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FC Unirea Urziceni

FC Unirea Urziceni
Unirea celebrate with the 2008/09 Romanian title ©Getty Images

FC Unirea Urziceni

Formed: 1954
Nickname: Lupii din Baragan (The Wolves of Baragan)

UEFA club competition honours
• None

Domestic honours
• League title: 1 (2009)

History
• The town of Urziceni (which derives its name from urzică – nettle) has had a team since the 1930s in the shape of Zimbrul Urziceni. In 1954 Ialomita, the county in which Urziceni is located, was formed and played under the guises of Flacara and Ferom until Unirea was settled upon in 1986.

• Aside from the opening of their Tineretului Stadium in 1976, Unirea experienced a somewhat modest history, plying their trade in the lower leagues, though they reached the last 32 of the Romanian Cup in 1988. A year later they narrowly missed out on promotion to the second flight and more disappointment followed in 1992 when Unirea dropped to the fourth division after the second and third tiers were reorganised by the Romanian Football Federation.

• Unirea remained there until 2000 when they won promotion, and two years later a new sponsor set about improving the club's infrastructure. Tineretului Stadium was upgraded to a 7,000-capacity arena, just the start of a rapid transformation in Unirea's fortunes as they moved up to the second division for the first time in 2003.

• The upward trajectory continued for the next three seasons, culminating in Unirea reaching the top flight after winning the 2005/06 play-offs. Former Chelsea FC defender Dan Petrescu arrived four months later and guided Unirea to tenth and fifth-place finishes, as well as a cup final loss to CFR 1907 Cluj in 2008. Better was to come, and in 2009 when Unirea shocked Romania by winning the title for the first time.

• Having featured in European competition for the first time by virtue of their cup final appearance, Unirea had now qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stage. In doing so, Urziceni – 55km east of Bucharest, population 17,000 – not only became the smallest town to provide a Romanian champion, but the smallest to participate in the UEFA Champions League.

Club records
Most appearances: Epaminonda Nicu (185)
Most goals: Marius Bilaşco (35 goals)
Record victory: Unirea 6-0 Minerul Motru (Liga II, 03 June 2006)
Record defeat: CS Otopeni 6-1 Unirea (Liga II, 16 April 2005)

* Last updated on 27 July 2010

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Matches

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 22/04/2011 14:54 CET
PanduriiPandurii0-0Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni
Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni0-0ZenitZenit
Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni0-0Rapid BucureştiRapid Bucureşti
ZenitZenit1-0Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni
FCM Târgu MureşFCM Târgu Mureş1-0Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni
Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni0-1Univ ClujUniv Cluj
Hajduk SplitHajduk Split4-1Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni
BraşovBraşov1-1Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni
Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni1-1Hajduk SplitHajduk Split
Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni2-1VasluiVaslui
Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni1-0SteauaSteaua
Oţelul GalaţiOţelul Galaţi4-1Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni
Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni1-0Delta TulceaDelta Tulcea
Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni1-0Dinamo BucureştiDinamo Bucureşti
Gloria BistriţaGloria Bistriţa0-0Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni
Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni0-1Gaz MetanGaz Metan
CFR ClujCFR Cluj3-0Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni
Gloria BistriţaGloria Bistriţa1-0Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni
Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni1-2Univ CraiovaUniv Craiova
FC Victoria BrăneştiFC Victoria Brăneşti4-1Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni
Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni1-1TimişoaraTimişoara
AstraAstra1-0Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni
Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni2-1Sportul StudenţescSportul Studenţesc
Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni1-1PanduriiPandurii
Rapid BucureştiRapid Bucureşti1-0Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni
Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni0-1FCM Târgu MureşFCM Târgu Mureş
Univ ClujUniv Cluj4-2Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni
Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni1-1BraşovBraşov
VasluiVaslui19:30Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni
SteauaSteaua19:00Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni
Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni19:30Oţelul GalaţiOţelul Galaţi
Dinamo BucureştiDinamo Bucureşti19:30Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni
Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni19:30Gloria BistriţaGloria Bistriţa
Gaz MetanGaz Metan19:30Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni
Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni19:30CFR ClujCFR Cluj
Univ CraiovaUniv Craiova19:30Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni
Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni19:30FC Victoria BrăneştiFC Victoria Brăneşti
TimişoaraTimişoara19:30Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni
Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni19:30AstraAstra
Sportul StudenţescSportul Studenţesc19:30Unirea UrziceniUnirea Urziceni

Club record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win in UEFA competition:
    20/10/2009, Rangers 1-4 Unirea Urziceni, Glasgow
  • Biggest defeat in UEFA competition:
    19/08/2010, Hajduk Split 4-1 Unirea Urziceni, Split
  • Appearances in UEFA Champions League:  2
  • Appearances in UEFA Europa League:  3
  • Player with most UEFA appearances: 14
    Marius Bilaşco ( Romania ROU)
  • Top scorers in UEFA club competitions: 2
    Marius Bilaşco ( Romania ROU)