CS Gaz Metan Mediaș
|Full name||Clubul Sportiv Gaz Metan Mediaș|
|Nickname(s)||Lupii negri (Black wolves)
Găzarii (The Refinery Workers)
|Ground||Municipal Gaz Metan|
|2013–14||Liga I, 13th|
|Website||Club home page|
The club was founded in 1945 under the name Karres Mediaș and participated in the Romanian Second League (Liga II). The team achieved promotion to the Liga I in 1947. The name was changed to CSM Mediaș the same year. The team managed to secure a comfortable 12th position out of 16 teams in its first Liga I season. Financial troubles and inadequate training conditions plagued the club’s second Liga I season (1948–1949). After the second round, disgruntled players complaint to the press and the Romanian Football Federation (FRF) about the poor training conditions at the club. FRF decided to allow the factory "Zorile Rosii" to take ownership of the club. The name of the team was also changed to Zorile Rosii Mediaș. Later that season the team merged with Vitrometan Mediaș. The second half of the season brought another change in ownership but fortunately also the last one in the club’s history. The club was taken over by Ateliere Gaz Metan and the club’s name was changed to Gaz Metan Mediaș. The team relegated to Liga II the same season. The 1948-49 team was formed by Kodacek, Sulyak, Szobo, Serban, Molnar, Rasinaru, Pop, Coman, Guta, Szabo, Pologea.
This period is characterized by frequent name changes but also the most important performance ever achieved by the club: the Romanian Cup final. The club carried the following names: Partizanul (1950–51), Flacara (1951–56), Energia (1956–58), Gaz Metan (1958–60), and CSM Mediaș (1960-1963). The final name change took place in 1963 when the club reverted to its former Gaz Metan Mediaș name. In 1951, the club achieved its most significant domestic performance by reaching the final stage of the Romanian Cup. Led from the bench by the famous Ștefan Dobay, Flacara lost 3-1 in overtime against CCA București (current Steaua București). Goalscorer for Flacara Mediaș was Coman (min.71). Team: Varady – Luca, Szabo – Dumitrescu, Molnar I, Costea – Pop, Papay, Coman, Szasz, Moldovan
During this period, Gaz Metan becomes a Liga II household name. The team relegates to Liga III only twice in the 1978–1979 and 1991–1992 seasons but manages to achieve promotion back to the Liga II the following season on each occasion. Unfortunately, the team never achieved promotion to Liga I during this period.
Led by coach Jean Gavrila, Gaz Metan secures promotion to Liga I in the 1999-2000 season. Unfortunately the team relegates back to Liga II the following season collecting only 18 points throughout the season winning only 3 games. The squad that achieved promotion – GK: Filip, Rosca – Def: Ciurar, Grigore, Grasu, Lungu, Somfalean, Vasile -Mid: Zotinca, Boroncoi, Callo, Hanc, Ioan, Moldovan, Patru, Stoica – Stk: Vitan, Boloban, Boaru, Galdean, Somfalean. It took another seven years until Gaz Metan secured another promotion to Liga I.
Led by coach Cristi Pustai, a former Gaz Metan player, the team secured promotion to Liga I from second spot after a hard fought season (2007–08). The team finished the 2008–09 season in 15th position out of 18 teams, the last spot leading to relegation. Following the corruption scandal involving FC Argeș Pitești and the subsequent relegation of the team in Liga II, Gaz Metan remained in Liga I.
Gaz Metan finished 7th in the 2010–11 season and secured a UEFA Europa League participation for the following season, its first in history. Gaz Metan reached the 2011–12 UEFA Europa League play-off round by eliminating Kuopion Palloseura (Agg. 2–1) of Finland in the second round and FSV Mainz (Agg. 4-3 pen.) of Germany in the third round. Gaz Metan lost in the play-offs to Austria Vienna (Agg. 2–3). Domestically, Gaz Metan reached the Romanian Cup semifinals in the 2011–12 season but was eliminated (Agg. 2–2 away goals) by the future cup winner Dinamo București.
Gaz Metan plays its home games on the Municipal Gaz Metan Stadium. The stadium has a capacity of 8000 seats with half of the seats covered; playing surface with under-soil heating and a 1500 lux flood lights system. The stadium is homologated to host preliminary rounds of any UEFA club competitions as well as U21 international games.
The stadium underwent major renovations and expansions in 2011. The playing surface was replaced in its entirety and covered stands were build on the opposite side of the main stands, increasing the stadium's capacity to 7,814 seats.
- Best finish: 7th in 2010–11
- Winners (3): 1972–73, 1976–77, 1992–93
- Winners (0):
- Runners-up (1): 1951
|2011–12||Second qualifying round||KuPS||2–0||0–1||2–1|
|Third qualifying round||Mainz 05||1–1 (aet)||1–1||2–2 (4–3 pen)|
|Play-off round||Austria Wien||1–0||1–3||2–3|
Updated 6 July 2014
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Current technical staff
Updated 28 June 2013
|Cristian Dulca||Romania||Head coach|
|Dan Matei||Romania||Assistant coach|
|Aurel Nalaţi||Romania||Goalkeeper coach|
|Paolo Potocnik||Italy||Fitness coach|
|Bebe Bărbulescu||Romania||Fitness coach|
Notable former players
- "Stadion". C.S. Gaz Metan Mediaș. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
- "Cristian Dulca este noul antrenor al Gazului Metan!". gaz-metan-medias.ro.
- Official website (Romanian)
- Supporter website (Romanian)
- lupiinegri.ro (Romanian)
- Fan page Facebook