|Number of teams||188 (2012-13)|
|Current champions||Petrolul Ploiești (3rd cup)|
|Most successful club(s)||Steaua Bucureşti (21 cups)|
|Television broadcasters||PRO TV
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 Timişoreana beer brand, hence the name Cupa României Timişoreana.
Most finals have been held at the Stadionul Naţional (formerly known as "23 August"), and occasionally at other stadiums in Bucharest. During the construction of the new Stadionul Naţional, the final was staged each year in a different major city of the country. In 2007, the final was held in Timişoara at the Dan Păltinişanu stadium, this being the second occasion when the last game was played outside Bucharest (the first occurrence taking place in 1989, when Braşov hosted the event). Then, the next three finals were staged in Piatra Neamţ, Târgu Jiu, Iași and again in Braşov.
The competition has been dominated by Bucharest-based teams, the most successful performers being Steaua Bucureşti with twenty-one trophies, followed by Rapid Bucureşti and Dinamo Bucureşti with thirteen each.
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 Timişoreana, after the Timişoreana beer brand.
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.
The competition at this phase is organized by the county football associations. 42 teams (one from each county) will advance to the next phase.
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)
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. 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
Performance by club
Performance by cities
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.
||Steaua (21), Rapid (13), Dinamo (13), Progresul (1)|
||Politehnica (2), Ripensia (2)|
||CFR (3), Universitatea (1)|
|1||Ionel Dănciulescu||Electroputere Craiova, Dinamo Bucureşti, Steaua Bucureşti||41|
|2||Florea Voinea||Steaua Bucureşti, Prahova Ploieşti||40|
|3||Gyula Barátky||Rapid Bucureşti, Crişana Oradea||37|
|4||Ion Alecsandrescu||Steaua Bucureşti, CA Câmpulung Moldovenesc||34|
|5||Ştefan Dobay||Ripensia Timişoara||33|
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