FC Olimpia Satu Mare

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Olimpia Satu Mare
Olimpia Satu Mare logo.png
Full nameFotbal Club Olimpia MCMXXI Satu Mare
Nickname(s)Galben-Albaștrii
(The Yellow and Blues)
Oli
Short nameOlimpia
Founded1921; 101 years ago (1921)
2010; 12 years ago (2010) (refounded)
2018; 4 years ago (2018) (refounded)
GroundSomeșul
Capacity6,000
OwnerOlimpia's Volunteers
ChairmanCosmin Miclăuș
ManagerIon Dragomir
LeagueLiga IV
2020–21Liga IV, Satu Mare County, 3rd
WebsiteClub website

Fotbal Club Olimpia MCMXXI Satu Mare, commonly known as Olimpia Satu Mare or simply as Olimpia, is a Romanian professional football club from Satu Mare, Satu Mare County, Romania, founded on 5 May 1921, re-founded in 2010 and 2018. The club played in the Liga I in the following seasons: 1937–38, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80 and 1998–99.

Chronology of names

Name[1] Period
Olimpia Satu Mare 1921–1932
Olimpia CFR Satu Mare 1932–1947
CFR Satu Mare 1947–1949
Locomotiva Satu Mare 1950–1952
Progresul Satu Mare 1952–1957
Voința Satu Mare 1957–1961
A.S.M.D. Satu Mare 1961–1965
Sătmăreana 1965–1967
Metalul Satu Mare 1967–1968
Olimpia Satu Mare 1968–present

History

The club was founded in 1921. In 1934, the club reached the quarter finals of the first ever Romanian Cup. Olimpia was placed in Liga 1 after the Romanian league system was re-structured in 1936, but the team relegated before long. After World War II, the club faced various financial challenges and did not make an appearance in Divizia A until 1974. Olimpia reached the final of the Romanian Cup in 1978 and lost to a strong Universitatea Craiova team 3–1. After two years, the team returns to Divizia B, where he was among the leaders of the series, until 1993 when it was relegated to Divizia C after a scandal.

Two years later, Olimpia returns to Divizia B and in 1998 it promoted to Divizia A, but it immediately relegated. The team was then a regular Divizia B presence, with no notable performances, the maximum reached was a 4th place at the end of the 2004–05 season. In 2006, the team relegated to Liga III where it had disastrous results, saving from relegation in the last moment for the next two seasons, then the club was relegated to Liga IV due to financial problems and reached the brink of collapse even suffering a major reorganization in 2010.

In 2011 the team won Liga IV-Satu Mare and then the play-off match against Meseșul Treznea Sălaj County champions, with an imposing score, 6–0. The match was played in Oradea on Iuliu Bodola Stadium and Oli was encouraged by its groups of supporters Commando Oli and Sezione Ostile and by Bihor Oradea supporters, Peluza Nord Oradea.[2] At the end of 2011–12 Liga III season, Olimpia finished only second, at 3 points distance from Corona Brașov, but promoted the next season with an advance of 5 points over FC Hunedoara. Then Olimpia becoming again a regular Liga II team, the best performance being 5th place, obtained at the end of 2014–15 season.

In the winter break of the 2017–18 season, Olimpia withdrew from Liga II due to financial problems, also having 70 points deducted. In the same time, the local authorities founded CSM Satu Mare, a new entity that pretend to be the successor of FC Olimpia, but has no legal connections with the old club.[3][4] After this second dissolution, supporters, organized as Voluntarii Olimpiști (Olimpia's Volunteers), dissatisfied with the way the club has been administered in recent years, have created their own club, Olimpia MCMXXI, a fan-owned phoenix club inspired by models such as: ASU Politehnica Timișoara, LSS Voința Sibiu or FC Argeș 1953 Pitești. This club also pretend to be the successor of FC Olimpia, but again, were not legal connection between the old entity and this new one.[5] In recent years, other football clubs from Romania were also refounded by their supporters, but subsequently were recognized as the official successors of the original clubs, among them: Petrolul Ploiești or Oțelul Galați.

In 2021, Olimpia MCMXXI won "FC Olimpia Satu Mare" brand and became the official successor of the old entity.[6]

Stadium

Olimpia Satu Mare used to play its home matches on Daniel Prodan Stadium in Satu Mare, which has a capacity of 18,000. After its second re-foundation, in 2018, due to the conflict between supporters and local authorities, Olimpia started to play its home matches on Someșul Stadium in Satu Mare, with a capacity of 6,000 people. On Daniel Prodan Stadium started to play CSM Satu Mare, the club financially supported by the local authorities.

Supporters

Olimpia has many supporters in Satu Mare and especially in Satu Mare County. The ultras groups of Olimpia Satu Mare are known as Commando Oli and Sezione Ostile. From 2015 the two groups merged and formed Peluza Olimpia 1921.[7] Olimpia supporters consider Bihor Oradea supporters to be their allies, fans of both teams had the opportunity to support the other during matches.

Honours

Leagues

Liga II

Liga III

Liga IV – Satu Mare County

Champions League 5 x

Cups

Cupa României

Other performances

Notable former managers

League history

References

  1. ^ "Evolutia denumirilor echipelor de-a lungul anilor" [Evolution of team names over the years]. romaniansoccer.ro. Retrieved 4 December 2021.(in Romanian)
  2. ^ Olimpia a promovat în Liga a III-a!!!
  3. ^ S-a terminat! Olimpia Satu Mare a anunţat FRF că se retrage din campionatul Ligii 2. Schimbările din clasament şi cine îi va lua locul echipei. liga2.prosport.ro (in Romanian)
  4. ^ Olimpia va fi abandonată! CSM Satu Mare va avea secţie de fotbal şi se va numi CSM Olimpia. Primarul Kereskenyi: ”Avem nevoie de fotbal”. liga2.prosport.ro (in Romanian)
  5. ^ Olimpia a murit, trăiască cele două Olimpii care au apărut la Satu Mare! Autorităţile locale şi suporterii au dat start, separat, noilor proiecte. liga2.prosport.ro (in Romanian)
  6. ^ Marca Olimpia se întoarce acasă. fcolimpia.ro (in Romanian)
  7. ^ Vești bune din peluze. Cele două galerii ale Olimpiei s-au unit sub un singur nume
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