CSM Politehnica Iași

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CSM Politehnica Iași
CSM Politehnica Iasi logo.svg
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 Leonida Antohi
Arcadie Zaporojanu
Chairman Adrian Ambrosie
Manager Flavius Stoican
League Liga I
2016–17 Liga I, 7th
Website Club home page
Current season

Clubul Sportiv Municipal Politehnica Iași (Romanian pronunciation: [jaʃʲ]), commonly known as Politehnica Iași, is a Romanian professional football club based in the city of Iași, Iași County.

The team was founded in 2010 as ACSMU Politehnica Iași[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]

Name Period
ACSMU Politehnica Iași 2010–2011
CSM Studențesc Iași 2011–2016
CSM Politehnica Iași 2016–

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.




Current squad[edit]

As of 28 June 2017

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

No. Position Player
4 Romania DF Marius Mihalache (Vice-Captain)
8 Romania DF Gabriel Bosoi
9 Moldova FW Alexandru Boiciuc
10 Romania FW Andrei Cristea (Captain)
11 Romania DF Ionuț Panțîru
13 Romania MF Marius Chelaru
18 Romania MF Vlad Danale
23 Romania DF Cosmin Frăsinescu
33 Romania GK Teodor Axinte
91 Romania FW Adrian Moldovan
Romania GK Cosmin Anton
Croatia GK Ivan Kelava
Moldova GK Alexei Koșelev
No. Position Player
Cape Verde DF Tiago Almeida
Romania DF Silviu Cerneuțanu
Guinea-Bissau DF Eridson
Portugal DF André Marques
Romania DF Andu Moisii
Romania MF Ionuț Cioinac
Romania MF Alin Huțanu
Uganda MF Luwagga Kizito
Portugal MF Pedro Mendes
Cape Verde MF Platini
Portugal MF Bernardo Tengarrinha
Romania FW Mădălin Crengăniș
Brazil FW Tito

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
No. Position Player

Club officials[edit]

Statistics and records[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
2016–17 L1 7

European record[edit]

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


  1. ^ http://iasisport.gsp.ro/stiri/6377/o-noua-echipa-ieseana-acsmu-poli-tricolorul-breaza-in-liga-a-iii-a.htm ACSMU Politehnica Iasi after the fusion with Tricolorul Breaza
  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

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