Cupa României

Cupa României
Cupa României
Cupa Romaniei.png

The Cupa României trophy on display at the 2006–07 season final played in Timişoara.
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Founded 1933
Region  Romania
Number of teams 202 (2010-2011)
Current champions Steaua Bucureşti
Most successful club Steaua Bucureşti (21 titles)
Television broadcasters PRO TV
Dolce Sport
Website Official website
2011–12 Season

The Cupa României (English: Romanian Cup) is a football competition which was held annually since 1933-34, except during the World War II. It is the country's main cup competition, and it is open to all clubs affiliated with FRF (Romanian Football Federation) and the county football associations regardless of the league they belong to. Currently, the winner of the competition is granted a place in the play-off round of the Europa League. The cup is sponsored by the Timişoreana beer brand, hence the name Cupa României Timişoreana.

Most finals have been held at the Stadionul Naţional (formerly known as "23 August"), and occasionally at other stadiums in Bucharest. During the construction of the new Stadionul Naţional, the final was staged each year in a different major city of the country. In 2007, the final was held in Timişoara at the Dan Păltinişanu stadium, this being the second occasion when the last game was played outside Bucharest (the first occurrence taking place in 1989, when Braşov hosted the event). Then, the next three finals were staged in Piatra Neamţ, Târgu Jiu, Iași and again in Braşov.

The 2012 final is due to be staged on the newly-finished Cluj Arena.

The competition has been dominated by Bucharest-based teams, the most successful performers being Steaua Bucureşti with twenty-one trophies, followed by Rapid Bucureşti with thirteen and Dinamo Bucureşti with twelve. Steaua Bucureşti are the current holders, having triumphed in the final against Dinamo.



On 22 July 2005, FRF and Samsung Electronics signed a one-year sponsorship deal. The name of the competition was changed to Cupa României Samsung.[1]

On 9 October 2006, FRF and Ursus Breweries (part of the SABMiller group) signed a sponsorship agreement for the next three seasons. Ursus Breweries changed the name of the competition to Cupa României Timişoreana, after the Timişoreana beer brand.[2][3]

Competition format

The competition often suffered minor changes in format over the last seasons. The following format came in use in the 09-10 season. The main differences between the current system and the last one are the dates at which rounds take place, and the two-legged format of the semifinals.[4]

County phase

The competition at this phase is organized by the county football associations. 42 teams (one from each county) will advance to the next phase.

National phase

The Romanian Cup trophy

The competition at this phase is organized by the Romanian Football Federation. For the first five phases, teams are paired using geographical criteria in order to avoid long travel distances. The teams from a lower division or with a lower ranking in the last league season host the games.

  • First round - 140 teams (42 teams qualified from the county phase and 98 Liga III teams)
  • Second round - 80 teams (70 winners from the first round and the remaining 10 Liga III teams)
  • Third round - 40 teams (winners from the second round)
  • Fourth round - 56 teams (20 winners from the third round and all 36 Liga II teams)
  • Fifth round - 28 teams (winners from the fourth round)
  • Round of 32 - (14 winners from the fifth round and all 18 Liga I teams)
Starting with this round a seeding system is used for the draw, as follows:
  • Pot A: Teams 1 - 6 from last seasons Liga I final table (6 teams)
  • Pot B: The remaining Liga I teams (12 teams)
  • Pot C: Teams from the lower divisions (14 teams)
Teams from Pot A will be paired with teams from pot C, then the 8 remaining pot C teams will be paired with pot B teams, with the lower league clubs hosting the games. The 4 remaining pot B teams will play each other, with the host club determined by means of a draw.
  • Round of 16 (winners from the Round of 32)
  • Quarterfinals
  • Semifinals
  • Final

Every year, based on the national and international football calendar, FRF's executive committee may choose a two-leg or one-leg system for the Round of 16, quarterfinals and semifinals.[5] Games at these stages are, when played using a one-leg system, hosted by a neutral venue. The final is held at a pre-established venue, normally in Bucharest.

List of champions

Performance by club

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
Steaua Bucureşti
1948–49, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1961–62, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1975–76, 1978–79, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1991–92, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99, 2010–11
Rapid Bucureşti
1934–35, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1939–40, 1940–41, 1941–42, 1971–72, 1974–75, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2005–06, 2006–07
Dinamo Bucureşti
1958–59, 1963–64, 1967–68, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05
Universitatea Craiova
1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1990–91, 1992–93
CFR Cluj
2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10
Politehnica Timişoara
1957–58, 1979–80
Ripensia Timişoara
1933–34, 1935–36
UTA Arad
1947–48, 1953
Petrolul Ploieşti
1962–63, 1994–95
Arieşul Turda
CFR Turnu Severin
Chimia Râmnicu Vâlcea
Gloria Bistriţa
Jiul Petroşani
Metalul Reşiţa
Progresul Bucureşti
Progresul Oradea
FC Universitatea Cluj

Performance by cities

The following table sorts cities by the number of Cups won by local teams. Bucharest, hosting the three most decorated sides in the competition and having staged the majority of the Cup finals, is easily the most prolific city.

City Cups Winning Clubs - Stema Bucuresti - Transparenta.png Bucureşti
Steaua (21), Rapid (13), Dinamo (12), Progresul (1)
Coa Craiova ro.gif Craiova
Universitatea (6)
Stema Timisoara.svg Timişoara
Politehnica (2), Ripensia (2)
Actual Cluj-Napoca CoA.png Cluj-Napoca
CFR (3), Universitatea (1)
Actual Arad CoA.png Arad
UTA (2)
Coa ploiesti ro.gif Ploieşti
Petrolul (2)
Coa Bistrita RO.gif Bistriţa
Gloria (1)
Coa drtrsev ro.gif Drobeta-Turnu Severin
CFR (1)
Coa oradea ro.gif Oradea
CAO (1)
Coa Petrosani HD RO.png Petroşani
Jiul (1)
Coa rmvalcea ro.jpg Râmnicu Vâlcea
Chimia (1)
Coa Resita RO.png Reşiţa
CSM (1)
Turda, Cluj COA.png Turda
Arieşul (1)


Top Five Goalscorers[6]
Player Period Club Goals
1 Romania Florea Voinea Steaua Bucureşti, Prahova Ploieşti 40
2 Romania Gyula Barátky Rapid Bucureşti, Crişana Oradea 37
3 Romania Ionel Dănciulescu Electroputere Craiova, Dinamo Bucureşti, Steaua Bucureşti 35
4 Romania Ion Alecsandrescu Steaua Bucureşti, CA Câmpulung Moldovenesc 34
5 Romania Ştefan Dobay Ripensia Timişoara 33


External links

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