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Dinamo București
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Full nameFotbal Club Dinamo București
  • Câinii roșii (The Red Dogs)
  • Alb-roșii (The White and Reds)
  • Spartanii (The Spartans)
Short nameDinamo
Founded14 May 1948; 71 years ago (1948-05-14)
GroundDinamo Stadium
OwnerIonuț Negoiță
General ManagerFlorin Prunea
CoachEugen Neagoe
LeagueLiga I
2018–19Liga I, 9th
WebsiteClub website
Current season
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Fotbal Club Dinamo București (Romanian pronunciation: [diˈnamo bukuˈreʃtʲ]), colloquially referred to as Dinamo București or Dinamo, is a Romanian professional football club based in Bucharest.

Founded in 1948, they always been in Romania's top tier, Liga I. Domestically, Dinamo București is one of the two most successful titled teams in Romania, having won 18 Liga I, 13 Cupa României, two Supercupa României, and one Cupa Ligii. Since the 1983–84 season, they hold the distinction of Romania's reach to the semi-finals of the European Cup[1].

Dinamo's traditional home colours are white red, while the current crest is a modified version of that adopted in the 1998. The Dinamo home venue is Stadionul Dinamo, significant matches are at Arena Națională.

Their significant rivals are neighboring FCSB, their mutual matches commonly referred to as "the Eternal Derby".


Dinamo was founded on 14 May 1948, when "Unirea Tricolor MAI" – newly entered, in January 1948, under the umbrella of the Communist regime's Internal Affairs Ministry – merged with "Ciocanul București". The sporting club represented the above-mentioned institution.[2] The "Dinamo" name was used for the very first time on 1 May 1948. Nevertheless, the real debut of Dinamo was in the 1947-48 Divizia A edition (finishing 8th). Team's players included Ambru, Angelo Niculescu, Teodorescu, Siclovan, Bartha, and Sârbu. In 1955, Dinamo achieved its inaugural league championship. With Angelo Niculescu as head coach, Dinamo ws strong offensively, with an attack formed by Ene I, Neaga and Suru. The defense, with players like Băcuț I, Băcuț II, Szoko, Călinoiu, was the best in the championship – only 19 goals against.[3]

In the fall of 1956, the team achieved Romania's inaugural presence in European competition in the European Champion Clubs' Cup, created in 1955. On 26 August 1956, with 32,000 spectators, Dinamo defeated Galatasaray, 3–1. In the second leg, Dinamo would loose to Istanbul, 1–2.

Other teams Dinamo would compete in Europe, were Real Madrid (a team with Di Stefano and Gento – the game played in Bucharest took place at 23 August Stadium, and established a new record for this arena: 100,000 spectators[4]), Inter Milan and Feyenoord: 0–3 and 0–2.

In 1973, Dinamo at a at home match in the European Cup beat Northern Ireland's Crusaders Belfast, 11–0. The game continues to be the largest margin of victory in the history of the European Cup.[citation needed]

The autumn of 1983–84 was going to represent a valuable step into the international arena. The "European Champions Cup campaign" started with the Finnish team, Kuusysi Lahti (1–0 and 3–0). The second round pushed Dinamo against the current champion, Hamburger SV – team of Stein, Kalz and Magath. At Bucharest, Augustin, Multescu and Orac scored for 3–0.[5][6] The thrilling second leg finished 3–2 (goals Țălnar and Mulțescu). In order to accede to the semi-finals of CCE, Dinamo had to defeat another top team: Dinamo Minsk, with Aleinikov, Zigmanatovich and Gurinovich. The first leg was 1–1 (Rednic equalizing in the 87th minute), and it was followed by a 1–0 victory at Bucharest (with Augustin scoring). Dinamo was the first Romanian team to reach the European Champions Cup semi-finals,[7] where it met Liverpool F.C.. Dinamo lost 1–0 at Anfield and 2–1 in Bucharest, as Liverpool progressed to the 1984 European Cup Final.

In 1986 Dinamo won the Cup against Steaua, the team that only a few days before won the European Cup.

Dinamo București team in 1953.

In the summer of 1990, Dinamo – with Mircea Lucescu as coach – conquered a new national title, its 13th. Also the team won the Cup final, against Steaua: 6–4. But player loss due to the Romanian Revolution from 1989 saw player skills used by other teams in the world as Romanian played elsewhere in the world

Dinamo win European titles in 1992, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2007, but failed to reach the final phases of the European competitions.

In 2013, the team changed ownership. Businessman Ionuț Negoiță bought the club and promised to revive the golden years.[8]

On May 6, 2016, player Patrick Ekeng collapsed on the field and was diagnosed with a heart attack. He was declared dead at the hospital 2 hours later.[9]

Crest and colours[edit]

Dinamo's colours have always been red and white. The team badge includes on its field the profile of two red dogs, an appellation developed for the club when the Nunweiller brothers were members (1960s and 1970s), Radu and Ion.


Dinamo plays its home games at Stadionul Dinamo. The arena was built in 1951, and for the official inauguration Dinamo played a game against Locomotiva Timișoara. The stadium capacity was planned at 16,000, but the installation of seats decreased it to 15,032. The stadium is part of a larger complex which contains a smaller stadium, Stadionul Florea Dumitrache, where the second team, Dinamo II, would play its matches. It is currently used by CS Dinamo București rugby team. There is also a sports hall and a swimming pool.

The stadium is referred to as "Groapa" (The Pit), as it was dug rather than raising stands. The North stand is honors Peluza Cătălin Hîldan, a former Dinamo player who died in 2000 at the age of 24.[citation needed]

Dinamo plays significant matches, such as against rivals Steaua, at Arena Națională.


Dinamo has an estimated 11% support in Romania, making them the second most supported Romanian club, after Steaua.[10] The largest concentration of fans is in Bucharest, mainly in the northeast and central areas of the city. The club also has important fan bases on other parts of the country and where significant bases of Romanians are found.[citation needed]

Dinamo fans paying homage to Cătălin Hîldan in 2005.

The roots of the Dinamo ultras (fans) movement can be found in 1995 when groups like Dracula and Rams Pantelimon appeared in the North End.[citation needed] In 1996 a group called Nuova Guardia was formed, and became the leading group in the stadium and later on in the entire Romanian ultras movement.[11] Following the death of the former captain, Cătălin Hîldan, in 2000, the fans renamed the North End of Dinamo's stadium to Peluza Catalin Hîldan (PCH Stand) in his honor. The majority of supporters are located in the PCH, but several factions have moved to the South End.[citation needed]


Dinamo's significant rivalry is with Steaua București, matches dubbed the Eternal derby. Both clubs have had the most popularity in Romania with as strong reactions from its respective fans in clashes in the stadium during games and elsewhere. In 1997, Dinamo's fans set a sector of the Stadionul Ghencea on fire.[12] On 16 August 2016, during Steaua's UEFA Champions League 0–5 play-off loss against Manchester City, Dinamo fans achieved a distinction still recalled about fan pranks in the sport. A mosaic was unveiled: Doar Dinamo București ("Only Dinamo Bucharest")[13] [14]

The club's second most significant rivalry is against Rapid Bucuresti. In the 1990s, there was fierce competition between the two in winning the title.

Another rivalry is held against Universitatea Craiova. Both finished with the same number of points in the 1972–73 Divizia A, but Dinamo was given the title because of their superior goal difference. A conflict has existed ever since.[15][16]

A recent rivalry is against Petrolul Ploiesti.[citation needed]

Youth program[edit]

Dinamo has an important infrastructure for training professionalism in the sport and developing interest in area youth. The youth center organises a sport system based on 9 age groups between nine and 18 years. Dinamo has around 180 juniors.[citation needed]

All the groups play in the competitions organised by the Bucharest Football Association and in those created by the Romanian Federation. Youths around 16–18 years old are promoted to the second team, Dinamo II.

The youth center has its base in the Dinamo Sports Center, where they have eight dressing rooms for the players, one for the coaches, one for the referees, a medical center and a store room for the equipment. Also, the center has many training grounds, among them the Piți Varga field.[17]






Current squad[edit]

As of 1 July 2019[21]

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 Vlad Muțiu
2 Lithuania DF Linas Klimavičius
4 Romania MF Ioan Filip
5 Romania DF Marco Ehmann
6 Romania DF Mihai Popescu
7 Albania DF Naser Aliji
9 Greece FW Thanasis Papazoglou
10 Romania MF Dan Nistor (captain)
12 Romania GK Ștefan Fara
13 Romania DF Denis Ciobotariu
15 Romania DF Vlad Olteanu
17 Mali MF Mamoutou N'Diaye
19 Romania FW Daniel Popa
22 Romania DF Deian Sorescu
23 Romania MF Ionuț Șerban
27 Romania DF Ricardo Grigore
29 Romania FW Cătălin Măgureanu
31 Romania MF Geani Crețu
No. Position Player
32 Romania MF Aleksandru Longher
43 Italy FW Mattia Montini
70 Belgium MF Reda Jaadi
96 Morocco FW Nabil Jaadi
99 Romania FW Robert Moldoveanu
Romania GK Mihai Eșanu
Romania GK Cătălin Straton
Romania DF Florin Bejan
Romania DF Laurențiu Corbu
Brazil DF Gabriel Moura
Mauritius MF Kévin Bru
Romania MF Liviu Gheorghe
Romania MF Raul Negotei
Romania MF Alexandru Răuță
Romania MF Andrei Sin
Romania MF Mihnea Vlad
Romania MF Vlăduț Vlad
Serbia FW Slavko Perović

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
39 Croatia MF Ivan Pešić (to Shakhter Karagandy)
Romania DF Alin Dudea (to Chindia Târgoviște)
No. Position Player
Romania MF Andreas Mihaiu (to Chindia Târgoviște)
Romania FW Mihai Neicuțescu (to Chindia Târgoviște)

Retired numbers[edit]

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

No. Position Player
11 Romania MF Cătălin Hîldan (1994–2000) – posthumous honor)[a]
14 Cameroon MF Patrick Ekeng (2016) - posthumous honor)[b]
25 Romania FW Ionel Dănciulescu [c]

Club officials[edit]

Statistics and records[edit]

European cups all-time statistics[edit]

As of August 3, 2017.

Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Champions League / European Cup 18 66 24 10 32 96 106 – 10
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup / European Cup Winners' Cup 5 20 8 4 8 25 18 + 7
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 23 90 37 14 39 147 127 + 20
UEFA Intertoto Cup 1 4 1 0 3 4 6 – 2
Total 47 180 70 28 82 272 257 + 15

Records in the league:

  • Consecutive winning games: 17 games (12 June 1988 – 27 November 1988)
  • Best unbeaten run: 47 games (26 May 1991 – 20 September 1992)
  • Player with most appearances: Romania Cornel Dinu (454)
  • Top scorer: Romania Dudu Georgescu (207)
  • Top scorer in international games: Romania Claudiu Niculescu (18)

Records in the European competition:

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 FC Dinamo București.

Notable former managers[edit]


  1. ^ Since Unicul Căpitan (The Only Captain) died, no player will wear the number 11 shirt at Dinamo București, since the club decided to retire the shirt out of respect and posthumous honor for legend Cătălin Hîldan.
  2. ^ Patrick Ekeng died at Floreasca Hospital after he had gone into a coma in a match on 6 May 2016 against Viitorul Constanța where he joined as a substitute.
  3. ^ He joined Dinamo București's Hall of Fame back in 2013, after scoring 213 goals in 513 games for Dinamo București, hence the club decided to retire his number.


  1. ^ the first Romanian club
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  3. ^ Fun Club Dinamo (2009). "Campionat 1955" (in Romanian). fanclubdinamo.freeservers.com.
  4. ^ Lucian Ionescu (2007). "Istorie stadion Național" (in Romanian). sportm.ro. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012.
  5. ^ fcdinamo.ro (2008). "VIDEO / Dinamo – Hamburg 3 – 0" (in Romanian). fcdinamo.ro.
  6. ^ mysport.ro (2008). "Mai buni decît cei mai buni!" (in Romanian). dinamovisti.mysport.ro. Archived from the original on 22 October 2009.
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  8. ^ Ionuț Negoiță este noul ACȚIONAR MAJORITAR de la DINAMO!
  9. ^ "Dinamo Bucharest midfielder Patrick Ekeng dies after collapsing on pitch". The Guardian. 6 May 2016.
  10. ^ Centrul de Studii si Cercetari Infopolitic (2016). "Studiu: 49% dintre români ţin cu Steaua. Câți au optat pentru Dinamo sau Astra" (in Romanian). www.dolce-sport.ro.
  11. ^ A.G.M.Dinamo (2009). "La multi ani Nuova Guardia" (in Romanian). agmdinamo48.blogspot.com.
  12. ^ Ziare.com (2009). "Dinamovistii sarbatoresc 12 ani de la incendierea peluzei din Ghencea" (in Romanian). ziare.com.
  13. ^ https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3745123/Dinamo-Bucharest-fans-pull-one-biggest-pranks-football-unveil-mosaic-rivals-Steaua-s-ground.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "Dinamo Bucharest fans pull off one of the biggest pranks in football as they unveil mosaic of their name at rivals Steaua's ground". Daily Mail. Retrieved 17 August 2016.
  15. ^ "CRAIOVA-DINAMO. Titlul pierdut dubios în '73 a generat ura oltenilor" [CRAIOVA-DINAMO. The title lost in a strange way in '73 generated the hate of "the People of Oltenia"] (in Romanian). Fanatik.ro. 22 April 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  16. ^ "CS U Craiova - Dinamo, orgoliul a rămas, obiectivele s-au schimbat" [CS U Craiova - Dinamo, the pride remains, the objectives have changed] (in Romanian). Telekom Sport. 16 September 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  17. ^ fcdinamo.ro. "CENTRUL DE COPII SI JUNIORI. Viitorul fotbalului dinamovist" (in Romanian). fcdinamo.ro.
  18. ^ Steaua gave up the trophy in 1990.
  19. ^ http://www.dolce-sport.ro/fotbal/fotbal-intern/steaua-dinamo-1988-cupa-mircea-lucescu-anghel-iordanescu-44101/
  20. ^ The goal of Gabi Balint was canceled because of an offside, signalled by assistant referee George Ionescu. Steaua retired from the field (by command of Valentin Ceaușescu, son of president Nicolae Ceaușescu) but the Romanian Football Federation offered the Cup to Steaua București. In 1990, Steaua renounced this trophy because it was won unjustly.
  21. ^ "Echipă" [Squad] (in Romanian). FC Dinamo București. Retrieved 10 March 2019.

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