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Fotbal Club Viitorul Constanța, commonly known as Viitorul Constanța (Romanian pronunciation: [vi.iˈtorul konˈstantsa]) or simply Viitorul, is a Romanian professional football club based in Ovidiu, Constanța County, currently playing in the Liga I.

Viitorul Constanța
FC Viitorul Constanța logo.png
Full nameFotbal Club Viitorul Constanța[1]
Nickname(s)Puștii lui Hagi (Hagi's Kids)
Short nameViitorul
Founded2009; 10 years ago (2009)
GroundViitorul
Capacity4,554
OwnerGheorghe Hagi
ChairmanGheorghe Popescu
ManagerGheorghe Hagi
LeagueLiga I
2018–19Liga I, 3rd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Founded in 2009 by Gheorghe Hagi, the club is particularly known for promoting young talents from its academy,[2] hence the nickname "Hagi's Kids". With the former Romanian international also acting as a coach, Viitorul had its first major success in the 2016–17 season, when they became the first team from the region of Dobruja to win the national title.[3] Two years later, Viitorul won the Romanian Cup and the Romanian Supercup.

They play their home matches in blue and black kits at the Stadionul Viitorul, situated a few kilometres north of the city of Constanța.

HistoryEdit

 
Former logo, now used by Viitorul II and youth teams only.

Founding and early years (2009–2012)Edit

Viitorul Constanța was founded in the summer of 2009 and enrolled in the Liga III, the third tier of the Romanian football league system, after acquiring the playing rights of CSO Ovidiu. It has been owned since its creation by former Romanian international Gheorghe Hagi.[2][4]

During the team's first season in Romanian football, they achieved promotion to the 2010–11 Liga II in round 33 after a fierce battle with ACS Berceni towards the end of the campaign. In the 2011–12 Liga II, Viitorul finished second in the standings and were promoted to the top-flight the following season.

Ascent in the first league (2012–)Edit

 
Viitorul Constanța's players in August 2017.

In the 2012–13 season, Viitorul Constanța made its first appearance in the Liga I in the club's history. With 8 victories, 12 draws, and 13 defeats, they finished 13th place with 36 points thereby avoiding relegation. The club had notable victories against Steaua București (5–2) and Dinamo București (3–2), however, Viitorul continued to be an ever-present in relegation battles for the following two campaigns.

 
2016–17 Liga I title celebration on Viitorul Stadium.

In 2016, Viitorul qualified for the championship play-offs by finishing in the 5th place, thus earning a spot in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League and being drawn against Belgian side Gent. In their first European match, they were defeated 0–5 at the Ghelamco Arena.

On 13 May 2017, Viitorul Constanța managed to win the Liga I after a 1–0 home victory over CFR Cluj; the first major trophy in their history which also ensured qualification for the UEFA Champions League.[3] With the average age of the squad being 22.2 years, "Hagi's Kids" were the season's youngest league champion in Europe.[5][6] In the third qualifying round of the Champions League, after a 1–0 win against APOEL at home, Viitorul once again suffered a harsh away defeat (0–4 a.e.t.).

Youth programEdit

Viitorul Constanța is best known for developing young players in Romania and possesses the top youth facilities of any club in the country.[7]

GroundsEdit

During 2009–12 Viitorul played its Liga III and Liga II home matches on the old local stadium in Ovidiu. After the promotion to the Liga I it played its first 3 home matches on the Oțelul Stadium in Galați and afterwards it moved on the Farul Stadium in Constanța, with a capacity of 15,500 people all on seats. In the summer of 2013 it moved to play its home matches in Chiajna on the Concordia Stadium. They returned to Ovidiu on the Stadionul Viitorul in the summer of 2015.

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

LeaguesEdit

CupsEdit

PlayersEdit

First team squadEdit

As of 5 September 2019[8]

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

No. Position Player
2   DF Radu Boboc
5   DF Sebastian Mladen
6   DF Bradley de Nooijer
7   FW Rivaldinho
8   MF Carlo Casap
9   FW Gabriel Iancu
10   MF Eric (Vice-Captain)
11   FW George Ganea
12   GK Valentin Cojocaru
13   MF Cosmin Matei
14   MF Roberto Mălăele
15   DF Bogdan Țîru (Captain)
16   DF Daniel Bîrzu
17   MF Andrei Ciobanu
18   MF Andrei Artean
No. Position Player
19   MF Lyes Houri
20   DF Steliano Filip
21   DF Paul Iacob
22   MF Nicolas Popescu
23   DF Virgil Ghiță
26   DF Marius Leca
27   MF Marco Dulca
29   FW Remus Mihai
30   FW Andreias Calcan
31   GK Alexandru Buzbuchi
43   GK Cătălin Căbuz
77   MF Vlad Achim
80   FW Alexi Pitu
97   DF Darius Grosu
98   FW Louis Munteanu

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
1   GK Árpád Tordai (to Universitatea Cluj)
20   MF Andrei Tîrcoveanu (to Concordia Chiajna)
28   MF Alexandru Mățan (to Voluntari)
34   DF Alexandru Sabangeanu (to Dunărea Călărași)
35   FW Dimciu Halep (to Farul Constanța)
45   GK Cosmin Dur-Bozoancă (to Universitatea Cluj)
  GK Sebastian Agachi (to Argeș Pitești)
  DF Szabolcs Kilyén (to Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe)
  DF Robert Neciu (to Chindia Târgoviște)
  DF Gabriel Nedelea (to SCM Gloria Buzău)
  DF Dan Panait (to Farul Constanța)
  DF Răzvan Prodan (to Daco-Getica București)
No. Position Player
  DF Andrei Rusu (to Medgidia)
  DF Nicholas Suflaru (to Medgidia)
  MF Giani Gherghiceanu (to Focșani)
  MF Florian Haită (to Turris Turnu Măgurele)
  MF Andreas Iani (to Daco-Getica București)
  MF Răzvan Matiș (to Argeș Pitești)
  MF Constantin Neagu (to Medgidia)
  MF Alexandru Negrean (to Viitorul Târgu Jiu)
  MF Alexandru Stoica (to Farul Constanța)
  MF Cosmin Tucaliuc (to SCM Gloria Buzău)
  MF Raul Vidrăsan (to ASU Politehnica Timișoara)
  FW Vlad Chera (to Ripensia Timișoara)

Club officialsEdit

Records and statisticsEdit

European Cups historyEdit

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 3Q   Gent 0–0 0–5 0–5
2017–18 UEFA Champions League 3Q   APOEL 1–0 0–4 (a.e.t.) 1–4
UEFA Europa League PO   Red Bull Salzburg 1–3 0–4 1–7
2018–19 UEFA Europa League 1Q   Racing FC 0–0 2–0 2–0
2Q   Vitesse 2–2 1–3 3–5
2019–20 UEFA Europa League 2Q   Gent 2–1 3–6 5–7
Notes
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

European cups all-time statisticsEdit

As of 1 August 2019
Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Europa League 4 10 2 3 5 11 24 −13
UEFA Champions League 1 2 1 0 1 1 4 −3
Total 5 12 3 3 6 12 28 −16

League historyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Deciziile Comitetului Executiv din 3 iulie 2019" [The Executive Committee's decisions on 3 July 2019] (in Romanian). Romanian Football Federation. 3 July 2019. Retrieved 4 July 2019. FC Viitorul SA changes its name to Fotbal Club Viitorul Constanța SA.
  2. ^ a b "Gheorghe Hagi creating a new legacy for Romanian football". World Soccer. 22 March 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Bucurie fără margini la Ovidiu! Hagi și căpitanul Benzar au ridicat trofeul. Sărbătoare şi la vestiar" [Boundless joy at Ovidiu! Hagi and captain Benzar lifted the trophy. Party in the locker room too] (in Romanian). Digi Sport. 13 May 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Gheorghe and Ianis Hagi building the future of Romanian football at Viitorul". ESPN. 26 August 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  5. ^ "ANALIZĂ Viitorul lui Hagi, pe cale de a reuși imposibilul în fotbal. Constănțenii pot deveni sâmbătă cea mai tânără campioană din Europa, cu o medie de vârstă incredibilă!" [Hagi's Viitorul, on the road of managing the impossible in footbal. The Constanța People can become the youngest champion of Europe of Sunday, with an incredible average age!] (in Romanian). Dolce Sport. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Viitorul, cea mai tânără campioană din Europa" [Viitorul, the youngest champion of Europe] (in Romanian). Sibiu 100%. 19 May 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  7. ^ "'Whatever I do, I am still only the son of Hagi'". The Times. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Echipa FC Viitorul" [FC Viitorul squad] (in Romanian). FC Viitorul Constanța. Retrieved 12 July 2019.

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