2002–03 FC Vaslui season
(Sacked on 1 Dec 2002)
(From 3 Feb 2003)
|Cupa României||Round 4, eliminated|
League: Sorin Frunză (16)|
All: Sorin Frunză (18)
The 2002–03 season was the first season in the history of Vaslui. In what was their inaugural season as a professional club, Victoria Galaţi moved to Vaslui after an agreement between Marius Stan and the Vaslui Municipality to use the Municipal Stadium. The team also changed the colour of its kit, wearing yellow and green striped jerseys for the first time.
Vaslui reached the fourth round of the Romanian Cup, defeating CFR Paşcani at home, before losing to Divizia B side Unirea Focşani. During their inaugural season, Vaslui enjoyed an unbeaten run at home in the league that lasted until 29 March 2003, when Vaslui were beaten by Petrolul Moineşti. Vaslui ended the campaign on 65 points, with a record of 21 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses, and finished as runners-up to Petrolul Moineşti in the league table, which meant the club was promoted to Divizia B. Sorin Frunză was the club's top goalscorer, recording 18 goals, 16 in the league and two in the Romanian Cup.
In July 2002, following the promotion of Victoria Galaţi in Divizia C, president Marius Stan decided to move his team to Vaslui. Set to play in Serie II under the name "Fotbal Club Municipal Vaslui", they ended up playing in Serie I following the withdrawal of Pro Mobila Crucea. Former Jiul Petroşani manager Ioan Sdrobiş was appointed as Vaslui's first manager on 23 July. On 1 August, Vaslui City Council agreed to grant FC Vaslui a 25-year lease of the Municipal Stadium. Unlike Sportul Municipal Vaslui who was left for disaffiliation, FC Vaslui was supported by the city council and businessman Adrian Porumboiu.
With a team assembled over the summer months, Vaslui played their first ever fixture against Poli Unirea Iaşi on 10 August 2002, a game which ended 1–1. The pioneering team consisted of Cristian Brăneț in goal, defenders Cătălin Popa, Sorin Haraga, Cătălin Andruş and Robert Stamate, midfielders Adrian Popa, Emil Trăistariu, Sorin Sava and Sorin Frunză, with Flavius Hâdă and Valentin Badea in attack, while Dumitran, Marcel Atănăsoaiei, Alin Pânzaru, Emanuel Amarandei and Radu Ciobanu were substituted in during the game. Poli Unirea Iaşi scored first through Cătălin Abălaşei in the 30th minute, while Vaslui equalized in the 82nd minute through Dumitran. The club arranged five more friendlies during their training camp in Huşi against FC Oneşti, Petrolul Moineşti, Rafinăria Dărmăneşti, FC Târgu Ocna and Letea Bacău over the course of five days.
Vaslui's first league game was at Gheorghe Costache Stadium against Viitorul Hârlău on 31 August 2002. Vaslui won 3–1 with Amarandei scoring the club's first ever league goal. One week later, Vaslui hosted their first home game at Municipal against Letea Bacău. Flavius Hâdă scored the first goal at Municipal in the 5th minute, while Adrian Popa closed the scoreboard with a late goal, providing Vaslui's first home win. In the following match, Vaslui lost for the first time, against Petrolul Moineşti with Adrian Popa scoring for the second successive league match and Valentin Badea adding one further goal. On 21 September, Vaslui hosted CFR Moldova Iaşi at Municipal; Sorin Frunză scored his first two league goals of the season in a 3–1 win. They ended September level on points with two other clubs, in second place on goal average.
On 5 October, Cătălin Andruş scored Vaslui's first ever hat-trick during a five-minute stretch, as Vaslui registered a 7–0 home victory over CFR Paşcani. The club's excellent form continued in their next away match at Cimentul Bicaz, as they gained their third straight win. Another 4–0 win, against Unirea Negreşti, was followed by a comprehensive 9–0 away victory against Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ II.
|MF||Neculai Alin||Unirea Negreşti||Signed||Summer|
|MF||Emanuel Amarandei||Dunărea Galaţi||Signed||Summer|
|DF||Cătălin Andruş||Unirea Negreşti||Signed||Summer|
|DF||Bogdan Anghelinei||Dunărea Galaţi||Signed||Summer|
|MF||Marcel Atănăsoaie||Dacia Unirea Brăila||Signed||Summer|
|FW||Valentin Badea||Jiul Petroşani||Signed||Summer|
|GK||Cristian Brăneţ||Tzafririm Holon||Signed||Summer|
|DF||Robert Ciobanu||FC Oneşti||Signed||Summer|
|MF||Sorin Frunză||Jiul Petroşani||Signed||Summer|
|GK||Cristian Hăisan||Dacia Unirea Brăila||Signed||Summer|
|DF||Sorin Haraga||Dunărea Galaţi||Signed||Summer|
|DF||Fane Hărăianu||Dunărea Galaţi||Signed||Summer|
|FW||Flavius Hâdă||Jiul Petroşani||Signed||Summer|
|DF||Gheorghe Pantazi||Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ||Signed||Summer|
|MF||Alin Pânzaru||Dunărea Galaţi||Signed||Summer|
|FW||Adrian Popa||Sportul Municipal Vaslui||Signed||Summer|
|DF||Cătălin Popa||Sportul Municipal Vaslui||Signed||Summer|
|MF||Sorin Sava||Sportul Municipal Vaslui||Signed||Summer|
|MF||Cristian Strelţov||Unirea Focşani||Signed||Summer|
|DF||Tudorel Şoimaru||Laminorul Roman||Signed||Summer|
|MF||Emil Trăistariu||Jiul Petroşani||Signed||Summer|
As of 07 June 2003 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|1||Petrolul Moineşti (C) (P)|
|2||FC Vaslui (P)|
|3||Laminorul Roman (P)|
|5||FCM Bacău II|
|12||CFR Moldova Iaşi|
|13||Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ II|
|15||Unirea Negreşti (R)|
|31 August 2002 Matchday 1||Viitorul Hârlău||1 – 3||Vaslui||Hârlău|
|11:00 EET||Cojocaru 54'||Amarandei 3'
Hâdă 33', 74'
|7 September 2002 Matchday 2||Vaslui||2 – 0||Letea Bacău||Vaslui|
|11:00 EET||Hâdă 5'
A. Popa 90'
|14 September 2002 Matchday 3||Petrolul Moineşti||3 – 2||Vaslui||Moineşti|
|11:00 EET||Vasilache 33'
|Report||A. Popa 12'
|21 September 2002 Matchday 4||Vaslui||3 – 1||CFR Moldova Iaşi||Vaslui|
|11:00 EET||Frunză 30', 70' (pen.)
|Voicu 44'||Stadium: Municipal|
|5 October 2002 Matchday 5||Vaslui||7 – 0||CFR Paşcani||Vaslui|
|11:00 EET||Badea 7'
Andruş 80', 84', 85'
A. Popa 82'
|19 October 2002 Matchday 7||Vaslui||4 – 0||Unirea Negreşti||Vaslui|
|11:00 EET||Andruş 16'
A. Popa 90'
|26 October 2002 Matchday 8||Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ II||0 – 9||Vaslui||Piatra Neamţ|
|11:00 EET||Report||Hâdă 7', 56'
Frunză 20', 73' (pen.)
Badea 59', 90'
|9 November 2002 Matchday 10||Laminorul Roman||3 – 0||Vaslui||Roman|
|11:00 EET||Beceru 24'
|16 November 2002 Matchday 11||Vaslui||3 – 1||FC Botoşani||Vaslui|
|11:00 EET||Şoimaru 1'
Frunză 34' (pen.)
|Verenciuc 88'||Stadium: Municipal|
|23 November 2002 Matchday 12||Rafinăria Dărmăneşti||0 – 3||Vaslui||Dărmăneşti|
|11:00 EET||Report||Frunză 44', 88' (pen.)
|30 November 2002 Matchday 13||Vaslui||4 – 1||Bucovina Rădăuţi||Vaslui|
|11:00 EET||Hâdă 62', 69', 78'
|Report||Roman ??'||Stadium: Municipal|
|7 December 2002 Matchday 14||Rulmentul Bârlad||0 – 3||Vaslui||Bârlad|
|11:00 EET||Report||Andruş 39', 75' (pen.)
|15 March 2003 Matchday 15||Vaslui||2 – 0||Viitorul Hârlău||Vaslui|
|11:00 EET||Trăistaru 7'
|29 March 2003 Matchday 17||Vaslui||1 – 2||Petrolul Moineşti||Vaslui|
|11:00 EET||Frunză 38' (pen.)||Chiriac 31'
G. Viorel 81'
|3 May 2003 Matchday 22||Vaslui||9 – 0||Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ II||Vaslui|
|11:00 EET||Căpuşă 3'
Frunză 9' (pen.)
Badea 35', 43'
Ungureanu 76', 86'
|10 May 2003 Matchday 24||Vaslui||2 – 0||Laminorul Roman||Vaslui|
|11:00 EET||Badea 19'
|ăhttp://ziarulevenimentul.ro/stiri-2/Tabloid/derbi-de-calitate--34265.html Reportî||Stadium: Municipal|
|17 May 2003 Matchday 25||FC Botoşani||0 – 1||Vaslui||Botoşani|
|11:00 EET||Bordeanu 44' (o.g.)||Stadium: Municipal|
|24 May 2003 Matchday 26||Vaslui||5 – 0||Rafinăria Dărmăneşti||Vaslui|
|11:00 EET||Căpuşă 13'
Frunză 17', 70' (pen.)
Badea 40', 60'
|31 May 2003 Matchday 27||Bucovina Rădăuţi||2 – 1||Vaslui||Rădăuţi|
|11:00 EET||Roman 44'
|7 June 2003 Matchday 28||Vaslui||4 – 0||Rulmentul Bârlad||Vaslui|
|11:00 EET||Căpuşă 13'
Frunză 69', 80' (pen.)
- Letea Bacău were acquired by FCM Bacău and competed as FCM Bacău II after round 11
- Unirea Negreşti withdrew after the winter break and had all matches in the second half of the season awarded 0-3 against them
|11 September 2002 Round 3||Vaslui||4 – 0||CFR Paşcani||Vaslui|
|16:00 EET||S. Frunză ,
Referee: Marius Bocăneală
|25 September 2002 Round 4||Vaslui||1 – 2||Unirea Focşani||Vaslui|
|16:00 EET||Andruş 70'||Report||Ghirie 64'
- "Victoria Galati se muta la Vaslui" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 20 July 2002.
- "Vasluiul a revenit in seria I" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 31 August 2002.
- ""Sdrobis se duce numai acolo unde se doreste promovarea"" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 22 August 2002.
- "Totul pentru fotbal" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 1 August 2002.
- "Sportul Municipal Vaslui, ca si desfiintata" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 10 August 2002.
- "Vacanta activa a fotbalului" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 12 August 2002.
- "Fotbal, Divizia C (seria I)" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 2002-09-02.
- "Iesenii au pierdut in prelungiri" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 2002-09-09.
- "Fotbal, Divizia C (seria I)" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 2002-09-16.
- "Fotbal, Divizia C (seria I)" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 2002-09-23.
- "La limita" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 2002-10-08.
- "Pe Cananau il bate gindul retragerii" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 2002-10-14.
- "Viitorul, spre disparitie" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 2002-10-21.
- "Ceahlaul Tg.Neamt – FC Vaslui 0–9 (0–3)" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 2002-10-29.