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The Romanian Cup ( ) is a football competition held annually since 1933-34. It is open to all clubs affiliated with FRF (Romanian Football Federation) and the county football associations regardless of the league they belong to.

Most finals have been held at the Naţional Stadiummarker (formerly known as "23 August"), and occasionally at other stadiums in Bucharestmarker. In 2007 the final was held in Timişoaramarker, at the Dan Păltinişanu Stadiummarker, this being the second occasion when the final was not held in Bucharestmarker (the first was Braşovmarker in 1989) and in 2008, in Piatra Neamţmarker, at the Ceahlăul Stadiummarker.

The competition's most successful performers are FC Steaua Bucureşti with 20 trophies, followed by FC Rapid Bucureşti with 13 and FC Dinamo Bucureşti, with 12.

Sponsorship

On 22 July 2005, FRF and Samsung Electronics signed a one-year sponsorship deal. The name of the competition was changed to Cupa României Samsung.

On 9 October 2006, FRF and Ursus Breweries (part of the SABMiller group) signed a sponsorship agreement for the next three seasons. Ursus Breweries changed the name of the competition to Cupa României Timişoreana, after the Timişoreana beer brand.

Competition format

This is the format used for the 2007/08 season.

County phase

The competition at this phase is organized by the county football associations. 42 teams (one from each county) will advance to the next phase.

National phase

The competition at this phase is organised by the Romanian Football Federation. For the first five phases, teams are paired using geographical criteria in order to avoid long travel distances. The teams from a lower division or with a lower ranking in the last league season host the games.

  • First phase


140 teams: 42 winners of the county phase and 98 Liga III teams.

  • Second phase


80 teams: 70 winners of the first phase and the remaining Liga III teams.

  • Third phase


40 teams: the winners of the second phase.

  • Fourth phase


56 teams: 20 winners of the third phase and all the 36 Liga II teams.

  • Fifth phase


28 teams: the winners of the fourth phase.

  • Round of 32


32 teams: 14 winners of the fifth phase and all the 18 Liga I teams.

Starting with this round a seeding system is used for the draw, as follows:

Pot A: Teams 1 - 6 from last seasons Liga I final table (6 teams)Pot B: The remaining Liga I teams (12 teams)Pot C: Teams from the lower divisions (14 teams)

Teams from Pot A will be paired with teams from pot C, then the 8 remaining pot C teams will be paired with pot B teams, with the lower league clubs hosting the games. The 4 remaining pot B teams will play each other, with the host club determined by means of a draw.

  • Round of 16


16 teams: 16 winners of the Round of 32

Games will be played at a neutral venue.

  • Quarterfinals


8 teams: 8 winners of the Round of 16

Games will be played at a neutral venue.

  • Semifinals


4 teams: 4 winners of the quarterfinals

Games will be played at a neutral venue.

  • Final


Played at a pre-established venue.

Every year, based on the national and international football calendar, FRF's executive committee may choose a two-leg or one-leg system for the round of 16, quarterfinals and semifinals.

List of champions

Year By Year

Performance by club

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
Steaua Bucureşti
20
7
1948–49, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1961–62, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1975–76, 1978–79, 1984–85, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1991–92, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1998–99
Rapid Bucureşti
13
5
1934–35, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1938–39, 1939–40, 1940–41, 1941–42, 1971–72, 1974–75, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2005–06, 2006–07
Dinamo Bucureşti
12
8
1958–59, 1963–64, 1967–68, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05
Universitatea Craiova
6
5
1976–77, 1977–78, 1980–81, 1982–83, 1990–91, 1992–93
CFR 1907 Cluj-Napoca
2
0
2007–08, 2008–09
Petrolul Ploieşti
2
1
1962–63, 1994–95
Politehnica Timişoara
2
4
1957–58, 1979–80
Ripensia Timişoara
2
2
1933–34, 1935–36
UTA Arad
2
2
1947–48, 1953
Arieşul Turda
1
0
1960–61
CFR Turnu Severin
1
0
1942–43
Chimia Râmnicu Vâlcea
1
0
1972–73
Gloria Bistriţa
1
1
1993–94
Jiul Petroşani
1
1
1973–74
Metalul Reşiţa
1
0
1954
Progresul Bucureşti
1
4
1959-60
Progresul Oradea
1
0
1956
Ştiinţa Cluj-Napoca
1
3
1964-65


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