CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu

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CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu
Pandurii Târgu Jiu.png
Full name Clubul Sportiv Pandurii Lignitul Târgu Jiu
Founded 1962
Ground Stadionul Tudor Vladimirescu
Ground Capacity 9,200[1]
Owner Complexul Energetic Oltenia, Primaria Targu Jiu,Consiliul Judetean Gorj, Artego Targu Jiu
Chairman Eugen Pîrvulescu
Manager Petre Grigoraș
League Liga I
2013–14 Liga I, 7th
Website Club home page

Clubul Sportiv Pandurii Lignitul Târgu Jiu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈklubul ˈsportiv ˈlignitul ˌtɨrɡu ˈʒiw], "Târgu Jiu Lignite Pandurs Sports Club") is a Romanian professional football club based in Târgu Jiu, Gorj County, that plays in Liga I.

The team's colors are white and blue.

History[edit]

Founding[edit]

Pandurii Târgu Jiu was founded in August 1962, after the merger of the two big rivals from the town, Flacăra-Unirea Târgu Jiu and CIL Târgu-Jiu. The club entered the fourth division of Romanian football, with a strong objective, to promote immediately in the third division. And the target was reached, Pandurii gaining the promotion to Divizia C in June 1963. Their first game in this division was played on 1 September 1963, against Siderurgistul Hunedoara. Pandurii won by a big margin, 6-0, goals scored by Chițu (12'), Nelu Băloi (35'), Melinte (53', 80') and Vasilescu (83', 85').

In the first years, Pandurii finished constantly in the first half of the standings, so the club decided to attack a promotion to Divizia B. In the 1976-77 season, with a young team and with Titus Ozon as coach, the dream came true. Pandurii dominated the competition, climbed from the first stages on top of the standings and won the promotion to the second division. But this level was a much bigger hat to wear for Pandurii, who relegated the next season back to Divizia C.

The following years, the team changed frequently the division, promoting to Divizia B and relegating after a few years. They played in Divizia B between 1979-1983 then between 1986 and 1991. After a decade in Divizia C, in 2000 the team promoted again in the second league, and in 2004 finished second, behind Sportul Studențesc.

Promotion to the top division[edit]

The performance from the last seasons was an incentive for the management who decided to push for the first presence of Pandurii in Divizia A. With Emil Săndoi as coach, and with a young group of players like Tiberiu Lung and Sorin Vintilescu but also with some experienced players like, Florin Popete, Robert Vancea and Romulus Buia, the team won the promotion.

It was difficult to maintain its position in Divizia A, and Pandurii finished their first season in the 15th place, right below the relegation line. But the Romanian Football Federation decided at the end of the season not to give Sportul Studențesc their licence for the following year, and kept instead the first team under the line, Pandurii. With the bullet dodged, the management decided to enforce the team, so the relegation shouldn't be a problem.

Alexandru Păcurar, Ciprian Vasilache and Liviu Mihai were brought, and the team finished 11th in the 2006-07 season. They kept their position at the middle of the table for the next seasons.

In 2010, they finished below the line but avoided the relegation after the withdrawal of Internațional Curtea de Argeș, team that ended tenth but the owner decided to disband the club. With a lot of players from Internațional Curtea de Argeș like Vlad Chiricheș, Mihai Pintilii, and Dan Nistor, Pandurii were 13th the following season.

First ever European participation[edit]

In the 2011-12 season the team reached the highest place in history, finishing seventh. For a while, they were fifth and the fans hoped for Europa League. The following season saw Pandurii finishing as Liga I runners-up for the first time ever, qualifying for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League, the club's first ever European participation. After defeating Levadia Tallinn, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Braga, Pandurii entered the Group stage, being drawn into Group E.[2]

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Campioana Romania.png Liga I:

Roundel of the Romanian Air Force.svg Cupa României:

Liga II:

Liga III:

  • Winners (4): 1976–77, 1978–79, 1985–86, 1999–2000
  • Runners-up (2): 1975–76, 1983–84

European[edit]

UEFA Europa League:

  • Best result: Group stage in 2013-14

Current squad[edit]

As of 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 Poland GK Michał Gliwa
2 Romania MF Răzvan Negrescu
4 Serbia DF Marko Momčilović
5 Cyprus DF Paraskevas Christou (captain)
6 Romania DF Cǎtǎlin Pârvulescu
7 Romania MF Alin Buleică
9 Romania FW Mihai Roman
10 Romania MF Dan Nistor (on loan from Evian)
11 Romania FW Andrei Șendroiu
17 Lebanon FW Feiz Shamsin
18 Romania DF Bogdan Ungurușan
19 Romania MF Paul Anton
20 Romania MF Mihai Răduț
21 Brazil DF Erico
25 Romania DF Marian Pleașcă
No. Position Player
26 Romania MF Viorel Nicoară
27 Brazil MF Elton
33 Romania GK Răzvan Stanca
52 Switzerland MF Gezim Shalaj
77 Romania MF Laurențiu Iorga
80 Portugal GK Pedro Mingote
87 Romania MF Cornel Predescu
99 Lithuania FW Deivydas Matulevičius
Romania DF Ionuț Rada
Romania DF Ionuț Constantin
Romania MF Alexandru Dan
Romania MF Alin Predescu
Romania MF Andrei Pițian

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Romania GK David Lazar (at Botoșani)
France MF Emmanuel Mbella (at Clinceni)
No. Position Player
Nigeria MF Konyeha Onyeka (at Clinceni)
Montenegro FW Admir Adrović (at Universitatea Craiova)

Personnel[edit]

As of September 2013.[3]

Hall of Fame[edit]

European best results[edit]

  • SC Braga - Pandurii (0-2), 29 August 2013

Liga 1 best results[edit]

  • Pandurii - Rapid (2-0), September 2012
  • Pandurii - CFR Cluj (2-1), 23 September 2012
  • Pandurii - Dinamo (2-0), 21 April 2013


European record[edit]

1R: First round, 2Q: Second qualifying round, 3Q: Third qualifying round, PO: Play-off round

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 2Q Estonia Levadia Tallinn 4–0 0–0 4–0
3Q Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–1 2–1 3–2
PO Portugal Braga 0–1 2–0 2–1
Group E Italy Fiorentina 1–2 0–3 4th place
Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 0–1 1–4
Portugal Paços de Ferreira 0–0 1–1

Managers[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

Notable former managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stadium". CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu (in Romanian). 
  2. ^ "Former winners learn group stage fates". UEFA. 30 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Staff". CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu (in Romanian). 

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