FC Hermannstadt

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FC Hermannstadt
FC Hermannstadt logo.png
Full nameAsociația Fotbal Club Hermannstadt
Nickname(s)Roș-negrii (The Red and Blacks)
Sibienii (The Sibiu People)
Founded29 July 2015; 4 years ago (2015-07-29)[1]
GroundMunicipal
Capacity5,000 (under renovation)
OwnerSibiu Municipality
ChairmanIuliu Mureșan
ManagerVasile Miriuță
LeagueLiga I
2018–19Liga I, 12th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Asociația Fotbal Club Hermannstadt (German pronunciation: [ˈhɛʁmanʃtat]), commonly known as FC Hermannstadt, Hermannstadt or familiarly as Sibiu (Romanian pronunciation: [siˈbiw]), is a Romanian professional football club based in the city of Sibiu, Sibiu County, currently playing in the Liga I.

The team was established in 2015 and introduced in the fourth league, with Hermannstadt being the equivalent of the city's name in the German language. Roș-negrii achieved successive promotions and in 2018 reached the Liga I, the highest level of the Romanian football league system. In the same year, they also played a Cupa României final, which they lost to Universitatea Craiova.

Hermannstadt's home ground is the Municipal stadium, which is under renovation and currently has a capacity of 4,500. It was previously used by several other clubs in the city.

History[edit]

Founding and back-to-back promotions (2015–present)[edit]

FC Hermannstadt logos throughout time

AFC Hermannstadt was founded in 2015 to continue the long tradition of football in Sibiu, started in 1913 by Șoimii Sibiu and continued through other teams such as Societatea Gimnastică Sibiu, Inter Sibiu, FC Sibiu or Voința Sibiu. Even if Hermannstadt is not officially the successor of any of these clubs, it is currently the only representative of Sibiu in the first three leagues.

Immediately after the 2015 founding, FC Hermannstadt was enrolled in the Liga IV. They finished on the first place in the table and subsequently qualified for the Liga III promotion play-off.[2] The club won the phase without major difficulties, 6–1 on aggregate against the champion of Gorj County, Gilortul Târgu Cărbunești.[3] Sibienii were also winners of Liga III's Seria V in the next season and promoted to the Liga II, the second level of the Romanian football league system.[4]

Hermannstadt played its first Liga II match on 5 August 2017, a 3–0 home victory over CS Balotești.[5] They finished the campaign as runners-up, and thus achieved promotion to the Liga I after only three years of existence.[6] The club also managed a very notable performance in the Cupa României, being the first in 36 years to reach the final despite not playing in the top league.[7] Hermannstadt upset four Liga I teams en route to the last game of the competition: Voluntari, Juventus București, FCSB and Gaz Metan Mediaș respectively. They lost the final 0–2 to Universitatea Craiova, on 27 May 2018.[8]

On 21 July 2018, Hermannstadt won its first ever Liga I match after Ștefan Blănaru scored the only goal of the opening fixture against Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe,[9] which was played in Târgu Mureș instead of Sibiu due to renovation works at the Stadionul Municipal.[10]

Ground[edit]

Stadionul Municipal before renovation.

The club's stadium is Stadionul Municipal in Sibiu, with a capacity of 14,200 seats. At the end of the season after which Hermannstadt assured its promotion to Liga I, Stadionul Municipal entered a wide process of modernization, which included demolition and rebuilding of the second stand and both ends, a complete replacement of the pitch and the mounting of a floodlight installation.[11]

Support[edit]

Hermannstadt has been enjoying the support of local fans since its early days, with the average home attendance in the 2016–17 Liga III season being between 4,000 and 5,000, the highest in that competition.[4]

The team also has an ultras group, named D'acii, which appeared for the first time at a match against ASU Politehnica Timișoara in September 2017.[12] Their name is a pun on the words dacii ("the Dacians") and d-aci—a contraction of de aci—meaning "from here".

Rivalries[edit]

Hermannstadt has a local rivalry with CS Gaz Metan Mediaș, referred to as the "Derby of the Sibiu County".

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Leagues[edit]

Cups[edit]

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 16 January 2020[13]

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 Ionuț Pop
3 Romania DF Srdjan Luchin
4 Romania DF Ionuț Stoica
5 Romania MF Răzvan Dâlbea (Captain)
6 French Guiana DF Kévin Rimane
7 Romania MF Petrișor Petrescu
8 Romania MF Andrei Cordea
9 Italy FW Mattia Persano
10 Portugal MF David Caiado
11 Austria MF Daniel Offenbacher
12 Ivory Coast DF Ousmane Viera
13 Portugal GK Cristiano
14 Portugal MF Afonso Taira
15 Romania MF Alexandru Vodă
17 Romania MF Daniel Tătar
No. Position Player
19 Romania MF Lucian Buzan (on loan from Universitatea Craiova)
20 Romania MF Andrei Sîntean
21 Romania MF Loren Niță
22 Portugal GK Emanuel Novo
24 Romania DF Sorin Bușu
25 Romania DF Raul Opruț
27 Croatia FW Gabriel Debeljuh
28 Portugal FW Yazalde
44 Romania MF Lucian Dumitriu
52 Brazil MF Romário Pires
77 Brazil FW Jô Santos
98 Croatia FW Stjepan Plazonja
Romania DF Alin Dobrosavlevici
Romania FW Adrian Bălan

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
99 Romania GK Dragoș Ciorgovean (to Viitorul Șelimbăr)
Romania DF Daniel Groza (to Viitorul Șelimbăr)
Romania DF Andrei Stanciu (to Viitorul Șelimbăr)
Romania DF Alexandru Străulea (to Viitorul Șelimbăr)
Romania MF Andrei Câmpean (to Viitorul Șelimbăr)
No. Position Player
Romania MF Claudiu Giura (to Viitorul Șelimbăr)
Romania MF Paul Hodea (to Viitorul Șelimbăr)
Romania MF Gheorghe Morariu (to Viitorul Șelimbăr)
Romania MF Cătălin Tineiu (to Viitorul Șelimbăr)

Club officials[edit]

Statistics and records[edit]

League history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ASOCIATIA FOTBAL CLUB HERMANNSTADT, SIBIU" (in Romanian). Pagini Aurii. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  2. ^ "F.C Hermannstadt Sibiu" (in Romanian). Asociația Județeană de Fotbal Sibiu. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  3. ^ "FC Hermannstadt a defilat la Cărbunești și va juca în Liga a III-a în noul sezon. Întăriri masive pentru sibieni" [FC Hermannstadt won by a big difference at Cărbunești and will play in the Liga III next season. New transfers for the Sibiu People] (in Romanian). SbSport.ro. 26 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Fotbalul renaşte ca Pasărea Phoenix la Sibiu! Clubul cu 19 conducători vrea să devină o legendă: "Acum e un proiect mult mai bine organizat"" [Football comes back to life like the Phoenix bird in Sibiu! The club with 19 managers wants to become a legend: "This time is a better organized project"] (in Romanian). ProSport. 19 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Debut perfect pentru AFC Hermannstadt la primul meci în Liga 2. Sibienii au trecut cu scor de neprezentare de CS Baloteşti şi au avut şi două goluri anulate" [Perfect debut for AFC Hermannstadt at their first Liga 2 match. Sibienii easily surpassed CS Baloteşti and also had two goals canceled] (in Romanian). ProSport. 5 August 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  6. ^ "AFC Hermannstadt a promovat în Liga I după 1-1 cu Chindia; Echipa din Târgovişte va juca la baraj" [AFC Hermannstadt promoted to Liga I after 1–1 with Chindia; the Târgoviște-based team will participate in the promotion play-off] (in Romanian). News.ro. 13 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  7. ^ "AFC Hermannstadt intră în istorie " Ce s-a întâmplat în precedentele 14 finale de Cupa României în care au evoluat formații din eșaloanele inferioare" [AFC Hermannstadt makes history " What happened in the previous 14 finals involving teams from the lower leagues]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 10 May 2018. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Toată lumea știe, Cupa-i în Bănie!" [Everyone knows, the Cup is in Bănie!] (in Romanian). CS Universitatea Craiova. 27 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Hermannstadt - Sepsi OSK 1-0. Nou-promovata a triumfat la debutul în Liga 1. Blănaru a decis partida" [Hermannstadt - Sepsi OSK 1–0. The newly promoted team prevailed at its Liga 1 debut. Blănaru decided the match] (in Romanian). ProSport. 21 July 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  10. ^ "E oficial: FC Hermannstadt debutează în Liga I la Tg. Mureș" [It's official: FC Hermannstadt will make its debut in the Liga I at Tg. Mureș] (in Romanian). Turnul Sfatului. 15 July 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  11. ^ "A început demolarea stadionului din Sibiu! Care e termenul de finalizare, unde se joacă în Liga 1 şi ce se face cu betonul şi pământul de la vechea construcţie" [The demolition of the Sibiu Stadium started! What is the deadline for finishing, where will play the team in the Liga I and what will be done with the concrete and the soil from the old construction] (in Romanian). liga2.prosport.ro. 30 May 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
  12. ^ "Liga 2 / FC Hermannstadt - ASU Poli Timişoara: Galerie pentru lider" [Liga 2 / FC Hermannstadt - ASU Poli Timișoara: Support for the leader] (in Romanian). Tribuna. 7 September 2017.
  13. ^ "AFC Hermannstadt" [AFC Hermannstadt] (in Romanian). Liga Profesionistă de Fotbal. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Top management".
  15. ^ "Echipa I".

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