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

FC Botoșani
FC Botosani logo.png
Full nameFotbal Club Botoșani
  • Botoșănenii (The Botoșani People)
Short nameBotoșani
Founded2001; 18 years ago (2001)
OwnerValeriu Iftime
ChairmanCătălin Anton
ManagerMarius Croitoru
LeagueLiga I
2018–19Liga I, 8th
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 season, when they were eliminated by Legia Warsaw in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League, after having defeated FC Tskhinvali in the previous stage.[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 CFR Cluj, Petrolul Ploiești, CS U Craiova and Dinamo București 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]


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 a all-weather running track.[9]

Municipal Stadium.


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 16 August 2019[12]

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Eduard Pap
2   DF Denis Haruț
4   DF George Miron (Captain)
5   MF Leonel Pierce
6   DF Andrei Chindriș
7   MF Cătălin Golofca
8   MF Jonathan Rodríguez
9   FW Reagy Ofosu
10   MF Hervin Ongenda
13   GK Hidajet Hankič
14   MF Moussa Diakité
15   MF Stefan Aškovski
16   MF Dragoș Penescu
17   DF Andrei Pițian
18   MF Mario Ebenhofer
No. Position Player
19   DF Andrei Patache
22   GK Ianoș Brînză
28   MF Răzvan Andronic
29   MF Marian Târșă
30   DF Alexandru Țigănașu
31   MF Alexandru Piftor
37   MF Alexandru Corban
67   MF Enriko Papa
69   MF Bogdan Melinte
77   FW George Cîmpanu
87   MF Bryan Mendoza
90   DF Marcel Holzmann
99   MF Eduard Florescu
  DF Ņikita Koļesovs

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Position Player
No. Position Player

Second team squad (Botoșani II)Edit

As of 2 August 2019

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

No. Position Player
1   GK Adelin Purice
4   DF Iulian Dohotaru
5   DF Adrian Moescu
7   MF Albert Vlădescu
8   FW Oleg Crețul
9   FW Adrian Chica-Roșă
11   MF Robert Bălan
12   GK Florentin Ilașcu
14   FW Ciprian Șincu
15   MF Marius Filip
No. Position Player
19   DF Raul Neag
22   GK Adrian Duță
23   FW Marian Habet
24   DF Andrei Ilaș
26   DF Adelin Arăpașu
67   DF Radu Marinescu
92   MF Andrei Răduc
99   MF Alexandru Micloș
  GK Ionuț Gurău

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
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

European cups all-time statisticsEdit

As of 29 August 2017
Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Europa League 1 4 1 1 2 4 6 −2
Total 1 4 1 1 2 4 6 −2

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]. 21 July 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  6. ^ "GAZ METAN MEDIAŞ VS. BOTOŞANI 1 – 2" [GAZ METAN MEDIAŞ VS. BOTOŞANI 1 – 2]. 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). 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]. (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). 17 July 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Rivalii FC Botosani au redevenit Politehnica Iasi" [FC Botosani rivals rebecome Politehnica Iasi] (in Romanian). 17 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Lot jucători" [Players] (in Romanian). FC Botoșani. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  13. ^ Board of directors
  14. ^ Technical staff

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