FCM Baia Mare
|Full name||Fotbal Club Municipal Baia Mare|
|Nickname(s)||Minerul (The Miner)|
|Short name||Baia Mare|
|2012–13||Liga IV, Maramureș County, 1st (promoted)|
FCM Baia Mare (previously known as FC Baia Mare) is a Romanian football club, based in Baia Mare, Maramureș County, northern Romania, founded in 1948. The club was dissolved in the summer of 2010 because of financial problems, but was refounded in the summer of 2012 under the name of FCM Baia Mare.
Not to be confused with FC Maramureș Universitar Baia Mare, founded in 2010 and dissolved in 2013.
- 1 History
- 2 Previous names
- 3 History
- 4 Performances
- 5 Honours
- 6 FC Baia Mare in Europe
- 7 Statistics — Domestic Leagues
- 8 League and Cup History
- 9 From FC Baia Mare to Romania National Football Team
- 10 Famous players
- 11 Famous coaches
- 12 References
The club was founded in 1948, from the merger of Phoenix Baia Mare (founded in 1932) and Minaur Baia Mare (founded in 1927).
The club's nickname is Minerul (The Miner), due to the mining industry, which developed in Baia Mare and the rest of Maramureş during the last century. Minerul is also an old name of the team, the one that is the most loved by the supporters.
- Phoenix Baia Mare (1932–48)
- CSM Baia Mare (1948–50)
- Metalul Baia Mare (1950–56)
- Energia Trustul Miner Baia Mare (1956–57)
- Minerul Baia Mare (1957–58)
- CSM Baia Mare (1958–62)
- Minerul Baia Mare (1962–75)
- FC Baia Mare (1975–85)
- FC Maramureş Baia Mare (1985–98)
- FC Baia Mare (1998–2010)
- FCM Baia Mare (2012–Present)
- 1948 — CSM Baia Mare is founded;
- 1950 — The name is changed to Metalul Baia Mare;
- 1955 — Metalul Baia Mare is relegated in Liga III;
- 1956 — The team become Energia Trustul Miner Baia Mare and win promotion in Liga II;
- 1957 — The team become Minerul Baia Mare;
- 1958 — Third name change in three years, this time back to CSM Baia Mare;
- 1959 — CSM Baia Mare reach the final of Romanian Cup, only to be defeated by Dinamo Bucureşti;
- 1962 — Another name change, this time back to Minerul Baia Mare;
- 1963 — Mircea Sasu become the first player ever to be selected from Minerul Baia Mare into the national team of Romania;
- 1964 — Minerul Baia Mare win the second series of Liga II and win promotion into Liga I for the second time in their history;
- 1965 — As the team finish only 13th out of 14 in Liga I, they are relegated after only one year;
- 1975 — The team become FC Baia Mare;
- 1978 — FC Baia Mare win promotion into Liga I. It is the third in the history. The Golden Age starts;
- 1979 — FC Baia Mare finish 5th out of 18 in Liga I;
- 1980 — The best performance in Liga I as they finish 4th out of 18;
- 1981 — A poor year followed by relegation back to Liga II, mainly due to internal issues;
- 1982 — FC Baia Mare reach the final of Romanian Cup where they are defeated by Dinamo Bucureşti. For the first time in their history FC Baia Mare play in Cup Winners' Cup, against Real Madrid of Spain.
- 1983 — FC Baia Mare win the fourth promotion in their history into Liga I;
- 1984 — A poor season in Liga I where the team finish 15th out of 18 but save themselves from relegation;
- 1985 — FC Baia Mare is relegated back to Liga II. The Golden Era ends. The team become FC Maramureş Baia Mare.
- 1993 — The Silver Era starts as FC Maramureş Baia Mare reach the semifinals of Romanian Cup;
- 1994 — After a series of average and poor seasons in Liga II during the past decade, FC Maramureş Baia Mare win promotion in Liga I for the fifth time in their history;
- 1995 — FC Maramureş Baia Mare reach the quarter-finals of Romanian Cup, but at the end of the season is relegated back to Liga II. The Silver Era ends.
- 1998 — Another name change, this time back to FC Baia Mare;
- 1999 — FC Baia Mare is relegated to Liga III for the second time in their history;
- 2000 — The team promote back to Liga II;
- 2001 — Second promotion in only two years, this time in Liga I, as FC Baia Mare win the promotion play-offs, however, the team's owner decides to trade the team's place in Liga I to another team, arguing the lack of financial resources to keep them over the competitional season. FC Baia Mare return to Liga II;
- 2002 — FC Baia Mare qualify again for promotion play-offs but do not win promotion;
- 2004 — Relegation in Liga III;
- 2006 — After two years in Liga III, FC Baia Mare win promotion to Liga II;
- 2007 — The club is relegated back to Liga III and face serious financial issues. Brazilian Ayres Cerqueira Simao becomes the first foreign player ever to play for FC Baia Mare;
- 2008 — Despite being in the frame for a promotion back to Liga II, a series of poor results and a players strike due to unpaid wages and bonuses left the club in Liga III for at least one more year. Yet, at the beginning of the 2008 - 09 season the club manage to transfer some players with good experience in Liga I, such as: Daniel Rednic and Sorin Iodi, thus becoming top favourites to win promotion into Liga II.
- 2009 - FC Baia Mare promoted to the Liga II after finishing first the 2008–09 Liga III.
- 2010 - Finished 8th in the 2009–10 Liga II season and was dissolved shortly after.
- 2012 - Refounded as FCM Baia Mare in the Liga IV.
- 2013 - Promoted to the Liga III.
The club played in the Liga I in other few occasions: in 1964–65 (13th out of 14), 1978–79 (5th out of 18); 1980–81 (17th out of 18), 1983–84 (15th out of 18), 1984–85 (17th out of 18) and 1994–95 (17th out of 18).
The team played mainly in the Liga II where FC Baia Mare is ranked first in an all-time standing, obtaining the most points and scoring the most goals.
In 1982–83 FC Baia Mare played in Cup Winners' Cup against Real Madrid then coached by Alfredo Di Stéfano. After 0 : 0 in the first leg, FC Baia Mare lost 5 : 2 in the second leg. Koller and Buzgău scored for the Romanian side on Santiago Bernabeu.
In the summer of 1982, FC Baia Mare played a friendly game against AC Fiorentina in Italy and won 3 : 1. Giancarlo Antognoni and Francesco Graziani, both world champions with Italy at the 1982 World Cup, as well as Daniel Bertoni and Daniel Passarella, both world champions with Argentina at the 1978 World Cup played for AC Fiorentina in that game. This is, without doubt, the greatest achievement of FC Baia Mare to date.
The most successful team from Maramureş County.
- Winners (0):, Best finnish: 4th 1979-80
- Winners (1): 2012–13
FC Baia Mare in Europe
|UEFA Cup Winners' Cup / European Cup Winners' Cup||1||2||0||1||1||2||5||– 3|
FC Baia Mare vs. Real Madrid (Cup Winners' Cup, 1982–83)
FC Baia Mare - Real Madrid 0 : 0
FC Baia Mare: Vasile Moldovan - Imre Szepi, Ioan Tătăran, Miron Borz, Alexandru Koller - Radu Pamfil, Marin Sabău, Lucian Bălan, Constantin Dragomirescu - Adalbert Rozsnyai (69' Viorel Buzgău), Andrei Ene; Coach: Paul Popescu
Real Madrid: Agustín Rodríguez Santiago - John Metgod (76' Alfonso Fraile Sanchez), Francisco Bonet Serrano, Juan José Jiménez Collar, José Antonio Camacho Alfaro - Ricardo Gallego Redondo, Ángel de Los Santos Cano, Ulrich Stielike, Isidro Díaz González - Carlos Alonso Gonzalez Santillana; Coach: Alfredo Di Stéfano
Real Madrid - FC Baia Mare 5 : 2
0 : 1 Alexandru Koller (12'); 1 : 1 Juan Gómez Gonzalez Juanito (16'); 2 : 1 Isidro Diaz Gonzalez (33'); 3 : 1 Francisco Garcia Hernandez (45'); 4 : 1 Carlos Alonso Gonzalez Santillana (47'), 5 : 1 John Metgod (48'); 5 : 2 Viorel Buzgău (89')
Real Madrid: Agustin Rodriguez Santiago - John Metgod, Francisco Bonet Serrano, Juan José Jimenez Collar, José Antonio Camacho Alfaro - Ricardo Gallego Redondo, Angel de Los Santos Cano, Francisco Garcia Hernandez, Isidro Diaz Gonzalez (85' Juan Alberto Acosta) - Carlos Alonso Gonzalez Santillana (66' Andrés Alonso Ito), Juan Gómez Gonzalez Juanito; Coach: Alfredo Di Stéfano
FC Baia Mare: Vasile Moldovan - Vasile Ignat, Ioan Tătăran, Ioan Hotico, Alexandru Koller - Radu Pamfil, Marin Sabău, Lucian Bălan, Constantin Dragomirescu (52' Viorel Buzgău) - Gheorghe Tulba, Andrei Ene (52' Adalbert Rozsnyai); Coach: Paul Popescu
Statistics — Domestic Leagues
Up to and including the end of 2009-10 season
League and Cup History
From FC Baia Mare to Romania National Football Team