FC Zimbru Chișinău

Fotbal Club Zimbru, known as Zimbru Chișinău, is a Moldovan professional football club based in Chișinău, which competes in the Divizia Națională, the highest tier of Moldovan football.

Zimbru Chișinău
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Full nameFotbal Club Zimbru Chișinău
Nickname(s)Galben-verzii (The Yellow-Greens)
Founded16 May 1947; 75 years ago (1947-05-16)
GroundZimbru Stadium
Capacity10,400
PresidentNicolae Ciornîi
Head CoachVlad Goian
LeagueDivizia Națională
2021–227th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Founded in the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1947, Zimbru entered the Soviet Top League in 1956 and totalled eleven participations before their last relegation in 1983. After the independence of Moldova in 1991, the team established itself as an early force in the country, winning all the first five national titles and eight of the first nine, but have not won since. Zimbru's honours also include six Moldovan Cups and one Moldovan Super Cup.

Galben-verzii play their home matches at the 10,400-seater Zimbru Stadium.

HistoryEdit

Zimbru Chișinău was formed in 1947 in the Moldovan Soviet Republic (present day Republic of Moldova). 'Zimbru' is a Romanian word for a form of European bison, but the club also previously functioned under names such as Dinamo, Burevestnik, Moldova, Avântul, and Nistru. The Soviet Era was spent mostly in Class B of the regional league until eventual promotion to Class A. The club then flitted between Class A and Class B as well as spending time in the Soviet Top League and First League. In total, Zimbru spent 11 seasons in the Top League between 1956 and 1983. Zimbru had their biggest success in 1956 when they finished in 6th place out of 12 in the Soviet Top League and in 1963 when they reached the quarter-finals of the Soviet Cup.[1]
Zimbru's fortunes changed after the fall of the USSR and the establishment of the Republic of Moldova. The club won all five of the initial seasons of the Moldovan National Division (1992–96), and apart from finishing as runners-up to Chișinău rivals Constructorul Chișinău in 1996–97, won eight of the first nine championships. Zimbru have also won the Moldovan Cup six times, including a double in 1997–98 and the Moldovan Super Cup once.

Crest and coloursEdit

Since its foundation, Zimbru's colours always was yellow and green. Throughout history, Zimbru Chișinău had many logos. Traditional colours were always present on club crests.

StadiumEdit

Zimbru Stadium
 
Full nameZimbru Stadium
LocationBotanica, Chișinău
OwnerZimbru Chișinău
Capacity10,400[2]
Field size105 x 68 m
SurfaceGrass
Scoreboard1,600 lux
Construction
BuiltMarch 2004 – May 2006
Opened20 May 2006
Construction cost$11 million
ArchitectCeproserving SA
Structural engineerINCONEX-COM

FC Zimbru's home ground is Zimbru Stadium, a football-specific stadium in Botanica sector of Chișinău. It was opened in 2006. The stadium has a natural grass playing surface, and its capacity is 10,400.

RivalriesEdit

In the 1990s (the first decade of Moldova's independence), Zimbru's rival was the other team from Chișinău, Constructorul Chișinău. Then Contructorul was dissolved. In 1997, a new team was founded in Tiraspol, Sheriff Tiraspol. In a few years, Sheriff was promoted to the first league and became a force in Moldovan football. Considering the strength of team and the tensions between Moldovans and separatist Transnistrians, the match between Zimbru and Sheriff became a derby, the most important match in country. Thus, it has been named "Derby of Moldova", being labelled even as "Moldovan El Clasico" (Romanian: El Clasico de Moldova).[3][4] Another rivalry was established in the mid 2000s when Dacia Chișinău, another team from Chișinău, became one of Moldova's top teams. The match between them is known as "The Derby of the capital" (Romanian: Derbyul capitalei).[5]

HonoursEdit

MoldovaEdit

Winners (8): 1992, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000
Runners-up (5): 1996–97, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2005–06, 2006–07
Third place (4): 2001–02, 2003–04, 2011–12, 2015–16
Winners (6): 1996–97, 1997–98, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2013–14
Runners-up (3): 1994–95, 1999–2000, 2017–18
Winners (1): 2014
Runners-up (3): 2003, 2004, 2007

Soviet UnionEdit

Winners (1): 1955
Runners-up (2): 1973, 1982
Winners (2): 1987, 1988

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 5 August, 2022[6]

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   GRE Nikos Giannakopoulos
2 DF   MDA Cristian Ursu
3 DF   MDA Ștefan Burghiu (captain)
4 MF   MDA Marius Curos
5 DF   NED Donny van Iperen
6 MF   MDA Vlad Răileanu
7 MF   FIN Martin Kuittinen
8 MF   RWA Steve Rubanguka
9 MF   MDA Maxim Mihaliov
10 MF   MDA Alexandru Dedov
11 FW   MDA Eugen Sidorenco
12 GK   MDA Silviu Șmalenea
No. Pos. Nation Player
14 DF   MDA Mihai Morozan
15 MF   MDA Rostislav Garganciuc
18 MF   MDA Gheorghe Anton
19 DF   MDA Eugen Pleșco (on loan from Sheriff Tiraspol)
20 DF   POR Ivanilson
21 MF   GNB Rachid Baldé
22 MF   MDA Alexandru Gău
23 GK   MDA Anatol Chirinciuc
28 FW   MDA Mihai Cozari
35 GK   MDA Denis Vornic
77 MF    SUI Beli Muriqi

Player of the yearEdit

Zimbru players who received the award Moldovan Footballer of the Year:

Year Winner
1992   Alexandru Spiridon
1993   Alexandru Curtianu
1994   Serghei Cleșcenco
1995   Ion Testemițanu
1997   Ion Testemițanu
1999   Sergiu Epureanu
2002   Boris Cebotari

League historyEdit

TableEdit

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Top scorer (league)
1992 Divizia Națională 1 22 15 5 2 40 15 35 1/4   Alexandru Spiridon
  Iurie Miterev – 8
1992–93 1 30 22 6 2 66 17 50 1/8   Alexandru Spiridon – 12
1993–94 1 30 25 2 3 86 22 52 1/2 UCL PR   Serghei Cleșcenco – 14
1994–95 1 26 21 4 1 69 10 67 RU UC PR   Serghei Cleșcenco – 11
1995–96 1 30 26 3 1 110 11 81 1/4 UC R2   Vladislav Gavriliuc – 34
1996–97 2 30 22 4 4 112 21 70 W UC PR   Iurie Miterev – 34
1997–98 1 26 22 3 1 75 8 69 W CWC QR   Serghei Cleșcenco – 25
1998–99 1 26 18 7 1 43 9 61 1/4 UCL Q1   Vladislav Gavriliuc – 10
1999–00 1 36 25 7 4 78 21 82 RU UCL
UC
Q3
R1
  Victor Berco – 15
2000–01 2 28 20 6 2 46 15 66 1/2 UCL
UC
Q3
R1
  Iurie Miterev – 8
2001–02 3 28 12 10 6 52 20 46 1/2 UC QR   Victor Berco – 12
2002–03 2 24 15 5 4 47 20 50 W UC R1   Vladimir Shishelov – 13
2003–04 3 28 14 7 7 40 23 49 W UC R1   Vladimir Shishelov – 15
2004–05 5 28 12 7 9 29 15 43 1/4   Sergiu Chirilov – 7
2005–06 2 28 15 8 5 47 20 53 1/2   Sergiu Chirilov – 11
2006–07 2 36 21 8 7 63 23 71 W UC Q2   Alexei Zhdanov – 14
2007–08 5 30 13 13 4 43 21 52 1/2 UC Q1   Alexei Zhdanov – 12
2008–09 4 30 13 7 10 42 30 46 1/2   Oleg Andronic – 16
2009–10 4 33 17 8 8 47 29 59 1/4 UEL Q2   Andrei Secrieru – 7
2010–11 4 39 22 10 7 56 20 76 1/8   Oleg Andronic – 9
2011–12 3 33 17 10 6 47 24 61 1/4   Oleg Molla – 14
2012–13 6 33 12 10 11 53 38 46 1/4 UEL Q2   Oleg Molla – 7
2013–14 4 33 18 7 8 56 24 61 W   Sergey Tsyganov – 13
2014–15 6 24 7 6 11 23 19 27 1/4 UEL PO   Alexandru Dedov – 4
2015–16 3 27 15 4 8 42 26 49 1/4   Rui Miguel – 9
2016–17 5 30 13 7 10 32 29 46 1/2 UEL Q2   Hugo Neto – 6
2017 8 18 5 4 9 17 21 19 RU   Jean Theodoro – 5
2018 5 28 9 9 10 28 37 36 1/2   Ilie Damașcan
  Ion Nicolaescu – 5
2019 7 28 3 7 18 16 43 16 1/4   Dan Pîslă – 5
2020–21 8 36 6 7 23 39 63 25 1/8   Artur Pătraș – 10

European recordEdit

UEFA Champions League
Season Round Opponents Home leg Away leg Aggregate
1993–94 PR   Beitar Jerusalem 1–1 0–2 1–3
1998–99 Q1   Újpest 1–0 1–3 2–3
1999–00 Q1   St Patrick's Athletic 5–0 5–0 10–0
Q2   Dinamo Tbilisi 2–0 1–2 3–2
Q3   PSV Eindhoven 0–0 0–2 0–2
2000–01 Q1   KF Tirana 3–2 3–2 6–4
Q2   Maribor 2–0 0–1 2–1
Q3   Sparta Prague 0–1 0–1 0–2
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Season Round Opponents Home leg Away leg Aggregate
1997–98 QR   Shakhtar Donetsk 1–1 0–3 1–4
UEFA Cup
Season Round Opponents Home leg Away leg Aggregate
1994–95 PR   Budapest Honvéd 0–1 1–4 1–5
1995–96 PR   Hapoel Tel Aviv 2–0 0–0 2–0
R1   RAF Jelgava 1–0 2–1 3–1
R2   Sparta Prague 0–2 3–4 3–6
1996–97 PR   Hajduk Split 0–4 1–2 1–6
1999–00 R1   Tottenham Hotspur 0–0 0–3 0–3
2000–01 R1   Hertha BSC 1–2 0–2 1–4
2001–02 QR   Gaziantepspor 0–0 1–4 1–4
2002–03 QR   IFK Göteborg 3–1 2–2 5–3
R1   Real Betis 0–2 1–2 1–4
2003–04 QR   Litex Lovech 2–0 0–0 2–0
R1   Aris 1–1 1–2 2–3
2006–07 Q1   Qarabağ 1–1 2–1 (aet) 3–2
Q2   Metalurh Zaporizhya 0–0 0–3 0–3
2007–08 Q1   Artmedia Bratislava 2–2 1–1 3–3 (a)
UEFA Europa League
Season Round Opponents Home leg Away leg Aggregate
2009–10 Q1   Okzhetpes 1–2 2–0 3–2
Q2   Paços de Ferreira 0–0 0–1 0–1
2012–13 Q1   Bangor City 2–1 0–0 2–1
Q2   Young Boys 1–0 (aet) 0–1 1–1 (1–4 pen.)
2014–15 Q1   FK Shkëndija 2–0 1–2 3–2
Q2   CSKA Sofia 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)
Q3   SV Grödig 0–1 2–1 2–2 (a)
PO   PAOK 1–0 0–4 1–4
2016–17 Q1   Chikhura Sachkhere 0–1 3–2 3–3 (a)
Q2   Osmanlıspor 2–2 0–5 2–7
Notes: PR – preliminary round. QR – qualifying round. R1 – First round. R2 – Second round
Q1, Q2, Q3 – qualifying rounds. PO – play-off round
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Club officialsEdit

Former playersEdit

Former managersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Team history".zimbru.md
  2. ^ "Stadium capacity" (PDF).uefa.com
  3. ^ "El clasico de Moldova".publika.md
  4. ^ "El clasico".prime.md
  5. ^ "Derbyul capitalei".publika.md
  6. ^ "Squad — FC Zimbru" (in Romanian). FC Zimbru Chișinău.
  7. ^ "Technical staff". zimbru.md.
  8. ^ "Club management". zimbru.md.

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