FC Zaria Bălți

Fotbal Club Zaria Bălți, commonly known as Zaria Bălți or simply as Zaria, is a Moldovan football club based in Bălți, currently playing in the Divizia "A". Between 1992 and 2014 the team was known as Olimpia Bălți.

Zaria Bălți
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Full nameFotbal Club Zaria Bălți
Founded1984; 36 years ago (1984)
GroundStadionul Orășenesc
OwnerPrimăria Bălți
Head CoachLeonid Tcaci
LeagueDivizia "A"
Current season


Old logo

Football professional clubs existed in Bălți before 1984 playing in the Ukrainian Class B (Soviet lower division of football competitions). Among those clubs was FC Piscevic Bălți (originally as FC Stroiindustriya). In 1966 Stroiindustriya Bălți became a champion of the Moldavian SSR and was admitted to the Class B competitions. Following liquidation of the Class B competitions in 1970, FC Piscevik disappeared.

The club was founded in 1984 as FC Zarya (Russian: ФК Заря Бельцы), and in 1991, when Moldova gained its independence, the club was renamed to FC Olimpia Bălți. In July 2014 it was decided to return to the old name - FC Zaria Bălți.

The Zaria gained worldwide notoriety in December 2009 for putting an online bid through which the winner would awarded a one-year contract as a player with the club.[1] The winner was a Brazilian businessman who had a brief career as a footballer in his native country. Nevertheless, the winning bidder declined the position stating that, since he never paid the application fee, he assumed his bid would not be taken into account.[2] In April 2010 the club called for a new bidding round.[3] The winner was never announced, though.

European recordEdit

UEFA Europa League
Season Round Opponents Home leg Away leg Aggregate
2010–11 Q1   Khazar Lankaran 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)  
Q2   Dinamo București 0–2 1–5 1–7  
2016–17 Q1   Videoton 2–0 0–3 2–3  
2017–18 Q1   Sarajevo 2–1 1–2 3–3 (6–5 p)  
Q2   Apollon Limassol 1–2 0–3 1–5  
2018–19 Q1   Górnik Zabrze 1–1 0–1 1–2  
  • Q1: First qualifying round
  • Q2: Second qualifying round



  1. ^ "Футбольный клуб "Олимпия" (Бельцы)". Fcolimpia.md. 2009-12-21. Archived from the original on 2016-03-14. Retrieved 2010-11-16.
  2. ^ Thiago Lavinas Rio de Janeiro. "Globoesporte.com > Futebol Internacional – NOTÍCIAS – Brasileiro vence leilão para jogar na Moldávia, mas avisa que vai dar bolo". Globoesporte.globo.com. Retrieved 2010-11-16.
  3. ^ "Футбольный клуб "Олимпия" (Бельцы)". Fcolimpia.md. 2010-04-10. Archived from the original on 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2010-11-16.

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