CSM Politehnica Iași

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This article is about the football club established in 2010. For the club founded in 1945 and dissolved in 2010, see FC Politehnica Iași.
CSM Politehnica Iași
CSMS Iaşi.png
Full name Clubul Sportiv Municipal Politehnica Iași
Nickname(s) Alb-Albaștrii (The White and Blues)
Trupa din Copou (Copou Squad)
Short name CSM Poli Iași
Founded 16 August 2010; 6 years ago (2010-08-16)
as ACSMU Politehnica Iași
Ground Emil Alexandrescu
Ground Capacity 11,481
Owner Vasile Manole
Chairman Florin Prunea
Manager Eugen Neagoe
League Liga I
2015–16 Liga I, 7th
Website www.csmsiasi.ro
Current season

Clubul Sportiv Municipal Politehnica Iași is a professional football club from Iași, Romania. The club was founded in 2010[1] and currently plays in the Liga I.


2010–2012 (Liga II)[edit]

On August 2010, Tricolorul Breaza merged with Navoby Iași and formed ACSMU Politehnica Iași.[2] While in the Liga II, the club's objective was to return to the first tier of Romanian football. Ionuț Popa was appointed manager and Grigore Sichitiu as executive president.[3] In the summer of 2011, the club was renamed Clubul Sportiv Municipal Studenţesc Iași.

For the second half of the 2011–12 season ex-Romanian international Florin Prunea was brought in as manager.[4] There were major changes in the roster, the coach considering almost half of the players unfit for attacking promotion. On June 2, 2012, after two years in the second tier of Romanian football, CSMS Iași gained promotion to Liga I[5] after the 4–2 victory against Farul Constanța.[6]

After the exodus of players such as Cristian Hăisan, Yamoudou Camara and Rodoljub Marjanović,[7] the team went into reconstruction, with players such as Petar Jovanović,[8] Cezar Lungu[9] and Claudiu Ionescu joining CSMS Iași.[10] On 29 August, Liviu Ciobotariu was appointed head coach.[11] The Moldavian team finished the 2012–13 season in 17th place and were relegated to the second division.

Even though there were hopes that they would be accepted for the 2013–14 Liga I season, eventually CS Concordia Chiajna secured the last place in the first league, due to the relegation of FC Rapid București for financial issues.[12]

For the 2013–14 Liga II season, promising young coach Costel Enache was brought in to head a team that retained the services of its young talent, the likes of: Alexandru Crețu, Adrian Avrămia and Andrei Herghelegiu.[13] To supplement the departure of players to Liga I teams, manager Florin Prunea brought in Bogdan Miron, Ionuț Bădescu and Tomi Petrescu among others.

2014– (Liga I)[edit]

With Marius Lăcătuș as the head coach they finished 1st in 2013–14 Liga II and were promoted back to Liga I. For the 2014–15 season, the team debuted for the first time in Cupa Ligii with a win over ASA Târgu Mureș in the competition play-off and the team advanced to the last 16 where they defeated a former Romanian Cup and Liga I winner CFR Cluj.

2015–16 Liga I season was the best in the history of CSMS Iași and in the football history of Iași. After a great campaign, the team finished 7th and qualified for the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League under the command of Italian coach Nicolò Napoli and with a team that relied on experienced players like: Andrei Cristea, Bojan Golubović, Ionuț Voicu and Branko Grahovac.[14] In the second round of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League, CSMS Iași encountered Croatian team Hajduk Split and after a 2–2 draw at Iași, CSMS were defeated at Split 1–2, prematurely leaving the competition.[15]

On 22 July 2016, the club announced that it had changed its name, from CSM Studențesc Iași to CSM Politehnica Iași, a name more closely linked to the Iași football tradition and dissolved FC Politehnica Iași.[16]


CSM Politehnica Iași plays its home matches at the Emil Alexandrescu stadium. It is located in the borough of Copou near the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University. It has a capacity of 11,481.[17]

Emil Alexandrescu Stadium.


The biggest ultras groups of CSM Politehnica Iași are Băieții Veseli and Ultras. Both supported Politehnica Iași until its dissolution in 2009 and have gone to CSMP as they regard it as a successor of Poli. There are friendly relationships with Moldova team, Zimbru Chișinău, as Băieții Veseli and Oastea Fiară, Zimbru's main ultras group, are "brothers".


CSM Politehnica Iași's eternal rival is the other team from the Moldavia region, FC Vaslui, and the matches between these teams are known as the "Derby of Moldavia", and often end with violent clashes between the supporters of both teams. The rivalry between FC Vaslui and Poli Iași started in 2004, when Vaslui were promoted to the top division of Romanian football, being a result of the demographic and political rivalry between Iași and Vaslui cities.

Other smaller rivals are Oţelul Galaţi, Delta Tulcea and Dacia Chişinău.

CSM Politehnica Iași has also developed a recent rivalry with FC Botoșani, another team from Moldavia.

European competitions[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 2Q Croatia Hajduk Split 2–2 1–2 3–4

Chronology of names[edit]

Name [18] Period
ACSMU Politehnica Iași 2010–2011
CSM Studențesc Iași 2011–2016
CSM Politehnica Iași 2016–

Current squad[edit]

As of 20 February 2017

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Alessandro Caparco
4 Romania DF Marius Mihalache (Vice-Captain)
5 Romania MF Narcis Bădic
6 Romania MF Alexandru Răuță
7 Romania MF Vasile Gheorghe
8 Romania DF Gabriel Bosoi
10 Romania FW Andrei Cristea
11 Romania DF Ionuț Panțîru
12 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Branko Grahovac
14 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Bojan Golubović
16 Philippines DF Daisuke Sato
18 Romania MF Vlad Danale
No. Position Player
19 Romania DF Mădălin Ciucă
20 Romania DF Ionuț Voicu (Captain)
21 Hungary MF Lukács Bőle
22 Serbia DF Milan Mitić
23 Romania DF Cosmin Frăsinescu
27 Cape Verde MF Sténio
30 Romania MF Alexandru Țigănașu
33 Romania GK Teodor Axinte
88 Romania MF Cătălin Ștefănescu (on loan from Steaua București)
90 Romania MF Alexandru Ciucur
91 Romania FW Adrian Moldovan

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
9 Moldova FW Alexandru Boiciuc (at Milsami Orhei)
13 Romania MF Marius Chelaru (at Știința Miroslava)
Romania GK Cosmin Anton (at Știința Miroslava)
Romania DF Silviu Cerneuțanu (at Știința Miroslava)
No. Position Player
Romania DF Andu Moisii (at Știința Miroslava)
Romania MF Alin Huțanu (at Știința Miroslava)
Romania FW Mădălin Crengăniș (at Știința Miroslava)

Club officials[edit]

Coach history[edit]




Campioana Romania.pngLiga II

Other performances[edit]


Season League Pos. Notes
2010–11 L2 6
2011–12 L2 1 Promoted
2012–13 L1 17 Relegated
2013–14 L2 1 Promoted
2014–15 L1 10
2015–16 L1 7


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  2. ^ http://liga2.prosport.ro/special/analize/retrospectiva-acsmu-sau-policolorul-breaz-din-iasi-8485184 Retrospective-ACSMU analysis
  3. ^ http://www.bzi.ro/ionut-popa-a-fost-demis-de-la-acsmu-poli-foto-192017 Popa la ACSMU
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-19. Retrieved 2012-06-05.  Popa revine la Iasi
  5. ^ "CSMS in Liga I". Gsp.ro. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  6. ^ "Viitorul si CSMS in Liga I". Liga2.prosport.ro. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  7. ^ "Ionuţ Popa e disperat: "Mai am doar 14 jucători în lot!"". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 22 June 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Petar Jovanovic va juca la CSMS Iaşi: "A semnat un contract pe un an!"". ProSport (in Romanian). Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Le uram bun venit noilor componenti ai echipei". csmsiasi.ro (in Romanian). Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Iaşiul l-a transferat pe Claudiu Ionescu, de la Mioveni". ProSport (in Romanian). Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Schimbări de antrenori în Liga 1 » Cine sînt numele noi de la CSMS Iaşi şi CS Severin!". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 29 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "CSMS Iaşi se pregăteşte de Liga 1, deşi a retrogradat pe teren". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 28 June 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "CSMS Iaşi: 5 nume pentru un singur post". ProSport (in Romanian). 14 June 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Revenire incredibilă a lui CSMS Iaşi, care va juca în Europa. Rezultatele ultimei etape". Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "Au vrut, dar n-au putut mai mult. CSMS Iaşi a pierdut returul contra lui Hajduk Split, scor 2–1, si a ratat calificarea mai departe în Europa League. Istoria s-a repetat şi în Croaţia". Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  16. ^ WWW.BRANDWEB.RO, BRANDWEB -. "Bine ai revenit, Poli Iași, în fotbalul românesc! : STIRI : CSMS IASI". Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  17. ^ http://stadiumromania.blogspot.it/2009/11/stadioane-liga-1-14-stadionul-emil.html Emil Alexandrescu Stadium stats
  18. ^ RomanianSoccer.ro, (r). "Evolutia denumirilor echipelor de-a lungul anilor". Retrieved 23 July 2016. 

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