Costică Ștefănescu

Costică Ştefănescu (26 March 1951 – 20 August 2013) was a Romanian football player and coach who last managed Qatari side Al Shamal. He spent the majority of his career at CS Universitatea Craiova, where he made a club record 378 appearances.[1] He is also the second all-time appearance leader in Divizia A, having played in a total of 490 matches.[2] In August 2013, after suffering from cancer for a long time, he committed suicide by jumping from the fifth floor of the military hospital in Bucharest.[3]

Costică Ştefănescu
Costică Ștefănescu
Ștefănescu in 1984
Personal information
Full name Costică Ştefănescu
Date of birth 26 March 1951
Place of birth Bucharest, Romania
Date of death 20 August 2013 (aged 62)
Place of death Bucharest, Romania
Playing position Centre-back
Youth career
1965–1969 Steaua Bucureşti
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1973 Steaua Bucureşti 77 (9)
1973–1986 Universitatea Craiova 378 (10)
1986–1988 FCM Braşov 35 (0)
Total 490 (19)
National team
1977–1985 Romania 66 (0)
Teams managed
1986–1989 FC Brasov
1990 Steaua Bucureşti
1990–1991 Romania U-21
1991–1992 Al-Wakrah
1992–1993 Selena Bacău
1993–1994 Politehnica Timişoara
1994–1998 Romania (assistant)
1999–2000 Astra Ploieşti
2000–2001 CSM Reşiţa
2001–2002 Hapoel Tzafririm Holon
2003 Al Shoala
2003–2005 Al-Jaish Damascus
2006 FC U Craiova
2007 Al-Wahda Damascus
2008 Najran SC
2009 Al Tadamon
2010–2012 Al-Jaish
2012 Al Shamal
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only



Steaua Bucharest
Universitatea Craiova




  1. ^ "Fotbal Club Universitatea Craiova". Archived from the original on 16 April 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Romania - All-Time Most Matches Played in Divizia A". Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Former Romania captain Costica Stefanescu dies aged 62". The Guardian. 21 August 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013.

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1970 Cupa României Final

The 1970 Cupa României Final was the 32nd final of Romania's most prestigious football cup competition. It was disputed between Steaua București and Dinamo București, and was won by Steaua București after a game with 3 goals. It was the 10th cup for Steaua București.

2013 in Romania

The following lists events that happened during 2013 in Romania.

2013 in association football

The following are the scheduled events of association football for the year 2013 throughout the world.


The AFC Cup is an annual International association football competition between domestic clubs run by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Qualification to the competition is available to clubs from AFC-affiliated countries that fall into the AFC's 'developing nations' category as laid out in their 'Vision Asia' document. Countries which are 'emerging' nations are eligible to participate in the AFC Cup, whereas countries which have better infrastructure and football prowess are entered into the AFC Champions League.

The 'developing nations' are the fourteen 'next-best' countries that lie outside the top-14 countries in the AFC region which send their clubs to the more prestigious AFC Champions League. Before the reform in competition format that took place in 2009, the two competitions were not interlinked as the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League are in Europe, and AFC Champions League losers did not compete in the Cup. Following the reform in 2009, finalists of the AFC Cup meeting AFC's criteria and certain other eligible teams are allowed to compete in the qualifying round of AFC Champions League with the losers demoted to play in the AFC Cup.

Al-Kuwait and Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya are the most successful club in the competition's history, having won three titles each. Clubs from Kuwait have won four titles, making them the most successful nation in the competition. Ever since the inauguration of the competition in 2004, the finalists of each edition have been dominated by clubs from West Asia until 2015 when the Malaysian team Johor Darul Ta'zim from East Asia became one of the finalists and became champions. Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya are the current champions after defeating Altyn Asyr in the final to win the 2018 AFC Cup, becoming the first ever club to win the trophy on three successive occasions.

Al-Mesaimeer SC

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Al-Shamal SC

Al-Shamal SC (Arabic: نادي الشمال الرياضي‎) is a Qatari multi-sports club based in Madinat ash Shamal. Al-Shamal were founded in 1980. Its football team currently competes in the second tier of Qatari football, the Qatargas League.

Aristică Cioabă

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CSM Școlar Reșița

CSM Școlar Reșița is a Romanian football team from Reșița, Caraș-Severin County founded in 1926.

The club is situated in Reșița, in Valea Domanului. In front of the football complex is the bust of Mircea Chivu, the most known Reșița coach, the father of the very-well known football player Cristian Chivu.

CS Universitatea Craiova

U Craiova 1948 Club Sportiv, commonly known as Universitatea Craiova (Romanian pronunciation: [universiˈtate̯a kraˈjova]), U Craiova, or CS U Craiova, is a Romanian a professional football team based in Craiova, Dolj County, currently playing in the Liga I, the top tier of the Romanian football league system.

It was founded in 1948 as the football section of the CSU Craiova sports club, of which it was originally part of until 1991. During that period, it had won 4 national titles and 5 national cups. For the next two decades, its tradition was taken further by FC U Craiova, which was reorganised several times, disaffiliated and retroactively deemed as an unofficial successor. In 2013, the sports club refounded the football department, which claimed to be the continuation of the original Universitatea Craiova; this has since been backed up by some court orders and the Liga Profesionistă de Fotbal, however the record is still being disputed with the also reestablished FC U entity and uncertainty persists. In 2018, "the White-Blues" won the Cupa României, representing their first trophy following the refoundation.

On the European stage, Universitatea Craiova's best performances are reaching the semi-finals of the 1982–83 UEFA Cup and the quarter-finals of the 1981–82 European Cup. They were the first Romanian team to reach the semi-finals of a UEFA tournament and remain the only one to have knocked out at least one club from each of five strongest countries in European football: England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

"The Students" play their home matches at the Stadionul Ion Oblemenco, which has a capacity of 30,929. Craiova holds several rivalries, the most notable being the one with Dinamo București.

FC Astra Giurgiu

Asociația Fotbal Club Astra Giurgiu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈastra ˈd͡ʒjurd͡ʒju]), commonly known as Astra Giurgiu, or simply as Astra, is a Romanian professional football club based in the city of Giurgiu, Giurgiu County, currently playing in the Liga I.

Founded in 1921 in Ploiești, Prahova County, as Clubul Sportiv Astra-Română, the club spent the majority of its history in the lower leagues. Only after late 1990s, when taken under the ownership of businessman Ioan Niculae, the club began to achieve success, with a premiere promotion to the top of the Romanian football league system in 1998. In September 2012, the team was moved from Ploiești to Giurgiu. At the end of 2015–16 season, the side led by head coach Marius Șumudică won a historic championship title, in the same time ending a three-year successful run of Steaua București.Domestically, Astra's major honours include one Liga I, one Cupa României and two Supercupa României. On the international stage, their best performance is reaching UEFA Europa League's round of 32 in the 2016–17 season.

The colours of the club are white and black, hence the old nickname Dracii negri (The Black Devils). Red, which is present on the current crest, was worn on many occasions on away kits.

Liga I

The Liga I (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈliɡa ɨŋˈtɨj]; English: First League), also spelled Liga 1 (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈliɡa ˈunu]; English: League One), is a Romanian professional league for men's association football clubs. It is currently sponsored by betting company Betano, and thus officially known as the Liga 1 Betano. At the top of the Romanian football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Contested by 14 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with Liga II. The teams play 26 matches each in the regular season, and then enter the play-off or the play-out according to their position in the regular season.

Liga I was established in 1909 and commenced play for the 1909–10 campaign, being currently on the 20th place in UEFA's league coefficient ranking list. It is administered by the Liga Profesionistă de Fotbal (LPF). Before the 2006–07 season, the competition was known as Divizia A, but the name had to be changed following the finding that someone else had registered that trademark.The best performer is FCSB with 26 titles, followed by cross-town rival Dinamo București with 18 trophies. Of the remaining 21 clubs which came victorious in the competition, eight have won it on at least three occasions: Venus București, UTA Arad, Chinezul Timișoara, Universitatea Craiova, Petrolul Ploiești, Ripensia Timișoara, Rapid București and CFR Cluj. The latter has only been remarkably successful in the 21st century.

As of 2016, Liga I ranked first in the number of teams sent to participate in European competitions since 1955. No less than 40 different clubs had played at least one match in European cups.

List of FC Steaua București managers

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The longest serving manager was Anghel Iordănescu, who was in charge from 1986 to 1990, a period of 3 years and 8 months. The most successful Steaua București manager in terms of major trophies won is Emerich Jenei, who won nine trophies.

List of FC Steaua București players

Below is a list of notable footballers who have played for Steaua București. Generally, this means players that have played 100 or more Liga I matches for the club. However, some players who have played fewer matches are also included: this includes some players who did not reach the 100 games but made significant contributions to the club's history and performances. Numbers below indicate national championship appearances for Steaua.

List of Romania international footballers

This list of Romania international footballers contains football players who have played for the Romania national football team, listed according to their number of caps. As 802 players have played for the team since it started officially registering its players in 1913, only players with 20 or more official caps are included.

List of Romania national football team captains

The Romania national football team represents the nation of Romania in international association football. It is fielded by the Romanian Football Federation (FRF) and competes as a member of Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), which encompasses the countries of Europe. The team played its first official international match on 8 June 1922 against Yugoslavia. Since its first competitive match, 802 players have made at least one international appearance for the team. Of them, 89 have served as captain of the national team. This list contains football players who have served as captain of the Romanian national team and is listed according to their number of matches captained.

Najran SC

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Najran SC achieved promotion to the Saudi Premier League by finishing 2nd in the Saudi First Division during the 2006/07 season.

Romanian Footballer of the Year (Gazeta Sporturilor)

The Romanian Footballer of the Year (Romanian: Fotbalistul român al anului), also known as the Nicolae Dobrin Trophy (Romanian: Trofeul Nicolae Dobrin), is an annual association football award given by the Gazeta Sporturilor newspaper to the Romanian player adjudged to have been the best during a calendar year. The current holder is George Țucudean, who won the award for his performances in 2018 representing CFR Cluj.It has been presented since 1966 and is currently named after Nicolae Dobrin, the first recipient of the award and one of Romania's most notable footballers. Gheorghe Hagi, the joint leading goalscorer of the national team alongside Adrian Mutu, has received the trophy a record of seven times. Other honours handed out by Gazeta Sporturilor include the Liga I Foreign Player of the Year and the Romania Coach of the Year awards.

UEFA Euro 1984 Group 2

Group 2 of UEFA Euro 1984 was one of only two groups in the final tournament's initial group stage. It began on 14 June and was completed on 20 June. The group consisted of West Germany, Spain, Portugal, and Romania.Spain won the group and advanced to the semi-finals along with Portugal. West Germany and Romania were eliminated.

UEFA Euro 1984 squads

These are the squads for the 1984 European Football Championship tournament in France, which took place between 12 June and 27 June 1984. For this tournament, UEFA reduced the squad size from 22 to 20 players. The players' listed ages is their age on the tournament's opening day (12 June 1984).

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