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CFR Timișoara is a Romanian football team from Timișoara, Timiș County founded in 1933.[1] It plays in the Liga VI in the 2018–19 season.

CFR 1933 Timișoara
CFR Timisoara logo.png
Full nameFC CFR 1933 Timișoara
Nickname(s)Leoparzii (The Leopards)
Feroviarii (The Railwaymen)
Short nameCFR Timișoara
Founded1933; 86 years ago (1933)
as Sparta CFR Timișoara
LeagueLiga VI
2018–19Liga VI, Timiș County, Timișoara Series, 6th
Chart showing the progress of CFR's league finishes from 1946 to the present.
Unirea CFR Timișoara in 1925

The team's best season was the 1947–48 one, when they finished second in the 1947–48 Divizia A and reached the Romanian Cup final. However UTA Arad managed to beat them in both legs.[1]


It was founded in 1919 as Sparta CFR Timișoara. It merged in 1926 with Unirea Timișoara and took on the name Sparta Unirea CFR Timișoara. In 1927 the club was dissolved. It was founded again five years later, in 1933, as CFR Timișoara, a team that marks only two divisional appearances until World War II: 1937-1938, 5th place, in the Western League, Divizia C and 1940 -1941, 6th place, in the 1st series of Divizia B. In the 1942-1943 season it participated in the Heroes Cup, a competition that replaced Divizia B from 1942 to 1944, where it occupied the 3rd place.

In 1945-1946, CFR ranks 2nd in the Timișoara Championship, and in the summer of 1946, after a dam match with the Politehnica Timișoara, it gained promotion in Divizia A, the team being led by the player coach R. Kotormany.

In the 1947-1948 season it manages to reach the final of the Romanian Cup, which they lost in front of the ITA Arad team and finished in second place in Divizia A, following the same ITA Arad. Until 1956 included, CFR Timișoara (since 1950 became Locomotive) only operates in Divizia A. Then 8 championships followed in Divizia B (in 1958-1959 the team returns to the name of CFR) so that, surprisingly, in 1965, relegate to Divizia C. But it returned after one year in Divizia B, under the leadership of coach Nicolae Godeanu.

In 1969-1970, an action to reorganize Timisoara football takes place, on which occasion CFR assigns some of its players to Politehnica Timișoara. Although lacking the chance of promotion, CFR produces the big surprise by returning to Division A, after 13 years, at the end of the championship 1969-1970. The happiness of the CFR lasted only one year (1970-1971), as the team returned to Divizia B, where it remained until 1979, when it relegated to Divizia C. From here, after only one year, it returned to the second tier where it remained until 1986. It spent another two years in the 3rd division (1986-1988) and still has an honorable participation in Divizia B, which will end, at the end of the 1996-1997 championship, to remain another three years in Divizia C, where, at the end of the 1999-2000 championship (17th place in the IV series), it relegates to the county championship.

In the 2003-2004 season it returns to Divizia C, and in 2004-2005 it promotes in Divizia B, where it evolved until the 2009-2010 season, when it was excluded from the championship due to financial arrears to two former players, but also because they failed to pay arbitration fees.[2]





  1. ^ a b "CFR Timișoara's profile on RomanianSoccer". Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  2. ^ Lucretia Andriev (2009-10-29). "CFR Timisoara a fost exclusa din Liga a doua". Retrieved 2009-10-31.

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