FC Dacia Chișinău

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Dacia Chișinău
Full name Fotbal Club Dacia Chișinău
Nickname(s) The Yellow-Blues, The Wolves
Founded 1999
Ground Stadionul Dacia (Speia)
Ground Capacity 8,550 (3,300 seats)
Chairman Russia Adlan Shishkhanov
Manager Russia Igor Dobrovolski
League Divizia Națională
2014–15 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season

FC Dacia Chișinău is a Moldovan football club, playing in the village of Speia, Anenii Noi. They play in the Divizia Națională, the top division in Moldovan football. The club's name comes from Dacia, an ancient civilisation which covered parts of modern Moldova.

Established in 1999, the club entered the Moldovan "A" Division in 2000 and was promoted to the National Division two years later. They have remained there ever since, and won their first league title in the 2010–11 season, thereby qualifying for the preliminaries of the UEFA Champions League. The team has also taken part in the Europa League on five occasions, but has never reached the group stage.


Early history (1999-2002)[edit]

FC Dacia was founded in 1999 by Marin Levadaru, Igor Ursachi, Valeriu Plujnic and Alexandru Șcaruba. The team was composed of goalkeeper Ghenadie Gariuc and outfield players including Alexandru Golban, Cornel Popov, Ruslan Rașcu, Serghei Coșciug, Cornel Gafton, Veaceslav Titov, Alexandru Tracalov. The club's initial aim was to compete in the Moldovan "A" Division (second tier).[citation needed] Dacia debuted in this league during the 2000–01 season, while Gabriel Stati took over as President in Autumn 2000. The club came 4th in its first season before being promoted to the top-flight Moldovan National Division the following season.

National Division (2002-10)[edit]

Dacia won their first National Division match 1–0 against Nistru Otaci, and ended the 2002–03 season in 4th with qualification to the Intertoto Cup as a result. Here they defeated the Faeroese club GÍ Gøta and Albanian side Partizani Tirana, against whom they five unanswered goals over the two-legged fixture (2–0 and 3–0). Dacia were subsequently eliminated by Germans Schalke 04, losing both legs (1–0 and 2–1).

Before the 2003–04 season, former Dacia player and second-team coach Emil Caras took over as head coach, leading the side to 5th place in the league and a Moldovan Cup semi-final defeat against fellow Chișinău-based side Zimbru Chișinău. Durfing that cup-run, Dacia recorded the victory in its history, 9–0 against FC Florești.

The 2004–05 season saw Dacia qualify for the UEFA Cup for the first time after a third-place finish in the league. The Wolves also finished as runners-up in the Moldova Cup after a dramatic loss to Nistru Otaci. Dacia were knocked out of the 2005-06 UEFA Cup in the first round against the Swiss Challenge League team FC Vaduz, losing 2–0 away but winning the home leg 1–0 though Vladimir Jăpălău. The subsequent league campaign ended in sixth position, along with defeat in the Moldova Cup semi-finals against Nistru Otaci. However, Dacia was the winner of a friendly tournament named the Turkmenistan President's Cup in February 2006, winning 4–3 in the final and collecting $20,000 US dollars as a prize.

After finishing 4th in the 2006–07 season, Dacia qualified for the 2007 Intertoto Cup, and advanced past the Azerbaijani club Baku FC in the first round via a penalty shoot-out, with Dacia's golakeeper Mihai Moraru saving. It took another shoot-out in the second round to defeat Swiss club St Gallen. Dacia's third-round opponents were German club Hamburg, whose team of internationals revolving around Dutch playmaker Rafael van der Vaart drew 1–1[1] in Moldova, but won 4–0 [2] in the return leg to knock Dacia out. The Yellow Wolves received a high assessment from local experts and Dacia were named the Top Team of 2007 by the Moldova Football Association.[citation needed]

The subsequent 2007–08 league campaign brought Dacia's highest-placed finish as of then, partly due to new vice-president Timur Kuriev who found Russian investors. After the mid-season break, Dacia won five matches in a row to cut their deficit behind holders and league leaders Sheriff Tiraspol to a single point before their encounter on 30 March, which was won by Sheriff. By finishing in second, Dacia made the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Cup and were defeated 4–2 on aggregate by Serbian club Borac Čačak in the first round.

Dacia finished as runners-up to Sheriff again in 2008–09, and also reached their second Moldovan Cup final, which they lost 2–0 to Sheriff on 23 May.[3] During the season, manager Emil Caras moved to FC Tiraspol and was replaced by the Ukrainian Roman Pilipchuk, while at the end of the season Victor Bulat received the People's Choice Award. Dacia started the 2009-10 Europa League in the second qualifying round where they were defeated 3–0 on aggregate by Slovak team MŠK Žilina.

In the 2009–10 season, Dacia were in the third place over the mid-season break, two points off first, but ended the season in 5th. Pilipchuk was replaced as manager by Veaceslav Semionov, and Rustam Polonkoev took over as President. The team made the Moldovan Cup final for the second consecutive season, and were again defeated 2–0 by Sheriff Tiraspol.[4]

League success (2010-)[edit]

Dacia began the 2010–11 season in a Europa League qualifier against Montenegrin club FK Zeta, winning on the away-goals rule after a 1–1 aggregate draw, and were then knocked out 2–0 on aggregate by Swedish team Kalmar FF. The Russian coach Igor Dobrovolskiy was appointed as head coach of Dacia before the league season began. Dacia were the sole unbeaten side in the league by their 17th match, which they lost 3–0 to Sheriff Tiraspol. Following that result, they remained unbeaten for the remaining 22 league games of the season. Dacia won their first, and so far only, Moldovan National Division title in 2010–11, finishing 9 points ahead of runners-up Sheriff and denying the Tiraspol club an eleventh consecutive title.

Also that season, Dacia signed an agreement with the Buiucani sports school to create a reserve team, Dacia-Buiucani.

Before the 2011–12 season, Dacia won the revived Moldovan Super Cup against Iskra-Stal Rîbnița, with the only goal of the game coming from new signing Vasili Pavlov. In July 2011, Dacia made their UEFA Champions League debut in the second qualifying round, against Georgian champions Zestafoni. Despite winning the home leg 2–0, Dacia lost 3–0 in the return leg and were eliminated.[5] Dobrovolski was replaced with Igor Negrescu during the league season, and Dacia finished as runners-up as Sheriff regained their title.

Dacia entered the 2012-13 UEFA Europa League in the first qualifying round, where they beat Slovenians Celje 1–0 in each leg.[6] In the second qualifying round, against IF Elfsborg of Sweden, Dacia won the first leg 1–0 before losing the second 2–0 away and were subsequently eliminated.[7]

League history[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Top Scorer
Head Coach
2000–01 2nd 4 30 16 8 6 45 20 56
2001–02 1 30 23 6 1 69 13 75 Round of 8
2002–03 1st 4 28 8 8 8 24 28 32 Quarter-finals
2003–04 5 24 9 8 11 26 28 35 Semi-finals IC 3rd Round Moldova Igor Ursachi
Moldova Emil Caras
2004–05 3 28 14 3 11 38 31 45 Runner-Up Moldova Serghei Jăpălău (10) Moldova Emil Caras
2005–06 6 28 7 9 12 28 39 30 Semi-finals UC 1st Round
2006–07 4 36 13 16 7 36 30 55 Quarter-finals
2007–08 2 30 19 5 6 60 28 62 Quarter-finals IC 3rd Round Georgia (country) Djaba Dvali (13)
2008–09 2 30 20 3 7 47 17 63 Runner-Up UC 1st Round Moldova Ghenadie Orbu (8) Moldova Emil Caras
Ukraine Roman Pylypchuk
2009–10 5 33 16 10 7 54 30 58 Runner-Up EL 2nd Round Ukraine Oleksandr Zgura (12) Ukraine Roman Pylypchuk
Moldova Sergiu Botnaraș
Moldova Veaceslav Semionov
2010–11 1 39 27 11 1 66 16 92 Semi-finals EL 2nd Round Moldova Ghenadie Orbu (22) Russia Igor Dobrovolski
2011–12 2 33 24 5 4 63 17 77 Semi-finals UCL 2nd Round Russia Vasily Pavlov (12) Russia Igor Dobrovolski
Moldova Igor Negrescu
2012–13 2 33 18 12 3 47 19 66 Quarter-finals EL 2nd Round Moldova Ghenadie Orbu (9) Russia Igor Dobrovolski
2013–14 5 33 18 7 8 68 29 61 Semi-finals EL 2nd Round Montenegro Miloš Krkotić (14) Moldova Igor Negrescu
Montenegro Dejan Vukićević
2014–15 2 24 17 4 3 48 13 55 Runner-Up EL Moldova Petru Leucă (11) Montenegro Dejan Vukićević
Moldova Semionov, VeaceslavVeaceslav Semionov (caretaker)
Belarus Kubarev, OlegOleg Kubarev
Moldova Semionov, VeaceslavVeaceslav Semionov (caretaker)
Russia Dobrovolski, IgorIgor Dobrovolski


Winners (1): 2010–11
Runners-up (4): 2007–08, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2012–13
Runners-up (3): 2004–05, 2008–09, 2009–10
Winners (1): 2011
Winners (1): 2001–02

European record[edit]

UEFA Cup/Europa League
Season Round Opponents Home Leg Away Leg Aggregate
2005–06 1 Liechtenstein Vaduz 0–2 1–0 1–2
2008–09 1 Serbia Borac Cacak 1–1 1–3 2–4
2009–10 2 Slovakia MŠK Žilina 0–2 0–1 0–3
2010–11 1 Montenegro FK Zeta 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)
2 Sweden Kalmar FF 0–2 0–0 0–2
2012–13 1 Slovenia Celje 1–0 1–0 2–0
2 Sweden IF Elfsborg 1–0 0–2 1–2
2013–14 1 Albania Teuta Durrës 2–0 1–3 3–3 (a)
2 Ukraine Chornomorets Odesa 2–1 0–2 2–3
2015–16 1 Republic of Macedonia FK Renova 1–0
UEFA Champions League
Season Round Opponents Home Leg Away Leg Aggregate
2011–12 Q2 Georgia (country) Zestafoni 2–0 0–3 2–3
UEFA Intertoto Cup
Season Round Opponents Home Leg Away Leg Aggregate
2003 1 Faroe Islands GÍ Gøta 1–0 4–1 5–1
2 Albania Partizani Tirana 2–0 3–0 5–0
3 Germany Schalke 04 1–2 0–1 1–3
2007 1 Azerbaijan Baku FC 1–1 1–1 2–2 (3–1p)
2 Switzerland St. Gallen 0–1 1–0 1–1 (3–0p)
3 Germany Hamburg 1–1 0–4 1–5

UEFA team ranking 2012[edit]

Rank Country Team Points
271 Montenegro Mogren 3.375
272 Serbia Rad 3.350
273 Moldova Dacia Chișinău 3.349
274 Liechtenstein Vaduz 3.300
275 Azerbaijan Baku FC 3.241

As of 28 May 2012. Source

Current squad[edit]

As of 26 June, 2015.

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

No. Position Player
1 Moldova GK Artiom Gaiduchevici
2 Moldova DF Mihai Roșca
3 Moldova DF Vasile Jardan
4 Moldova DF Sergiu Cojocari
5 Moldova DF Veaceslav Posmac
7 Moldova FW Viorel Frunză
9 Ukraine MF Yevhen Lozovyi
10 Moldova MF Alexandru Bejan
11 Moldova MF Maxim Mihaliov
12 Moldova GK Dumitru Celeadnic
13 Russia MF Ruslan Shauvkhalov
14 Moldova MF Dan Guștiuc
15 Togo MF Sapol Mani
16 Moldova GK Dorian Railean
17 Moldova FW Eugeniu Cociuc
18 Montenegro MF Miloš Krkotić
No. Position Player
19 Ukraine MF Maksym Havrylenko
20 Ukraine MF Vyacheslav Pidnebennoy
21 Ukraine DF Volodymyr Zastavnyi
22 Ukraine MF Serhiy Zahynaylov
23 Russia FW Vasili Pavlov
24 Togo DF Abdoul-Gafar Mamah
25 Montenegro MF Slaven Stjepanović
26 Moldova MF Vladimir Dragovozov
27 Moldova MF Daniel Cațer
29 Moldova FW Petru Leucă
30 Moldova MF Marian Stoleru
Montenegro DF Radivoje Golubovic
Georgia (country) FW David Siradze
Georgia (country) FW Jaba Dvali
Moldova FW Dumitru Popescu

For recent transfers, see 2012–13 FC Dacia season.

Chairman FC Dacia[edit]

Name Year's Activity
Gabriel Stati 1999–10
Adlan Shishhanov 2010–11
Zinaida Jioară 2011–13
Adlan Shishhanov 2013–


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