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Gaz Metan Mediaș
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Full name Clubul Sportiv Gaz Metan Mediaș
Nickname(s) Lupii negri (Black wolves)
Găzarii (The Refinery Workers)
Founded 1945
Ground Municipal Gaz Metan
Ground Capacity 8,000[1]
Owner Corin Cindrea
Chairman Ioan Horoba
Manager Cristian Dulca
League Liga I
2013–14 Liga I, 13th
Website Club home page
Current season

Clubul Sportiv Gaz Metan Mediaș is a Romanian professional football club based in Mediaș, Sibiu County, founded in 1945, and currently playing in the Romanian First League (Liga I).

History[edit]

1945–1949[edit]

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.

1950–1963[edit]

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

1963–1999[edit]

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.

1999–Today[edit]

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.

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Stadionul Gaz Metan

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.

Honours[edit]

Campioana Romania.png Liga I:

Roundel of the Romanian Air Force.svg Romanian Cup:

  • Runners-up (1): 1951

Liga II:

Liga III:

  • Winners (3): 1972–73, 1976–77, 1992–93

European record[edit]

UEFA Europa League
Season Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2011–12 Second qualifying round Finland KuPS 2–0 0–1 2–1
Third qualifying round Germany Mainz 05 1–1 (aet) 1–1 2–2 (4–3 pen)
Play-off round Austria Austria Wien 1–0 1–3 2–3

Current squad[edit]

Updated 18 July 2014

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Romania GK Alexandru Greab
2 Romania MF Ciprian Petre (vice-captain)
3 Serbia DF Jasmin Trtovac
4 Romania DF Florin Ilie
5 Italy MF Roberto Romeo
6 Romania MF Andrei Bozeşan
7 Albania FW Azdren Llullaku
8 Romania DF Ionuț Buzean
9 Romania FW Alexandru Buziuc
10 Romania MF Răzvan Avram
11 Brazil FW Vitinho
12 Romania GK Răzvan Pleșca
14 Guinea-Bissau MF Aliu Djaló
15 Romania MF Iulian Cristea (on loan from Metalurgistul Cugir)
16 Romania DF Radu Zaharia
No. Position Player
17 Italy FW Cosimo Figliomeni
18 Romania MF Ovidiu Covaciu
19 Romania MF Florin Dan
20 Romania FW Dan Roman
21 Romania MF Cristian Todea (captain)
22 Algeria MF Aymen Tahar
23 Romania DF Sergiu Muth
24 Romania DF Lorand Szilagyi
25 Romania FW Alexandru Târnovan (on loan from Steaua)
28 Serbia DF Ahmed Mujdragić
30 Czech Republic GK Miloš Buchta
81 Romania DF Florin Sandu
85 Romania MF Andrei Enescu
89 Romania DF Valentin Creţu
Italy MF Fabio Bravo

Current technical staff[edit]

Updated 28 June 2013[2]

Name Nationality Position
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
Seiler Wilhelm  Romania Doctor
Liviu Plaias  Romania Masseur
Andrei Precup  Romania Masseur

Notable former players[edit]

Former coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stadion". C.S. Gaz Metan Mediaș. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Cristian Dulca este noul antrenor al Gazului Metan!". gaz-metan-medias.ro. 

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