Fotbal Club Petrolul Ploiești
Lupii galbeni (Yellow wolves)
as FC Juventus București
Stadionul Ilie Oană
2012–13 Liga I,
Club home page
Petrolul fans are best known in Romania for their
Fotbal Club Petrolul Ploiești ( Romanian pronunciation: ) is a [peˈtrolul ploˈjeʃtʲ] 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. 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. After defeating Víkingur Gøta and Vitesse, they were eliminated in the Play-off round by Swansea City. During the 2013–14 winter transfer window, the team brought Adrian Mutu, a former Romanian international, which attracted media attention. In January 2014, [2 ] German automobile manufacturer Opel became Petrolul's shirt sponsor, following the team's good results in Liga I and Cupa României.
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 ]
Honours [ edit ]
Players [ edit ]
First team squad [ edit ]
As of 5 March 2014. [4 ]
Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Out on loan [ edit ]
Transfers [ edit ]
Personnel [ edit ]
As of January 2014. [5 ]
Current technical staff [ edit ]
Manager of football
Ángel López Pérez
Alberto Peribañez Rivas
Francisco Ignacio Martínez
Management [ edit ]
Director of sport
Order and Safety
European record [ edit ]
Managers [ edit ]
Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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