FC Dinamo București

This article is about the football club. For the sports club, see CS Dinamo București.
FC Dinamo București
Full name Fotbal Club Dinamo București
  • Câinii roșii (The Red Dogs)
  • Alb-roșii (The White and Reds)
Short name Dinamo
Founded 14 May 1948 (1948-05-14)
Ground Dinamo
Ground Capacity 15,032
Owner Ionuț Negoiță[1]
General manager Adrian Mutu
Manager Ioan Andone
League Liga I
2015–16 Liga I, 4th
Website Club home page

Fotbal Club Dinamo București (Romanian pronunciation: [diˈnamo bukuˈreʃtʲ]), commonly known as Dinamo București, or simply as Dinamo, is a Romanian professional football club based in Bucharest. Dinamo is one of the two most successful football teams in Romania, having won 18 Romanian Liga I titles, 13 Romanian Cups and 2 Romanian Supercups. They became the second Romanian team to reach the European Champions' Cup semifinals in 1983–84.

Founded in 1948, Dinamo has spent its entire history in Liga I, the top league of Romanian football.

The team's traditional home colours are white and red. The current crest is a modified version of the one adopted in the 1998. Dinamo Bucharest's home ground is the 15,032-seater Dinamo Stadium in Bucharest's city centre, where it has played since 1951.

The club's biggest rivals are Steaua București, and matches between the two teams are commonly referred to as "The Eternal Derby".


Dinamo Bucharest in 1953

Dinamo was founded on 14 May 1948, when "Unirea Tricolor MAI" — newly entered, in January 1948, under the umbrella of the Communist regime's Internal Affairs Ministry — merged with "Ciocanul București". The sporting club represented the above-mentioned institution.[2] The "Dinamo" name was used for the very first time on 1 May 1948. Nevertheless, the real debut of Dinamo was on the 1947-48 Divizia A edition (finishing 8th). Some of the team's players were Ambru, Angelo Niculescu, Teodorescu, Siclovan, Bartha, Sârbu. In 1955, Dinamo won their first championship. With Angelo Niculescu as head coach, Dinamo impressed mainly in the offensive, with an attack formed by Ene I, Neaga and Suru. The defense, with players like Băcuț I, Băcuț II, Szoko, Călinoiu, was the best in the championship – only 19 goals received.[3]

In the fall of 1956, the team make its debut in the European Champion Clubs' Cup (competition created a year before). Dinamo was the first Romanian team to play in the European competitions. The debut game was played on 26 August 1956, in front of 32,000 spectators. Dinamo defeated Galatasaray with 3–1. In the second leg, Dinamo lost in Istanbul with 1–2, and moved forward.

The following years, Dinamo met famous teams in Europe, such as Real Madrid (a team with Di Stefano and Gento – The game played in Bucharest took place at „23 August” Stadium, and established a new record for this arena: 100,000 spectators[4]), Inter Milan and Feyenoord: 0–3 and 0–2.

In 1973, in the European Cup, Dinamo surpass Northern Ireland's Crusaders Belfast. The 11–0 home game against Northern Ireland's team is still the biggest margin of victory in the history of the European Cup.

The autumn of 1983–84 was going to represent a valuable step into the international arena. The "European Champions Cup campaign" started with the Finnish team, Kuusysi Lahti (1–0 and 3–0). The second round pushes Dinamo against the current champion, Hamburger SV – team of Stein, Kalz and Magath. At Bucharest, Augustin, Multescu and Orac score for 3–0.[5][6] The thrilling second leg finishes 3–2 (goals Talnar and Multescu). In order to accede in the semifinals of CCE, Dinamo had to defeat another top team: Dinamo Minsk, with Aleinikov, Zigmanatovich and Gurinovich. The first leg was 1–1 (Rednic equalizing in the 87th minute), and it was followed by a 1–0 victory at Bucharest (with Augustin scoring). Dinamo was the first Romanian team to reach the European Champions Cup semifinals,[7] where it met Liverpool F.C.. Dinamo lost 1–0 at Anfield and 2–1 in Bucharest, as Liverpool progressed to the 1984 European Cup Final.

In 1986 Dinamo wins the Cup against Steaua, the team that only with a few days before won the European Cup.

In the summer of 1990, Dinamo – with Mircea Lucescu as coach – conquers a new national title, the 13th. Also the team wins the Cup final, against Steaua: 6–4. But the Romanian Revolution from 1989 opened the doors for the Romanian footballers to leave and play abroad and Dinamo lost almost its entire team, thus a downfall regarding the results came the following years.

Dinamo managed to win the title in 1992, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2007, but failed to reach the final phases of the European competitions.

In 2013, the team changes its ownership. Businessman Ionuț Negoiță bought the club and promised to revive the golden years.[8]

On May 6, 2016, player Patrick Ekeng collapsed on the field and was diagnosed with heart attack. He was declared dead in the hospital 2 hours later.

Colours and badge

Since the beginning, Dinamo's colours were red and white. The current team's badge includes two red dogs, a nickname given to the club when the Nunweiller brothers played here, Radu and Ion, in the 1960s and 1970s.


Main article: Stadionul Dinamo

Dinamo plays its home games at Stadionul Dinamo. The arena was built in 1951, and for the official inauguration Dinamo played a game against Locomotiva Timișoara. Initially, the stadium capacity was 16,000 places, but following seats installment, the capacity was decreased to 15,032 places. The stadium is part of a larger complex which contains another smaller stadium, Stadionul Florea Dumitrache, where the second team, Dinamo II, used to play its matches, but now the rugby team plays its home matches there, a sports hall and a swimming pool.

The stadium is nicknamed "Groapa" (The Hole), because it was built by digging a hole, and not by raising its stands.

Dinamo's fans stay in the North stand, named Peluza Cătălin Hîldan, after a former Dinamo player, deceased at 24.

Dinamo also playes the home and away matches against their biggest rivals, Steaua, as well as other major fixtures at Arena Națională.


Being the second most famous club in the country, Dinamo has an estimated 11% support in Romania, making them the 2nd most supported Romanian club, after Steaua.[9] The largest concentration of fans is in Bucharest, mainly in the North-East and central areas of the city. The club also has important fan bases inside and outside the country.

The roots of the Dinamo ultras movement can be found in 1995 when groups like Dracula or Rams Pantelimon appear in the North End. In 1996 a group called Nuova Guardia is born, composed of young but very devoted men it will become the leading group in the red-white stands and later on in the entire Romanian ultras movement.[10] Following the death of the former captain, Cătălin Hîldan, in 2000, the fans renamed the North End of Dinamo's stadium to Peluza Catalin Hîldan (PCH Stand) in his honor. The majority of supporters are located in the PCH, but several factions have moved to the South End.

Even though Dinamo Bucharest is the 2nd most supported Romanian club, its fans are known for creating great atmosphere and unique choreographies, and they are often regarded as the best and most passionate fans in Romania.

The most emotional of the choreographies was the one Dinamo's fans did in memory of Patrick Ekeng, dead at 26, the second Dinamo player to die on the pitch, after Cătălin Hîldan.

Dinamo supporters on an away match against Steaua


Dinamo's most important rivalry is with Steaua. The match between them, Eternul Derby (The Eternal Derby), has been the leading Romanian football encounter in the last 60 years, as Dinamo and Steaua are the two most successful football teams in the country. Clashes between different factions of supporters have often occurred and still occur inside and outside the stadium. The nadir was reached in 1997 when Dinamo's fans set a sector of Steaua's stadium (Stadionul Ghencea) on fire.[11] On 16 August 2016, during Steaua's UEFA Champions League play-off 0–5 loss against Manchester City, undercover Dinamo fans displayed a huge message saying "Only Dinamo Bucharest", which was labelled one of the biggest pranks in football history [12]

Other important rivalries are shared with Universitatea Craiova and Rapid București. Petrolul Ploieşti, Farul Constanța, FC Argeș, CFR Cluj and Poli Timișoara fans also consider Dinamo to be their rival, although Dinamo fans don't seem to give any special importance to the games against these teams.

The Academy

Dinamo has an important infrastructure for training and preparing children towards professionalism. The youth center has nine organised groups managed by age categories, for children between nine and 18 years. In total, Dinamo has around 180 juniors.

All the groups play in the competitions organised by the Bucharest Football Association and in those created by the Romanian Federation. Youths around 16–18 years old are promoted in the second team, Dinamo II.

The youth center has its base in the Dinamo Sport Center, where they have eight dressing rooms for the players, one for the coaches, one for the referees, a medical center and a store room for the equipments. Also, the center has many training grounds, among them the Piți Varga field.[13]



Records in the league:

Records in the European competition:

European record

Including away match with Metalist Kharkiv.

Competition S P W D L GF GA GD
UEFA Champions League / European Cup 186624103296106– 10
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup / European Cup Winners' Cup 5208482518+ 7
UEFA Europa League / UEFA Cup 2392381440152128+ 24
UEFA Intertoto Cup 1410346– 2
Total 47 182 70 29 83 275 257 + 18


Current squad

As of 8 September 2016

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

No. Position Player
1 Romania GK Laurențiu Brănescu (on loan from Juventus)
2 Romania DF Mihai Popescu
3 Romania DF Laurențiu Corbu
4 Romania DF Sergiu Hanca
5 Romania DF Ionuț Nedelcearu
6 Bosnia and Herzegovina MF Azer Bušuladžić
7 Romania DF Steliano Filip
8 Romania MF Valentin Lazăr
9 Romania MF Dorin Rotariu
10 France FW Harlem Gnohéré
12 Romania GK Alberto Cobrea
13 Romania FW Daniel Popa
15 Romania MF Dan Nistor (Captain)
16 Argentina DF Maximiliano Oliva
No. Position Player
17 Slovakia FW Adam Nemec
18 South Africa MF May Mahlangu
19 Romania MF Patrick Petre
20 Croatia MF Antun Palić (Vice-captain)
21 Romania DF Vlad Olteanu
22 Romania MF Alin Dudea
23 Romania MF Ionuț Șerban
24 Italy DF Luca Ceccarelli
26 Panama GK Jaime Penedo
27 Austria DF Bernhard Janeczek
28 Croatia DF Luka Marić
29 Spain DF José Romera
30 Romania MF Andrei Tîrcoveanu

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
Romania MF Valentin Costache (to CS Afumați)
Romania GK Iustin Popescu (to CS Unirea Tărlungeni)
Romania GK Vlad Muțiu (to CSM Râmnicu Vâlcea)
Romania DF Constantin Dima (to CSM Metalul Reșița)
Romania DF Mihai Zamfir (to CS Unirea Tărlungeni)
Romania DF Sebastian Bucur (to ASA Târgu Mureș)
No. Position Player
Romania DF Claudiu Săftescu (to FC Brașov)
Romania DF Mihai Codreanu (to FC Dunărea Călărași)
Romania MF Paul Anton (to Getafe CF)
Romania MF Laurențiu Manole (to FC Brașov)
Romania MF Paul Radu (to FC Dunărea Călărași)

Retired number(s)

11 Romania Cătălin Hîldan, Midfielder (1994–2000) Posthumous honor. Since "Unicul Căpitan (The Only Captain)" died, no player will wear the number 11 shirt at FC Dinamo, since the club decided to retire the shirt out of respect and posthumous honor for legend Cătălin Hîldan.

14 Cameroon Patrick Ekeng, Midfielder (2016) – Patrick Ekeng died at hospital Floreasca after he had come into a coma in a match on 6 May 2016 against Viitorul Constanța where he joined as a substitute.

Club officials

Board of directors

Role Name
Owner Romania Ionuț Negoiță
President Romania Cătălin Petrescu
General manager Romania Adrian Mutu
Sporting manager Romania Ionel Dănciulescu
Honorary president Romania Nicolae Badea

Current technical staff

As of 1 July 2016.[17]
Role Name
Manager Romania Ioan Andone
Assistant manager Romania Iulian Mihăescu
Assistant manager Romania Silviu Ioan
Goalkeeping coach Romania Cătălin Grigore
Fitness coach Italy Paolo Potocnik
Club doctor Romania Liviu Bătineanu

Notable players

Dinamo's record appearance-maker is Cornel Dinu, who made 454 appearances between 1966 and 1983. Ionel Dănciulescu has made the second most appearances with 355.

Notable managers

For details see Dinamo Bucharest managers

The most notable managers of Dinamo are Angelo Niculescu with two championship titles in 1955 and 1965; Nicolae Nicusor Dumitru with six championship titles in 1962, 1964, 1971, 1975, 1983 and 1984, and who qualified Dinamo in the European Champions Cup 1983–1984 season reaching the semifinals; Ion Nunweiller who won the championship in 1973 and 1977. Mircea Lucescu who managed Dinamo for five years winning two cups, one title and qualifying Dinamo in the quarter finals of the Cup Winners Cup in the 1988–1989 season, and one year later in 1989–1990 in the same competition reaching the semifinals. Cornel Dinu marked the comeback of Dinamo on the Romanian football stage winning the title in 2000, and the cup in 2001.


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