CS Universitatea Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca

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This article is about the men's basketball club. For the sports club, see CS Universitatea Cluj-Napoca.
U Mobitelco Cluj
U Mobitelco Cluj logo
Leagues Romanian Basketball Division A
Founded 1947
Arena Sala Sporturilor Horia Demian
Arena Capacity 2,525
Location Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Team colors Black, White
         
President Valentin Nica
Vice-president(s) Ştefan Petre
Mircea Cristescu
Head coach Bobo Pintea
Championships 4 Romanian Championships
Website Official website
Uniforms
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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U Mobitelco Cluj is a Romanian professional basketball club based in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The club competes in the Romanian Basketball Division A. As other sports teams that were initially part of the parent sports club, U Cluj, for historical reasons, the club still keeps the name U (short form of Universitatea) in its name.

History[edit]

Whilst the parent sports club, U Cluj was founded in 1919, the basketball team was founded in 1947 and played for the first time in the Romanian Championship in 1966. Since then, U Cluj was a constant presence in the Romanian First Division, with their best performances being recorded in the 1990s, when they won three Romanian Championships.

During its history, the team had different names. Since 1990, the main sponsor's name is usually added to the name of the parent sports club, U Cluj. This resulted in a change of name every time the main sponsor was changed. Previous names of the team were: U, Ştiinţa, Ştiinţa IMF, U Metalul Rosu, U Fimaro, U SM Invest, U Sanex, and U Carbochim.

In the 2012-2013 season, U Mobitelco Cluj Napoca finished on 7th place (20 wins - 10 losses) and qualify for the Play-Off. Here the team played the first round against CSM Oradea but lost with 3-1. Also the team played the Romanian Cup final, but lost against CS Gaz Metan Medias with the score 62-76. At the end of that season the coach and all the foreing players left the team.

Arena[edit]

Sala Sporturilor Horia Demian

U Mobitelco Cluj plays its home games in the main Sports hall from Cluj-Napoca, Sala Sporturilor Horia Demian, that currently accommodates 2,525 spectators.

Honours[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of March 17, 2014
Nr. Name Nat. Hg. Age
1. Boris Lalovic  Montenegro 205 cm 30 years
2. Branko Cuic  Serbia 197 cm 36 years
3. Miljan Medvedj  Serbia 182 cm 35 years
4. Bogdan Pogăcean  Romania 198 cm 19 years
5. Mario Lazăr  Romania 201 cm 20 years
6. Dragoș Gheorghe  Romania 200 cm 18 years
7. Mirel Claudiu Dragoste  Romania 175 cm 18 years
8. Darius Hargrove  United States 194 cm 32 years
9. Cristian Anghel  Romania 193 cm 19 years
10. Josh Sparks  United States 205 cm 24 years
11. Ivan Kuburovic  Serbia 203 cm 33 years
12. Mihai Silvășan  Romania 201 cm 29 years
13. Cătălin Baciu  Romania 212 cm 25 years
14. Ioan Alexandru Pop  Romania 183 cm 23 years
15. Lawrence Westbrook  United States 185 cm 26 years

Notable former players[edit]

The most famous player that played for U Cluj was Gheorghe Mureşan - Signed in 1993 with the Washington Bullets, becoming the tallest player ever in the NBA. Played 6 successful seasons with the Bullets and the New Jersey Nets, averaging a career 9.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists. Obtained the title of NBA Most Improved Player following the 1995–96 NBA season. Began his career playing two years for Universitatea Cluj-Napoca.

Notable former coaches[edit]

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