|Full name||Clubul Sportiv Minaur Baia Mare|
|Nickname(s)||Minerii (The Miners)|
(The People from Baia Mare)
|Short name||Minaur, Baia Mare|
as CSM Baia Mare
as FCM Baia Mare
as Minaur Baia Mare
|Capacity||15,500 (7,000 seated)|
|Owner||Baia Mare Municipality|
|2018–19||Liga III, Seria V, 3rd|
CS Minaur Baia Mare, commonly known as Minaur Baia Mare, simply as Baia Mare or unofficially as Minerul Baia Mare, is a Romanian football club, based in Baia Mare, Maramureș County, northern Romania, founded in 1948. It currently plays in the Liga III, after promoting at the end of the 2017–18 Liga IV season.
- 1 Chronology of names
- 2 History
- 3 Performances
- 4 Honours
- 5 Minaur Baia Mare in Europe
- 6 Current squad
- 7 Club Officials
- 8 Statistics — Domestic Leagues
- 9 League and Cup History
- 10 From Minaur Baia Mare to Romania National Football Team
- 11 Famous players
- 12 Famous coaches
- 13 References
- 14 External links
Chronology of names
|CSM Baia Mare||1948–1950|
|Metalul Baia Mare||1950–1956|
|Energia Trustul Miner Baia Mare||1956–1957|
|Minerul Baia Mare||1957–1958|
|CSM Baia Mare||1958–1962|
|Minerul Baia Mare||1962–1975|
|FC Baia Mare||1975–1985|
|FC Maramureș Baia Mare||1985–1998|
|FC Baia Mare||1998–2010|
|FCM Baia Mare||2012–2016|
|Minaur Baia Mare||2017–present|
- Note: 2 years of inactivity between 2010–2012, and the team was refounded as FCM Baia Mare in the Liga IV.
- Note: 1 year of inactivity between 2016–2017, and the team was refounded as CS Minaur Baia Mare in the Liga IV.
The club was founded in 1948, from the merger of Phoenix Baia Mare (founded in 1932) and Minaur Baia Mare (founded in 1927).
The club was dissolved in the summer of 2010 because of financial problems, but was refounded in the summer of 2012 under the name of FCM Baia Mare. Baia Mare was inactive for one season after withdrawing from the upcoming Liga II season due to financial difficulties on 5 August 2016. After one season of inactivity the club was refounded as Minaur Baia Mare, the historical name of the sports club, also used by the handball teams. The club was enrolled in the Liga IV – Maramureș County. In contrast to the handball section, the football section is known unofficially as Minerul Baia Mare, one of the past names of the club and the most representative for supporters. Also the football section colours are different from those used for handball, if for handball squads the traditional colours are white, black and orange, for football are yellow and blue.
- 1948 — CSM Baia Mare is founded;
- 1950 — The name is changed to Metalul Baia Mare;
- 1955 — Metalul Baia Mare is relegated in Liga III;
- 1956 — The team become Energia Trustul Miner Baia Mare and win promotion in Liga II;
- 1957 — The team become Minerul Baia Mare;
- 1958 — Third name change in three years, this time back to CSM Baia Mare;
- 1959 — CSM Baia Mare reach the final of Romanian Cup, only to be defeated by Dinamo Bucureşti;
- 1962 — Another name change, this time back to Minerul Baia Mare;
- 1963 — Mircea Sasu become the first player ever to be selected from Minerul Baia Mare into the national team of Romania;
- 1964 — Minerul Baia Mare win the second series of Liga II and win promotion into Liga I for the first time in their history, Phoenix / Carpati Baia Mare played before the World War II in the First League.
- 1965 — As the team finish only 13th out of 14 in Liga I, they are relegated after only one year;
- 1975 — The team become FC Baia Mare;
- 1978 — FC Baia Mare win promotion into Liga I. It is the third in the history. The Golden Age starts;
- 1979 — FC Baia Mare finish 5th out of 18 in Liga I;
- 1980 — The best performance in Liga I as they finish 4th out of 18;
- 1981 — A poor year followed by relegation back to Liga II, mainly due to internal issues;
- 1982 — FC Baia Mare reach the final of Romanian Cup where they are defeated by Dinamo Bucureşti. For the first time in their history FC Baia Mare play in Cup Winners' Cup, against Real Madrid of Spain.
- 1983 — FC Baia Mare win the fourth promotion in their history into Liga I;
- 1984 — A poor season in Liga I where the team finish 15th out of 18 but save themselves from relegation;
- 1985 — FC Baia Mare is relegated back to Liga II. The Golden Era ends. The team become FC Maramureş Baia Mare.
- 1993 — The Silver Era starts as FC Maramureş Baia Mare reach the semifinals of Romanian Cup;
- 1994 — After a series of average and poor seasons in Liga II during the past decade, FC Maramureş Baia Mare win promotion in Liga I for the fifth time in their history;
- 1995 — FC Maramureş Baia Mare reach the quarter-finals of Romanian Cup, but at the end of the season is relegated back to Liga II. The Silver Era ends.
- 1998 — Another name change, this time back to FC Baia Mare;
- 1999 — FC Baia Mare is relegated to Liga III for the second time in their history;
- 2000 — The team promote back to Liga II;
- 2001 — Second promotion in only two years, this time in Liga I, as FC Baia Mare win the promotion play-offs, however, the team's owner decides to trade the team's place in Liga I to another team, arguing the lack of financial resources to keep them over the competitional season. FC Baia Mare return to Liga II;
- 2002 — FC Baia Mare qualify again for promotion play-offs but do not win promotion;
- 2004 — Relegation in Liga III;
- 2006 — After two years in Liga III, FC Baia Mare win promotion to Liga II;
- 2007 — The club is relegated back to Liga III and face serious financial issues. Brazilian Ayres Cerqueira Simao becomes the first foreign player ever to play for FC Baia Mare;
- 2008 — Despite being in the frame for a promotion back to Liga II, a series of poor results and a players strike due to unpaid wages and bonuses left the club in Liga III for at least one more year. Yet, at the beginning of the 2008 – 09 season the club manage to transfer some players with good experience in Liga I, such as: Daniel Rednic and Sorin Iodi, thus becoming top favourites to win promotion into Liga II.
- 2009 – FC Baia Mare promoted to the Liga II after finishing first the 2008–09 Liga III.
- 2010 – Finished 8th in the 2009–10 Liga II season and was dissolved shortly after.
- 2012 – Refounded as FCM Baia Mare in the Liga IV.
- 2013 – Promoted to the Liga III.
- 2015 – Promoted to the Liga II.
- 2016 – Withdrew from the upcoming Liga II season due to financial difficulties.
- 2017 – Refounded as Minaur Baia Mare in the Liga IV.
- 2018 – Promoted to the Liga III.
The club played in the Liga I in other few occasions: in 1964–65 (13th out of 14), 1978–79 (5th out of 18); 1980–81 (17th out of 18), 1983–84 (15th out of 18), 1984–85 (17th out of 18) and 1994–95 (17th out of 18).
The team played mainly in the Liga II where FC Baia Mare is ranked first in an all-time standing, obtaining the most points and scoring the most goals.
In 1982–83 FC Baia Mare played in Cup Winners' Cup against Real Madrid then coached by Alfredo Di Stéfano. After 0 : 0 in the first leg, FC Baia Mare lost 2–5 in the second leg. Koller and Buzgău scored for the Romanian side on Santiago Bernabeu.
In the summer of 1982, FC Baia Mare played a friendly game against AC Fiorentina in Italy and won 3 : 1. Giancarlo Antognoni and Francesco Graziani, both world champions with Italy at the 1982 World Cup, as well as Daniel Bertoni and Daniel Passarella, both world champions with Argentina at the 1978 World Cup played for AC Fiorentina in that game. This is, without doubt, the greatest achievement of FC Baia Mare to date.
The most successful team from Maramureș County.
- Liga I
- Best finish: 4th 1979–80
- Liga II
- Liga III
- Liga IV – Maramureș County
- Cupa României
- Cupa României – Maramureș County
- Winners (1): 2017–18
Minaur Baia Mare in Europe
|UEFA Cup Winners' Cup / European Cup Winners' Cup||1||2||0||1||1||2||5||– 3|
- As of 1 October 2019
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Board of directors
Current technical staff
Statistics — Domestic Leagues
Up to and including the end of 2009–10 season
League and Cup History
|1950||Divizia B||6||22||9||3||10||30||36||21||Round of 32|
|1953||Divizia B||13||28||8||6||14||23||37||22||Round of 32|
|1955||Divizia B||14||26||8||7||11||31||36||23||Round of 32||Relegated|
|1960–61||Divizia B||2||26||14||6||6||37||22||34||Equal points with 1st place|
|1961–62||Divizia B||6||26||13||3||10||39||41||29||Round of 16|
|1963–64||Divizia B||1||26||17||2||7||42||20||36||Round of 16||Promoted|
|1964–65||Divizia A||13||26||9||3||14||27||45||21||Round of 16||Relegated|
|1965–66||Divizia B||2||26||14||7||5||43||20||35||Round of 32|
|1967–68||Divizia B||4||26||11||5||10||30||34||27||Round of 32|
|1968–69||Divizia B||13||30||11||4||15||28||36||29||Round of 32|
|1971–72||Divizia B||2||30||13||6||11||46||40||32||Round of 32|
|1973–74||Divizia B||5||34||14||7||13||45||36||35||Round of 16|
|1975–76||Divizia B||3||34||17||5||12||46||31||39||Round of 16|
|1978–79||Divizia A||5||34||17||4||13||42||38||38||Round of 32||Equal to 4th place|
|1979–80||Divizia A||4||34||18||3||13||57||51||39||Round of 32||Best performance ever|
|1980–81||Divizia A||17||34||10||6||18||37||62||26||Round of 32||Relegated|
|1982–83||Divizia B||1||34||21||5||8||83||29||47||Cup Winners' Cup||Promoted|
|1983–84||Divizia A||15||34||12||6||16||40||59||30||Round of 32|
|1985–86||Divizia B||2||34||20||8||6||65||29||48||Equal with 1st place|
|1987–88||Divizia B||4||34||15||6||13||43||32||36||Round of 16|
|1997–98||Divizia B||3||34||18||6||10||65||36||60||Round of 32|
|2000–01||Divizia B||2||30||18||5||7||50||22||59||Round of 16||Promoted after play-offs but the team traded placed with FCM Bacău for 1 million US Dollars|
|2001–02||Divizia B||2||30||19||6||5||60||21||63||Failed promotion at play-offs|
|2002–03||Divizia B||14||28||7||5||16||26||42||26||Round of 16|
|2004–05||Divizia C||9||24||12||6||6||38||18||35||Started the season with seven points penality|
|2007–08||Liga III||3||34||19||7||8||63||26||64||Round of 32|
|2012–13||Liga IV||1||30||30||0||0||241||16||90||Refounded, Promoted|
|2015–16||Liga II||6||10||2||2||6||16||20||1||Round of 16||Dissolved|
|2017–18||Liga IV||1||20||18||1||1||106||10||55||Winners of the Maramureș preliminary round||Refounded, Promoted|
|2018–19||Liga III (Seria V)||3|
From Minaur Baia Mare to Romania National Football Team
- Mircea Sasu 1 (6 caps / 1 goal): 1963: vs. Denmark (1 goal); 1964: vs. Bulgaria, vs. Hungary; 1965: vs. Czechoslovakia ; 1966: vs. Portugal, vs. Czechoslovakia;
1 Mircea Sasu played an extra three games for Romania after he left FC Baia Mare and scored one goal: 1967: vs. East Germany, vs. Congo (1 goal); 1968: vs. Austria.
- Alexandru Koller: (5 caps / 0 goals): 1976: vs. Iran; 1978: vs. Poland; 1979: vs. East Germany, vs. Poland, vs. USSR
- Alexandru Terheş: (3 caps / 0 goals): 1978: vs. Poland; 1979: vs. East Germany; 1980: Hungary
- Romulus Buia: (2 caps / 0 goals): 1991: vs. USA; 1992 vs. Mexico
The following players who played for the club also had caps for their national team.
- Necula Răducanu – 61 caps for Romania, including at 1970 FIFA World Cup. Also played for Rapid Bucharest and Steaua Bucharest.
- Vasile Zavoda – 20 caps for Romania, also played for Steaua Bucharest;
- Vasile Gergely – 36 caps for Romania, including at 1970 FIFA World Cup. Also played for Dinamo Bucharest and Hertha BSC Berlin;
- Leontin Grozavu – 1 cap for Romania, played for Dinamo Bucharest and FC Saarbrücken.
- Vasile Miriuţă – 9 caps for Hungary. Also played for Dinamo Bucharest, Ferencvárosi TC, Energie Cottbus and MSV Duisburg;
- Francisc Zavoda – 8 caps for Romania, also played for Steaua Bucharest;
- Mircea Sasu – 9 caps for Romania. Also played for UT Arad, Dinamo Bucharest and Fenerbahçe SK;
- Zoltan Crişan – 46 caps for Romania. Also played for Universitatea Craiova;
- Alexandru Terheş – 3 caps for Romania.
- Romulus Buia – 2 caps for Romania. Also played for Germinal Ekeren, Universitatea Craiova and Dinamo Bucharest.
- Gyula Bíró – coached in several countries including Hungary, Germany, Romania, Poland, Spain and Mexico;
- Florin Halagian – won several Liga I championships with FC Argeş Piteşti and Dinamo Bucharest;
- Ştefan Onisie – won one Liga I championship with Steaua Bucharest;
- Viorel Mateianu – coached FC Baia Mare during their golden era when he invented some football techniques used today by Mircea Lucescu;
- Dumitru Nicolae Nicuşor – won several Liga I championships with Dinamo Bucharest;
- Ion Nunweiller – won two Liga I championships with Dinamo Bucharest;
- Ioan Sdrobiş – well known for promoting youngsters in the teams he coached. He discovered Cristian Chivu amongst many others.
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- "FCM Baia Mare, abandon cu o zi înaintea startului; ACS Berceni rămâne în Ilfov". 5 August 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
- "Început de drum pentru Minerul Baia Mare". 13 July 2017. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
- "CS Minaur pleacă la drum cu 26 de jucători în sezonul 2019-2020" [CS Minaur starts the 2019-2020 season with 26 players] (in Romanian). minaur.ro. Retrieved 19 August 2019.