Cupa României

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Cupa României
Cupa Romaniei.png
Founded 1933
Region Romania
Number of teams 164
Current champions Astra Giurgiu (1st cup)
Most successful club(s) Steaua Bucureşti (21 cups)
Television broadcasters PRO TV
Sport.ro
Digi Sport
Website Official website
2014–15 Cupa României

The Cupa României (English: Romanian Cup) is a football competition which was held annually since 1933-34, except during the World War II. It is the country's main cup competition, and it is open to all clubs affiliated with FRF (Romanian Football Federation) and the county football associations regardless of the league they belong to. Currently, the winner of the competition is granted a place in the play-off round of the Europa League. The cup is sponsored by the Timișoreana beer brand, hence the name Cupa României Timișoreana.

Most finals have been held at the Stadionul Național (formerly known as "23 August"), and occasionally at other stadiums in Bucharest. During the construction of the new Stadionul Național, the final was staged each year in a different major city of the country. In 2007, the final was held in Timișoara at the Dan Păltinișanu stadium, this being the second occasion when the last game was played outside Bucharest (the first occurrence taking place in 1989, when Brașov hosted the event). Then, the next three finals were staged in Piatra Neamț, Târgu Jiu, Iași and again in Brașov.

The competition has been dominated by Bucharest-based teams, the most successful performers being Steaua București with twenty-one trophies, followed by Rapid București and Dinamo București with thirteen each.

Sponsorship[edit]

On 22 July 2005, FRF and Samsung Electronics signed a one-year sponsorship deal. The name of the competition was changed to Cupa României Samsung.[1]

On 9 October 2006, FRF and Ursus Breweries (part of the SABMiller group) signed a sponsorship agreement for the next three seasons. Ursus Breweries changed the name of the competition to Cupa României Timișoreana, after the Timișoreana beer brand.[2][3]

Competition format[edit]

The competition often suffered minor changes in format over the last seasons. The following format came in use in the 09-10 season. The main differences between the current system and the last one are the dates at which rounds take place, and the two-legged format of the semifinals.[4]

County phase[edit]

The competition at this phase is organized by the county football associations. 42 teams (one from each county) will advance to the next phase.

National phase[edit]

The Romanian Cup trophy

The competition at this phase is organized by the Romanian Football Federation. For the first five phases, teams are paired using geographical criteria in order to avoid long travel distances. The teams from a lower division or with a lower ranking in the last league season host the games.

  • First round - 140 teams (42 teams qualified from the county phase and 98 Liga III teams)
  • Second round - 80 teams (70 winners from the first round and the remaining 10 Liga III teams)
  • Third round - 40 teams (winners from the second round)
  • Fourth round - 56 teams (20 winners from the third round and all 36 Liga II teams)
  • Fifth round - 28 teams (winners from the fourth round)
  • Round of 32 - (14 winners from the fifth round and all 18 Liga I teams)
Starting with this round a seeding system is used for the draw, as follows:
    • Pot A: Teams 1 - 6 from last seasons Liga I final table (6 teams)
    • Pot B: The remaining Liga I teams (12 teams)
    • Pot C: Teams from the lower divisions (14 teams)
Teams from Pot A will be paired with teams from pot C, then the 8 remaining pot C teams will be paired with pot B teams, with the lower league clubs hosting the games. The 4 remaining pot B teams will play each other, with the host club determined by means of a draw.
  • Round of 16 (winners from the Round of 32)
  • Quarterfinals
  • Semifinals
  • Final

Every year, based on the national and international football calendar, FRF's executive committee may choose a two-leg or one-leg system for the Round of 16, quarterfinals and semifinals.[5] Games at these stages are, when played using a one-leg system, hosted by a neutral venue. The final is held at a pre-established venue, normally in Bucharest.

List of champions[edit]

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
Steaua București
21
8
1948–49, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1961–62, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1975–76, 1978–79, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88,[6] 1988–89, 1991–92, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 2010–11
Dinamo București
13
8
1958–59, 1963–64, 1967–68, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2011–12
Rapid București
13
6
1934–35, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1939–40, 1940–41, 1941–42, 1971–72, 1974–75, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2005–06, 2006–07
Universitatea Craiova
6
5
1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1990–91, 1992–93
Petrolul Ploiești
3
1
1962–63, 1994–95, 2012–13
CFR Cluj
3
1
2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10
Politehnica Timișoara
2
6
1957–58, 1979–80
Ripensia Timișoara
2
2
1933–34, 1935–36
UTA Arad
2
2
1947–48, 1953
Progresul București
1
4
1959–60
Universitatea Cluj
1
3
1964–65
Progresul Oradea
1
1
1956
Jiul Petroșani
1
1
1973–74
Gloria Bistrița
1
1
1993–94
CFR Turnu Severin
1
0
1942–43
Metalul Reșița
1
0
1954
Arieșul Turda
1
0
1960–61
Chimia Râmnicu Vâlcea
1
0
1972–73
Astra Giurgiu
1
0
2013–14

Performance by cities[edit]

The following table sorts cities by the number of Cups won by local teams. Bucharest, hosting the three most decorated sides in the competition and having staged the majority of the Cup finals, is easily the most prolific city.

City Cups Winning Clubs
Masterminds.ro - Stema Bucuresti - Transparenta.png București
48
Steaua (21), Dinamo (13), Rapid (13), Progresul (1)
Coa Craiova ro.gif Craiova
6
Universitatea (6)
Stema Timisoara.svg Timișoara
4
Politehnica (2), Ripensia (2)
Actual Cluj-Napoca CoA.png Cluj-Napoca
4
CFR (3), Universitatea (1)
Coat of arms of Ploieşti.png Ploiești
3
Petrolul (3)
Coa Romania Town Arad.svg Arad
2
UTA (2)
Coa oradea ro.gif Oradea
1
CAO (1)
Coa Petrosani HD RO.png Petroșani
1
Jiul (1)
Coa Bistrita RO.gif Bistrița
1
Gloria (1)
Coa drtrsev ro.gif Drobeta-Turnu Severin
1
CFR (1)
Coa Resita RO.png Reșița
1
CSM (1)
Turda, Cluj COA.png Turda
1
Arieşul (1)
Coa rmvalcea ro.jpg Râmnicu Vâlcea
1
Chimia (1)
Coa Giurgiu GR RO.png Giurgiu
1
Astra (1)

Records[edit]

As of 22 April 2011. (outdated) [7]
Top Five Goalscorers
Player Period Club Goals
1 Romania Ionel Dănciulescu Electroputere Craiova, Dinamo București, Steaua București 41
2 Romania Florea Voinea Steaua București, Prahova Ploiești 40
3 Romania Gyula Barátky Rapid București, Crișana Oradea 37
4 Romania Ion Alecsandrescu Steaua București, CA Câmpulung Moldovenesc 34
5 Romania Ştefan Dobay Ripensia Timișoara 33

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cupa şi Supercupa României - Samsung". Gazeta de Nord-Vest (in Romanian). 2005-07-23. Retrieved 2008-04-04. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Cum au ajuns Bergenbier, Timisoreana si Burger titulari pe terenul de fotbal". Ziarul Financiar (in Romanian). 2007-07-04. Archived from the original on 2008-05-11. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  3. ^ "Parteneriat FRF-Timişoreana". FRF (in Romanian). 2006-10-06. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  4. ^ "Regulament" (in Romanian). FRF. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  5. ^ "Regulamentul de desfasurare a activitatii fotbalistice" (in Romanian). FRF. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  6. ^ Steaua gave up the trophy in 1990
  7. ^ "La trântă cu recordurile şi în Cupă!" (in Romanian). ProSport. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 

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