CSM Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț

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Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț
CSM Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț crest
Full name Club Sportiv Municipal Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț
  • Nemțenii (The People from Neamț County)
  • Urșii carpatini (The Carpathian Bears)
  • Echipa de sub Pietricica
    (The Team Below Pietricica Mountain)
Founded 20 October 1919; 98 years ago (1919-10-20)
22 July 2016; 19 months ago (2016-07-22)
Ground Ceahlăul
Ground Capacity 18,000
Owners Mihai Bătrânu
Cătălin Roca
Chairman Cătălin Roca
Manager Gabriel Rădulescu
League Liga IV
2016–17 Liga V, Neamț County – Seria II, 1st (promoted)
Website Club website

Club Sportiv Municipal Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț, commonly known as Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț (Romanian pronunciation: [t͡ʃe̯ahˈləwl ˈpjatra ˈne̯amt͡s]), is a Romanian professional football club based in Piatra Neamț, Neamț County, currently playing in the Liga IV.

Originally established in 1919, the team's name stems from the not far off Ceahlău mountain. Nemțenii made their first appearance in the Romanian top division in the 1993–94 season.

The club plays its home matches in black and yellow kits at the 18,000-seater Stadionul Ceahlăul.


CS Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț was founded on 20 October 1919 by a group of students and professors.[1]

Ceahlăul promoted for the very first time in history to the Liga I in 1993 and played there until 2004, when it relegated to the Liga II with head coach Viorel Hizo and his assistant Toader Șteț, for the first time since its promotion.

They promoted back to the Liga I the very next season. They were supposed to play in the Liga II for the 2007/08 season after finishing 15th out of 18 teams, but Liga II team Delta Tulcea could not obtain the license for the 2007/08 season of Liga I, so Ceahlăul played in its place. But it was a short lived joy, because it relegated once again, only to promote immediately after.

The objective for the 2009/10 season of the Liga I was to avoid relegation, but once again the club relegated, for the third time in the last 6 years.

Ceahlăul started strong the 2010–11 Liga II season and dominated the series until the end, promoting once again in Liga I.

After 4 years in the Liga I, Ceahlăul relegated at the end of the 2014–15 season to Liga II. With large financial problems, Ceahlăul withdrew from the championship with a few rounds before the end of the season and was relegated to county leagues.[2]

The financial problems could not be managed so the club entered in dissolution, but in the summer of the same year Ceahlăul was refounded as CSM Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț.[3]




  • Liga III
    • Winners (2): 1964–65, 1979–80

European record[edit]

European cups all-time statistics[edit]

Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Intertoto Cup 4 19 11 4 4 31 19 + 12
Total 4 19 11 4 4 31 19 + 12


First team squad[edit]

As of 22 September 2017

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 Marius Chelaru
Romania GK Eduard Chiruță
Romania GK Teodor Cîmpianu
Romania DF Mihnea Albu
Romania DF Vlad Andreș
Romania DF Valentin Rotaru
Romania DF Marius Rusu
Romania DF Răzvan Sârbie
Romania DF Alexandru Smău
Romania MF Andrei Apostol (Captain)
No. Position Player
Romania MF Eduard Butunoi
Romania MF Cristian Copoț-Barb
Romania MF Andrei Mateiciuc
Romania MF Toma Nicolau
Romania MF Sorin Pintilie
Romania MF Cosmin Rotaru
Romania MF Ștefan Ungureanu
Romania MF Robert Vasile
Romania FW Teodor Todiresei
Romania FW Ionuț Zaharia

Club Officials[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

The footballers enlisted below have had international cap(s) for their respective countries at junior and/or senior level and/or more than 100 caps for CSM Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț.

Former notable managers[edit]


  1. ^ "Istoric" [History] (in Romanian). FC Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț. Archived from the original on 26 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "ADIO Ceahlăul. Clubul nemţean nu s-a prezentat la Baloteşti şi e exclusă din Liga 2. Final de poveste la 97 de ani" [GOODBYE Ceahlăul. The Neamț County club did not show up at Baloteşti and is expelled from Liga 2. End of the story after 97 years] (in Romanian). ProSport. 14 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Renaşte fotbalul la Piatra Neamţ. Noua echipă se va numit CSM Ceahlăul" [Football in Piatra Neamț is brought back to life. The new team will be named CSM Ceahlăul] (in Romanian). ProSport. 22 July 2016. 

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