FC Zimbru Chișinău

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Zimbru Chișinău
FC Zimbru logo.svg
Full name Fotbal Club Zimbru Chișinău
Nickname(s) Galben-verzii (The Yellow-Greens)
Founded 1947; 71 years ago (1947)
Ground Zimbru Stadium
Ground Capacity 10,400
President Nicolae Ciornîi
Head Coach Sorin Colceag
League Divizia Națională
2017 8th
Website Club website
Current season

Fotbal Club Zimbru Chișinău, commonly known as Zimbru Chișinău, or simply as Zimbru, is a Moldovan football club based in Chișinău, currently playing in the Moldovan National Division.

Founded in the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1947, Zimbru entered the Soviet Top League in 1956 and participated in 11 seasons before their last relegation in 1983. After the independence of Moldova in 1991, the team established itself as an early force in the country, winning all but one of the first nine national championships. However – primarily as a result of Sheriff Tiraspol's ascent – they have not conquered the title since. Zimbru have also won six Moldovan Cups and one Moldovan Super Cup.

Galben-verzii play their home matches at the 10,400-seater Zimbru Stadium.

History[edit]

Zimbru Chișinău was formed in 1947 in the Moldovan Soviet Republic (present day Republic of Moldova). 'Zimbru' is a Romanian word for a form of European bison, but the club also previously functioned under names such as Dynamo, Burevestnik, Moldova, Avântul, and Nistru. The Soviet Era was spent mostly in Class B of the regional league until eventual promotion to Class A. The club then flitted between Class A and Class B as well as spending time in the Soviet Top League and First League. In total, Zimbru spent 11 seasons in the Top League between 1956 and 1983. Zimbru had their biggest success in 1956 when they finished in 6th place out of 12 in the Soviet Top League and in 1963 when they reached the quarter-finals of the Soviet Cup.
Zimbru's fortunes changed after the fall of the USSR and the establishment of the Republic of Moldova. The club won all five of the initial seasons of the Moldovan National Division (1992–96), and apart from finishing as runners-up to Chișinău rivals Constructorul Chișinău in 1996–97, won eight of the first nine championships. Zimbru have also won the Moldovan Cup six times, including a double in 1997–98 and the Moldovan Super Cup once. Zimbru's biggest rivalry is with Sheriff Tiraspol, who in the last eighteen years have won sixteen championships.

Crest and colours[edit]

Since its foundation, Zimbru's colours always was yellow and green. Throughout history, Zimbru Chișinău had many logos. Traditional colours were always present on club crests.

Stadium[edit]

Zimbru Stadium
Zimbru Stadium.JPG
Full name Zimbru Stadium
Location Botanica, Chișinău
Owner Zimbru Chișinău
Capacity 10,400[1]
Field size 105 x 68 m
Surface Grass
Scoreboard 1,600 lux
Construction
Built March 2004 – May 2006
Opened 20 May 2006
Construction cost $11 million
Architect Ceproserving SA
Structural engineer INCONEX-COM

FC Zimbru's home ground is Zimbru Stadium, a football-specific stadium in Botanica sector of Chișinău. It was opened in 2006. The stadium has a natural grass playing surface, and its capacity is 10,400.

Rivalries[edit]

In the 1990s (the first decade of Moldova's independence), Zimbru's rival was the other team from Chișinău, Constructorul Chișinău. Then Contructorul was dissolved. In 1997, a new team was founded in Tiraspol, Sheriff Tiraspol. In a few years, Sheriff was promoted to the first league and became a force in Moldovan football. Considering the strength of team and the tensions between Moldovans and separatist Transnistrians, the match between Zimbru and Sheriff became a derby, the most important match in country. Thus, it has been named "Derby of Moldova", being labelled even as "Moldovan El Clasico" (Romanian: El Clasico de Moldova).[2][3] Another rivalry was established in the mid 2000s when Dacia Chișinău, another team from Chișinău, became one of Moldova's top teams. The match between them is known as "The Derby of the capital" (Romanian: Derbyul capitalei).[4]

Current squad[edit]

As of 5 August 2018[5]

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

No. Position Player
12 Moldova GK Victor Buga
25 Ukraine GK Maksym Kovalev
30 Moldova GK Ovidiu Popovici
61 Portugal GK Mickaël Meira

4 Moldova DF Igor Arhirii
5 Moldova DF Alexandru Starîș
23 Russia DF Dmitri Telegin
27 Moldova DF Alexei Ciopa
28 Moldova DF Denis Furtună
90 Moldova DF Ion Jardan (captain)
95 Brazil DF Cassius Vinicius
97 Moldova DF Anatolie Prepeliță
TBD Burkina Faso DF Narcisse Bambara

6 Moldova MF Victor Bogaciuc
No. Position Player
7 Moldova MF Ilie Damașcan
8 Portugal MF João Teixeira
10 Cameroon MF Marius Obekop
17 Moldova MF Dan Pîslă
20 Moldova MF Cristian Nagornîi
21 Norway MF Willian Pozo
22 Moldova MF Igor Țîgîrlaș
24 Moldova MF Eugen Zasavițchi
77 Moldova MF Nichita Iurașco
84 Moldova MF Alexandru Onica (vice-captain)
89 Moldova MF Eugen Sidorenco
99 Moldova MF Radu Scoarță

11 Moldova FW Ion Donțu
19 Burkina Faso FW Blaise Yameogo

Honours[edit]

Moldova Moldova[edit]

Winners (8): 1992, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00
Runners-up (5): 1996–97, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2005–06, 2006–07
Third place (4): 2001–02, 2003–04, 2011–12, 2015–16
Winners (6): 1996–97, 1997–98, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2006–07, 2013–14
Runners-up (3): 1994–95, 1999–00, 2017–18
Winners (1): 2014
Runners-up (3): 2003, 2004, 2007

Soviet Union Soviet Union[edit]

Winners (1): 1955.
Runners-up (2): 1973, 1982.
Winners (2): 1987, 1988.

Player of the year[edit]

Zimbru players who received the award Moldovan Footballer of the Year:

Year Winner
1992 Moldova Alexandru Spiridon
1993 Moldova Alexandru Curtianu
1994 Moldova Serghei Cleșcenco
1995 Moldova Ion Testemițanu
1997 Moldova Ion Testemițanu
1999 Moldova Sergiu Epureanu
2002 Moldova Boris Cebotari

League history[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Divizia Națională

Table[edit]

Season Div. Pos. Pl. W D L GS GA P Cup Europe Top scorer (league)
1992 Divizia Națională 1 22 15 5 2 40 15 35 1/4 Moldova Alexandru Spiridon
Moldova Iurie Miterev – 8
1992–93 1 30 22 6 2 66 17 50 1/8 Moldova Alexandru Spiridon – 12
1993–94 1 30 25 2 3 86 22 52 1/2 UCL PR Moldova Serghei Cleșcenco – 14
1994–95 1 26 21 4 1 69 10 67 RU UC PR Moldova Serghei Cleșcenco – 11
1995–96 1 30 26 3 1 110 11 81 1/4 UC R2 Moldova Vladislav Gavriliuc – 34
1996–97 2 30 22 4 4 112 21 70 W UC PR Moldova Iurie Miterev – 34
1997–98 1 26 22 3 1 75 8 69 W CWC QR Moldova Serghei Cleșcenco – 25
1998–99 1 26 18 7 1 43 9 61 1/4 UCL Q1 Moldova Vladislav Gavriliuc – 10
1999–00 1 36 25 7 4 78 21 82 RU UCL
UC
Q3
R1
Moldova Victor Berco – 15
2000–01 2 28 20 6 2 46 15 66 1/2 UCL
UC
Q3
R1
Moldova Iurie Miterev – 8
2001–02 3 28 12 10 6 52 20 46 1/2 UC QR Moldova Victor Berco – 12
2002–03 2 24 15 5 4 47 20 50 W UC R1 Uzbekistan Vladimir Shishelov – 13
2003–04 3 28 14 7 7 40 23 49 W UC R1 Uzbekistan Vladimir Shishelov – 15
2004–05 5 28 12 7 9 29 15 43 1/4 Moldova Sergiu Chirilov – 7
2005–06 2 28 15 8 5 47 20 53 1/2 Moldova Sergiu Chirilov – 11
2006–07 2 36 21 8 7 63 23 71 W UC Q2 Russia Alexei Zhdanov – 14
2007–08 5 30 13 13 4 43 21 52 1/2 UC Q1 Russia Alexei Zhdanov – 12
2008–09 4 30 13 7 10 42 30 46 1/2 Moldova Oleg Andronic – 16
2009–10 4 33 17 8 8 47 29 59 1/4 UEL Q2 Moldova Andrei Secrieru – 7
2010–11 4 39 22 10 7 56 20 76 1/8 Moldova Oleg Andronic – 9
2011–12 3 33 17 10 6 47 24 61 1/4 Moldova Oleg Molla – 14
2012–13 6 33 12 10 11 53 38 46 1/4 UEL Q2 Moldova Oleg Molla – 7
2013–14 4 33 18 7 8 56 24 61 W Russia Sergey Tsyganov – 13
2014–15 6 24 7 6 11 23 19 27 1/4 UEL PO Moldova Alexandru Dedov – 4
2015–16 3 27 15 4 8 42 26 49 1/4 Portugal Rui Miguel – 9
2016–17 5 30 13 7 10 32 29 46 1/2 UEL Q2 Portugal Hugo Neto – 6
2017 8 18 5 4 9 17 21 19 RU Brazil Jean Theodoro – 5
2018

European record[edit]

UEFA Champions League
Season Round Opponents Home leg Away leg Aggregate
1993–94 PR Israel Beitar Jerusalem 1–1 0–2 1–3
1998–99 Q1 Hungary Újpest 1–0 1–3 2–3
1999–00 Q1 Republic of Ireland St Patrick's Athletic 5–0 5–0 10–0
Q2 Georgia (country) Dinamo Tbilisi 2–0 1–2 3–2
Q3 Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0–0 0–2 0–2
2000–01 Q1 Albania KF Tirana 3–2 3–2 6–4
Q2 Slovenia Maribor 2–0 0–1 2–1
Q3 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 0–1 0–1 0–2
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
Season Round Opponents Home leg Away leg Aggregate
1997–98 QR Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 1–1 0–3 1–4
UEFA Cup
Season Round Opponents Home leg Away leg Aggregate
1994–95 PR Hungary Budapest Honvéd 0–1 1–4 1–5
1995–96 PR Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 2–0 0–0 2–0
R1 Latvia RAF Jelgava 1–0 2–1 3–1
R2 Czech Republic Sparta Prague 0–2 3–4 3–6
1996–97 PR Croatia Hajduk Split 0–4 1–2 1–6
1999–00 R1 England Tottenham Hotspur 0–0 0–3 0–3
2000–01 R1 Germany Hertha BSC 1–2 0–2 1–4
2001–02 QR Turkey Gaziantepspor 0–0 1–4 1–4
2002–03 QR Sweden IFK Göteborg 3–1 2–2 5–3
R1 Spain Real Betis 0–2 1–2 1–4
2003–04 QR Bulgaria Litex Lovech 2–0 0–0 2–0
R1 Greece Aris 1–1 1–2 2–3
2006–07 Q1 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 1–1 2–1 (aet) 3–2
Q2 Ukraine Metalurh Zaporizhya 0–0 0–3 0–3
2007–08 Q1 Slovakia Artmedia Bratislava 2–2 1–1 3–3 (a)
UEFA Europa League
Season Round Opponents Home leg Away leg Aggregate
2009–10 Q1 Kazakhstan Okzhetpes 1–2 2–0 3–2
Q2 Portugal Paços de Ferreira 0–0 0–1 0–1
2012–13 Q1 Wales Bangor City 2–1 0–0 2–1
Q2 Switzerland Young Boys 1–0 (aet) 0–1 1–1 (1–4 pen.)
2014–15 Q1 Republic of Macedonia FK Shkëndija 2–0 1–2 3–2
Q2 Bulgaria CSKA Sofia 0–0 1–1 1–1 (a)
Q3 Austria SV Grödig 0–1 2–1 2–2 (a)
PO Greece PAOK 1–0 0–4 1–4
2016–17 Q1 Georgia (country) Chikhura Sachkhere 0–1 3–2 3–3 (a)
Q2 Turkey Osmanlıspor 2–2 0–5 2–7
Notes: PR – preliminary round. QR – qualifying round. R1 – First round. R2 – Second round
Q1, Q2, Q3 – qualifying rounds. PO – play-off round
.

Club officials[edit]

Former players[edit]

Former managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stadium capacity" (PDF). uefa.com
  2. ^ "El clasico de Moldova". publika.md
  3. ^ "El clasico". prime.md
  4. ^ "Derbyul capitalei". publika.md
  5. ^ "Zimbru squad". zimbru.md. 
  6. ^ "Technical staff". zimbru.md. 
  7. ^ "Club management". zimbru.md. 

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