FC Tiraspol was a Moldovan football club based in Tiraspol, Moldova. They played in the Divizia Naţională, the top division in Moldovan football.

Tiraspol
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Full nameFootball Club Tiraspol
Founded1992 (as Constructorul Chișinău)
2001 (FC Tiraspol)
Dissolved2015[1]
GroundSheriff Stadium
Capacity14,300
2014–15Divizia Naţională, 4th of 11 (withdrew)

Founded in 1992 as Constructorul Chișinău, it entered the Moldovan National Division in the 1995–96 season, winning its only title in the 1996–97 and Moldovan Cups in 1996 and 2000. The club then relocated in 2001 to Cioburciu before moving to Tiraspol the year after. Despite the latter two settlements being in the breakaway republic of Transnistria, their clubs play in the Moldovan league system.

HistoryEdit

Constructorul ChisinauEdit

The side was founded in 1992 as Constructorul Chisinau, and played in Chisinau, the Moldovan capital. It entered the Moldovan National Division in the 1995–96 season. Constructorul won their first silverware, the 1996 Moldovan Cup with a 2–1 win over Tiligul Tiraspol, and the next season won their only Moldovan National Division title by denying city rivals Zimbru Chișinău a sixth consecutive triumph.[2] The league triumph earned Constructorul a place in the 1997-98 UEFA Champions League, where they were knocked out by Belarusian club MPKC Mozyr 4–3 on aggregate in the first qualifying round.[3] In 2000, Constructorul won their second Cup, by beating Zimbru 1–0 in the final on 24 May.[4]

The club also participated in the UEFA Cup during the Constructorul era. In September 2000, the club was banned from appearing in European competitions for a year following a number of security breaches in a home match against Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia.[5]

The first FC Tiraspol chairman was Valeriu Rotari (1947–2000), a businessman accused of organized crime gang activities. Thanks to Rotari, the club managed to achieve his first National Division titles. The murder of Rotari on February 16, 2000 was one of the reasons the club's further performance was much worse than in the 1990s.[6]

Move to TransnistriaEdit

Before the 2001–02 season, the club relocated to Cioburciu, a small village outside Tiraspol, the capital of the breakaway republic of Transnistria, and was renamed Constructorul Cioburciu. The following season, the club moved into Tiraspol and became its current entity. The club has not won a Cup or National Division title since leaving Chisinau.

The only major European campaign since leaving Chisinau was the 2004-05 UEFA Cup. The club defeated Armenian team Shirak in the first qualifying round (4–1 on aggregate) [7] before a 5–1 aggregate elimination by Metalurh Donetsk of Ukraine in the next round.[8]

Past crestsEdit

 
FC Constructorul Chişinău (1993–01)

HonoursEdit

List of seasonsEdit

Until 2001, the club was known as Constructorul Chișinău, in 2001–02 as Constructorul Cioburciu, and FC Tiraspol since 2002.

Season Div Pos Pl W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Notes
1993–94[9] 3D 1 20 20 0 0 79 11 40 Round of 16 Promoted
1994–95[10] 2D 1 36 28 4 4 103 20 88 Quarter-finalists Promoted
1995–96 1D 3 30 24 2 4 71 16 74 Winner
1996–97 1 30 26 3 1 82 10 81 Round of 32 CWC 1st Round
1997–98 3 26 17 3 6 54 32 54 Runner-up UCL 1st qualifying round
1998–99 2 26 15 6 5 30 13 51 Runner-up CWC qualifying round
1999–00 3 36 18 11 7 52 23 65 Winner UC qualifying round
2000–01 4 28 10 9 9 30 30 39 Semi-finalists UC qualifying round
2001–02 4 28 10 7 11 36 42 39 Quarter-finalists
2002–03 5 24 7 5 12 27 38 26 Semi-finalists Intertoto 1st Round
2003–04 4 28 12 9 7 32 22 45 Quarter-finalists
2004–05 4 28 12 8 8 41 23 44 Quarter-finalists UC 2nd qualifying round
2005–06 3 28 8 13 7 24 21 37 Quarter-finalists
2006–07 5 36 10 16 10 37 32 46 Semi-finalists Intertoto 3rd Round
2007–08 4 30 16 7 7 36 21 55 Semi-finalists
2008–09 7 30 9 5 16 30 36 32 Semi-finalists Intertoto 2nd Round
2009–10 9 33 8 10 15 20 34 34 Quarter-finalists
2010–11 7 39 17 6 16 57 45 57 Quarter-finalists
2011–12 6 33 10 12 11 36 32 42 Quarter-finalists
2012–13 3 33 18 10 5 54 20 64 Winner
2013–14 2 33 21 9 3 60 27 72 Quarter-finalists UEL Round 1
2014–15 4 24 14 2 8 49 28 44 Semi-finalists UEL Round 1

European recordEdit

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
UEFA Intertoto Cup
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup

ManagersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Коммюнике о прекращении профессиональной деятельности – Новости – Новости – ФК Тирасполь". Archived from the original on 2015-05-26.
  2. ^ "Moldova 1995/96". rsssf.com. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  3. ^ "The official website for European football – UEFA.com". Uefa.com. Archived from the original on 2015-12-23.
  4. ^ "Moldova Cup 1999/2000". rsssf.com. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  5. ^ Boychev, Boyan (2000-09-05). "Конструкторул" изгоря за 1 година" (in Bulgarian). segabg.com. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  6. ^ Loud band behind stadium and 40 people running with guns, or how "thief in law" created a club and made him national champion (original in Russian)
  7. ^ "UEFA Europa League". Uefa.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03.
  8. ^ "UEFA Europa League". Uefa.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
  9. ^ "Чемпионат Молдавии D3 1993/94". FootballFacts (in Russian). Retrieved 7 May 2022.
  10. ^ "Чемпионат Молдавии D2 1994/95". FootballFacts (in Russian). Retrieved 7 May 2022.

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