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UTA Arad
Full name Asociația Fotbal Club UTA Arad
  • Bătrâna Doamnă (The Old Lady)
  • Textiliștii (The Textile Workers)
Short name UTA
Founded 18 April 1945; 79 years ago (1945-04-18)
as IT Arad
2013; 11 years ago (2013) (refounded)
as UTA Bătrâna Doamnă
Ground Francisc von Neuman
Ground Capacity 12,700
Owners UTA Supporters Association
Arad Municipality
Chairman Florian Voinea
Head coach Mircea Rednic
League Liga I
2022–23 Liga I, 13th of 16

Asociația Fotbal Club UTA Arad (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈuta aˈrad]), commonly known as UTA Arad or simply UTA (Uzina Textilă Arad ("Textiles Factory of Arad")), is a Romanian professional football club based in the city of Arad, Arad County that competes in the Liga I.

The team was founded in 1945 as IT Arad, and has won six national titles and two Cupa României. Domestically, UTA is one of the most successful Romanian sides of the 20th century, sharing with Chinezul Timișoara the record for the most title wins outside Bucharest, earning it the nickname Campioana Provinciei ("Provincial Champion"), a record which ended during the conclusion of the 2020–21 season when newcomer team CFR Cluj claimed its seventh Liga I trophy. UTA Arad's decline began with a transfer to the second division in 1979, and it appeared in the top flight before being dissolved in 2014. UTA Arad was eventually promoted from the Liga IV and managed to return to the Liga I in 2021.

The team plays in red and white uniforms at the new Francisc von Neuman Stadium, which was opened in 2020. UTA holds a long-standing rivalry with neighbouring SSU Politehnica Timișoara, with whom it contests the West derby.


Name Period
ITA Arad 1945–1949
Flamura Roșie Arad 1950–1957
UTA Arad 1958–2014
UTA Bătrâna Doamnă Arad 2014–2017
UTA Arad 2017–present


The team was founded under the name ITA Arad by the owner of the Arad Textile Company, Francisc von Neuman, on 18 April 1945. The colors of the club (white – red) were inspired by Arsenal's colors, as Neuman was a fan of the team.

The first football match of the newly established team was on 27 May 1945 against Banatul Sânnicolau Mic, score 2–3.

UTA Arad 1946-47
UTA Arad team in 1946–47.

On 1 September 1946 on the occasion of the match between ITA Arad and Ciocanul București, score 1–0, took place the inauguration of the stadium in Arad, Francisc von Neuman Stadium.

József Pecsovszky with son 1961
József Pecsovszky (left) won three league titles with UTA Arad.
Flamura roshi arad logo
The club's logo when it was known as Flamura Roșie Arad (1950–1957).


Flavius Domide
Flavius Domide spent almost his entire career with UTA from 1966 to 1979.

In the 1970–71, the team took fourth place and participated again in the European Champion Clubs' Cup, eliminating the trophy holder at that time, Feyenoord, after a 1–1 at Rotterdam and 0–0 in Arad.

UTA Arad 1969-70
UTA Arad, champions of Romania (1969–70).

In the 1971–72 season the team became vice-champion of Romania and participated in the UEFA Cup, reaching the quarterfinals after overtaking Austria Salzburg (4–1, 1–3), Zagłębie Wałbrzych (1–1, 2–1) and Vitória Setúbal (3–0, 0–1). They were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Tottenham Hotspur; the first game was at home where they lost 2–0. The second leg at away at White Hart Lane in London was a 1–1 draw, however this was not enough and Arad were knocked out 3–1 on aggregate.


The team's decline started in the 1975–76 season, and after it placed 17th in the 1978–79 season, it was reassigned to Divizia B.

Mircea Petescu 1962
Mircea Petescu, captain of UTA's golden team of the 1970s.

After two years in the second division (third place in 1979–80 and ninth in 1980–81), UTA returned to Divizia A under the technical leadership of coach Ştefan Czako, but failed to last for more than a year, and was sent back to the second division after occupying only 17th place in Divizia A at the end of the 1981–82 season.

Between 1984 and 1991, UTA occupied the following positions in the third Series of Divizia B: 13th in 1984–85, 4th in 1985–86, 10th in 1986–87, 3rd in 1987–88, 2nd in 1988–89, 2nd in 1989–90, 5th in 1990–91. It also placed in the second Series of Divizia B: 2nd in 1991–92 and 1st in 1992–93.

Between 1995 and 2002, UTA occupied the following positions in the 2nd Series of Divizia B: 5th in 1995–96, 13th in 1996–97, 11th in 1997–98, 2nd in 1998–99, 6th in 1999–2000, 7th in 2000–01 and 1st in 2001–02.

In the summer of 1999, UTA Arad disputed a play-off match at Alba Iulia against Rocar București for promotion in Divizia A, a match in which it lost 0–2. Coach Francis Tisza organised the following team: Pap – Diaconescu, Botiş, G. Radu (50' Ciubăncan), Găman (76' Baciu), Panin – Todea, Almaşan, Zaha – Mariş, Cl.Drăgan (69' Turcan).

Nicolae Dumitrescu (1970)
Nicolae "Coco" Dumitrescu (left), former player and manager of UTA.

UTA Arad did not play in this league because after an assignment agreement with Liberty Salonta, UTA took the place of Liberty in Liga I and vice versa in the Liga III.

Thus, the team qualified in Liga I for the 2006–07 season. After club president Nicolae Bara signed with coach Marius Lăcătuş and under his leadership, UTA occupied the 12th place at the end of the season.

In August 2013, businessman Adrian Marțian took over Giovanni Catanzariti's majority stake, promising the financial recovery of the club and bringing back the good results, but by November he lost the support of the supporters and Flavius Domide asked him to leave the club to competent people from Arad.

Another team, supported by a part of UTA fans, called UTA Bătrâna Doamnă, was founded in 2013 by former player Marius Ţucudean. It was enrolled in Liga IV instead of UTA II and received the logo, the record and the colors of UTA from UTA Supporter Club in March 2014, becoming officially UTA Arad. The Liga II team had to change their name to FC UTA SA. At the end of the 2013–2014 season of Liga II, UTA SA was excluded from the championship by FRF for not attending two matches and relegated to the 6th League, where it did not sign up and was dissolved.


UTA Bătrâna Doamnă, promoted in the Liga III at the end of the season after a promotion play-off match against Hunedoara County champion Retezatul Hațeg, won 2–0.

After only one season in the Liga III, the club was promoted back to the Liga II after finishing first in the fourth Series of the league, four points ahead of Nuova Mama Mia Becicherecu Mic.

In their first season after returning to the Liga II, UTA, now known as UTA Bătrâna Doamnă finished second in the second Series of the championship and qualified for a Liga I promotion play-off against Dunărea Călărași and Voluntari. It eliminated Dunărea Călărași 5–4 on aggregate, but lost 1–3 against Voluntari and remained for another season in the Liga II.

In the 2016–17 season, UTA finished third and qualified again for a promotion play-off against Poli Timișoara, one of Politehnica Timișoara successors, and ASU Politehnica Timișoara. UTA lost to both teams (1–2, 1–3).

In the summer of 2017, FRF has officialized that UTA Bătrâna Doamnă changed its name back to FC UTA Arad being the official and legal successor of the old club.


The new Stadionul Francisc von Neumann

UTA Arad plays its home matches at the Stadionul Francisc von Neuman. Ranked as a UEFA Category 4 stadium, it can host UEFA Europa League semi-finals and UEFA Champions League group stage matches.

The first match at the stadium was a Liga I game played between UTA Arad and Voluntari, which ended in a goalless draw. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the game was played without spectators.

The first match with spectators was the 2021 women's Romanian Cup final between U Olimpia Cluj and Heniu Prundu Bârgăului, which ended with a 1-0 win in extra-time for the Cluj team.

The first international game played on the arena was the friendly goalless draw between UTA Arad and Kolubara Lazarevac.



UTA Arad League Performance
Chart of UTA Arad's league performance 1946–2017.


  • Liga I
    • Winners (6): 1946–47, 1947–48, 1950, 1954, 1968–69, 1969–70
    • Runners-up (1): 1971–72
  • Liga II
    • Winners (4): 1980–81, 1992–93, 2001–02, 2019–20
    • Runners-up (6): 1982–83, 1988–89, 1989–90, 1991–92, 1998–99, 2015–16
  • Liga III
    • Winners (1): 2014–15
  • Liga IV – Arad County
    • Winners (1): 2013–14


  • Cupa României
    • Winners (2): 1947–48, 1953
    • Runners-up (2): 1950, 1965–66
  • Cupa României – Arad County Phase
    • Winners (1): 2013–14
  • Cupa Ligii
    • Runners-up (1): 1994



First-team squad

No. Position Player
1 Romania GK Denis Lungu
2 Portugal DF Diogo Rodrigues
4 Romania DF Alexandru Benga (Vice-captain)
5 Uruguay MF Ariel López
7 Romania MF Albert Stahl (3rd captain)
8 Portugal MF João Pedro
9 Romania FW Alexandru Tudorie
10 Slovakia MF Andrej Fábry
11 Nigeria FW Imoh Ezekiel
13 Ukraine GK Danylo Kucher
14 Brazil MF Marcelo Freitas
15 Guinea DF Ibrahima Conté
16 Romania MF Raul Stanciu
No. Position Player
17 Romania FW Vlad Morar
18 Romania MF Cătălin Vulturar (on loan from Rapid București)
19 Romania MF Claudiu Micovschi (on loan from Rapid București)
20 Romania MF Andrei David
21 Romania MF Cristian Mihai
24 Kenya FW Eric Omondi
26 Romania DF Darius Iurasciuc
29 Romania DF Răzvan Trif
30 Croatia DF Marko Stolnik
42 Netherlands FW Kevin Luckassen
55 Romania MF Rareș Pop (on loan from Rapid București)
93 Romania GK Florin Iacob (Captain)
98 Romania DF Tiberiu Căpușă

Other players under contract

No. Position Player
27 Albania MF Herald Marku

Out on loan

No. Position Player
Romania GK Cristian Blaga (to Corvinul Hunedoara)
Romania GK Rareș Bârlădeanu (to Știința Miroslava)
Romania GK Alexandru Roșca (to 1599 Șelimbăr)
Romania DF Alexandru Pătlăgică (to CSM Deva)
Romania DF Marco Bota (to CSM Satu Mare)
Romania DF Alex Bokse (to Șoimii Lipova)
Romania DF Hunor Sarkozi (to ACS Târgu Mureș)
Romania DF Ionuț Anișorac (to Chindia Târgoviște)
Ghana DF Kwame Boateng (to Minerul Ocna Dej)
Ghana DF Fred Nortey (to Progresul Pecica)
Nigeria DF Franklin Obinna (to Șoimii Lipova)
Romania MF Denis Hrezdac (to Corvinul Hunedoara)
Romania MF Răzvan Ristin (to Dumbrăvița)
Romania MF Ahmet Ekmekci (to Dumbrăvița)
Nigeria MF Solabi Oyewole (to Minerul Ocna Dej)
Romania MF Cristian Maxim (to ACS Mediaș)
No. Position Player
Romania MF Mario Salka (to Progresul Pecica)
Romania MF Fabiano Cibi (to Dumbrăvița)
Romania MF Raul Popa (to CSM Slatina)
Nigeria MF David Shiaondo (to Progresul Pecica)
Ghana MF Bruce Nortey (to Dumbrăvița)
Nigeria MF Nasiru Abdullahi (to Progresul Pecica)
Romania MF Vlad Bădău (to Salernitana U19)
Nigeria FW Joseph Godwin (to Minerul Ocna Dej)
Romania FW Patrick Pașcalău (to Progresul Pecica)
Romania FW Samir Borcea (to Progresul Pecica)
Romania FW Emmanuel Morar (to CSM Satu Mare)
Romania FW Alexandru Mitu (to Victoria Felnac)
Ghana FW Emmanuel Dogbey (to Minerul Ocna Dej)
Romania FW Paul Mercioiu (to CSC Socodor)
Romania FW Lucas Câmpan (to Corvinul Hunedoara)

Club officials

European record

Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
Balkans Cup 1 6 1 0 5 4 12 –8
UEFA Champions League / European Cup 2 6 0 2 4 3 17 –14
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 2 10 3 2 5 13 14 –1
Total 5 22 4 4 14 20 43  –23

League history

Notable former players

The footballers enlisted below have had international caps 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 on through the time's passing. Additionally, these players have also had a significant number of caps and goals accumulated throughout a certain number of seasons for the club itself as well.

  • Romania Hungary Ladislau Bonyhádi
  • Romania Hungary Iosif Petschovsky
  • Romania Hungary Mátyás Tóth
  • Romania Alexandru Albu
  • Romania Liviu Antal
  • Romania Alexandru Albu
  • Romania Paul Anton
  • Romania Ion Atodiresei
  • Romania Mircea Axente
  • Romania Gheorghe Băcuț
  • Romania Ionuț Bălan
  • Romania Cristian Bălgrădean
  • Romania Gavrilă Birău
  • Romania Vichentie Birău
  • Romania Ioan Bogdan
  • Romania Sorin Botiș
  • Romania Dan Stupar
  • Romania Ladislau Brosovszky
  • Romania Marcel Coraș
  • Romania Marius Curtuiuș
  • Romania Flavius Domide
  • Romania Claudiu Drăgan
  • Romania Lucian Dronca
  • Romania Helmuth Duckadam
  • Romania Florian Dumitrescu
  • Romania Nicolae "Coco" Dumitrescu
  • Romania Adrian Găman
  • Romania Gheorghe Gornea
  • Romania Ioan Hora
  • Romania Florin Hidișan
  • Romania Cristian Ianu
  • Romania Alexandru Ioniță
  • Romania Silviu Iorgulescu
  • Romania Damian Isac
  • Romania Emerich Jenei
  • Romania Adalbert Kovács
  • Romania Claudiu Keșerü
  • Romania Iosif Lereter
  • Romania Adrian Lucaci
  • Romania Dennis Man
  • Romania Cristian Melinte
  • Romania Bogdan Mara
  • Romania Alexandru Marky
  • Romania Andrei Mercea
  • Romania David Miculescu
  • Romania Ilie Moț
  • Romania Adalbert Pall
  • Romania Cristian Panin
  • Romania Nicolae Pantea
  • Romania Ion Pârcălab
  • Romania Mircea Petescu
  • Romania Adrian Petre
  • Romania Eugen Pojoni
  • Romania Ovidiu Popescu
  • Romania Paul Popovici
  • Romania Ioan Reinhardt
  • Romania Ciprian Rus
  • Romania Mircea Sasu
  • Romania Petru Șchiopu
  • Romania Viorel Sima
  • Romania Iosif Slivăț
  • Romania Iosif Stibinger
  • Romania Sorin Strătilă
  • Romania Dumitru Târțău
  • Romania Cristian Todea
  • Romania Mihai Țârlea I
  • Romania Mihai Țârlea II
  • Romania George Țucudean
  • Romania Adrian Ungur
  • Romania Gheorghe Váczi
  • Romania Constantin Varga
  • Romania Norbert Varga
  • Romania Moise Vass
  • Albania Idriz Batha
  • Argentina Maximiliano Laso
  • Brazil Erico
  • Brazil Roger
Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Branko Grahovac
  • Cameroon Jérémie N'Jock
Central African Republic
  • Central African Republic Romania Ali Calvin Tolmbaye
  • Croatia Filip Dangubić
  • Greece Romania Christos Metskas
  • Hungary Gyula Lóránt
  • Italy Nicolao Dumitru
  • Italy Remo Amadio
  • Lithuania Rolandas Baravykas
  • Lithuania Karolis Laukžemis
  • Lithuania Tomas Švedkauskas
  • Lithuania Modestas Vorobjovas
  • Mauritania Aly Abeid
  • Moldova Virgiliu Postolachi
  • Montenegro Marko Vukčević
  • Netherlands Desley Ubbink
  • Nigeria Prince Ikpe Ekong
  • Nigeria John Ibeh
  • Nigeria Philip Otele
  • Portugal Amoreirinha
  • Portugal Bruno Simão
  • Portugal Edson Silva
  • Russia Yevgeni Shlyakov
  • Serbia Nenad Kovačević
  • Serbia Predrag Pocuca
  • Serbia Nikola Vasiljević

Notable former managers

  • Romania László Balint
  • Hungary Zoltan Blum
  • Romania Gheorghe Borugă
  • Romania Coloman Braun-Bogdan
  • Romania Nicolae "Coco" Dumitrescu
  • Romania Francisc Dvorzsák
  • Romania Ion "Jackie" Ionescu
  • Romania Gusztáv Juhász
  • Romania Marius Lăcătuș
  • Romania Ion Moldovan
  • Romania Roland Nagy
  • Hungary Zoltan Opata
  • Romania Ionuț Popa
  • Romania Ioan Reinhardt
  • Romania Petre Steinbach

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