FC Oțelul Galați

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Oțelul Galați
FC Otelul Galati.svg
Full name Fotbal Club Oțelul Galați
Nickname(s) Oțelarii (Steelworkers)
Short name Oțelul
Founded 1964 (1964)
Ground Oțelul
Ground Capacity 13,500[1]
Owner Aspen Alpine Pty Ltd
Manager Michael Weiß
League Liga I
2013–14 Liga I, 10th
Website Club home page
Current season

Fotbal Club Oțelul Galați (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈot͡selul ɡaˈlat͡sʲ]; meaning "Galați Steel") is a Romanian football club based in Galați . They have spent the majority of the last few decades in the top division, securing several seasons of European football and enjoying success in the Romanian Cup. They won their first league title in the 2010–2011 season and consequently qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time. On 25 August they were drawn in Group C of the Group Stage and met Manchester United, Benfica and FC Basel.

Oțelul play in red, white and blue.

History[edit]

The club was formed in 1964.[2] After a brief period in which their town rivals Dunărea were the prominent club, Oțelul emerged as the main footballing force of the region. The club was first promoted to the Divizia A in 1986[2] and in 1988 made its debut in the UEFA Cup with a 1–0 victory against Italian side Juventus. The club reached the 2004 final of the Romanian Cup but lost against Dinamo Bucureşti.

Oțelul has 23 seasons of Liga I football to date and ranks 16th in the Liga I All-time table. It is also the 2nd best Moldovan team in this ranking, being surpassed only by FCM Bacău.

They clinched their first Liga I title on 15 May 2011 following a 2–1 victory over Politehnica Timişoara, qualifying for the group stage of the 2011–12 UEFA Champions League, their debut in this competition.[3] They played Manchester United, Benfica and Basel in the group stage, but failed to win a single point. The club won its first Romanian Supercup in 2011 after a 1-0 victory over rivals Steaua Bucureşti.

Honours[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

Championships[edit]

Winners (1): 2010–11
Winners (2): 1985–86, 1990–91
Winners (2): 1967–68, 1980–81
Runners-up (1): 1972–73

Cups[edit]

Runners-up (1): 2003–04
Winners (1): 2011

European competitions[edit]

Third round (1): 2007 (joint winner)[4]

European record[edit]

Including 2011–12 season.

Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Champions League / European Cup 1 6 0 0 6 3 11 – 8
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 5 14 5 3 6 18 21 – 3
UEFA Intertoto Cup 1 4 3 1 0 7 2 + 5
Total 7 24 8 4 12 28 34 – 6

Current squad[edit]

As of 6 July 2014

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Romania GK Gabriel Abraham
Romania GK Alexandru Vlasie
Romania DF Constantin Mișelăricu
Romania DF Daniel Popescu
Romania DF Samoel Cojoc
Romania DF Andrei Măruș
Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Enes Šipović
Romania DF Robert Moglan
Romania DF Marius Tomozei
Romania DF George Andrei Miron
No. Position Player
Romania MF Ioan Filip
Romania MF Ciprian Milea
Cameroon MF Jose-Alex Ikeng
Germany MF Marcel Avdić
Romania MF Silviu Ilie
Romania MF Stelian Cucu
Romania FW Alexandru Tudorie
Nigeria FW Benjamin Onwuachi
Australia FW Julius Davies
Romania FW Cristian Cristea


Reserves and youth team[edit]

Main article: FC Oţelul II Galaţi

Personnel[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

Current medical staff[edit]

  • Fitness coach: Germany Janosch Emonst
  • Club Doctor: Romania Mihail Troacă, MD

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stadion
  2. ^ a b Hafez, Shamoon (17 October 2011). "Man Utd's trip into the unknown". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Otelul confirmed as Romanian champions after CAS verdict". Yahoo Eurosport. Reuters. 18 May 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  4. ^ The UEFA Intertoto Cup: Past Winners. Listed are all 11 teams that won the Intertoto Cup, qualifying for the UEFA Cup.

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