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2009–10 Liga I

 

2009–10 Liga I

Liga I
Season 2009–10
Champions CFR Cluj
Relegated Internaţional Curtea de Argeş
Politehnica Iaşi
Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ
Unirea Alba Iulia
Champions League CFR Cluj
Unirea Urziceni
Europa League Vaslui
Steaua Bucureşti
Timişoara
Dinamo Bucureşti
Matches played 246
Goals scored 558 (2.27 per match)
Top goalscorer Andrei Cristea (16)
Biggest home win Timişoara 6–0 Ceahlăul
Timişoara 6–0 Unirea
Braşov 6–0 Bistriţa
Biggest away win Gaz Metan 2–6 Timişoara
Ceahlăul 0–4 Dinamo
Ceahlăul 0–4 Rapid
Highest scoring Urziceni 4–4 Dinamo
Gaz Metan 2–6 Timişoara

The 2009–10 Liga I was the ninety-second season of Liga I, the top-level football league of Romania. Unirea Urziceni were the defending champions.

Teams

Farul Constanţa, Otopeni and Gloria Buzău were relegated at the end of the 2008–09 season. They were joined by Argeş Piteşti, who were demoted upon a decision of the Professional Football League on 8 July 2009, after their owner, Cornel Penescu, was found guilty of corruption.[1] As a consequence, 15th-placed Gaz Metan Mediaş were spared relegation.

The four relegated teams were replaced by the champions and runners-up from both 2008–09 Liga II divisions. Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ and Ploieşti were promoted from Seria I while Unirea Alba Iulia and Internaţional Curtea de Argeş were promoted from Seria II.

Promoted team FC Ploieşti were renamed FC Astra Ploieşti, effective to 1 July 2009.[2]

Stadia and locations

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Astra
Braşov
Ceahlăul
Dinamo
Gaz Metan
Internaţional
Oţelul
Poli Iaşi
Rapid
Steaua
Location of (qualified) teams in Liga I 2009–10
Club City Stadium Capacity
Astra Ploieşti Ploieşti Astra 10,000
Braşov Braşov Silviu Ploeşteanu 13,670
Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ Piatra Neamţ Ceahlăul 17,500
CFR Cluj Cluj-Napoca Dr. Constantin Rădulescu 23,500
Dinamo Bucureşti Bucharest Dinamo 15,300
Gaz Metan Mediaş Mediaş Municipal Gaz Metan 9,000
Gloria Bistriţa Bistriţa Gloria 8,700
Internaţional Curtea de Argeş Dacia 7,000
Oţelul Galaţi Galaţi Oţelul 13,932
Pandurii Târgu Jiu Tudor Vladimirescu 9,200
Politehnica Iaşi Iaşi Emil Alexandrescu 12,841
Rapid Bucureşti Bucharest Giuleşti-Valentin Stănescu 19,100
Steaua Bucureşti Bucharest Steaua 28,365
Timişoara Timişoara Dan Păltinişanu 32,019
Unirea Alba Iulia Alba Iulia Victoria-Cetate 8,500
Unirea Urziceni Urziceni Tineretului (Urziceni) 7,000
Universitatea Craiova Craiova Ion Oblemenco 27,915
Vaslui Vaslui Municipal (Vaslui) 11,220

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Replaced by Date of appointment
Braşov Italy Nicolò Napoli[3] Sacked July 27, 2009 Romania Viorel Moldovan[3] July 27, 2009
Astra Ploieşti Romania Ion Moldovan[4] Sacked August 20, 2009 Italy Nicolò Napoli[5] August 20, 2009
Steaua Bucureşti Italy Cristiano Bergodi Sacked September 17, 2009 Romania Mihai Stoichiţă September 18, 2009
Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ Romania Mihai Ionescu Romania Florin Marin
Universitatea Craiova Romania Daniel Mogoşanu Sacked September 21, 2009 Romania Eugen Neagoe September 21, 2009
Vaslui Romania Cristian Dulca Sacked September 23, 2009 Romania Dorin Zotincă
Vaslui Romania Dorin Zotincă Interim Romania Marius Lăcătuş September 28, 2009
Dinamo Bucureşti Italy Dario Bonetti Sacked October 2, 2009 Romania Marin Ion October 2, 2009
Gloria Bistriţa Romania Sandu Tăbârcă Resigned October 18, 2009 Romania Florin Halagian
Gloria Bistriţa Romania Florin Halagian Interim Romania Marian Pană October 20, 2009
Dinamo Bucureşti Romania Marin Ion[6] Resigned October 23, 2009 Romania Cornel Ţălnar[7] October 24, 2009
Pandurii Târgu Jiu Romania Sorin Cârţu Romania Liviu Ciobotariu
Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ Romania Florin Marin Romania Gheorghe Mulţescu
Rapid Bucureşti Romania Viorel Hizo Resigned October 29, 2009 Romania Nicolae Manea November 1, 2009
CFR Cluj Portugal António Conceição Sacked November 16, 2009 Italy Andrea Mandorlini November 18, 2009
Universitatea Craiova Romania Eugen Neagoe Sacked December 13, 2009 Netherlands Mark Wotte Ianuary 3, 2010
Internaţional Curtea de Argeş Romania Ştefan Stoica Sacked December 2009 Romania Ionuţ Badea December 2009
Unirea Urziceni Romania Dan Petrescu Resigned December 26, 2009 Israel Ronny Levy December 2009
Gloria Bistriţa Romania Marian Pană Sacked January, 2010 Romania Marius Şumudică January 4, 2010
Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ Romania Gheorghe Mulţescu Sacked February 27, 2010 Montenegro Zoran Filipović March 3, 2010
Unirea Alba Iulia Romania Adrian Falub Sacked March 8, 2010 Bosnia and Herzegovina Blaž Slišković March 11, 2010
Pandurii Târgu Jiu Romania Liviu Ciobotariu Resigned March 17, 2010 Romania Sorin Cârţu March 17, 2010
Rapid Bucureşti Romania Nicolae Manea Resigned April 1, 2010 Romania Ioan Andone April 1, 2010
Politehnica Iasi Romania Petre Grigoraş Resigned April 15, 2010 Romania Dumitru Dumitriu April 15, 2010
Astra Ploieşti Italy Nicolò Napoli Sacked April 20, 2010 Romania Marin Barbu April 20, 2010
Universitatea Craiova Netherlands Mark Wotte Sacked Romania Florin Bejinaru May 14, 2010

League table

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
Head-to-head
1 CFR Cluj (C) 34 20 9 5 46 23 +23 69 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Unirea Urziceni 34 18 12 4 53 26 +27 66 2010–11 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
3 Vaslui 34 18 8 8 44 28 +16 62 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Play-off round 1 VAS 2–1 STE
STE 2–1 VAS
4 Steaua București 34 18 8 8 49 36 +13 62
5 34 15 14 5 55 27 +28 59 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round
6 34 13 14 7 48 37 +11 53 2010–11 UEFA Europa League Second qualifying round 1
7 Rapid București 34 14 10 10 53 38 +15 52
8 34 14 8 12 38 38 0 50
9 34 12 10 12 40 30 +10 46
10 Gaz Metan Mediaș 34 9 15 10 33 37 −4 42
11 34 10 11 13 35 46 −11 41
12  (R) 34 10 6 18 32 49 −17 36 Relegation to the 2010–11 Liga II 2 INT: 7 pts, 6–4
CRA: 6 pts, 4–6
AST: 4 pts, 5–5
13 Universitatea Craiova 34 11 3 20 44 52 −8 36
14 Astra Ploiești 34 8 12 14 33 45 −12 36
15 Pandurii Târgu Jiu 34 7 13 14 19 30 −11 34 Spared from relegation 2
16  (R) 34 7 10 17 28 50 −22 31 Relegation to the 2010–11 Liga II
17 Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț (R) 34 6 10 18 28 57 −29 28
18 Unirea Alba Iulia (R) 34 7 5 22 33 62 −29 26

Source: LPF (Romanian)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored.
1 Since 2009–10 Cupa României winners CFR Cluj and runners-up Vaslui qualified for European competitions via their league placement, the allocation of UEFA Europa League spots effectively reverted to league placement as well, with the 6th-placed team Dinamo Bucureşti also qualifying.
2 Internaţional were denied a licence for the 2010–11 season because they failed to meet the requirements. Pandurii Târgu Jiu as the best-placed relegated team were therefore spared from relegation.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Head-to-Head: used when head-to-head record is used to rank tied teams.

Positions by round

Team \ Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Astra Ploiești
Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț
CFR Cluj
Universitatea Craiova
Gaz Metan Mediaș
Pandurii Târgu Jiu
Rapid București
Steaua București
Unirea Alba Iulia
Unirea Urziceni
Vaslui

Source: kicker.de (German)

Results

Home \ Away[1]
Astra Ploiești 2–1 1–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–3 0–1 1–1 3–1 2–1 1–3 4–2 0–2 0–0
0–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 0–1 3–2 6–0 1–2 3–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 1–1
Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț 0–0 2–1 2–4 2–1 0–4 0–0 2–1 2–2 0–1 1–2 1–0 0–4 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–3 0–1
CFR Cluj 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 3–2 2–0 0–0
Universitatea Craiova 1–0 3–0 3–2 2–3 0–0 1–2 5–1 1–3 3–0 2–0 2–1 3–4 1–2 1–2 3–1 1–4 1–2
3–3 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–2 2–0 2–1 1–1
Gaz Metan Mediaș 0–0 1–1 0–2 0–0 2–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 2–1 0–0 2–4 2–6 5–0 0–0 0–0
3–1 2–1 1–0 0–2 2–1 3–2 1–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 5–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 1–3
2–1 0–3 2–0 0–1 0–1 1–3 2–4 2–1 0–1 0–0 0–2 1–2 0–2 0–3 2–1 1–2 1–2
3–2 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 2–3 0–1 3–0 1–0 1–1 4–0 0–0 0–1 3–3 1–0 1–4 1–0
Pandurii Târgu Jiu 0–2 1–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–3 2–3 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 1–0
2–0 0–0 2–0 0–2 1–0 1–3 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–3
Rapid București 0–1 2–1 1–1 1–4 0–1 2–2 4–1 2–1 4–0 3–0 1–0 4–1 5–1 0–32 2–0 1–1 3–2
Steaua București 2–0 1–0 1–3 2–2 2–0 0–1 2–0 1–1 3–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 3–3 2–0 0–1 2–1
0–0 1–2 6–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 6–0 0–0 0–1
Unirea Alba Iulia 2–1 0–1 3–2 1–1 2–0 1–2 0–0 1–2 1–2 3–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 3–3 1–2 2–0
Unirea Urziceni 4–1 1–0 4–0 0–1 3–2 4–4 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 2–2 0–0 1–0 1–2
Vaslui 3–1 2–2 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–0 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 0–1 3–0 1–1
Source:
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorers

Pos Player Club Goals
1 Romania Andrei Cristea Dinamo Bucureşti 16
2 Greece Pantelis Kapetanos Steaua Bucureşti 15
3 Romania Dorin Goga Timişoara 12
Brazil Wesley Vaslui
Romania Marius Bilaşco Unirea Urziceni
6 Romania Liviu Ganea Astra Ploieşti 11
7 Romania Cristian Bud CFR Cluj 10
Brazil Júnior Moraes Gloria Bistriţa
Romania Alexandru Ioniţă Rapid Bucureşti

Source: RomanianSoccer

Season statistics

Scoring

References

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