Nickname: Lupii din Baragan (The Wolves of Baragan)
UEFA club competition honours
• League title: 1 (2009)
• 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.
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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