FC Viitorul Constanța

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Viitorul Constanța
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Full name Fotbal Club Viitorul Constanța
Nickname(s) Puștii lui Hagi (Hagi's Kids)
Short name Viitorul
Founded 2009; 8 years ago (2009)
Ground Viitorul
Ground Capacity 4,500
Owner Gheorghe Hagi
Chairman Pavel Peniu
Manager Gheorghe Hagi
League Liga I
2016–17 Liga I, 1st (champions)
Website Club home page
Current season

Fotbal Club Viitorul Constanța (Romanian pronunciation: [vi.iˈtorul konˈstant͡sa]), commonly known as Viitorul Constanța, or simply as Viitorul, is a Romanian professional football club based in Ovidiu, Constanța County, currently playing in the Liga I.

Founded in 2009 by former Romanian international Gheorghe Hagi, the club is particularly known for promoting young talents from its academy,[1] hence the nickname "Hagi's Kids". Viitorul had its first major success in 2017, when they became the first club from the county to win the national title.[2]

The team plays its home matches in blue and black kits at the Stadionul Viitorul, situated a few kilometres north of the city of Constanța.

History[edit]

Founding and early years (2009–2012)[edit]

Viitorul Constanța was founded in the summer of 2009 and enrolled in the Liga III, the third tier of the Romanian football league system, after acquiring the playing right of CSO Ovidiu. It has been owned since its creation by former Romanian international footballer, Gheorghe Hagi.[1][3]

During the team's first season in Romanian football, they achieved mathematical promotion to the 2010–11 Liga II after round 33, being in a fierce run with ACS Berceni near the end of the campaign. In the 2011–12 Liga II, Viitorul finished second in the table and prepared to compete in the top-flight.

Ascent in the first league (2012–)[edit]

In the 2012–13 season, Viitorul Constanța made its first appearance in the Liga I in club history. With 8 victories, 12 draws, and 13 defeats (36 points) they finished on the 13th place and avoided relegation. The club's first major victories were against Steaua București (5–2) and Dinamo București (3–2). Viitorul would move to avoid relegation in the next 2 seasons.

In 2016, Viitorul achieved their best performance, qualifying for the championship play-offs and finishing 5th place, thus earning a place in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League, where they were drawn against Belgian side Gent. In their first European match, at Ghelamco Stadium, Viitorul suffered a bitter 0–5 defeat.

On 13 May 2017, Viitorul Constanța managed to win the Liga I, the first major trophy in their history, after a 1–0 home victory over CFR Cluj.[2] They subsequently earned a place in the third qualifying round of the 2017–18 UEFA Champions League.

Youth program[edit]

Viitorul Constanța is best known for developing young players in Romania and possesses the top youth facilities of any club in the country.[4]

Grounds[edit]

During 2009–12 Viitorul played its Liga III and Liga II home matches on the old local stadium in Ovidiu. After the promotion to the Liga I it played its first 3 home matches on the Oțelul Stadium in Galați and afterwards it moved on the Farul Stadium in Constanța, with a capacity of 15,500 people all on seats. In the summer of 2013 it moved to play its home matches in Chiajna on the Concordia Stadium. They returned to Ovidiu on the Stadionul Viitorul in the summer of 2015.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Leagues[edit]

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 3Q Belgium Gent 0–0 0–5 0–5
2017–18 UEFA Champions League 3Q

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 13 June 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 Árpád Tordai
3 Romania DF Sorin Rădoi
5 Romania DF Tudor Băluță
6 Romania DF Romario Benzar (captain)
7 Romania FW Florinel Coman
8 Romania MF Carlo Casap
9 Romania MF Alexandru Stoica
11 Romania FW Vlad Morar
12 Romania GK Victor Rîmniceanu
15 Romania DF Bogdan Țîru (vice-captain)
16 Romania MF Dragoș Nedelcu
17 Romania MF Andrei Ciobanu
19 Romania DF Sebastian Mladen
20 Romania FW George Țucudean
21 France DF Kévin Boli
22 Romania DF Cristian Ganea
23 Romania MF Alexandru Cicâldău
24 Romania FW Alexandru Mățan
No. Position Player
25 Romania FW Aurelian Chițu
28 Romania FW Ionuț Vînă
29 Romania DF Robert Hodorogea
30 Romania MF Florin Purece
31 Romania GK Alexandru Buzbuchi
93 Romania MF Neluț Roșu
Romania GK Cosmin Dur-Bozoancă
Romania DF Ciprian Perju
Romania DF Radu Boboc
Romania DF Dan Panait
Romania DF Virgil Ghiță
Romania DF Andrei Dumitraș
Romania DF Marius Constantin
Romania MF Ovidiu Herea
Romania MF Paul Iacob
Spain MF Dani López
Romania FW Robert Grecu

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 Antonio Cruceru (to Argeș Pitești)
No. Position Player

Second team squad (Viitorul II)[edit]

As of 31 March 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 Cosmin Dur-Bozoancă
Romania DF Ionuț Androne
Romania DF Alin Burdeț
Romania DF Tiberiu Căpușă
Romania DF Victor Rogoza
Romania DF Virgil Ghiță
Romania DF Elvis Otei
Romania DF Dan Panait
Romania DF Andrei Rusu
No. Position Player
Romania DF Cătălin Toriște
Romania MF Andreas Iani
Romania MF Mircea Manole
Romania MF Alexandru Trancă
Romania MF George Tudoran
Romania FW Denis Drăguș
Romania FW Cristian Ene
Romania FW Alexandru Margină
Romania FW Adrian Vîlcea

Club officials[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Gheorghe Hagi creating a new legacy for Romanian football". World Soccer. 22 March 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Bucurie fără margini la Ovidiu! Hagi și căpitanul Benzar au ridicat trofeul. Sărbătoare şi la vestiar" [Boundless joy at Ovidiu! Hagi and captain Benzar lifted the trophy. Party in the locker room too] (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Gheorghe and Ianis Hagi building the future of Romanian football at Viitorul". ESPN. 26 August 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "‘Whatever I do, I am still only the son of Hagi’". The Times. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 

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