AF Gloria Bistrița

Gloria Bistrița
Full name Academia de Fotbal Gloria Bistrița
Nickname(s) Vampirii Albaștri (Blue Vampires)
Alb-albaștrii (The White and Blues)
Glorioşii (The Glorious Ones)
Echipa lui Dracula (Dracula's squad)
Struții (The Ostriches)
Short name Gloria
Founded 6 July 1922 (1922-07-06)
as FC Gloria Bistrița
7 August 2015 (2015-08-07)
as AF Gloria Bistrița
Ground Jean Pădureanu
Ground Capacity 7,800[1]
Chairman Valentin Petrina
Manager Gheorghe Hurloi
League Liga IV
2015–16 Liga V, Bistrița-Năsăud County, Seria II, 1st (promoted)
Website Club home page

AF Gloria Bistrița (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈɡlori.a ˈbistrit͡sa]) is a Romanian professional football club from Bistrița, Bistrița-Năsăud County.


Former logo.

The club was founded on 6 July 1922 and among the founding staff members there were: Simion Sbârcea as the club's president; Teofil Moldovan as the club's secretary; Ion Bota; Dumitru Hara; Simion Pop; Ioan Archiudean; and others as the club's administration committee members.

Throughout its earlier history, the club had several other names: Ceramica Bistrița (before World War II), CS Bistrița (after World War II) and Progresul Bistrița until 1956, when the old name, Gloria, was readopted.

In 1954, the team participated at Liga II promotion playoffs but missed the promotion, although at Gloria were playing in that period future Romania national team players, the Munteanu brothers.

Divizia C

The club played in Divizia C (now Liga III) three times. It promoted for the first time in 1957, then for the second time in the 1960s. Gloria played in Diviza C for a third and final time during the 1974–75 season, after which they were relegated from Divizia B.

Divizia B

Gloria earned its first Divizia B (now Liga II) promotion in 1958, just one year after they had promoted to Divizia C. They secondly promoted to B in 1970, under coach Titi Popescu and after the one year relegation during 1974–75 season, they finally promoted the 3rd time under Gheorghe Nuțescu's reign. The team played in Divizia B for 15 years, between 1975 and 1990, possessing many valuable players as Daniel Iftodi, Gheorghe Hurloi, Victor Ciocan and others.

Promotion in top division and European cups

Gloria Bistrița at Artemio Franchi in 1996

The team earned its promotion to the Romanian first league, Divizia A (now Liga I), in 1990 under coach Remus Vlad, league in which Gloria played uninterrupted until 2011. Also the club gave Romanian football remarkable players such as Viorel Moldovan, Gavril Balint, Lucian Sânmărtean, Ciprian Tătărușanu, Emilian Dolha, Cristian Coroian and others. After shy beginnings of the team in the top division, in 1993, Gloria finished fifth place and qualified in premiere into a European competition, UEFA Cup. They draw 0–0 with Maribor at home, but were eliminated after 2–0 defeat in the second leg played away. In 1994, Gloria Bistrița won the Romanian Cup after defeating Universitatea Craiova with 1–0. After finishing in seventh place, Gloria qualified in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. They defeated the future UEFA Cup Winners' Cup winners Real Zaragoza with 2–1 in Bistrița, but were eliminated after losing 4–0 at the Estadio La Romareda. After a season of pause, even if finished 12th place, Gloria returned in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup after losing with 3–1 in the final of Romanian Cup against league champions Steaua București. They qualified in first round after defeating Valletta FC with 2–1 in both legs. In first round, Gloria drawn 1–1 in Bistrița against Italian giants Fiorentina, but were eliminated by losing 1–0 in Florence.

In 1997, Gloria made its debut in UEFA Intertoto Cup. Playing in the group stage, they finished in fourth place in group 10 of the competition, losing against Montpellier (1–2), Čukarički Stankom (2–3) and Groningen (4–1) and winning against Spartak Varna (2–1). In 2000, Gloria won Cupa Ligii 3–1 at penalties, after drawn 2–2 against FCM Bacau. They lost the qualification in the second round of the Intertoto Cup after losing to Jazz Pori 1–0 in Finland, and winning with 2–1 in Bistrița. In 2002, Gloria qualified in third rounds for the first time after eliminating Union Luxembourg (2–1 in Bistrița and 0–0 in Luxembourg) and Teuta Durrës (3–0 in Bistrița and 0–1 in Albania), but were eliminated by Lille (2–0 in both legs). In 2003, Gloria Bistrița finished the season in third place, its best ever performance, and qualified for the second round of Intertoto Cup after eliminating Bangor City (0–1 in Wales and 5–2 in Bistrița), but were eliminated by Brescia (1–2 in Italy and 1–1 in Bistrița).

In 2005, Gloria earned its best European results ever against Olympiakos Nicosia: 0–5 in Cyprus (its best away European victory) and 11–0 in Bistrița (its best home European victory). In 2007, Gloria finished its accounts with European competitions in the Intertoto Cup, eliminating OFK Grbalj (2–1 in Bistrița and 1–1 in Montenegro) and Maccabi Haifa (2–0 in Bistrița, 0–2 in Israel and 3–2 at penalties) and lost the Cup against Atlético Madrid. Even if they beat Atlético in Bistrița with 2–1,[2] they lost with 1–0 [3] in Madrid, and with 2–2 aggregate, the Spanish prevailed on the away goals rule. After 2007, Gloria changed its objective from European competitions to avoid relegation. In 2011, Gloria was relegated in Liga II after failing to achieve a license for the next season.


Gloria's funding problems worsened. However, Gloria Bistrița resisted on the pitch, and finished runner-up in the second division, thereby earning promotion to Liga I once again, under the leadership of coach Nicolae Manea. In the following season, however, Gloria had the worst record in first division, finishing 18th, and were relegated yet again. After the second relegation, Manea left the club to coach Corona Brașov, taking with him former Gloria strikers, Cristian Coroian and Sandu Negrean, as technical director and head coach respectively, with the stated objective of gaining promotion.

On 25 July 2014, Gloria was relegated to Liga III, due to many financial problems, and changed its name from ACF Gloria 1922 Bistrița to Gloria Progresul Bistrița.

On 3 August 2015, the club was relegated to Liga V, due to many financial problems, and changed its name from Gloria Progresul Bistrița to AF Gloria Bistrița.

Stadium (Municipal Jean Pădureanu)

The stadium was inaugurated in 1930 and modernized in 2008. The stadium was called Stadion Municipal Gloria, before being named after the most important person in the club's history, Jean Pădureanu. The stadium has a total capacity of 7,800 seats.

European record

Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup / European Cup Winners' Cup  2631279−2
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 1201102−2
UEFA Intertoto Cup 728114134633+13
Total 10 36 14 6 16 53 44 + 9

Statistics by competition

UEFA Cup Winners' Cup / European Cup Winners' Cup

Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1994–95 First round Spain Spain Real Zaragoza 2 – 1 0 – 4 2 – 5
1996–97 Qualifying round Malta Malta Valletta 2 – 1 2 – 1 4 – 2
First round Italy Italy Fiorentina 1 – 1 0 – 1 1 – 2

UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup

Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1993–94 First round Slovenia Slovenia NK Maribor 0 – 0 0 – 2 0 – 2

UEFA Intertoto Cup

Season Round Country Club Home Away Aggregate
1997 Group stage (10) France France Montpellier 1 – 2 4th place
Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro Čukarički Stankom 2 – 3
Bulgaria Bulgaria Spartak Varna 2 – 1
Netherlands Netherlands Groningen 1 – 4
2001 First round Finland Finland FC Jazz 2 – 1 0 – 1 2 – 2 (a)
2002 First round Luxembourg Luxembourg Union Luxembourg 2 – 0 0 – 0 2 – 0
Second round Albania Albania Teuta 3 – 0 0 – 1 3 – 1
Third round France France Lille 0 – 2 0 – 1 0 – 3
2003 First round Wales Wales Bangor City F.C. 5 – 2 1 – 0 6 – 2
Second round Italy Italy Brescia Calcio 1 – 1 1 – 2 2 – 3
2004 First round Switzerland Switzerland FC Thun 0 – 0 0 – 2 0 – 2
2005 First round Cyprus Cyprus Olympiakos Nicosia 11 – 0 5 – 0 16 – 0
Second round Croatia Croatia NK Slaven Belupo 0 – 1 2 – 3 2 – 4
2007 First round Montenegro Montenegro Grbalj 2 – 1 1 – 1 3 – 2
Second round Israel Israel Maccabi Haifa (aet) 0 – 2 2 – 0 2 – 2 (3 – 2 p)
Third round Spain Spain Atlético Madrid 2 – 1 0 – 1 2 – 2 (a)

Current squad

As of 19 February 2016

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Romania GK Alberto Hangan
Romania GK Alexandru Rebrean
Romania DF Prodan Bogdan
Romania DF Paul Ilovan
Romania DF Arthur Laposi
Romania DF Cristian Nuț
Romania DF Ionuț Pop
Romania DF Ploscar Cristian
Romania DF Claudiu Roman
Romania DF Flaviu Varga (captain)
Romania MF Florin Boerean
No. Position Player}
Romania MF Nicoară Danci
Romania MF Ureche Paul
Romania MF Darius Mureșan
Romania MF David Platon
Romania MF Vasile Petrina
Romania MF Doru Runcan
Romania FW Alin Padurariu
Romania FW Orban Mihaly
Romania FW Ionuț Pintea
Romania FW Răzvan Rob


Managerial history dating from the past 20 years

Club honors


Liga I

Liga II

Liga III

Liga V-Bistrița Năsăud


Cupa României

Cupa Ligii

Supercupa României


UEFA Intertoto Cup

Club records in Liga 1

Club records in Liga 1 dating from the past 20 years

Longest winning run

Longest unbeaten run

Biggest wins

Biggest losses

Most played games

Most goals


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 9, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-10.
  2. Gloria Bistrita – Atlético Madrid : 2–1 Match report from
  3. Atlético Madrid – Gloria Bistrita : 1–0 Match report from

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