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Liga I
Liga I logo.svg
Organising body Liga Profesionistă de Fotbal
Founded 1909
Country Romania
Confederation UEFA
Number of teams 14 (from 2015–16)
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to Liga II
Domestic cup(s) Cupa României
Supercupa României
International cup(s) UEFA Champions League
UEFA Europa League
Current champions CFR Cluj (4th title)
(2017–18)
Most championships FCSB (26 titles)
Most appearances Ionel Dănciulescu (515)
Top goalscorer Dudu Georgescu (252 goals)
TV partners Digi Sport
LookSport
Look Plus
Telekom Sport
Website lpf.ro
2018–19 Liga I

The Liga I (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈliɡa ɨŋˈtɨj]; English: First League), also spelled Liga 1 (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈliɡa ˈunu]; English: League One), is a Romanian professional league for men's association football clubs. It is currently sponsored by betting company Betano, and thus officially known as the Liga 1 Betano.[1] At the top of the Romanian football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Contested by 14 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with Liga II. The teams play 26 matches each in the regular season, and then enter the play-off or the play-out according to their position in the regular season.

Liga I was established in 1909 and commenced play for the 1909–10 campaign, being currently on the 20th place in UEFA's league coefficient ranking list. It is administered by the Liga Profesionistă de Fotbal (LPF). Before the 2006–07 season, the competition was known as Divizia A, but the name had to be changed following the finding that someone else had registered that trademark.[2]

The best performer is FCSB with 26 titles, followed by cross-town rival Dinamo București with 18 trophies. Of the remaining 21 clubs which came victorious in the competition, eight have won it on at least three occasions: Venus București, UTA Arad, Chinezul Timișoara, Universitatea Craiova, Petrolul Ploiești, Ripensia Timișoara, Rapid București and CFR Cluj. The latter has only been remarkably successful in the 21st century.

As of 2016, Liga I ranked first in the number of teams sent to participate in European competitions since 1955. No less than 40 different clubs had played at least one match in European cups.[3]

History[edit]

The first football club's organization formula was "A Divisional College" (Colegiul Divizionar A) founded on 5 October 1970 and led by Mircea Angelescu. Until 1990, the "A Divisional College" was formal without remarkable decisions. During the 90's many changes were implemented, reflected in the new names of the organization, e.g. "A Divisional Team's League", " National Football League", "Professional Club's League", etc. On 10 October 1992, the organization's name became "Professional Football A Division League", led by Mircea Angelescu as president, Dumitru Dragomir as vice-president and Daniel Lăzărescu as general secretary. On 22 January 1993, the name of the organization became "Professional Football League of Romania", an A-Division professional football clubs representation. On 13 October 1993, the Liga II - or B Division - club's members were included. On 30 September 1996, Dumitru Dragomir has been elected president of the "Professional Football League of Romania". The headquarters has been located on 47 Mihai Eminescu Street since February 1997. In December 1977, it was decided that the league would organize the A-Division Championship starting with the 1997–98 championship.

In November 2013, Gino Iorgulescu was elected as the new president of the Romanian Professional Football League, replacing Dumitru Dragomir, who had been president of the league since 1996.[4]

There are currently 18 teams at this level, of which the bottom four are relegated at the season's end. These teams are replaced by the champions of the two divisions that make up Liga II, the second level of the Romanian football league system.

Starting from the 2007–08 season, the champions and runners-up of the Liga I were eligible to compete in the UEFA Champions League during the following season. The third and fourth placed team were eligible to compete in the UEFA Europa League. Since the 2012–13 season, only one team is eligible for the UEFA Champions League. The 2015–16 season will see two teams again gain a placement in the Champions League qualifying rounds .

The most successful teams over the years have been Steaua București (26 titles) and Dinamo București (18 titles). Other notable teams include UTA Arad (6 titles), Universitatea Craiova and Petrolul Ploiești (4 titles) and Rapid București and CFR Cluj with three titles each. CFR Cluj was the first team from outside of Bucharest to win the championship (in the 2007–08 season) since the 1990–91 season, starting a five-year period of non-Bucharest champions (CFR Cluj with three titles, Unirea Urziceni and Oțelul Galați with one title each). Teams such as Politehnica Timișoara, FC Vaslui or Unirea Urziceni managed good classifications, in front of the Bucharest teams, who have begun to fade since then.

Since the 2012–13 season, Steaua București has become the best performing team with three consecutive titles, as well as good results in the continental competitions.

Sponsorship[edit]

On 19 December 1998, SABMiller bought the naming rights for four and a half seasons, becoming the first sponsor in the history of the competition. SABMiller changed the name of the competition to "Divizia A Ursus", in order to promote their Ursus beer.[5]

Starting with the 2004–05 season, European Drinks & Foods, a Romanian $1.3 billion USD revenue company, took over as main sponsor and changed the league's name to "Divizia A Bürger", to promote their Bürger beer.[6]

On 11 May 2008, Realitatea Media bought the naming rights and changed the name of the competition to "Liga I Realitatea", to promote their Realitatea TV station.[7]

In late 2008, European Drinks & Foods again bought the rights and the league was renamed as the "Liga I Frutti Fresh", after one of their soft drinks brand.[8]

For the 2009–10 season, the online betting firm Gamebookers purchased the league naming rights and renamed the division "Liga 1 Gamebookers.com".[9]

In July 2010, Bergenbier, a StarBev Group company, bought the naming rights for four seasons and changed the name of the competition to "Liga I Bergenbier", in order to promote their Bergenbier beer.[10]

From the 2015-16 season, the French telecommunications corporation Orange became the main sponsor of the Romanian first league, after purchasing the league naming rights, for two years, and renamed the league in Liga 1 Orange.[11]

From the 17-18 season, the international online gaming operator Betano became the main sponsor of the Romanian first league, after purchasing the league naming rights, for two years, and renamed the league in 'Liga 1 Betano'.

Broadcasting rights[edit]

In 2004, Telesport, a small TV network, bought the broadcasting rights for $28 million. The four seasons contract ended in the summer of 2008. Telesport sold some of the broadcasting rights for matches to other Romanian networks, including, TVR1, Antena 1, Național TV and Kanal D.

On 31 March 2008, Antena 1 with RCS & RDS outbid Realitatea Media and Kanal D in the broadcasting rights auction with a bid of 102 million for a three seasons contract.[12]

In 2011, the broadcasting rights were bought by RCS & RDS for their channels Digi Sport 1, Digi Sport 2 and Digi Sport 3. This channels aired broadcasting of seven of the nine matches from each stage of the championship. The other two matches were broadcast by Antena 1 (an Intact Media Group channel) and Dolce Sport (a channel owned by Telekom Romania).

In March 2014, LPF announced that the rights were sold for a five-year period to a company from the European Union, without specifying the company's name.[13] A month later, Look TV and Look Plus were revealed as the TV stations that would broadcast the games from Liga I and Cupa Ligii between 2014 and 2019.[14]

Performances[edit]

Performance by club[edit]

Bold indicates clubs currently playing in 2017–18 Liga I. Teams in italics no longer exist. Teams in neither bold or italics are existing past winners of the championship that relegated to Romania's lower leagues.

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
FCSBCompetitiester.svgCompetitiester.svg
26
16
1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1967–68, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2000–01, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15
Dinamo BucureștiCompetitiester.svg
18
20
1955, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1970–71, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1976–77, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1999–00, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2006–07
Venus București
8
0
1919–20, 1920–21, 1928–29, 1931–32, 1933–34, 1936–37, 1938–39, 1939–40
UTA Arad
6
1
1946–47, 1947–48, 1950, 1954, 1968–69, 1969–70
Chinezul Timișoara
6
0
1921–22, 1922–23, 1923–24, 1924–25, 1925–26, 1926–27
Universitatea Craiova
4
5
1973–74, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1990–91
Petrolul Ploiești
4
3
1929–30, 1957–58, 1958–59, 1965–66
Ripensia Timișoara
4
2
1932–33, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1937–38
CFR Cluj
4
0
2007–08, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2017–18
Rapid București
3
14
1966–67, 1998–99, 2002–03
Argeș Pitești
2
2
1971–72, 1978–79
Prahova Ploiești
2
2
1911–12, 1915–16
Colentina București
2
1
1912–13, 1913–14
Olympia București
2
1
1909–10, 1910–11
Unirea Tricolor București
1
2
1940–41
Club Atletic Oradea
1
2
1948–49
Colțea Brașov
1
1
1927–28
CSM Reșița
1
1
1930–31
Unirea Urziceni
1
1
2008–09
Astra Giurgiu
1
1
2015–16
Româno-Americană București
1
0
1914–15
Oțelul Galați
1
0
2010–11
Viitorul Constanța
1
0
2016–17
Progresul București
0
3
Victoria Cluj
0
3
Politehnica Timișoara
0
2
Bukarester
0
2
Vagonul Arad
0
1
Sportul Studențesc București
0
1
Universitatea Cluj
0
1
Vaslui
0
1
SR Brașov
0
1
CFR Timișoara
0
1
Jiul Petroșani
0
1
Cercul Atletic București
0
1
ASA Târgu Mureș (1962)
0
1
ASA 2013 Târgu Mureș
0
1
Pandurii Târgu Jiu
0
1
Carmen București
0
1
Societatea Gimnastică Sibiu
0
1
Gloria Arad
0
1
Minerul Lupeni
0
1

Performance by city[edit]

The following table lists the Romanian champions by cities.[15][16]

City Titles Winning Clubs
ROU Bucharest CoA1.png Bucharest
61
FCSB (26), Dinamo (18), Venus (8), Rapid (3), Colentina (2), Olympia (2), Româno-Americana (1), Unirea Tricolor (1)
ROU TM Timisoara CoA.svg Timișoara
10
Chinezul (6), Ripensia (4)
ROU PH Ploiesti CoA1.png Ploiești
6
Petrolul (4), Prahova (United) (2)
Coa Romania Town Arad.svg Arad
6
UTA (6)
ROU DJ Craiova CoA1.png Craiova
4
Universitatea (4)
Coa Romania Town Cluj History.svg Cluj-Napoca
4
CFR (4)
ROU AG Pitesti CoA.png Pitești
2
Argeș (2)
ROU BH Oradea CoA2.png Oradea
1
Club Atletic Oradea (1)
ROU BV Brasov CoA.svg Brașov
1
Colțea (1)
ROU CS Resita CoA1.png Reșița
1
Reșița (1)
ROU IL Urziceni CoA.png Urziceni
1
Unirea (1)
ROU GL Galati CoA.png Galați
1
Oțelul (1)
ROU GR Giurgiu CoA1.png Giurgiu
1
Astra (1)
ROU CT Constanta CoA.png Constanța
1
Viitorul (1)

All-time table[edit]

The ranking is computed awarding three points for a win, one for a draw. It includes matches played between the 1932–33 and 2017–18 season including. The teams in bold play in the 2018–19 season of Liga I. The teams in italics no longer exist.[17] This table only lists titles won since 1932-33, when a divisional league was introduced. Since an official national championship existed before, some teams are listed with fewer than the championships they have won. For example, Venus București have won eight league titles, but are only listed with the four they have won since 1932.

Pos Team S Pts GP W D L GF GA 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th T Debut Since/
Last App
Best
1 Steaua București 71 4108 2161 1203 499 459 4094 2174 26 16 9 4 5 6 66 1947 2017–18 1
2 Dinamo București 70 3951 2128 1159 474 495 4058 2300 18 20 10 4 5 6 63 1948 2017–18 1
3 Rapid București 66 3002 1898 854 440 604 2943 2253 3 14 8 9 4 0 38 1932 2014–15 1
4 Petrolul Ploiești 58 2283 1667 632 385 650 2274 2206 4 2 4 2 6 4 21 1933 2015–16 1
5 Politehnica Timișoara 48 2003 1490 545 368 577 1919 2061 0 2 5 1 4 6 18 1948 2017–18 2
6 Universitatea Cluj 56 1995 1608 552 339 717 2069 2476 0 1 1 4 3 2 11 1932 2014–15 2
7 Argeș Pitești 44 1989 1404 571 276 557 1846 1797 2 2 4 3 3 2 16 1961 2008–09 1
8 SR Brașov 46 1912 1429 533 313 583 1765 1845 0 1 2 3 4 2 12 1957 2014–15 2
9 FCM Bacău 42 1729 1319 489 262 568 1538 1809 0 0 0 1 4 6 11 1956 2005–06 4
10 Universitatea Craiova 32 1703 1046 493 224 329 1577 1126 4 3 7 4 5 3 26 1964 2017–18 1
11 Farul Constanța 42 1679 1299 473 260 566 1577 1840 0 0 0 3 2 2 7 1955 2008–09 4
12 Sportul Studenţesc Bucureşti 36 1561 1154 435 256 463 1569 1575 0 1 3 6 2 4 16 1937 2011–12 2
13 UTA Arad 38 1504 1072 420 244 408 1602 1522 6 1 1 3 3 1 15 1946 2007–08 1
14 Jiul Petroșani 41 1456 1197 402 250 545 1403 1845 0 0 1 0 2 2 5 1937 2006–07 3
15 Progresul Bucuresti 32 1326 945 379 189 377 1353 1324 0 3 2 3 1 2 11 1955 2006–07 2
16 Oțelul Galați 27 1263 894 361 180 353 1096 1115 1 0 0 3 3 2 9 1986 2014–15 1
17 CFR Cluj 23 1231 792 336 223 233 1048 894 4 0 2 2 3 0 11 1947 2017–18 1
18 Politehnica Iași (1945) 28 1078 881 297 187 397 1029 1265 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1960 2009–10 6
19 Gloria Bistrița 22 940 724 269 133 322 903 1003 0 0 1 0 2 4 7 1990 2012–13 3
20 ASA Târgu Mureș (1962) 21 862 690 251 109 330 817 1025 0 1 1 2 0 1 5 1967 1991–92 2
21 FC U Craiova 18 822 592 228 138 226 819 755 0 2 1 2 0 0 5 1992 2010–11 2
22 Astra Giurgiu 15 755 506 208 131 167 679 555 1 1 0 2 2 1 7 1998 2017–18 1
23 Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț 18 740 596 202 134 260 689 851 0 0 0 1 2 1 4 1993 2014–15 4
24 Corvinul Hunedoara 17 728 562 210 98 254 831 881 0 0 1 0 1 2 4 1954 1991–92 3
25 Bihor Oradea 18 661 572 181 118 273 683 893 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1963 2003–04 7
26 Școlar Reșița 16 565 482 154 103 225 666 890 0 0 0 2 0 1 3 1938 1999–00 4
27 Pandurii Târgu Jiu 12 532 412 140 112 160 459 491 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 2005 2016–17 2
28 Club Atletic Oradea 17 515 378 145 80 153 633 635 1 1 1 1 0 3 7 1932 1962–63 1
29 FC Vaslui 9 489 302 137 78 87 393 303 0 1 2 0 2 1 6 2005 2013–14 2
30 Olt Scornicești 11 475 373 137 64 172 424 546 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1979 1989–90 4
31 Unirea Tricolor București (Dinamo B, Dinamo C) 16 462 347 128 78 141 625 669 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 1932 1957–58 1
32 Gaz Metan Mediaș 12 461 404 112 125 167 433 573 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1947 2017–18 7
33 Chimia Râmnicu Vâlcea 10 427 340 121 64 155 368 533 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1974 1986–87 8
34 CFR Timișoara 11 382 273 104 70 99 406 392 0 1 1 2 1 0 5 1946 1970–71 2
35 Inter Sibiu 8 377 272 110 47 115 358 376 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 1988 1995–96 4
36 Venus București 9 353 178 106 35 37 491 243 4 0 1 1 1 0 7 1932 1940–41 1
37 Chindia Târgoviște 9 349 298 95 64 139 312 469 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1961 1997–98 7
38 Ripensia Timișoara 9 348 178 107 27 44 498 266 4 2 2 0 0 1 9 1932 1940–41 1
39 CS Târgu Mureș 10 301 241 85 46 110 360 418 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 1946 1957–58 4
40 Viitorul Constanța 6 297 210 80 57 73 279 274 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 2012 2017–18 1
41 Concordia Chiajna 7 286 256 71 73 112 263 355 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2011 2017–18 9
42 Minerul Baia Mare 7 284 230 83 35 112 267 370 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 1964 1994–95 4
43 Unirea Urziceni 5 269 170 74 47 49 199 162 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 2006 2010–11 1
44 Vagonul Arad 9 259 184 76 31 77 318 326 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 1932 1968–69 2
45 FC Botoșani 5 249 188 66 51 71 220 227 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2013 2017–18 8
46 Olimpia Satu Mare 7 247 222 69 40 113 223 363 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1937 1998–99 9
47 Victoria București 5 243 169 70 33 66 242 251 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 1985 1989–90 3
48 Gloria Buzău 7 237 238 64 45 129 236 403 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1978 2008–09 5
49 Politehnica Iași 5 226 184 59 49 76 184 215 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2012 2017–18 6
50 ASA 2013 Târgu Mureș 5 218 178 55 53 70 179 213 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 2010 2016–17 2
51 Gloria Arad 8 208 155 59 31 66 296 332 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1932 1940–41 3
52 Victoria Cluj 8 206 154 61 23 70 266 294 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 1932 1939–40 3
53 Extensiv Craiova (Electroputere) 5 198 170 54 36 80 171 213 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 1991 1999–00 3
54 Dacia Unirea Brăila 6 192 177 54 30 94 193 328 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1937 1993–94 6
55 Flacăra Moreni 4 182 136 53 23 60 180 198 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 1986 1989–90 4
56 Dunărea Galați 5 164 170 44 32 94 174 310 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1974 1983–84 14
57 Chinezul Timișoara 6 160 119 46 21 53 281 288 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1933 1938–39 4
58 Crișana Oradea 6 140 110 40 20 50 199 232 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1932 1937–38 2
59 FC Voluntari 3 134 120 34 32 54 135 172 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2015 2017–18 9
60 Minerul Lupeni 4 105 101 30 15 56 106 207 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1959 1962–63 11
61 FC Ploiești (Tricolor Ploiești ) 5 100 102 28 16 58 131 254 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1932 1947–48 5
62 Foresta Fălticeni (Foresta Suceava) 3 99 98 24 27 47 102 145 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1997 2000–01 13
63 Unirea Alba Iulia 3 93 94 24 21 49 93 171 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2003 2009–10 6
64 Phoenix Baia Mare 3 89 62 26 11 25 96 106 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1937 1939–40 5
65 Maccabi București (Ciocanul București) 2 82 56 24 10 22 100 87 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1946 1947–48 7
66 Rocar Bucureşti 2 81 64 25 6 33 93 108 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1999 2000–01 12
67 FC Onești 2 69 68 21 6 41 93 159 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1998 1999–00 14
68 CA Câmpulung Moldovenesc 2 55 33 15 10 8 50 31 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1952 1953 3
69 Siderurgistul Galați 2 49 52 13 10 29 62 104 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1963 1965–66 14
70 Carmen București 1 47 26 14 5 7 90 44 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1946 1946–47 2
71 Gloria CFR Galaţi 2 46 46 13 7 26 54 100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1939 1940–41 10
72 Ferar Cluj 1 43 26 13 4 9 44 29 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1946 1946–47 6
73 CAM Timișoara 2 43 34 12 7 15 54 76 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1932 1939–40 5
74 Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe 1 43 40 11 10 19 36 58 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2017 2017–18 9
75 CS Mioveni 2 43 68 9 16 43 46 120 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2007 2011–12 16
76 Industria Sârmei Câmpia Turzii 2 40 48 7 19 22 46 86 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1952 1954 12
77 Săgeata Năvodari 1 38 34 10 8 16 32 54 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2013 2013–14 17
78 Aurul Brad 1 36 24 12 0 12 51 43 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1940 1940–41 5
79 Internaţional Curtea de Argeș 1 36 34 10 6 18 32 49 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2009 2009–10 12
80 Bucovina Suceava 1 35 34 10 5 19 36 69 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1987 1987–88 18
81 FC Craiova 2 35 50 10 5 35 61 171 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1940 1946–47 9
82 CS Turnu Severin 1 32 34 7 11 16 36 47 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2012 2012–13 16
83 Dermata Cluj 1 32 30 7 11 12 41 50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1947 1947–48 11
84 Voința Sibiu 1 32 34 8 8 18 24 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2011 2011–12 16
85 Șoimii Sibiu 3 27 48 5 12 31 42 131 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1932 1950 7
86 Victoria Brănești 1 25 34 5 10 19 35 61 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2010 2010–11 16
87 CS Otopeni 1 22 34 5 7 22 32 54 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2008 2008–09 17
88 Daco-Getica București 1 22 40 4 10 26 21 72 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2017 2017–18 14
89 Viitorul București 1 21 14 6 3 5 33 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1962 1962–63 14
90 CSM Lugoj 1 20 18 6 2 10 24 41 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1937 1937–38 7
91 Faur București 1 19 26 5 4 17 50 80 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1948 1948–49 13
92 Prahova Ploiești 1 16 26 5 1 20 26 97 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1946 1946–47 13
93 UM Timișoara 1 15 30 3 6 21 24 71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2001 2001–02 16
94 CFR Brașov 1 15 18 4 3 11 26 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1937 1937–38 9
95 Corona Brașov 1 14 34 2 8 24 20 69 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2013 2013–14 18
96 Dragoș Vodă Cernăuți 1 12 18 4 0 14 26 57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1937 1937–38 10
97 Avântul Reghin 1 12 24 3 3 18 19 57 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1955 1955 13
98 Brașovia Brașov 2 6 26 1 3 22 28 85 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1932 1933–34 7
99 Mureşul Târgu Mureş 1 4 14 1 1 12 17 56 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1933 1933–34 7
100 Dunărea Călărași 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2018 2018–19 N/A
101 FC Hermannstadt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2018 2018–19 N/A

League or status at 2018–19:

2018–19 Liga I
2018–19 Liga II
2018–19 Liga III
2018–19 County football leagues
To be determined
Clubs that no longer exist

Current members[edit]

Club Position
in 2017–18
First season in
Liga I
Number of seasons
Liga I
First season of
current spell in
Liga I
Top division
titles
Last Liga I title
Astra Giurgiu 0055th 1998–99 15 2009–10 1 2015–16
Botoșani 0088th 2013–14 5 2013–14 0 n/a
CFR Cluj 0011st 1947–48 23 2004–05 4 2017–18
Concordia Chiajna 01111th 2011–12 7 2011–12 0 n/a
Dinamo București 0077th 1948–49 70 1948–49 18 2006–07
Dunărea Călărași 0011st in Liga II 2018–19 0 2018–19 0 n/a
Gaz Metan Mediaș 01010th 1947–48 12 2016–17 0 n/a
Hermannstadt 0022nd in Liga II 2018–19 0 2018–19 0 n/a
Politehnica Iași 0066th 2012–13 5 2014–15 0 n/a
Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe 0099th 2017–18 1 2017–18 0 n/a
FCSB 0022nd 1947–48 71 1947–48 26 2014–15
Universitatea Craiova 033rd 1964–65 32 2014–15 4 1990–91
Viitorul Constanța 0044th 2012–13 6 2012–13 1 2016–17
Voluntari 01212th 2016–17 3 2016–17 0 n/a

Records[edit]

[citation needed]

Top Ten Players With Most Appearances
As of 3 June 2018
Player Period Club Games
1 Romania Ionel Dănciulescu 1993–14 Electroputere Craiova, Dinamo, Steaua 515
2 Romania Costică Ștefănescu 1968–88 Steaua, Craiova, Brașov 490
3 Romania Florea Ispir 1969–88 ASA Târgu Mureș 485
4 Romania László Bölöni 1971–88 ASA Târgu Mureș, Steaua 484
5 Romania Costel Câmpeanu 1987–05 Bacău, Dinamo, Bistrița, Național, Ceahlăul 470
6 Romania Petre Marin 1993–12 Sportul, Național, Rapid, Steaua, Urziceni, Chiajna 468
7 Romania Paul Cazan 1972–88 Sportul 465
8 Romania Cornel Dinu 1966–83 Dinamo 454
9 Romania Constantin Stancu 1976–90 Argeș 447
10 Romania Ion Dumitru 1967–88 Rapid, Steaua, Timișoara, Craiova 442
Top Ten Highest Goalscorers
As of 3 June 2018
Player Period Club Goals
1 Romania Dudu Georgescu 1970–87 Progresul, Reșița, Dinamo, Bacău, Buzău, Moreni 252 (Ø 0,68)
2 Romania Ionel Dănciulescu 1993–14 Electroputere Craiova, Dinamo, Steaua 214 (Ø 0,41)
3 Romania Rodion Cămătaru 1974–89 Craiova, Dinamo 198 (Ø 0,52)
4 Romania Marin Radu 1974–89 Argeș, Olt Scornicești, Steaua, Sibiu 190 (Ø 0,49)
5 Romania Florea Dumitrache 1966–83 Dinamo, Jiul, Corvinul 170 (Ø 0,47)
5 Romania Ion Oblemenco 1963–77 Rapid, Craiova 170 (Ø 0,62)
7 Romania Mircea Sandu 1970–87 Național, Sportul 167 (Ø 0,41)
8 Romania Victor Pițurcă 1975–89 Olt Scornicești, Steaua 166 (Ø 0,55)
9 Romania Mihai Adam 1962–76 U Cluj, Vagonul Arad, CFR 160 (Ø 0,45)
10 Romania Titus Ozon 1947–64 Unirea Tricolor, Dinamo, Brașov, Național, Rapid 157 (Ø 0,58)
Top Ten Foreign Players With Most Appearances
As of 3 June 2018
Player Period Club Games
1 Japan Takayuki Seto 2009–00 Astra 263
2 Brazil Júnior Morais 2010–00 Astra, Steaua 219
3 Portugal Mario Camora 2011–00 CFR 208
4 Portugal Ricardo Cadu 2006–14 CFR 202
5 Portugal Nuno Viveiros 2008–16 Politehnica Iași, Brașov, Vaslui, U Cluj 199
6 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bojan Golubović 2011–00 Ceahlăul, Politehnica Iași, Steaua, Gaz Metan, FC Botoșani 197
7 Brazil Eric 2008–18 Gaz Metan, Pandurii, Viitorul Constanța 193
8 Argentina Pablo Brandan 2007–17 Urziceni, Steaua, CS U Craiova, ASA Târgu Mureș, Viitorul Constanța 186
9 Senegal Ousmane N'Doye 2007–16 FC Vaslui, Dinamo, Astra Giurgiu, Săgeata Năvodari, ASA Târgu Mureș 185
10 Portugal Filipe Teixeira 2010–00 Brașov, Rapid, Petrolul Ploiești, Astra, Steaua 182
Top Ten Highest Foreign Players Goalscorers
As of 3 June 2018
Player Period Club Goals
1 Brazil Wesley 2008–15 Vaslui, Politehnica Iași 65 (Ø 0,53)
2 Brazil Eric 2008–18 Gaz Metan, Pandurii, Viitorul 56 (Ø 0,29)
3 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bojan Golubović 2011–00 Ceahlăul, Politehnica Iași, Steaua, Gaz Metan 55 (Ø 0,27)
4 Greece Pantelis Kapetanos 2008–14 Steaua, CFR 48 (Ø 0,38)
5 Nigeria Kehinde Fatai 2007–15 Farul, Astra 41 (Ø 0,28)
6 Zimbabwe Mike Temwanjera 2006–14 Vaslui 39 (Ø 0,22)
7 Jordan Tha'er Bawab 2010–00 Gloria Bistrița, Gaz Metan, CS U Craiova, Steaua, Dinamo, Chiajna 38 (Ø 0,20)
8 France Harlem Gnohéré 2015–00 Dinamo, Steaua 37 (Ø 0,41)
9 Albania Sulejman Demollari 1991–95 Dinamo 36 (Ø 0,36)
10 Tunisia Hamza Younés 2011–14 Petrolul Ploiești 34 (Ø 0,65)
Top Ten Youngest Debutants
As of 3 June 2018. The teams written in bold are the ones the players debuted at
Player Age Match Season
1 Romania Nicolae Dobrin 14 years, 10 months and 5 days Știința Cluj - Dinamo Pitești 5–1 1961–62
2 Romania Rareș Lazăr 15 years, one month and 19 days Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț - FC Vaslui 2–0 2013–14
3 Romania Răzvan Popa 15 years, 2 months and 13 days Dinamo - Sportul Studențesc 1–3 2011–12
4 Romania Codrin Epure 15 years, 2 months and 21 days FC Vaslui - Astra 1-4 2013–14
5 Romania Marius Niculae 15 years, 6 months and 6 days Dinamo - Farul Constanța 5-2 1996–97
6 Romania Ion Geolgău 15 years, 8 months and 18 days Universitatea Craiova - UTA 3–1 1976–77
7 Romania Constantin Gângioveanu 15 years, 8 months and 21 days Dinamo - Universitatea Craiova 5–0 2004–05
8 Romania Roberto Hașnaș 15 years, 9 months and 21 days SR Brașov - Gloria Bistrița 4–1 2012–13
9 Romania Marian Drăghiceanu 15 years, 10 months and 10 days Oțelul Galați - Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț 4–1 2014–15
10 Romania George Mareș 15 years, 10 months and 15 days Sportul Studențesc - CS Mioveni 0–0 2011–12

UEFA ranking[edit]

Liga I UEFA Ranking history (1960–2012)

UEFA League Ranking as of 3 August 2017:[18]

Teams in international competitions[edit]

From the quarter-finals onwards.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  18. ^ "UEFA Country Ranking 2017 – kassiesA – Xs4all". Kassiesa.home.xs411.nl. Retrieved 25 April 2017.

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