FC Sportul Studențesc București

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Sportul Studențesc
Sportul Studentesc.png
Full name Fotbal Club Sportul Studenţesc București
Nickname(s) Gașca nebună (The Crazy Gang)
Studenții (The Students)
Founded 11 February 1916; 100 years ago (1916-02-11)
as Sporting Club Universitar Studențesc
Ground Agronomia
Ground Capacity 100
Owner Vasile Şiman
Manager Ionuţ Mazilu
League Liga IV
2015–16 Liga IV, Bucharest, 4th
Website Club home page

FC Sportul Studenţesc, commonly referred to as Sportul is a Romanian professional football club based in Bucharest, that plays in Liga IV. Founded in 1916, Sportul Studenţesc is one of the oldest Romanian clubs still active. The club's best European performance came in the 1979–80 Balkans Cup, when it won the trophy, defeating Yugoslavian side NK Rijeka in the final. The club made it to the Balkans Cup final on one other occasion, in 1976 Balkans Cup, when it lost to another Yugoslavian side, Dinamo Zagreb. In the UEFA Cup, Sportul Studenţesc's most notable performance came in the 1987–88 season, when the club reached the Third Round.

Domestically, Sportul Studenţesc's best league performance was a second-place finish in the 1985–86 season, just behind (back then) European Champions, Steaua Bucuresti. In the Romanian Cup, Sportul Studenţesc made it to the final on three occasions, in 1938–1939, 1942–1943, and 1978–1979 losing all three matches to Rapid Bucuresti, CFR Turnu Severin, and Steaua Bucuresti, respectively.

Sportul is known for their beautiful play-style and young squads.[weasel words] During the past ten years they have promoted more players to the highest level football than any other club in Europe, apart from Ajax[citation needed].

Currently, the team plays in the Romanian Liga IV.

Chronology of names[edit]

Name [1] Period
Sporting Club Universitar Bucureşti 1916–1919
Sportul Studenţesc Bucureşti 1919–1946
Sparta Bucureşti 1946–1948
Clubul Sportiv Universitar Bucureşti 1948–1954
Ştiinţa Bucureşti 1954–1966
Politehnica Bucureşti 1966–1969
Sportul Studenţesc Bucureşti 1969–present


On February 11, 1916 "Sporting Club Universitar Studenţesc" was born, as an initiative of a group of professors and students. At the beginning, football, athletics and tennis were the club's only three departments. The president was professor Traian Lalescu, the world famous mathematician.

"Sporting" had no stadium of its own, and the team used to play here and there. Even after acceding in the first national league, the stadium was still in its project phase. It was only when "Stiinţa" was established in 1954 that the club was allowed to use "Belvedere" stadium in the Regie borough of Bucharest.

The history of the club can be divided into several distinct periods. The first period lasted until World War II and culminated with the accession in the first national league. Afterwards the club disappeared in the dawn of communism and was reborn and grown again to accede to the first division. The mid to late 1970s, and the 1980s "Hagi period" saw the club's best performances. Led by then-president Barbu Emil "Mac" Popescu, the club reached the Balkans Cup final on two occasion, winning it once; it qualified to the UEFA Cup on six occasions, it reached the Romanian Cup final once, and it had the highest league finish in club history in the 1985–86 season. Stars like Marcel Coraş, Mircea Sandu, Gino Iorgulescu, and Gheorghe Hagi played for Sportul Studenţesc during that time period.

After the fall of communism in late 1989, the club struggled to keep afloat. Financial struggles and a constant loss of talented players lead to an unavoidable outcome. At the end of the 1997–98 season the club relegated to the second division, after more than 25 years at the top flight. One year later, the club came very close to a demotion to the third division, however, with the help of a young investor, Vasile Şiman corroborated with massive rejuvenation of the squad, Sportul Studenţesc turned things around and the team remained in the second league.

Two years later, at the end of the 2000–01 season Sportul Studenţesc saw its third accession to the first league. After a fierce battle with Farul Constanţa for the top spot in the standings, "the students" finished first, with 81 points and a remarkable 71–17 goal differential. Unfortunately the promotion to the top flight was short lived. At the end of the 2001–02 season the club relegated back to the second league.

At the end of the 2003–2004 season the club, once again, promoted to the first league, despite having sold half of their squad from the previous season. They had a praiseworthy evolution in the 2004–2005 seasons, ending the championship in sixth place with Gigel Bucur the league's top scorer (21 goals). Throughout the 2005–06 season the team, coached by former international player Dan Petrescu in the first half of the season, and by Gheorghe Mulţescu in the second half, had a very good run, finishing the season in fourth place, the highest since 1987. Unfortunately, during the off-season, the club was relegated due to financial reasons.

After spending four seasons in Liga II, at the end of the 2009–10 season, the club promoted back to Liga I. Sportul finished the 2010–11 season in last place, and therefore, should have been relegated. However, due to licensing controversies by other Liga I clubs, Sportul Studenţesc was allowed to continue playing in the first league for the 2011–2012 season. Unfortunately, at the end of the 2011–12 season, the club finished 17th and relegated from the top tier.

Colours and badge[edit]

The team's colours are black and white, the traditional students' team colours.

The logo consists of a stylized "S" on a black and white background, alongside the club's official name and year of establishment.

European record[edit]

Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 6 20 6 4 10 20 31 - 11
Total 6 20 6 4 10 20 31  – 11

Current squad[edit]

As of 02 May 2016

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

No. Position Player
2 Romania DF Marius Dinu
3 Romania DF Ştefan Raicu
4 Romania DF Nicolae Leafu
5 Romania DF Alberto Chitea
7 Romania FW Mihai Pitea
9 Romania FW Mareş Semen
13 Romania DF Robert Druță
15 Romania FW Eduard Petre
16 Romania MF Bogdan Stancu
No. Position Player
17 Romania MF Claudiu Rîpanu
19 Romania MF Dan Chiriță
20 Romania FW Eduard Corlan
22 Romania MF Cezar Radu
24 Romania MF Petrică Ghiţă
25 Romania MF Laurenţiu Dumuga
26 Romania DF Claudiu Irimia
33 Romania GK Eduard Ispas (captain)
34 Romania GK Cosmin Olaru

Shirt sponsors and manufacturers[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Period Shirt partner
1993–1994 1993–1994 Romania Saniplast
1995–1996 1995–1996 Romania Fofo
2002–2003 2002–2003 Romania Omniasig
2004–2010 Italy Lotto
2010–present Germany Puma 2010–2011 Romania Omniasig
2011–2014 Romania City Insurance



Balkans Cup:

Disc Plain yellow dark.svgWinners (1): 1979–80
Silver medal blank.svgRunners-up (1): 1976


Campioana Romania.pngLiga I

Silver medal blank.svgRunners-up (1): 1985–86

Campioana Romania.png Liga II

Disc Plain yellow dark.svgWinners (4): 1936–37, 1971–72, 2000–01, 2003–04
Silver medal blank.svgRunners-up (3): 1965–66, 1970–71, 2009–10

Campioana Romania.png Liga III

Disc Plain yellow dark.svgWinners (1): 1958–59

Campioana Romania.png Liga IV-Bucharest

Silver medal blank.svgRunners-up (1): 2014–15

Campioana Romania.pngRomanian Cup

Silver medal blank.svgRunners-up (3): 1938–39, 1942–43, 1978–79

Notable former players[edit]

For a list of all former and current FC Sportul Studențesc București players with a Wikipedia article, see Category:FC Sportul Studențesc București players.


Romanian League goalscorer of the year[edit]

External links[edit]