ASA Târgu Mureș (1962)

ASA Târgu Mureș was a football club based in Târgu Mureș, in central Romania. It was founded in 1962 and it soon became one of the best teams in the country. The club was dissolved in 2005.

ASA Târgu Mureș
Full nameAsociaţia Sportivă Armata Târgu Mureș
Short nameASA
Founded1962
Dissolved2005
GroundLadislau Bölöni
Capacity15,000

History

ASA Târgu Mureș was founded in 1962 and in August 1964 merged with Mureşul Târgu Mureş, the descendant of Voinţa Târgu Mureş.[1]

The club's best performance was a 2nd place in the Romanian First League, at the end of the 1974–75 season. It participated in 3 UEFA Cup campaigns, but was eliminated in the 1st round on all 3 occasions: in 1975–1976 by Dynamo Dresden, in 1976–1977 by Dinamo Zagreb and in 1977–1978 by AEK Athens. The team had a much better performance in the Balkans Cup in 1973 when it reached the final but lost against Lokomotiv Sofia.

Between 1962 and 1989 it played for 20 seasons in the Liga I and the rest in the Liga II. Between 1990 and 2002 it played for one season in the Liga I, in the 1991–92 season, and the rest in the Liga II. At the end of the 2001–02 season it relegated to the Liga III for the very first time in its history, and was dissolved soon after, in 2005.

The most famous player that wore the red-blue jersey was László Bölöni. He played 406 matches and scored 64 goals for ASA. He also won the European Champions Cup in 1986 with Steaua Bucharest. He coached the Romania national football team, France Ligue 1 teams Nancy, Rennes and AS Monaco and Portuguese club Sporting. He also was the coach of Standard Liège from July 2008 until February 2010. László Bölöni won the Belgian national title in 2009 after a thrilling play-off against great rival Anderlecht. He also won a title with Sporting CP in 2002, their last to date.

Another notable player was Florea Ispir. He played 485 matches in the Liga I, all for ASA, and scored 2 goals. He is ranked 3rd all-time among the players with most appearances in the Liga I.

Chronology of names

Name [2][3]PeriodNote
Asociaţia Sportivă „Armata” Târgu Mureş1962–1964Merged with Mureşul Târgu Mureş.
ASA „Mureşul” Târgu Mureş1964–1969
ASA Târgu Mureş1969–1990
ASA „Electromureş” Târgu Mureş1990–1992
ASA Târgu Mureş1992–2005

After the club's dissolution in 2005, another club is founded in Târgu Mureș, named FCM Târgu Mureș, previously known as Trans-Sil Târgu Mureş.

Honours

Domestic

Liga I:

Liga II:

Liga III:

  • Runners-up (1): 2004–05

Continental

Balkans Cup:

  • Runners-up (1): 1973

ASA Târgu Mureș in Europe

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
1975–76 UEFA Cup FR Dynamo Dresden 2–2 1–4 3–6
1976–77 FR Dinamo Zagreb 0–1 0–3 0–4
1977–78 FR AEK Athens 1–0 0–3 1–3
Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 36114413– 9
Total36114413 – 9

References

  • Enciclopedia Educaţiei fizice şi sportului din România, vol. III Bucureşti, Editura Aramis, 2002
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