FC Ripensia Timișoara

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Ripensia Timișoara
Ripensia Timisoara logo.png
Full name Fotbal Club Ripensia Timișoara
Nickname(s) Ripi
Short name Ripensia
Founded
  • 21 October 1928; 88 years ago (1928-10-21)
  • 12 July 2012; 4 years ago (2012-07-12)
Ground Ciarda Roșie
Ground Capacity 1,000
Chairman Radu Ienovan
Manager Remus Steop
League Liga II
2016–17 Liga III, Seria IV, 1st (promoted)
Website Club home page

Fotbal Club Ripensia Timișoara, commonly known as Ripensia Timișoara, or simply as Ripensia, is a Romanian professional football club based in Timișoara, Timiș County, that plays in the Liga II.

The team was originally founded in 1928 by Dr. Cornel Lazăr and folded after twenty years due to lack of funds.[1] However, Ripi was brought back to life and enrolled in the Liga VI, the sixth tier of the Romanian football league system, in 2012.[2]

Ripensia Timișoara was the first Romanian club to turn professional, and because of this status they were unable to compete in the national league until the 1932–33 season. After being granted permission in the national system, the club soon became one of the best in the country, winning four national titles and two national cups in their short history.

The colors of the team are red and yellow.

History[edit]

Ripensia Timișoara winning the 1933–34 Romanian Cup against "U. Cluj"
Ripensia Timișoara in 1931
Ripensia Timișoara in 1932
Ripensia-Unirea Tricolor 3–1 in 1932

It was founded in 1928 by Dr. Cornel Lazăr, a famous promoter of football in the Banat region, and the former president of Chinezul Timișoara. The players came from Chinezul Timișoara, C.A.T. and Poli Timișoara. Due to its professional status, until 1932–1933 (the first season of the National League – Divizia A), the team and its players could not participate in official national competitions.

They were champions of the Romanian Football League in 1933, 1935, 1936, and 1938, with two Romanian Cup appearances, winning 3–2 over Universitatea Cluj in 1934 and 5–1 over Unirea Tricolor Bucureşti in 1936. They were national vice-champions for 1933–34 and 1938–39. After World War II, due to financial problems, the communist sports organisation and controversial actions, Ripensia played in Divizia B and Divizia C. After 1948, without any support, it disappeared, merging with Electrica Timișoara. Their colours were red-yellow. Their home stadium was called Electrica (today UMT; the original wooden stand was demolished in 2004–2005). The greatest players in team history were:[weasel words]

In the 2012 the team was reestablished and competed in the municipal championship, they won it and promoted to Liga V. In Liga V they reached the first place in the 2013–2014 seasaon and promoted to the next league Liga IV. Also they made a good impression in the 2013–14 Romanian Cup, where they defeated again Universitatea Cluj to reach the Last 16 of the cup making them the surprise of the cup. In the Last 16 they lost to Pandurii Târgu Jiu.

In the 2014–15 Liga IV season, Ripi had a very tough opponent, in the position of SS Politehnica Timișoara, the fan-owned phoenix club formed after the dissolution of FC Politehnica Timișoara by its fans and finished only on the 2nd place.

Next season Ripensia had a perfect journey, won Liga IV-Timiș County and qualified for the promotion play-offs to Liga III. At the promotion play-off Ripensia met the champion of Hunedoara County, Hercules Lupeni, and they won without major difficulties, 7–0 on aggregate, thus ensuring promotion to the Liga III.[3]

2016–17 Liga III season was the first one for Ripi in the last 68 years. The team had a very close fight for supremacy in the Seria IV against CSM Şcolar Reşiţa, CSM Lugoj, Cetate Deva and Național Sebiș but in the end they won and promoted to Liga II.[4]

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Leagues[edit]

Campioana Romania.pngLiga I

Disc Plain yellow dark.svgWinners (4): 1932–33, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1937–38
Silver medal blank.svgRunners-up (2): 1933–34, 1938–39

Campioana Romania.pngLiga III

Disc Plain yellow dark.svgWinners (2): 1946–47, 2016–17

Campioana Romania.pngLiga IV – Timiș County

Disc Plain yellow dark.svgWinners (1): 2015–16
Silver medal blank.svgRunners-up (1): 2014–15

Campioana Romania.pngLiga V – Timiș County

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

Campioana Romania.pngLiga VI – Timiș County

Disc Plain yellow dark.svgWinners (1): 2012–13

Cups[edit]

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 3 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
1 Romania GK Iulius Rădulescu
3 Senegal FW Ndiaye Mediop
4 Romania DF Ciprian Ștreangă
5 Romania DF Darius Vasiliu
6 Romania DF Claudiu Apro
7 Romania MF Adrian Popa (Captain)
8 Romania MF Cosmin Mânecan
9 Romania FW Denis Golda
10 Romania MF Raul Briciu
11 Romania MF Florin Nanu
12 Greece GK Georgios Gakos
13 Romania FW Claudiu Matiș (on loan from Becicherecu Mic)
14 Romania MF Claudiu Filip
15 Romania MF Marius Semeniuc
No. Position Player
17 Romania DF Laurenţiu Luca
18 Romania FW Pavel Olărescu
19 Romania DF Călin Toma
21 Romania MF Sebastian Bobină
22 Romania MF Gabriel Stoi
23 Romania DF Mădălin Grunță
24 Romania GK Raul Boboiciov
25 Romania DF Mihai Hecsko
26 Romania DF Octavian Popescu
28 Romania FW Andrei Dumiter
29 Romania MF Adrian Zaluschi
30 Romania DF Flavius Vlădia
31 Romania MF Alexandru Olar (on loan from Progresul Gătaia)

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
27 Romania MF Adrian Ungureanu (to SS Politehnica Timișoara)
No. Position Player

Club officials[edit]

Domestic records and statistics[edit]

Key[edit]

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated

The players in bold were the top goalscorers in the division.

Seasons[edit]

Season League Cup European Cup Other Top Goalscorer(s) Notes
Division Pos P W D L GF GA Pts Name Goals
1932–33 Div A 1st 12 10 0 2 49 10 20  – Finals W Romania Ștefan Dobay 16 Foundation of the Romanian Football
League system
1933–34 1st 14 10 2 2 55 13 22 W Finals F Romania Ștefan Dobay 15
1934–35 1st 22 14 4 4 66 34 32 F Romania Ștefan Dobay 24
1935–36 1st 22 13 4 5 59 37 30 W Romania Ștefan Dobay 12
1936–37 3rd 22 13 1 8 59 39 27 F Romania Ștefan Dobay 21
1937–38 1st 18 15 0 3 63 25 30 R32 Finals W Romania Silviu Bindea 21
1938–39 2nd 22 11 4 7 53 39 26 R32 Romania Adalbert Marksteiner 21
1939–40 6th 22 8 6 8 36 37 22 R32 Romania Adalbert Marksteiner 15
1940–41 3rd 24 13 6 5 58 32 32 R32 Romania Silviu Bindea 10
1941–42  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – QF
1942–43  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – R32
1943–46 Not involved in any competitions due to World War II.
1946–47 Div C 1st 18 13 4 1 48 21 30  –
1947–48 Div B 8th 29 12 4 13 44 54 28 R32 Merged with Electrica Timișoara.
Disbanded.
1948–2012 Not involved in any competitions.
2012–13 L6 1st 22 21 1 0 143 9 64  – Timiș County Phase W Romania Adrian Boghian 23
2013–14 L5 1st 28 25 2 1 152 9 77 R16 Timiș County Phase 2R Romania Raul Briciu 37
2014–15 L4 2nd 34 29 2 3 122 27 89  – Timiș County Phase W Senegal Ndiaye Mediop 32
2015–16 1st 32 28 3 1 150 28 87 R32 Timiș County Phase SF Senegal Ndiaye Mediop 55
2016–17 L3 3rd 13 6 5 2 23 14 23  – Senegal Ndiaye Mediop 4

European record[edit]

Mitropa Cup[edit]

Ripensia played in the Mitropa Cup, an important inter-war football competition. In the 1938 season Ripensia knocked Italian giants AC Milan out of this competition. The Romanians won the first leg 3–0 at Bucharest, and lost the second leg 1–3. In the next round Ripensia was eliminated by Hungarian side of Ferencváros (1–4, 4–5).

Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1938 First Round Italy Italy A.C. Milan 3–0 1 – 3 4–3
Quarter-finals Hungary Hungary Ferencváros 4–5 1 – 4 5–9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Istorie" [History] (in Romanian). FC Ripensia Timișoara. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Radu Ienovan, presedintele Ripensia Timisoara: Facem totul din placerea de a construi ceva pentru Banat si pentru fotbal" [Radu Ienovan, Ripensia Timișoara chairman: Everything that we do is for the pleasure of building something for Banat and for football] (in Romanian). Opinia Timișoarei. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  3. ^ http://liga2.prosport.ro/liga-4/ripensia-fc-arges-1953-si-csm-scolar-resita-au-devenit-campioane-vezi-toate-castigatoarele-judetene-si-meciurile-barajul-de-promovare-in-liga-3-15420731
  4. ^ https://www.banatulazi.ro/sarbatoare-pe-arena-din-ciarda-rosie-ripensia-a-promovat-in-liga-a-doua-video/

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