FC Botoșani

Fotbal Club Botoșani (Romanian pronunciation: [botoˈʃanʲ]), commonly known as FC Botoșani, is a Romanian professional football club based in the city of Botoșani, Botoșani County, that competes in the Liga I.

FC Botoșani
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  • Botoșănenii (The Botoșani People)
Short nameBotoșani
Founded2001; 20 years ago (2001)
OwnerValeriu Iftime
ChairmanCătălin Anton
ManagerMarius Croitoru
LeagueLiga I
2019–20Liga I, 4th of 14
WebsiteClub website
Current season

In 2013, twelve years after being established, FC Botoșani became the first team from the county to be promoted to the top tier of the Romanian football league system.[1] It recorded its first European appearance in the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League season.[2]

Botoșănenii play in predominantly white home kits, while their away equipment is generally blue.



Before World War II, the main local team of the city of Botoșani was Venus. After the war ended, the team was successively named Flamura Roșie, Textila and Unirea, and played mostly in the regional championship and the third division (Divizia C) without significant performances. In 1973, the team was renamed CS Botoșani. It won their series in the 1974–75 Divizia C and promoted for the first time to Divizia B, but only for a year. The team played again in Divizia B in the 1977–78 season, but was again relegated.[1]

In the summer of 1979, CS Botoșani promoted for the third time to Divizia B, and at the end of the 1979–80 season, they obtained the highest position of 3rd; that had heretofore not been reached by any football team from Botoșani. After that performance, the team declined, occupying places in the middle of the league, reaching in the ending of '80s near relegation.[citation needed]

One of the most famous Romanian players, Nicolae Dobrin, ended his career at CS Botoșani. He played for the team in the 1985–86 season and was also the team manager.[3]

CS Botoșani remained in Divizia B for 11 seasons, the most seasons spent by a football team from Botoșani. After that, at the ending of 1989–90 season the team was relegated to Divizia C. In 1993, the team was relegated to the county division and disbanded.[1]

There was also a Unirea Botoșani team that played between 1998 and 2000. The team merged with Poli Iași, who played in Divizia C under the name Poli Unirea Iași.[1]

Founding and early years (2001–2013)Edit

The new Fotbal Club Botoșani was founded in 2001 by Salavastru and Sfaițer, with support from the local council, and started in Divizia C. In the summer of 2004, the team promoted to Divizia B.[4]

In 2005 the president of the Administration Council, Valeriu Iftimie, took over the main projects of the club after the French model. Therefore, the first team played in Divizia B, the second team, formed with youngsters, played in the third league. Also, the club has a centre for children and youths who are prepared for the future of the first team.[1]

Since the 2005–06 season, the matches of FC Botoșani were transmitted live on the radio, on "Radio AS". Until the beginning of the season, not even a radio station transmitted live. FC Botoșani participated in the second division of the Romanian football for nine consecutive seasons. In the 2005–06 season it finished on the 4th place, which was the highest position obtained until the 2012–13 season, when FC Botoșani won the series and promoted for the first time in Liga 1.[1]

Promotion to the first division and recent history (2013–present)Edit

The main objective for the 2013–14 season was to avoid relegation. At the start of the season, FC Botoșani was the only first league team that had only Romanian players. FC Botoșani made their debut in Liga I on 21 July 2013, in a 0–0 draw against CFR Cluj, with eight newcomers in a top tier level of the starting eleven and played the most of the match with nine-man as Ciprian Dinu received a red card in the ninth minute.[5] The next matchday, on 26 July, saw FC Botoșani netting their first Liga I victory, in a 2–1 away win over Gaz Metan Mediaș.[6] On 25 August, FC Botoșani beat 1–0 FC Vaslui to record their first ever home win in the top tier. However, after this record, Botoșani had a poor run and manager Cristian Popovici was sacked, letting the team on the 12th place, two points above relegation. Leontin Grozavu was named manager and lead the team to a tough fight to avoid relegation.[7]

FC Botoșani started the next season with two important victories against Astra Giurgiu and Dinamo București, teams that fought for the championship title. At the end of the season they qualified for the first time ever in 2015–16 season of UEFA Europa League, because several clubs failed to obtain UEFA licences.[8] After a 4–4 draw with Viitorul Constanța, Botoșani again finished in eighth place.

On 2 July 2015, FC Botoșani made their debut in European competitions, in the first qualifying round of UEFA Europa League in a 1–1 tie against Spartaki Tskhinvali in the first leg in Botoșani. In the second leg in Georgia, FC Botoșani netted their first European victory in a 3–1 win over Spartaki Tskhinvali to advance to the next round, where they met Legia Warsaw.[2]

After their first qualification in the championship play-offs, FC Botoșani finished the 2019–20 season on the 4th place, thus achieving their best Liga I performance and, once again, qualifying for UEFA Europa League after 5 years since their last participation. They netted a 2–1 away victory against Kazakh side Ordabasy in the first round, before eventually being eliminated by Shkëndija of North Macedonia after a 0–1 home loss in the second round.


FC Botoșani plays its home matches at the Botoșani Municipal Stadium. It is located near the centre of the city, has a capacity of 7,782 seats and is equipped with an all-weather running track.[9]


The ultras of FC Botoșani are organized under the name of Dark Hooligans, Renegații and BT Pride.[10]


The main rivalry of Botoșani is with Foresta Suceava, but they recently developed a rivalry with Politehnica Iași.[11]





First team squadEdit

As of 20 February 2021[12][13]

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 Eduard Pap
3 DF   CIV Ulrich Meleke
5 DF   ROU Florin Plămadă
6 DF   ROU Andrei Chindriș
7 FW   FRA Hamidou Keyta
8 MF   ARG Jonathan Rodríguez (Captain)
9 FW   SYR Mahmoud Al-Mawas
11 MF   ROU Mihai Roman (on loan from FCSB)
13 GK   AUT Hidajet Hankič
15 MF   MKD Stefan Ashkovski
17 FW   GUI Sekou Camara
18 MF   FRA Malcom Edjouma
19 DF   ROU Andrei Patache
20 DF   ROU Adrian Moescu
21 MF   ROU David Croitoru
No. Pos. Nation Player
22 GK   ROU Mario Contra
24 MF   DEN Youssef Toutouh
25 DF   ROU Bogdan Racovițan
10 FW   FRA Hervin Ongenda
27 MF   ROU Eduard Florescu
28 MF   ALB Realdo Fili
29 MF   ROU Marian Târșa
30 DF   ROU Alexandru Țigănașu
32 DF   ROU Alin Șeroni
47 DF   GER Christopher Braun
67 MF   ALB Enriko Papa
80 MF   ROU Andrei Tîrcoveanu
90 DF   AUT Marcel Holzmann
99 FW   ROU Alexandru Caia

Reserves and academyEdit

As of 20 February 2021[13]

List of under-21s and academy players with senior squad numbers

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
4 MF   ROU Marian Luțu
No. Pos. Nation Player

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
22 GK   MDA Ianoș Brînză (to Politehnica Iași)
87 MF   ITA Bryan Mendoza (to Comuna Recea)
DF   ROU Iulian Dohotaru (to Șomuz Fălticeni)
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ROU Bogdan Filip (to Foresta Suceava)
MF   ROU Alexandru Micloș (to Șomuz Fălticeni)
FW   ROU Marian Chică-Roșă (to SCM Gloria Buzău)

Club officialsEdit

Records and statisticsEdit

European Cups historyEdit

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Spartaki Tskhinvali 1–1 3–1 4–2
2Q   Legia Warsaw 0–3 0–1 0–4
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Ordabasy N/A 2–1 N/A
2Q   Shkëndija 0–1 N/A N/A
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

European cups all-time statisticsEdit

As of 27 August 2020
Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Europa League 2 5 2 1 2 6 7 −1
Total 2 5 2 1 2 6 7 −1

League historyEdit

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 80 caps for FC Botoșani.

Notable former managersEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Istorie" [History] (in Romanian). FC Botoșani. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b "EXCLUSIV Sărbătoare la Botoșani" [EXCLUSIV Celebrations at Botoșani] (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  3. ^ ""Gâscan" de Botoşani" ["Gâscan" of Botoşani] (in Romanian). ProSport. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  4. ^ "FC Botoşani e prima echipă promovată matematic în Liga 1" [FC Botoşani first team to be promoted to Liga 1] (in Romanian). Gazeta Sporturilor. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  5. ^ "BOTOŞANI VS. CFR CLUJ 0 – 0" [BOTOŞANI VS. CFR CLUJ 0 – 0]. soccerway.com. 21 July 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  6. ^ "GAZ METAN MEDIAŞ VS. BOTOŞANI 1 – 2" [GAZ METAN MEDIAŞ VS. BOTOŞANI 1 – 2]. soccerway.com. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Leontin Grozavu va schimba stilul si sistemul de joc la Botosani" [Leontin Grozavu will change Botosani play stile] (in Romanian). sptfm.ro. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Cine va reprezenta Liga 1 in cupele europene: FC Botosani, in Europa League" [Who will represent Liga 1 in European cups: FC Botosani in Europa League]. hotnews.ro (in Romanian). 25 May 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Prezentare stadion "MUNICIPAL" Botoșani" [Presenting Botoșani "MUNICIPAL" Stadium] (in Romanian). FC Botoşani. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Relacja z trybun: Legia to my!" [Report from the stands: Legia is us!] (in Polish). legionisci.com. 17 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Rivalii FC Botosani au redevenit Politehnica Iasi" [FC Botosani rivals rebecome Politehnica Iasi] (in Romanian). monitorulbt.ro. 17 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Lot jucători" [Players] (in Romanian). FC Botoșani. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  13. ^ a b "FC BOTOSANI" (in Romanian). Liga Profesionistă de Fotbal. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  14. ^ Board of directors
  15. ^ Technical staff

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