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 Moldova Nicolae Ciornîi
Chairman Moldova Igor Oprea
Manager Moldova Veaceslav Rusnac
League Divizia Națională
2015–16 3rd
Website Club home page
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.

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 sixteen years have won fourteen 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]

Main article: Stadionul Zimbru
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 2016[edit]

Rank Country Team Points
311 Kazakhstan Irtysh 3.825
312 Kazakhstan Tobol 3.825
313 Moldova Zimbru Chișinău 3.825
314 Iceland Breidablik 3.750
315 Bosnia and Herzegovina Široki Brijeg 3.675

As of 28 May 2016. 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 UEL Q2

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 21 September 2016[2][3]

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
Moldova GK Victor Buga

3 Moldova DF Artur Crăciun
4 Moldova DF Igor Arhirii
5 Moldova DF Alexandru Starîș
6 Nigeria DF Ovye Monday
26 Brazil DF Luan
35 Portugal DF Hugo Moreira
90 Moldova DF Ion Jardan (captain)
93 Brazil DF Izaldo
97 Moldova DF Anatolie Prepeliță

7 Brazil MF Diego Lima
8 Moldova MF Gheorghe Anton
No. Position Player
10 Moldova MF Dan Spătaru (vice-captain)
11 Portugal MF Amâncio Fortes
17 Moldova MF Veaceslav Zagaevschi
21 Brazil MF Erick
22 Moldova MF Andrei Rusnac
23 Moldova MF Ion Cărăruș
29 Brazil MF Alex Bruno
94 Ivory Coast MF Mohamed Coulibaly
98 Moldova MF Victor Stînă

9 Brazil FW Lucão
25 Ivory Coast FW Jean-Marie Amani
73 Portugal FW Hugo Neto
77 Moldova FW Vitalie Damașcan
Moldova FW Ilie Damașcan

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Club officials[edit]

Notable players[edit]

For a list of many former and current FC Zimbru players, see Category:FC Zimbru Chișinău players.

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]

For a full list of FC Zimbru managers, see List of FC Zimbru Chișinău managers.

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.

Name Trophies
Moldova Sergiu Sîrbu 1 Superliga, 1 Liga Națională
Moldova Alexandru Spiridon 3 Liga Națională
Moldova Ion Caras 1 Cupa Moldovei
Ukraine Semen Altman 2 Divizia Națională, 1 Cupa Moldovei
Ukraine Oleksandr Skrypnyk 1 Divizia Națională
Romania Gabriel Stan 1 Cupa Moldovei
Romania Gheorghe Niculescu 1 Cupa Moldovei
Moldova Alexandru Curteian 1 Cupa Moldovei
Belarus Oleg Kubarev 1 Cupa Moldovei, 1 Supercupa Moldovei

References[edit]

External links[edit]