FCU Olimpia Cluj

Fotbal Club U Olimpia Cluj-Napoca, commonly known as FCU Olimpia Cluj, or simply as U Olimpia Cluj, is a women's football team from Cluj-Napoca in Romania. It is Romania's top women's football club, having won all league titles since its inception, and thus represents Romania year by year in the UEFA Women's Champions League. The club also gives a majority of the Romania women's national football team players.

U Olimpia Cluj
Full nameFotbal Club U Olimpia
Cluj-Napoca
Nickname(s)Studentele (The Students)
Founded7 July 2010 (2010-07-07)
GroundVictoria Someșeni / Cluj Arena
Capacity1,300 / 30,335
OwnerRadu Munteanu
ChairmanAlin Cioban
ManagerIoana Bortan
LeagueLiga I
2018–19Liga I, 1st
WebsiteClub website

History

Founded on 7 July 2010[1] at the initiative of Mirel Albon, Clujana's coach, due to increasingly divergent views with his club's owners,[2][3] Olimpia started directly in Romania's top level women's league, as there was no second level league at the time, and convincingly won the championship in its very first season. The team won all of its 24 matches which totaled a goal difference of 253–11 and wins as high as 26–0 and 27–0.[4] The title qualified them for the 2011–12 UEFA Women's Champions League. In addition they won the Romanian cup that year too.[5] They went on to win all of the league titles since, and most of the domestic cups.

Olimpia had a partnership with the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, its rector, Radu Munteanu being for a period of time also Olimpia's chairman (president).[6] This partnership reflected in the team's name between 2012 and 2015. Since the 2018–19 season, the teams signed a partnership with FC Universitatea Cluj and has rebranded as "U" Olimpia Cluj.[7]

Chronology of names

Period Full Club Name Short name
2011–2012Clubul de Fotbal Feminin Olimpia Cluj-Napoca[8]Olimpia Cluj
2012–2015Clubul de Fotbal Feminin Olimpia Universitatea Tehnică Cluj-Napoca[9][10]Olimpia UT Cluj
2015–2018Clubul de Fotbal Feminin Olimpia Cluj-NapocaOlimpia Cluj
2018–presentAsociația Fotbal Club Universitatea Olimpia Cluj[1]U Olimpia Cluj

Football Academy

Together with the club in 2010 the Olimpia Women's Football Academy was established, supported by a partnership with the city and the council.[11] The goal of south-east Europe's first female football academy is to advance women's football in Romania.

Honours

Leagues

Cups

Season by season

  Champions   Runners-up   Third place   Promoted   Relegated

SeasonDivisionTierPlaceCupWCL
12010–11Liga I11stW
22011–12Liga I, Seria Vest11stWR32
32012–13Liga I, Seria Vest11stWR16
42013–14Superliga11stWGrp
52014–15Superliga11stWGrp
62015–16Superliga11stFR32
72016–17Superliga11stWGrp
82017–18Liga I11stQFR32
92018–19Liga I11stSFGrp
102019–20Liga I1TBDTBDGrp

Current squad

As of August 2019[12]

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

No. Position Player
1 GK Lavinia Boandă
2 DF Bianca Borcean
4 MF Ioana Bortan (Captain)
5 DF Teodora Meluță
6 DF Melinda Nagy
7 MF Claudia Pana
8 MF Andreea Voicu
9 MF Mihaela Ciolacu
10 MF Roxana Mirea
11 FW Mara Bâtea
12 GK Sara Campean
15 DF Adela Iosif
No. Position Player
16 MF Raluca Borodi
18 DF Ioana Edvina Ciontos
19 DF Noemi Vincze
20 DF Andreea Corduneanu
21 MF Oana Negrea
22 GK Mirela Pop
26 DF Adelina Rusu
30 DF Diana Mureșan
33 DF Maria Ficzay
88 MF Beatrice Tărășilă
99 FW Ioana Bălăceanu

Club officials

FCU Olimpia Cluj in Europe

In their first participation they started in the qualifying round of the 2011–12 UEFA Women's Champions League. Already after two wins against Bosnian and Lithuanian opposition they qualified for the round of 32.[15]

UEFA Women's Cup / UEFA Women's Champions League
SeasonPreliminary stageRound of 32Round of 16QuarterfinalsSemi-finalsFinal
2011–12 Sarajevo 1 Olympique
2012–13 1º Dezembro 1 Neulengbach Torres
2013–14 Spartak 1
2014–15 Raheny 1
2015–16 Pomurje 1 PSG
2016–17 Medyk 1
2017–18 Hibernian 1 Rosengård

1 Group stage. Highest-ranked eliminated team in case of qualification, lowest-ranked qualified team in case of elimination.

Notable former players

The footballers enlisted below have been called up or had international cap(s) for their respective countries at junior and/or senior level and/or more than 50 caps for U Olimpia Cluj.

References

  1. Despre noi. u-olimpiacluj.ro (in Romanian)
  2. "A câştigat 8 titluri cu o echipă feminină de fotbal şi are un mesaj pentru cei care trimit femeile la cratiţă. "Fetele obţin rezultate pentru că sunt mai ambiţioase"" [He won 8 titles with a women's football team and has a message for people who send their women to the kitchen: „Girls obtain results because they are more ambitious”]. adevarul.ro. 21 June 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  3. "Olimpia Cluj, fabrica de fotbal feminin. Cu un buget de 750.000 de lei, campioanele sunt invincibile" [Olimpia Cluj, the women's football factory. With a budget of 750.000 lei, the champions are invincible]. prosport.ro. 3 August 2014. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  4. "Liga 1 de Fotbal Feminin: Olimpia promovează fotbalul feminin în şcolile clujene" [Female Football League 1: Olimpia promote women's football schools in Cluj]. ziarulfaclia.ro. 5 April 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011.
  5. "Olimpia Cluj a castigat Cupa Romaniei la fotbal feminin" (in Romanian). ziare.com. 26 May 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
  6. "Archived official website. The President's message" (in Romanian). 22 October 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  7. "Început bun de sezon pentru echipele U Olimpia Cluj". Monitorul.
  8. "Archived official website" (in Romanian). archive.org. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  9. "Archived official website" (in Romanian). archive.org. 24 June 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  10. "Club page on the Romanian Football Federation's official website" (in Romanian). frf.ro. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  11. "Olimpia change goal: he wants the title and Champions League". fotbalfeminin.wordpress.com. 5 January 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
  12. Echipa. u-olimpiacluj.ro (in Romanian)
  13. Board of directors
  14. Current staff
  15. "Rayo Vallecano and Olimpia Cluj celebrate". UEFA. 13 August 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
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