FC Oțelul Galați

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Oțelul Galați
FC Oțelul Galați Logo
Full name Fotbal Club Oțelul Galați
Nickname(s) Oțelarii (Steelworkers)
Short name Oțelul
Founded 1964 (1964)
Ground Stadionul Oțelul
Ground Capacity 13,500[1]
Owner The Nova Group
Chairman Remus Pascu
Manager Florin Marin
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.


The club was established 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 against 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.


Domestic competitions[edit]


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


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

European competitions[edit]

  • Group Stage (1): 2011
  • Winners (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 February 2015

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 Dumitru Hotoboc
4 France DF Mahamadou Sissoko
5 Romania DF Constantin Mișelăricu
6 Romania DF Mihai Leca
7 Romania MF Laurențiu Iorga (on loan from Pandurii Târgu Jiu)
8 Romania MF Cosmin Stoian
9 Romania FW Cristian Cristea
10 Romania MF Florin Cernat
11 Algeria MF Jugurtha Hamroun
13 Romania DF Andrei Miron
14 France MF Sanaa Altama
17 Romania MF Stelian Cucu
18 Portugal MF Hélder Tavares
19 Romania MF Mihai Adăscăliței
20 Romania MF Iulian Popa
No. Position Player
21 Romania MF Răzvan Grădinaru (on loan from Steaua București)
22 Romania GK Gabriel Abraham
23 Romania DF Lucian Murgoci
24 Romania DF Daniel Popescu
27 Romania FW Emil Jula
28 Portugal MF Rúben Brígido
29 Romania MF Ciprian Milea
34 Belgium FW Jeanvion Yulu-Matondo
38 Romania MF Tiberiu Stan
72 Romania DF Robert Moglan
77 Democratic Republic of the Congo GK Yves Ma-Kalambay
80 Romania MF Emil Dică
88 Cyprus DF Athos Solomou
90 Romania MF Alexandru Zaharia
96 Romania FW Alexandru Tudorie

Reserves and youth team[edit]

Main article: FC Oţelul II Galaţi

Former notable players[edit]

The footballers enlisted below have had international cap(s) for their respective countries at junior and/or senior level. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries while playing for FC Oțelul Galați.

For a list of all former and current CFR Cluj players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:FC Oțelul Galați players.


Current technical staff[edit]

Name Nationality Role
Tibor Selymes  Romania Head coach
Valentin Sinescu  Romania Assistant coach
Daniel Florea  Romania Assistant coach
Cristian Brăneț  Romania Goalkeepers coach
Cristian Munteanu  Romania Team manager
Ovidiu Burcă  Romania Sporting director

Current medical staff[edit]

Name Nationality Role
Janosch Emost  Germany Fitness coach
Mihail Troacă  Romania Club doctor MD


Name Nationality Years
Dungu, GheorgheGheorghe Dungu  Romania 1965-1966
Drăghiescu, GheorgheGheorghe Drăghiescu  Romania 1966-1967
Ionescu, PompiliuPompiliu Ionescu  Romania 1966-1967
Unguroiu, IonIon Unguroiu  Romania 1967-1968
Drăghiescu, GheorgheGheorghe Drăghiescu  Romania 1967-1969
Ionescu, PompiliuPompiliu Ionescu  Romania 1968-1969
Vasile, ȘtefanȘtefan Vasile  Romania 1968-1970
Oprea, DumitruDumitru Oprea  Romania 1970-1971
Neagu, ValeriuValeriu Neagu  Romania 1970-1971
Oprea, DumitruDumitru Oprea  Romania 1973-1976
Hamza, VirgilVirgil Hamza  Romania 1976-1977
Constantin, GheorgheGheorghe Constantin  Romania 1977–1978
Oprea, DumitruDumitru Oprea  Romania 1977-1978
Hamza, VirgilVirgil Hamza  Romania 1977-1978
Toma, IonIon Toma  Romania 1978-1979
Ioniță, IonIon Ioniță  Romania 1979-1980
Moțoc, PetrePetre Moțoc  Romania 1980-1981
Ioniță, IonIon Ioniță  Romania 1981-1982
Ivănescu, TraianTraian Ivănescu  Romania 1981-1983
Olteanu, MarinMarin Olteanu  Romania 1982-1983
Ionică, IonIon Ionică  Romania 1982-1983
Niculescu, AngeloAngelo Niculescu  Romania 1982-1984
Rădulescu, CosticăCostică Rădulescu  Romania 1984-1988
Dinu, CornelCornel Dinu  Romania 1988-1989
Sdrobiș, IoanIoan Sdrobiș  Romania 1988-1989
Burcea, NicolaeNicolae Burcea  Romania 1988-1989
Dridea, MirceaMircea Dridea  Romania 1988-1990
Moldovan, IonIon Moldovan  Romania 1990–1992
Țicleanu, AurelAurel Țicleanu  Romania 1992–1994
Antohi, HaralambieHaralambie Antohi  Romania 1994-1995
Sdrobiș, IoanIoan Sdrobiș  Romania 1994-1995
Simionaș, VasileVasile Simionaș  Romania 1994–1999
Ploieșteanu, ConstantinConstantin Ploieșteanu  Romania 1999-2000
Dumitriu, DumitruDumitru Dumitriu  Romania 1999–2000
Țicleanu, AurelAurel Țicleanu  Romania 2000-2001
Gigi, IonIon Gigi  Romania 2000-2001
Dumitrescu, IlieIlie Dumitrescu  Romania 2000-2001
Roșca, VictorVictor Roșca  Romania 2001–2002
Lăcătuș, MariusMarius Lăcătuș  Romania 2001–2002
Orac, CostelCostel Orac  Romania 2002–2004
Cârțu, SorinSorin Cârțu  Romania 2003-2005
Panduru, BasarabBasarab Panduru  Romania 2004-2005
Stoichiță, MihaiMihai Stoichiță  Romania 2004-2005
Gigi, IonIon Gigi  Romania 2005-2006
Șunda, AurelAurel Șunda  Romania 2005-2006
Grigoraș, PetrePetre Grigoraș  Romania 2006–2009
Munteanu, DorinelDorinel Munteanu  Romania 2009–2012
Balaur, IoanIoan Balaur  Romania 2012-2013
Tănase, ViorelViorel Tănase  Romania 2012-2013
Grigoraș, PetrePetre Grigoraș  Romania 2012-2013
Badea, IonuțIonuț Badea  Romania 2013-2014
Schumacher, ConstantinConstantin Schumacher  Romania 2013-2014
Lienen, EwaldEwald Lienen  Germany 2013-2014
Weiss (football manager), MichaelMichael Weiss (football manager)  Germany 2014
Selymes, TiborTibor Selymes  Romania 2014-2015


  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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