FCM Târgoviște

Fotbal Club Municipal Târgoviște (Romanian pronunciation: [tɨrˈɡoviʃte]), commonly known as FCM Târgoviște, was a Romanian football team based in Târgoviște, Dâmbovița County, founded in 1948 and disbanded in 2018.

FCM Târgoviște
Full nameFotbal Club Municipal Târgoviște
Nickname(s)Roș-albaștrii (The Red and Blues)
Micul Ajax (The Little Ajax)

FCM Târgoviște, which throughout history bore several other names, amassed nine appearances in the Divizia A, the highest tier of the Romanian league system, and their best result in the competition was finishing seventh in the 1978–79 campaign.

The fate of the team became troubled in the 2010s; firstly, Târgoviște was dissolved in 2015 but refounded and enrolled in the sixth division the next year,[1][2] and then in 2018 owner Ghiorghi Zotic announced that he would give up on the men's football team and focus only on the women squad instead.[3]


The first team of the town, FCM Târgoviște, was founded after the end of World War II in 1948 as Metalul Târgoviște. Subsequently named Energia (1956), then again Metalul (1957–1972), CS (1972–1994), Oțelul (1994–1996) and Chindia (1996–2003), the club spent only nine seasons of its existence in the top flight. It promoted for the first time in 1961, but was immediately relegated. Then "the Red and Blues" promoted again in 1977 and played constantly at the level of the first division for the next seven campaigns, with only a short break in the 1980–81 Divizia B. At the end of the 1970s and the beginning of the 1980s the football of Targoviște reached its peak, which besides launching a very good generation of players, achieved the best ranking in the history of the club, a seventh place at the end of the 1978–79 championship.

Nicolae Dobrin, legend of Romanian football and player at CS Târgoviște in the 1981–82 season.

That squad of "the club situated under the Chindia Tower" would be called "the golden generation" and in its composition were the following players: Nicolae Dobrin, Silviu Dumitrescu, Ion Ene, Florea Alexandru, Ionel Pitaru, Dumitru Gheorghe, Claudius Sava, Nelu Isaia, Gheorghe Greaca, Nicolae Enache, Petre Marinescu, Ion Constantin, Ilie Niculescu, Viorel Radu, Constantin Miia, Gheorghe Voinea, Mihai Iatan, Mihai Banu, Mihai Mărgelatu, Gheorghe Filipescu and Dumitru Economu.[4][5]

After relegating in 1984, CS Târgoviște did not recover, at one point even playing in the Divizia C. The year 1995 brought the promotion in the second division, followed by another one in 1996; Under the name CF Chindia and led from the bench by its former player Silviu Dumitrescu, the squad was one of the most notable that ever played on Eugen Popescu Stadium. Even if it probably was not as good as Dumitrescu's generation, the promotion achieved in 1996, after twelve years in the lower divisions, the playing style and the squad, which consisted in local players, earned Chindia the nickname Micul Ajax ("the Little Ajax").[6][7] In that squad of Chindia were players such as: Adrian Bogoi, Vasile Bârdeș, Bogdan Liță, Cristian Țermure, Cristian Bălașa, Remus Gâlmencea or Laurențiu Reghecampf.[8] The period of glory was again a very short one and at the end of 1997–98 season Chindia returned to the second division.

In 2003 the team changed its name to FCM Târgoviște, and in the summer of 2004, due to financial issues it almost withdrew from the championship. On 19 August 2004, businessman Ghiorghi Zotic took over the club with the clear goal of saving it from both relegation and bankruptcy. In 2009, the team relegated back to Liga III and the relationship between Zotic and the Târgoviște Municipality started to strain, just like the one between him and the supporters.[9] In March 2010, the Eugen Popescu Stadium rental agreement expired and was not extended. Since then the club moved away from Târgoviște to the Alpan Stadium in Șotânga. From this point on, FCM started its total decline and in 2015 Zotic dissolved the club's senior squad, only keeping the women's football team. After one year, FCM enrolled in the sixth tier, but after two seasons was dissolved again.

Chronology of namesEdit

Period Name
1948–1956 Metalul Târgoviște
1956 Energia Târgoviște
1957–1972 Metalul Târgoviște
1972–1994 CS Târgoviște
1994–1996 Oțelul Târgoviște
1996–2003 Chindia Târgoviște
2003–2018 FCM Târgoviște


Liga II

Liga III

Other performancesEdit


  1. ^ 74 de cluburi s-au înscris în noul sezon al Ligii 3, ediţia 2015-2016. Toate nou-promovatele au confirmat participarea. Slobozia şi Slatina sunt pe lista de unde au dispărut alte trei echipe. liga2.prosport.ro (in Romanian)
  2. ^ Alpan Universitatea revine Şotânga! Zotic şi-a tras echipă de fete Archived 2018-05-19 at the Wayback Machine. sportimpact.ro (in Romanian)
  3. ^ Zotic nu mai e interesat de FCM Târgoviște! ,,Vreau să schimb băieți, cu fete!” Archived 2018-09-04 at the Wayback Machine. sportimpact.ro (in Romanian)
  4. ^ "Fotbal sub Turnul Chindiei, o carte eveniment" [Football under the Chindia Tower, an event book]. jurnaldedambovita.ro. Archived from the original on 30 April 2019. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Săptămâna Poli – Chindia / Târgoviștea lui Dobrin, surclasată de Poli" [Poli – Chindia Week / Dobrin's Târgoviște, overwhelmed by Poli]. druckeria.ro. Archived from the original on 30 April 2019. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Silaghi si Pasarica cred cu tarie in Silviu Dumitrescu" [Silaghi and Pasarica strongly believe in Silviu Dumitrescu]. jurnaldedambovita.ro. Archived from the original on 30 April 2019. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Creatorul "micului Ajax" a revenit pe banca tehnică a unei echipe românești" [The creator of the "Little Ajax" returned to the technical bench of a Romanian team]. gsp.ro. Archived from the original on 30 April 2019. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Istoria impresionantă și puțin cunoscută a fotbalului în Târgoviște. Autor: "Este o carte scrisă cu multă dragoste față de oamenii locului"" [The impressive and little known history of the football from Targoviste. Author: "It's a book written with much love for the people of the place"]. adevarul.ro. Archived from the original on 30 April 2019. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Fotbalul din Turnul Chindiei, de la berile cu Dobrin până la "FCSB vs. Steaua" în variantă dâmbovițeană" [Football from Chindia Tower, from the beers drunk with Dobrin to "FCSB vs. Steaua" in Dâmbovița alternative]. theplaymaker.ro. Archived from the original on 13 July 2019. Retrieved 20 May 2019.

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