FC Internațional Curtea de Argeș
|Full name||Fotbal Club Internaţional Curtea de Argeş|
Internaţional Curtea de Argeş was a Romanian professional football club from Curtea de Argeş, Argeş County, founded in 2000 and dissolved in 2011. During its short existence, the club reached the highest stage in Romanian football, Liga I, playing for a season in this first tier.
The club was founded in 2000 by local business man Ion Lazăr, being then named Internaţional Piteşti. It activated since the beginning in the Divizia C, and at the end of the first season in history, the club succeeded to promote to the Divizia B, finishing first in the series. The second season in history meant a fifth-place finish at the end of the Divizia B 2001–02 season. Another 3 seasons of second league football followed, finishing 11th, 8th and 13th, respectively, after which they sold their right to play in the Divizia B to Astra Ploieşti.
Two years of pause passes for Internaţional, until 2007, when Ion Lazăr, founded once again the club, and this time with headquarters in Curtea de Argeş. After buying the right from Voinţa Macea, the team plays once again in the Third League, and finishes first, promoting to the Liga II.
On 6 June 2009, the club succeeds to promote to the Liga I and obtains the greatest performance ever made by a club from Curtea de Argeş, becoming the third team from Argeş County that will play in the Liga I after FC Argeş Piteşti and Dacia Mioveni.
Inter finished 12th its first Liga I season in history, but during the summer it announced that is forfeiting next season because Ion Lazăr, the owner of the club, couldn't afford to keep losing money in the football industry. Pandurii Târgu Jiu, the club that finished 15th last season, will take its place in the Liga I.
Internaţional played its Liga III home matches on the Municipal Stadium in Curtea de Argeş. In the Liga II it played on the Ştrand Stadium in Piteşti and in the Liga I it played on the Dacia Stadium in Mioveni and on the Nicolae Dobrin Stadium in Piteşti.
- Winners (0):
- Runners-up (1): 2008–09
- Octavian Grigore
- Ştefan Stoica
- Ionuț Badea
- Stelian Badea
- "Interviu Benone Lazăr". 2010-07-19.
- "Pandurii Târgu Jiu va evolua în sezonul 2010–2011 în Liga I". 2010-07-15.
- "Internaţional va juca în Liga IV". 2010-08-12.
- (in Romanian) Official Site