FC Politehnica Iași (2010)

Fotbal Club Politehnica Iași (Romanian pronunciation: [po.liˈteh.nika ˈjaʃʲ]), commonly known as Politehnica Iași or simply Poli Iași, is a Romanian professional football club based in the city of Iași, Iași County, currently playing in the Liga I.

Politehnica Iași
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Full nameFotbal Club Politehnica Iași
  • Alb-albaștrii (The White and Blues)
  • Trupa din Copou (Copou Squad)
Short namePoli Iași
Founded16 August 2010; 10 years ago (2010-08-16)
as ACSMU Politehnica Iași
GroundEmil Alexandrescu
OwnerIași Municipality
ChairmanIon Bucu
ManagerNicolò Napoli
LeagueLiga II
2020–21Liga I, 16th of 16 (Relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season
Active departments of CS Politehnica Iași
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Football Basketball
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Athletics Shooting Weightlifting

The team was formed in 2010 as ACSMU Politehnica Iași[1] and regard themselves as the continuation of the original Politehnica Iași which was dissolved in the same year. ACSMU began competing in the second division and made its first Liga I appearance in the 2012–13 season. Between 2011 and 2016, the club was named Studențesc Iași.

In the 2017–18 campaign, again under the name of Politehnica, it equalled the best result of its predecessor after finishing sixth place in the Romanian championship. The Emil Alexandrescu Stadium has been the home ground of both entities and has a capacity of 11,390.


Foundation and first years (2010–2014)Edit

The original Politehnica Iași was established in April 1945 and folded in 2010 because of unpaid debts.[2] In August that year, Tricolorul Breaza merged with Navoby Iași and formed ACSMU Politehnica Iași.[3] Playing in the Liga II, the club's objective was to return to the first tier of Romanian football.

Ionuț Popa was appointed manager of the newly founded club and Grigore Sichitiu was elected as executive president.[4]

In the summer of 2011, the club was renamed Clubul Sportiv Municipal Studențesc Iași, or simply CSMS Iași. For the second half of the 2011–12 season ex-Romanian international Florin Prunea was brought in as president.[5] On 2 June 2012, after the 4–2 victory against Farul Constanța.[6] the team gained promotion to Liga I,[7] after two years in the second tier of Romanian football.

On 29 August, Liviu Ciobotariu was appointed head coach.[8] The Moldavian team finished the 2012–13 season in 17th place and were relegated to the second division. Even though there were hopes that they would be accepted for the 2013–14 Liga I season, eventually CS Concordia Chiajna secured the last place in the first league, due to the relegation of FC Rapid București for financial reasons.[9]

For the 2013–14 Liga II season, promising young coach Costel Enache was brought in to head a team that retained the services of its young talent, the likes of Alexandru Crețu, Adrian Avrămia and Andrei Hergheligiu.[10]

Return to the top division (2014–present)Edit

Former logo, used between 2016 and 2018

After Marius Lăcătuș replaced Enache as manager, Politehnica finished 1st in the 2013–14 Liga II and were promoted back to Liga I. For the 2014–15 season, the club played for their first time in the Cupa Ligii, defeating ASA Târgu Mureș and advancing to the last-16, where they eliminated former Romanian Cup and Liga I winner CFR Cluj.[11]

Name Period
ACSMU Politehnica Iași 2010–2011
CSM Studențesc Iași 2011–2016
CSM Politehnica Iași 2016–2018
FC Politehnica Iași 2018–present

The 2015–16 Liga I season was one of the best in the short history of Politehnica Iași and in the football history of Iași. After a great campaign, the team finished 7th and qualified for the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League under the command of Italian coach Nicolò Napoli, with a team that relied on experienced players like: Andrei Cristea, Bojan Golubović, Ionuț Voicu and Branko Grahovac.[12] In the second round of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League, Politehnica encountered Croatian team Hajduk Split and after a 2–2 draw at Iași, they were defeated at Split 1–2, prematurely leaving the competition.[13]

On 22 July 2016, the club announced that it had changed its name, from CSM Studențesc Iași to CSM Politehnica Iași, a name more closely linked to the Iași football tradition and dissolved FC Politehnica Iași (1945).[14]

In June 2017, president Florin Prunea was let go after five years at the helm of Politehnica Iași.[15] Adrian Ambrosie was subsequently appointed to the position. After a number of major departures, with the likes of Lukács Bőle and Daisuke Sato finishing their contracts, the team went into major reconstruction and signed a number of foreign internationals, like Denis Rusu, Kamer Qaka, Luwagga Kizito and Platini.[16][17][18] On 24 February 2018, despite of a 0–1 loss to defending champions Viitorul Constanța, Poli Iași became the first team from Moldavia to qualify for the Liga I play-off round since its introduction in 2015.[19] To the delight of manager Flavius Stoican, they went on to finish the league in 6th place, thus equalling the best result of predecessor FC Politehnica Iași.

On 11 July that year, the club announced that it earned the right to use the FC Politehnica Iași logo and name, which was considered to be the first step in the plan of regaining the club's full identity, the next one being the recovery of their record.[20]


Politehnica Iași plays its home matches at the Emil Alexandrescu stadium. It is located in the borough of Copou, near the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, and has a capacity of 11,390 seats.[21]

Emil Alexandrescu Stadium.


The biggest ultras groups of Politehnica Iași are Băieții Veseli and Ultras. Both supported FC Politehnica Iași (1945) until dissolution and regard the new team as its successor. They have friendly relationships with Zimbru Chișinău.[22]


Politehnica Iași's main rival is FC Vaslui, and matches between these clubs are known as the "Moldavian Derby". The rivalry developed in the 2001–02 Divizia C, when the previous club from Vaslui, Sportul Municipal, was fighting for promotion to Divizia B together with Poli Iaşi, with the latter winning the championship and earning promotion to Divizia B. The rivalry between FC Vaslui and Politehnica Iaşi was fueled by another clash for promotion, this time in the 2003–04 Divizia B, with the whites and blues prevailing yet again.[23] Ever since, the two sets of supporters participate in what is known as "The Derby of Moldavia". However, starting with their second season in Liga I, the tables have turned in favour of Vaslui after massive investments from the chairman, Adrian Porumboiu, with the yellow-greens dominating their rivals until their dissolution in 2014.

There are other smaller rivalries with Oțelul Galați and FC Botoșani.[24]





Current squadEdit

As of 9 June 2021[25][26]

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 Teodor Axinte
3 DF   GRE Nikos Baxevanos (on loan from Lazio)
4 DF   ROU Ovidiu Mihalache (Captain)
5 DF   ROU Ștefan Cană (on loan from FCSB)
13 DF   ROU Cosmin Saizu
19 DF   ROU Răzvan Onea
20 MF   CPV Platini
No. Pos. Nation Player
26 MF   ROU Ionuț Moisă
29 MF   ROU Antonio Stan
30 DF   ROU Victor Petrișor
42 FW   ROU Alexandru Zaharia
88 MF   ROU Francisc Cristea
95 GK   MDA Ianoș Brînză (on loan from Botoșani)
97 DF   ROU Ștefan Rusu

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
33 GK   ROU Denis Ciofu (to Unirea Slobozia)
GK   ROU Adrian Duță (to Dante Botoșani)
GK   ROU Eduard Belibrov (to Gloria Albești)
DF   ROU Sebastian Cotiugă (to Bradu Borca)
DF   ROU Vlad Gangal (to Bradu Borca)
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   ROU Tudor Ciobanu (to Bradu Borca)
MF   ROU Denis Iftimie (to Sporting Vaslui)
MF   ROU Alexandru Păvăluc (to Bradu Borca)
MF   ROU Constantin Aeroaiei (to CSM Pașcani)

Club officialsEdit

Statistics and recordsEdit

League historyEdit

European Cups historyEdit

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Hajduk Split 2–2 1–2 3–4
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

European cups all-time statisticsEdit

As of 1 December 2017
Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Europa League 1 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1
Total 1 2 0 1 1 3 4 −1


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  2. ^ "Istoria fotbalului la Iaşi. 68 de ani de existenţă, opt denumiri ale echipei, zece retrogradări în diviziile inferioare şi un singur sezon de povestit nepoţilor" [History of football in Iași. 68 years of existence, eight names for the team, ten relegations in the lower divisions and only one season to tell the grandchildren]. Adevărul (in Romanian). 4 July 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
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  9. ^ "CSMS Iaşi se pregăteşte de Liga 1, deşi a retrogradat pe teren". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 28 June 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2013.
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  11. ^ "CUPA LIGII: CSMS Iaşi – CFR Cluj 4–2" [League Cup: CSMS Iaşi – CFR Cluj 4–2]. Libertatea. 20 July 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  12. ^ "Revenire incredibilă a lui CSMS Iaşi, care va juca în Europa. Rezultatele ultimei etape". Retrieved 23 July 2016.
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  20. ^ "Ne-am recăpătat identitatea!" [We have regained our identity!]. politehnicaiasi.ro. 11 July 2018. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  21. ^ http://stadiumromania.blogspot.it/2009/11/stadioane-liga-1-14-stadionul-emil.html Emil Alexandrescu Stadium stats
  22. ^ ""Băieţii veseli" de la Poli Iaşi au fost prezenţi la derby-ul Molodvei!" ["Băieţii veseli" from Poli Iaşi attend Moldovan derby!]. Gazeta Sporturilor. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
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