ASA Târgu Mureș (2013)

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For the team known as ASA Târgu Mureș until 2007, see ASA Târgu Mureș (1962).
ASA Târgu Mureș
Sigla asa targu mures.jpg
Founded 2008; 6 years ago[1]
Ground Trans-Sil
Ground Capacity 8,200[2]
Chairman Claudiu Maior
General director Daniel Stanciu
Head coach Cristian Pustai
League Liga I
2013–14 Liga II, Seria II, 2nd (promoted)
Website Club home page
Current season

ASA Târgu Mureș is a football club based in Târgu Mureș, in central-northern Romania. It was founded in 2008[1] 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.

History[edit]

ASA Târgu Mureș is the city's main football team, a successor of CS Târgu Mureș (dissolved in 1960) and the original ASA Târgu Mureș team (dissolved in 2007).

The club was founded in the summer of 2008 as FCM Târgu Mureș and bought a Liga II spot from the newly promoted Unirea Sânnicolau Mare.

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).

Liga I[edit]

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[edit]

Former logo

The board of directors fixed as an objective for the 2012-13 season the promotion back to the Liga I.[citation needed] 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[edit]

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.

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

As of 20 October 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 Adrian Viciu
2 Spain DF Javier Velayos
3 Romania DF Costinel Gugu
4 Romania DF Cristian Bloj
5 Romania DF Florin Bejan
6 Romania MF Gabriel Mureșan
7 Romania MF János Székely
8 Romania MF Claudiu Bumba
9 Brazil FW Henrique
10 Romania MF Claudiu Voiculeţ
11 Brazil FW Amauri
13 Romania MF Robert Candrea
14 Romania FW Dragoş Huiban
15 Romania DF Cosmin Băcilă
16 Romania DF Zoltan Mihaly
17 Romania FW Sergiu Păcurar
18 Romania FW Dorin Goga
19 Romania DF László Sepsi
No. Position Player
20 Romania FW Mircea Axente
21 Romania DF Ionuț Balaur
22 Romania GK Ciprian Botoşer
23 Romania DF Marius Constantin
25 Argentina MF Nicolás Gorobsov
26 Cameroon DF Patrice Feussi
30 Romania GK Bogdan Moga
31 Romania FW Răzvan Stoica
32 Romania MF Szilárd Totó
33 Romania GK Eduard Stăncioiu
34 Romania DF Torok Szabolcs
44 Romania MF Sergiu Hanca
47 Romania DF Adrian Sălăgeanu
70 Portugal MF Hélder Castro
77 Brazil MF Bruno Martins
78 Senegal MF Ousmane N'Doye
83 Romania MF Ianis Zicu
88 Romania MF Ioan Hora

Technical staff[edit]

As of April 2014.
Name Role
Romania Cristian Pustai Head coach
Romania Claudiu Şomfălean Assistant coach
Romania Darius Miclea Fitness coach
Romania Fekete Carol Goalkeeping coach
Romania Cătălin Bălan Physiotherapist
Romania Camelia Florea Doctor
Romania Alexandru Levai Masseur
Romania Gyorgy Emil Masseur

Managerial history[edit]

Name Years
Romania Cosmin Bodea July 1, 2008–May 4, 2010
Romania Adrian Falub May 4, 2010–Aug 31, 2010
Romania Ioan Ovidiu Sabău Sept 3, 2010–Sept 27, 2011
Romania Tibor Selymes Sept 28, 2011–Oct 31, 2011
Italy Maurizio Trombetta Nov 4, 2011–Jan 20, 2012
Romania Marius Lăcătuş Jan 21, 2012–March 18, 2012
Romania Ioan Ovidiu Sabău March 18, 2012–June 30, 2012
Romania Alexandru Pelici July 3, 2012–Aug 24, 2012
Romania Daniel Isăilă Aug 24, 2012–March 11, 2013
Romania Mircea Cojocaru March 13, 2013–April 22, 2013
Romania Cristian Coroian April 22, 2013–June 19, 2013
Romania Eduard Iordănescu June 20, 2013–Oct 9, 2013
Romania Ioan Ovidiu Sabău Oct 10, 2013–March 22, 2014
Romania Adrian Falub March 25, 2014–Sept 29, 2014
Romania Cristian Pustai Sept 30, 2014–

Honours[edit]

Liga I logo.pngLiga I:

Cupa Romaniei.pngCupa României:

Liga II:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Club Info". Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Team Stadium Page". Retrieved 14 January 2014. 

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