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FC Farul Constanta

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About FC Farul Constanta

FC Farul Constanţa is a professional Football (soccer) club from Constanţa, Romania. Established in 1949, Farul is currently competing in Liga II (formerly known as Divizia B),after being relegated at the end of Liga I 2008-09. The club has yet to win a Romanian title. Notably, the 2004/2005 season brought for Farul some outstanding performances that enabled it to finish the season on the 5th place and reach to its first ever Romanian Cup final match, which they lost 0-1 to FC Dinamo Bucureşti.

In Romanian language farul means "the lighthouse". Farul Constanţa (rugby) are also a well-known rugby union team, which hosted the first Heineken Cup rugby match.

History

In 1949, the two football clubs of Constanţa, Dezrobirea and PCA, were merged to create a new team, Locomotiva PCA Constanţa, that played in the Divizia B (the 2nd League). After the 1954 edition, the team was promoted for the first time to the 1st League (Divizia A), and in 1958, the team's name was changed from Locomotiva to Farul Constanţa.

Its best achievements are reaching the fourth place in Liga I and the semi-finals of the Balkans Cup, and winning Liga II four times.

Best positions in Liga I

- Divizia A 1959-60, 4th place: Horia Ghibănescu, Nicolae Botescu, Grigore Ciuncan, Lucreţiu Florescu, Gheorghe Corneanu, Gheorghe Toma, Petre Comăniţă, Mircea Bibere, Eugen Pană, Gheorghe Datcu, Vasile Stancu, Constantin Moroianu, Ion Ciosescu, Paul Niculescu, Dumitru Sever, Iacob Olaru, Ştefan Nunu - squad; Iosif Lengheriu - head coach; Foti Foti - President
- Divizia A 1962-63, 5th place: Horia Ghibănescu, Constantin Manciu, Firică, Octavian Brânzei, Lucreţiu Florescu, Martin Graef, Mihai Stoica, Constantin Pleşa, Vasile Buzea, Ion Vasilescu, Nicolae Neacşu, Constantin Tâlvescu, Constantin Moroianu, Iosif Bukossy, Ion Ciosescu, Ştefan Nunu, Constantin Dinulescu, Constantin Mănescu, Ilie Ologu, Vasile Dumbravă; Augustin Botescu - head coach; Foti Foti - President
- Divizia A 1966-67, 4th place: Vasile Utu, Constantin Tâlvescu, Constantin Manciu, Marin Georgescu, Constantin Koszka, Martin Graef, Suliman Etem, Cicerone Manolache, Constantin Pleşa, Dumitru Antonescu, Ilie Ologu, Marin Tufan, Constantin Iancu, Tiberiu Kallo, Ion Zamfir, Dumitru Caraman, Iosif Bukossy, Constantin Mareş, Vasile Dumbravă - squad; Vintilă Mărdărescu - head coach; Foti Foti - President
- Divizia A 1969-70, 6th place: Dan Ştefănescu, Gheorghe Popa, Petre Botea, Dumitru Popescu, Dumitru Tănase, Vasile Stancu, Constantin Tâlvescu, Constantin Mareş, Dumitru Antonescu, Mihai Stoica, Constantin Koszka, Constantin Pleşa, Ilhan Mustafa, Mircea Sasu, Sorin Avram, Marin Tufan, Tiberiu Kallo, Ilie Ologu, Nicolae Constantinescu, Alexandru Badea, Dumitru Caraman; Bazil Marian - Lucreţiu Florescu, Emanoil Haşotti - Robert Cosmoc - coaches; E. Monacu - President
- Divizia A 1993-94, 6th place: Gheorghe Niţu, Stelian Carabaş, Tiberiu Curt, Alexandru Popovici, Florian Călin, Gheorghe Barbu, Marian Dinu, Gheorghe Ciurea, Marian Popa, Plăcintă, Dennis Şerban, Arghir, Gheorghe Butoiu, Bănică Oprea; Gheorghe Constantin, Constantin Gache, Florin Marin - head coaches; Petre Buduru - President
- Divizia A 2004-05, 5th place: George Curcă, Adrian Vlas, Ion Barbu, Răzvan Farmache, Laurenţiu Florea, Sorin Mocanu, Cosmin Paşcovici, Adrian Senin, Cristian Şchiopu, Iulian Apostol, Vasilică Cristocea, Robert Iacob, Dinu Todoran, George Uşurelu, Claudiu Voiculeţ, Mihai Baicu, Radu Doicaru, Mihai Guriţă, Liviu Mihai; Petre Grigoraş - head coach; Gheorghe Bosânceanu - President

Milestones

- 1949: Year of establishment
- 1955: First match in Divizia A: FC Dinamo Bucureşti–Farul Constanţa 1–6
- 1957: Farul Stadium was built
- 1966: First international cup final: FC Rapid Bucureşti–Farul Constanţa 3–0, 3–5
- 1995: First participation in UEFA
- 1999: 1000th match in the Divizia A: Foresta Fălticeni-Farul Constanţa 2–0
- 2005: Romanian Cup playoffs: Dinamo Bucureşti–Farul Constanţa 1–0
- 2006: UEFA Intertoto Cup playoffs: Auxerre–Farul Constanţa 4–1, 0–1

Honours

Domestic



European



European record

UEFA Intertoto Cup





Notable players

The most famous player that played for Farul is of course Romanian legend Gheorghe Hagi (1982–1983).

- Goalkeepers: Dan Ştefănescu, Gheorghe Niţu, Cristian Munteanu, Eugen Nae, George Curcă, Adrian Vlas, Lucian Covrig
- Defenders: Alexandru Popovici (footballer), Dumitru Antonescu, Constantin Mareş, Dumitru Nistor, Surian Borali, Iosif Vigu, Ion Moldovan, Cristian Petcu, Cristian Abăluţă, Gabriel Vochin, Valeriu Răchită, Gheorghe Barbu, Cristian Şchiopu, Cosmin Paşcovici, Marin Vătavu
- Midfielders: Constantin Koszka, Vasile Mănăilă, Constantin Bârbora, Gheorghe Hagi, Mihai Stere, Cristian Mustacă, Petre Buduru, Ştefan Hoffmeister, Dănuţ Moisescu, Ștefan Petcu, Ionuţ Bădescu, Vasilică Cristocea, Marian Aliuţă, Bănică Oprea, Bogdan Andone, Stelian Carabaş, Ianis Zicu, Adrian Senin
- Strikers: Aurel Rădulescu, Pavel Peniu, Petre Grigoraş, Marin Tufan, Tiberiu Kallo, Ilie Ologu, Mircea Sasu, Alexandru Badea, Constantin Mărculescu, Dumitru Caraman, Emanoil Haşotti, Constantin Iancu, Marian Popa, Bogdan Mara, Cicerone Manolache, Gheorghe Butoiu, Liviu Mihai, Ioan Ciosescu, Mihai Guriţă, Tibor Moldovan, Catalin Anghel, Iosif Bukossy

Club officials

Boardroom

- Owner: Giani Nedelcu
- Honour president: Marios N. Lefkaritis
- Executive president: Marcel Lică
- Marketing director: Mihai-Gabriel Diaconescu
- Judicial director: Valentina Petre
- Press officer: Marian Bocai

Management

- Manager: Viorel Tănase
- Assistant manager: Ion Barbu
- Goalkeeping coach: Ion Răuţă
- Club doctor: Liviu Muja
- Fitness coach: Gheorghe Avram
- Masseurs: Paul Ciocănescu, Valentin Constantin
- Second team coach: Lucian Marinof

Youth centre staff

- Youth centre manager: Petre Comăniţă
- Group coaches: Vasile Mănăilă, Mugur Corlăţeanu, Marian Florea, Gheorghe Butoiu, Eugen Savoilă, Mihai Turcu, Constantin Mareş, Ionel Melenco, Sevastian Iovănescu, Constantin Gârjoabă.




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