CSM București (women's handball)
Clubul Sportiv Municipal București, also known as CSM București, CSM or CSM Bucharest, is a women's handball team based in Bucharest, Romania, that competes in the Liga Naţională and the EHF Champions League.
|Full name||Clubul Sportiv Municipal București|
|Nickname(s)||Tigroaicele (The Tigresses)|
|Head coach||Adrian Vasile|
|2020–21||Liga Națională, 1st of 16|
CSM București established itself as a major force in both Romanian and European handball in the late 2010s, winning EHF Champions League in its debut season and reaching the Final Four three consecutive times. This success was replicated in the league, where the club won four consecutive times.
The official CSM mascot is a "tiger". CSM Bucharest is one of the most widely supported handball clubs in Romania.
CSM București was formed in 2007 by the General Council of Bucharest, as part of the program to promote handball among capital's youth. The team played in the second division of Romania for two seasons without notable results. At the end of the 2008–2009 season, Rapid București experienced financial problems and eleven of their players along with coach Vasile Mărgulescu, moved to CSM. Benefiting from the experience of several new players, the club won all its Divizia A matches and promoted to the Liga Națională.
Since 2010, CSM Bucharest were a constant presence of the Liga Națională, and finished third in their debut season, after Oltchim Vâlcea and Universitatea Cluj-Napoca. The team made European debut playing in the 2011–2012 season of the EHF Cup, where they reached the Round of 16 but unfortunately being eventually beaten by Romanian HC Zalău. In the following two seasons they played in the Liga Națională without significant results.
First national title (2015)Edit
Mărgulescu was fired after a poor start in 2014 and replaced with Mette Klit. The ambitious board aimed to win the Liga Națională next season, wanting to become even a threat to win the Champions League. In the spring of 2014, four Brazilian World Championship winners (Mayssa Pessoa, Ana Paula Rodrigues, Deonise Cavaleiro and Fernanda da Silva), plus 2014 European Championship's stars Carmen Martín and Linnea Torstenson, signed contracts at CSM. A strong squad was filled with local talent including Oana Manea, Iulia Curea or Talida Tolnai.
The Tigresses won their first eight matches of the season before losing to title rivals HCM Baia Mare. But at the second part of the season, CSM took revenge on Baia Mare with 29–23 win in Bucharest. They secured a spot in the playoffs and second place in the regular season. Eventually, they won 6 consecutive games, earning gold medal. CSM București beat HCM Baia Mare in both legs of the Championship Play Off Final. Previously they defeated HC Dunărea Brăila and Corona Braşov.
EHF Champions League triumph and domination in Romania (2016–)Edit
By winning the national title, CSM qualified automatically for the groups of the 2015–16 EHF Champions League edition. Once again, the club makes another number of top transfers including Isabelle Gulldén, Romanian legend Aurelia Brădeanu and Danish duo Line Jørgensen and Maria Fisker.
Between 20 and 23 August, Bucharest hosted in preseason the second Bucharest Trophy event and grabbed a second consecutive title by defeating Corona Braşov, ŽRK Vardar and ŽRK Budućnost in the final. In September 2015, Mette Klit was replaced in CSM, her Danish fellow Kim Rasmussen taking over.
Under Rasmussen, The Tigresses attained a milestone of 25 consecutive league victories. A second championship was won in April 2016. In 2016, CSM won the treble winning all the country titles, including the Cup and the Supercup (both against HCM Roman).
CSM București made Champions League debut playing against ŽRK Budućnost, IK Sävehof and SPR Lublin SSA in the group stage. Four wins over the opponents from Sweden and Poland, as well the Montenegro draw, secured second place. Into the main round, CSM bothered by injury. Győri Audi ETO KC and ŽRK Vardar defeated CSM but the team reached the knockout phase where the Romanian side beat undefeated Rostov-Don twice in the quarterfinals.
At the continent finals, in May 2016, București qualified for Final 4 finals for the first time after a semifinal victory over ŽRK Vardar, winning 27–21. On 8 May, CSM București won their title beating Győri Audi ETO KC in the final after a nail-biting penalty shootout. Playmaker Isabelle Gulldén scored 15 goals for CSM and finished as Europe's top scorer, whilst Aurelia Brădeanu scored the final spot-kick. Goalkeeper Jelena Grubišić was named Finals MVP. CSM regained the trophy for Romania after a 52-year break.
- Liga Națională
- Cupa României
- Supercupa României
Squad for the 2021–22 season
Current technical staffEdit
Last updated: 1 July 2020
Last updated: 1 July 2020
Selected former playersEdit
Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsorsEdit
|2015–2016||Kempa||Electromontaj / Toyota / Diangi Bak 2 /|
|2016–2017||Electromontaj / Borsec / Diangi Bak 2|
|2017–2018||Engie / Borsec / Novatik|
|2018–2019||Engie / BMW / Borsec / Novatik|
|2019–2020||Engie / Fiat / Borsec / Novatik|
|2020-2021||Engie / Unibet / Borsec / Novatik|
|Engie / Banca Transilvania / Unibet / Borsec / Cocomax|
|2021–2022||Game World Casino / Engie / Fiterman Pharma / Borsec / Cocomax|
|2015–16||EHF Champions League||16||10||1||5||416||387||+29|
|2016–17||EHF Champions League||16||10||1||5||427||407||+20|
|2017–18||EHF Champions League||16||10||1||5||455||395||+60|
|2018–19||EHF Champions League||14||6||1||7||400||380||+20|
|2019–20||EHF Champions League||12||7||1||4||314||288||+26|
Pld – Played; W – Won; D – Drawn; L – Lost; GF – Goals for; GA – Goals against; Diff – Difference.
EHF Champions LeagueEdit
|SPR Lublin SSA||33–21||30–27||2nd|
|Győri ETO KC||22–24||22–28|
|Semi Final (F4)||HC Vardar||27–21|
|Final (F4)||Győri ETO KC||29–26 (ET)|
|Győri ETO KC||24–27||25–33|
|Quarter Final||Ferencvárosi TC||30–25||27–26||57–51|
|Semi Final (F4)||HC Vardar||33–38|
|Nykøbing Falster H.||39–26||22–25|
|Győri ETO KC||28–22||24–28||3rd|
|Quarter Final||Metz Handball||34–21||20–27||54–48|
|Semi Final (F4)||Győri ETO KC||20–26|
|2018–19||Champions League||Group Matches
|SG BBM Bietigheim||32–24||28–30|
|Győri ETO KC||25–27||27–36||4th|
|Quarter Final||Metz Handball||26–31||22–23||48–54|
|2019–20||Champions League||Group Matches
|Quarter Final||Győri Audi ETO KC||Cancelled|
|2020–21||Champions League||Group Matches
|SG BBM Bietigheim||10–0[nb 1]||32–22|
|Round of 16||SCM Râmnicu Vâlcea||33–24||21–27||54–51|
|2021–22||Champions League||Group Matches
|Brest Bretagne Handball|
|FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria|
|BV Borussia 09 Dortmund|
|RK Podravka Koprivnica|
Green – Win; Yellow – Draw; Red – Lost.
- The matches could not be played and were assessed by the EHF.
|League||Romanian Cup||Romanian Supercup|
Pos – Position; Pld – Played; W – Won; D – Drawn; L – Lost; GF – Goals for; GA – Goals against; Diff – Difference.
EHF Champions League Top 10 GoalscorersEdit
Still playing for the club.
Domestic Competitions Top 10 GoalscorersEdit
Individual awards in the EHF Champions LeagueEdit
|2015–16||Isabelle Gulldén||Top Scorer (108 goals)|
|Jelena Grubišić||Most Valuable Player|
|2016–17||Carmen Martín||All–Star Team (Best Right Wing)|
|2017–18||Cristina Neagu||Top Scorer (110 goals)|
|Cristina Neagu||All–Star Team (Best Left Back)|
|2018–19||Jovanka Radičević||All-Star Team (Best Right Wing)|
|2019–20||Cristina Neagu||All–Star Team (Best Left Back)|
|2020–21||Cristina Neagu||All-Star Team (Best Left back)|
- Last updated on 1 June 2021
|June 2007 — February 2014||Vasile Mărgulescu|
|February 2014 — February 2014||Lucian Ghiulai|
|February 2014 — September 2015||Mette Klit|
|September 2015 — May 2016||Kim Rasmussen|
|May 2016 — November 2016||Jakob Vestergaard|
|November 2016 — April 2017||Aurelian Roșca|
|April 2017 — June 2017||Per Johansson|
|June 2017 — March 2018||Helle Thomsen|
|March 2018 — May 2018||Per Johansson|
|July 2018 — October 2018||Magnus Johansson|
|October 2018 — May 2019||Dragan Đukić|
|July 2019 — October 2019||Tomas Ryde|
|October 2019 — Present||Adrian Vasile|
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