FC Petrolul Ploiești

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Petrolul Ploiești
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Full name Fotbal Club Petrolul Ploiești
Nickname(s)
  • Lupii galbeni (Yellow wolves)
  • Galben-albaștrii (Yellow-blues)
  • Petroliștii (Oilers)
Founded 1924; 90 years ago (1924)
as FC Juventus București
Ground Stadionul Ilie Oană
Ground Capacity 15,500[1]
President Daniel Capră
Manager Răzvan Lucescu
League Liga I
2012–13 Liga I, 3rd
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season
Petrolul fans are best known in Romania for their 3D choreographies
The Yellow Wolves during the 2013 Romanian Cup Final in Bucharest

Fotbal Club Petrolul Ploiești (Romanian pronunciation: [peˈtrolul ploˈjeʃtʲ]) is a Romanian professional football club based in Ploiești, Prahova County, currently playing in the Liga I.

It was founded in 1924 as Juventus București, following the merger of Triumf București and Romcomit București. The club is ranked 5th in the Liga I All-Time Table, with 55 seasons played to this date.

The team's colors are yellow and blue.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Their first national title came after six years, as Juventus were champions in the 1929-30 season. After the reorganisation of the Romanian football's division structure, Juventus played 7 consecutive seasons in Liga I, from 1933 to 1940. Following World War II, the club was promoted once again to Liga I, having finished in 1st place in the final Liga II season prior to the outbreak of war. From 1946-1952 Juventus had 6 consecutive seasons in Liga I; they also changed their name numerous times, being known as Distribuția, Competrol, Petrolul, Partizanul and Flacăra. In 1952 the team moved to Ploiești, and changed its name to Flacăra Ploiești accordingly.

They have won the Romanian top division 4 times, the last time in the 1965-66 season.

Their best European performance to date was reaching the quarter-finals of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in 1962–63. After eliminating Spartak Brno (Czechoslovakia) and Leipzig XI (German Democratic Republic), they were finally defeated by the Hungarian side Ferencvárosi TC. In the 1995-1996 season they also managed to defeat Welsh side Wrexham FC narrowly over two games.

Recent history[edit]

Petrolul won the 2010–11 Liga II, and were promoted to Liga I following a 7-year absence.

2012-13 season[edit]

They finished third in the 2012–13 Liga I, as well as winning Cupa României for the third time in their history. The third place finish earned Petrolul a spot in the Second qualifying round of the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League, with the club playing a European match following an 18-year absence.

2013-14 season[edit]

After defeating Víkingur Gøta and Vitesse, they were eliminated in the Europa League play-off round by Swansea City. During the winter transfer window, the team brought Adrian Mutu, a former Romanian international, which attracted media attention.[2] In January 2014, German automobile manufacturer Opel became Petrolul's shirt sponsor.[3] In April, Petrolul had the chance to qualify for their second consecutive Cupa României final, but lost the second leg of the semi-finals against rivals Astra Giurgiu (2–1), after a 0–0 result at home.[4] The fans blamed Petrolul's administration for selling two of their best players (Hamza Younés and Damien Boudjemaa), and bringing Adrian Mutu and Ianis Zicu, who did not live up to expectations. Some also considered that the new manager, Răzvan Lucescu, wasn't a suitable replacer for Cosmin Contra, who left the club for Getafe in March.[5]

Rivalries[edit]

Petrolul's traditional, historic rival is Rapid Bucharest. Petrolul and Rapid fans have maintained a strong rivalry, despite long periods of not meeting when one or the other were playing in the second division. 

Petrolul maintains a strong rivalry with Astra Giurgiu, its former local enemy. The rivalry started when Astra promoted for the first time in the Divizia A in 1998, as their fans engaged in a grudge with Petrolul. Astra played in Ploiești until September 2012, when it was moved to Giurgiu by its owner. Even after the move, the rivalry continues.

Club names[edit]

Period Name
1924–1947 Juventus București
1947–1948 Distribuția București
1948–1949 Petrolul București
1949–1950 Competrol București
1950–1951 Partizanul București
1951–1952 Flacăra București
1952–1956 Flacăra Ploiești
1956–1957 Energia Ploiești
1957–1992 Petrolul Ploiești
1992–1993 FC Ploiești
1993–present Petrolul Ploiești

Honours[edit]

Liga I:

Liga II:

Cupa României:

Supercupa României:

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 11 April 2014. [6]

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

No. Position Player
1 Brazil GK Peterson Peçanha
2 Haiti DF Sony Alcénat
3 Portugal DF Geraldo Alves (vice-captain)
4 Central African Republic DF Manassé Enza-Yamissi
5 Haiti MF Sony Mustivar
6 Romania DF Dean Beța
7 Spain MF Walter (on loan from Lokeren)
10 Romania FW Adrian Mutu (captain)
11 Uruguay MF Juan Albín
12 Romania GK Iuliu Oprea
14 Romania DF Roberto Alecsandru
15 Romania MF Ovidiu Hoban
16 Portugal FW Abel Camará (on loan from Beira-Mar)
18 Romania MF Marius Anghel
No. Position Player
20 Cameroon MF Njongo Priso
21 Brazil DF Guilherme Sityá
22 Lithuania GK Povilas Valinčius
23 Romania GK Mircea Bornescu
27 Romania MF Ianis Zicu
30 Romania MF Laurențiu Marinescu
32 Romania DF Sebastian Achim
35 Brazil DF Gerson Guimarães
52 Brazil MF Romário Pires
80 Portugal MF Filipe Teixeira
91 Spain MF Pablo de Lucas
93 Romania FW Vlad Morar
99 Israel FW Toto Tamuz

Out on loan[edit]

No. Position Player
Romania FW Mihai Roman (at Săgeata Năvodari)
 

Transfers[edit]

Personnel[edit]

As of April 2014.[7]

European record[edit]

Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Champions League / European Cup 3 8 2 1 5 8 15 –7
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup / European Cup Winners' Cup 2 6 2 2 2 4 7 –3
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup / Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 5 21 13 1 7 27 23 +4
Total 10 35 17 4 14 39 45 –6

Managers[edit]

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
Germany Puma Germany Opel[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stadion" [Stadium]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). 
  2. ^ "Ambitious Mutu back in Romania with Petrolul". UEFA (in English). 14 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Parteneriat FC Petrolul - Opel" [FC Petrolul - Opel Partnership]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). 15 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Am ratat dramatic finala Cupei României!" [We dramatically missed the Romanian Cup final!]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). 16 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Scandal la Ploiești! Suporterii au întrerupt antrenamentul și a fost nevoie de intervenția jandarmilor" [Scandal in Ploiesti! The fans have stopped the training and the policemen intervened]. DigiSport (in Romanian). 17 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Jucători" [Squad]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). 11 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Staff Tehnic" [Staff]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). January 2014. 

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