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FCM Baia Mare
FCM Baia Mare logo.jpg
Full name Fotbal Club Municipal Baia Mare
Nickname(s) Minerul (The Miner)
Short name Baia Mare
Founded 1948; 69 years ago (1948)
as CSM Baia Mare
2012; 5 years ago (2012)
as FCM Baia Mare
Ground Viorel Mateianu
Ground Capacity 15,500
Chairman vacant
Manager vacant
League not active[1]
2015–16 Liga II, Seria II, 6th
Website Club home page

FCM Baia Mare (previously known as FC Baia Mare) is a Romanian football club, based in Baia Mare, Maramureș County, northern Romania, founded in 1948. The club was dissolved in the summer of 2010 because of financial problems, but was refounded in the summer of 2012 under the name of FCM Baia Mare. Baia Mare is currently inactive after withdrawing from the upcoming Liga II season due to financial difficulties on 5 August 2016.[1]

Not to be confused with FC Maramureș Universitar Baia Mare, founded in 2010 and dissolved in 2013.

Chronology of names[edit]

Name [2] Period
CSM Baia Mare 1948–1950
Metalul Baia Mare 1950–1956
Energia Trustul Miner Baia Mare 1956–1957
Minerul Baia Mare 1957–1958
CSM Baia Mare 1958–1962
Minerul Baia Mare 1962–1975
FC Baia Mare 1975–1985
FC Maramureş Baia Mare 1985–1998
FC Baia Mare 1998–2010
FCM Baia Mare 2012–present
  • Note: 2 years of inactivity between 2010–2012, and the team was refounded as FCM Baia Mare in the Liga IV.

History[edit]

FCM Baia Mare squad 2015–16

The club was founded in 1948, from the merger of Phoenix Baia Mare (founded in 1932) and Minaur Baia Mare (founded in 1927).

The club's nickname is Minerul (The Miner), due to the mining industry, which developed in Baia Mare and the rest of Maramureş during the last century. Minerul is also an old name of the team, the one that is the most loved by the supporters. Since the decline of the mining sector in the county the club suffered from lack of funds and started it decline in the national football league. The increase in the local council and the new allocated major Catalin Chereches lead to the rebirth of the club and restore it to it previous glory.

Timeline[edit]

  • 1948 — CSM Baia Mare is founded;
  • 1950 — The name is changed to Metalul Baia Mare;
  • 1955 — Metalul Baia Mare is relegated in Liga III;
  • 1956 — The team become Energia Trustul Miner Baia Mare and win promotion in Liga II;
  • 1957 — The team become Minerul Baia Mare;
  • 1958 — Third name change in three years, this time back to CSM Baia Mare;
  • 1959 — CSM Baia Mare reach the final of Romanian Cup, only to be defeated by Dinamo Bucureşti;
  • 1962 — Another name change, this time back to Minerul Baia Mare;
  • 1963 — Mircea Sasu become the first player ever to be selected from Minerul Baia Mare into the national team of Romania;
  • 1964 — Minerul Baia Mare win the second series of Liga II and win promotion into Liga I for the first time in their history, Phoenix / Carpati Baia Mare played before the World War II in the First League.
  • 1965 — As the team finish only 13th out of 14 in Liga I, they are relegated after only one year;
  • 1975 — The team become FC Baia Mare;
  • 1978 — FC Baia Mare win promotion into Liga I. It is the third in the history. The Golden Age starts;
  • 1979 — FC Baia Mare finish 5th out of 18 in Liga I;
  • 1980 — The best performance in Liga I as they finish 4th out of 18;
  • 1981 — A poor year followed by relegation back to Liga II, mainly due to internal issues;
  • 1982 — FC Baia Mare reach the final of Romanian Cup where they are defeated by Dinamo Bucureşti. For the first time in their history FC Baia Mare play in Cup Winners' Cup, against Real Madrid of Spain.
  • 1983 — FC Baia Mare win the fourth promotion in their history into Liga I;
  • 1984 — A poor season in Liga I where the team finish 15th out of 18 but save themselves from relegation;
  • 1985 — FC Baia Mare is relegated back to Liga II. The Golden Era ends. The team become FC Maramureş Baia Mare.
  • 1993 — The Silver Era starts as FC Maramureş Baia Mare reach the semifinals of Romanian Cup;
  • 1994 — After a series of average and poor seasons in Liga II during the past decade, FC Maramureş Baia Mare win promotion in Liga I for the fifth time in their history;
  • 1995 — FC Maramureş Baia Mare reach the quarter-finals of Romanian Cup, but at the end of the season is relegated back to Liga II. The Silver Era ends.
  • 1998 — Another name change, this time back to FC Baia Mare;
  • 1999 — FC Baia Mare is relegated to Liga III for the second time in their history;
  • 2000 — The team promote back to Liga II;
  • 2001 — Second promotion in only two years, this time in Liga I, as FC Baia Mare win the promotion play-offs, however, the team's owner decides to trade the team's place in Liga I to another team, arguing the lack of financial resources to keep them over the competitional season. FC Baia Mare return to Liga II;
  • 2002 — FC Baia Mare qualify again for promotion play-offs but do not win promotion;
  • 2004 — Relegation in Liga III;
  • 2006 — After two years in Liga III, FC Baia Mare win promotion to Liga II;
  • 2007 — The club is relegated back to Liga III and face serious financial issues. Brazilian Ayres Cerqueira Simao becomes the first foreign player ever to play for FC Baia Mare;
  • 2008 — Despite being in the frame for a promotion back to Liga II, a series of poor results and a players strike due to unpaid wages and bonuses left the club in Liga III for at least one more year. Yet, at the beginning of the 2008 – 09 season the club manage to transfer some players with good experience in Liga I, such as: Daniel Rednic and Sorin Iodi, thus becoming top favourites to win promotion into Liga II.
  • 2009 – FC Baia Mare promoted to the Liga II after finishing first the 2008–09 Liga III.
  • 2010 – Finished 8th in the 2009–10 Liga II season and was dissolved shortly after.
  • 2012 – Refounded as FCM Baia Mare in the Liga IV.
  • 2013 – Promoted to the Liga III.
  • 2015 – Promoted to the Liga II.
  • 2016 – Withdrew from the upcoming Liga II season due to financial difficulties.[1]

Performances[edit]

FC Baia Mare was a finalist in the Romanian Cup in 1959 and 1982, while in the Liga I, their best performance was 4th out of 18 at the end of the 1979–80 season.

The club played in the Liga I in other few occasions: in 1964–65 (13th out of 14), 1978–79 (5th out of 18); 1980–81 (17th out of 18), 1983–84 (15th out of 18), 1984–85 (17th out of 18) and 1994–95 (17th out of 18).

The team played mainly in the Liga II where FC Baia Mare is ranked first in an all-time standing, obtaining the most points and scoring the most goals.

In 1982–83 FC Baia Mare played in Cup Winners' Cup against Real Madrid then coached by Alfredo Di Stéfano. After 0 : 0 in the first leg, FC Baia Mare won 4–0 in the second leg. Koller and Buzgău scored for the Romanian side on Santiago Bernabeu.

In the summer of 1982, FC Baia Mare played a friendly game against AC Fiorentina in Italy and won 3 : 1. Giancarlo Antognoni and Francesco Graziani, both world champions with Italy at the 1982 World Cup, as well as Daniel Bertoni and Daniel Passarella, both world champions with Argentina at the 1978 World Cup played for AC Fiorentina in that game. This is, without doubt, the greatest achievement of FC Baia Mare to date.

The largest win in Divizia A is against FCM Galaţi, 7 : 1 in August 1979, however the club's finest hour in a Divizia A game came in June 1981 with a tremendous 5 : 0 win against Steaua Bucharest.

Current squad[edit]

As of 16 July 2016

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]

Honours[edit]

The most successful team from Maramureş County.

Championships[edit]

Liga I

Campioana Romania.png Liga II

Campioana Romania.png Liga III

Campioana Romania.png Liga IV-Maramureş County

Cups[edit]

Romanian Cup

FC Baia Mare in Europe[edit]

Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup / European Cup Winners' Cup 1 2 0 1 1 2 5 – 3
Total 1 2 0 1 1 2 5 – 3

Statistics — Domestic Leagues[edit]

Up to and including the end of 2009–10 season

Pts Pld W D L GF GA
In Liga I (7 seasons) 201 230 83 35 112 267 370
In Liga II (48 seasons) 1625 1442 680 265 497 2308 1696
In Liga III (6 seasons) 266 170 113 30 27 353 122

League and Cup History[edit]

Season League Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Notes
1948–49 Divizia B 3 26 14 6 6 59 38 34
1950 Divizia B 6 22 9 3 10 30 36 21 Round of 32
1951 Divizia B 4 22 10 5 7 29 25 25
1952 Divizia B 6 22 7 7 8 29 32 21
1953 Divizia B 13 28 8 6 14 23 37 22 Round of 32
1954 Divizia B 4 24 12 4 8 36 30 28
1955 Divizia B 14 26 8 7 11 31 36 23 Round of 32 Relegated
1956 Divizia C 1 24 16 3 5 55 26 35 Promoted
1957–58 Divizia B 4 24 12 7 7 52 50 31
1958–59 Divizia B 9 26 10 6 10 43 45 26 Final
1959–60 Divizia B 2 26 15 6 5 53 24 36
1960–61 Divizia B 2 26 14 6 6 37 22 34 Equal points with 1st place
1961–62 Divizia B 6 26 13 3 10 39 41 29 Round of 16
1962–63 Divizia B 3 26 14 1 11 44 35 29 Quarter-finals
1963–64 Divizia B 1 26 17 2 7 42 20 36 Round of 16 Promoted
1964–65 Divizia A 13 26 9 3 14 27 45 21 Round of 16 Relegated
1965–66 Divizia B 2 26 14 7 5 43 20 35 Round of 32
1966–67 Divizia B 2 26 16 3 7 37 23 35 Quarter-finals
1967–68 Divizia B 4 26 11 5 10 30 34 27 Round of 32
1968–69 Divizia B 13 30 11 4 15 28 36 29 Round of 32
1969–70 Divizia B 3 30 15 6 9 28 14 36
1970–71 Divizia B 10 30 12 3 15 44 36 27
1971–72 Divizia B 2 30 13 6 11 46 40 32 Round of 32
1972–73 Divizia B 4 30 13 6 11 35 26 32
1973–74 Divizia B 5 34 14 7 13 45 36 35 Round of 16
1974–75 Divizia B 3 34 16 9 9 53 31 41
1975–76 Divizia B 3 34 17 5 12 46 31 39 Round of 16
1976–77 Divizia B 3 34 15 6 13 53 36 36
1977–78 Divizia B 1 34 22 7 5 80 25 51 Promoted
1978–79 Divizia A 5 34 17 4 13 42 38 38 Round of 32 Equal to 4th place
1979–80 Divizia A 4 34 18 3 13 57 51 39 Round of 32 Best performance ever
1980–81 Divizia A 17 34 10 6 18 37 62 26 Round of 32 Relegated
1981–82 Divizia B 2 34 17 7 10 71 36 41 Final
1982–83 Divizia B 1 34 21 5 8 83 29 47 Cup Winners' Cup Promoted
1983–84 Divizia A 15 34 12 6 16 40 59 30 Round of 32
1984–85 Divizia A 17 34 11 4 19 30 46 26 Quarter-finals Relegated
1985–86 Divizia B 2 34 20 8 6 65 29 48 Equal with 1st place
1986–87 Divizia B 2 34 19 6 7 69 22 46
1987–88 Divizia B 4 34 15 6 13 43 32 36 Round of 16
1988–89 Divizia B 6 34 16 4 14 62 51 36
1989–90 Divizia B 3 34 16 7 11 50 26 39
1990–91 Divizia B 4 34 18 4 12 84 42 40
1991–92 Divizia B 2 34 22 6 6 75 26 50
1992–93 Divizia B 6 34 16 3 15 70 51 35 Semi-finals
1993–94 Divizia B 1 34 25 6 3 94 42 56 Promoted
1994–95 Divizia A 17 34 6 9 19 34 69 27 Quarter-finals Relegated
1995–96 Divizia B 13 34 14 3 17 46 53 45
1996–97 Divizia B 14 34 12 7 15 44 49 43
1997–98 Divizia B 3 34 18 6 10 65 36 60 Round of 32
1998–99 Divizia B 17 34 11 6 17 45 53 39 Relegated
1999-00 Divizia C 1 30 22 6 2 80 23 72 Promoted
2000–01 Divizia B 2 30 18 5 7 50 22 59 Round of 16 Promoted after play-offs but the team traded placed with FCM Bacău for 1 million US Dollars
2001–02 Divizia B 2 30 19 6 5 60 21 63 Failed promotion at play-offs
2002–03 Divizia B 14 28 7 5 16 26 42 26 Round of 16
2003–04 Divizia B 15 30 4 3 23 30 86 15 Relegated
2004–05 Divizia C 9 24 12 6 6 38 18 35 Started the season with seven points penality
2005–06 Divizia C 1 24 19 1 4 52 13 58 Promoted
2006–07 Liga II 16 34 9 8 17 27 54 35 Relegated
2007–08 Liga III 3 34 19 7 8 63 26 64 Round of 32
2008–09 Liga III 1 34 25 7 2 65 16 82 Promoted
2009–10 Liga II 8 32 11 11 10 34 35 44 Dissolved
2012–13 Liga IV 1 30 30 0 0 241 16 90 Refounded, Promoted
2013–14 Liga III TBD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

From FC Baia Mare to Romania National Football Team[edit]

  • Mircea Sasu 1 (6 caps / 1 goal): 1963: vs. Denmark (1 goal); 1964: vs. Bulgaria, vs. Hungary; 1965: vs. Czechoslovakia ; 1966: vs. Portugal, vs. Czechoslovakia;
    1 Mircea Sasu played an extra three games for Romania after he left FC Baia Mare and scored one goal: 1967: vs. East Germany, vs. Congo (1 goal); 1968: vs. Austria.
  • Alexandru Koller: (5 caps / 0 goals): 1976: vs. Iran; 1978: vs. Poland; 1979: vs. East Germany, vs. Poland, vs. USSR
  • Alexandru Terheş: (3 caps / 0 goals): 1978: vs. Poland; 1979: vs. East Germany; 1980: Hungary
  • Romulus Buia: (2 caps / 0 goals): 1991: vs. USA; 1992 vs. Mexico

Famous players[edit]

The following players who played for the club also had caps for their national team.

Famous coaches[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]