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Universitatea Craiova - The Champion of A Great Love

1982/1983 season has been, without doubt, the best in the history of "The Champion of a Great Love" a nickname used for Universitatea by the media, because of the tremendous love and immense passion that always surrounded the team. That magnificent side stayed fresh for long time in the memory of Romanian fans, regardless their sympathy for other clubs.

That season, under the management of Constantin Otet and Nicolae Ivan, Universitatea Craiova reached the semifinals of the UEFA Cup defeating big names of European football like AC Fiorentina (runners-up in Italian Serie A), Girondins Bordeaux (France), and FC Kaiserslautern (Germany). In the first European Cup semifinal ever played by a Romanian club, Universitatea played against Benfica Lisbon (Portugal), two times European Champions and three times European Champions finalists. After two draws the Portuguese side advanced to the final thanks to the goal away rule. Since then no other Romanian team had managed to qualify for the UEFA Cup semifinals.

Universitatea Craiova

Address: 86, Calea Unirii Str., 1100 Craiova, Romania, Europe
Phone: +40251/414.726
Fax: +40251/416.699
E-mail: fcuniversitatea
Official site:
Foundation year: 1948
Colors: white-blue
Stadium: "Ion Oblemenco", 28.000 seats, nocturne installation 1.400 lucs
Former names: CSU (Clubul Sportiv Universitar), Stiinta, and from 1966 Universitatea
Nicknames: Blue Lions
Fans hate: Dinamo and Steaua Bucharest

National performances:
- 4 times ROMANIAN CHAMPIONSHIP: 1974, 1980, 1981, 1991
- 5 times Second Place: 1973, 1982, 1983, 1994, 1995
- 7 times Third Place: 1967, 1975, 1977, 1984, 1986, 1990, 1993
- 6 times ROMANIAN FA CUP WINNER: 1977, 1978, 1981, 1983, 1991, 1993
- 5 lost finals: 1975, 1985, 1994, 1998, 2000
International performances:
- UEFA CUP semifinalist: 1983
- 14 editions on UEFA CUP


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