FC Politehnica Ia%C8%99i (2010)
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FC Politehnica Ia%C8%99i 2010
Politehnica Ia?i
FC Politehnica Iasi.svg
Full nameAsocia?ia Club Sportiv Municipal Politehnica Ia?i[note 1]
  • Trupa din Copou (Copou Squad)
Short namePoli Ia?i
Founded16 August 2010; 11 years ago (2010-08-16)
as ACSMU Politehnica Ia?i
GroundEmil Alexandrescu
OwnerIa?i Municipality
General managerFlorin Briaur
ManagerCostel Enache
LeagueLiga II
2020-21Liga I, 16th of 16 (Relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Asocia?ia Club Sportiv Municipal Politehnica Ia?i (Romanian pronunciation: [po.li'teh.nika 'ja]), commonly known as Politehnica Ia?i or simply Poli Ia?i, is a Romanian professional football club based in the city of Ia?i, Ia?i County, which plays in the Liga II.

The team was formed in 2010 as ACSMU Politehnica Ia?i,[2] and regard themselves as the continuation of the original FC Politehnica Ia?i which was dissolved the same year; however, the club does not currently hold the record of the old entity. Between 2011 and 2016, it was rebranded as CSM Studen?esc Ia?i, but returned to the name of Politehnica afterwards.

Politehnica Ia?i began competing in the second tier and made its first Liga I appearance in the 2012-13 season. In the 2017-18 campaign, it equalled the best result of its predecessor after finishing sixth in the Romanian league championship. The club plays in white and blue uniforms at the inherited Emil Alexandrescu Stadium, which has a capacity of 11,390 persons.


Foundation and first years (2010-2014)

The original Politehnica Ia?i was established in April 1945 and folded in 2010 because of unpaid debts.[3] In August that year, Tricolorul Breaza merged with Navoby Ia?i and formed ACSMU Politehnica Ia?i.[4] Playing in the Liga II, the club's objective was to return to the first tier of Romanian football.

Ionu? Popa was appointed manager of the newly founded club and Grigore Sichitiu was elected as executive president.[5]

In the summer of 2011, the club was renamed Clubul Sportiv Municipal Studen?esc Ia?i, or simply CSMS Ia?i. For the second half of the 2011-12 season ex-Romanian international Florin Prunea was brought in as president.[6] On 2 June 2012, after the 4-2 victory against Farul Constan?a.[7] the team gained promotion to Liga I,[8] after two years in the second tier of Romanian football.

On 29 August, Liviu Ciobotariu was appointed head coach.[9] The Moldavian team finished the 2012-13 season in 17th place and were relegated to the second division. Even though there were hopes that they would be accepted for the 2013-14 Liga I season, eventually CS Concordia Chiajna secured the last place in the first league, due to the relegation of FC Rapid Bucure?ti for financial reasons.[10]

For the 2013-14 Liga II season, promising young coach Costel Enache was brought in to head a team that retained the services of its young talent, the likes of Alexandru Cre?u, Adrian Avr?mia and Andrei Hergheligiu.[11]

Return to the top division (2014-present)

Former logo, used between 2016 and 2018

After Marius L?c?tu? replaced Enache as manager, Politehnica finished 1st in the 2013-14 Liga II and were promoted back to Liga I. For the 2014-15 season, the club played for their first time in the Cupa Ligii, defeating ASA Târgu Mure? and advancing to the last-16, where they eliminated former Romanian Cup and Liga I winner CFR Cluj.[12]

Name Period
Politehnica Ia?i 2010-2011
Studen?esc Ia?i 2011-2016
Politehnica Ia?i 2016-present

The 2015-16 Liga I season was one of the best in the short history of Politehnica Ia?i and in the football history of Ia?i. After a great campaign, the team finished 7th and qualified for the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League under the command of Italian coach Nicolò Napoli, with a team that relied on experienced players like: Andrei Cristea, Bojan Golubovi?, Ionu? Voicu and Branko Grahovac.[13] In the second round of the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League, Politehnica encountered Croatian team Hajduk Split and after a 2-2 draw at Ia?i, they were defeated at Split 1-2, prematurely leaving the competition.[14]

On 22 July 2016, the club announced that it had changed its name, from CSM Studen?esc Ia?i to CSM Politehnica Ia?i, a name more closely linked to the Ia?i football tradition and dissolved FC Politehnica Ia?i (1945).[15]

In June 2017, president Florin Prunea was let go after five years at the helm of Politehnica Ia?i.[16] Adrian Ambrosie was subsequently appointed to the position. After a number of major departures, with the likes of Lukács B?le and Daisuke Sato finishing their contracts, the team went into major reconstruction and signed a number of foreign internationals, like Denis Rusu, Kamer Qaka, Luwagga Kizito and Platini.[17][18][19] On 24 February 2018, despite a 0-1 loss to defending champions Viitorul Constan?a, Poli Ia?i became the first team from Moldavia to qualify for the Liga I play-off round since its introduction in 2015.[20] To the delight of manager Flavius Stoican, they went on to finish the league in 6th place, thus equalling the best result of predecessor FC Politehnica Ia?i.

On 11 July that year, the club announced that it earned the right to use the FC Politehnica Ia?i logo and name, which was considered to be the first step in the plan of regaining the club's full identity, the next one being the recovery of their record.[21]


Politehnica Ia?i plays its home matches at the Emil Alexandrescu stadium. It is located in the borough of Copou, near the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, and has a capacity of 11,390 seats.[22]

Emil Alexandrescu Stadium.


The biggest ultras groups of Politehnica Ia?i are B?ie?ii Veseli and Ultras. Both supported FC Politehnica Ia?i (1945) until dissolution and regard the new team as its successor. They have friendly relationships with Zimbru Chi?in?u.[23]


Politehnica Ia?i's main rival is FC Vaslui, and matches between these clubs are known as the "Moldavian Derby". The rivalry developed in the 2001-02 Divizia C, when the previous club from Vaslui, Sportul Municipal, was fighting for promotion to Divizia B together with Poli Ia?i, with the latter winning the championship and earning promotion to Divizia B. The rivalry between FC Vaslui and Politehnica Ia?i was fueled by another clash for promotion, this time in the 2003-04 Divizia B, with the whites and blues prevailing yet again.[24] Ever since, the two sets of supporters participate in what is known as "The Derby of Moldavia". However, starting with their second season in Liga I, the tables have turned in favour of Vaslui after massive investments from the chairman, Adrian Porumboiu, with the yellow-greens dominating their rivals until their dissolution in 2014.

There are other smaller rivalries with O?elul Gala?i and FC Boto?ani.[25]





First team squad

As of 6 September 2021[26]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK Romania ROU Teodor Axinte
3 DF Romania ROU Drago? Ungurena?u
4 DF Romania ROU Ovidiu Mihalache (Captain)
5 DF Romania ROU ?tefan Can? (on loan from FCSB)
6 MF Romania ROU Marian Târ?a
7 MF Romania ROU Tiberiu Serediuc
8 MF Romania ROU Marian Stoenac
9 FW Romania ROU Andrei Istrate (on loan from FCSB)
10 MF Romania ROU Francisc Cristea
11 FW Romania ROU Alexandru Zaharia
12 GK Moldova MDA Iano? Brînz? (on loan from Boto?ani)
13 MF Romania ROU Ioan Pop
14 MF Romania ROU Alexandru Aftanache
15 DF Greece GRE Okan Chatziterzoglou
17 FW Guinea GUI Sekou Camara (on loan from Boto?ani)
No. Pos. Nation Player
18 FW Colombia COL Brayan Torres (on loan from Boto?ani)
19 DF Romania ROU R?zvan Onea
20 MF Brazil BRA Jean Deretti
21 MF Romania ROU Ionu? Pelivan
22 GK Romania ROU Lauren?iu Popescu (on loan from CSU Craiova)
23 DF Romania ROU C?t?lin Defta
24 MF Romania ROU Alexandru Purcariu
25 MF Romania ROU Alexandru M?rie? (on loan from CSU Craiova)
29 MF Romania ROU Cristian Pu?ca?
33 MF Romania ROU Petru Corobu
37 DF Romania ROU Florin Pl?mad? (Vice-Captain)
77 DF Romania ROU Alexandru Stan
88 MF Romania ROU Ionu? Mois?
98 FW Romania ROU Robert As?voaei
99 MF Romania ROU Iulian Iura?cu

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Romania ROU Tudor Ciobanu (to Pa?cani)
MF Romania ROU Lucian Dumea (to Bucovina R?d?u?i)
MF Romania ROU Rare? Purcariu (to Pa?cani)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW Romania ROU Sebastian Cotiug? (to Hu?ana Hu?i)
FW Romania ROU Ionu? Mois? (to ?tiin?a Miroslava)

Other players under contract

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK Romania ROU Adrian Du
DF Romania ROU Vlad Gangal
No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Romania ROU Cosmin Saizu
MF Romania ROU Denis Iftimie

Club officials

Notable former players

Statistics and records

League history

European Cups history

Season Competition Round Opponent Home Away Aggregate
2016-17 UEFA Europa League 2Q Croatia Hajduk Split 2-2 1-2 3-4
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

European cups all-time statistics

As of 1 December 2017
Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Europa League 1 2 0 1 1 3 4 -1
Total 1 2 0 1 1 3 4 -1



  1. ^ The official name of the club is ACSM Politehnica Ia?i,[1] but refers to itself intermittently as either "CSM Politehnica Ia?i" or "FC Politehnica Ia?i".


  1. ^ "ACSM Politehnica Ia?i" (in Romanian). Romanian Football Federation. Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ http://iasisport.gsp.ro/stiri/6377/o-noua-echipa-ieseana-acsmu-poli-tricolorul-breaza-in-liga-a-iii-a.htm ACSMU Politehnica Iasi after the fusion with Tricolorul Breaza
  3. ^ "Istoria fotbalului la Ia?i. 68 de ani de existen, opt denumiri ale echipei, zece retrograd?ri în diviziile inferioare ?i un singur sezon de povestit nepo?ilor" [History of football in Ia?i. 68 years of existence, eight names for the team, ten relegations in the lower divisions and only one season to tell the grandchildren]. Adev?rul (in Romanian). 4 July 2013. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Retrospective-ACSMU analysis". Prosport (in Romanian). 2 August 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ "Popa la ACSMU". bzi.ro (in Romanian). 2 July 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-19. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Popa revine la Iasi
  7. ^ "Viitorul si CSMS in Liga I". Liga2.prosport.ro. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "CSMS in Liga I". Gsp.ro. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Schimb?ri de antrenori în Liga 1 " Cine sînt numele noi de la CSMS Ia?i ?i CS Severin!". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 29 August 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ "CSMS Ia?i se preg?te?te de Liga 1, de?i a retrogradat pe teren". Gazeta Sporturilor (in Romanian). 28 June 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  11. ^ "CSMS Ia?i: 5 nume pentru un singur post". ProSport (in Romanian). 14 June 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  12. ^ "CUPA LIGII: CSMS Ia?i - CFR Cluj 4-2" [League Cup: CSMS Ia?i - CFR Cluj 4-2]. Libertatea. 20 July 2014. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ "Revenire incredibil? a lui CSMS Ia?i, care va juca în Europa. Rezultatele ultimei etape". Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ "CSMS Ia?i a pierdut returul contra lui Hajduk Split, scor 2-1" [CSMS Ia?i loses return leg against Hajduk Split, final score 2-1]. ProSport. Retrieved 2016.
  15. ^ WWW.BRANDWEB.RO, BRANDWEB -. "Bine ai revenit, Poli Ia?i, în fotbalul românesc! : STIRI : CSMS IASI". Retrieved 2016.
  16. ^ "CSM Poli Ia?i nu-i va prelungi contractul pre?edintelui Florin Prunea". ProSport. 2 June 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ "Cu cine a semnat CSM Politehnica Ia?i". Fanatik. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  18. ^ "CSM Poli Ia?i ?i-a prezentat lotul". ProSport. 12 June 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ "Înc? un juc?tor adus de Politehnica Ia?i". Digi Sport. 18 June 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  20. ^ "Extaz la Ia?i, dup? calificarea lui CSM Poli în play-off-ul Ligii 1" [Enthusiasm in Ia?i, after CSM Poli's qualification to the Liga 1 play-off]. Digi Sport. 24 February 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  21. ^ "Ne-am rec?p?tat identitatea!" [We have regained our identity!]. politehnicaiasi.ro. 11 July 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ http://stadiumromania.blogspot.it/2009/11/stadioane-liga-1-14-stadionul-emil.html Emil Alexandrescu Stadium stats
  23. ^ ""B?ie?ii veseli" de la Poli Ia?i au fost prezen?i la derby-ul Molodvei!" ["B?ie?ii veseli" from Poli Ia?i attend Moldovan derby!]. Gazeta Sporturilor. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  24. ^ "Un nou derby în Moldova" [A new derby in Moldova]. vremeanoua.ro. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 2018.
  25. ^ "Ploaie de goluri în derby-ul din Moldova" [Goal rain in Moldova derby]. Gazeta Sporturilor. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  26. ^ "Echip?" [Squad]. FC Politehnica Ia?i (in Romanian). Retrieved 2021.

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