ASA 2013 Târgu Mureș

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This article is about the football club established in 2004. For the club founded in 1962 and dissolved in 2005, see ASA Târgu Mureș (1962).
ASA Târgu Mureș
ASA 2013 Targu Mures logo.png
Full name Asociația Sportivă Ardealul 2013 Târgu Mureș[1]
Nickname(s)
  • Roș-Albaștrii (The Red-Blues)
  • Mureșenii (The Mureș Men)
Founded 2004; 13 years ago (2004)
as Trans-Sil Târgu Mureș[2][3]
2008; 9 years ago (2008)
as FCM Târgu Mureș[4]
Ground Trans-Sil
Ground Capacity 8,200[5]
Chairman Ioan Man
Coach Ilie Stan
League Liga I
2015–16 Liga I, 6th
Website Club home page
Current season

Asociația Sportivă Ardealul 2013 Târgu Mureș, commonly known as ASA Târgu Mureș, is a Romanian professional football club based in Târgu Mureș, Mureș County, currently playing in the Liga I.

It was founded in 2008 as FCM Târgu Mureș. In 2013, the club changed its name from Fotbal Club Municipal (FCM) to Asociația Sportivă Ardealul (ASA).

ASA Târgu Mureș won their first major trophy in 2015, after defeating Steaua București in the Supercupa României.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The team was founded in 2004 under the name of Trans-Sil Târgu Mureș and in 2008 summer changed the name to FCM Târgu Mureș, becoming the city's main football team, as a successor to CS Târgu Mureș (dissolved in 1960), Mureșul Târgu Mureș (dissolved in 1964), and the original ASA Târgu Mureș (dissolved in 2005). They bought a spot from the newly promoted Unirea Sânnicolau Mare, consequently playing in the 2008–09 Liga II. FCM outperformed the predictions and played well throughout the season, winning 16 games and drawing 9, while scoring 54 goals and receiving 27, the fewest in the Seria II. At the end of the season, the team was very close to promote to the Liga I, finishing third with 57 points.

The following season, the club finished first in their series with 69 points, winning 20 games, drawing 9 and losing 3. The team scored 52 goals and received 20 (the fewest goals received in their series, like the year before) and was promoted for the very first time in its history to the Liga I. Eighteen years had passed since the city's last presence in the Romanian top football league (1991–92 season with ASA).

Promotion to Liga I[edit]

FCM debuted in Liga I by finishing 9th in the table, the same amount of points as the defending champions, CFR Cluj, and Astra Ploiești. Ioan Ovidiu Sabău led the team to a fantastic streak, at ten points behind Gaz Metan Mediaș, the last team who took an UEFA Europa League spot.

The next season, the club failed to maintain its position in the Liga I, finishing 15th, the highest place in the relegation zone. One team from the second division, Politehnica Timișoara, didn't receive its licence for the first league, so the Romanian Football Federation had to decide whether to keep the first team under the relegation line, FCM Târgu Mureș, or to promote the team placed third in the Seria II, behind Timișoara. Finally, the FRF decided that Gaz Metan Severin should be promoted, thus FCM ended up being relegated.

Return to Liga II[edit]

Former logo

The board of directors fixed as an objective for the 2012–13 season the promotion back to the Liga I. However, the team couldn't keep the rhythm set by Corona Brașov and ACS Poli Timișoara, and after the first half of the season it was behind the earlier mentioned two in the league table. The second half of the season was even worse, FCM ending fifth in the West Division of Liga II, ten points behind ACS Poli, which took the second promoting place.

Name change and back to first division[edit]

In 2013, the club changed its name from Fotbal Club Municipal Târgu Mureș to Asociația Sportivă Ardealul 2013 Târgu Mureș. At the end of 2013–14 Liga II they finished second and entered Liga I for the first time with the new name.

2014–15 season[edit]

On 16 July 2014, the team debuted in Cupa Ligii (English: League Cup), Romania's secondary club football tournament, and lost their first ever match in the competition against CSMS Iași. It was an extraordinary season for The Red-Blues, securing their very first qualification in a European competition, by finishing second, and winning against two-time defending champions Steaua București both home and away. After the away victory over Steaua, Târgu Mureș seized the first place and was close to obtain a historical league title, however, after a 1–3 loss to Astra Giurgiu, the team fell back to the second place. However, Târgu Mureș kept chances to winning the championship after Steaua's 0–0 draw against CSMS Iași, having to win against relegated Oțelul Galați. Mureș side went to a 1–0 lead, but lost the title after Oțelul turned the score to 1–2.

2015–16 season[edit]

On 9 July 2015, ASA earned its spot in the Romanian Super Cup as championship runners-up last season. The club faced Steaua in the final, which won the treble (Championship, Cup and League Cup), and defeated them 1–0, after a goal scored in the 63rd minute by Mircea Axente, who also received the "Man of the Match" title. The team was led by Dan Petrescu, who resigned after the match, due to the financial problems which had appeared in recent days. This was the club's first major trophy.[6] Shortly after, it was revealed that Vasile Miriuță will become the new coach.

On July 17, it was announced that ASA would face French side AS Saint-Étienne in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.[7]

Chronology of names[edit]

Name [8][9][10] Period Note
Trans-Sil Târgu Mureș 2004–2008 Ground: Stadionul Trans-Sil
Fotbal Club Municipal Târgu Mureș (FCM Târgu Mureș) 2008–2013 Colors: Blue and Orange
Asociaţia Sportivă Ardealul Târgu Mureș (ASA Târgu Mureș) 2013–present Colors: Blue and Red

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Leagues[edit]

Liga I

Liga II

Cups[edit]

Supercupa României

Other performances[edit]

Domestic[edit]

European[edit]

Liga I History[edit]

Season League Pos. Note
2010–11 Liga I 9
2011–12 Liga I 15 Relegated
2014–15 Liga I 2 Qualified for the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League
2015–16 Liga I 6

European Record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 3Q France Saint-Étienne 0–3 2–1 2–4
Notes
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 13 March 2017. [11]

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

No. Position Player
1 Romania GK Alexandru Podar
2 Romania DF Carlos Cherteș
3 Romania DF Tamas Szasz
4 Greece DF Konstantinos Rougalas
5 Romania DF Sebastian Bucur (on loan from Dinamo București)
6 Romania MF Gabriel Mureșan (Captain)
7 Romania MF Emil Dică
8 Romania MF Cristian Balgiu
9 Romania FW Andrei Ciolacu
11 Romania FW Marius Bâtfoi
12 Romania GK Mirel Bolboașă
13 Romania MF Robert Candrea
14 Romania MF Viorel Ferfelea
16 Romania MF Bănel Nicoliță
No. Position Player
17 Romania FW Ciprian Rus
19 Argentina MF Nicolás Gorobsov
20 Romania FW Andrei Sin
21 Romania FW Marvin Schieb
23 Romania DF Marius Constantin (Vice-Captain)
24 Romania DF Răzvan Dulap
31 Spain DF Javier Velayos
33 Romania GK Eduard Pap
37 Senegal DF Gaston Mendy
78 Romania FW Valentin Lemnaru
89 Romania MF Tiberiu Petriș
91 France MF Florent André
95 Romania GK Bogdan Moga

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
Romania FW Sergiu Păcurar (to CS Iernut)
No. Position Player

Second team squad (ASA II)[edit]

As of 3 March 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 Flavius Dumbrăvean
18 Romania FW Răzvan Stoica
86 Romania DF Victor Caliani
88 Romania DF Darius Bogățan
90 Romania GK Tudor Negrușa
93 Romania MF Bogdan Onul
94 Romania MF Vasile Petra
98 Romania MF Raul Iliescu
Romania DF Peter Kanyaro
No. Position Player
Romania MF Alexandru Drăghici
Romania MF Tihamer Imreh
Romania MF Zoltan Mihaly
Romania MF Alexandru Ștefan
Romania MF Attila Tamas
Romania MF Szilard Toto
Romania MF Alexandru Vlăescu
Romania FW Arnold Katona
Romania FW Laszlo Tuzes

Club officials[edit]

As of 12 January 2017 [11]

Managerial history[edit]

Name Years
Romania Cosmin Bodea July 1, 2008 – May 4, 2010
Romania Adrian Falub May 4, 2010 – Aug 31, 2010
Romania Ioan Ovidiu Sabău Sept 3, 2010 – Sept 27, 2011
Romania Tibor Selymes Sept 28, 2011 – Oct 31, 2011
Italy Maurizio Trombetta Nov 4, 2011 – Jan 20, 2012
Romania Marius Lăcătuș Jan 21, 2012 – March 18, 2012
Romania Ioan Ovidiu Sabău March 18, 2012 – June 30, 2012
Romania Alexandru Pelici July 3, 2012 – Aug 24, 2012
Romania Daniel Isăilă Aug 24, 2012 – March 11, 2013
Romania Mircea Cojocaru March 13, 2013 – April 22, 2013
Romania Cristian Coroian April 22, 2013 – June 19, 2013
Romania Eduard Iordănescu June 20, 2013 – Oct 9, 2013
Romania Ioan Ovidiu Sabău Oct 10, 2013 – March 22, 2014
Romania Adrian Falub March 25, 2014 – Sept 29, 2014
Romania Cristian Pustai Sept 30, 2014 – Dec 29, 2014
Romania Liviu Ciobotariu Jan 2, 2015 – June 4, 2015
Romania Dan Petrescu June 11, 2015 – July 9, 2015
Hungary Vasile Miriuță July 9, 2015 – September 20, 2015
Italy Cristiano Bergodi September 22, 2015 – December 17, 2015
Romania Petre Grigoraș December 29, 2015 – February 21, 2016
Romania George Ciorceri March 9, 2016 – May 31, 2016
Italy Dario Bonetti June 17, 2016 – August 5, 2016
Romania Dan Alexa August 7, 2016 –

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