CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu

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Pandurii Târgu Jiu
CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu crest
Full name Clubul Sportiv Pandurii Lignitul Târgu Jiu
Nickname(s) Alb-Albaştrii (The White and Blues)
Minerii (The Miners)
Gorjenii (The People from Gorj County)
Short name Pandurii
Founded 1962; 54 years ago (1962)
Ground Stadionul Municipal
Ground Capacity 20,054
Owner Târgu Jiu Municipality
Chairman Narcis Răducan
Manager Petre Grigoraș
League Liga I
2015–16 Liga I, 3rd
Website Club home page
Current season

Clubul Sportiv Pandurii Lignitul Târgu Jiu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈklubul ˈsportiv ˈlignitul ˌtɨrɡu ˈʒiw]; Târgu Jiu Lignite Pandurs Sports Club), commonly known as Pandurii Târgu Jiu, or simply as Pandurii, is a Romanian professional football club based in Târgu Jiu, Gorj County, currently playing in the Liga I.

Founded in 1962,[1] following the merger of Flacăra-Unirea Târgu Jiu and CIL Târgu-Jiu, Pandurii is one of the four Romanian clubs that represent the country at the European Club Association. Domestically, Gorjenii have never won any major honour, but finished as runners-up in the League at the end of the 2012–13 season and lost a League Cup final in 2015. They qualified for the very first time in a European competition in 2013, playing in the UEFA Europa League and reaching the group stage.

The colors of the team are white and blue.

History[edit]

Founding and lower divisions (1962–2005)[edit]

Pandurii Târgu Jiu was founded in August 1962, after the merger of the two big rivals from the town, Flacăra-Unirea Târgu Jiu and CIL Târgu-Jiu. The club entered the fourth division of Romanian football, with a strong objective, to promote immediately in the third division. And the target was reached, Pandurii gaining the promotion to Divizia C in June 1963. Their first game in this division was played on 1 September 1963, against Siderurgistul Hunedoara. Pandurii won by a big margin, 6–0, goals scored by Chițu (12'), Nelu Băloi (35'), Melinte (53', 80') and Vasilescu (83', 85').

In the first years, Pandurii finished constantly in the first half of the standings, so the club decided to attack a promotion to Divizia B. In the 1976–77 season, with a young team and with Titus Ozon as coach, the dream came true. Pandurii dominated the competition, climbed from the first stages on top of the standings and won the promotion to the second division. But this level was a much bigger hat to wear for Pandurii, who relegated the next season back to Divizia C.

The following years, the team changed frequently the division, promoting to Divizia B and relegating after a few years. They played in Divizia B between 1979–1983 then between 1986 and 1991. After a decade in Divizia C, in 2000 the team promoted again in the second league, and in 2004 finished second, behind Sportul Studențesc.

Beginning years in the top league (2005–2011)[edit]

The performance from the last seasons was an incentive for the management who decided to push for the first presence of Pandurii in Divizia A. With Emil Săndoi as coach, and with a young group of players like Tiberiu Lung and Sorin Vintilescu but also with some experienced players like, Florin Popete, Robert Vancea and Romulus Buia, the team won the promotion.

It was difficult to maintain its position in Divizia A, and Pandurii finished their first season in the 15th place, right below the relegation line. But the Romanian Football Federation decided at the end of the season not to give Sportul Studențesc their licence for the following year, and kept instead the first team under the line, Pandurii. With the bullet dodged, the management decided to enforce the team, so the relegation shouldn't be a problem.

Alexandru Păcurar, Ciprian Vasilache and Liviu Mihai were brought, and the team finished 11th in the 2006–07 season. They kept their position at the middle of the table for the next seasons.

In 2010, they finished below the line but avoided the relegation after the withdrawal of Internațional Curtea de Argeș, team that ended tenth but the owner decided to disband the club. With a lot of players from Internațional Curtea de Argeș like Vlad Chiricheș, Mihai Pintilii, and Dan Nistor, Pandurii were 13th the following season.

Ascent and first European participation (2011–2013)[edit]

In the 2011–12 season the team reached the highest place in history, finishing seventh. For a while, they were fifth and the fans hoped for Europa League.

The following season saw Pandurii finishing as Liga I runners-up for the first time ever, qualifying for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League, the club's first ever European participation. After defeating Levadia Tallinn, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Braga, Pandurii entered the Group stage, being drawn into Group E.[2]

Recent history (2013–present)[edit]

On March 10, 2015, with Edward Iordănescu as coach Pandurii defeated FC Dinamo București in the semifinals of the new established competition Cupa Ligii, to qualify for their first ever cup final. On their way to play the final they beat one of the Romanian giants FC Petrolul Ploiești at Ilie Oană Stadium. In the final FC Steaua București beat Pandurii at Arena Națională stadium but with a controversial penalty in the beginning of the match.

In the 2015–16, season of Liga I Pandurii had many achievements along the season with the same coach and players like UEFA Europa League winner Cristian Săpunaru, Dan Nistor, Ioan Hora and Mihai Răduț and Narcis Răducan as president. In April 2015 they became the first team to win a match in Liga I with the new play-off, play-out system. On February 6, 2016, they secured both a place in the competition play-offs and a place in a European competition next year with a victory with ASA 2013 Târgu Mureș. During this season they had the most matches without a defeat, about 10 games. At the end of the season, Pandurii finished on the podium as third-place qualifying for the second time in UEFA Europa League, but this time in the third qualifying round.

Grounds[edit]

Stadionul Tudor Vladimirescu before demilition

For many years since they were founded the home of Pandurii was Stadionul Tudor Vladimirescu, which hosted a Cupa României final in 2009. The stadium was demolished in 2015, and saw Pandurii in its final match winning against CS Municipal Studențesc Iași. A new stadium will be built which will have 12,000 seats, and it will be able to host European cup matches. It will be finished in 2017, therefore the club will play home matches at Stadionul Municipal in Drobeta-Turnu Severin.

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Leagues[edit]

Cups[edit]

Other performances[edit]

Domestic[edit]

European[edit]

Liga I history[edit]

Season League Pos. Notes
2005/06 Divizia A 15
2006/07 Liga I 11
2007/08 Liga I 12
2008/09 Liga I 11
2009/10 Liga I 15
2010/11 Liga I 13
2011/12 Liga I 7
2012/13 Liga I 2 Qualified for the 2013–14 UEFA Europa League
2013/14 Liga I 7
2014/15 Liga I 9
2015/16 Liga I 3 Qualified for the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League

UEFA club coefficient rankings[edit]

As of 25 july 2016.[3]
Pos. Team Points
217 Moldova FC Zimbru Chișinău 2000
218 Switzerland FC Luzern 2000
219 Romania Pandurii 2000
220 Republic of Ireland Sligo Rovers FC 2000
221 Ukraine FC Metalurh Donetsk 2000

Hall of Fame[edit]

European best results[edit]

  • SC Braga – Pandurii (0–2), 29 August 2013

Liga 1 best results[edit]

European record[edit]

1R: First round, 2Q: Second qualifying round, 3Q: Third qualifying round, PO: Play-off round

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2013–14 UEFA Europa League 2Q Estonia Levadia Tallinn 4–0 0–0 4–0
3Q Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–1 2–1 3–2
PO Portugal Braga 0–1 2–0 (aet) 2–1
Group E Italy Fiorentina 1–2 0–3 4th
Ukraine Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 0–1 1–4
Portugal Paços de Ferreira 0–0 1–1
2016–17 UEFA Europa League 3Q Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv
Competition Matches W D L GF GA
UEFA Europa League 12 3 4 5 12 13

Players[edit]

First team squad[edit]

As of 26 July 2016

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

No. Position Player
1 Romania GK David Lazar
3 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Gordan Bunoza
4 Netherlands DF Jordy Buijs
5 Romania MF Valentin Munteanu
6 Serbia DF Nikola Vasiljević
7 Romania MF Alin Buleică
8 Romania MF Claudiu Voiculeț
9 Romania FW Ioan Hora
10 Romania MF Dan Nistor
12 Romania GK Răzvan Negrilă
17 Romania MF Andrei Pițian
18 Romania DF Bogdan Ungurușan (Captain)
20 Romania DF Florin Acsinte
No. Position Player
23 Romania DF Constantin Grecu
24 Croatia MF Filip Mrzljak
25 Romania DF Marian Pleașcă
26 Romania MF Adelin Pîrcălabu
27 Romania FW Daniel Mărgărit
30 Romania MF Ovidiu Herea
33 Romania GK Răzvan Stanca
52 Romania MF Alexandru Răuță
70 Spain MF Armiche Ortega
77 Romania MF Rodemis Trifu
99 Nigeria MF Christian Obodo
Romania MF Lucian Sânmărtean
Romania FW Valentin Alexandru

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
Romania DF Bogdan Șandru (at Dunărea Călărași)
No. Position Player

Club Officials[edit]

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

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