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The 2009–10 Liga I was the ninety-second season of Liga I, the top-level football league of Romania. Unirea Urziceni were the defending champions.

Liga I
Season2009–10
ChampionsCFR Cluj
RelegatedInternațional
Politehnica Iași
Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț
Unirea Alba Iulia
Champions LeagueCFR Cluj
Unirea Urziceni
Europa LeagueVaslui
Steaua Bucureşti
Timişoara
Dinamo Bucureşti
Matches played246
Goals scored558 (2.27 per match)
Top goalscorerAndrei Cristea (16)
Biggest home winTimişoara 6–0 Ceahlăul
Timişoara 6–0 Unirea
Braşov 6–0 Bistriţa
Biggest away winGaz Metan 2–6 Timişoara
Ceahlăul 0–4 Dinamo
Ceahlăul 0–4 Rapid
Highest scoringUrziceni 4–4 Dinamo
Gaz Metan 2–6 Timişoara

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TeamsEdit

Farul Constanţa, Otopeni and Gloria Buzău were relegated at the end of the 2008–09 season. They were joined by Argeş Piteşti, who were demoted upon a decision of the Professional Football League on 8 July 2009, after their owner, Cornel Penescu, was found guilty of corruption.[1] As a consequence, 15th-placed Gaz Metan Mediaş were spared relegation.

The four relegated teams were replaced by the champions and runners-up from both 2008–09 Liga II divisions. Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ and Ploieşti were promoted from Seria I while Unirea Alba Iulia and Internaţional Curtea de Argeş were promoted from Seria II.

Promoted team FC Ploieşti were renamed FC Astra Ploieşti, effective to 1 July 2009.[2]

VenuesEdit

Timișoara Steaua București FC U Craiova CFR Cluj
Dan Păltinișanu Steaua Ion Oblemenco Dr. Constantin Rădulescu
Capacity: 32,972 Capacity: 28,365 Capacity: 25,252 Capacity: 23,500
       
Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț Dinamo București Internațional Curtea de Argeș[i] Oțelul Galați
Ceahlăul Dinamo Nicolae Dobrin Oțelul
Capacity: 17,500 Capacity: 15,032 Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 13,500
       
Rapid București
Location of Bucharest teams.
Politehnica Iași
Giulești-Valentin Stănescu Emil Alexandrescu
Capacity: 11,704[ii] Capacity: 11,390
   
FC Vaslui Pandurii Târgu Jiu
Municipal Tudor Vladimirescu
Capacity: 9,240 Capacity: 9,200
   
Astra Ploiești FC Brașov
Astra Silviu Ploeșteanu
Capacity: 9,000 Capacity: 8,800
   
Unirea Alba Iulia Gloria Bistrița Unirea Urziceni Gaz Metan Mediaș
Cetate Gloria Tineretului Gaz Metan
Capacity: 8,000[iii] Capacity: 7,800 Capacity: 7,000 Capacity: 5,300
       
  1. ^ Internațional Curtea de Argeș was relocated to Orășenesc Stadium from Mioveni for the first half of the season and to Nicolae Dobrin Stadium from Pitești for the second half, because Ștrand Stadium from Pitești does not meet the standards for Liga I.
  2. ^ Capacity of Giulești-Valentin Stănescu Stadium has been reduced from 19,100 to 11,704 due to advanced degradation of the resistance structure of the South End.
  3. ^ Capacity of Cetate Stadium has been reduced from 18,000 to 8,000 due to security reasons.

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Head coach Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
Astra Ploiești   Marin Barbu   Gheorghe Rohat Adidas InterAgro
Brașov   Viorel Moldovan   Robert Ilyeș Puma Roman
Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț   Zoran Filipović   Eugeniu Cebotaru Lotto Altex
CFR Cluj   Andrea Mandorlini   Cadú Nike Sigma Towers
Dinamo București   Cornel Țălnar   Marius Niculae Nike Orange
FC U Craiova   Laurențiu Reghecampf   Andrei Prepeliță Adidas Ediție Specială
Gaz Metan Mediaș   Cristian Pustai   Cristian Todea Joma RomGaz
Gloria Bistrița   Marius Șumudică   Călin Albuț Puma Teraplast, Aldis, Darimex
Internațional   Ionuț Badea   Mihai Pintilii Adidas Lazăr Company
Oțelul Galați   Dorinel Munteanu   Gabriel Paraschiv Masita ArcelorMittal
Pandurii Târgu Jiu   Florin Bejinaru   Alin Chibulcutean Umbro USMO
Politehnica Iași   Dumitru Dumitriu   Cristian Brăneț Nike
Rapid București   Ioan Andone   Costin Lazăr Lotto Unibet
Steaua București   Mihai Stoichiță   Petre Marin Nike SportingBet
Timișoara   Ioan Sabău   Dan Alexa Lotto Balkan Petroleum
Unirea Alba Iulia   Blaž Slišković   Răzvan Dâlbea Lotto Elit
Unirea Urziceni   Ronny Levy   George Galamaz Givova GreenCity
Vaslui   Marius Lăcătuș   Wesley Adidas New Holland Agriculture

Managerial changesEdit

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment
Braşov   Nicolò Napoli[3] Sacked July 27, 2009   Viorel Moldovan[3] July 27, 2009
Astra Ploieşti   Ion Moldovan[4] Sacked August 20, 2009   Nicolò Napoli[5] August 20, 2009
Steaua Bucureşti   Cristiano Bergodi Sacked September 17, 2009   Mihai Stoichiţă September 18, 2009
Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ   Mihai Ionescu   Florin Marin
FC U Craiova   Daniel Mogoşanu Sacked September 21, 2009   Eugen Neagoe September 21, 2009
Vaslui   Cristian Dulca Sacked September 23, 2009   Dorin Zotincă
Vaslui   Dorin Zotincă Interim   Marius Lăcătuş September 28, 2009
Dinamo Bucureşti   Dario Bonetti Sacked October 2, 2009   Marin Ion October 2, 2009
Gloria Bistriţa   Sandu Tăbârcă Resigned October 18, 2009   Florin Halagian
Gloria Bistriţa   Florin Halagian Interim   Marian Pană October 20, 2009
Dinamo Bucureşti   Marin Ion[6] Resigned October 23, 2009   Cornel Ţălnar[7] October 24, 2009
Pandurii Târgu Jiu   Sorin Cârţu   Liviu Ciobotariu
Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ   Florin Marin   Gheorghe Mulţescu
Rapid Bucureşti   Viorel Hizo Resigned October 29, 2009   Nicolae Manea November 1, 2009
CFR Cluj   António Conceição Sacked November 16, 2009   Andrea Mandorlini November 18, 2009
FC U Craiova   Eugen Neagoe Sacked December 13, 2009   Mark Wotte January 3, 2010
Internaţional Curtea de Argeş   Ştefan Stoica Sacked December 2009   Ionuţ Badea December 2009
Unirea Urziceni   Dan Petrescu Resigned December 26, 2009   Ronny Levy December 2009
Gloria Bistriţa   Marian Pană Sacked January, 2010   Marius Şumudică January 4, 2010
Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ   Gheorghe Mulţescu Sacked February 27, 2010   Zoran Filipović March 3, 2010
Unirea Alba Iulia   Adrian Falub Sacked March 8, 2010   Blaž Slišković March 11, 2010
Pandurii Târgu Jiu   Liviu Ciobotariu Resigned March 17, 2010   Sorin Cârţu March 17, 2010
Rapid Bucureşti   Nicolae Manea Resigned April 1, 2010   Ioan Andone April 1, 2010
Politehnica Iasi   Petre Grigoraş Resigned April 15, 2010   Dumitru Dumitriu April 15, 2010
Astra Ploieşti   Nicolò Napoli Sacked April 20, 2010   Marin Barbu April 20, 2010
FC U Craiova   Mark Wotte Sacked   Florin Bejinaru May 14, 2010

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 CFR Cluj (C) 34 20 9 5 46 23 +23 69 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Unirea Urziceni 34 18 12 4 53 26 +27 66 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
3 Vaslui 34 18 8 8 44 28 +16 62[a] 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Play-off round[b]
4 Steaua București 34 18 8 8 49 36 +13 62[a]
5 Timișoara 34 15 14 5 55 27 +28 59 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
6 Dinamo București 34 13 14 7 48 37 +11 53 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round[b]
7 Rapid București 34 14 10 10 53 38 +15 52
8 Oțelul Galați 34 14 8 12 38 38 0 50
9 Brașov 34 12 10 12 40 30 +10 46
10 Gaz Metan Mediaș 34 9 15 10 33 37 −4 42
11 Gloria Bistrița 34 10 11 13 35 46 −11 41
12 Internațional Curtea de Argeș (R) 34 10 6 18 32 49 −17 36[c] Relegation to 2010–11 Liga II[d]
13 FC U Craiova 34 11 3 20 44 52 −8 36[c]
14 Astra Ploiești 34 8 12 14 33 45 −12 36[c]
15 Pandurii Târgu Jiu 34 7 13 14 19 30 −11 34 Spared from relegation[d]
16 Politehnica Iași (R) 34 7 10 17 28 50 −22 31 Relegation to 2010–11 Liga II
17 Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț (R) 34 6 10 18 28 57 −29 28
18 Unirea Alba Iulia (R) 34 7 5 22 33 62 −29 26
Source: LPF ‹See Tfd›(in Romanian)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b VAS 2–1 STE; STE 2–1 VAS
  2. ^ a b Since 2009–10 Cupa României winners CFR Cluj and runners-up Vaslui qualified for European competitions via their league placement, the allocation of UEFA Europa League spots effectively reverted to league placement as well, with the 6th-placed team Dinamo Bucureşti also qualifying.
  3. ^ a b c INT: 7 pts, 6–4; CRA: 6 pts, 4–6; AST: 4 pts, 5–5
  4. ^ a b Internaţional were denied a licence for the 2010–11 season because they failed to meet the requirements. Pandurii Târgu Jiu as the best-placed relegated team were therefore spared from relegation.

Positions by roundEdit

Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334
Astra Ploiești12151618131411131412141415121413121111111110101111111313131112131314
Brașov4561111457888888778889999999999999
Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț16171816171716171717171718181818181818181717171717171717171817171717
CFR Cluj2215364222221422111111111111111111
FC U Craiova81291281114151214151513101112141415151515141313131110111313141413
Dinamo București81573242776766777886765455566666666
Gaz Metan Mediaș108391115121011111099999101010101011111212121012121211101010
Gloria Bistrița12121517181818181818181817171717171614141312121010101211101010111111
Internațional Curtea de Argeș12101410121013141513111112151515151516161616151516161414141414121212
Oțelul Galați451213161315121315121211141010999998888888888878
Pandurii Târgu Jiu414117389101091010131214111313131414161615141516151515161615
Politehnica Iași18181714151210889131314111311131212121213131414151615161616151516
Rapid București171381097313314265557534777777777787
Steaua București2285953564432434334323333222355554
Timișoara4422686641155311442452244433433435
Unirea Alba Iulia12121115141617161616161616161616161717171818181818181818181718181818
Unirea Urziceni161147525125677633223246566554222222
Vaslui1091044791198543156665677622345544343
Source: kicker.de ‹See Tfd›(in German)

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AST BRA CEA CFR UCR DIN GAZ GBI INT OȚE PAN PIA RAP STE TIM UAI URZ VAS
Astra Ploiești 2–1 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–3 0–1 1–1 3–1 2–1 1–3 4–2 0–2 0–0
Brașov 0–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 0–1 3–2 6–0 1–2 3–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–1
Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț 0–0 2–1 2–4 2–1 0–4 0–0 2–1 2–2 0–1 1–2 1–0 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–3 0–1
CFR Cluj 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 3–2 2–0 0–0
FC U Craiova 1–0 3–0 3–2 2–3 0–0 1–2 5–1 1–3 3–0 2–0 2–1 3–4 1–2 1–2 3–1 1–4 1–2
Dinamo București 3–3 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–2 2–0 2–1 1–1
Gaz Metan Mediaș 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–4 2–6 5–0 0–0 0–0
Gloria Bistrița 3–1 2–1 1–0 0–2 2–1 3–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 5–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–3
Internațional Curtea de Argeș 2–1 0–3 2–0 0–1 0–1 1–3 2–4 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–2 1–2 0–2 0–3 2–1 1–2 1–2
Oțelul Galați 3–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–3 0–1 3–0 1–0 1–1 4–0 0–0 0–1 3–3 1–0 1–4 1–0
Pandurii Târgu Jiu 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–3 2–3 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–0
Politehnica Iași 2–0 0–0 2–0 0–2 1–0 1–3 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–3
Rapid București 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–4 0–1 2–2 4–1 2–1 4–0 3–0 1–0 4–1 5–1 0–3[a] 2–0 1–1 3–2
Steaua București 2–0 1–0 1–3 2–2 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 3–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 3–3 2–0 0–1 2–1
Timișoara 0–0 1–2 6–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 6–0 0–0 0–1
Unirea Alba Iulia 2–1 0–1 3–2 1–1 2–0 1–2 0–0 1–2 1–2 3–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 3–3 1–2 2–0
Unirea Urziceni 4–1 1–0 4–0 0–1 3–2 4–4 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 2–2 0–0 1–0 1–2
Vaslui 3–1 2–2 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 3–0 1–1
Source: LPF ‹See Tfd›(in Romanian)
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
Notes:
  1. ^ The original result (1–0) was annulled and Rapid were awarded a 0–3 loss because they used ineligible players in the match against Timişoara.[8]

Top goalscorersEdit

Season statisticsEdit

ScoringEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  8. ^ Rapid 0-3 Poli! Timisoara, pe 2 langa Steaua! Iancu: "Cine e Becali? E nimeni! Il astept la TAS" ‹See Tfd›(in Romanian)