CFR Cluj

Fotbal Club CFR 1907 Cluj, commonly known as CFR Cluj (Romanian pronunciation: [t͡ʃefeˌre ˈkluʒ] or [ˌt͡ʃefere ˈkluʒ]), is a Romanian professional football club based in the city of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj County. It was founded in 1907, with current name "CFR" being the acronym for Căile Ferate Române ("Romanian Railways").[3]

Before receiving significant financial support from owner Árpád Pászkány in 2002, the club had spent most of its existence in the lower divisions. CFR Cluj returned to the top flight in 2004 and the following season took part in their first European competition, the Intertoto Cup, where they finished as runners-up. In 2007–08, they were champions of Liga I for the first time in their history, taking the national title away from Bucharest-based teams after 17 years and consequently qualifying for the UEFA Champions League group stage in the process. Only six years earlier, CFR was playing in the third tier of the Romanian football league system.[4] Since their major ownership change in 2002, the team has won eleven domestic trophies: four Liga I, four Cupa României, and three Supercupa României.

Since rejoining the first division in 2004, the club has been known for relying heavily on foreign players, particularly Portuguese, but also African, South American and more recently European.

CFR has a fierce rivalry with neighbouring Universitatea Cluj. Matches between the two clubs are known as the Derbiul Clujului.

CFR Cluj
CFR Cluj's emblem
Full nameFotbal Club CFR 1907 Cluj
Nickname(s)
  • Ceferiștii
  • Feroviarii (The Railwaymen)
  • Alb-vișiniii (The White and Burgundies)
Short nameCFR
Founded1907
as Kolozsvári Vasutas Sport Club
GroundDr. Constantin Rădulescu
Capacity23,500[1]
OwnersMarian Băgăcean (62%)[2]
Árpád Pászkány (38%)
ManagerAlin Minteuan
LeagueLiga I
2017–18Liga I, 1st
WebsiteClub website

History

Establishment and early years (1907–1969)

Kolozsvári Vasutas Sport Club 1911
Kolozsvári Vasutas Sport Club team in 1911.

The club was founded in 1907, when the city of Cluj-Napoca (then Kolozsvár) was part of Austria-Hungary, under the name Kolozsvári Vasutas Sport Club ("Kolozsvár Railway Sports Club"). From 1907 to 1910, the team played in the municipal championship. However, the club did not have any notable achievements during this time. In 1911, the team won the newly organized Championship of Transylvania. The club consistently finished in second place in that competition between 1911 and 1914, a competition that was interrupted because of World War I. After the war, in 1920, Transylvania became part of Romania and the club accordingly changed its name to CFR Cluj, maintaining its links with the national rail organisation, this time the Romanian state railway carrier, Căile Ferate Române, hence the acronym. They went on to win two regional titles, in 1918–19 and 1919–20.

Between 1920 and 1934 the club did not have any notable achievements. Between 1934 and 1936, CFR played for two seasons in the Divizia B, ranking sixth in the 1934–35 season and eighth in the 1935–36 season. In 1936, CFR was relegated to the Divizia C, where the team played for two seasons, finishing second and 4th, respectively. After World War II, CFR played for one season in the Divizia C, earning the promotion to the Divizia B. Before the start of the 1947–48 season, the team merged with another local club, Ferar Cluj, and played in the Divizia A for the very first time in history. Unfortunately, the team lasted only two years in the first league and would not play there again for another 20 years. In 1960, another merger, this time with Rapid Cluj resulted in CSM Cluj. In 1964, the team's name was changed to Clujeana. In that same year, the club's junior team won the national championship. Three years later, the team's name was reversed yet again to CFR Cluj.

Return to the top flight (1969–1976)

CFR Cluj League Performance
Chart of yearly table positions of CFR in the national leagues.

In 1969, CFR finished first in Divizia B with 40 points, five more than their rival, Politehnica Timișoara. The conclusive game of that season was a 1–1 draw with Politehnica. Politehnica had a 1–0 lead at half-time, but CFR came back with a fine header.

During the summer of 1969, CFR Cluj advanced to Divizia A under the leadership of coach Constantin Rădulescu. Rădulescu was originally from southern Romania, but he grew to manhood in the stern atmosphere of Transylvania. Before coaching, he had played for CFR and another well-known local team, Universitatea Cluj, during the 1940s. In the 1969–70 first league championship, CFR made its debut with a 2–0 victory over ASA Târgu Mureș. The next few games did not go as well. Apart from a 1–0 win over Politehnica Iași, there were losses to Steaua București (1–3) and Dinamo București (0–2). These and other defeats were a factor in the team's downhill slide. However, the following spring CFR bounced back with a win over ASA Târgu Mureș (1–0), after a goal from Octavian Ionescu, and averted relegation.

At the beginning of CFR's second season in Divizia A, Rădulescu was replaced by Eugen Iordache as head coach. During his tenure, CFR did not do well, and Rădulescu was swiftly brought back. Even so, CFR Cluj found itself again at the bottom of the table before the winter break. The spring of 1971 was somewhat better, although CFR struggled again to avoid relegation. CFR's last game of that season, against UTA Arad, was a memorable one. CFR led 1–0 at half-time. UTA Arad, however, overturned the match after scoring twice. Nonetheless, the persistence of the players from Cluj was rewarded with a late goal, tying the game at 2–2. UTA went on to play in the European Cups, but, most importantly, CFR avoided relegation.

The 1971–72 season started off badly for CFR. Losses to Dinamo București (1–3); Crișul Oradea (0–1, after a last-minute penalty kick), and Jiul Petroșani (1–2 after two regrettable own-goals) meant CFR's demise after the first round of the championship — the team finished at the bottom, with seven points. CFR's return was dramatic, although inconsistent at times. The team won some important games, such as a 1–0 with Universitatea Craiova and a 3–0 with Petrolul Ploiești. By the end of the season, however, CFR was again struggling to stay in Divizia A. CFR was tied at half-time after having led with 2–0 in their game against Politehnica Iași. In the second half, two late goals from Ionescu and Petrescu saved the team from relegation. When Rădulescu and his players got back home to Cluj, 3,000 fans turned out to celebrate their performance.

During the summer of 1972, CFR made an important transfer. Mihai Adam, from Universitatea Cluj, was traded for Soos. Adam had been twice Romania's top scorer, and was considered one of the best Romanian players of his generation. He and the rest of the team would make the 1972–73 season the most successful in CFR's history. The team achieved its highest ranking ever in Romanian football, fifth in Divizia A. Several important results concluded a great season, including a 2–0 victory against Rapid București, a 2–2 draw against Sportul Studențesc București, and another draw, 1–1, with Steaua București. Additionally, the stadium that CFR continues to use even today was built in 1973. To celebrate the completion of the stadium, CFR Cluj played a friendly game against Cuba. The game ended in a 2–1 victory for CFR.

The 1973–74 season was a rather bad one for CFR, as it barely saved itself from relegation, ranking 14th at the end of the season. The only notable achievement of that season was Mihai Adam's third title as Romania's top goal-scorer who, even though he was 33 years old, scored 23 goals. The 1974–75 season was much like the one before: CFR struggled to avoid relegation, achieving its objectives all the while. The 1975–76 season marked CFR's relegation and its last season in Divizia A during the 20th century. A contributing factor was the age of the team, with most of its players in their 30s.

Lower leagues (1976–2002)

During the 1977–78 season, CFR attempted a comeback. However, the team finished only second in Divizia B, after Baia Mare. Four years later, CFR slid further down, into the third division, Divizia C. From then on, the team would alternate between the second and third leagues. In 1983, CFR played in Divizia B under its longstanding coach, Dr. Constantin Rădulescu. In the 1990s, CFR struggled financially and found itself more than once on the brink of bankruptcy. Nevertheless, several very talented players were raised, including Cristian Dulca, Attila Piroșka, Cristian Coroian, and Alin Minteuan.

Pászkány takeover, ascent and first European participation (2002–2007)

In January 2002, a new sponsor, Árpád Pászkány, head of S.C. ECOMAX M.G., founded a new commercial sport society, with ECOMAX M.G. as the primary shareholder. By the end of the 2001–02 season, CFR had been promoted back to Divizia B.

The summer of 2003 was very important for CFR as many new talented players were transferred, among them being Cătălin Bozdog, Adrian Anca, Cristian Turcu, and Sabin Pîglișan. With these players and others, CFR entered the first league after a successful season in Divizia B. CFR began the season strongly, holding first place for a while. Then the club's main sponsor, Árpád Pászkány, became involved in a public scandal, in which Pászkány accused several referees of corruption. This conundrum plagued the team and resulted in head coach GH. Cioceri's dismissal. CFR lost several consecutive games before the scandal faded away. After the winter break, GH. Cioceri was replaced by Aurel Sunda. In the spring of 2004, Sunda's team had a nearly perfect run, winning 14 out of 15 games, with only one draw. One round before the season's end, CFR was one point behind the Jiul Petroșani, which was in first place. All this changed when Jiul was held to a draw by Gaz Metan Mediaș. This, along with CFR's 3–0 victory, was one of the most crucial moments for the club in the 21st century. The CFR Cluj advanced to the top league for the first time in 28 years. In the summer of 2004, CFR acquired many new players, including Vasile Jula and Radu Marginean.

CFR Cluj's first year back in Divizia A was strong, yet inconsistent. CFR finished sixth after the first half of the 2004–05 championship. It was during this time that CFR played one of its most popular games ever, defeating, Dinamo București at home. The final score was 4–2, after two goals each by Adrian Anca and Sorin Oncică. However, the second half of the championship proved disappointing for CFR, as it gathered only 12 points after 15 games. The team finished 11th, though, avoiding relegation.

The summer of 2005 brought significant change to CFR Cluj. The club's executives signed the team up for the UEFA Intertoto Cup, being CFR's first European adventure. CFR began well, qualifying for the second round after two victories against FK Vetra (3–2 and 4–1).

Also, the Romanian international Dorinel Munteanu came to CFR from Steaua București. Munteanu would have the dual role of player-coach. His first game produced one of CFR's greatest successes. CFR defeated Athletic Bilbao of Spain 1–0 (although almost all players from Bilbao's side were from the reserve squad) during the second round of the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup. The only goal of the match was scored by Cosmin Tilincă with a header. CFR then lost in Bilbao (1–0) but still qualified to the next round after a penalty shootout.

Munteanu's team played the next game at Cluj, against French club Saint-Étienne. Adrian Anca played one of the greatest games in his career, even though the match ended in a 1–1 draw. Anca hit the crossbar with a header early in the game, and Tilincă pushed the ball into the net from the rebound. Anca then went on to earn a penalty, but did not score. He then hit the crossbar a second time in the second half. The away game, in France, was also an eventful game for CFR Cluj. The game began well for CFR, as Cristian Coroian scored from a penalty kick, earned by Adrian Anca. The second half went less smoothly for CFR; Julien Sable scored for Saint-Étienne, tying the game at 1–1. This was followed by CFR player László Balint's elimination. However, a Cosmin Tilincă goal gave the team the ability to tie with the French at the very last minute. The game ended in a 2–2 draw, so CFR went on to the next qualifying stage due to its away goals. In the next round CFR easily disposed of Zalgiris Vilnius, 2–1 in Lithuania and 5–1 at home.

For the final match of the 2005 UEFA Interoto Cup, CFR Cluj's opponent was another French franchise, RC Lens. The first game, at Cluj, ended in a 1–1 draw with both sides having scored from free kicks. Cristian Turcu scored for CFR. The second game was played at Lens in front of 30,000 French fans. The Romanian players showed signs of exhaustion and conceded three goals. Player-coach Dorinel Munteanu scored a goal from a free kick in the 89th minute. Thus ended CFR Cluj's Intertoto journey. CFR then finished fifth at the end of the 2005–06 domestic season. During the 2006–07 season, major changes at the club started to occur. Dorinel Munteanu resigned as player-coach, and was replaced by Cristiano Bergodi. Foreign players from Western Europe and South America were transferred. A partnership with Portuguese club Benfica was signed. On 22 July 2007, CFR Cluj celebrated its centenary year by playing a friendly game against Benfica and inaugurating the new illumination system at its stadium.

Strong domestic success (2007–2012)

Chelsea (2) v (1) CFR Cluj
CFR Cluj's players at the Stamford Bridge in December 2008.

The team's new coach, Romanian Ioan Andone, formerly of Omonia Nicosia and Dinamo București started the 2007–08 season well, with CFR Cluj leading the league by eight points halfway through the season and remaining undefeated. Their form was not as good in the second half of the season, and they were overtaken by Steaua București with two games remaining. Even though Steaua crushed Gloria Buzau 5–0 in the last matchday, it was not enough to bring the title to Ghencea, since CFR won the derby against Universitatea Cluj and won the title, becoming the first team outside Bucharest to win the title in nearly two decades.[5] Three days later CFR Cluj completed a league and cup double, beating Unirea Urziceni in the Romanian Cup final.

By winning the league, CFR Cluj qualified for the group stage of the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League season. They were drawn in Group A against Chelsea of England, A.S. Roma of Italy, and Bordeaux of France and given little chance of progressing, with odds of 300–1 being given on them winning the competition.[6] In their opening game, CFR caused a shock by beating Roma in the Italian capital, 2–1,[7] with Argentine Juan Culio scoring the brace. Expectations were further exceeded by holding the previous season's finalists Chelsea to a 0–0 draw.[8]

The end of the 2008–09 season saw CFR finish fourth, the team had two coaching staff changes in the second part of the competition and did not manage to secure a second title. The Romanian Cup was kept for a consecutive year at Cluj, and with this the CFR ended the year in high spirits.

In the 2009–10 season, the team won the league title for the second time in its history, exhibiting the heavy investments in the club's infrastructure, management, and squad transfers. Managed by coach Andrea Mandorlini, CFR Cluj also kept the Romanian Cup and qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stage. As a premier, the 2009–2010 CFR Fans' Trophy was awarded to Cristian Panin as voted by supporters and football reviewers. The trophy is to be awarded every year by the CFR Cluj fans associations to the player that receives the highest aggregate number of votes online and highest per match rating respectively.[9] The 2010–11 CFR Fans' Trophy was awarded to captain Ricardo Cadu and the 2011–2012 CFR Fans' Trophy was awarded to goalkeeper Beto Pimparel.

The 2011–12 season brought the league title to Cluj for the third time. Starting under Jorge Costa's supervision, the team maintained a spot in the top three. After a few major defeats close to the end of the season, Costa was replaced by Ioan Andone. Under Andone, CFR won all the remaining matches except for one draw, and finished first. Later that year, FC Dinamo București defeated CFR Cluj in the Romanian Supercup with 6–4 after penalties, handing them their first defeat in a final.

Recent history (2012–present)

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Dan Petrescu led the club to the 2017–18 league title.

CFR Cluj began the 2014–15 season well, but financial difficulties led to insolvency which subsequently started a period of poor performances.[10] After failing to fully remunerate five former club players, the Romanian Football Federation decided to deduct 24 points from CFR, which placed them on the last position in Liga I. Many players left the club as a result and Ceferiștii challenged the Federation's decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. In May 2015 the Court ruled in their favour, restoring the deducted points, which helped the team secure a third-place finish in the league championship. CFR Cluj won the 2016 Cupa României final played against Dinamo București after penalty shootouts,[11] being their first trophy since 2012.

During early 2017, it was reported that businessman Marian Băgăcean purchased 62% stake of the club.[2] On 30 May that year, after finishing the 2016–17 Liga I campaign on the 4th place, CFR Cluj finally got out of insolvency and was again able to participate in European competitions starting with the 2018–19 season.[12] In June 2017, Dan Petrescu replaced Vasile Miriuță as the head coach of the team, with the goal of a European cup return and an ambitious transfer campaign to support it.[13]

On 20 May 2018, "the Railwaymen" won 1–0 over defending champions Viitorul Constanța and clinched their fourth Liga I title as they finished one point above FCSB in the table.[14] CFR also came victorious in the subsequent 2018 Supercupa României played against Universitatea Craiova, this time under the management of coach Edward Iordănescu.[15] However, Iordănescu was replaced after just three games and Toni Conceição was brought back for his third term as a manager. The club's European campaign was cut short after Luxembourgish side F91 Dudelange won the UEFA Europa League play-off round 5–2 on aggregate; due to Dudelange's apparent underdog status, daily newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor regarded CFR's elimination as "the biggest shame in the history of Romanian football".[16]

Stadium

Stade Constantin Radulescu
Dr. Constantin Rădulescu, view of the 2nd Sector from the pitch

CFR Cluj plays its home games at the Dr. Constantin Rădulescu Stadium, which was expanded in 2008 to seat a maximum capacity of 23,500.[1] It meets all of UEFA's regulations and can host Champions League matches. In 2006–07, with an investment of €10 million, the club upgraded the field with higher quality turf, built a state of the art lighting system, and updated its infrastructure. All the work was completed for the club's 100th birthday, when a friendly game was played against Portuguese side Benfica.

Support

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CFR fans at a home game

A 2011 survey has shown that CFR Cluj has the fourth-largest number of supporters in Romania.[17] They have many fans in Cluj-Napoca and in the region of Transylvania, but also in some other parts of the country. The most recent formed ultras group is Frânarii, but there are other five groups who encourage the club from the stands: KVSC, New Spirit,Pride, Gruppo Gara, Romaniacs, Juvenes and Vallachi.

Rivalries

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CFR fans in 2006

CFR Cluj has a fierce rivalry with their local opponents Universitatea Cluj.[18] According to journalist Răzvan Toma, the first match between the two teams was played on 13 October 1920, when CFR thrashed Universitatea 8–0 on a field based in the Cluj-Napoca Central Park.[19] History and statistics website Romanian Soccer regards a 1–3 loss of CFR – which had just merged with Ferar Cluj – on 7 December 1947 as the first Liga I meeting between the two teams.[20] The derby is believed to be based on an ethnical conflict between the communities in the city; this claim can however be refuted as both teams had players of Hungarian origin throughout history.[19]

Ceferiștii also hold milder rivalries with Steaua București, Dinamo București, Rapid București, Universitatea Craiova and Politehnica Timișoara.

Honours

Domestic

Leagues

  • Liga III
    • Winners (7): 1946–47, 1982–83, 1985–86, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1995–96, 2001–02
    • Runners-up (1): 1987–88

Cups

European

Players

First team squad

As of 31 January 2019[21]

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

No. Position Player
1 Spain GK Jesús Fernández
5 Croatia MF Mate Maleš
6 Romania DF Cristian Manea (on loan from Apollon Limassol)
7 Romania MF Alexandru Păun
8 Croatia MF Damjan Djoković
9 France FW Billel Omrani
10 Romania MF Ciprian Deac (Captain)
11 Brazil FW Júlio Baptista
14 Portugal MF Thierry Moutinho
18 Romania MF Valentin Costache
19 Argentina MF Emmanuel Culio
20 Romania FW George Țucudean
No. Position Player
22 Hungary DF Ádám Lang
28 Romania MF Ovidiu Hoban
30 Romania DF Andrei Mureșan
31 Romania MF Alexandru Ioniță
33 Romania GK Adrian Rus
37 Romania MF Mihai Bordeianu
45 Portugal DF Camora
55 Brazil DF Paulo Vinícius
62 Romania MF Claudiu Petrila
77 Romania DF Andrei Peteleu
87 Lithuania GK Giedrius Arlauskis
99 Romania FW George Ganea

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
17 Romania DF Andrei Radu (to Concordia Chiajna)
27 Romania MF Sebastian Mailat (to Gaz Metan Mediaș)
57 France MF Bryan Nouvier (to Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe)
No. Position Player
88 Cameroon FW Robert Tambe (to Sheriff Tiraspol)
90 Romania FW Gabriel Dodoi (to Pandurii Târgu Jiu)
Romania GK Ionuț Rus (to Luceafărul Oradea)

Club officials

Board of directors

Role Name
Owners Romania Marian Băgăcean (62%)[2]
Romania Árpád Pászkány (38%)
President Romania Iuliu Mureșan
Sporting director Romania Alexandru Matei
Economic director Romania Simona Baciu
Marketing director Romania Tudor Pop
Team manager Romania Cristian Panin
General secretary Romania Florin Popicu
Sporting secretary Romania Iustin Balaj
Legal adviser Romania Ionuț Ivașcu
Responsible for order and safety Romania Augustin Goga

Current technical staff

Role Name
Manager Romania Alin Minteuan
Assistant manager Portugal Luis Baltazar
Goalkeeping coach Romania Cristian Moldovan
Fitness coach Romania Cristian Dragotă
Kinetotherapist Romania Viorel Boncoi
Club doctor Romania Ionuț Tocaciu
Masseurs Romania Iosif Mureșan
Romania Bogdan Rus

Records and statistics

European cups all-time statistics

Including home match with Dudelange.

Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
European Cup / UEFA Champions League 4 24 11 4 11 27 32 –5
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 5 19 6 3 10 17 25 –8
UEFA Intertoto Cup 1 10 5 3 2 20 13 +7
Total 10 53 21 10 23 62 65 –6

Records

  • Biggest victory: CFR Cluj – Minaur Zlatna 10–0 (4 October 2003)
  • Biggest defeat: CFR București – CFR Cluj 12–2 (20 April 1949)
  • Player with most caps in Liga I: Portugal Camora (208)
  • Player with most goals in Liga I: Romania Mihai Adam (47)

History by season

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated

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

Season League Cup European Cup Other Top Goalscorer(s) Notes Name[22]
Division Pos P W D L GF GA Pts Name Goals
Hungarian Football Championship[23][24] Kolozsvári Vasutas SC
(KVSC)
/ Clubul Sportiv Feroviar
Cluj
1907–08 District 3rd 4 0 0 4 2 42 0  –
1908–09 3rd 8 4 1 3 4 11 9  –
1909–10 2nd 4 2 0 2 2 4 2[25]  –
1910–11 Ch. Tr. 1st[26] 4 3 0 1 11 6 6  – Kolozsvári Torna Club
(KTC)
1911–12 3rd 6 1 0 5 2  –
1912–13 1st[27] 12 11 1 0 23  –
1913–14 2nd 20 34  – Championship discontinued
1914–18 Not involved in any competitions due to World War I. In 1918, Transylvania is united with Romania.
1918–19 District 1st 6  –
1919–20 1st  –
1920–21 3rd  –
Romanian Football Championship[28] CFR Cluj
1921–22 District 7  –
1922–23  –
1923–24 3rd  –
1924–25 14  –
1925–26 18  –
1926–27 6th 10  –
1927–28 Not involved in any competitions
1928–29 District 3rd  –
1929–30  –
1930–31 Not involved in any competitions
1931–32 District 3rd  –
1932–33 2nd  – Foundation of the Romanian Football
League system
1933–34 1st 32 4 p
1934–35 Div B 5th 14 4 3 7 21 27 11 p
1935–36 8th 14 3 1 10 11 28 7 p
1936–37 Div C 2nd 10 3 6 1 12 10 12 p
1937–38 4th 16 8 4 4 39 25 20 p
1938–39 District 1st p
1939–40 1st p
1940–41 Div B  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – Retired due to Second Vienna Award
Hungarian Football Championship[23] Kolozsvári MÁV SE
1940–41 District  –
1941–42 Nem II 3rd 26 15 2 9 77 51 32  –
1942–43 3rd 18 9 2 7 32 37 20  –
1943–44 11th 26 7 7 12 39 49 21  –
1944–45  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – Retired – Vienna Award nullified
Romanian Football Championship[28] CFR Cluj
1945–46 District 3rd  –
1946–47 Div C 1st 16 15 1 0 56 5 31  –
1947–48 Div B 15th[29] 15 10 0 5 40 28 20 p Merged with Ferar Cluj during the Season
Div A 8th 30 9 10 11 48 52 28 R16 Romania Anton Fernbach-
Ferenczi
15
1948–49 11th 26 9 5 12 39 67 23 R32
1950 Div B 8th 22 7 5 10 42 34 19 p Locomotiva Cluj
1951 6th 22 9 5 8 37 31 23 R32
1952 4th 22 7 7 8 29 24 21 p
1953 3rd 28 14 7 7 48 32 35 R32
1954 5th 24 10 6 8 33 26 26 p
1955 7th 26 11 3 12 45 38 25 p
1956 10th 24 9 3 12 30 41 21 R32
1957 6th 12 3 2 7 18 28 8  –
1957–58 14th 26 3 5 18 31 71 11 p CFR Cluj
1958–59 Div C 2nd 18 10 3 5 26 17 23 R32
1959–60 Div B 8th 26 11 2 13 33 36 24 R32 Merged with Rapid Cluj
1960–61 8th 26 9 7 10 29 41 25 p CSM Cluj
1961–62 7th 26 10 8 8 32 31 28 p
1962–63 5th 26 10 7 9 40 30 27 p
1963–64 11th 26 9 4 13 34 31 22 R32
1964–65 3rd 26 11 5 10 34 22 27 R32 Clujeana Cluj
1965–66 9th 26 7 8 11 31 43 22 R16
1966–67 11th 26 8 7 11 26 35 23 p Discontinued
1960–67 Amateur Team in District Leagues; Substituted Clujeana Cluj (Div B) CFR Cluj
1967–68 Div B 5th 26 11 3 12 46 37 25 5R Romania Romulus Petrescu 13
1968–69 1st 30 16 8 6 57 31 40 5R Greece Giannis Matzourakis 15
1969–70 Div A 14th 30 10 7 13 29 45 27 R32 Romania Arpad Soos 8
1970–71 14th 30 9 8 13 37 52 26 R32 Romania Octavian Ionescu 9
1971–72 13th 30 9 7 14 27 37 25 QF
1972–73 5th 30 11 11 8 33 33 33 R16 Romania Mihai Adam 11
1973–74 14th 34 11 9 14 40 53 31 R32 Romania Mihai Adam 23
1974–75 15th 34 11 10 13 26 34 32 R16
1975–76 17th 34 9 10 15 30 39 28 R32 Romania Mihai Adam 9
1976–77 Div B 9th 34 14 6 14 38 40 34 p
1977–78 2nd 34 21 8 5 80 21 50 p
1978–79 4th 34 16 4 14 48 42 36 p
1979–80 10th 34 14 4 16 47 54 32 p
1980–81 8th 34 15 4 15 61 48 34 p
1981–82 17th 34 10 6 18 37 58 26 p Merged with CS Armata Cluj
1982–83 Div C 1st 30 20 3 7 64 31 43 p Steaua CFR Cluj
1983–84 Div B 16th 34 13 2 19 44 52 28 p
1984–85 Div C 5th 30 14 2 14 37 26 30 R32
1985–86 1st 30 20 2 8 87 27 42 p
1986–87 Div B 17th 34 7 8 19 35 56 22 p
1987–88 Div C 2nd 30 20 3 7 73 29 43 p
1988–89 1st 30 18 5 7 66 24 41 p
1989–90 Div B 18th 34 5 10 19 26 66 20 R16
1990–91 Div C 1st 30 20 6 4 77 27 46 p Romania Ilie Lazăr 25 CFR Cluj
1991–92 Div B 7th 34 15 5 14 65 52 35 p Romania Ilie Lazăr 30
1992–93 15th 34 13 3 18 56 68 29 p
1993–94 12th 34 12 6 16 53 57 30 5R Romania Cristian Coroian
Romania Dănuț Matei
9
1994–95 16th 34 10 7 17 49 67 37 p Romania Cristian Coroian 9
1995–96 Div C 1st 34 26 3 5 96 20 81 p Romania Cristian Coroian 31
1996–97 Div B 9th 34 14 5 15 43 45 47 5R Romania Sorin Oncică 7
1997–98 16th 34 11 5 18 41 57 38 p
1998–99 Div C 5th 36 16 8 12 61 55 56 p
1999–00 10th 30 11 6 13 53 49 39 p
2000–01 10th 26 10 5 11 37 35 35 p
2001–02 1st 26 21 2 3 60 10 65 R32
2002–03 Div B 6th 28 12 10 6 52 26 46 QF Romania Cosmin Tilincă 9 CFR-Ecomax Cluj
2003–04 1st 30 21 6 3 75 19 69 p Romania Adrian Anca 24
2004–05 Div A 11th 30 9 9 12 33 44 36 R16 Romania Adrian Anca 11
2005–06 5th 30 14 8 8 36 27 50 R32 IT F Romania Adrian Anca 6
2006–07 L1 3rd 34 21 6 7 59 32 69 R16 Romania Cristian Coroian 11 CFR 1907 Cluj
2007–08 1st 34 23 7 4 52 22 76 W UEFA 2R Romania Eugen Trică 14
2008–09 4th 34 16 11 7 44 26 59 W UCL GS Supercup W Burkina Faso Yssouf Koné 10
2009–10 1st 34 20 9 5 43 21 69 W UEL GS Supercup W Romania Cristian Bud 7
2010–11 10th 34 11 12 11 50 45 45 QF UCL GS Ivory Coast Lacina Traoré 7
2011–12 1st 34 21 8 5 63 31 71 R32 Supercup F Greece Pantelis Kapetanos 12
2012–13 9th 34 12 13 9 56 39 49 F UCL GS Portugal Rui Pedro 7
UEL R32
2013–14 5th 34 13 12 9 44 33 51 R32 Romania Ciprian Deac
Nigeria Derick Ogbu
6
2014–15 3rd 34 16 9 9 49 29 57 SF UEL 3R League Cup R16 France Grégory Tadé 18
2015–16 10th 26 9 10 7 31 25 27[30] W League Cup QF Spain Cristian López 13
14 6 4 4 25 13 36[31] Supercup F
2016–17 4th 26 14 7 5 42 23 43[32] QF League Cup QF Romania Cristian Bud 11
10 3 2 5 8 14 33 [33]
2017–18 1st 26 18 5 3 42 13 59 R32 Supercup W Argentina Emmanuel Culio 8
10 5 5 0 12 6 50 [34]
2018–19 1st 12 6 5 1 14 8 23 R16 UCL 2R
UEL PO

Notable former players

The footballers enlisted below have had international cap(s) for their respective countries at junior and/or senior level. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries at junior and/or senior level on through the time's passing. Additionally, these players have also had a significant number of caps and goals accumulated throughout a certain number of seasons for the club itself as well.

Romania
Angola
Argentina
Brazil
Burkina Faso
Canada
Cape Verde
Chile
Côte d'Ivoire
Croatia
France
Georgia
Ghana
Greece
Hungary
Italy
Macedonia
Moldova
Nigeria
Portugal
Senegal
Serbia
Spain
Sweden
Uruguay
Venezuela

Notable former managers

References

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  25. ^ Deducted two points.
  26. ^ Qualified for "Best provincial team" Title. Lost to Kassai Athletikai Club in the quarter-finals.
  27. ^ Qualified for "Best provincial team" Title. Lost to Bácska Szabadkai Athletikai Club in the quarter-finals.
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  29. ^ 3rd place at the time of merger
  30. ^ Deducted ten points for failing to comply with licensing requirements.
  31. ^ Points halved after the regular season. Entered the play-out with 14 points.
  32. ^ Deducted six points for failing to comply with licensing requirements.
  33. ^ Points halved after the regular season. Entered the play-off with 22 points.
  34. ^ Points halved after the regular season. Entered the play-off with 30 points.

External links

2008 Cupa României Final

The 2008 Cupa României Final was the 70 final of Romania's most prestigious cup competition. The final was played at the Stadionul Ceahlăul in Piatra Neamţ on 10 May 2008 and was contested between Liga I sides CFR Cluj and Unirea Urziceni. The cup was won by CFR Cluj who also won the Liga I title that year.

2009 Cupa României Final

The 2009 Cupa României Final was the 71st final of Romania's most prestigious cup competition. The final was played at the Stadionul Tudor Vladimirescu in Târgu Jiu on 13 June 2009 and was contested between Liga I sides FC Timişoara and the defending champions CFR Cluj. The final whistle saw CFR Cluj winning the cup after a three goals to nill margin and also defending last season trophy.

2010 Cupa României Final

The 2010 Cupa României Final was the 72nd final of Romania's most prestigious cup competition. The final was played at the Emil Alexandrescu stadium in Iaşi between the Cup's holder, CFR Cluj and FC Vaslui. The trophy was won for the third year in a row by CFR Cluj after penalty kicks.

2012 Supercupa României

The 2012 Supercupa României was the 14th edition of Romania's season opener cup competition. The game was contested between Liga I title holders, CFR Cluj, and Romanian Cup winners, Dinamo București. For the first time in history, the Supercup was played at Arena Națională, the newly stadium built in Bucharest.

Dinamo won the game after penalties. After regular time the game ended 1–1 after goals of Diogo Valente, who opened the score for Cluj, and George Țucudean, who equalised in the second half. CFR had their captain Cadú sent off in the 65th minute. In extra time, Țucudean scored again, but CFR answered only one minute later with a goal by Pantelis Kapetanos. At the penalty shootout, two players from CFR missed, only one player from Dinamo failed to score, thus the white-and-reds won the trophy for the second time in history.

2013 Cupa României Final

The Cupa României Final was the final match of the 2012–13 Cupa României, played between Petrolul Ploiești and CFR Cluj. The match was played on 1 June 2013 at the Arena Națională in Bucharest. Petrolul Ploiești won the match 1-0, triumphing for the 3rd time in this competition while CFR Cluj lost its first final. It was the second final played on the Arena Națională and the second in Bucharest since 2006. Jeremy Bokila scored the only goal of the match in the 8th minute and was named Man of the Match. Winners Petrolul Ploiești will face Romanian Champions Steaua București, on the same stadium on 10 July in the Romanian Supercup.

2016 Cupa României Final

The Cupa României Final was the final match of the 2015–16 Cupa României, played between Dinamo București and CFR Cluj. CFR Cluj won the match, 5–4 after penalties.

2016 Supercupa României

The 2016 Supercupa României was the 18th edition of Romania's season opener cup competition. The game was contested between Liga I title holders, Astra Giurgiu, and Romanian Cup holders, CFR Cluj. It was played at Cluj Arena in Cluj-Napoca in July. Astra won the trophy for the second time in its history, after defeating CFR Cluj with 1–0

2018 Supercupa României

The 2018 Supercupa României was the 20th edition of the Supercupa României, the annual super cup in Romania.

The game was contested by the winners of the previous season's Liga I and Cupa României competitions, CFR Cluj and Universitatea Craiova respectively. It was played at the Ion Oblemenco Stadium in Craiova, on 14 July 2018.CFR Cluj claimed the trophy after defeating Universitatea Craiova 1–0, with Emmanuel Culio scoring the only goal of the game. Before the match, CFR had reached the Supercupa României four times, winning two (2009, 2010) and being runners-up two times (2012, 2016); U Craiova had never took part in the contest.

Alin Minteuan

Alin Ilie Minteuan (born 12 November 1976) is a Romanian football coach and former player.

António Conceição da Silva Oliveira

António Conceição da Silva Oliveira (born 6 December 1961), known as Toni Conceição, is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a right back, and is the manager of Romanian club CFR Cluj.

Ciprian Deac

Ciprian Ioan Deac (Romanian pronunciation: [t͡ʃipriˈan iˈo̯an ˈde̯ak] or [deˈak]; born 16 February 1986) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays as a winger or an attacking midfielder for CFR Cluj and Captain, and the Romania national team.

He spent most of his professional career in Romania with CFR Cluj, where he won nine domestic trophies. He also had spells in Germany and Kazakhstan.

Deac made his international debut for Romania in March 2010, and scored his first goal for the nation seven years later in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match with Denmark.

Eugen Trică

Eugen Trică (born 5 August 1976) is a Romanian football manager and former footballer who played as a midfielder.

George Țucudean

Marius George Țucudean (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈmari.us ˈd͡ʒe̯ord͡ʒe t͡sukuˈde̯an]; born 30 April 1991) is a Romanian professional footballer who plays for CFR Cluj and the Romania national team as a striker.

He made his senior debut with UTA Arad in 2009, and throughout his career has represented among others Dinamo București, Steaua București, Viitorul Constanța and CFR Cluj, winning a combined eight domestic trophies. Țucudean also had two unsuccessful spells abroad, with Standard Liège and Charlton Athletic respectively. He was the top scorer of the Romanian first division in the 2017–18 season and was named the Romanian Footballer of the Year for 2018 by the Gazeta Sporturilor newspaper.

Țucudean made his first appearance for the Romania national team in November 2017, and scored his first goal for the country the following year in a 2–1 victory over Israel.

Ioan Hora

Adrian Ioan Hora (born 21 August 1988) is a Romanian footballer who plays for Romanian club FCSB. Although he played most of his career as a winger, he has recently found more success as a striker.

List of foreign Liga I players

This is a list of foreign players in the Liga I, which commenced play in 1909. The following players must meet both of the following two criteria:

Have played at least one Liga I game. Players who were signed by Liga I clubs, but only played in lower league, cup and/or European games, or did not play in any competitive games at all, are not included.

Are considered foreign, i.e., outside Romania determined by the following:A player is considered foreign if he is not eligible to play for the national teams of Romania.More specifically,

If a player has been capped on international level, the national team is used; if he has been capped by more than one country, the highest level (or the most recent) team is used. These include Romanian players with dual citizenship. Players who played for Romania but came as foreign players (such as István Avar) are also listed.

If a player has not been capped on international level, his country of birth is used, except those who were born abroad from Romanian parents or moved to Romania at a young age, and those who clearly indicated to have switched his nationality to another nation.Clubs listed are those that the player has played at least one Liga I game for.

Seasons listed are those that the player has played at least one Liga I game in. Note that seasons, not calendar years, are used. For example, "1992–1995" indicates that the player has played in every season from 1992–1993 to 1994–1995, but not necessarily every calendar year from 1992 to 1995.

In bold: players that have played at least one Liga I game in the current season (2018–2019) and the clubs they've played for. They include players that have subsequently left the club, but do not include current players of a Liga I club that have not played a Liga I game in the current season.

Roberto De Zerbi

Roberto De Zerbi (Italian pronunciation: [roˈbɛrto de ˈddzɛrbi]; born 6 June 1979) is a former Italian footballer and current manager of Sassuolo.

Stadionul Clujana

Stadionul Clujana is a multi-use stadium in Cluj-Napoca. It is currently the home ground of Universitatea Cluj youth academy. It currently holds 2,000 people. This was also the home ground of Dermata Cluj, CFR Cluj, and Sănătatea Cluj.

Stadionul Dr. Constantin Rădulescu

Dr. Constantin Rădulescu Stadium, informally also known as CFR Cluj Stadium, is a football-only stadium in the Gruia district, Cluj-Napoca, Romania and is home ground of CFR Cluj. The stadium is named after Constantin Rădulescu, a former player, coach and doctor.

Supercupa României

The Supercupa României (English: Romanian Supercup) is a Romanian football championship contested by the winners of the Liga I and the Cupa României. It is usually played at the Arena Națională in Bucharest.

The competition started off in 1994, with the first edition being won by Steaua București. In 2010, for the first time in its history, the Supercup was held even though CFR Cluj had been victorious in both the league and the cup in the previous season. They faced Unirea Urziceni, the Liga I runners-up.The most successful performers so far have been Steaua București and Rapid București, with 6 and 4 wins respectively.

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