FC Zimbru Chișinău

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Zimbru Chișinău
Official FC Zimbru logo.jpg
Full name Fotbal Club Zimbru Chișinău
Nickname(s) "Galben-verzii" (The yellow-greens)
Founded 1947
Ground Zimbru Stadium
Ground Capacity 10,500
Chairman Igor Oprea
Manager Veaceslav Rusnac
League Divizia Națională
2013–14 4th
Website Club home page

FC Zimbru Chișinău is a Moldovan football club based in Chișinău, the capital of Moldova. They play in the Divizia Națională, the top division in Moldovan football.

Founded in the Moldovan Soviet Socialist Republic in 1947, Zimbru entered the Soviet Top League in 1956 and spent 11 seasons in it before their last relegation in 1983. The team was the early force in the independent Moldovan National Division, winning all of the first five championships and eight of the first nine, but have not won since.

History[edit]

Zimbru Chișinău was formed in 1947 in the Moldovan Soviet Republic (present day Republic of Moldova). 'Zimbru' is a Romanian word for a form of European bison, but the club also previously functioned under names such as Dynamo, Burevestnik, Moldova, Avântul, and Nistru. The Soviet Era was spent mostly in Class B of the regional league until eventual promotion to Class A. The club then flitted between Class A and Class B as well as spending time in the Soviet Top League and First League. In total, Zimbru spent 11 seasons in the Top League between 1956 and 1983. Zimbru had their biggest success in 1963 when they reached the quarter-finals of the Soviet Cup.

Ticket at the match Zimbru Chișinău - Tottenham Hotspur, in UEFA Cup 1999-2000

Zimbru's fortunes changed after the fall of the USSR and the establishment of the Republic of Moldova. The club won all five of the initial seasons of the Moldovan National Division (1992–96), and apart from finishing as runners-up to Chisinau rivals Constructorul in 1996-97, won eight of the first nine championships. Zimbru have also won the Moldovan Cup five times, including a double in 1997-98. The club have participated in the UEFA Cup (losing to Sparta Prague) and the Champions League (losing to PSV Eindhoven in 1999 and Sparta Prague in 2000). Zimbru's biggest rivalry is with Sheriff Tiraspol, who in the last twelve years have won eleven championships.

Crest and colours[edit]

Since its foundation, Zimbru's colours always was yellow and green. Throughout history, Zimbru Chișinău had many logos. Traditional colours were always present on club crests.

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Stadionul Zimbru
Zimbru Stadium
Zimbru Stadium.JPG
Full name Zimbru Stadium
Location Botanica, Chișinău
Owner Zimbru Chișinău
Capacity 10,400[1]
Field size 105 x 68 m
Surface Grass
Scoreboard 1,600 lux
Construction
Built March 2004 - May 2006
Opened 20 May 2006
Construction cost $11 million
Architect Ceproserving SA
Structural engineer INCONEX-COM

FC Zimbru's home ground is Zimbru Stadium, a football-specific stadium in Botanica district, of Chișinău. It was opened in 2006. Stadium has a natural grass playing surface, and its capacity is 10,400.

Rivalries[edit]

In the 1990s (first decade of Moldova's independence), Zimbru's rival was other team from Chișinău city, Constructorul Chișinău. Then Contructorul has dissolved. In 1997, in Tiraspol was founded a new team, FC Sheriff. In a few years Sheriff was promoted to the first league and became a force in Moldovan football. Considering the force of team and the tensions between Moldovans and separatist Transnistrians, the match between Zimbru and Sheriff became a derby, the most important match in country. Further it was named "Derby of Moldova". Other rivalry was established in the mid 2000s when Dacia Chișinău, another team form Chișinău became one of Moldovan top teams. Also Zimbru has a rivalry with Olimpia Bălți.

IFFHS rankings[edit]

Club world ranking[edit]

These are the IFFHS club's points as of 1 March 2013:[2]

P Club Points
264 Mexico Club Deportivo Toluca 78.5
Serbia FK Vojvodina Novi Sad
Slovakia MŠK Žilina
267 Moldova FC Zimbru Chișinău 78.0
England West Bromwich Albion
Germany 1. FSV Mainz 05
Colombia La Equidad
Angola Recreativo do Libolo
267 Peru Sport Huancayo 77.5
Mexico UNAM Pumas

UEFA rankings[edit]

UEFA club ranking[edit]

This is the UEFA club's coefficient as of 16 December 2013:[3]

P Club Points
339 Faroe Islands HB Torshavn 3.175
340 Slovenia Nova Gorica 3.150
Slovenia NK Interblock
342 Moldova FC Zimbru Chișinău 3.075
343 Lithuania Zalgiris Vilnius 3.050
Republic of Macedonia Vardar Skopje
Republic of Macedonia FK Renova

League history[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Divizia Națională

Table[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Top scorer (league)
1992 Divizia Națională 1 2 15 5 2 40 15 35 ? ?
1992-93 1 30 22 6 2 66 17 50 ? ?
1993-94 1 30 25 2 3 86 22 52 1/2 UCL Q. ?
1994-95 1 26 21 4 1 69 10 67 RU UC Q. Moldova Vladislav Gavriliuc – 20
1995-96 1 30 26 3 1 110 11 81 1/4 UC R2 Moldova Vladislav Gavriliuc – 34
1996-97 2 30 22 4 4 112 71 70 W UC Q. Moldova Iurie Miterev – 34
1997-98 1 26 22 3 1 75 8 69 W CWC R1 Moldova Serghei Cleșcenco – 25
1998-99 1 26 18 7 1 43 9 61 1/4 UCL R1 Moldova Vladislav Gavriliuc – 10
1999-00 1 36 25 7 4 78 21 82 RU UCL R3 Moldova Victor Berco – 15
2000–01 2 28 20 6 2 46 15 66 1/2 UCL R3 Moldova Iurie Miterev – 8
2001–02 3 28 12 10 6 52 20 46 1/2 UC Q. Moldova Victor Berco – 12
2002–03 2 24 15 5 4 47 20 50 W UC R1 Uzbekistan Sergei Shishelov – 13
2003–04 3 28 14 7 7 40 23 49 W UC R1 Uzbekistan Vladimir Shishelov – 15
2004–05 5 28 12 7 9 29 15 43 1/4 Moldova Sergiu Chirilov – 7
2005–06 2 28 15 8 5 47 20 53 1/2 Moldova Sergiu Chirilov – 11
2006–07 2 36 21 8 7 63 23 71 W UC R2 Russia Alexei Zhdanov – 14
2007–08 5 30 13 13 4 43 21 52 1/2 UC R1 Russia Alexei Zhdanov – 12
2008–09 4 30 13 7 10 42 30 46 1/2 Moldova Oleg Andronic – 16
2009–10 4 33 17 8 8 47 29 59 1/4 UEL Q2 Moldova Andrei Secrieru – 7
2010–11 4 39 22 10 7 56 20 76 1/8 UEL Q2 Moldova Oleg Andronic – 7
2011–12 3 33 17 10 6 47 24 61 1/4 Moldova Oleg Molla – 14
2012–13 6 33 12 10 11 53 38 46 1/4 Moldova Oleg Molla – 8
2013–14 4 33 18 7 8 56 24 61 W UEL Q1 Russia Sergey Tsyganov – 13

European record[edit]

UEFA Champions League
Season Round Opponents Home leg Away leg Aggregate
1993–94 Preliminary Israel Beitar Jerusalem 1–1 0–2 1–3
1998–99 1 Hungary Újpest 1–0 1–3 2–3
1999–00 1 Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic 5–0 5–0 10–0
2 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 2–0 1–2 3–2
3 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0–0 0–2 0–2
2000–01 1 Albania KF Tirana 3–2 3–2 6–4
2 Slovenia Maribor 2–0 0–1 2–1
3 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 0–1 0–1 0–2
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Season Round Opponents Home leg Away leg Aggregate
1997–98 1 Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 1–1 0–3 1–4
UEFA Cup
Season Round Opponents Home leg Away leg Aggregate
1994–95 Preliminary Hungary Budapest Honvéd 0–1 1–4 1–5
1995–96 Preliminary Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 2–0 0–0 2–0
1 Latvia RAF Jelgava 2–0 0–0 2–0
2 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 0–2 3–4 3–6
1996–97 Preliminary Croatia Hajduk Split 0–4 1–2 1–6
1999–00 1 England Tottenham Hotspur 0–0 0–3 0–3
2000–01 1 Germany Hertha BSC 1–2 0–2 1–4
2001–02 Preliminary Turkey Gaziantepspor 0–0 1–4 1–4
2002–03 Preliminary Sweden IFK Göteborg 3–1 2–2 5–3
1 Spain Real Betis 0–2 1–2 1–4
2003–04 Preliminary Bulgaria Litex Lovech 2–0 0–0 2–0
1 Greece Aris 1–1 1–2 2–3
2006–07 1 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 1–1 2–1 (a.e.t.) 3–2
2 Ukraine Metalurh Zaporizhya 0–0 0–3 0–3
2007–08 1 Slovakia Artmedia Bratislava 2–2 1–1 3–3 (a)
UEFA Europa League
Season Round Opponents Home leg Away leg Aggregate
2009–10 Q1 Kazakhstan Okzhetpes 1–2 2–0 3–2
Q2 Portugal Paços de Ferreira 0–0 0–1 0–1
2012–13 Q1 Wales Bangor City 2–1 0–0 2–1
Q2 Switzerland Young Boys 1–0 0–1 1–1 (1–4 pen.)
2014–15 Q1 Republic of Macedonia FK Škendija 2–0 1–2 3–2
Q2 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)
Q3 Austria SV Grödig 0–1 2–1 2–2 (a)
PO Greece PAOK FC 1–0 0–4 1–4
Notes: Q1, Q2, Q3 - qualification rounds. PO - play-off round

Honours[edit]

Moldova[edit]

Champion (8): 1992, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00
Runner-up (5): 1996–97, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2005-06, 2006-07
Third place (3): 2001-2002, 2003-2004, 2011-2012
Winner (6): 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2014
Runner-up (2): 1995, 2000
Runner-up (3): 2003, 2004, 2007

Soviet Union[edit]

6-th place: 1956
Quarters final: 1963

International[edit]

1/16 of final: 1995-1996
Runner-up: 2000

Player of the year[edit]

Zimbru players who received the award Moldovan Footballer of the Year:

Year Winner
1992 Moldova Alexandru Spiridon
1992 Moldova Alexandru Curtianu
1994 Moldova Serghei Cleșcenco
1995 Moldova Ion Testemițanu
1997 Moldova Ion Testemițanu
1999 Moldova Sergiu Epureanu
2002 Moldova Boris Cebotari

Current squad[edit]

As of 30 July 2014[4]

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

No. Position Player
3 Moldova MF Ștefan Burghiu
4 Moldova DF Iulian Erhan (C)
7 Moldova MF Gheorghe Anton
8 Moldova DF Maxim Potîrniche
10 Moldova MF Alexandru Pașcenco
11 Moldova FW Alexandru Dedov
12 Moldova GK Denis Rusu
13 Moldova MF Mihai Plătică
18 Belarus DF Dzmitry Klimovich
21 Belarus DF Kirill Pavlyuchek
25 France MF Jean-Marie Amani
26 Moldova MF Alexandru Vremea
No. Position Player
30 Latvia MF Aleksejs Višņakovs
30 Moldova MF Radu Catan
31 Moldova FW Alexandru Sergiu Grosu
44 Portugal FW Mamadou Diallo
55 Moldova FW Serghei Alexeev
77 Moldova MF Anatol Cheptine
89 Moldova GK Anatolii Chirinciuc
90 Moldova DF Ion Jardan
94 Moldova MF Dan Spătaru
95 Moldova FW Ilie Damașcan
Moldova GK Victor Buga
Moldova DF Eugeniu Golovco

Youth/reserves squad[edit]

As of 13 November 2013[5]

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

No. Position Player
1 Moldova GK Victor Buga
-- Moldova GK Emil Tîmbur
-- Moldova DF Alexandru Belevschii
-- Moldova DF Alexandru Bortă
-- Moldova DF Roman Cojuhari
-- Moldova DF Artur Focșa
-- Moldova DF Alexandru Gridasov
-- Moldova DF Dinu Graur
-- Moldova DF Cristian Tabîrță
-- Moldova DF Daniel Vlas
-- Georgia (country) DF Luka Tatkhashvili
-- Moldova MF Valeriu Calancea
-- Moldova MF Octavian Ciuntu
No. Position Player
-- Moldova MF Stefan Cozariuc
-- Moldova MF Cristian Iriciuc
-- Moldova MF Cătălin Lungu
-- Moldova MF Oleg Lupușor
-- Moldova MF Anatol Mihaliuc
-- Moldova MF Vergil Olaru
-- Moldova MF Corneliu Pavalachi
-- Moldova MF Ion Rotaru
-- Moldova MF Alexandru Starîș
-- Moldova MF Andrei Trifan
-- Moldova MF Veaceslav Zagaevschi
-- Moldova FW Cristi Cucovei
-- Moldova FW Ilie Dаmașcan

Technical staff[edit]

As of 11 October 2013[6]

Club management[edit]

As of 11 October 2013 2013[7]

Notable players[edit]

Had international caps for their respective countries.

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]