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Politehnica Iași
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Full name Asociația Club Sportiv Municipal Politehnica Iași
  • Alb-albaștrii (The White and Blues)
  • Trupa din Copou (Copou Squad)
Short name Poli Iași
  • 27 April 1945; 79 years ago (27 April 1945) (as Sportul Studențesc Iași)
  • 16 August 2010; 13 years ago (16 August 2010) (refounding)
Ground Emil Alexandrescu
Ground Capacity 11,390
Owner Iași Municipality
Chairman Cornel Șfaițer
Head coach Tony
League Liga I
2022–23 Liga II, 1st of 20 (promoted)

Asociația Club Sportiv Municipal Politehnica Iași (Romanian pronunciation: [po.liˈteh.nika ˈjaʃʲ]), commonly known as Politehnica Iași or simply Poli Iași, is a Romanian professional football club based in the city of Iași, Iași County, that competes in the Liga I.

The team was formed as ACSMU Politehnica Iași in 2010, following the dissolution of the original FC Politehnica Iași the same year. Because it was created by merging Tricolorul Breaza with Navobi Iași and started to play directly from the Liga II, the club is not generally considered to hold the record of the old entity. Between 2011 and 2016, the team was rebranded CSM Studențesc Iași, but returned to the name of Politehnica afterwards. It made its Liga I debut in the 2012–13 season, and equalled the best result of its predecessor by finishing sixth in the 2017–18 Liga I season.

Politehnica Iași plays in white and blue uniforms at the inherited Emil Alexandrescu Stadium, which was built in 1960 and has a capacity of 11,390 persons.


Foundation and first years (2010–2014)

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

Ionuț Popa was appointed manager of the newly founded club and Grigore Sichitiu was elected as executive president.

In the summer of 2011, the club was renamed Clubul Sportiv Municipal Studențesc Iași, or simply CSMS Iași. For the second half of the 2011–12 season ex-Romanian international Florin Prunea was brought in as president. On 2 June 2012, after the 4–2 victory against Farul Constanța. the team gained promotion to Liga I, after two years in the second tier of Romanian football.

On 29 August, Liviu Ciobotariu was appointed head coach. 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 București for financial reasons.

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 Crețu, Adrian Avrămia and Andrei Hergheligiu.

Return to the top division (2014–present)

CSM Politehnica Iasi 2016 logo
Former logo, used between 2016 and 2018

After Marius Lăcătuș 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 Mureș and advancing to the last-16, where they eliminated former Romanian Cup and Liga I winner CFR Cluj.

Name Period
Politehnica Iași 2010–2011
CSM Studențesc Iași 2011–2016
Politehnica Iași 2016–present

The 2015–16 Liga I season was one of the best in the short history of Politehnica Iași and in the football history of Iași. 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 Golubović, Ionuț Voicu and Branko Grahovac. In the second round of the 2016–17 UEFA Europa League, Politehnica encountered Croatian team Hajduk Split and after a 2–2 draw at Iași, they were defeated at Split 1–2, prematurely leaving the competition.

On 22 July 2016, the club announced that it had changed its name, from CSM Studențesc Iași to CSM Politehnica Iași, a name more closely linked to the Iași football tradition and dissolved FC Politehnica Iași (1945).

In June 2017, president Florin Prunea was let go after five years at the helm of Politehnica Iași. Adrian Ambrosie was subsequently appointed to the position. After a number of major departures, with the likes of Lukács Bőle 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. On 24 February 2018, despite a 0–1 loss to defending champions Viitorul Constanța, Poli Iași became the first team from Moldavia to qualify for the Liga I play-off round since its introduction in 2015. 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 Iași.


Politehnica Iași 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.

Stadionul Emil Alexandrescu panorama
Emil Alexandrescu Stadium.


The biggest ultras groups of Politehnica Iași are Băieții Veseli and Ultras. Both supported FC Politehnica Iași (1945) until dissolution and regard the new team as its successor. They have friendly relationships with Zimbru Chișinău. Settore Ultra used to be another group of ultras but were captured by Oțelul Galați.


Politehnica Iași's main rival is Sporting Vaslui, and matches between these clubs are known as the "Moldovan Derby". The rivalry developed in the 2001–02 Liga III season, when the club from Vaslui was fighting for promotion to the second division together with Poli Iaşi, with the latter winning the championship and earning promotion. The rivalry between the two clubs was, again, fueled by another clash for promotion, this time in the 2003–04 Liga II season, with the whites and blues prevailing yet again. Another recent enemy is Oțelul Galați because of their friendly relations with Dacia Chișinău, as Peluza Nord Iași frequently chants obscenities towards them at nearly every game.

There is another smaller rivalry with FC Botoșani.




  • Liga I:
    • Best finish: 6th in 1965–66, 2017–18
  • Liga II:
    • Winners (9): 1959–60, 1961–62, 1967–68, 1972–73, 1981–82, 2003–04, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2022–23
    • Runners-up (4): 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1993–94
  • Liga III:
    • Winners (1): 2001–02


First-team squad

No. Position Player
1 Romania GK Silviu Lung Jr. (Captain)
2 Romania DF Marius Martac (4th captain)
3 Guatemala DF Nicolás Samayoa (on loan from Comunicaciones)
5 Algeria DF Rachid Bouhenna (Vice-captain)
6 Romania DF Florin Ilie
7 Tunisia FW Adel Bettaieb
8 Romania MF Luca Mihai (on loan from CFR Cluj)
9 Romania FW Sergiu Buș
10 Romania MF Alin Roman
11 Sweden FW Kevin Kabran
12 Romania GK Ionuț Ailenei (on loan from Sporting Vaslui)
17 England FW Shayon Harrison
18 Romania DF Ștefan Ștefanovici
19 Romania MF Cătălin Itu
No. Position Player
21 Brazil FW Allanzinho
22 Romania GK Toma Niga
24 Argentina MF Julián Marchioni
27 Romania DF Rareș Ispas
28 Romania MF Diego Fărcaș
30 North Macedonia DF Todor Todoroski
32 Croatia DF Matija Katanec
33 Romania FW Sebastian Ilieș
35 Germany MF Hamza Saghiri
37 Romania MF Mihai Bordeianu (3rd captain)
80 Romania MF Andrei Gheorghiță
88 Romania MF Alexandru Hrib
95 Brazil MF Carlos Jatobá
98 Romania MF Vlad Ilie

Other players under contract

No. Position Player
23 Romania FW Robert Ion

Out on loan

No. Position Player
Romania DF Alexandru Core (to Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț)
Ivory Coast DF Christ Kouadio (to Metaloglobus București)
Romania DF Denis Ciaun (to Unirea Alba Iulia)
Romania DF Alexandru Azoiței (to Aerostar Bacău)
Romania DF Dragoș Ungurenașu (to Știința Miroslava)
No. Position Player
Romania MF Alexandru Militaru (to Unirea Dej)
Romania MF Alexandru Anton (to Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț)
Romania MF Robert Niamțu (to Știința Miroslava)
Romania MF Antonio Dumitru (to ACS Mediaș)
Romania FW Bogdan Istrătie (to Politehnica Timișoara)

Club officials

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 had a significant number of caps and goals accumulated throughout a certain number of seasons for the club itself as well.

  • Romania Narcis Bădic
  • Romania Gabriel Bosoi
  • Romania Ionuț Cioinac
  • Romania Mădălin Ciucă
  • Romania Alexandru Ciucur
  • Romania Alexandru Crețu
  • Romania Andrei Cristea
  • Romania Francisc Cristea
  • Romania Cosmin Frăsinescu
  • Romania Florin Gardoș
  • Romania Vasile Gheorghe
  • Romania Ștefan Grigorie
  • Romania Andrei Hergheligiu
  • Romania Ovidiu Mihalache
  • Romania Bogdan Mitrea
  • Romania Adrian Olah
  • Romania Răzvan Onea
  • Romania Marius Onofraș
  • Romania Ionuț Panțîru
  • Romania Florin Plămadă
  • Romania Laurențiu Rus
  • Romania Andrei Sin
  • Romania Cătălin Ștefănescu
  • Romania Ștefan Târnovanu
  • Romania Răzvan Tincu
  • Romania Claudiu Tudor
  • Romania Alexandru Țigănașu
  • Romania Gabriel Vașvari
  • Romania Iulian Vladu
  • Romania Ionuț Voicu
  • Albania Azdren Llullaku
  • Albania Kamer Qaka
  • Argentina Manuel de Iriondo
  • Argentina Juan Pablo Passaglia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bojan Golubović
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Branko Grahovac
  • Brazil Luis Phelipe
  • Brazil Jô Santos
  • Brazil Wesley
Cape Verde
  • Cape Verde Platini
Central African Republic
  • Central African Republic Habib Habibou
Côte d'Ivoire
  • Ivory Coast Moussa Sanoh
Costa Rica
  • Costa Rica Dylan Flores
  • Croatia Ivan Kelava
Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo Cédric Mongongu
  • Hungary Lukács Bőle
  • Italy Alessandro Caparco
  • Kosovo Florian Loshaj
  • Lithuania Linas Klimavičius
  • Montenegro Uroš Đuranović
  • Moldova Alexei Koșelev
  • Moldova Denis Rusu
  • Netherlands Kevin Luckassen
  • Nigeria Michael Omoh
North Macedonia
  • North Macedonia Risto Jankov
  • Philippines Daisuke Sato
  • Portugal Filipe Nascimento
  • Portugal Nuno Viveiros
  • Serbia Milan Mitić
  • Spain Adrià Gallego
  • Spain Rubén Miño
  • Suriname Nicandro Breeveld
  • Uganda Luwagga Kizito

Notable former managers

  • Romania Sorin Cârțu
  • Romania Liviu Ciobotariu
  • Romania Costel Enache
  • Romania Leo Grozavu
  • Romania Marius Lăcătuș
  • Italy Nicolò Napoli
  • Romania Eugen Neagoe
  • Romania Ionuț Popa
  • Romania Mircea Rednic
  • Romania Flavius Stoican

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

European cups all-time statistics

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

See also

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