ACS Poli Timișoara

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ACS Poli Timișoara
Full name Asociația Club Sportiv Poli Timișoara
Nickname(s) Alb-Negrii
(The White and Blacks)
Founded 2012
Ground Stadionul Dan Păltinișanu
Ground Capacity 32,972
Owner Timişoara Municipality
Chairman Daniel Stanciu
Manager Dan Alexa
League Liga I
2014–15 Liga II, Seria II, 1st (promoted)
Website Club home page
Current season

ACS Poli Timișoara is a professional Romanian football club from Timișoara, Timiș County, Romania. Founded in 2012, the club regard themselves as the successor of the original club founded in 1921, FC Politehnica Timișoara, who went bankrupt and was dissolved, following the 2011-12 season.

They currently play in the Liga 1.


In the summer of 2012 the club ACS Recaș was moved to Timișoara and renamed ACS Poli Timișoara[1][2] after the dissolution of FC Politehnica Timișoara.[3] Valentin Velcea continued as head coach.[4] The club received most of its budget for the upcoming season from the local authorities.[5]

On 7 December 2012, Nicolae Robu, mayor of Timișoara, announced that ACS Poli has received, free, from Marian Iancu, FC Politehnica Timișoara's badge, history, records and colours [6] and that it can use them starting with the 2013-14 season.[7] However, due to the complications of the legal formalities and because of the FC Politehnica's debts, the team will play as ACS Poli in the 2013-14 season.[8][9][10]

At the end of the 2012–13 Liga II the club promoted to the Liga I, but the club got relegated the following year, finishig 16th out of 18 teams in the 2013–14 Liga I season.

In the 2014-2015 Liga II season, ACS Poli sealed the league win with four matches left to play, ensuring promotion once more to first division of Romanian football.

Current squad[edit]

As of 23 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 Romania GK Mădălin Smaranda
3 Romania DF George Neagu
5 Romania MF Adrian Poparadu
7 Romania DF Claudiu Belu-Iordache
8 Romania MF Ovidiu Petre (captain)
13 Romania DF Cristian Scutaru
14 Romania FW Róbert Elek
15 Romania DF Cristian Bocșan
18 Romania FW Alexandru Popovici
21 Romania MF Răzvan Trandu
23 Romania DF Gabriel Cânu
25 Romania FW Cristian Bărbuț
No. Position Player
26 Romania DF Cristian Melinte
28 Romania FW Silviu Balaure
29 Romania GK Eduard Pap
30 Brazil FW Pedro Henrique
55 Romania MF Cătălin Doman
99 Romania MF Ovidiu Popescu
Romania MF Andrei Artean
Romania DF Daniel Popescu
Spain MF Fernando Llorente
Spain MF Javi Hernández
Romania MF Ianis Zicu
Romania MF Alexandru Curtean


Campioana Romania.png Liga II



Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Other Comp. Notes Manager
2012–13 L2 2 24 12 9 3 39 19 45 5th round Promoted Valentin Velcea
2013–14 L1 16 34 10 8 16 26 42 38 Last 32 Relegated Valentin Velcea, Dan Alexa
2014–15 L2 1 30 19 9 2 52 11 66 5th round Promoted Dan Alexa


Gold Winner
Silver Runners-Up
Bronze 3rd place (Semi-final)
Relegated Second Division



Competitive, professional matches only.

As of 30 May 2015

Name Years League Cup Total
1 Romania Razvan Trandu 2012-present 70 4 74
2 Romania Cristian Boldea 2012-present 71 2 73
3 Romania Adrian Poparadu 2012-present 68 2 70
4 Romania Szabolcs Szekely 2012-2015 57 2 59
5 Romania Cristian Barbut 2012-present 56 2 58


Competitive, professional matches only. Appearances, including substitutes, appear in brackets.

As of 30 May 2015

# Name Years League Cup Total Ratio
1 Romania Szabolcs Szekely 2012-2015 18 (57) 2 (2) 20 (59) 0.34
2 Romania Cristian Boldea 2012-present 12 (71) 0 (2) 12 (73) 0.16
3 Romania Cristian Barbut 2012-present 10 (56) 1 (2) 11 (58) 0.19
4 Brazil Pedro Henrique 2014-present 11 (20) 0 (0) 11 (20) 0.55
5 Romania Razvan Trandu 2012-present 8 (70) 0 (4) 8 (74) 0.11


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