ASA Târgu Mureș (1962)

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This article is about the team known as ASA Târgu Mureș from 1962 to 2007. For the team that goes by this name today, see ASA Târgu Mureș (2013).
ASA Târgu Mureș
Sigla asa.png
Full name Asociaţia Sportivă Armata Târgu Mureș
Short name ASA
Founded 1962
Dissolved 2007
Ground Ladislau Bölöni
Ground Capacity 15,000

ASA Târgu Mureș was a football club based in Târgu Mureș, in central Romania. It was founded in 1962 and it soon became one of the best teams in the country. The club was dissolved in 2007.

History[edit]

ASA was the descendant of CS Târgu Mureș, a club that played for 10 seasons in the Liga I during 1946-1958.

The club's best performance was a 2nd place in the Romanian First League, at the end of the 1974–75 season. It participated in 3 UEFA Cup campaigns, but was eliminated in the 1st round on all 3 occasions: in 1975–1976 by Dynamo Dresden, in 1976–1977 by Dinamo Zagreb and in 1977–1978 by AEK Athens. The team had a much better performance in the Balkans Cup in 1972–1973 when it reached the final but lost against Lokomotiv Sofia.

Between 1962 and 1989 it played for 20 seasons in the Liga I and the rest in the Liga II. Between 1990 and 2002 it played for one season in the Liga I, in the 1991–92 season, and the rest in the Liga II. At the end of the 2001–02 season it relegated to the Liga III for the very first time in its history, and was dissolved soon after, in 2005.

The most famous player that wore the red-blue jersey was László Bölöni. He played 406 matches and scored 64 goals for ASA. He also won the European Champions Cup in 1986 with Steaua Bucharest. He coached the Romania national football team, France Ligue 1 teams Nancy, Rennes and AS Monaco and Portuguese giants Sporting. He also was the coach of Standard Liège from July 2008 util February 2010. Bölöli won the Belgian national title in 2009 after a thrilling play-off against great rival Anderlecht. He also won a title with Sporting CP in 2002, their last to date.

Another emblematic player was Florea Ispir. He played 485 matches in the Liga I, all for ASA, and scored 2 goals. He is ranked 3rd in the Top Ten Players With Most Appearances in the Liga I.

After the club's dissolution in 2007, another club is founded in Târgu Mureș, named FCM Târgu Mureș.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Liga I:

Liga II:

Liga III:

Continental[edit]

Balkans Cup:

  • Runners-up (1): 1973

ASA Târgu Mureș in Europe[edit]

Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 3 6 1 1 4 4 13 – 9
Total 3 6 1 1 4 4 13 – 9