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CS Pandurii Târgu Jiu

Pandurii Târgu Jiu
Pandurii Targiu Jiu Logo.png
Full nameClubul Sportiv Pandurii Lignitul Târgu Jiu
Nickname(s)
  • Alb-albaștrii (The White and Blues)
  • Minerii (The Miners)
  • Gorjenii (The Gorj County People)
Short namePandurii
Founded1962; 56 years ago (1962)
GroundTudor Vladimirescu (2nd ground)
Capacity1,100
OwnerTârgu Jiu Municipality
ChairmanMarin Condescu
ManagerAdrian Bogoi
LeagueLiga II
2017–18Liga II, 14th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Clubul Sportiv Pandurii Lignitul Târgu Jiu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˌklubul sporˈtiv panˈdurij liɡˈnitul ˌtɨrɡu ˈʒiw]), 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 II.

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

Founding and lower divisions (1962–2005)

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)

Squad of Pandurii Târgu Jiu in November 2006

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)

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 with F.C. Paços de Ferreira, FC Dnipro and ACF Fiorentina.[2]

Achieving performance (2013–2017)

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.

Back to lower leagues (2017–present)

Although the team had a fairly good start for the season 2016–17, with players like Lucian Sânmărtean or George Țucudean coming at the club, and playing in the summer against Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. in Europa League, problems occurred in the second half of the season. The main sponsor started having problems and for this reason they did not fund the team anymore. Many players have left the team so the young players from the second team where brought to the first team along with other players from elsewhere. Unfortunately after 12 seasons in Liga 1 Pandurii relegated for the first time since the 2005 promotion but fought to avoid it until the last round.

For the 2017–18 Liga II, Pandurii has been prepared with some players promoted from the second team or from the youth teams and moved to Motru until the new stadium was completed.

Grounds

Stadionul Tudor Vladimirescu (1963)

Stadionul Tudor Vladimirescu before demolition

For many years since they were founded the home of Pandurii was Stadionul Tudor Vladimirescu which was named after Tudor Vladimirescu, the Wallachian revolutionary hero and also 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.

Stadionul Tudor Vladimirescu (2018)

The new Stadionul Tudor Vladimirescu will be finished in 2018, therefore the club will play home matches at Stadionul Municipal in Drobeta-Turnu Severin or at Stadionul Minerul in Motru.

Honours

Domestic

Leagues

Cups

Juniors

Cups

Rankings

This is the UEFA club's coefficient as of 1 November 2018:[3]

Pos. Team Points
304 Romania Universitatea Craiova 3.190
305 Romania Dinamo București 3.190
306 Romania Pandurii Târgu Jiu 3.190
307 Romania Politehnica Iași 3.190
308 Romania Târgu Mureș 3.190

Players

First team squad

As of 2 October 2018

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 Mihai Cotolan
2 Serbia DF Miloš Drača
3 Romania DF Robert Gheorghe
4 Romania DF Denis Brînzan (Captain)
5 Romania DF Daniel Ciobanu
6 Romania DF Nicolae Cotolan
7 Romania MF George Tudoran
8 Romania MF Cristian Raiciu
9 Romania MF Andrei Șendroiu
11 Romania FW Andrei Blejdea
12 Romania GK Alin Sălăjan
13 Serbia DF Milenko Škorić
14 Romania MF Robert Lică
15 Romania FW Florin Măicăneanu
No. Position Player
17 Romania DF Alexandru Vasilescu
18 Romania MF Patrick Popescu
19 Romania MF Daniel Pîrvulescu
20 Romania MF Alexandru Trancă
21 Albania MF Drilon Cenaj
23 France DF Moussa Konaté
24 France FW Philippe Nsiah
26 Romania MF Marian Dănescu
27 Romania DF Alexandru Vodă
29 Romania GK Alexandru Oprița
70 Romania MF Bogdan Dănăricu
77 Romania DF Marius Almic
99 Romania MF Ovidiu Rașoveanu

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
No. Position Player

Club officials

Records and statistics

Domestic

European

League history

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
2016/17 Liga I 13 Relegated
2017/18 Liga II 14
2018/19 Liga II -

European Cups history

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 1–3 1–2 2–5
Notes
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

European cups all-time statistics

As of August 2016.
Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Europa League 2 14 3 4 7 14 19 −5
Total 2 14 3 3 8 14 19 −5

References

  1. ^ "De 50 de ani "Panduri"! Gorjenii sărbătoresc jumătate de secol prin lansarea unei sigle aniversare" ["Pandurs" for 50 years! The Gorj people celebrate half a century by launching an anniversary crest]. ProSport (in Romanian). 16 October 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Former winners learn group stage fates". UEFA. 30 August 2013.
  3. ^ UEFA Team Ranking 2018

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