Clubul Sportiv Muncitoresc Reșița (Romanian pronunciation: [ˌklubul sporˈtiv ˌmuŋtʃi.toˈresk ˈreʃit͡sa]), commonly known as CSM Reșița or simply as Reșița, is a professional football club based in Reșița, Caraș-Severin County, which competes in the Liga II.

CSM Reșița
Full nameClubul Sportiv
Muncitoresc Reșița
Nickname(s)Rosso-Nerii
(The Red and Blacks)
Milan din Banat
(Milan from Banat)
Reșițenii
(The Reșița People)
Short nameCSM, Reșița
Founded
  • 16 May 1926; 98 years ago (1926-05-16) (as UD Reșița)
  • 2009; 15 years ago (2009) (as CSM Școlar Reșița)
GroundMircea Chivu
Capacity12,500
OwnerReșița Municipality
ChairmanCristian Bobar
Head coachFlavius Stoican
LeagueLiga II
2023–24Liga II, 8th of 20
WebsiteClub website

The club was founded on 16 May 1926 as UD (Uzinele și Domeniile) Reșița and throughout its almost centennial history survived to many sharp ups and downs, from a national title in 1931 and a silver medal in 1932 to the last shine in the late 1990s, several reorganizations in the 2000s and an almost fatal fall at the level of amateur leagues during the 2010s.

Over time CSM had important battles with local rivals as Muncitorul Reșița or Gloria Reșița, but has secured itself the city's supremacy, as well as the title of county's most important and supported club. Despite the strong support from the Mountain Banat, Reșițenii have never succeeded in imposing themselves on a regional level, not even the national title won in 1931 or the 1954 cup not being able to tilt the balance in favor of "the red and blacks", in their duel for Banat against FC Politehnica Timișoara. In time the rivalry between the two sides increased as intensity and continued even after the bankruptcy of FC Politehnica, but now at a much lower level, against ASU Politehnica Timișoara, fans team and unofficial successor of the old white and violet side.

CSM Reșița is nicknamed by fans Rosso-Nerii or Milan from Banat due to its classical red kits with black stripes. Reșița's supporters are well known in Romania for the eagerness with which support their team, the ultras group of CSM being named Guardia Ultra(GU). Rosso-Nerii play their home matches on Mircea Chivu Stadium.

History

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A chart showing the progress of CSM Reșița through the Romanian football league system from 1934 to 2017.

The club was founded on 16 May 1926 from a merger between local teams Clubul Sportiv and Societatea Sportivă Muncitorească, the new team was named SS UDR (Sociatatea Sportivă a Angajaților Uzinelor de Fier și Domeniile din Reșița – "Sports Society of Employees of the Factories and Domains from Reșița"), the first coach of the team being native Ernest Loukota who also helped at the merger, the main starting 11 in the club's first year of activity being: Ștefan Czinczer – Szilágyi, Rech – Bundy, Andresz, Pecsenovszky – Grosz, Pázler, Lakatos, Adalbert Deșu, Keller.[1] In the 1930–31 season, UDR won the Romanian West League and qualified to the national finals, where it defeated with 2–0 Societatea Gimnastică Sibiu in the final after a double scored by Eugen Lakatos, coach Loukota using the following 11: Carol Damacsek – Alexandru Pomacsek, Györi – Sinko, Sepi, Jozsef Bundi – Fibișanu, Eugen Lakatos, Silviu Ploeșteanu, Jozsef Kilianovics, Moise.[1][2] In the following season, the club reached again the championship final, losing it with 3–0 in front of Venus București, this time coach Loukota used the following players: Carol Damacsek – Iosif Czako, Györi – Sinko, Sepi – Jozsef Bundi, Kilianovics – Tudor, Silviu Ploeșteanu, Eugen Lakatos, Moise, Keller.[1][3]

After World War II and the advent of the Communist regime, professional football was forbidden, UDR merged with a local labor union team, Locomotiva and was renamed Oțelul (Steel) Reșița and after several further name changes, it was ultimately branded Metalul (Metal) Reșița.[1]

The 1950s were a period of slow decline for the club. By 1954, Metalul Reșița was playing in the Romanian second division, Divizia B, finishing the season in 7th place, however, the season also brought the club's second trophy, in the form of the 1954 Cupa României, this being the first time that a team from Divizia B had won the trophy after defeating five Divizia A teams, Știința Timișoara (6th place at the end of the 1954 Divizia A season) 5–1, Locomotiva Tg. Mureș (10th place) 4–0, Locomotiva Timișoara (4th place) 2–0, and CCA București (2nd place) 1–0 and a 2–0 victory in the final with Ștefan Szeleș scoring twice in the 30th and 40th minutes against Dinamo București (3rd place), coach Mihai Zsizsik using the following players in the final: Iosif Zarici – Emil Chirilă, Valentin Teodorescu, Eugen Potoceanu – Mihai Munteanu, Ștefan Apro – Iosif Jojart II, Petru Mioc, Ștefan Urcan, Petre Iovan (replaced by Vida in the 70th minute), Ștefan Szeleș.[1][4][5][6][7]

During its 87-year history, the club won one championship and one cup and has played for 16 seasons in Liga I, the last time in the 1999–2000 season.

The early 2000s brought financial problems to Domanului Valley and, in 2004, Reșița was dissolved and converted to FC Universitatea Craiova's reserve team. In 2005, the club was refounded as FCM Reșița and bought its place in the second tier from Tricotaje Ineu, but lost its brand, record and the right to use the name of CSM Reșița.

The club was dissolved in the autumn of 2008 due to financial difficulties. In the summer of 2009, it was brought back to life, this time with the name of Școlar Reșița, playing in Liga III, Romania's third league. In the summer of 2012, it was renamed again, this time returning to the old name of FCM Reșița.

 
Former logo, as CSM Școlar Reșița.

In the 2012–13 season, the club finished third in Liga III. The objective for the 2013–14 season was initially to be promoted to Liga II after a six-year absence, but in the summer of 2013 Damila Măciuca was moved to Reșița and was renamed to Metalul Reșița. The municipal government of Reșița chose to support this new team, forcing Școlar Reșița to enter Liga IV due to the loss of funding.[8]

In 2015, relations between Metalul and the Municipality of Reșița cooled and the latter resumed its financial support for CSM Școlar. Metalul moved to Snagov in 2016 and was renamed a year later to Sportul Snagov. On the other hand, CSM Școlar was promoted back to Liga III at the end of the 2015–16 season. It then finished runner-up in 2017 and 2018 before winning the fourth series and being promoted to Liga II in 2019.

CSM Școlar returned to the second division after an 11-year absence, regaining its logo and name. It was thus renamed to CSM Reșița in the summer of 2019.

Ground

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Mircea Chivu Stadium.

CSM Reșița plays its home matches at Mircea Chivu Stadium, a sports complex named after manager Mircea Chivu, who was also the father of player Cristian Chivu. With a capacity of 12,500 seats, the stadium is located in Domanului Valley. It was opened in the 1920s and was renovated several times, most recently in 2018.

Honours

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Domestic

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Leagues

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Cups

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Players

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First-team squad

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As of 9 March 2024

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   ROU Paul Mereu
3 DF   ROU Flavius Cega
4 DF   ROU Bogdan Szijj
5 DF   ROU Alin Dudea (Captain)
6 DF   ROU Alexandru Sabău (on loan from Petrolul)
7 MF   ROU Vlad Chera
8 MF   ROU Francisc Cristea
9 FW   ROU Andrei Burlacu
10 FW   ROU Marian Drăghiceanu (Vice-captain)
11 MF   ROU Alexandru Negru
12 GK   ROU Ionuț Rus
14 DF   ROU Nicușor Fota
15 DF   ROU Sergiu Rimovecz (4th captain)
16 MF   ROU Cristian Domil
17 MF   ROU Gabriel Gomboș
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF   BEL Luca Napoleone
19 FW   ROU Ciprian Rus
20 DF   ROU Ștefan Bărboianu
21 DF   BRA Erico
22 MF   ROU Denis Fărăgău (on loan from Viitorul Cluj)
23 MF   ROU Andrei Lascu
24 MF   NED Alfred Mensah
26 MF   ROU Ianis Doană
27 DF   BRA Élton
28 MF   MDA Mihai Dolghi (on loan from Viitorul Cluj)
29 FW   SEN Mediop Ndiaye (3rd captain)
30 FW   MLI Aboubacar Gakou
31 MF   ROU Damian Isac
33 GK   ROU Cătălin Căpățână

Out of loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ROU Patrick Canea (to Voința Lupac)
MF   ROU Mario Ivașcu (to Voința Lupac)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   ROU Abel Ursu (to Voința Lupac)

Club officials

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Chronology of names

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Name[9] Period
UD Reșița 1926–1948
Oțelul Reșița 1947–1948
Metalochimic Reșița 1948–1949
Metalul Reșița 1950–1956
Energia Reșița 1956–1957
CSM Reșița 1957–1974
FCM Reșița 1974–1982
CSM Reșița 1982–2005
FCM Reșița 2005–2008
CSM Școlar Reșița 2008–2012
FCM Reșița 2012–2014
CSM Școlar Reșița 2014–2019
CSM Reșița 2019–present

League history

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Notable former players

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The footballers enlisted below have had international cap(s) for their respective countries at junior and/or senior level and/or significant caps for CSM Reșița.

Former managers

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References

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  1. ^ a b c d e "La ceas aniversar… CSM REȘIȚA!" [At the anniversary clock… CSM RESITA!] (in Romanian). Caon.com. 16 May 2021. Retrieved 13 June 2023.
  2. ^ "Reșița devine campioană națională" [Reșița becomes national champion] (in Romanian). Echipedetraditie.ro. 24 October 2018. Archived from the original on 22 August 2019. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  3. ^ "UD Reșița: Titlul pierdut în fața celor de la Venus București" [UD Reșița: The title lost in front of Venus București] (in Romanian). Echipedetraditie.ro. Archived from the original on 17 April 2019. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Romanian Cup - Season 1954". RomanianSoccer. Retrieved 14 June 2023.
  5. ^ "CSM Reșița câștigă Cupa României" [CSM Reșița wins the Romanian Cup] (in Romanian). Echipedetraditie.ro. 21 February 2019. Archived from the original on 23 July 2019. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Performanţă istorică! Hermannstadt e prima echipă din Liga 2 calificată în finala Cupei României, după 36 de ani" [Historical performance! Hermannstadt is the first team in Liga 2 to qualify for the Romanian Cup final, after 36 years] (in Romanian). Digisport.ro. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  7. ^ "80 de ani de suprize. O istorie a echipelor din ligile inferioare care au jucat finala Cupei României" [80 years of surprises. A history of the teams from the lower leagues that played the Romanian Cup final] (in Romanian). Theplaymaker.ro. 13 May 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Liga a IV – a, Seniori, sezon 2014/2015 AJF Caras-Severin" [Liga a IV – a, Seniors, 2014/2015 season AJF Caras-Severin]. frf-ajf.ro. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Evolutia denumirilor echipelor de-a lungul anilor" [Evolution of team names over the years]. romaniansoccer.ro. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
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