2002–03 FC Vaslui season

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FC Vaslui
2002–03 season
President Romania Marius Stan
Owner Romania Adrian Porumboiu
Manager Romania Ioan Sdrobiş
(Sacked on 1 Dec 2002)
Romania Ion Balaur
(From 3 Feb 2003)
Stadium Municipal
Divizia C 2nd
Cupa României Round 4, eliminated
Top goalscorer League: Romania Sorin Frunză (16)
All: Romania 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.

Background[edit]

In July 2002, following the promotion of Victoria Galaţi in Divizia C, president Marius Stan decided to move his team to Vaslui.[1] Set to play in Serie II under the name "Fotbal Club Municipal Vaslui",[1] they ended up playing in Serie I following the withdrawal of Pro Mobila Crucea.[2] Former Jiul Petroşani manager Ioan Sdrobiş was appointed as Vaslui's first manager on 23 July.[3] On 1 August, Vaslui City Council agreed to grant FC Vaslui a 25-year lease of the Municipal Stadium.[4] Unlike Sportul Municipal Vaslui who was left for disaffiliation, FC Vaslui was supported by the city council and businessman Adrian Porumboiu.[5]

Season Overview[edit]

August–September[edit]

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.[6] 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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10]

October[edit]

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.[11] The club's excellent form continued in their next away match at Cimentul Bicaz, as they gained their third straight win.[12] Another 4–0 win, against Unirea Negreşti,[13] was followed by a comprehensive 9–0 away victory against Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ II.[14]

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Position Player Transferred from Fee Date
MF Romania Neculai Alin Romania Unirea Negreşti Signed Summer
MF Romania Emanuel Amarandei Romania Dunărea Galaţi Signed Summer
DF Romania Cătălin Andruş Romania Unirea Negreşti Signed Summer
DF Romania Bogdan Anghelinei Romania Dunărea Galaţi Signed Summer
MF Romania Marcel Atănăsoaie Romania Dacia Unirea Brăila Signed Summer
FW Romania Valentin Badea Romania Jiul Petroşani Signed Summer
GK Romania Cristian Brăneţ Israel Tzafririm Holon Signed Summer
DF Romania Robert Ciobanu Romania FC Oneşti Signed Summer
MF Romania Sorin Frunză Romania Jiul Petroşani Signed Summer
GK Romania Cristian Hăisan Romania Dacia Unirea Brăila Signed Summer
DF Romania Sorin Haraga Romania Dunărea Galaţi Signed Summer
DF Romania Fane Hărăianu Romania Dunărea Galaţi Signed Summer
FW Romania Flavius Hâdă Romania Jiul Petroşani Signed Summer
GK Romania Costel Nicolov Signed Summer
DF Romania Gheorghe Pantazi Romania Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ Signed Summer
MF Romania Alin Pânzaru Romania Dunărea Galaţi Signed Summer
FW Romania Adrian Popa Romania Sportul Municipal Vaslui Signed Summer
DF Romania Cătălin Popa Romania Sportul Municipal Vaslui Signed Summer
MF Romania Sorin Sava Romania Sportul Municipal Vaslui Signed Summer
MF Romania Cristian Strelţov Romania Unirea Focşani Signed Summer
DF Romania Tudorel Şoimaru Romania Laminorul Roman Signed Summer
MF Romania Emil Trăistariu Romania Jiul Petroşani Signed Summer

Squad[edit]

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.

No. Position Player
- Romania GK Cristian Brăneţ
- Romania GK Cristian Hăisan
- Romania GK Costel Nicolov
- Romania DF Ababei
- Romania DF Daniel Baciu
- Romania DF Ionuţ Ciobanu
- Romania DF Sorin Haraga
- Romania DF Fane Hărăianu
- Romania DF Alin Pânzaru
- Romania DF Cătălin Popa
- Romania MF Emanuel Amarandei
No. Position Player
- Romania MF Romeo Buteseacă
- Romania MF Victor Cozma
- Romania MF Sorin Frunză
- Romania MF Daniel Paica
- Romania MF Tudorel Şoimaru
- Romania MF Emil Trăistaru
- Romania MF Sorin Ungurianu
- Romania FW Cătălin Andruş
- Romania FW Valentin Badea
- Romania FW Giani Căpuşă
- Romania FW Flavius Hâdă

Divizia C[edit]

League Table[edit]

Pos
Club
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Comments
1 Petrolul Moineşti (C) (P)
28
22
2
4
57
16
+41
68
Promotion to Divizia B
2 FC Vaslui (P)
28
21
2
5
76
15
+61
65
Promotion to Divizia B
3 Laminorul Roman (P)
28
21
2
5
52
23
+29
65
Promotion to Divizia B
4 CFR Paşcani
28
13
5
10
41
37
+4
44
5 FCM Bacău II
28
12
3
13
40
31
+9
39
6 FC Botoşani
28
11
6
11
36
34
+2
39
7 Rulmentul Bârlad
28
12
3
13
31
30
+1
39
8 Cimentul Bicaz
28
11
5
12
33
30
+3
38
9 Aerostar Bacău
28
10
6
12
33
40
-7
36
10 Viitorul Hârlău
28
11
2
15
33
46
-13
35
11 Rafinăria Dărmăneşti
28
10
4
14
34
40
-6
34
12 CFR Moldova Iaşi
28
9
6
13
26
33
-7
33
13 Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ II
28
10
3
15
40
72
-32
33
14 Bucovina Rădăuţi
28
7
3
18
25
45
-20
24
15 Unirea Negreşti (R)
28
3
2
23
10
74
-64
11
Relegation to Divizia D

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
28 21 2 5 76 15 +61 65 13 0 1 48 5 +43 8 2 4 28 10 +18

Matches[edit]

  1. ^ Letea Bacău were acquired by FCM Bacău and competed as FCM Bacău II after round 11
  2. ^ Unirea Negreşti withdrew after the winter break and had all matches in the second half of the season awarded 0-3 against them

Cupa României[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Victoria Galati se muta la Vaslui" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 20 July 2002. 
  2. ^ "Vasluiul a revenit in seria I" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 31 August 2002. 
  3. ^ ""Sdrobis se duce numai acolo unde se doreste promovarea"" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 22 August 2002. 
  4. ^ "Totul pentru fotbal" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 1 August 2002. 
  5. ^ "Sportul Municipal Vaslui, ca si desfiintata" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 10 August 2002. 
  6. ^ a b "Vacanta activa a fotbalului" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 12 August 2002. 
  7. ^ "Fotbal, Divizia C (seria I)" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 2002-09-02. 
  8. ^ "Iesenii au pierdut in prelungiri" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 2002-09-09. 
  9. ^ "Fotbal, Divizia C (seria I)" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 2002-09-16. 
  10. ^ "Fotbal, Divizia C (seria I)" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 2002-09-23. 
  11. ^ "La limita" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 2002-10-08. 
  12. ^ "Pe Cananau il bate gindul retragerii" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 2002-10-14. 
  13. ^ "Viitorul, spre disparitie" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 2002-10-21. 
  14. ^ "Ceahlaul Tg.Neamt – FC Vaslui 0–9 (0–3)" (in Romanian). Evenimentul. 2002-10-29.