ACS Poli Timișoara

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This article is about the football club established in 2012. For the dissolved club, see FC Politehnica Timișoara.
ACS Poli Timișoara
ACS Poli Timișoara crest
Full name Asociația Club Sportiv Poli Timișoara
Nickname(s) Alb-Violeţii
(The White and Purples)
Founded 2012; 4 years ago (2012)
Ground Dan Păltinișanu
Ground Capacity 32,972
Owner Timișoara Municipality
Chairman Liviu Anton
Manager Florin Marin
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 regards 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.


Former logo.

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, finishing 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 27 January 2016

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
7 Romania DF Claudiu Belu-Iordache
9 Romania FW Dorin Goga
10 Romania MF Cătălin Doman
11 Spain MF Javi Hernández
13 Romania DF Cristian Scutaru (captain)
15 Romania DF Cristian Bocșan
19 Romania FW Róbert Elek
23 Romania DF Gabriel Cânu
24 Romania DF Daniel Popescu
25 Spain MF Fernando Llorente
26 Romania DF Cristian Melinte
No. Position Player
30 Brazil FW Pedro Henrique
77 Romania MF Cristian Bărbuț
83 Romania MF Ianis Zicu
94 Romania MF Ovidiu Popescu
Romania GK Daniel Rusu
Romania DF Harald Fridrich
Spain MF Abel Suárez
Curaçao MF Everon Pisas
Romania MF Deian Sorescu
Curaçao FW Prince Rajcomar
Romania FW Andrei Sântean

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
Romania MF Mădălin Livan (on loan at Brașov)
No. Position Player

Club Officials[edit]




Campioana Romania.pngLiga II



Season Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe League Cup 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
2015–16 L1 11 23 4 9 10 21 32 21 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals Dan Alexa, Florin Marin


Gold Winner
Silver Runner-up
Bronze 3rd place (Semi-final)
Relegated Second Division



Competitive, professional matches only.

As of 21 December 2015

Name Years League Cup Total
1 Romania Cristian Barbut 2012–present 72 6 78
2 Romania Razvan Trandu 2012–2015 70 4 74
3 Romania Cristian Boldea 2012–present 72 2 74
4 Romania Adrian Poparadu 2012–present 69 2 71
5 Romania Cristian Scutaru 2012–present 67 4 71


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

As of 21 December 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 (72) 0 (2) 12 (74) 0.16
3 Romania Cristian Barbut 2012–present 10 (72) 1 (6) 11 (78) 0.14
4 Brazil Pedro Henrique 2014–present 11 (20) 0 (0) 11 (20) 0.55
5 Romania Robert Elek 2015–present 8 (32) 2 (4) 10 (36) 0.25


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