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FC Oţelul Galaţi

FC Oţelul Galaţi
Cornel Râpă was among the young stars of Oţelul's title-winning side ©Getty Images

FC Oţelul Galaţi

Formed: 1964

Nickname: Oţerlarii (Steelworkers)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• None

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
• League title: 1 (2011)

History
• Oţelul were founded in the largest seaport on the River Danube in 1964, with their name (literally 'Steel') a nod to the metal industry that helped to make Galati, in the eastern Romanian province of Moldova, one of the nation's most important economic centres.

• The new club slowly worked their way up the league system, winning a first third division championship in 1967/68, but were to be the city's second team for some time, with CSU Galaţi – founded in 1970 – featuring in Romania's top division in the 1970s and losing the 1976/77 Romanian Cup final to FC Steaua Bucureşti.

• Oţelul came into their own in the following decade; they won a second third division title in 1981 and were promoted to the top division as champions in 1986. They then finished fourth in the league in 1987/88 to earn a first foray in European competition; they beat Juventus 1-0 at home in the 1988/89 UEFA Cup first round but lost the return fixture 5-0.

• Having competed in the top division in every season since 1991/92, Oţelul were fourth in successive campaigns in the mid-1990s and reached the final of the 2003/04 Romanian Cup, losing 2-0 to FC Dinamo Bucureşti in the capital.

• They hit their peak unexpectedly in 2010/11, with Romania's most capped player Dorinel Munteanu leading an unfancied side dominated by homegrown players to the title. Their diligence and discipline also captured the Romanian Super Cup before the club embarked on their first season in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

Club records
Most appearances: Catalin Tofan (390)
Most goals: Sorin Cornea (47)
Record league victory: Otelul 7-0 Jiul Petrosani (First Division, 30 August 1997)
Record league defeat: Otelul 0-7 FC Rapid Bucuresti (First Division, 5 November 2006)

* Last updated 24 June 2013

Last updated: 24/06/13 10.42CET

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Matches

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 01/09/2014 23:50 CET
Dinamo Bucureşti4-0Oţelul
Referee: not available – Bucharest
09/01/2014 02:13:44
2 August 2014 - Romanian First Division
Oţelul1-2Concordia
Referee: not available – Galati
08/14/2014 09:51:37
11 August 2014 - Romanian First Division
Braşov1-1Oţelul
Referee: not available – Brasov
08/14/2014 11:43:53
17 August 2014 - Romanian First Division
Oţelul0-1Botoşani
Referee: not available – Galati
08/22/2014 09:42:47
25 August 2014 - Romanian First Division
Iaşi0-0Oţelul
Referee: not available – Iasi
08/25/2014 20:59:51
01 September 2014 - Romanian First Division
OţelulRapid Bucureşti
Referee: TBD
15 September 2014 - Romanian First Division
Univ CraiovaOţelul
Referee: TBD – Craiova
08/31/2014 19:56:34
20 September 2014 - Romanian First Division
OţelulCFR Cluj
Referee: TBD – Galati
08/31/2014 19:57:09
26 September 2014 - Romanian First Division
PanduriiOţelul
Referee: TBD – Targu Jiu
08/31/2014 19:52:49
4 October 2014 - Romanian First Division
OţelulSteaua
Referee: TBD – Galati
07/15/2014 11:03:27
18 October 2014 - Romanian First Division
ViitorulOţelul
Referee: TBD – Chiajna
07/15/2014 11:03:41
25 October 2014 - Romanian First Division
OţelulGaz Metan
Referee: TBD – Galati
07/15/2014 12:41:11
1 November 2014 - Romanian First Division
PetrolulOţelul
Referee: TBD – Ploiesti
07/15/2014 12:41:11
8 November 2014 - Romanian First Division
OţelulAstra
Referee: TBD – Galati
07/15/2014 12:41:06
22 November 2014 - Romanian First Division
CeahlăulOţelul
Referee: TBD – Piatra Neamt
07/15/2014 12:41:02
29 November 2014 - Romanian First Division
U ClujOţelul
Referee: TBD – Cluj-Napoca
07/15/2014 12:41:07
6 December 2014 - Romanian First Division
OţelulTârgu Mureş
Referee: TBD – Galati
07/15/2014 12:41:01
21 February 2015 - Romanian First Division
OţelulDinamo Bucureşti
Referee: TBD – Galati
07/15/2014 12:41:01
28 February 2015 - Romanian First Division
ConcordiaOţelul
Referee: TBD – Chiajna
07/15/2014 12:40:57
OţelulBraşov
Referee: TBD – Galati
07/15/2014 12:40:48
14 March 2015 - Romanian First Division
BotoşaniOţelul
Referee: TBD – Botosani
07/15/2014 12:42:07
18 March 2015 - Romanian First Division
OţelulIaşi
Referee: TBD – Galati
07/15/2014 12:44:36
21 March 2015 - Romanian First Division
Rapid BucureştiOţelul
Referee: TBD – Bucharest
07/15/2014 12:43:04
OţelulUniv Craiova
Referee: TBD – Galati
07/15/2014 12:43:08
CFR ClujOţelul
Referee: TBD – Cluj
07/15/2014 12:43:05
11 April 2015 - Romanian First Division
OţelulPandurii
Referee: TBD – Galati
07/15/2014 12:42:08
18 April 2015 - Romanian First Division
SteauaOţelul
Referee: TBD – Bucharest
07/15/2014 12:45:46
25 April 2015 - Romanian First Division
OţelulViitorul
Referee: TBD – Galati
07/15/2014 12:45:58
29 April 2015 - Romanian First Division
Gaz MetanOţelul
Referee: TBD – Medias
07/15/2014 12:45:56
OţelulPetrolul
Referee: TBD – Galati
07/15/2014 12:45:18
AstraOţelul
Referee: TBD – Giurgiu
07/15/2014 12:45:18
OţelulCeahlăul
Referee: TBD – Galati
07/15/2014 12:45:18
OţelulU Cluj
Referee: TBD – Galati
07/15/2014 12:44:36
Târgu MureşOţelul
Referee: TBD – Targu Mures
07/15/2014 12:44:45

Club record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    15/07/2004, Oţelul 4-0 Dinamo Tirana, Constanta
  • Biggest defeat:
    12/10/1988, Juventus 5-0 Oţelul, Turin
  • Appearances in UEFA Champions League:  1
  • Appearances in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup:  1
  • Appearances in UEFA Europa League:  5
  • Appearances in UEFA Intertoto Cup:  1
  • Player with most UEFA appearances: 11
    Silviu Ilie (  ROU)
    Gabriel Giurgiu (  ROU)
  • Top scorers in UEFA club competitions: 3
    Valentin Stefan (  ROU)
    Emil Gabriel Jula (  ROU)
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