CFR Cluj

CFR Cluj
Full name Fotbal Club CFR 1907 Cluj
Nickname(s)
  • Ceferiștii
  • Feroviarii (The Railwaymen)
  • Alb-vișiniii (The White and Burgundies)
Short name CFR
Founded 1907 (1907)
as Kolozsvári Vasutas Sport Club
Ground Dr. Constantin Rădulescu
Capacity 23,500[1]
Owners Marian Băgăcean (62%)[2]
Árpád Pászkány (38%)
Chairman Iuliu Mureșan
Manager Toni Conceição
League Liga I
2017–18 Liga I, 1st
Website Club website

Fotbal Club CFR 1907 Cluj, commonly known as CFR Cluj (Romanian pronunciation: [t͡ʃefeˌre ˈkluʒ] or [ˌt͡ʃefere ˈkluʒ]), is a Romanian professional football club based in the city of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj County. It was founded in 1907, with current name "CFR" being the acronym for Căile Ferate Române ("Romanian Railways").[3]

Before receiving significant financial support from owner Árpád Pászkány in 2002, the club had spent most of its existence in the lower divisions. CFR Cluj returned to the top flight in 2004 and the following season took part in their first European competition, the Intertoto Cup, where they finished as runners-up. In 2007–08, they were champions of Liga I for the first time in their history, taking the national title away from Bucharest-based teams after 17 years and consequently qualifying for the UEFA Champions League group stage in the process. Only six years earlier, CFR was playing in the third tier of the Romanian football league system.[4] Since their major ownership change in 2002, the team has won eleven domestic trophies: four Liga I, four Cupa României, and three Supercupa României.

Since rejoining the first division in 2004, the club has been known for relying heavily on foreign players, particularly Portuguese, but also African, South American and more recently European.

CFR has a fierce rivalry with neighbouring Universitatea Cluj. Matches between the two clubs are known as the Derbiul Clujului.

History

Establishment and early years (1907–1969)

The club was founded in 1907, when the city of Cluj-Napoca (then Kolozsvár) was part of Austria-Hungary, under the name Kolozsvári Vasutas Sport Club ("Kolozsvár Railway Sports Club"). From 1907 to 1910, the team played in the municipal championship. However, the club did not have any notable achievements during this time. In 1911, the team won the newly organized Championship of Transylvania. The club consistently finished in second place in that competition between 1911 and 1914, a competition that was interrupted because of World War I. After the war, in 1920, Transylvania became part of Romania and the club accordingly changed its name to CFR Cluj, maintaining its links with the national rail organisation, this time the Romanian state railway carrier, Căile Ferate Române, hence the acronym. They went on to win two regional titles, in 1918–19 and 1919–20.

Between 1920 and 1934 the club did not have any notable achievements. Between 1934 and 1936, CFR played for two seasons in the Divizia B, ranking sixth in the 1934–35 season and eighth in the 1935–36 season. In 1936, CFR was relegated to the Divizia C, where the team played for two seasons, finishing second and 4th, respectively. After World War II, CFR played for one season in the Divizia C, earning the promotion to the Divizia B. Before the start of the 1947–48 season, the team merged with another local club, Ferar Cluj, and played in the Divizia A for the very first time in history. Unfortunately, the team lasted only two years in the first league and would not play there again for another 20 years. In 1960, another merger, this time with Rapid Cluj resulted in CSM Cluj. In 1964, the team's name was changed to Clujeana. In that same year, the club's junior team won the national championship. Three years later, the team's name was reversed yet again to CFR Cluj.

Return to the top flight (1969–1976)

In 1969, CFR finished first in Divizia B with 40 points, five more than their rival, Politehnica Timișoara. The conclusive game of that season was a 1–1 draw with Politehnica. Politehnica had a 1–0 lead at half-time, but CFR came back with a fine header.

During the summer of 1969, CFR Cluj advanced to Divizia A under the leadership of coach Constantin Rădulescu. Rădulescu was originally from southern Romania, but he grew to manhood in the stern atmosphere of Transylvania. Before coaching, he had played for CFR and another well-known local team, Universitatea Cluj, during the 1940s. In the 1969–70 first league championship, CFR made its debut with a 2–0 victory over ASA Târgu Mureș. The next few games did not go as well. Apart from a 1–0 win over Politehnica Iași, there were losses to Steaua București (1–3) and Dinamo București (0–2). These and other defeats were a factor in the team's downhill slide. However, the following spring CFR bounced back with a win over ASA Târgu Mureș (1–0), after a goal from Octavian Ionescu, and averted relegation.

At the beginning of CFR's second season in Divizia A, Rădulescu was replaced by Eugen Iordache as head coach. During his tenure, CFR did not do well, and Rădulescu was swiftly brought back. Even so, CFR Cluj found itself again at the bottom of the table before the winter break. The spring of 1971 was somewhat better, although CFR struggled again to avoid relegation. CFR's last game of that season, against UTA Arad, was a memorable one. CFR led 1–0 at half-time. UTA Arad, however, overturned the match after scoring twice. Nonetheless, the persistence of the players from Cluj was rewarded with a late goal, tying the game at 2–2. UTA went on to play in the European Cups, but, most importantly, CFR avoided relegation.

The 1971–72 season started off badly for CFR. Losses to Dinamo București (1–3); Crișul Oradea (0–1, after a last-minute penalty kick), and Jiul Petroșani (1–2 after two regrettable own-goals) meant CFR's demise after the first round of the championship — the team finished at the bottom, with seven points. CFR's return was dramatic, although inconsistent at times. The team won some important games, such as a 1–0 with Universitatea Craiova and a 3–0 with Petrolul Ploiești. By the end of the season, however, CFR was again struggling to stay in Divizia A. CFR was tied at half-time after having led with 2–0 in their game against Politehnica Iași. In the second half, two late goals from Ionescu and Petrescu saved the team from relegation. When Rădulescu and his players got back home to Cluj, 3,000 fans turned out to celebrate their performance.

During the summer of 1972, CFR made an important transfer. Mihai Adam, from Universitatea Cluj, was traded for Soos. Adam had been twice Romania's top scorer, and was considered one of the best Romanian players of his generation. He and the rest of the team would make the 1972–73 season the most successful in CFR's history. The team achieved its highest ranking ever in Romanian football, fifth in Divizia A. Several important results concluded a great season, including a 2–0 victory against Rapid București, a 2–2 draw against Sportul Studențesc București, and another draw, 1–1, with Steaua București. Additionally, the stadium that CFR continues to use even today was built in 1973. To celebrate the completion of the stadium, CFR Cluj played a friendly game against Cuba. The game ended in a 2–1 victory for CFR.

The 1973–74 season was a rather bad one for CFR, as it barely saved itself from relegation, ranking 14th at the end of the season. The only notable achievement of that season was Mihai Adam's third title as Romania's top goal-scorer who, even though he was 33 years old, scored 23 goals. The 1974–75 season was much like the one before: CFR struggled to avoid relegation, achieving its objectives all the while. The 1975–76 season marked CFR's relegation and its last season in Divizia A during the 20th century. A contributing factor was the age of the team, with most of its players in their 30s.

Lower leagues (1976–2002)

During the 1977–78 season, CFR attempted a comeback. However, the team finished only second in Divizia B, after Baia Mare. Four years later, CFR slid further down, into the third division, Divizia C. From then on, the team would alternate between the second and third leagues. In 1983, CFR played in Divizia B under its longstanding coach, Dr. Constantin Rădulescu. In the 1990s, CFR struggled financially and found itself more than once on the brink of bankruptcy. Nevertheless, several very talented players were raised, including Cristian Dulca, Attila Piroșka, Cristian Coroian, and Alin Minteuan.

Pászkány takeover, ascent and first European participation (2002–2007)

In January 2002, a new sponsor, Árpád Pászkány, head of S.C. ECOMAX M.G., founded a new commercial sport society, with ECOMAX M.G. as the primary shareholder. By the end of the 2001–02 season, CFR had been promoted back to Divizia B.

The summer of 2003 was very important for CFR as many new talented players were transferred, among them being Cătălin Bozdog, Adrian Anca, Cristian Turcu, and Sabin Pîglișan. With these players and others, CFR entered the first league after a successful season in Divizia B. CFR began the season strongly, holding first place for a while. Then the club's main sponsor, Árpád Pászkány, became involved in a public scandal, in which Pászkány accused several referees of corruption. This conundrum plagued the team and resulted in head coach GH. Cioceri's dismissal. CFR lost several consecutive games before the scandal faded away. After the winter break, GH. Cioceri was replaced by Aurel Sunda. In the spring of 2004, Sunda's team had a nearly perfect run, winning 14 out of 15 games, with only one draw. One round before the season's end, CFR was one point behind the Jiul Petroșani, which was in first place. All this changed when Jiul was held to a draw by Gaz Metan Mediaș. This, along with CFR's 3–0 victory, was one of the most crucial moments for the club in the 21st century. The CFR Cluj advanced to the top league for the first time in 28 years. In the summer of 2004, CFR acquired many new players, including Vasile Jula and Radu Marginean.

CFR Cluj's first year back in Divizia A was strong, yet inconsistent. CFR finished sixth after the first half of the 2004–05 championship. It was during this time that CFR played one of its most popular games ever, defeating, Dinamo București at home. The final score was 4–2, after two goals each by Adrian Anca and Sorin Oncică. However, the second half of the championship proved disappointing for CFR, as it gathered only 12 points after 15 games. The team finished 11th, though, avoiding relegation.

The summer of 2005 brought significant change to CFR Cluj. The club's executives signed the team up for the UEFA Intertoto Cup, being CFR's first European adventure. CFR began well, qualifying for the second round after two victories against FK Vetra (3–2 and 4–1).

Also, the Romanian international Dorinel Munteanu came to CFR from Steaua București. Munteanu would have the dual role of player-coach. His first game produced one of CFR's greatest successes. CFR defeated Athletic Bilbao of Spain 1–0 (although almost all players from Bilbao's side were from the reserve squad) during the second round of the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup. The only goal of the match was scored by Cosmin Tilincă with a header. CFR then lost in Bilbao (1–0) but still qualified to the next round after a penalty shootout.

Munteanu's team played the next game at Cluj, against French club Saint-Étienne. Adrian Anca played one of the greatest games in his career, even though the match ended in a 1–1 draw. Anca hit the crossbar with a header early in the game, and Tilincă pushed the ball into the net from the rebound. Anca then went on to earn a penalty, but did not score. He then hit the crossbar a second time in the second half. The away game, in France, was also an eventful game for CFR Cluj. The game began well for CFR, as Cristian Coroian scored from a penalty kick, earned by Adrian Anca. The second half went less smoothly for CFR; Julien Sable scored for Saint-Étienne, tying the game at 1–1. This was followed by CFR player László Balint's elimination. However, a Cosmin Tilincă goal gave the team the ability to tie with the French at the very last minute. The game ended in a 2–2 draw, so CFR went on to the next qualifying stage due to its away goals. In the next round CFR easily disposed of Zalgiris Vilnius, 2–1 in Lithuania and 5–1 at home.

For the final match of the 2005 UEFA Interoto Cup, CFR Cluj's opponent was another French franchise, RC Lens. The first game, at Cluj, ended in a 1–1 draw with both sides having scored from free kicks. Cristian Turcu scored for CFR. The second game was played at Lens in front of 30,000 French fans. The Romanian players showed signs of exhaustion and conceded three goals. Player-coach Dorinel Munteanu scored a goal from a free kick in the 89th minute. Thus ended CFR Cluj's Intertoto journey. CFR then finished fifth at the end of the 2005–06 domestic season. During the 2006–07 season, major changes at the club started to occur. Dorinel Munteanu resigned as player-coach, and was replaced by Cristiano Bergodi. Foreign players from Western Europe and South America were transferred. A partnership with Portuguese club Benfica was signed. On 22 July 2007, CFR Cluj celebrated its centenary year by playing a friendly game against Benfica and inaugurating the new illumination system at its stadium.

Strong domestic success (2007–2012)

The team's new coach, Romanian Ioan Andone, formerly of Omonia Nicosia and Dinamo București started the 2007–08 season well, with CFR Cluj leading the league by eight points halfway through the season and remaining undefeated. Their form was not as good in the second half of the season, and they were overtaken by Steaua București with two games remaining. Even though Steaua crushed Gloria Buzau 5–0 in the last matchday, it wasn't enough to bring the title to Ghencea, since CFR won the derby against Universitatea Cluj and won the title, becoming the first team outside Bucharest to win the title in nearly two decades.[5] Three days later CFR Cluj completed a league and cup double, beating Unirea Urziceni in the Romanian Cup final.

By winning the league, CFR Cluj qualified for the group stage of the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League season. They were drawn in Group A against Chelsea of England, A.S. Roma of Italy, and Bordeaux of France and given little chance of progressing, with odds of 300–1 being given on them winning the competition.[6] In their opening game, CFR caused a shock by beating Roma in the Italian capital, 2–1,[7] with Argentine Juan Culio scoring the brace. Expectations were further exceeded by holding the previous season's finalists Chelsea to a 0–0 draw.[8]

The end of the 2008–09 season saw CFR finish fourth, the team had two coaching staff changes in the second part of the competition and did not manage to secure a second title. The Romanian Cup was kept for a consecutive year at Cluj, and with this the CFR ended the year in high spirits.

In the 2009–10 season, the team won the league title for the second time in its history, exhibiting the heavy investments in the club's infrastructure, management, and squad transfers. Managed by coach Andrea Mandorlini, CFR Cluj also kept the Romanian Cup and qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stage. As a premier, the 2009–2010 CFR Fans' Trophy was awarded to Cristian Panin as voted by supporters and football reviewers. The trophy is to be awarded every year by the CFR Cluj fans associations to the player that receives the highest aggregate amount of votes online and highest per match rating respectively.[9] The 2010–11 CFR Fans' Trophy was awarded to captain Ricardo Cadu and the 2011–2012 CFR Fans' Trophy was awarded to goalkeeper Beto Pimparel.

The 2011–12 season brought the league title to Cluj for the third time. Starting under Jorge Costa's supervision, the team maintained a spot in the top three. After a few major defeats close to the end of the season, Costa was replaced by Ioan Andone. Under Andone, CFR won all the remaining matches except for one draw, and finished first. Later that year, FC Dinamo București defeated CFR Cluj in the Romanian Supercup with 6–4 after penalties, handing them their first defeat in a final.

Recent history (2012–present)

CFR Cluj began the 2014–15 season well, but financial difficulties led to insolvency which subsequently started a period of poor performances.[10] After failing to fully remunerate five former club players, the Romanian Football Federation decided to deduct 24 points from CFR, which placed them on the last position in Liga I. Many players left the club as a result and Ceferiștii challenged the Federation's decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. In May 2015 the Court ruled in their favour, restoring the deducted points, which helped the team secure a third-place finish in the league championship. CFR Cluj won the 2016 Cupa României final played against Dinamo București after penalty shootouts,[11] being their first trophy since 2012.

During early 2017, it was reported that businessman Marian Băgăcean purchased 62% stake of the club.[2] On 30 May that year, after finishing the 2016–17 Liga I campaign on the 4th place, CFR Cluj finally got out of insolvency and was again able to participate in European competitions starting with the 2018–19 season.[12] In June 2017, Dan Petrescu replaced Vasile Miriuță as the head coach of the team, with the goal of a European cup return and an ambitious transfer campaign to support it.[13] On 20 May 2018, "the Railwaymen" won 1–0 over defending champions Viitorul Constanța and clinched their fourth Liga I title as they finished one point above FCSB in the table.[14] CFR also came victorious in the subsequent 2018 Supercupa României played against Universitatea Craiova, this time under the management of coach Edward Iordănescu.[15] However, Iordănescu was replaced after just three games and Toni Conceição was brought back for his third term as a manager.

Stadium

CFR Cluj plays its home games at the Dr. Constantin Rădulescu Stadium, which was expanded in 2008 to seat a maximum capacity of 23,500.[1] It meets all of UEFA's regulations and can host Champions League matches. In 2006–07, with an investment of €10 million, the club upgraded the field with higher quality turf, built a state of the art lighting system, and updated its infrastructure. All the work was completed for the club's 100th birthday, when a friendly game was played against Portuguese side Benfica.

Support

A 2011 survey has shown that CFR Cluj has the fourth-largest number of supporters in Romania.[16] They have many fans in Cluj-Napoca and in the region of Transylvania, but also in some other parts of the country. The most recent formed ultras group is Frânarii, but there are other five groups who encourage the club from the stands: KVSC, New Spirit,Pride, Gruppo Gara, Romaniacs, Juvenes and Vallachi.

Rivalries

CFR Cluj has a fierce rivalry with their local opponents Universitatea Cluj.[17] According to journalist Răzvan Toma, the first match between the two teams was played on 13 October 1920, when CFR thrashed Universitatea 8–0 on a field based in the Cluj-Napoca Central Park.[18] History and statistics website Romanian Soccer regards a 1–3 loss of CFR – which had just merged with Ferar Cluj – on 7 December 1947 as the first Liga I meeting between the two teams.[19] The derby is believed to be based on an ethnical conflict between the communities in the city; this claim can however be refuted as both teams had players of Hungarian origin throughout history.[18]

Ceferiștii also hold milder rivalries with Steaua București, Dinamo București, Rapid București, Universitatea Craiova and Politehnica Timișoara.

Honours

Domestic

Leagues

  • Liga III
    • Winners (7): 1946–47, 1982–83, 1985–86, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1995–96, 2001–02
    • Runners-up (1): 1987–88

Cups

European

Players

First team squad

As of 26 August 2018[20]

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 Jesús Fernández
5 MF Mate Maleš
6 DF Cristian Manea (on loan from Apollon Limassol)
7 MF Alexandru Păun
8 MF Damjan Djoković
9 FW Billel Omrani
10 MF Ciprian Deac (Vice-captain)
11 FW Júlio Baptista
17 DF Andrei Radu
18 MF Valentin Costache
19 MF Emmanuel Culio
20 FW George Țucudean
22 DF Ádám Lang
27 MF Sebastian Mailat
28 MF Ovidiu Hoban
No. Position Player
30 DF Andrei Mureșan
31 MF Alexandru Ioniță
33 GK Adrian Rus
37 MF Mihai Bordeianu
45 DF Camora (Captain)
55 DF Paulo Vinícius
77 DF Andrei Peteleu
87 GK Giedrius Arlauskis
88 FW Robert Tambe
91 FW Giuseppe De Luca (on loan from Atalanta)
93 DF Daniel Pîrv
94 GK Dorin Farcaș
95 DF Rareș Ispas
96 DF Bogdan Milandru
99 FW George Ganea

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
57 MF Bryan Nouvier (to Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe)
90 FW Gabriel Dodoi (to Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe)
No. Position Player
GK Horațiu Moldovan (to Energeticianul)

Club officials

Records and statistics

European cups all-time statistics

Including home match with Dudelange.

Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
European Cup / UEFA Champions League 424114112732–5
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 51963101725–8
UEFA Intertoto Cup 1105322013+7
Total10532110236265–6

Records

  • Biggest victory: CFR Cluj – Minaur Zlatna 10–0 (4 October 2003)
  • Biggest defeat: CFR București CFR Cluj 12–2 (20 April 1949)
  • Player with most caps in Liga I: Camora (208)
  • Player with most goals in Liga I: Mihai Adam (47)

History by season

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated

The players in bold were the top goalscorers in the division.

Season League Cup European Cup Other Top Goalscorer(s) Notes Name[21]
DivisionPosPWDLGFGAPtsNameGoals
Hungarian Football Championship[22][23]Kolozsvári Vasutas SC
(KVSC)
/ Clubul Sportiv Feroviar
Cluj
1907–08District3rd40042420 
1908–093rd84134119 
1909–102nd4202242[24] 
1910–11Ch. Tr.1st[25]43011166 Kolozsvári Torna Club
(KTC)
1911–123rd61052 
1912–131st[26]12111023 
1913–142nd2034 Championship discontinued
1914–18 Not involved in any competitions due to World War I. In 1918, Transylvania is united with Romania.
1918–19District1st6 
1919–201st 
1920–213rd 
Romanian Football Championship[27]CFR Cluj
1921–22District7 
1922–23 
1923–243rd 
1924–2514 
1925–2618 
1926–276th10 
1927–28 Not involved in any competitions
1928–29District3rd 
1929–30 
1930–31 Not involved in any competitions
1931–32District3rd 
1932–332nd Foundation of the Romanian Football
League system
1933–341st324p
1934–35Div B5th14437212711p
1935–368th14311011287p
1936–37Div C2nd10361121012p
1937–384th16844392520p
1938–39District1stp
1939–401stp
1940–41Div B          Retired due to Second Vienna Award
Hungarian Football Championship[22]Kolozsvári MÁV SE
1940–41District 
1941–42Nem II3rd261529775132 
1942–433rd18927323720 
1943–4411th267712394921 
1944–45          Retired Vienna Award nullified
Romanian Football Championship[27]CFR Cluj
1945–46District3rd 
1946–47Div C1st16151056531 
1947–48Div B 15th[28] 1510054028 20 pMerged with Ferar Cluj during the Season
Div A8th3091011485228R16 Anton Fernbach-
Ferenczi
15
1948–4911th269512396723R32
1950Div B8th227510423419pLocomotiva Cluj
19516th22958373123R32
19524th22778292421p
19533rd281477483235R32
19545th241068332626p
19557th2611312453825p
195610th249312304121R32
19576th1232718288 
1957–5814th263518317111pCFR Cluj
1958–59Div C2nd181035261723R32
1959–60Div B8th2611213333624R32Merged with Rapid Cluj
1960–618th269710294125pCSM Cluj
1961–627th261088323128p
1962–635th261079403027p
1963–6411th269413343122R32
1964–653rd2611510342227R32Clujeana Cluj
1965–669th267811314322R16
1966–6711th268711263523pDiscontinued
1960–67 Amateur Team in District Leagues; Substituted Clujeana Cluj (Div B)CFR Cluj
1967–68Div B5th26113124637255R Romulus Petrescu13
1968–691st3016865731405R Giannis Matzourakis15
1969–70Div A14th3010713294527R32 Arpad Soos8
1970–7114th309813375226R32 Octavian Ionescu9
1971–7213th309714273725QF
1972–735th3011118333333R16 Mihai Adam11
1973–7414th3411914405331R32 Mihai Adam 23
1974–7515th34111013263432R16
1975–7617th3491015303928R32 Mihai Adam9
1976–77Div B9th3414614384034p
1977–782nd342185802150p
1978–794th3416414484236p
1979–8010th3414416475432p
1980–818th3415415614834p
1981–8217th3410618375826pMerged with CS Armata Cluj
1982–83Div C1st302037643143pSteaua CFR Cluj
1983–84Div B16th3413219445228p
1984–85Div C5th3014214372630R32
1985–861st302028872742p
1986–87Div B17th347819355622p
1987–88Div C2nd302037732943p
1988–891st301857662441p
1989–90Div B18th3451019266620R16
1990–91Div C1st302064772746p Ilie Lazăr25CFR Cluj
1991–92Div B7th3415514655235p Ilie Lazăr30
1992–9315th3413318566829p
1993–9412th34126165357305R Cristian Coroian
Dănuț Matei
9
1994–9516th3410717496737p Cristian Coroian9
1995–96Div C1st342635962081p Cristian Coroian31
1996–97Div B9th34145154345475R Sorin Oncică7
1997–9816th3411518415738p
1998–99Div C5th3616812615556p
1999–0010th3011613534939p
2000–0110th2610511373535p
2001–021st262123601065R32
2002–03Div B6th2812106522646QF Cosmin Tilincă9CFR-Ecomax Cluj
2003–041st302163751969p Adrian Anca24
2004–05Div A11th309912334436R16 Adrian Anca11
2005–065th301488362750R32ITF Adrian Anca6
2006–07L13rd342167593269R16 Cristian Coroian11CFR 1907 Cluj
2007–081st342374522276WUEFA2R Eugen Trică14
2008–094th3416117442659WUCLGSSupercupW Yssouf Koné10
2009–101st342095432169WUELGSSupercupW Cristian Bud7
2010–1110th34111211504545QFUCLGS Lacina Traoré7
2011–121st342185633171R32SupercupF Pantelis Kapetanos12
2012–139th3412139563949FUCLGS Rui Pedro7
UELR32
2013–145th3413129443351R32 Ciprian Deac
Derick Ogbu
6
2014–153rd341699492957SFUEL3RLeague CupR16 Grégory Tadé 18
2015–16 10th269107312527[29]WLeague CupQF Cristian López13
14644251336[30]SupercupF
2016–174th261475422343[31]QFLeague CupQF Cristian Bud11
10325814 33 [32]
2017–181st261853421359R32SupercupW Emmanuel Culio8
1055012650 [33]
2018–191st202011 2 R32UCL2R
UELPO

Notable former players

The footballers enlisted below have had international cap(s) for their respective countries at junior and/or senior level. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries at junior and/or senior level on through the time's passing. Additionally, these players have also had a significant number of caps and goals accumulated throughout a certain number of seasons for the club itself as well.

Notable former managers

References

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  2. 1 2 3 "El e noul patron din Gruia! A cumpărat 62% dintre acţiunile CFR Cluj: cine e și câți bani a oferit" [He is the new owner in Gruia! He bought 62% stake of CFR Cluj: who is he and how much money he offered]. Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 6 February 2017. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
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  24. Deducted two points.
  25. Qualified for "Best provincial team" Title. Lost to Kassai Athletikai Club in the quarter-finals.
  26. Qualified for "Best provincial team" Title. Lost to Bácska Szabadkai Athletikai Club in the quarter-finals.
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  28. 3rd place at the time of merger
  29. Deducted ten points for failing to comply with licensing requirements.
  30. Points halved after the regular season. Entered the play-out with 14 points.
  31. Deducted six points for failing to comply with licensing requirements.
  32. Points halved after the regular season. Entered the play-off with 22 points.
  33. Points halved after the regular season. Entered the play-off with 30 points.
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