FC Petrolul Ploiești

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Petrolul Ploiești
Full name Fotbal Club Petrolul Ploiești
  • Lupii Galbeni (The Yellow Wolves)
  • Galben-Albaștrii (The Yellow-Blues)
  • Petroliștii (The Oilmen)
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
2013–14 Liga I, 3rd
Website Club home page
Current season
Petrolul fans are best known in Romania for their 3D choreographies
The fans during the 2013 Romanian Cup Final in Bucharest
Petrolul versus Flamurtari Vlorë in a UEFA Europa League second qualifying round match, July 2014

Fotbal Club Petrolul Ploiești (Romanian pronunciation: [peˈtrolul ploˈjeʃtʲ]), commonly known as Petrolul Ploiești, or simply as Petrolul, 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 Latin tradition cultivated by Juventus was illustrated by its emblem, which was based on the history of the foundation of Rome, where a she-wolf nursed Romulus and Remus.[2] The team's current home colors are yellow and dark blue. Accordingly, the players are nicknamed "The Yellow Wolves".

Petrolul have won the Liga I four times and the Cupa României three times since its establishment.


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 club 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.[3] In January 2014, German automobile manufacturer Opel became Petrolul's shirt sponsor.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] Petrolul came third in the Liga I for a second successive season, thus again participating in the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.

2014–15 season[edit]

Petrolul signed a one-year kit deal with American sportswear company Nike, after the association with Puma came to an end.[7] Also, Acıbadem Healthcare Group became the team's medical sponsor until the end of the season, with an extension option being available.[8] Using many players that would normally be substitutes and having a player sent off in the second half, Petrolul was beaten by Universitatea Cluj in the Cupa Ligii (English: League Cup) round of 16, a competition that was reenacted after fourteen years of pause.[9]


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– Petrolul Ploiești



Liga I:

Liga II:

Cupa României:

Supercupa României:


First team squad[edit]

As of 19 July 2014. [10]

Note: Flags indicate national team as 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 Jean Sony Alcénat
3 Portugal DF Geraldo Alves (vice-captain)
5 Haiti MF Sony Mustivar
6 Romania DF Dean Beța
7 Netherlands FW Gevaro Nepomuceno
8 Algeria DF Mourad Satli
9 Netherlands FW Patrick N'Koyi
10 Romania FW Adrian Mutu (captain)
11 Uruguay MF Juan Albín
12 Romania GK Alberto Cobrea
14 Romania DF Roberto Alecsandru
15 Romania MF Ovidiu Hoban
17 Romania FW Alexandru Radu
No. Position Player
18 Romania FW George Mareș
20 Cameroon MF Njongo Priso
22 Romania GK Iuliu Oprea
21 Romania MF Victoraș Astafei
30 Romania MF Laurențiu Marinescu
33 Romania GK Mirel Bolboașă (on loan from Viitorul)
35 Brazil DF Gerson Guimarães
39 France DF Jean-Alain Fanchone
52 Brazil MF Romário Pires
77 Romania DF Andrei Peteleu
80 Portugal MF Filipe Teixeira
91 Spain MF Pablo de Lucas
93 Romania FW Vlad Morar
99 Israel FW Toto Tamuz



As of July 2014.[11]

European record[edit]

As of 25 July 2014.
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[12] 6 23 15 1 7 32 24 +8
Total 11 37 19 4 14 44 46 –2

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt partner
2010–2011 Hummel Consiliul Local Ploiești
2011–2012 Adidas
2012–2013 Macron Romprest
2013–2014 Puma Opel[4]
2014–0000 Nike[7]



  1. ^ "Stadion" [Stadium]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). 
  2. ^ "Istorie" [History]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). 
  3. ^ "Ambitious Mutu back in Romania with Petrolul". UEFA. 14 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Parteneriat FC Petrolul - Opel" [FC Petrolul - Opel Partnership]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). 15 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Am ratat dramatic finala Cupei României!" [We dramatically missed the Romanian Cup final!]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). 16 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ a b "Petrolul va purta echipament Nike în sezonul viitor" [Petrolul will wear Nike kits next season]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). 
  8. ^ "Acibadem a devenit sponsorul medical al FC Petrolul" [Acıbadem became Petrolul's medical sponsor]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). 3 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "U Cluj - Petrolul 1-0. N'Koyi, eliminat după un gest stupid" [U Cluj - Petrolul 1-0. N'Koyi, sent off because of a stupid gesture]. DigiSport (in Romanian). 20 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Echipă" [Squad]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). 19 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Staff" [Staff]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). July 2014. 
  12. ^ There is a controversy concerning the value of Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. While it is viewed as the predecessor to the UEFA Cup, it was not organised by UEFA. Consequently, UEFA do not recognise the competition as a major honour. Petrolul have participated in 3 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup editions, which are included in these statistics.

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