FC Petrolul Ploiești
|Full name||Fotbal Club Petrolul Ploiești|
as FC Juventus București
|Ground||Stadionul Ilie Oană|
|2013–14||Liga I, 3rd|
|Website||Club home page|
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. The team's current home colors are yellow and dark blue. Accordingly, the players are nicknamed "The Yellow Wolves".
- 1 History
- 2 Grounds
- 3 Rivalries
- 4 Club names
- 5 Honours
- 6 Players
- 7 Personnel
- 8 European record
- 9 Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors
- 10 Managers
- 11 References
- 12 External links
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.
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.
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 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. In January 2014, German automobile manufacturer Opel became Petrolul's shirt sponsor. 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. 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. Petrolul came third in the Liga I for a second successive season, thus again participating in the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.
Petrolul signed a one-year kit deal with American sportswear company Nike, after the association with Puma came to an end. The club confirmed on its official website that Opel will continue being the shirt sponsor until the end of the season. Acıbadem Healthcare Group also became the medical sponsor until the end of the season, with an extension option being available. 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 which was reenacted after fourteen years of pause. After eliminating Flamurtari Vlorë, "The Yellow Wolves" confronted Czech side Viktoria Plzeň in the Europa League third qualifying round, a club which in the previous season took part in the Champions League group stage. After a draw at Ploiești (1–1), Petrolul impressively beat Viktoria scoring four goals and conceding only one. The Romanian side's captain, 35-year-old Adrian Mutu, played a big role in his team's qualification, scoring both home and away. However, losing both of the play-off legs against Dinamo Zagreb of Croatia, Petrolul yet again missed the chance of advancing to the group stage. On 16 September, coach Răzvan Lucescu was sacked. Gheorghe Mulțescu took his place one day later. After many rumours, Adrian Mutu eventually broke his contract with "The Oilmen", on the 26th. He was the best paid footballer, and was often criticised for playing bad. Cosmin Contra, Petrolul's coach from October 2012 to March 2014, said that the signings of Adrian Mutu and Ianis Zicu (both joined in January 2014) were a "failure".
|Field size||105 m × 68 m (344 ft × 223 ft)|
|Opened||25 September 2011|
Petrolul plays its home matches on the Ilie Oană Stadium. It can host UEFA Europa League semifinals and UEFA Champions League group matches, and is ranked as a UEFA Category 4 stadium. It was inaugurated in September 2011 and has a current capacity of 15,500 spectators. The construction is built on the site of the former Ilie Oană Stadium, which was completed in 1937. It is named after Ilie Oană, a famous player and coach.
- The first match to be played at the stadium was an exhibition game between a team of former Petrolul Ploiești players, the generation which won the Romanian Cup in 1995, and a selection of former Romanian internationals, amongst which Gheorghe Hagi, Gheorghe Popescu, Viorel Moldovan, Ovidiu Stângă and Daniel Prodan. The former internationals won the match 4–3. The first goal scored on this stadium belonged to Cristian Zmoleanu.
- Petrolul's first competitive match at the stadium was a Liga I game against Dinamo București on 25 September 2011, which ended 5–1 for the Bucharest team. Dinamo player Cosmin Moți scored the first goal of the game and thus the first official goal at new Ilie Oană Stadium.
- Main article(s): Former Ploiești derby
Petrolul's traditional, historic rival is Rapid București. 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 won the 1965–66 Divizia A, while Rapid finished second. The following season, Rapid won its first national title after a match played on the Ilie Oană Stadium. These events are said to have started the rivalry.
Petrolul maintains a mild rivalry with Astra Giurgiu, its former local enemy. Astra promoted for the first time to the Divizia A in 1998. It played in Ploiești until September 2012, when it was moved to Giurgiu by its owner, Ioan Niculae. Even after the move, the rivalry continues between the governances of the clubs.
First team squad
- As of 17 October 2014. 
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- As of October 2014.
Current technical staff
- As of 29 August 2014.
The club have participated in 8 editions of the club competitions governed by UEFA, the chief authority for football across Europe, and 12 editions of European competitions overall.
|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||6||27||16||2||9||39||31||+8|
|UEFA Intertoto Cup||1||6||1||1||4||6||14||–8|
Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt partner|
|2010–2011||Hummel||Consiliul Local Ploiești|
- "Stadion" [Stadium]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian).
- "Istorie" [History]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian).
- "Ambitious Mutu back in Romania with Petrolul". UEFA. 14 January 2014.
- "Parteneriat FC Petrolul - Opel" [FC Petrolul - Opel Partnership]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). 15 January 2014.
- "Am ratat dramatic finala Cupei României!" [We dramatically missed the Romanian Cup final!]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). 16 April 2014.
- "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.
- "Petrolul va purta echipament Nike în sezonul viitor" [Petrolul will wear Nike kits next season]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian).
- "Opel rămâne sponsorul oficial al FC Petrolul" [Opel continues being FC Petrolul's official sponsor]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). 27 July 2014.
- "Acibadem a devenit sponsorul medical al FC Petrolul" [Acıbadem became Petrolul's medical sponsor]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). 3 June 2014.
- "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.
- "Petrolul and Hajduk heroics stun Europe". UEFA. 7 August 2014.
- "Mutu a marcat un gol superb cu Viktoria Plzen! A 3-a reușită în ultimele 3 meciuri" [Mutu scored a wondergoal against Viktoria Plzeň! It is his third goal in the last three matches]. DigiSport (in Romanian). 7 August 2014.
- "Răzvan Lucescu nu mai este antrenorul Petrolului" [Răzvan Lucescu is not Petrolul's coach anymore]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). 16 September 2014.
- "Bun venit, Gheorge Mulțescu!" [Welcome, Gheorghe Mulțescu!]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). 17 September 2014.
- "FC Petrolul a reziliat contractul cu Adrian Mutu" [FC Petrolul broke Adrian Mutu's contract]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). 26 September 2014.
- "Transferurile lui Mutu și Zicu, criticate de fostul antrenor al Petrolului: ”Au fost un eșec!”" [The signings of Mutu and Zicu, criticised by a former coach: "They were a failure!"]. DigiSport (in Romanian). 26 September 2014.
- "Stadionul Ilie Oană din Ploieşti, cotat de UEFA la patru stele" [Ilie Oană from Ploieşti, ranked as a UEFA Category 4 stadium]. Adevărul (in Romanian). 10 May 2012.
- "Petrolul s-a întors acasă" [Petrolul is back at home]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). 24 September 2011.
- "Petrolul-Rapid, un derby pe stil vechi" [Petrolul-Rapid, a classic derby]. evz.ro (in Romanian). 16 August 2014.
- "Fanii Petrolului jigniţi dur de Ioan Niculae! Patronul Astrei se ia şi de clubul din Ploieşti: "Nu are nici un palmares"" [Petrolul's fans, insulted by Ioan Niculae! He also talks about the club from Ploiești]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 16 April 2014.
- "Echipă" [Squad]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). 19 July 2014.
- "Staff" [Staff]. FC Petrolul Ploiești (in Romanian). October 2014.
- 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 and final statistics.
- The Intertoto Cup was founded in 1961–62, but was only taken over by UEFA in 1995. Petrolul have participated in the 1990 edition. The results are included in the total statistics.
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