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FC Botoșani
FC Botoșani logo.png
Full name Asociația Fotbal Club Botoșani
  • Botoșănenii (The Botoșani People)
Short name Botoșani
Founded 2001; 23 years ago (2001)
Ground Municipal
Ground Capacity 7,782
Owner Valeriu Iftime
Chairman Marian Ignat
Head coach Bogdan Andone
League Liga I
2022–23 Liga I, 12th of 16
Third colours

Asociația Fotbal Club Botoșani (Romanian pronunciation: [botoˈʃanʲ]), commonly known as FC Botoșani or simply Botoșani, is a Romanian professional football club based in the city of Botoșani, Botoșani County, that competes in the Liga I.

In 2013, twelve years after being established, FC Botoșani became the first team from its county to be promoted to the top tier of the Romanian league system. It recorded its first European appearance in the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League season.

Botoșănenii play in predominantly white home kits, while their away equipment is generally blue. Their home ground is the 7,782-seater Municipal stadium.



Before World War II, the main local team of the city of Botoșani was Venus. After the war ended, the team was successively named Flamura Roșie, Textila and Unirea, and played mostly in the regional championship and the third division (Divizia C) without significant performances. In 1973, the team was renamed CS Botoșani. It won their series in the 1974–75 Divizia C and promoted for the first time to Divizia B, but only for a year. The team played again in Divizia B in the 1977–78 season, but was again relegated.

In the summer of 1979, CS Botoșani promoted for the third time to Divizia B, and at the end of the 1979–80 season, they obtained the highest position of 3rd; that had heretofore not been reached by any football team from Botoșani. After that performance, the team declined, occupying places in the middle of the league, reaching in the ending of '80s near relegation.

One of the most famous Romanian players, Nicolae Dobrin, ended his career at CS Botoșani. He played for the team in the 1985–86 season and was also the team manager.

CS Botoșani remained in Divizia B for 11 seasons, the most seasons spent by a football team from Botoșani. After that, at the ending of 1989–90 season the team was relegated to Divizia C. In 1993, the team was relegated to the county division and disbanded.

There was also a Unirea Botoșani team that played between 1998 and 2000. The team merged with Poli Iași, who played in Divizia C under the name Poli Unirea Iași.

Founding and early years (2001–2013)

The new Fotbal Club Botoșani was founded in 2001 by Salavastru and Sfaițer, with support from the local council, and started in Divizia C. In the summer of 2004, the team promoted to Divizia B.

In 2005 the president of the Administration Council, Valeriu Iftimie, took over the main projects of the club after the French model. Therefore, the first team played in Divizia B, the second team, formed with youngsters, played in the third league. Also, the club has a centre for children and youths who are prepared for the future of the first team.

Since the 2005–06 season, the matches of FC Botoșani were transmitted live on the radio, on "Radio AS". Until the beginning of the season, not even a radio station transmitted live. FC Botoșani participated in the second division of the Romanian football for nine consecutive seasons. In the 2005–06 season it finished on the 4th place, which was the highest position obtained until the 2012–13 season, when FC Botoșani won the series and promoted for the first time in Liga 1.

Promotion to the first division and recent history (2013–present)

The main objective for the 2013–14 season was to avoid relegation. At the start of the season, FC Botoșani was the only first league team that had only Romanian players. FC Botoșani made their debut in Liga I on 21 July 2013, in a 0–0 draw against CFR Cluj, with eight newcomers in a top tier level of the starting eleven and played the most of the match with nine-man as Ciprian Dinu received a red card in the ninth minute. The next matchday, on 26 July, saw FC Botoșani netting their first Liga I victory, in a 2–1 away win over Gaz Metan Mediaș. On 25 August, FC Botoșani beat 1–0 FC Vaslui to record their first ever home win in the top tier. However, after this record, Botoșani had a poor run and manager Cristian Popovici was sacked, letting the team on the 12th place, two points above relegation. Leontin Grozavu was named manager and lead the team to a tough fight to avoid relegation.

FC Botoșani started the next season with two important victories against Astra Giurgiu and Dinamo București, teams that fought for the championship title. At the end of the season they qualified for the first time ever in 2015–16 season of UEFA Europa League, because several clubs failed to obtain UEFA licences. After a 4–4 draw with Viitorul Constanța, Botoșani again finished in eighth place.

On 2 July 2015, FC Botoșani made their debut in European competitions, in the first qualifying round of UEFA Europa League in a 1–1 tie against Spartaki Tskhinvali in the first leg in Botoșani. In the second leg in Georgia, FC Botoșani netted their first European victory in a 3–1 win over Spartaki Tskhinvali to advance to the next round, where they met Legia Warsaw.

After their first qualification in the championship play-offs, FC Botoșani finished the 2019–20 season on the 4th place, thus achieving their best Liga I performance and, once again, qualifying for UEFA Europa League after 5 years since their last participation. They netted a 2–1 away victory against Kazakh side Ordabasy in the first round, before eventually being eliminated by Shkëndija of North Macedonia after a 0–1 home loss in the second round.


FC Botoșani plays its home matches at the Botoșani Municipal Stadium. It is located near the centre of the city, has a capacity of 7,782 seats and is equipped with an all-weather running track.


The ultras of FC Botoșani are organized under the name of Dark Hooligans, Renegații and BT Pride.


The main rivalry of Botoșani is with Foresta Suceava, but they recently developed a rivalry with Politehnica Iași.




  • Liga II
    • Winners (1): 2012–13
  • Liga III
    • Winners (1): 2003–04
    • Runners-up (1): 2001-02


First-team squad

No. Position Player
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina GK Luka Kukić
4 Romania DF Andrei Miron (Captain)
5 Romania DF Daniel Celea
6 Romania DF Victor Dican (Vice-captain)
7 Romania MF Sebastian Mailat
8 Romania MF Eduard Florescu
9 Romania FW George Dragomir
10 Argentina FW Juan Cruz Kaprof
11 Germany FW Reagy Ofosu
12 Nigeria MF Adams Friday
13 Romania GK Alin Ciobanu
16 Romania MF Ioan Filip
17 Guinea FW Sekou Camara
19 Italy FW Francesco Margiotta
20 Romania DF Romario Benzar
22 Romania FW Adrian Răuțu
No. Position Player
24 Bulgaria DF Radoslav Dimitrov
26 Romania DF Răzvan Creț
27 Argentina FW Enzo López
28 Malawi DF Charles Petro
30 Romania DF Alexandru Țigănașu (3rd captain)
32 Romania DF Alin Șeroni (4th captain)
33 Romania MF Gabriel David
44 Bosnia and Herzegovina DF Rijad Sadiku
66 France FW Jaly Mouaddib
68 Romania GK Răzvan Ducan
70 Romania FW George Gligor
80 Romania MF Iulian Cărăușu
82 Romania GK Andrei Ureche
83 Angola MF Aldaír
88 Romania MF Lóránd Fülöp
93 Romania FW Zoran Mitrov

Other players under contract

No. Position Player
45 Cameroon FW Fabrice Olinga
No. Position Player
99 France MF Cyril Zabou

Out on loan

No. Position Player
Romania GK Șerban Tomache (to CSM Bacău)
Romania MF Narcis Ilaș (to Lazio U17)
No. Position Player
Romania MF David Toader (to Dante Botoșani)
Romania FW Adrian Chică-Roșă (to Gloria Buzău)

Club officials

Records and statistics

European Cups history

Season Competition Round Club Home Away Aggregate
2015–16 UEFA Europa League 1Q Georgia (country) Spartaki Tskhinvali 1–1 3–1 4–2
2Q Poland Legia Warsaw 0–3 0–1 0–4
2020–21 UEFA Europa League 1Q Kazakhstan Ordabasy N/A 2–1 N/A
2Q North Macedonia Shkëndija 0–1 N/A N/A
  • 1Q: First qualifying round
  • 2Q: Second qualifying round
  • 3Q: Third qualifying round
  • PO: Play-off round

European cups all-time statistics

Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Europa League 2 6 2 1 3 6 8 −2
Total 2 6 2 1 3 6 8 −2

League history

Notable former players

The footballers enlisted below have had international cap(s) for their respective countries at junior and/or senior level and/or more than 50 caps for FC Botoșani.

  • Romania Florin Acsinte
  • Romania Ștefan Apostol
  • Romania Paul Batin
  • Romania Valeriu Bordeanu
  • Romania Mihai Bordeianu
  • Romania Andrei Burcă
  • Romania Laurențiu Buș
  • Romania George Cârjan
  • Romania Andrei Chindriș
  • Romania Alberto Cobrea
  • Romania Marius Croitoru
  • Romania Stelian Cucu
  • Romania Vasile Curileac
  • Romania Ciprian Dinu
  • Romania Andrei Dragu
  • Romania Andrei Dumitraș
  • Romania István Fülöp
  • Romania Attila Hadnagy
  • Romania Denis Haruț
  • Romania Cătălin Golofca
  • Romania David Lazar
  • Romania Olimpiu Moruțan
  • Romania Nicolae Mușat
  • Romania Răzvan Oaidă
  • Romania Eduard Pap
  • Romania Paul Papp
  • Romania Andrei Patache
  • Romania Florin Plămadă
  • Romania Bogdan Racovițan
  • Romania Mihai Roman I
  • Romania Mihai Roman II
  • Romania Răzvan Tincu
  • Romania Gabriel Vașvari
  • Albania Enriko Papa
  • Albania Realdo Fili
  • Argentina Jonathan Rodríguez
  • Bulgaria Plamen Iliev
  • Cameroon Joyskim Dawa
  • Cameroon Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui
  • Croatia Marko Dugandžić
  • Curaçao Quenten Martinus
  • France Hamidou Keyta
  • France Hervin Ongenda
  • Germany Christopher Braun
  • Greece Aristidis Soiledis
  • Italy Diego Fabbrini
  • Lithuania Deivydas Matulevičius
  • Nigeria Junior Pius
North Macedonia
  • North Macedonia Stefan Ashkovski

Notable former managers

  • Romania Liviu Ciobotariu
  • Romania Marius Croitoru
  • Romania Costel Enache
  • Romania Leontin Grozavu
  • Romania Cristian Pustai
  • Romania Cristian Popovici

See also

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