FC UTA Arad

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UTA Arad
crest
Full name Fotbal Club UTA Arad
Nickname(s) Bătrâna Doamnă (The Old Lady)
Campioana Proviciei (Provincial Champions)
Founded 18 April 1945; 72 years ago (1945-04-18)
as IT Arad
Ground Motorul / Otto Greffner
Ground Capacity 2,000 / 1,380
Owner UTA Supporters Association
Chairman Florian Voinea
Manager Laurențiu Roșu
League Liga II
2015–16 Liga II, Seria II, 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season

Fotbal Club UTA Arad, commonly known as UTA Arad, or simply as UTA, is a Romanian professional football club based in the city of Arad, Arad County, currently playing in Liga II.

Founded in 1945 as IT Arad, they won the national title six times and the national cup twice. Domestically, UTA can be considered one of the most successful Romanian clubs of the 20th century, with only three teams winning more championships during that period, Steaua, Dinamo and Venus, all from Bucharest. Recently, after a decline which started in 1979 with a relegation to the second league, the team was dissolved in 2014.[1] With the support of fans, a new team started its way back from Liga IV, the fourth level of Romanian league system, and is credited as the official successor of the defunct club.[2]

"The Old Lady" plays in red and white kits at the Motorul Stadium, as their traditional home ground, Francisc von Neumann, is under reconstruction since 2014.

History[edit]

The club's logo when it was known as Flamura Roşie Arad (1950–1957)

The club was founded in 1945 under the name of IT Arad (Industriile Textile Arad – Arad Textile Industries) under the ownership of baron Francisc von Neumann. Team colours: red-white. The beginning of the club's history was successful, between 1946–1954 the club won the championship 4 times (1946–47, 1947–48, 1950, 1954) and the cup twice (1947–48, 1953). A second period of success was during 1966–1970, when, under the coach Nicolae Dumitrescu III, they won another two titles (1968–69 and 1969–70) and played one Romanian cup final (1965–66). Also during this period they played in the European Cup, eliminating the defending champions Feyenoord in 1970. A period of decline started after 1975. At the end of 1978–79 season the club relegated for the first time in istory to the Divizia B In 1993 UTA returned to Divizia A, but only for a short time, because after two seasons, they were again to Divizia B. During the years, the club has changed its name a couple of times: ITA (1945–1949), Flamura Roșie Arad (1950–1957)and UTA Arad since 1958. There were e few variations on the same theme: FCM UTA (1984–1985, 1985–1986, 2006–2010), CSM UTA (1985, 1986–1995), FC UTA (1995–2006, 2010–2014) and ACS UTA Bătrâna Doamnă (2014–present) . Besides the titles won with the senior squad, the club has also won 5 titles one cup and one supercup with the junior squad (1957–58, 1958–59, 1967–68, 1995–1996, 2000–2001 titles) (2015–2016 cup)(2015–2016 supercup) .

Grounds[edit]

Stadionul Motorul.
Stadionul Francisc von Neumann (Old Stadium).

The club plays its home matches on Stadionul Motorul in Arad, because their stadium, Stadionul Francisc von Neumann, is under reconstruction. Because the reconstruction of Stadionul Francisc von Neumann is not ready until 2018 the club decided to modernize Motorul Stadium so the club can play home if they promote at the end of 2016–17 season , until then the team will play at Otto Greffner.

Supporters[edit]

UTA supporters.

UTA also have a large group of supporters named Speta Ultra Rossa, Directivo Ultra, Rasa, Commando Hooligans and Red Skorpions.Now all of them are united under ARAD 1945. Their main rivalry is with the supporters of Poli Timişoara, and have a friendship with fans of Corvinul Hunedoara (currently supporting FC Hunedoara) [3]

Rivalries[edit]

UTA's most important rivalry is with Politehnica Timişoara. The match between them, Derby-ul Vestului (The West Derby), has been the leading Romanian football encounter in the last 65 years, as UTA and Poli are the two most successful football teams from the west of the country.

Another rivalry is shared with FC Bihor Oradea, also known as The West Derby.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Leagues[edit]

Campioana Romania.png Liga I/Divizia A

Disc Plain yellow dark.svgWinners (6): 1946–47, 1947–48, 1950, 1954, 1968–69, 1969–70
Silver medal blank.svgRunners-up (1): 1971–72

Campioana Romania.png Liga II/Divizia B

Disc Plain yellow dark.svgWinners (3): 1980–81, 1992–93, 2001–02
Silver medal blank.svgRunners-up (6): 1982–83, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1998–99, 2015–16

Campioana Romania.png Liga III/Divizia C

Disc Plain yellow dark.svgWinners (1): 2014–15

Campioana Romania.png Liga IV Arad/Divizia D

Disc Plain yellow dark.svgWinners (1): 2013–14

Cups[edit]

Disc Plain yellow dark.svgWinners (2): 1947–48, 1953
Silver medal blank.svgRunners-up (2): 1950, 1965–66
Disc Plain yellow dark.svgWinners (1) 2013–14

European[edit]

European record[edit]

Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
Balkans Cup 1 6 1 0 5 4 12 – 8
UEFA Champions League / European Cup 2 6 0 2 4 3 17 – 14
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 2 10 3 2 5 13 14 – 1
Total 5 22 4 4 14 20 43  – 23

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 27 February 2017

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 Bogdan Miron (Fourth Captain)
12 Romania GK Alexandru Barna
28 Romania GK Sebastian Mara

2 Romania DF Alin Gligor Captain (Captain)
4 Romania DF Erich Wild
5 Romania DF Paul Copaci
6 Republic of Macedonia DF Mevlan Adili
8 Romania DF Richard Filaret
14 Romania DF Bogdan Burlă
20 Romania DF Norbert Polgar
26 Romania DF Alexandru Manea Vice-Captain (Vice-Captain)

3 Romania MF Marius Chindriș
10 Romania MF Dumitru Copil
No. Position Player
13 Romania MF Ionuţ Tănase
15 Romania MF Robert Vâlceanu (on loan from Steaua București)
17 Romania MF Amir Jorza
18 Romania MF Sorin Strătilă
19 Romania MF Dumitru Muntean
21 Romania MF Cristian Costin
23 Romania MF Michel Vlad
24 Romania MF Darius Covaci

7 Romania FW Marius Curtuiuș (Third Captain)
11 Romania FW Adrian Petre
27 Romania FW Albert Stahl
30 Italy FW Gianmarco Piccioni

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 DF Beniamin Cotoc (on loan at Gloria L.T. Cermei)
Romania DF David Petrache (on loan at Gloria L.T. Cermei)
Romania DF Sergiu Aldan (on loan at Gloria L.T. Cermei)
Romania DF Adrian Suslak (on loan at Gloria L.T. Cermei)
Romania DF Beniamin Gabor (on loan at Voinţa Mailat)
Romania DF Bogdan Ciucifara (on loan at Voinţa Mailat)
Romania DF Alexandru Lazăr (on loan at Voinţa Mailat)
No. Position Player
Romania MF Nichita Coșa (on loan at Gloria L.T. Cermei)
Romania MF Raul Moraru (on loan at Gloria L.T. Cermei)
Romania MF Eduard Varga (on loan at Gloria L.T. Cermei)
Romania MF Vlad Roșu (on loan at Voinţa Mailat)
Romania MF Damian Cociuba (on loan at Victoria Felnac)
Romania FW Daniel Bulza (on loan at Gloria L.T. Cermei)
Romania FW Claudiu Adam (on loan at Victoria Felnac)

Second team squad (UTA II)[edit]

As of 23 February 2017

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

No. Position Player
Romania GK Denis Mureșan
Romania GK Istvan Debre
Romania GK Rafael Zamfir

Romania DF Raul Iova
Romania DF Răzvan Revesz
Romania DF Flavius Rogojan
Romania DF Antonio Savin
Romania DF Rafael Iuga
Romania DF Denis Lazăr
Romania DF Dacian Zdrențan
Romania DF Bruno Vasiu
Romania DF Iulius Dinculescu
Romania DF Denis Laza
Romania MF Bogdan Curta

Romania MF Gabriel Pop
No. Position Player
Romania MF Andrei Brănişteanu
Romania MF Valeriu Mager
Romania MF Cristian Dobrean
Romania MF Ovidiu Ghergar
Romania MF Ovidiu Mandache
Romania MF Ionuț Coadă
Romania MF Claudiu Vasile
Romania MF Daniel Dan
Romania MF Victor Prună
Romania MF Alexandru Lezeu

Romania FW Răzvan Țurcanu
Romania FW Dorin Toma
Romania FW Alexandru Bodri
Romania FW Radu Marica

Club officials[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

The footballers enlisted below have had international cap(s) for their respective countries at junior and/or senior level. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries at junior and/or senior level on through the time's passing. Additionally, these players have also had a significant number of caps and goals accumulated throughout a certain number of seasons for the club itself as well.

Famous managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Despre noi" [About us]. FC UTA Arad (in Romanian). 
  2. ^ "Membrii cu drept de vot în SCU, inclusiv Bara, au decis: drepturile federative trec la UTA Bătrâna Doamnă care va deveni UTA Arad!" [Members with voting rights in SCU, including Bara, decided: federative rights are passed to UTA Bătrâna Doamnă, which will become UTA Arad!]. Sport Arad (in Romanian). 16 March 2014. Archived from the original on 2016-03-17. 
  3. ^ http://www.ultras-tifo.net/photo-news/3000-corvinul-uta-arad-22-11-2014.html
  4. ^ "UTA Arad" (in Romanian). uta-arad.ro. 2015-08-01. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 2015-08-01. 
  5. ^ "UTA Arad" (in Romanian). uta-arad.ro. 2015-08-01. Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 2015-08-01. 

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