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Fotbal Club Voluntari (Romanian pronunciation: [volunˈtarʲ]), commonly known as FC Voluntari, or simply as Voluntari, is a Romanian professional football club based in Voluntari, Ilfov County.

FC Voluntari
FC Voluntari logo.png
Full nameFotbal Club Voluntari
Nickname(s)Voluntărenii
(The People from Voluntari)
Ilfovenii
(The People from Ilfov)
Short nameVoluntari
Founded26 July 2010; 9 years ago (2010-07-26)
GroundAnghel Iordănescu
Capacity4,600
OwnerVoluntari Town
General managerIoan Andone
ManagerCristiano Bergodi
LeagueLiga I
2018–19Liga I, 11th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Founded on 26 July 2010,[1] they have been playing since the 2015–16 season in the Liga I, the first tier of the Romanian football league system. They claimed their first major honour in 2017, after defeating Astra Giurgiu in the Cupa României final at the penalty shootouts, and went on to win the Supercupa României in the same year.

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HistoryEdit

Early yearsEdit

In the 2012–13 season of the Liga IV, they finished second and promoted to the next league Liga III. This time they won the 2013–14 Liga III and promoted again to Liga II. In Liga II they had notable performances against Farul Constanța and CF Brăila. They qualified via the promotion play-offs to Liga I from the first place.

Promotion to the first divisionEdit

At the end of the 2014–15 Liga II season, they were promoted for the first time in their club history to Liga I, via the promotion playoffs. The 2015–16 Liga I season was a tough one for FC Voluntari, as many technical and administrative changes took the club to the relegation zone. Finishing 12th, the team faced a promotion/relegation play-off against UTA Arad, 2nd place in Seria II of the 2015–16 Liga II. FC Voluntari won 3–1 on aggregate and remained in Liga I.[2]

With experienced players like Vasile Maftei, Florin Cernat or Laurențiu Marinescu in the lineup, Voluntari improved in the 2016–17 Liga I season, finishing in 9th place and avoiding a second consecutive relegation battle. The biggest achievement for the club was winning the Romanian Cup against Astra Giurgiu, the first major trophy in its short history.[3]

StadiumEdit

The club plays its home matches at the 4,600-seater Stadionul Anghel Iordănescu in Voluntari.

HonoursEdit

DomesticEdit

LeaguesEdit

CupsEdit

PlayersEdit

First team squadEdit

As of 14 August 2019[4]

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 Bozhidar Mitrev
2   DF Cosmin Achim
3   DF Igor Armaș
4   DF Mircea Leasă
7   MF Gabriel Deac
8   MF Ion Gheorghe
9   FW Thanasis Papazoglou
10   MF Vlad Mihalcea
11   MF Mihai Căpățînă
12   GK Victor Rîmniceanu
14   DF George Buliga
15   FW Martin Harrer
18   MF Abdelhak Belahmeur
20   FW Cătălin Țîră
No. Position Player
22   DF Ricardinho
23   DF Alexandru Vlad
25   MF Nicolás Gorobsov
28   DF Ionuț Balaur (Captain)
29   MF Iulian Badea
32   DF Milan Kocić
33   GK Alexandru Neacșu
59   MF Doru Popadiuc
77   MF Florin Bălan
93   MF Aïssa Laïdouni
97   FW Daniel Benzar
98   DF Cristian Costin
99   MF Claudiu Borțoneanu
  MF Avtandil Ebralidze

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
15   FW Alexandru Stoica (to Farul Constanța)
No. Position Player

Second team squad (Voluntari II)Edit

As of 10 March 2019

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

No. Position Player
16   FW Alexandru Marin
24   MF Darius Mihai
26   DF Sebastian Ignat
35   MF Eduard Vraciu
  GK Alexandru Dragomir
  GK Constantin Mihăescu
  DF Dragoș Cojocaru
  DF Nicolas Găină
  DF Vlad Gîsă
  DF Daniel Mitrache
  DF Oktay Özkara
  MF Marius Bîrsan
  MF Viorel Brocea
  MF Alexandru Chilili
No. Position Player
  MF Robert Constantinescu
  MF Dorin Capotă
  MF Constantin Costache
  MF Eduard Dogaru
  MF Eduard Dumitru
  MF Mario Dumitru
  MF Jurgen Dushkaj
  MF Ionuț Ghiurcă
  MF Valentin Ioniță
  MF Omar Kassabji
  MF Alex Munteanu
  MF Robert Tatu
  FW Iustin Drăgănoaia
  FW Cezar Trandafirescu

Club officialsEdit

Domestic records and statisticsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ FOTBAL CLUB VOLUNTARI SA. termene.ro (in Romanian)
  2. ^ "Liga 1: UTA invinge FC Voluntari in returul barajului, dar ilfovenii raman in prima liga". ziare.com.
  3. ^ "FC Voluntari – Astra 1–1 (5–3 d.l.d). Minunea din Ilfov! Claudiu Niculescu, performanță istorică în finala Cupei României". www.digisport.ro.
  4. ^ "Echipa" [Squad] (in Romanian). FC Voluntari. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  5. ^ Board of directors
  6. ^ Technical staff

External linksEdit