FC Zimbru Chișinău

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Zimbru Chișinău
Official FC Zimbru logo.jpg
Full name Fotbal Club Zimbru Chișinău
Nickname(s) "Galben-verzii" (The yellow-greens)
Founded 1947
Ground Zimbru Stadium
Ground Capacity 10,400
Owner Nicolae Ciornîi
President Nicolae Ciornîi
Head Coach Iurie Osipenco
League Divizia Națională
2016–17 5th
Website Club website
Current season

FC Zimbru Chișinău is a Moldovan football club based in Chișinău, the capital of Moldova. They play in the Divizia Națională, the top division in Moldovan football.

Founded in the Moldovan Soviet Socialist Republic in 1947, Zimbru entered the Soviet Top League in 1956 and spent 11 seasons in it before their last relegation in 1983. The team was the early force in the independent Moldovan National Division, winning all of the first five championships and eight of the first nine, but have not won since. As the only founder of the Division to never be relegated, however, they have remained a perennial contender to the top three places.

History[edit]

Zimbru Chișinău was formed in 1947 in the Moldovan Soviet Republic (present day Republic of Moldova). 'Zimbru' is a Romanian word for a form of European bison, but the club also previously functioned under names such as Dynamo, Burevestnik, Moldova, Avântul, and Nistru. The Soviet Era was spent mostly in Class B of the regional league until eventual promotion to Class A. The club then flitted between Class A and Class B as well as spending time in the Soviet Top League and First League. In total, Zimbru spent 11 seasons in the Top League between 1956 and 1983. Zimbru had their biggest success in 1956 when they finished in 6th place out of 12 in the Soviet Top League and in 1963 when they reached the quarter-finals of the Soviet Cup.
Zimbru's fortunes changed after the fall of the USSR and the establishment of the Republic of Moldova. The club won all five of the initial seasons of the Moldovan National Division (1992–96), and apart from finishing as runners-up to Chișinău rivals Constructorul Chișinău in 1996–97, won eight of the first nine championships. Zimbru have also won the Moldovan Cup six times, including a double in 1997–98 and the Moldovan Super Cup in 2014. Zimbru's biggest rivalry is with Sheriff Tiraspol, who in the last seventeen years have won fifteen championships.

Crest and colours[edit]

Since its foundation, Zimbru's colours always was yellow and green. Throughout history, Zimbru Chișinău had many logos. Traditional colours were always present on club crests.

Stadium[edit]

Zimbru Stadium
Zimbru Stadium.JPG
Full name Zimbru Stadium
Location Botanica, Chișinău
Owner Zimbru Chișinău
Capacity 10,400[1]
Field size 105 x 68 m
Surface Grass
Scoreboard 1,600 lux
Construction
Built March 2004 – May 2006
Opened 20 May 2006
Construction cost $11 million
Architect Ceproserving SA
Structural engineer INCONEX-COM

FC Zimbru's home ground is Zimbru Stadium, a football-specific stadium in Botanica district, of Chișinău. It was opened in 2006. Stadium has a natural grass playing surface, and its capacity is 10,400.

Rivalries[edit]

In the 1990s (the first decade of Moldova's independence), Zimbru's rival was the other team from Chișinău, Constructorul Chișinău. Then Contructorul was dissolved. In 1997, a new team was founded in Tiraspol, Sheriff Tiraspol. In a few years, Sheriff was promoted to the first league and became a force in Moldovan football. Considering the strength of team and the tensions between Moldovans and separatist Transnistrians, the match between Zimbru and Sheriff became a derby, the most important match in country. Thus, it has been named "Derby of Moldova". Another rivalry was established in the mid 2000s when Dacia Chișinău, another team from Chișinău, became one of Moldova's top teams. Zimbru also has a rivalry with Olimpia Bălți.

Rankings[edit]

UEFA team ranking 2017[edit]

Rank Country Team Points
284 Poland Zawisza Bydgoszcz 4.450
285 Bulgaria Levski Sofia 4.425
286 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău 4.400
287 Israel Maccabi Netanya 4.375
288 Serbia Jagodina 4.325

As of 3 June 2017. Source

Honours[edit]

Moldova[edit]

Champion (8): 1992, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00
Runner-up (5): 1996–97, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2005–06, 2006–07
Third place (4): 2001–02, 2003–04, 2011–12, 2015–16
Winner (6): 1996–97, 1997–98, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2013–14
Runner-up (2): 1994–95, 1999–00
Winner (1): 2014
Runner-up (3): 2003, 2004, 2007

Soviet Union[edit]

6th place: 1956
Quarter-finals: 1963

International[edit]

1/16 of final: 1995–96
Runner-up: 2000

League history[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Divizia Națională

Table[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Top scorer (league)
1992 Divizia Națională 1 22 15 5 2 40 15 35 1/4 Moldova Alexandru Spiridon
Moldova Iurie Miterev – 8
1992–93 1 30 22 6 2 66 17 50 1/8 Moldova Alexandru Spiridon – 12
1993–94 1 30 25 2 3 86 22 52 1/2 UCL PR Moldova Serghei Cleșcenco – 14
1994–95 1 26 21 4 1 69 10 67 RU UC PR Moldova Serghei Cleșcenco – 11
1995–96 1 30 26 3 1 110 11 81 1/4 UC R2 Moldova Vladislav Gavriliuc – 34
1996–97 2 30 22 4 4 112 21 70 W UC PR Moldova Iurie Miterev – 34
1997–98 1 26 22 3 1 75 8 69 W CWC QR Moldova Serghei Cleșcenco – 25
1998–99 1 26 18 7 1 43 9 61 1/4 UCL Q1 Moldova Vladislav Gavriliuc – 10
1999–00 1 36 25 7 4 78 21 82 RU UCL
UC
Q3
R1
Moldova Victor Berco – 15
2000–01 2 28 20 6 2 46 15 66 1/2 UCL
UC
Q3
R1
Moldova Iurie Miterev – 8
2001–02 3 28 12 10 6 52 20 46 1/2 UC QR Moldova Victor Berco – 12
2002–03 2 24 15 5 4 47 20 50 W UC R1 Uzbekistan Vladimir Shishelov – 13
2003–04 3 28 14 7 7 40 23 49 W UC R1 Uzbekistan Vladimir Shishelov – 15
2004–05 5 28 12 7 9 29 15 43 1/4 Moldova Sergiu Chirilov – 7
2005–06 2 28 15 8 5 47 20 53 1/2 Moldova Sergiu Chirilov – 11
2006–07 2 36 21 8 7 63 23 71 W UC Q2 Russia Alexei Zhdanov – 14
2007–08 5 30 13 13 4 43 21 52 1/2 UC Q1 Russia Alexei Zhdanov – 12
2008–09 4 30 13 7 10 42 30 46 1/2 Moldova Oleg Andronic – 16
2009–10 4 33 17 8 8 47 29 59 1/4 UEL Q2 Moldova Andrei Secrieru – 7
2010–11 4 39 22 10 7 56 20 76 1/8 Moldova Oleg Andronic – 9
2011–12 3 33 17 10 6 47 24 61 1/4 Moldova Oleg Molla – 14
2012–13 6 33 12 10 11 53 38 46 1/4 UEL Q2 Moldova Oleg Molla – 7
2013–14 4 33 18 7 8 56 24 61 W Russia Sergey Tsyganov – 13
2014–15 6 24 7 6 11 23 19 27 1/4 UEL PO Moldova Alexandru Dedov – 4
2015–16 3 27 15 4 8 42 26 49 1/4 Portugal Rui Miguel – 9
2016–17 5 30 13 7 10 32 29 46 1/2 UEL Q2 Portugal Hugo Neto – 6
2017

European record[edit]

UEFA Champions League
Season Round Opponents Home leg Away leg Aggregate
1993–94 PR Israel Beitar Jerusalem 1–1 0–2 1–3
1998–99 Q1 Hungary Újpest 1–0 1–3 2–3
1999–00 Q1 Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic 5–0 5–0 10–0
Q2 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 2–0 1–2 3–2
Q3 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0–0 0–2 0–2
2000–01 Q1 Albania KF Tirana 3–2 3–2 6–4
Q2 Slovenia Maribor 2–0 0–1 2–1
Q3 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 0–1 0–1 0–2
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Season Round Opponents Home leg Away leg Aggregate
1997–98 QR Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 1–1 0–3 1–4
UEFA Cup
Season Round Opponents Home leg Away leg Aggregate
1994–95 PR Hungary Budapest Honvéd 0–1 1–4 1–5
1995–96 PR Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 2–0 0–0 2–0
R1 Latvia RAF Jelgava 1–0 2–1 3–1
R2 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 0–2 3–4 3–6
1996–97 PR Croatia Hajduk Split 0–4 1–2 1–6
1999–00 R1 England Tottenham Hotspur 0–0 0–3 0–3
2000–01 R1 Germany Hertha BSC 1–2 0–2 1–4
2001–02 QR Turkey Gaziantepspor 0–0 1–4 1–4
2002–03 QR Sweden IFK Göteborg 3–1 2–2 5–3
R1 Spain Real Betis 0–2 1–2 1–4
2003–04 QR Bulgaria Litex Lovech 2–0 0–0 2–0
R1 Greece Aris 1–1 1–2 2–3
2006–07 Q1 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 1–1 2–1 (aet) 3–2
Q2 Ukraine Metalurh Zaporizhya 0–0 0–3 0–3
2007–08 Q1 Slovakia Artmedia Bratislava 2–2 1–1 3–3 (a)
UEFA Europa League
Season Round Opponents Home leg Away leg Aggregate
2009–10 Q1 Kazakhstan Okzhetpes 1–2 2–0 3–2
Q2 Portugal Paços de Ferreira 0–0 0–1 0–1
2012–13 Q1 Wales Bangor City 2–1 0–0 2–1
Q2 Switzerland Young Boys 1–0 (aet) 0–1 1–1 (1–4 pen.)
2014–15 Q1 Republic of Macedonia FK Shkëndija 2–0 1–2 3–2
Q2 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)
Q3 Austria SV Grödig 0–1 2–1 2–2 (a)
PO Greece PAOK 1–0 0–4 1–4
2016–17 Q1 Georgia (country) Chikhura Sachkhere 0–1 3–2 3–3 (a)
Q2 Turkey Osmanlıspor 2–2 0–5 2–7
Notes: PR – preliminary round. QR – qualifying round. R1 – First round. R2 – Second round
Q1, Q2, Q3 – qualifying rounds. PO – play-off round
.

Player of the year[edit]

Zimbru players who received the award Moldovan Footballer of the Year:

Year Winner
1992 Moldova Alexandru Spiridon
1993 Moldova Alexandru Curtianu
1994 Moldova Serghei Cleșcenco
1995 Moldova Ion Testemițanu
1997 Moldova Ion Testemițanu
1999 Moldova Sergiu Epureanu
2002 Moldova Boris Cebotari

Current squad[edit]

As of 18 November 2017[2]

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

No. Position Player
1 Moldova GK Emil Tîmbur
12 Moldova GK Denis Rusu (captain)
25 Moldova GK Ilie Cebanu
Moldova GK Vladislav Butuc
Moldova GK Antonis-Ovidiu Popovici

2 Romania DF Mihai Leca
3 Nigeria DF Ovye Monday
4 Moldova DF Igor Arhirii
5 Moldova DF Alexandru Starîș
6 Moldova DF Valeriu Osipenco
23 Russia DF Dmitri Telegin
35 Portugal DF Hugo Moreira
97 Moldova DF Anatolie Prepeliță
Kazakhstan DF Midat Galbayev
Moldova DF Călin Chirilov
Moldova DF Denis Furtună

9 Brazil MF Jean Theodoro
No. Position Player
14 Moldova MF Nicolae Bortă
16 Moldova MF Vadim Bejenari
17 Moldova MF Veaceslav Zagaevschi
20 Moldova MF Cristian Nagornîi
21 Brazil MF Marquinhos
30 Brazil MF Evair
73 Moldova MF Nichita Iurașco
98 Moldova MF Victor Stînă
Moldova MF Ion Nicolăescu
Moldova MF Radu Scoarţă
Turkey MF Çağkan Çakir
Moldova MF Daniel Adam

7 Moldova FW Ilie Damașcan
8 Portugal FW Hugo Neto
11 Moldova FW Ion Donțu
70 Brazil FW Douglas

FC Zimbru-2[edit]

Club officials[edit]

Notable players[edit]

The following is a list of former Zimbru players which have made significant contributions to the club while playing for the team.

At least one of the following criteria has to be met for a player to appear on the list:
  • A player has made at least 200 appearances for the club in domestic league competitions.
  • A player has scored at least 40 goals for the club in domestic league competitions.
  • Otherwise, also included players who received the award Moldovan Footballer of the Year while playing for Zimbru, and club's top scorer in UEFA Champions League competition.

Notable managers[edit]

The following nine managers won at least one trophy with Zimbru.The managers are listed according to when they were first appointed manager for FC Zimbru.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stadium capacity" (PDF). uefa.com
  2. ^ "Zimbru Chișinău Team – 2017". zimbru.md. Retrieved 29 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "Technical staff". zimbru.md. Retrieved 29 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "Club management". zimbru.md. Retrieved 29 August 2017. 

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