FC Gloria Progresul Bistrița
|Full name||Fotbal Club Gloria Progresul Bistrița|
The Glorious Ones
|Founded||6 July 1922|
|2013–14||Liga II, 5th|
|Website||Club home page|
The club was founded on July 6, 1922 and among the founding staff members there were: Simion Sbârcea as the club's president, Teofil Moldovan as the club's secretary, Ion Bota, Dumitru Hara, Simion Pop, Ioan Archiudean and others as the club's administration committee members.
Throughout the years the club had several other names: Ceramica Bistrița (before World War II), CS Bistrița (after World War II) and Progresul Bistrița until 1956, when the old name, Gloria, was readopted.
The club played in Divizia C (now Liga III) 3 times. It promoted for the first time in 1957, then for the second time in the '60s. Gloria played in Diviza C for a 3rd and final time during the 1974–75 season, after they were relegated from Divizia B.
Gloria earned its first Divizia B (now Liga II) promotion in 1958, just one year after they had promoted to Divizia C. They secondly promoted to B in 1970, under coach Titi Popescu and after the one year relegation during 1974–75 season, they finally promoted the 3rd time under Gheorghe Nuţescu's reign. The team played in Divizia B for 15 years, between 1975 and 1990 giving many valuable players as Daniel Iftodi, Gheorghe Hurloi, Victor Ciocan and others.
Promotion in top division and European cups
The team earned its promotion to the Romanian first league, Divizia A (now Liga I), in 1990 under coach Remus Vlad, league in which Gloria played uninterrupted until 2011. Also the club gave Romanian football remarkable players such as Viorel Moldovan, Gavril Balint, Lucian Sânmărtean, Ciprian Tatarusanu, Emilian Dolha, Cristian Coroian and others. After shy beginnings of the team in the top division, in 1993, Gloria finished 5th place and qualified in premiere into a European competition, UEFA Cup. They draw 0-0 with NK Maribor at home, but were eliminated after 2-0 defeat in the second leg played away. In 1994, Gloria Bistrița won the Romanian Cup after defeating Universitatea Craiova with 1-0. After finishing on the 7th place, Gloria qualified in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. They defeated the future UEFA Cup Winners' Cup winners Real Zaragoza with 2-1 in Bistrița, but were eliminated after losing 4-0 at Estadio La Romareda. After a season of pause, even if finished 12th place, Gloria returned in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup after losing with 3-1 in the final of Romanian Cup against league champions Steaua București. They qualified in first round after defeating Valletta FC with 2-1 in both legs. In first round, Gloria drawn 1-1 in Bistrița against Italian giants Fiorentina, but were eliminated by losing 1-0 in Florence. In 1997, Gloria made its debut in UEFA Intertoto Cup. Playing in the group stage, they finished on 4th place in the group 10 of the competition, after losing against Montpellier (1-2), Čukarički Stankom (2-3) and Groningen (4-1) and winning against Spartak Varna (2-1). In 2000, Gloria won Cupa Ligii with 3-1 at penalties, after drawn 2-2 against FCM Bacau. They lost the qualification in the second round of UEFA Intertoto Cup, after losing with Jazz Pori with 1-0 in Finland, and winning with 2-1 in Bistrița. In 2002, Gloria qualified in third rounds for the first time, after eliminating Union Luxembourg (2-1 in Bistrița and 0-0 in Luxembourg) and Teuta Durrës (3-0 in Bistrița and 0-1 in Albania), but were eliminated by Lille OSC (2-0 in both legs). In 2003, Gloria Bistrița finished the season on 3rd place, the best performance ever and qualified in the second round of UEFA Intertoto Cup, after eliminating Bangor City F.C (0-1 in Wales and 5-2 in Bistrița}, but were eliminated by Brescia Calcio (1-2 in Italy and 1-1 in Bistrita). In 2005, Gloria obtained the best European results ever against Olympiakos Nicosia: 0-5 in Cyprus (the best away European victory) and 11-0 in Bistrița (the best home European victory). In 2007, Gloria finished its accounts with European competitions, in UEFA Intertoto Cup, eliminating OFK Grbalj (2-1 in Bistrița and 1-1 in Montenegro) and Maccabi Haifa (2-0 in Bistrița, 0-2 in Israel and 3-2 at penalties) and lost the Cup against Atlético Madrid. Even if they beat Atlético in Bistrița with 2-1, they lost with 1-0 in Madrid, and with 2-2 aggregate, the Spanish beat with away goals rule. After 2007, Gloria changed its objective from European competitions to avoid relegation. In 2011, Gloria was relegated in Liga II after failing to achieve a license for the next season.
Gloria' entered insolvency, after funding problems have worsened. However, Gloria Bistrița resisted, finished 2nd in the second division and promoted in Liga I again, under leadership of coach Nicolae Manea. In the following season, Gloria had the worst season in first division, finishing 18th, after 8 losing rounds, and relegated back. After the second relegation, Manea left the club to coach Corona Brașov, and the formers Gloria's strikers, Cristian Coroian and Sandu Negrean joined club as tehnical director, respectively head coach, with promotion objective.
On 25 July 2014 the club was relegated to Liga III, due to many financial problems, and changed its name from ACF Gloria 1922 Bistrița to Gloria Progresul Bistriţa.
- Winners (0): Best finish: 3rd 2002–03
- Winners (3): 1957–58, 1969–70, 1974–75
- Runners-up (1): 1964–65
- Winners (1): 1993–94
- Runners-up (1): 1995–96
- Winners (1): 2000
- Winners (0):
- Runners-up (1): 1994
- Winners (0):
- Runners-up (1): 2007
Stadium (Municipal Jean Pădureanu)
The stadium was inaugurated in 1930 and modernized in 2008. The stadium was called "Stadion Municipal Gloria", before being named after the most important person in the club's history, Jean Pădureanu. The stadium has a total capacity of 7800 seats.
|UEFA Cup Winners' Cup / European Cup Winners' Cup||2||6||3||1||2||7||9||–2|
|UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup||1||2||0||1||1||0||2||–2|
|UEFA Intertoto Cup||7||28||11||4||13||46||33||+13|
Managerial history dating from the past 20 years
- Remus Vlad (1990–92)
- Constantin Cârstea (1992–93)
- Remus Vlad (1994)
- Constantin Cârstea (1994–96)
- Remus Vlad (1996–97)
- Constantin Cârstea (1997–02)
- Remus Vlad (2002–04)
- Constantin Cârstea (2004–05)
- Ioan Sabău (July 2005–June 9)
- Sandu Tăbârcă (July 2009–Oct 09)
- Florin Halagian (Oct 2009)
- Marian Pană (Oct 2009–Dec 09)
- Marius Şumudică (Jan 2010–May 10)
- Laurenţiu Reghecampf (June 2010–Oct 10)
- Nicolae Manea (Oct 2010–June 2013)
- Sandu Negrean & Cristian Coroian (June 2013-Present)
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Club records in Liga 1
Club records in Liga 1 dating from the past 20 years
Longest winning run
- 5 matches, June 10, 1995 – August 19, 1995
Longest unbeaten run
- 7 matches, March 22, 1997 – May 3, 1997
- 5–0 against Rapid Bucureşti, 1990–91 season
- 5–0 against Jiul Petroşani, 1990–91 season
- 5–0 against Sportul Studenţesc, 1993–94 season
- 6–1 against FC Maramureş, 1994–95 season
- 5–0 against Oţelul Galaţi, 1996–97 season
- 0–5 against Jiul Petroşani, 1997–98 season
- 5–0 against Foresta Suceava, 1998–99 season
- 6–1 against Unirea Alba Iulia, 2004–05 season
- 5–0 against Politehnica Iaşi, 2009–10 season
- 0–6 against Progresul Bucureşti, 1994–95 season
- 0–6 against UTA Arad, 2002–03 season
- 0–6 against FC Braşov, 2009–10 season
Most played games
- Victor Ciocan – over 600
- Victor Ciocan – 426
- ACF Gloria Bistriţa official website
- Unofficial website
- Gloria Bistriţa unofficial website
- Gloria Bistriţa – Liga 1