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Full name SC Fotbal Club CFR 1907 Cluj SA
  • Ceferiștii (The CFR People)
  • Clujenii (The Cluj People)
  • Feroviarii (The Railwaymen)
  • Alb-vișiniii (The White and Burgundies)
  • Campioana Provinciei (The Provincial Champion)
Short name CFR
Founded 10 November 1907; 116 years ago (10 November 1907)
as Kolozsvári Vasutas Sport Club
Ground Dr. Constantin Rădulescu
Ground Capacity 22,198
Owner Ioan Varga
Chairman Cristian Balaj
Head coach Dan Petrescu
League Liga I
2021–22 Liga I, 1st of 16 (champions)
Third colours

Fotbal Club CFR 1907 Cluj, commonly known as CFR Cluj (Romanian pronunciation: Script error: No such module "IPA". or Script error: No such module "IPA".), is a Romanian professional football club based in the city of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj County, which competes in the Liga I. It was founded in 1907 as Kolozsvári Vasutas Sport Club, when Transylvania was part of Austria-Hungary, and the current name CFR is the acronym for Căile Ferate Române (i.e. "Romanian Railways").

Before its latest promotion to the Liga I in 2004, the club had spent most of its existence in the lower divisions. CFR Cluj has since relied increasingly on foreign players for its success, and in the 2005–06 season participated in its first European competition, the Intertoto Cup, where it finished as runner-up. With significant financial support from previous owner Árpád Pászkány, CFR took the national title away from capital-based teams after seventeen years and became national champion for the first time in the 2007–08 campaign.

Between 2017 and 2022, "the White and Burgundies" won five successive championships. In total, CFR has amassed sixteen domestic trophies, all of them in the 21st century—eight Liga I, four Cupa României and four Supercupa României. As well as becoming a highly esteemed figure in Romanian football, the team has secured three qualifications each to the UEFA Champions League and Europa League group stages and two qualifications to the Europa Conference League group stages.

Additionally, CFR has a fierce rivalry with neighbouring Universitatea Cluj, with matches between the two being known as Derbiul Clujului. Several, but minor rivalries also developed in the recent period against teams with which CFR has contended for the league title.


Establishment and early years (1907–1969)

Kolozsvári Vasutas Sport Club 1911
Kolozsvári Vasutas Sport Club team in 1911.

CFR was founded in 1907, when the city of Cluj-Napoca (then Kolozsvár) was part of Austria-Hungary, under the name Kolozsvári Vasutas Sport Club ("Kolozsvár Railway Sports Club"). From 1907 to 1910, the team played in the municipal championship. However, the club did not have any notable achievements during this time. In 1911, the team won the newly organized Championship of Transylvania. The club consistently finished in second place in that competition between 1911 and 1914, a competition that was interrupted because of World War I. After the war, Transylvania joined Romania and the club accordingly changed its name to CFR Cluj, maintaining its links with the national rail organisation, this time the Romanian state railway carrier, Căile Ferate Române, hence the acronym. They went on to win two regional titles, in 1918–19 and 1919–20.

Between 1920 and 1934 the club did not have any notable achievements. Between 1934 and 1936, CFR played for two seasons in the Divizia B, ranking sixth in the 1934–35 season and eighth in the 1935–36 season. In 1936, CFR was relegated to the Divizia C, where the team played for two seasons, finishing second and 4th, respectively. After World War II, CFR played for one season in the Divizia C, earning the promotion to the Divizia B. Before the start of the 1947–48 season, the team merged with another local club, Ferar Cluj, and played in the Divizia A for the very first time in history. Unfortunately, the team lasted only two years in the first league and would not play there again for another 20 years. In 1960, another merger, this time with Rapid Cluj resulted in CSM Cluj. In 1964, the team's name was changed to Clujeana. In that same year, the club's junior team won the national championship. Three years later, the team's name was reversed yet again to CFR Cluj.

Return to the top flight (1969–1976)

CFR Cluj League Performance
Chart depicting the yearly positions of CFR in the national leagues between 1943 and 2017.

In 1969, CFR finished first in Divizia B with 40 points, five more than their rival, Politehnica Timișoara. The conclusive game of that season was a 1–1 draw with Politehnica. Politehnica had a 1–0 lead at half-time, but CFR came back with a fine header.

During the summer of 1969, CFR Cluj advanced to Divizia A under the leadership of coach Constantin Rădulescu. Rădulescu was originally from southern Romania, but he grew to manhood in the atmosphere of Transylvania. Before coaching, he had played for CFR and another well-known local team, Universitatea Cluj (or U Cluj), during the 1940s. In the 1969–70 first league championship, CFR made its debut with a 2–0 victory over ASA Târgu Mureș. The next few games did not go as well; although there was a 1–0 win to Politehnica Iași, there were 2 losses to Steaua București (1–3) and Dinamo București (0–2). These and other drefeats were a factor in the team's supposed downhill slide. However, the following spring CFR bounced back with a win over ASA Târgu Mureș (1–0), after a goal from Octavian Ionescu, and averted relegation.

At the beginning of CFR's second season in Divizia A, Rădulescu was replaced by Eugen Iordache as head coach. During his tenure, CFR did not do well, and Rădulescu was swiftly brought back. Even so, CFR Cluj found itself again at the bottom of the table before the winter break. The spring of 1971 was somewhat better, although CFR struggled again to avoid relegation. CFR's last game of that season, against UTA Arad, was a memorable one. CFR led 1–0 at half-time. UTA Arad, however, overturned the match after scoring twice. Nonetheless, the persistence of the players from Cluj was rewarded with a late goal, tying the game at 2–2. UTA went on to play in the European Cups, but, most importantly, CFR avoided relegation.

Constantin Rădulescu
Constantin Rădulescu, the pivotal coach for the club during the 1970s.

The 1971–72 season started off badly for CFR. Losses to Dinamo București (1–3); Crișul Oradea (0–1, after a last-minute penalty kick), and Jiul Petroșani (1–2 after two regrettable own-goals) meant CFR's demise after the first round of the championship – the team finished at the bottom, with only seven points. CFR's return was dramatic, although inconsistent at times. The team won some important games, such as a 1–0 with Universitatea Craiova and a 3–0 with Petrolul Ploiești. By the end of the season, however, CFR was again struggling to stay in Divizia A. CFR was tied at half-time after having led with 2–0 in their game against Politehnica Iași. In the second half, two late goals from Ionescu and Petrescu saved the team from relegation. When Rădulescu and his players got back home to Cluj, 3,000 fans turned out to celebrate their performance.

During the summer of 1972, CFR made an important transfer. Mihai Adam, from Universitatea Cluj, was traded for Soos. Adam had been twice Romania's top scorer, and was considered one of the best Romanian players of his generation. He and the rest of the team would make the 1972–73 season the most successful in CFR's history. The team achieved its highest ranking ever in Romanian football, fifth in Divizia A. Several important results concluded a great season, including a 2–0 victory against Rapid București, a 2–2 draw against Sportul Studențesc București, and another draw, 1–1, with Steaua București. Additionally, the stadium that CFR continues to use even today was built in 1973. To celebrate the completion of the stadium, CFR Cluj played a friendly game against Cuba. The game ended in a 2–1 victory for CFR.

The 1973–74 season was a rather bad one for CFR, as it barely saved itself from relegation, ranking 14th at the end of the season. The only notable achievement of that season was Mihai Adam's third title as Romania's top goal-scorer who, even though he was 33 years old, scored 23 goals. The 1974–75 season was much like the one before: CFR struggled to avoid relegation, achieving its objectives all the while. The 1975–76 season marked CFR's relegation and its last season in Divizia A during the 20th century. A contributing negative factor was the age of the team, with most of its players in their 30s.

Lower leagues (1976–2002)

During the 1977–78 season, CFR attempted to make a comeback. However, the team finished only second in Divizia B, after Baia Mare. Four years later, CFR slid further down, into the third division, Divizia C. From then on, the team would alternate between the second and third leagues. In 1983, CFR played in Divizia B under its longstanding coach, Dr. Constantin Rădulescu. In the 1990s, CFR struggled financially and found itself more than once on the brink of bankruptcy. Nevertheless, several very talented players were raised, including Cristian Dulca, Attila Piroska, Cristian Coroian, and Alin Minteuan.

Pászkány takeover and first national titles (2002–2012)

In January 2002, a new sponsor, Árpád Pászkány, head of S.C. ECOMAX M.G., founded a new commercial sport society, with ECOMAX M.G. as the primary shareholder. By the end of the 2001–02 season in Divizia C, CFR had been promoted back to Divizia B (later on Liga II).

The summer of 2003 was very important for CFR as many new talented players were transferred including Cătălin Bozdog, Adrian Anca, Cristian Turcu, and Sabin Pîglișan. With these players and others, CFR entered the first league after a successful season in Divizia B. CFR began the season strongly, holding first place for a while. Then the club's main sponsor, Árpád Pászkány, became involved in a public scandal during which Pászkány accused several referees of corruption. The affair plagued the team and resulted in the dismissal of head coach GH. Cioceri.

CFR lost several consecutive games before the scandal subsided. After the winter break, Cioceri was replaced by Aurel Șunda. In the spring of 2004, Sunda's team had a nearly perfect run, winning 14 out of 15 games, with only one draw. One round before the season's end, CFR was in second place, one point behind the Jiul Petroșani in first. But when Jiul was held to a draw by Gaz Metan Mediaș, and CFR won their last match 3–0, CFR advanced to the top of the league for the first time in 28 years. In the summer of 2004, CFR acquired many new valuable Romanian players, including Vasile Jula and Radu Marginean.

CFR Cluj's first year back in Divizia A was strong, yet inconsistent. CFR finished sixth after the first half of the 2004–05 championship. It was during this time that CFR played one of its most popular games ever, defeating Dinamo București at home. The final score was 4–2, after two goals each by Adrian Anca and Sorin Oncică. However, the second half of the championship proved disappointing for CFR, as it gathered only 12 points after 15 games. The team finished 11th, avoiding relegation.

The summer of 2005 brought significant change to CFR Cluj. The club's executives signed the team up for the UEFA Intertoto Cup, being CFR's first European adventure. CFR began well, qualifying for the second round after two victories against FK Vetra (3–2 and 4–1).

Also, the Romanian international Dorinel Munteanu came to CFR from Steaua București. Munteanu would have the dual role of player-coach. His first game produced one of CFR's greatest successes. CFR defeated Athletic Bilbao of Spain 1–0 (although almost all players from Bilbao's side were from the reserve squad) during the second round of the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup. The only goal of the match was scored by Cosmin Tilincă with a header. CFR then lost in Bilbao (1–0) but still qualified to the next round after a penalty shootout.

Munteanu's team played the next game at Cluj, against French club Saint-Étienne. Adrian Anca played one of the greatest games in his career, even though the match ended in a 1–1 draw. Anca hit the crossbar with a header early in the game, and Tilincă pushed the ball into the net from the rebound. Anca then went on to earn a penalty, but did not score. He then hit the crossbar a second time in the second half. The away game, in France, was also an eventful game for CFR Cluj. The game began well for CFR, as Cristian Coroian scored from a penalty kick, earned by Adrian Anca. The second half went less smoothly for CFR; Julien Sablé scored for Saint-Étienne, tying the game at 1–1. This was followed by CFR player László Balint's elimination. However, a Cosmin Tilincă goal gave the team the ability to tie with the French at the last minute. The game ended in a 2–2 draw, so CFR went on to the next qualifying stage due to its away goals. In the next round CFR easily disposed of Zalgiris Vilnius, 2–1 in Lithuania and 5–1 at home.

For the final match of the 2005 UEFA Intertoto Cup, CFR Cluj's opponent was another French franchise, RC Lens. The first game, at Cluj, ended in a 1–1 draw with both sides having scored from free kicks. Cristian Turcu scored for CFR. The second game was played at Lens in front of 30,000 French fans. The Romanian players showed signs of exhaustion and conceded three goals. Player-coach Dorinel Munteanu scored a goal from a free kick in the 89th minute. Thus ended CFR Cluj's Intertoto journey. CFR then finished fifth at the end of the 2005–06 domestic season. During the 2006–07 season, major changes at the club started to occur. Dorinel Munteanu resigned as player-coach, and was replaced by Cristiano Bergodi. Foreign players from Western Europe and South America were transferred. A partnership with Portuguese club Benfica was signed. On 22 July 2007, CFR Cluj celebrated its centenary year by playing a friendly game against Benfica and inaugurating the new illumination system at its stadium.

Chelsea (2) v (1) CFR Cluj
CFR Cluj's players lining up at Stamford Bridge before a duel with Chelsea, December 2008.

The team's new coach, Romanian Ioan Andone, formerly of Omonia Nicosia and Dinamo București, started the 2007–08 season well, with CFR Cluj leading the league by eight points halfway through the season and remaining undefeated. Their form was not as good in the second half of the season, and they were overtaken by Steaua București with two games remaining. Even though Steaua crushed Gloria Buzau 5–0 in the last matchday, it was not enough to bring the title to Ghencea, since CFR won the derby against Universitatea Cluj and won the title, becoming the first team outside Bucharest to win the title in nearly two decades. Three days later, CFR Cluj completed a league and cup double, beating Unirea Urziceni in the Romanian Cup final.

By winning the league, CFR Cluj qualified for the group stage of the 2008–09 UEFA Champions League season. They were drawn in Group A against Chelsea of England, A.S. Roma of Italy, and Bordeaux of France and given little chance of progressing, with odds of 300–1 being given on them winning the competition. In their opening game, CFR caused a shock by beating Roma in the Italian capital, 2–1, with Argentine Juan Culio scoring the brace. Expectations were further exceeded by holding the previous season's finalists, Chelsea, to a 0–0 draw.

The end of the 2008–09 season saw CFR finish fourth; the team had two coaching staff changes in the second part of the competition and did not manage to secure a second title. The Romanian Cup was kept for a consecutive year at Cluj, and thus they played against Unirea Urziceni (the Liga I champions that season) in the Supercupa României. CFR became the first club not from Bucharest to claim the trophy in 2009.

In the 2009–10 season, the team won the league title for the second time in its history, exhibiting the heavy investments in the club's infrastructure, management, and squad transfers. Managed by coach Andrea Mandorlini, CFR Cluj also kept the Romanian Cup and qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stage. As a premier, the 2009–2010 CFR Fans' Trophy was awarded to Cristian Panin as voted by supporters and football reviewers. The trophy is to be awarded every year by the CFR Cluj fans associations to the player that receives the highest aggregate number of votes online and highest per match rating respectively. The 2010–11 CFR Fans' Trophy was awarded to captain Ricardo Cadú and the 2011–2012 CFR Fans' Trophy was awarded to goalkeeper Beto Pimparel.

The 2011–12 season brought the league title to Cluj for the third time. Starting under Jorge Costa's supervision, the team maintained a spot in the top three. After a few major defeats close to the end of the season, Costa was replaced by Ioan Andone. Under Andone, CFR won all the remaining matches except for one draw, and finished first. Later that year, FC Dinamo București defeated CFR Cluj in the Romanian Supercup with 6–4 after penalties, handing them their first defeat in a final.

Financial difficulties and bounceback (2012–2017)

After 2012, poor management saw the club go through a sharp decline, finishing 9th in the 2012-13 season, though in the Champions League they performed admirably, finishing 3rd on goal difference in a group with Manchester United, Galatasaray and SC Braga with 10 points, a record still standing for a Romanian team. Their Champions League campaign culminated in a 1–0 away win at Old Trafford against Manchester United, with a long shot from Luis Alberto. They were drawn against Inter Milan in Europa League, where they were eliminated 5–0 on aggregate.

CFR had a quiet 2013–14 season, finishing 5th and earning a Europa League berth, mainly due to the fact that 4th placed Dinamo filed for insolvency and thus were ineligible for European competitions. During this time owner Pászkány faced legal charges and neglected the team, which lead to serious financial difficulties that would culminate in the following seasons.

CFR Cluj began the 2014–15 season well, but financial difficulties led to insolvency which subsequently started a period of poor performances. After failing to fully remunerate five former club players, the Romanian Football Federation decided to deduct 24 points from CFR, which placed them in the last position in Liga I. Many players left the club as a result, and Ceferiștii challenged the Federation's decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. In May 2015 the Court ruled in their favour, restoring the deducted points, which helped the team secure a third-place finish in the league championship. CFR Cluj won the 2016 Cupa României final played against Dinamo București after penalty shootouts, being their first trophy since 2012.

National dominance and return to European competitions (2017–present)

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Dan Petrescu led the club to the 2017–18, 2019–20, and 2021–22 league titles. He partially managed them in the 2018–19 and 2020–21 Liga I seasons as well, which CFR also won.

During early 2017, it was reported that businessman Marian Băgăcean purchased 62% stake in the club. On 30 May that year, after finishing the 2016–17 Liga I campaign on the 4th place, CFR Cluj finally got out of insolvency and was again able to participate in European competitions starting with the 2018–19 season. In June 2017, Dan Petrescu replaced Vasile Miriuță as the head coach of the team, with the goal of a European cup return and an ambitious transfer campaign to support it.

On 20 May 2018, "the Railwaymen" won 1–0 over defending champions Viitorul Constanța and clinched their fourth Liga I title as they finished one point above FCSB in the table. CFR also came victorious in the subsequent 2018 Supercupa României played against Universitatea Craiova, this time under the management of coach Edward Iordănescu. However, Iordănescu was replaced after just three games and Toni Conceição was brought back for his third term as a manager. The club's European campaign was cut short after Luxembourgish side F91 Dudelange won the UEFA Europa League play-off round 5–2 on aggregate; due to Dudelange's underdog status, daily newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor regarded CFR's elimination as "the biggest shame in the history of Romanian football".

In May 2019, again under the management of Dan Petrescu, "The Railwaymen" earned their fifth Liga I title. Unlike the previous year, the club had a fruitful run in European competitions. After getting past Astana and Maccabi Tel Aviv, CFR Cluj defeated Scottish team Celtic in the Champions League third qualifying round. In the play-off they met Slavia Prague, but lost both matches 0–1 and were sent to the Europa League group stages. There, CFR were drawn against Lazio, Rennes and again Celtic. They finished second behind the latter and earned a total of twelve points in the group, a Romanian record in European competitions. In the round of 32, CFR was eliminated by Sevilla on the away goals rule after two draws—The Spaniards went on to win the final 3–2 against Inter Milan, on 21 August 2020. On 3 August, CFR Cluj won the third consecutive title and sixth overall, after a final fixture win over rivals Universitatea Craiova.

CFR started the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League season by beating Maltese side Floriana. They were then eliminated by Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb at home in a penalty shoot-out. Dropping down to the Europa League, they made it to the group stage after defeating Nordic sides Djurgårdens IF and Kuopion Palloseura. Drawn with AS Roma, BSC Young Boys, and CSKA Sofia in Group A, they eventually finished third and were eliminated from the competition from the group stage. During late 2020, Edward Iordănescu became once again coach of the club after the departure of Dan Petrescu. On 18 May 2021, Iordănescu Jr. managed to win the league title of the 2020–21 Liga I season. This was Iordănescu Jr.'s first national title as head coach. In addition, winning the title with CFR thereby allowed the club to play the final of the 2021 Supercupa României (i.e. the Romanian supercup) against Universitatea Craiova, the winners of the 2020–21 Cupa României (i.e. the Romanian cup), which they eventually lost after 2–4 on penalty shoot-out.

Following the end of the season Iordănescu left the club and was replaced by Marius Șumudică. The latter failed to qualify the club for the group stage of either the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League, being consequently dismissed and replaced by the returning Dan Petrescu. Under Petrescu, CFR qualified for the group stage of the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League, competing in Group D with Dutch side Alkmaar, Czech side Jablonec, and Danish side Randers. The club debuted with an away 1–0 loss at Jablonec nad Nisou in the Czech Republic against FK Jablonec on 16 September 2021 and consequently on the 4th place in the group after the first fixture. Although Petrescu stated that he wishes to have a longer as possible path with CFR Cluj in UEFA Europa Conference League, it is very unlikely that they will progress from Group D to the Round of 16 or, let alone, other subsequent knockout stages. On the occasion of the second fixture however, the club managed to draw 1–1 over Randers FC and thereby gained its first group point in UEFA Europa Conference League.

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CFR Cluj celebrating their fifth consecutive Liga I title at the end of the 2021–22 season. Head coach Dan Petrescu can be seen in the foreground.

After their away match with Randers FC, which they lost 1–2, CFR got mathematically eliminated from advancing to the Round of 16 and finished Group D of the first UEFA Europa Conference League season on the 4th place, regardless of the last home match with FK Jablonec which they eventually won 2–0, thereby gaining their first 3 points in the competition and accumulating a grand total of 4.

While CFR Cluj's 2021–22 European campaign proved to be quite disappointing, the feroviarii had a near perfect domestic season, winning the regular season with 76 out of 90 possible points, 16 points clear of 2nd place. During the playoffs, CFR's worst run of shape during the season, including 2 defeats in a row against Universitatea Craiova and FCSB which shrunk the gap between CFR and the latter to 2 points. Since the final game of the playoff stage would have been a straight game between FCSB and CFR, many pundits emphatically stated that this would be FCSB's season, and declared CFR a "spent team". However, CFR quickly bounced back, and went on a series of 4 consecutive wins, including a 6–0 win over FC Argeș. With FCSB's draw versus Voluntari on 14 May, all CFR needed was to a win to claim the league title, which they would obtain against Craiova, score 2–1. With this, CFR became the team with most leagues won outside the capital (8 titles), as well as the only Romanian team in the 21st century to win 5 titles in a row, thus establishing a true hegemony for half a decade.


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Panoramic view of the Dr. Constantin Rădulescu Stadium in early October 2012

CFR Cluj plays nearly all of its home games at the Dr. Constantin Rădulescu Stadium, which was expanded in 2008 to seat a maximum capacity of 23,500. It meets all of UEFA's regulations and can also host Champions League matches. In 2006–07, with an investment of €30 million, the club upgraded the field with higher quality turf, built a state of the art lighting system, and updated its infrastructure. All the work was completed for the club's 100th anniversary in 2007, when a friendly game was played against Portuguese side Benfica.


CFR Cluj supporters on 14 August 2006 at a domestic match against FC Dinamo București in Romania

A 2011 survey has shown that CFR Cluj has the fourth-largest number of supporters in Romania. They have many fans in Cluj-Napoca, but also in some other parts of the country. Since the 2014 withdraw of important groups such as "Patriots" and "Commando Gruia", the fans have a single big group called "Peluza Vișinie", which consists of former members of older groups such as "Romaniacs", "Juvenes", "Gruppo Gara", "Valacchi", "Pride 1907", "Nostra Famiglia", and "1907". There is another group of supporters which consists of ethnic Hungarians who currently sit in the Tribuna 1 sector of the stadium.Their group is named KVSK, which is the Hungarian name of CFR.They had such major conflicts with the Romanians ultras group 'Peluza Vișinie' and decided to go to matches alone. Their support is less vocal and visible, but they are a consistent part of the active fans.


CFR fans at a home game in 2010

CFR Cluj has a fierce rivalry with their local opponents Universitatea Cluj. According to journalist Răzvan Toma, the first match between the two teams was played on 13 October 1920, when CFR thrashed Universitatea 8–0 on a field based in the Central Park. History and statistics website Romanian Soccer regards a 1–3 loss by CFR (which had just merged with Ferar Cluj on 7 December 1947) as the first Liga I meeting between the two teams.

In 2019, Liga Profesionistă de Fotbal's website referred to a match between FCSB—formerly FC Steaua București—and CFR Cluj as "the Romanian Derby", a name generally used for the meetings between the former club and their cross-town rivals Dinamo București. This stems from the fact that after the 2000s CFR and FCSB were often some of the main contenders for the national title, and during the late 2010s the rivalry exacerbated further as Dinamo lost its power status. CFR and FCSB have met each other over 60 times in the first division.

Ceferiștii also hold milder rivalries with Dinamo București, Rapid București, Universitatea Craiova, and Politehnica Timișoara.

Popular culture

CFR Cluj was the subject of a long documentary film directed by Laviniu Lazăr on their 2012–13 UEFA Champions League season and the historical victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford, titled "The Theatre of Dreams" (Romanian: Teatrul Viselor) which was presented at the Film Transilvania (TIFF) festival in 2013.




  • Liga I
    • Winners (8): 2007–08, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21, 2021–22
  • Liga II
    • Winners (2): 1968–69, 2003–04
    • Runners-up (1): 1977–78
  • Liga III
    • Winners (7): 1946–47, 1982–83, 1985–86, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1995–96, 2001–02
    • Runners-up (1): 1987–88


  • Cupa României
    • Winners (4): 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2015–16
    • Runners-up (1): 2012–13
  • Supercupa României
    • Winners (4): 2009, 2010, 2018, 2020
    • Runners-up (5): 2012, 2016, 2019, 2021, 2022


  • UEFA Intertoto Cup
    • Runners-up (1): 2005 (joint runners-up)


First team squad

No. Position Player
1 Italy GK Simone Scuffet
2 Croatia DF Karlo Bručić
3 Romania DF Andrei Burcă (3rd captain)
4 Romania DF Cristian Manea
6 Cameroon DF Jean-Claude Billong
7 Portugal FW Zé Gomes
8 Brazil MF Roger
9 Switzerland FW Cephas Malele (on loan from Al-Tai)
10 Romania MF Ciprian Deac (Vice-captain)
11 Romania MF Claudiu Petrila
15 Ghana FW Emmanuel Yeboah
20 Denmark MF Vito Hammershøy-Mistrati
21 Ghana MF Nana Boateng
22 Croatia FW Gabriel Debeljuh
24 Romania DF Rareș Bălan
No. Position Player
28 Romania MF Ovidiu Hoban (4th captain)
30 Romania FW Daniel Bîrligea
32 Curaçao FW Rangelo Janga
33 Croatia DF Denis Kolinger (on loan from Vejle)
34 Romania GK Cristian Bălgrădean
37 Romania MF Mihai Bordeianu
40 Croatia MF Lovro Cvek
44 Brazil DF Yuri Matias
45 Romania DF Mário Camora (Captain)
47 Germany DF Christopher Braun
73 Croatia MF Karlo Muhar
75 Romania MF Adrian Gîdea
90 Romania GK Răzvan Sava
94 Romania MF Cătălin Itu
99 Romania FW Sergiu Buș

CFR II Cluj and Youth Academy

No. Position Player
12 Romania GK Mihai Pânzariu
23 Romania GK Rareș Gal
76 Romania MF Tudor Lucaci
77 Romania MF Viktor Kun
No. Position Player
78 Romania DF Davide Popșa
79 Romania DF Vlad Fărcășan
85 Romania FW Bogdan Sucitu
88 Romania FW Raul Haiduc

Out on loan

No. Position Player
17 Spain FW Jefté Betancor (to Pafos)
86 Romania FW Denis Rusu (to Unirea Ungheni)
89 Romania GK Otto Hindrich (to Kisvárda)
92 Romania MF George Leață (to CSM Slatina)
No. Position Player
Romania MF Sergiu Luca (to Gloria Bistrița)
Côte d'Ivoire MF Ricky Gnéba (to Minaur Baia Mare)
Côte d'Ivoire FW Kevin Bakare (to Minaur Baia Mare)
Moldova FW Gheorghe Gondiu (to Sighetu Marmației)

Club officials

Records and statistics

European cups all-time statistics

Total UEFA statistics


Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
European Cup / UEFA Champions League 8 41 16 9 16 55 54 +1
UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League 8 37 12 7 19 34 50 −16
UEFA Europa Conference League 2 12 4 2 6 9 10 −1
UEFA Intertoto Cup 1 10 5 3 2 20 13 +7
Total 19 100 37 21 43 118 127 −9

UEFA Club Ranking

In the table below, the current UEFA club ranking position for CFR Cluj is shown based on its current UEFA coefficient for 2023.

Position Club Coefficient
59 France Monaco 27.000
Rise 60 Romania CFR Cluj 26.500
61 Azerbaijan Qarabağ 25.000
62 Greece PAOK 25.000

In the table below, the current UEFA club ranking position for CFR Cluj is shown for the ongoing 2022–2023 season.

All time records

  • Biggest victory: CFR Cluj – Minaur Zlatna 10–0 (4 October 2003)
  • Biggest defeat: CFR București – CFR Cluj 12–2 (20 April 1949)
  • Player with most caps in Liga I: RomaniaPortugal Camora (350)
  • Player with most goals in Liga I: Romania Ciprian Deac (70)
  • Biggest European home win: CFR Cluj 5–0 Armenia Alashkert (16 August 2018, UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round second leg)
  • Biggest European away win: Lithuania Vėtra 1–4 CFR Cluj (26 June 2005, UEFA Intertoto Cup First round second leg)
  • Biggest European home defeat: CFR Cluj 0–4 Germany Bayern Munich (19 October 2010, UEFA Champions League group stage)
  • Biggest European away defeat: Italy A.S. Roma 5–0 CFR Cluj (5 November 2020, UEFA Europa League group stage)

Other records

  • Since the 2012–13 season, CFR Cluj holds the record for the most points obtained by any Romanian club in the UEFA Champions League group stages, with 10 points, having recorded 3 wins, 1 draw, and 2 losses.
  • CFR Cluj also holds the record for most points scored by any Romanian club in the UEFA Europa League group stages, with 12 points, having recorded 4 wins and 2 losses in the 2019–20 season

Domestic history by season

Champions Runners-up Third place Promoted Relegated

The players in bold were the top goalscorers in the division.

Season League National Cup Continental Other Top scorer(s) Notes Name
Division Pos P W D L GF GA Pts Name Goals
Hungarian Football Championship Kolozsvári Vasutas SC
/ Clubul Sportiv Feroviar
1907–08 District 3rd 4 0 0 4 2 45 0  –
1908–09 3rd 8 4 1 3 4 11 9  –
1909–10 2nd 4 2 0 2 2 4 2  –
1910–11 Ch. Tr. 1st 4 3 0 1 11 6 6  – Kolozsvári Torna Club
1911–12 3rd 6 1 0 5 2  –
1912–13 1st 12 11 1 0 23  –
1913–14 2nd 20 34  – Championship discontinued
1914–18 Not involved in any competitions due to World War I. In 1918, Transylvania is united with Romania.
1918–19 District 1st 6  –
1919–20 1st  –
1920–21 3rd  –
Romanian Football Championship CFR Cluj
1921–22 District 7  –
1922–23  –
1923–24 3rd  –
1924–25 14  –
1925–26 18  –
1926–27 6th 10  –
1927–28 Not involved in any competitions
1928–29 District 3rd  –
1929–30  –
1930–31 Not involved in any competitions
1931–32 District 3rd  –
1932–33 2nd  – Foundation of the Romanian Football
League system
1933–34 1st 32 4 p
1934–35 Div B 5th 14 4 3 7 21 27 11 p
1935–36 8th 14 3 1 10 11 28 7 p
1936–37 Div C 2nd 10 3 6 1 12 10 12 p
1937–38 4th 16 8 4 4 39 25 20 p
1938–39 District 1st p
1939–40 1st p
1940–41 Div B  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – Retired due to Second Vienna Award
Hungarian Football Championship Kolozsvári MÁV SE
1940–41 District 2nd 8 5 1 2 19 11 11  –
1941–42 Nem II 3rd 26 15 2 9 77 51 32  –
1942–43 3rd 18 9 2 7 32 37 20  –
1943–44 11th 26 7 7 12 39 49 21  –
1944–45  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  –  – Retired – Vienna Award nullified
Romanian Football Championship CFR Cluj
1945–46 District 3rd  –
1946–47 Div C 1st 16 15 1 0 56 5 31  –
1947–48 Div B 15th 15 10 0 5 40 28 20 p Merged with Ferar Cluj during the Season
Div A 8th 30 9 10 11 48 52 28 R16 Romania Anton Fernbach-Ferenczi 15
1948–49 11th 26 9 5 12 39 67 23 R32
1950 Div B 8th 22 7 5 10 42 34 19 p Locomotiva Cluj
1951 6th 22 9 5 8 37 31 23 R32
1952 4th 22 7 7 8 29 24 21 p
1953 3rd 28 14 7 7 48 32 35 R32
1954 5th 24 10 6 8 33 26 26 p
1955 7th 26 11 3 12 45 38 25 p
1956 10th 24 9 3 12 30 41 21 R32
1957 6th 12 3 2 7 18 28 8  –
1957–58 14th 26 3 5 18 31 71 11 p CFR Cluj
1958–59 Div C 2nd 18 10 3 5 26 17 23 R32
1959–60 Div B 8th 26 11 2 13 33 36 24 R32 Merged with Rapid Cluj
1960–61 8th 26 9 7 10 29 41 25 p CSM Cluj
1961–62 7th 26 10 8 8 32 31 28 p
1962–63 5th 26 10 7 9 40 30 27 p
1963–64 11th 26 9 4 13 34 31 22 R32
1964–65 3rd 26 11 5 10 34 22 27 R32 Clujeana Cluj
1965–66 9th 26 7 8 11 31 43 22 R16
1966–67 11th 26 8 7 11 26 35 23 p Discontinued
1960–67 Amateur Team in District Leagues; Substituted Clujeana Cluj (Div B) CFR Cluj
1967–68 Div B 5th 26 11 3 12 46 37 25 5R Romania Romulus Petrescu 13
1968–69 1st 30 16 8 6 57 31 40 5R Greece Giannis Matzourakis 15
1969–70 Div A 14th 30 10 7 13 29 45 27 R32 Romania Arpad Soos 8
1970–71 14th 30 9 8 13 37 52 26 R32 Romania Octavian Ionescu 9
1971–72 13th 30 9 7 14 27 37 25 QF
1972–73 5th 30 11 11 8 33 33 33 R16 Romania Mihai Adam 11
1973–74 14th 34 11 9 14 40 53 31 R32 Romania Mihai Adam 23
1974–75 15th 34 11 10 13 26 34 32 R16
1975–76 17th 34 9 10 15 30 39 28 R32 Romania Mihai Adam 9
1976–77 Div B 9th 34 14 6 14 38 40 34 p
1977–78 2nd 34 21 8 5 80 21 50 p
1978–79 4th 34 16 4 14 48 42 36 p
1979–80 10th 34 14 4 16 47 54 32 p
1980–81 8th 34 15 4 15 61 48 34 p
1981–82 17th 34 10 6 18 37 58 26 p Merged with CS Armata Cluj
1982–83 Div C 1st 30 20 3 7 64 31 43 p Steaua CFR Cluj
1983–84 Div B 16th 34 13 2 19 44 52 28 p
1984–85 Div C 5th 30 14 2 14 37 26 30 R32
1985–86 1st 30 20 2 8 87 27 42 p
1986–87 Div B 17th 34 7 8 19 35 56 22 p
1987–88 Div C 2nd 30 20 3 7 73 29 43 p
1988–89 1st 30 18 5 7 66 24 41 p
1989–90 Div B 18th 34 5 10 19 26 66 20 R16
1990–91 Div C 1st 30 20 6 4 77 27 46 p Romania Ilie Lazăr 25 CFR Cluj
1991–92 Div B 7th 34 15 5 14 65 52 35 p Romania Ilie Lazăr 30
1992–93 15th 34 13 3 18 56 68 29 p
1993–94 12th 34 12 6 16 53 57 30 5R Romania Cristian Coroian
Romania Dănuț Matei
1994–95 16th 34 10 7 17 49 67 37 p Romania Cristian Coroian 9
1995–96 Div C 1st 34 26 3 5 96 20 81 p Romania Cristian Coroian 31
1996–97 Div B 9th 34 14 5 15 43 45 47 5R Romania Sorin Oncică 7
1997–98 16th 34 11 5 18 41 57 38 p
1998–99 Div C 5th 36 16 8 12 61 55 56 p
1999–00 10th 30 11 6 13 53 49 39 p
2000–01 10th 26 10 5 11 37 35 35 p
2001–02 1st 26 21 2 3 60 10 65 R32
2002–03 Div B 6th 28 12 10 6 52 26 46 QF Romania Cosmin Tilincă 9 CFR-Ecomax Cluj
2003–04 1st 30 21 6 3 75 19 69 6R Romania Adrian Anca 24
2004–05 Div A 11th 30 9 9 12 33 44 36 R16 Romania Adrian Anca 11
2005–06 5th 30 14 8 8 36 27 50 R32 IT F Romania Adrian Anca 6
2006–07 L1 3rd 34 21 6 7 59 32 69 R16 Romania Cristian Coroian 11 CFR 1907 Cluj
2007–08 1st 34 23 7 4 52 22 76 W UEFA 2QR Romania Eugen Trică 14
2008–09 4th 34 16 11 7 44 26 59 W UCL GS Supercup W Burkina Faso Yssouf Koné 10
2009–10 1st 34 20 9 5 43 21 69 W UEL GS Supercup W Romania Cristian Bud 7
2010–11 10th 34 11 12 11 50 45 45 QF UCL GS Côte d'Ivoire Lacina Traoré 7
2011–12 1st 34 21 8 5 63 31 71 R32 Supercup F Greece Pantelis Kapetanos 12
2012–13 9th 34 12 13 9 56 39 49 F UCL GS Portugal Rui Pedro 7
2013–14 5th 34 13 12 9 44 33 51 R32 Romania Ciprian Deac
Nigeria Derick Ogbu
2014–15 3rd 34 16 9 9 49 29 57 SF UEL 3QR League Cup R16 France Grégory Tadé 18
2015–16 10th 26 9 10 7 31 25 27 W League Cup QF Spain Cristian López 13
14 6 4 4 25 13 36 Supercup F
2016–17 4th 26 14 7 5 42 23 43 QF League Cup QF Romania Cristian Bud 11
10 3 2 5 8 14 33
2017–18 1st 26 18 5 3 42 13 59 R32 Supercup W Argentina Emmanuel Culio 8
10 5 5 0 12 6 50
2018–19 1st 26 15 9 2 39 16 54 SF UCL 2QR Supercup F Romania George Țucudean 18
10 7 2 1 15 4 50 UEL PO
2019–20 1st 26 15 7 4 51 16 52 R32 UCL PO Supercup W Romania Ciprian Deac 14
10 7 2 1 17 7 49 UEL R32
2020–21 1st 30 19 7 4 51 16 64 R32 UCL 2QR Supercup F Romania Ciprian Deac 13
10 7 1 2 15 5 54 UEL GS
2021–22 1st 30 24 4 2 48 16 76 R32 UCL 3QR Supercup F Croatia Gabriel Debeljuh 14
10 6 1 3 18 9 57 UECL GS
2022–23 2nd 9 6 0 3 16 9 18 GS UCL 1QR

Notable former players

The footballers enlisted below have had international cap(s) for their respective countries at junior and/or senior level. Players whose name is listed in bold represented their countries at junior and/or senior level while they played for the club or had a significant number of caps and goals accumulated throughout a certain number of seasons for the club itself as well.

Notable former managers

  • Romania Ioan Andone
  • Romania Sorin Cârțu
  • Romania Petre Grigoraș
  • Romania Ștefan Kovács
  • Romania Dorinel Munteanu
  • Romania Constantin Rădulescu
  • Portugal Toni Conceição
  • Portugal Paulo Sérgio
  • Portugal Jorge Costa
  • Italy Cristiano Bergodi
  • Italy Andrea Mandorlini
  • Czech Republic Dušan Uhrin Jr.
  • Romania Dan Petrescu
  • Romania Edward Iordănescu

See also

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