Arena. George Becali declared at the begging of November that the team will settle on the National Arena until the end of 2011.
Rapid played the first game match on Regie, because they were suspended for the incidents created by fans during the last match of the 2010–11 Liga I. Because of debts towards CS Rapid Bucureşti, owners of Giuleşti, they were still unable to use their traditional home stadium. CS Rapid Bucureşti agreed to sign a new contract if a part of the debts were paid until the coming match of the fourth stage against Concordia Chiajna. The match was eventually played on the Nicolae Dobrin Stadium in Piteşti. Before the sixth stage, Rapid president Dinu Gheorghe announced there isn't yet an agreement and thus the match with FC Braşov will be played on Regie. On 12 September, a temporary accord was signed between the two parts, meaning that Rapid will return to their traditionally home ground for at least two matches. On 11 October 2011, was signed a contract for the entire season.
Investigations and arrests
On 25 September 2011, Vasile Avram, the president of Romanian Referees Commission (CCA), has been arrested on suspicion of taking bribes from a businessman close to Târgu Mureş. Further information revealed that in the same investigation are involved the presidents of other two clubs, Dinamo Bucureşti and Vaslui, and the heads of Romanian Football Federation, Mircea Sandu, and Romanian Professional Football League, Dumitru Dragomir. It's still unclear how the 2011-12 Liga 1 season will be affected by these investigations. Vasile Avram was released after 58 days of arrest with some restrictions, but the process will continue. However, he was already replaced as the president of CCA with Ion Crăciunescu.
Also, in October 2011 National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) started the investigation of the members of Romanian Football Federation Execute Committee, accusing them of abuse in the Universitatea Craiova temporary exclusion of all competition after last season relegation. Following the exclusion, all the Craiova's players was declared free of contract.
||Qualification or relegation
|1||CFR Cluj (C)||34||21||8||5||63||31||+32||71||2012–13 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round|
|3||Steaua București||34||19||9||6||47||26||+21||66||2012–13 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round|
|4||Rapid București||34||18||10||6||54||29||+25||64||2012–13 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round|
|5||Dinamo București||34||18||8||8||57||32||+25||62||2012–13 UEFA Europa League Play-off round 1|
|7||Pandurii Târgu Jiu||34||12||11||11||47||40||+7||47||PAN 1–0 UCL
UCL 0–1 PAN
|9||Concordia Chiajna||34||13||6||15||42||52||−10||45||CON 2–1 BRA
BRA 2–3 CON
|11||Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț||34||11||9||14||36||46||−10||42|
|12||Astra Ploiești||34||11||8||15||36||43||−7||41||AST 2–0 GAZ
GAZ 0–0 AST
|13||Gaz Metan Mediaș||34||11||8||15||39||54||−15||41|
|15||Târgu Mureș (R)||34||8||11||15||33||47||−14||35||Relegation to the 2012–13 Liga II|
|16||Voința Sibiu (R)||34||8||8||18||24||45||−21||32|
|17||Sportul Studențesc București (R)||34||6||12||16||33||55||−22||30|
Updated to games played on 21 May 2012.
Source: LPF (Romanian)
Rules for classification: 1st points; 2nd overall goals difference; 3rd overall goals scored (until the end of the season).
1 Dinamo Bucureşti won the 2011–12 Cupa României so it qualifies for the 2012–13 UEFA Europa League play-off round.
(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.
Positions by round
|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||31||32||33||34|
|Pandurii Târgu Jiu||8||5||12||6||6||4||3||5||6||5||4||4||6||9||5||7||5||6||7||7||7||7||7||8||8||8||8||8||7||8||8||8||8||7|
|Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț||8||11||15||11||14||9||11||12||12||13||13||11||11||10||10||10||10||10||11||11||12||12||10||11||10||10||10||12||11||9||10||13||14||11|
|Gaz Metan Mediaș||12||18||14||9||13||8||12||8||9||10||10||10||10||11||12||13||11||11||12||12||10||11||12||12||12||12||11||10||10||11||13||14||12||13|
|Sportul Studențesc București||3||5||10||16||16||16||17||17||16||15||16||15||15||16||16||16||16||16||15||14||13||13||15||13||17||17||17||17||17||17||17||17||17||17|
Last updated: 21 May 2012
Source: kicker.de (German)
|Leaders;||2nd place;||3rd place;|
|Home \ Away||AST||BRA||CEA||CFR||CON||DIN||GAZ||MIO||OȚE||PAN||PET||RAP||SPO||STE||TMU||UCL||VAS||VOI|
|Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț||1–2||1–0||0–2||0–0||0–5||2–0||2–0||0–2||1–1||2–1||1–2||1–2||1–0||1–1||1–1||1–3||2–1|
|Gaz Metan Mediaș||0–0||1–1||3–1||1–1||1–0||0–5||1–1||1–0||3–2||0–1||2–2||3–1||3–0||2–1||2–5||1–1||3–0|
|Pandurii Târgu Jiu||1–2||2–1||1–1||2–0||5–2||2–2||1–0||5–1||0–1||1–0||3–0||1–1||1–1||2–0||1–0||1–2||0–0|
|Sportul Studențesc București||0–4||2–1||1–1||1–1||2–2||0–2||1–2||0–0||0–2||0–0||1–1||0–2||0–0||1–1||2–4||1–0||2–2|
Updated to games played on 21 May 2012.
Source: LPF (Romanian)
1 ^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
2 Match was played at Stadionul Trans-Sil, Târgu Mureş because FC Braşov home ground was suspended for incidents in the 2010-11 Romanian Cup against Steaua.
3 Match was played at Stadionul Astra, Ploieşti because Dinamo home ground was suspended for incidents in the 2010-11 Romanian Cup final.
4 Match was played at Stadionul Municipal, Buzău because Petrolul home ground was in construction at that time.
5 Match was played at Stadionul Regie, Bucharest because Rapid home ground was suspended for incidents in the last match of the 2010–11 Liga I.
6 Match was played at Stadionul Farul, Constanţa because Steaua home ground was suspended for incidents in the 2010-11 Romanian Cup final.
7 Match was played at Stadionul Astra, Ploieşti because Steaua home ground was suspended for incidents in the 2010-11 Romanian Supercup.
8 Match was played at Stadionul Nicolae Dobrin, Piteşti
9 Match was played at Stadionul Astra, Ploieşti
10 Match was played at Stadionul Gaz Metan, Mediaş because U Cluj home ground was in construction at that time.
11 Match was played at Stadionul Regie, Bucharest
12 Match was played at Stadionul Municipal (Buzău)
13 Match was played at National Arena
14 Match awarded to Steaua (0-3) after it was suspended in the 45+10 minute at the score of 0-2 for incidents with Petrolul supporters.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Source: Liga1.ro (Romanian)
- First goal of the season: Ciprian Deac for Rapid București against Vaslui (22 July 2011)
- 100th goal of the season: Dan Săndulescu for Mioveni against Gaz Metan Mediaș (29 August 2011)
- 200th goal of the season: Wesley for Vaslui against Mioveni (2 October 2011)
- 300th goal of the season: Paul Batin for Pandurii Târgu Jiu against Vaslui (20 November 2011)
- 400th goal of the season: Paíto for Vaslui against Concordia Chiajna (9 March 2012)
- 500th goal of the season: Dan Alexa for Rapid București against CFR Cluj (7 April 2012)
- 600th goal of the season: Wesley for Vaslui against Târgu Mureș (2 May 2012)
- 700th goal of the season: Wesley for Vaslui against Oțelul Galați (16 May 2012)
- Fastest goal of the season: 11 seconds – Cristian Irimia for Sportul Studențesc against Concordia Chiajna (25 July 2011)
- First own goal of the season: Rui Duarte (Rapid București) for Universitatea Cluj (30 July 2011)
- First penalty kick of the season: Cristian Tănase (Steaua București) against Mioveni (31 July 2011) (not scored)
- First scored penalty kick of the season: Cătălin Munteanu (Dinamo București) against Gaz Metan Mediaș (31 July 2011)
- First hat-trick of the season: Adrian Cristea (Universitatea Cluj) against Gaz Metan Mediaș (1 October 2011)
- Fastest hat-trick of the season: 11 minutes – Wesley (Vaslui) against Târgu Mureș (30 October 2011) 
- All-time top scorers (second place): 202 - Ionel Dănciulescu (Dinamo București) (6 November 2011)
- All-time top scorer (foreign player): 44 - Wesley (Vaslui) (4 December 2011)
- Hat-tricks of the season:
- Adrian Cristea (Universitatea Cluj) against Gaz Metan Mediaș (1 October 2011)
- Wesley (Vaslui) against Mioveni (2 October 2011)
- Daniel Oprița (Petrolul Ploiești) against Voința Sibiu (15 October 2011)
- Marius Niculae (Dinamo București) against Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț (17 October 2011)
- Wesley (Vaslui) against Târgu Mureș (30 October 2011)
- Cardoso (Pandurii Târgu Jiu) against Concordia Chiajna (12 December 2011)
- Wesley (Vaslui) against Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț (19 March 2012)
- Hamza Younés (Petrolul Ploiești) against Concordia Chiajna (21 March 2012)
- Mike Temwanjera (Vaslui) against Gaz Metan Mediaș (7 May 2012)
- Bojan Golubović (Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț) against Târgu Mureș (17 May 2012)
- First yellow card of the season: Dan Alexa for Rapid București (against Vaslui) (22 July 2011)
- First red card of the season: Zhivko Milanov for Vaslui (against Rapid București) (22 July 2011)
- Most red cards by a team: 7 - Târgu Mureș (updated on 19 November 2011)
- Fewest red cards by a team: 0 - Dinamo București 
- Most red cards by a player: 3 - Ionuț Voicu (Mioveni) (updated on 18 December 2011) 
- Most yellow cards by a team: 60 - Târgu Mureș (updated on 9 December 2011)
- Fewest yellow cards by a team: 37 - Brașov (updated on 9 December 2011)
- Most yellow cards by a player: 8 - Žarko Marković (Gaz Metan Mediaș), Miloš Pavlović (Vaslui), Milan Perendija (Oțelul Galați) (updated on 11 December 2011)
- Fastest red card of the season: 22 seconds - Ciprian Tănasă for Mioveni (against Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț) (4 November 2011)
- Most penalties awarded for a team: 7 - Dinamo București
- Most penalties awarded against a team: 5 - Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț, Concordia Chiajna
- Most penalties scored by a team: 6 - Rapid București
- Most penalties scored against a team: 5 - Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț
- Most penalties missed by a team: 3 - Steaua București
- Most penalties saved by a team: 2 - Târgu Mureș, Petrolul Ploiești
- Highest transfer fee: 6 mil. Euro – Gabriel Torje from Dinamo București to Udinese (26 August 2011)
- All-time matches in Liga I (fifth place): 469 - Ionel Dănciulescu (Dinamo București) (17 December 2011)
- All-time matches in Liga I (sixth place): 468 - Petre Marin (Concordia Chiajna) (retired in the midseason)
- Winter champions: Dinamo București
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