CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu

Clubul Sportiv Pandurii Lignitul Târgu Jiu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˌklubul sporˈtiv panˈdurij liɡˈnitul ˌtɨrɡu ˈʒiw]), commonly known as Pandurii Târgu Jiu, or simply as Pandurii, is a Romanian professional football club based in Târgu Jiu, Gorj County, currently playing in the Liga II.

Pandurii Târgu Jiu
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Full nameClubul Sportiv Pandurii Lignitul Târgu Jiu
  • Alb-albaștrii (The White and Blues)
  • Minerii (The Miners)
  • Gorjenii (The Gorj County People)
Short namePandurii
Founded1962; 59 years ago (1962)
GroundTudor Vladimirescu
OwnerTârgu Jiu Municipality
ChairmanMarin Condescu
ManagerCălin Cojocaru
LeagueLiga III
2020–21Liga II, 19th of 21 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Founded in 1962,[1] following the merger of Flacăra-Unirea Târgu Jiu and CIL Târgu Jiu, Pandurii is one of the four Romanian clubs that represent the country at the European Club Association. Domestically, Gorjenii have never won any major honour, but finished as runners-up in the league at the end of the 2012–13 season and lost a League Cup final in 2015. They qualified for the first time in a European competition in 2013, playing in the UEFA Europa League and reaching the group stage.

The colors of the team are white and blue.


Chart of yearly table positions of Pandurii Târgu Jiu in the national leagues.

Founding and lower divisions (1962–2005)Edit

Pandurii Târgu Jiu was founded in August 1962, after the merger of the two big rivals from the town, Flacăra-Unirea Târgu Jiu and CIL Târgu-Jiu. The club entered the fourth division of Romanian football, with a strong objective, to promote immediately in the third division. And the target was reached, Pandurii gaining the promotion to Divizia C in June 1963. Their first game in this division was played on 1 September 1963, against Siderurgistul Hunedoara. Pandurii won by a big margin, 6–0, goals scored by Chițu (12'), Nelu Băloi (35'), Melinte (53', 80') and Vasilescu (83', 85').

In the first years, Pandurii finished constantly in the first half of the standings, so the club decided to attack a promotion to Divizia B. In the 1976–77 season, with a young team and with Titus Ozon as coach, the dream came true. Pandurii dominated the competition, climbed from the first stages on top of the standings and won the promotion to the second division. But this level was a much bigger hat to wear for Pandurii, who relegated the next season back to Divizia C.

The following years, the team changed frequently the division, promoting to Divizia B and relegating after a few years. They played in Divizia B between 1979 and 1983 then between 1986 and 1991. After a decade in Divizia C, in 2000 the team promoted again in the second league, and in 2004 finished second, behind Sportul Studențesc.

Beginning years in the top league (2005–2011)Edit

The performance from the last seasons was an incentive for the management who decided to push for the first presence of Pandurii in Divizia A. With Emil Săndoi as coach, and with a young group of players like Tiberiu Lung and Sorin Vintilescu but also with some experienced players like, Florin Popete, Robert Vancea and Romulus Buia, the team won the promotion.

It was difficult to maintain its position in Divizia A, and Pandurii finished their first season in the 15th place, right below the relegation line. But the Romanian Football Federation decided at the end of the season not to give Sportul Studențesc their licence for the following year, and kept instead the first team under the line, Pandurii. With the bullet dodged, the management decided to enforce the team, so the relegation shouldn't be a problem.

Alexandru Păcurar, Ciprian Vasilache and Liviu Mihai were brought, and the team finished 11th in the 2006–07 season. They kept their position at the middle of the table for the next seasons.

In 2010, they finished below the line but avoided the relegation after the withdrawal of Internațional Curtea de Argeș, team that ended tenth but the owner decided to disband the club. With a lot of players from Internațional Curtea de Argeș like Vlad Chiricheș, Mihai Pintilii, and Dan Nistor, Pandurii were 13th the following season.

Ascent and first European participation (2011–2013)Edit

Period Name[2]
1963–1965 Pandurii Târgu Jiu
1965–1970 Victoria Târgu Jiu
1970–1973 Pandurii Târgu Jiu
1973–1975 Cimentul Târgu Jiu
1975–1976 Cimentul Victoria Târgu Jiu
1976–1985 Pandurii Târgu Jiu
1985–1988 Gloria Pandurii Târgu Jiu
1988–present Pandurii Târgu Jiu

In the 2011–12 season the team reached the highest place in history, finishing seventh. For a while, they were fifth and the fans hoped for Europa League.

The following season saw Pandurii finishing as Liga I runners-up for the first time ever, qualifying for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League, the club's first ever European participation. After defeating Levadia Tallinn, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Braga, Pandurii entered the Group stage, being drawn into Group E with F.C. Paços de Ferreira, FC Dnipro and ACF Fiorentina.[3]

Achieving performance (2013–2017)Edit

On 10 March 2015, with Edward Iordănescu as coach Pandurii defeated FC Dinamo București in the semi-finals of the new established competition Cupa Ligii, to qualify for their first ever cup final. On their way to play the final they beat one of the Romanian giants FC Petrolul Ploiești at Ilie Oană Stadium. In the final FC Steaua București beat Pandurii at Arena Națională stadium but with a controversial penalty in the beginning of the match.

In the 2015–16, season of Liga I Pandurii had many achievements along the season with the same coach and players like UEFA Europa League winner Cristian Săpunaru, Dan Nistor, Ioan Hora and Mihai Răduț and Narcis Răducan as president. In April 2015 they became the first team to win a match in Liga I with the new play-off, play-out system. On 6 February 2016, they secured both a place in the competition play-offs and a place in a European competition next year with a victory with ASA 2013 Târgu Mureș. During this season they had the most matches without a defeat, about 10 games. At the end of the season, Pandurii finished on the podium as third-place qualifying for the second time in UEFA Europa League, but this time in the third qualifying round.

Back to the lower leagues (2017–present)Edit

Although the team had a fairly good start for the season 2016–17, with players like Lucian Sânmărtean or George Țucudean coming at the club, and playing in the summer against Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. in Europa League, problems occurred in the second half of the season. The main sponsor started having problems and for this reason they did not fund the team anymore. Many players have left the team so the young players from the second team were brought to the first team along with other players from elsewhere. Unfortunately after 12 seasons in Liga 1 Pandurii relegated for the first time since the 2005 promotion but fought to avoid it until the last round.

For the 2017–18 Liga II, Pandurii has been prepared with some players promoted from the second team or from the youth teams and moved to Motru until the new stadium was completed.


The club play its matches at the new Tudor Vladimirescu Stadium, opened in 2019.



Honour Season(s)
Liga I Runners-up 2012–13
Third place 2015–16
Liga II Winners 2004–05
Runners-up 2003–04
Liga III Winners 1976–77, 1978–79, 1985–86, 1999–2000
Runners-up 1975–76, 1983–84
Liga IVGorj County Winners 1962–63
Cupa Ligii Runners-up 2014–15


Honour Season(s)
Cupa României U17 Winners 2015–16
Supercupa României U17 Runners-up 2016


This is the UEFA club's coefficient as of 1 November 2018:[4]

Pos. Team Points
304   Universitatea Craiova 3.190
305   Dinamo București 3.190
306   Pandurii Târgu Jiu 3.190
307   Politehnica Iași 3.190
308   Târgu Mureș 3.190


First team squadEdit

As of 9 June 2021[5]

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 Marius Aldescu
5 DF   ROU Andrei Dobre (on loan from CSU II Craiova)
6 DF   ROU Nicolae Cotolan
7 MF   COL Felipe Acosta
8 MF   ROU Ovidiu Rașoveanu (on loan from Argeș Pitești)
9 FW   ROU Sebastian Velcotă
10 MF   ROU Cătălin Vaida (on loan from FCSB II)
11 MF   POL Rafał Zaborowski
12 GK   ROU Cătălin Iovicin
14 FW   FRA Steven Goma
15 DF   ROU Carlos Corduneanu
16 MF   ROU Ștefan Răchișan
17 DF   ROU Marian Pleașcă (Captain)
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 DF   ROU Raul Cojocaru
19 MF   ROU Horațiu Peia
20 MF   ROU Eduard Simionescu
21 MF   CIV Maurice Sylla
22 MF   ROU Daniel Filip
23 MF   ROU Marian Habet
24 MF   GAM Bakary Jaiteh
25 FW   ROU Gabriel Dodoi (Vice-captain)
27 DF   ROU Claudiu Moisie (on loan from Star Sport Argeș)
28 MF   ROU Andrei Pleșa
44 DF   CGO Brandon Diau
62 GK   ROU Alexandru Oprița

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   ROU Alexandru Cuțitoiu (to Filiași)
DF   ROU Cătălin Afrim (to Gilortul Târgu Cărbunești)
DF   ROU Sebastian Safta (to Gilortul Târgu Cărbunești)
MF   ROU Leonard Gheorghe (to Gilortul Târgu Cărbunești)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ROU Radu Filip (to Gilortul Târgu Cărbunești)
MF   ROU Lucian Bărăitaru (to Gilortul Târgu Cărbunești)
FW   ROU Albert Cornicioiu (to Filiași)
FW   ROU Adrian Tănăsoiu (to Șomuz Fălticeni)

Club officialsEdit

Records and statisticsEdit



League historyEdit

European Cups historyEdit

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Levadia Tallinn 4–0 0–0 4–0
3Q   Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–1 2–1 3–2
PO   Braga 0–1 2–0 (aet) 2–1
Group E   Fiorentina 1–2 0–3 4th
  Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 0–1 1–4
  Paços de Ferreira 0–0 1–1
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 3Q   Maccabi Tel Aviv 1–3 1–2 2–5
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

European cups all-time statisticsEdit

As of August 2016.
Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Europa League 2 14 3 4 7 14 19 −5
Total 2 14 3 3 8 14 19 −5

Notable former playersEdit

The footballers enlisted below have had international cap(s) for their respective countries at junior and/or senior level and/or more than 100 caps for CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu.

Notable former managersEdit


  1. ^ "De 50 de ani "Panduri"! Gorjenii sărbătoresc jumătate de secol prin lansarea unei sigle aniversare" ["Pandurs" for 50 years! The Gorj people celebrate half a century by launching an anniversary crest]. ProSport (in Romanian). 16 October 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.romaniansoccer.ro/stiri/16668/evolutia-denumirilor-echipelor-de-a-lungul-anilor.htm
  3. ^ "Former winners learn group stage fates". UEFA. 30 August 2013.
  4. ^ UEFA Team Ranking 2018
  5. ^ "Pandurii Târgu Jiu a prezentat lotul cu care va aborda noul sezon din Liga a doua Casa Pariurilor" [Pandurii Târgu Jiu presented the squad that will approach the new season of Liga II Casa Pariurilor] (in Romanian). panduriics.ro. Retrieved 2 August 2019.

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