CS Universitatea Cluj-Napoca (men's basketball)

CS Universitatea Cluj-Napoca is a Romanian professional basketball club based in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The club, for sponsorship reason under the name U-Banca Transilvania Cluj-Napoca, competes in the Liga Națională. As other sports teams that were initially part of the parent sports club, U Cluj, for historical reasons, the club keeps the name U (short form of Universitatea) in its name.

U-BT Cluj-Napoca
U-BT Cluj-Napoca logo
NicknameȘepcile roșii
(The Red Caps)
Studenții
(The Students)
Alb-Negrii
(The White and Blacks)
LeaguesLiga Națională
Founded1947; 74 years ago (1947)
HistoryCS Universitatea Cluj-Napoca
(1947–present)
ArenaBT Arena
Horia Demian
Capacity10,000[1]
2,525
LocationCluj-Napoca, Romania
Team colorsWhite, Black
   
PresidentMarius Bojiță
Vice-president(s)Nicolae Tarcea
Mircea Cristescu
Head coachDuško Vujošević
Championships5 Romanian Leagues
5 Romanian Cup
3 Romanian Supercup
Websitewww.u-bt.ro

HistoryEdit

Whilst the parent sports club, U Cluj was founded in 1919, the basketball team was founded in 1947 and played for the first time in the Romanian Championship in 1966. Since then, U Cluj was a constant presence in the Romanian First Division, with their best performances being recorded in the 1990s, when they won three Romanian Championships.

During its history, the team had different names. Since 1990, the main sponsor is usually added to the name of the parent sports club, U Cluj. This resulted in a change of name every time the main sponsor was changed. Previous names of the team were U Ştiinţa, Ştiinţa IMF, U Metalul Rosu, U Fimaro, U SM Invest, U Sanex, and U Carbochim.

In the 2012–2013 season, U Mobitelco Cluj Napoca finished on 7th place (20 wins – 10 losses) and qualify for the play-off. Here the team played the first round against CSM Oradea but lost with 3–1. Also the team played the Romanian Cup final but lost against CS Gaz Metan Medias with the score 62–76. At the end of that season the coach and all the foreign players left the team.

The most famous player who played for U Cluj was Gheorghe Mureșan, who signed in 1993 with the Washington Bullets, becoming the tallest player ever in the NBA. He played 6 successful seasons with the Bullets and the New Jersey Nets, averaging a career 9.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists. Mureșan obtained the title of NBA Most Improved Player following the 1995–96 NBA season. He began his career playing two years for Universitatea Cluj-Napoca.

ArenaEdit

 
Sala Polivalentă

U-BT Cluj plays its home games in the main Sports hall from Cluj-Napoca, BT Arena, which accommodates 10,000 spectators[2] or in Horia Demian Sports Hall, with a capacity of 2,525 spectators.

Sponsorship namesEdit

Due to sponsorship reasons, the team has been known as:

  • CS Universitatea Cluj-Napoca (1947–1996)
  • U Invest Cluj-Napoca (1996–1997)
  • U Sanex Cluj-Napoca (1997–1998)
  • U Carbochim Cluj-Napoca (1998–2002)
  • Policarbochim Cluj-Napoca (2002–2005)
  • U Poli-Mobitelco-Carbochim (2005–2006)
  • U Mobitelco Cluj-Napoca (2006–2014)
  • U-BT Cluj-Napoca (2014–present)

LogosEdit

HonoursEdit

  • Liga Națională
    • Winners (5): 1992, 1993, 1996, 2011,[3] 2017
    • Runners-up (7): 1959, 1962, 1991, 1994, 2006, 2008, 2010
    • Third place (13): 1960, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1995, 1999, 2007, 2019

Current rosterEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

U-Banca Transilvania Cluj-Napoca roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name
G/F 0   Guzman, Karel 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
PF 1   Tarolis, Donatas 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in)
PG 5   Lăpuște, David Călin 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
SG 8   Lungu, Dragoș 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
PF 9   Žganec, Karlo 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
C 10   Sánta, Szabolcs 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in)
PF 11   Grasu, Ștefan 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)
C 13   Stipanović, Andrija 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in)
G 14   Edwards, Justin 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
PF 15   Diaby, Modibo 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)
PG 22   Pașca, Alexandru 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
SF 25   Vida, David 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
SG 32   Kuti, Nandor (C) 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
SG 35   Richard, Patrick 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
SF   Dixon, Michael 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Branko Ćuić
      Pintea Dorin

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: January 5, 2021

Notable playersEdit

- Set a club record or won an individual award as a professional player.
- Played at least one official international match for his senior national team at any time.

Head coachesEdit

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