ASA Târgu Mureș (2013)
|Founded||2008; 6 years ago|
|General director||Daniel Stanciu|
|Head coach||Cristian Pustai|
|2013–14||Liga II, Seria II, 2nd (promoted)|
|Website||Club home page|
ASA Târgu Mureș is a football club based in Târgu Mureș, in central-northern Romania. It was founded in 2008 under the name "FCM Tîrgu Mureș" and between 2010 and 2012 played in Romania's top football league, Liga I. At the end of the 2013–14 Liga II season the team gained promotion back to Liga I. In 2013, the club changed its name from Fotbal Club Municipal to ASA.
In the club's first season in the Liga II, FCM outperformed the predictions and played well throughout the season, winning 16 games and drawing 9, while scoring 54 goals and receiving 27, the fewest in the Seria 2. At the end of the season, the team was very close to promotion to the Liga I, finishing 3rd with 57 points, 7 away from the second best-placed team in the series, Internațional Curtea de Argeș.
In the 2009–10 season, the club finished first in the series with 69 points, winning 20 games, drawing 9 and losing 3. The team scored 52 goals and allowed 20 (like the year before the fewest goals allowed in their series) and was promoted for the very first time in its history to the Liga I. 18 years passed since the city's last presence in the Romanian top football league (1991–1992 season with ASA).
The following season, FCM achieved their best position ever in Liga I by finishing 9th in the table, in front of the previous year's champions, CFR Cluj. Ioan Ovidiu Sabău led the team to a fantastic streak, at one point being in the run for a UEFA Europa League spot.
In the following season, the club failed to maintain its position to the Liga I, finishing in 15th place, the first place in the relegation zone. One team from the second division, Politehnica Timișoara, didn't receive its licence for the first league, so the Federation had to decide whether to keep the first team under the relegation line (FCM Târgu Mureș), or to promote the team placed third in the West Series, behind Timișoara. Finally, FRF decided that the third team in the division, CS Turnu Severin, should promote instead, thus FCM Târgu Mureș was relegated.
Back to Liga II
The board of directors fixed as an objective for the 2012-13 season the promotion back to the Liga I. But the team couldn't keep the rhythm set by Corona Brașov and ACS Poli Timișoara and after the first half of the season it was six points behind the two teams mentioned. The second half of the season was even worse, FCM ending fifth in the West Division of Liga II, ten points behind ACS Poli, who took the second promoting place.
Name change and back to major leagues
In 2013, the club changed its name from Fotbal Club Municipal Tîrgu Mureș to ASA Tîrgu Mureș.
At the end of 2013–14 Liga II they finished runners-up and promoted for the first time with the new name in Liga I. On 16 July 2014 the team debuted in Cupa Ligii, and lost their first ever match in the competition against Studențesc Iași.
As of 20 October 2014[update]
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- As of April 2014.
|Cristian Pustai||Head coach|
|Claudiu Şomfălean||Assistant coach|
|Darius Miclea||Fitness coach|
|Fekete Carol||Goalkeeping coach|
|Cosmin Bodea||July 1, 2008–May 4, 2010|
|Adrian Falub||May 4, 2010–Aug 31, 2010|
|Ioan Ovidiu Sabău||Sept 3, 2010–Sept 27, 2011|
|Tibor Selymes||Sept 28, 2011–Oct 31, 2011|
|Maurizio Trombetta||Nov 4, 2011–Jan 20, 2012|
|Marius Lăcătuş||Jan 21, 2012–March 18, 2012|
|Ioan Ovidiu Sabău||March 18, 2012–June 30, 2012|
|Alexandru Pelici||July 3, 2012–Aug 24, 2012|
|Daniel Isăilă||Aug 24, 2012–March 11, 2013|
|Mircea Cojocaru||March 13, 2013–April 22, 2013|
|Cristian Coroian||April 22, 2013–June 19, 2013|
|Eduard Iordănescu||June 20, 2013–Oct 9, 2013|
|Ioan Ovidiu Sabău||Oct 10, 2013–March 22, 2014|
|Adrian Falub||March 25, 2014–Sept 29, 2014|
|Cristian Pustai||Sept 30, 2014–|
- Best finish: 9th in 2010–11
- Best result: Quarter–finals in 2014–2015