FC Ripensia Timișoara

Fotbal Club Ripensia UVT Timișoara (Romanian pronunciation: [timiˈʃo̯ara]), commonly known as Ripensia Timișoara, or simply as Ripensia, is a Romanian professional football club based in Timișoara, Timiș County. It plays in the Liga II.

Ripensia Timișoara
Ripensia Timisoara logo.png
Full nameSC FC Ripensia Timișoara SA
Nickname(s)
  • Ripi
  • Galben-Roșii (The Yellow and Reds)
Short nameRipensia
Founded
  • 21 October 1928; 92 years ago (1928-10-21)
  • 12 July 2012; 9 years ago (2012-07-12)
GroundElectrica
Capacity5,000
OwnerDumitru Mihu
General ManagerVlad Bura
ManagerCosmin Petruescu
LeagueLiga II
2020–21Liga II, 13th of 21
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The team was founded in 1928 by Dr. Cornel Lazăr and folded after twenty years due to lack of funds.[1] However, Ripi was brought back to life and enrolled in the Liga VI, the sixth tier of the Romanian football league system, in 2012.[2]

Ripensia Timișoara was the first Romanian club to turn professional, and because of this status they were unable to compete in the national league until the 1932–33 season. After being granted permission in the national system, the club soon became one of the best in the country, winning four national titles and two national cups in their short history.

The colors of the team are red and yellow.

HistoryEdit

 
Ripensia Timișoara winning the 1933–34 Romanian Cup against "U. Cluj"
 
Ripensia Timișoara in 1931
 
Ripensia Timișoara in 1932
 
Ripensia-Unirea Tricolor 3–1 in 1932

It was founded in 1928 by Dr. Cornel Lazăr, a famous promoter of football in the Banat region, and the former president of Chinezul Timișoara. The players came from Chinezul Timișoara, C.A.T. and Poli Timișoara. Vilmos Kertész coached the team from 1931 to 1932.[3][4] Due to its professional status, until 1932–1933 (the first season of the National League – Divizia A), the team and its players could not participate in official national competitions.

They were champions of the Romanian Football League in 1933, 1935, 1936, and 1938, with two Romanian Cup appearances, winning 3–2 over Universitatea Cluj in 1934 and 5–1 over Unirea Tricolor București in 1936. They were national vice-champions for 1933–34 and 1938–39. After World War II, due to financial problems, the communist sports organisation and controversial actions, Ripensia played in Divizia B and Divizia C. After 1948, without any support, it disappeared, merging with Electrica Timișoara. Their colours were red-yellow. Their home stadium was called Electrica (today UMT; the original wooden stand was demolished in 2004–2005). The greatest players in team history were:[weasel words]

In the 2012 the team was reestablished and competed in the municipal championship, they won it and promoted to Liga V. In Liga V they reached the first place in the 2013–2014 season and promoted to the next league Liga IV. Also they made a good impression in the 2013–14 Romanian Cup, where they defeated again Universitatea Cluj to reach the Last 16 of the cup making them the surprise of the cup. In the Last 16 they lost to Pandurii Târgu Jiu.

In the 2014–15 Liga IV season, Ripi had a very tough opponent, in the position of ASU Politehnica Timișoara, the fan-owned phoenix club formed after the dissolution of FC Politehnica Timișoara by its fans and finished only on the 2nd place.

Next season Ripensia had a perfect journey, won Liga IV-Timiș County and qualified for the promotion play-offs to Liga III. At the promotion play-off Ripensia met the champion of Hunedoara County, Hercules Lupeni, and they won without major difficulties, 7–0 on aggregate, thus ensuring promotion to the Liga III.[5]

2016–17 Liga III season was the first one for Ripi in the last over 60 years. The team had a very close fight for supremacy in the Seria IV against CSM Școlar Reșița, CSM Lugoj, Cetate Deva and Național Sebiș but in the end they won and promoted to Liga II after an absence of 69 years.[6]

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

LeaguesEdit

CupsEdit

PlayersEdit

First team squadEdit

As of 5 July 2021

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 DF   ROU Mădălin Sturzu
3 DF   SRB Nenad Lalić
4 DF   MDA Radu Rogac (Captain)
5 DF   ROU Darius Țieranu
7 FW   ROU Denis Golda
8 MF   ROU Alexandru Piftor
9 FW   SRB Nemanja Soković
11 MF   ROU Ion Vasluian
13 MF   MDA Valerii Macrițchii
15 DF   ROU Mirjan Marić
16 DF   ROU Harald Fridrich
17 DF   MDA Andrei Macrițchii
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF   CIV Stéphane Coulibaly
23 MF   ROU Mihai Ene
30 DF   ROU Cosmin Gladun
GK   ROU Mihai Brașoveanu
GK   ROU Octavian Moșoarcă
DF   ROU Radu Ciurel
DF   ROU Raul Vidrăsan
MF   ROU Sorin Avrămescu
MF   ROU David Ciurel
MF   ROU Vlad Degău
MF   ROU Răzvan Morariu
MF   ROU Andrei Precup

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
1 GK   ROU Ștefan Dobre (to Academica Clinceni)
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 MF   ROU Tudor Călin (to UTA Arad)

Club officialsEdit

Former playersEdit

The footballers enlisted below have had international cap(s) for their respective countries at junior and/or senior level.

Former managersEdit

Domestic records and statisticsEdit

KeyEdit

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated

The players in bold were the top goalscorers in the division.

SeasonsEdit

Season League Cup European Cup Other Top Goalscorer(s) Notes
Division Pos P W D L GF GA Pts Name Goals
1932–33 Div A 1st 12 10 0 2 49 10 20  – Finals W   Ștefan Dobay 16 Foundation of the Romanian Football
League system
1933–34 1st 14 10 2 2 55 13 22 W Finals F   Ștefan Dobay 15
1934–35 1st 22 14 4 4 66 34 32 F   Ștefan Dobay 24
1935–36 1st 22 13 4 5 59 37 30 W   Ștefan Dobay 12
1936–37 3rd 22 13 1 8 59 39 27 F   Ștefan Dobay 21
1937–38 1st 18 15 0 3 63 25 30 R32 Finals W   Silviu Bindea 21
1938–39 2nd 22 11 4 7 53 39 26 R32   Adalbert Marksteiner 21
1939–40 6th 22 8 6 8 36 37 22 R32   Adalbert Marksteiner 15
1940–41 3rd 24 13 6 5 58 32 32 R32   Silviu Bindea 10
1941–42  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – QF
1942–43  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – R32
1943–46 Not involved in any competitions due to World War II.
1946–47 Div C 1st 18 13 4 1 48 21 30  –
1947–48 Div B 8th 29 12 4 13 44 54 28 R32 Merged with Electrica Timișoara.
Disbanded.
1948–2012 Not involved in any competitions.
2012–13 L6 1st 22 21 1 0 143 9 64  – Timiș County Phase W   Adrian Boghian 23
2013–14 L5 1st 28 25 2 1 152 9 77 R16 Timiș County Phase 2R   Raul Briciu 37
2014–15 L4 2nd 34 29 2 3 122 27 89  – Timiș County Phase W   Ndiaye Mediop 32
2015–16 1st 32 28 3 1 150 28 87 R32 Timiș County Phase SF   Ndiaye Mediop 55
2016–17 L3 1st 26 16 7 3 69 30 55  –   Ndiaye Mediop 21
2017–18 L2 11th 38 13 9 16 72 58 48 3R   Ndiaye Mediop 19
2018–19 12th 38 12 11 15 44 54 47 4R   Andrei Dumiter 10
2019–20 13th 23 6 10 7 28 34 28 R32   Albert Voinea 13

European recordEdit

Mitropa CupEdit

Ripensia played in the Mitropa Cup, an important inter-war football competition. In the 1938 season Ripensia knocked Italian giants AC Milan out of this competition. The Romanians won the first leg 3–0 at Bucharest, and lost the second leg 1–3. In the next round Ripensia was eliminated by Hungarian side of Ferencváros (1–4, 4–5).

Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1938 First round   Italy A.C. Milan 3–0 1–3 4–3
Quarter-finals   Hungary Ferencváros 4–5 1–4 5–9

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Istorie" [History] (in Romanian). FC Ripensia Timișoara. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Radu Ienovan, presedintele Ripensia Timișoara: Facem totul din placerea de a construi ceva pentru Banat si pentru fotbal" [Radu Ienovan, Ripensia Timișoara chairman: Everything that we do is for the pleasure of building something for Banat and for football] (in Romanian). Opinia Timișoarei. 12 August 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  3. ^ Jonathan Wilson (2019). The Names Heard Long Ago; How the Golden Age of Hungarian Soccer Shaped the Modern Game
  4. ^ "Vilmos Kertész". worldfootball.net.
  5. ^ http://liga2.prosport.ro/liga-4/ripensia-fc-arges-1953-si-csm-scolar-resita-au-devenit-campioane-vezi-toate-castigatoarele-judetene-si-meciurile-barajul-de-promovare-in-liga-3-15420731
  6. ^ https://www.banatulazi.ro/sarbatoare-pe-arena-din-ciarda-rosie-ripensia-a-promovat-in-liga-a-doua-video/

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