Fixtures

Romania Liga I 03/02 12:00 29 UTA Arad vs FC U Craiova 1948 - View
Romania Liga I 03/09 16:00 30 Dinamo Bucharest vs ACS UTA Batrana Doamna - View

Results

Romania Liga I 02/28 19:00 28 [3] Rapid Bucuresti v UTA Arad [8] L 4-1
Romania Liga I 02/24 12:00 27 [9] UTA Arad v Petrolul Ploiesti [7] W 1-0
Romania Liga I 02/17 12:00 26 [13] FC Voluntari v UTA Arad [11] W 0-1
Romania Liga I 02/12 15:00 25 [12] UTA Arad v FC Botosani [15] D 2-2
Romania Liga I 02/04 11:00 24 [8] Universitatea Cluj v UTA Arad [12] W 1-3
Romania Liga I 01/27 12:00 23 [13] UTA Arad v ACS Sepsi [6] W 2-1
Romania Liga I 01/22 18:00 22 [1] FCSB v UTA Arad [12] L 4-0
Club Friendly List 01/13 12:00 - Budapest Honved v ACS UTA Batrana Doamna L 3-0
Club Friendly List 01/10 12:00 - FC Ajka v ACS UTA Batrana Doamna W 0-1
Romania Liga I 12/20 15:30 21 [13] UTA Arad v CS U Craiova [3] D 2-2
Romania Liga I 12/16 12:00 20 [14] UTA Arad v Farul Constanta [7] D 0-0
Romania Liga I 12/08 17:00 19 [13] CSM Politehnica Iasi v UTA Arad [11] L 1-0

Stats

 TotalHomeAway
Matches played 56 27 29
Wins 24 15 9
Draws 15 7 8
Losses 17 5 12
Goals for 74 45 29
Goals against 65 26 39
Clean sheets 18 10 8
Failed to score 16 6 10

Wikipedia - FC UTA Arad

Asociația Fotbal Club UTA Arad (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈuta aˈrad]), commonly known as UTA Arad or simply UTA (Uzina Textilă Arad ("Textiles Factory of Arad")), is a Romanian professional football club based in the city of Arad, Arad County that competes in the Liga I.

The team was founded in 1945 as IT Arad, and has won six national titles and two Cupa României. Domestically, UTA is one of the most successful Romanian sides of the 20th century, sharing with Chinezul Timișoara the record for the most title wins outside Bucharest, earning it the nickname Campioana Provinciei ("Provincial Champion"), a record which ended during the conclusion of the 2020–21 season when newcomer team CFR Cluj claimed its seventh Liga I trophy. UTA Arad's decline began with a transfer to the second division in 1979, and it appeared in the top flight before being dissolved in 2014. UTA Arad was eventually promoted from the Liga IV and managed to return to the Liga I in 2021.

The team plays in red and white uniforms at the new Francisc von Neuman Stadium, which was opened in 2020. UTA holds a long-standing rivalry with neighbouring SSU Politehnica Timișoara, with whom it contests the West derby.

History

Name Period
ITA Arad 1945–1949
Flamura Roșie Arad 1950–1957
UTA Arad 1958–2014
UTA Bătrâna Doamnă Arad 2014–2017
UTA Arad 2017–present

1945–1965

The team was founded under the name ITA Arad by the owner of the Arad Textile Company, Francisc von Neuman, on 18 April 1945. The colors of the club (white – red) were inspired by Arsenal's colors, as Neuman was a fan of the team.

The first football match of the newly established team was on 27 May 1945 against Banatul Sânnicolau Mic, score 2–3.[]

UTA Arad team in 1946–47.

On 1 September 1946 on the occasion of the match between ITA Arad and Ciocanul București, score 1–0, took place the inauguration of the stadium in Arad, Francisc von Neuman Stadium.

József Pecsovszky (left) won three league titles with UTA Arad.
The club's logo when it was known as Flamura Roșie Arad (1950–1957).

1965–1975

Flavius Domide spent almost his entire career with UTA from 1966 to 1979.

In the 1970–71, the team took fourth place and participated again in the European Champion Clubs' Cup, eliminating the trophy holder at that time, Feyenoord, after a 1–1 at Rotterdam and 0–0 in Arad.

UTA Arad, champions of Romania (1969–70).

In the 1971–72 season the team became vice-champion of Romania and participated in the UEFA Cup, reaching the quarterfinals after overtaking Austria Salzburg (4–1, 1–3), Zagłębie Wałbrzych (1–1, 2–1) and Vitória Setúbal (3–0, 0–1). They were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Tottenham Hotspur; the first game was at home where they lost 2–0.[] The second leg at away at White Hart Lane in London was a 1–1 draw, however this was not enough and Arad were knocked out 3–1 on aggregate.

1975–2013

The team's decline started in the 1975–76 season, and after it placed 17th in the 1978–79 season, it was reassigned to Divizia B.[]

Mircea Petescu, captain of UTA's golden team of the 1970s.

After two years in the second division (third place in 1979–80 and ninth in 1980–81), UTA returned to Divizia A under the technical leadership of coach Ştefan Czako, but failed to last for more than a year, and was sent back to the second division after occupying only 17th place in Divizia A at the end of the 1981–82 season.

Between 1984 and 1991, UTA occupied the following positions in the third Series of Divizia B: 13th in 1984–85, 4th in 1985–86, 10th in 1986–87, 3rd in 1987–88, 2nd in 1988–89, 2nd in 1989–90, 5th in 1990–91. It also placed in the second Series of Divizia B: 2nd in 1991–92 and 1st in 1992–93.

Between 1995 and 2002, UTA occupied the following positions in the 2nd Series of Divizia B: 5th in 1995–96, 13th in 1996–97, 11th in 1997–98, 2nd in 1998–99, 6th in 1999–2000, 7th in 2000–01 and 1st in 2001–02.

In the summer of 1999, UTA Arad disputed a play-off match at Alba Iulia against Rocar București for promotion in Divizia A, a match in which it lost 0–2. Coach Francis Tisza organised the following team: Pap – Diaconescu, Botiş, G. Radu (50' Ciubăncan), Găman (76' Baciu), Panin – Todea, Almaşan, Zaha – Mariş, Cl.Drăgan (69' Turcan).

Nicolae "Coco" Dumitrescu (left), former player and manager of UTA.

UTA Arad did not play in this league because after an assignment agreement with Liberty Salonta, UTA took the place of Liberty in Liga I and vice versa in the Liga III.

Thus, the team qualified in Liga I for the 2006–07 season. After club president Nicolae Bara signed with coach Marius Lăcătuş and under his leadership, UTA occupied the 12th place at the end of the season.

In August 2013, businessman Adrian Marțian took over Giovanni Catanzariti's majority stake, promising the financial recovery of the club and bringing back the good results, but by November he lost the support of the supporters and Flavius Domide asked him to leave the club to competent people from Arad.

Another team, supported by a part of UTA fans, called UTA Bătrâna Doamnă, was founded in 2013 by former player Marius Ţucudean. It was enrolled in Liga IV instead of UTA II and received the logo, the record and the colors of UTA from UTA Supporter Club in March 2014, becoming officially UTA Arad. The Liga II team had to change their name to FC UTA SA. At the end of the 2013–2014 season of Liga II, UTA SA was excluded from the championship by FRF for not attending two matches and relegated to the 6th League, where it did not sign up and was dissolved.

2013–present

UTA Bătrâna Doamnă, promoted in the Liga III at the end of the season after a promotion play-off match against Hunedoara County champion Retezatul Hațeg, won 2–0.

After only one season in the Liga III, the club was promoted back to the Liga II after finishing first in the fourth Series of the league, four points ahead of Nuova Mama Mia Becicherecu Mic.

In their first season after returning to the Liga II, UTA, now known as UTA Bătrâna Doamnă finished second in the second Series of the championship and qualified for a Liga I promotion play-off against Dunărea Călărași and Voluntari. It eliminated Dunărea Călărași 5–4 on aggregate, but lost 1–3 against Voluntari and remained for another season in the Liga II.

In the 2016–17 season, UTA finished third and qualified again for a promotion play-off against Poli Timișoara, one of Politehnica Timișoara successors, and ASU Politehnica Timișoara. UTA lost to both teams (1–2, 1–3).

In the summer of 2017, FRF has officialized that UTA Bătrâna Doamnă changed its name back to FC UTA Arad being the official and legal successor of the old club.

UTA Arad is a professional soccer team based in the city of Arad, Romania. The team was founded in 1945 and has a rich history of success in Romanian soccer. UTA Arad has won the Romanian championship six times and the Romanian Cup four times. The team plays its home matches at the Francisc von Neuman Stadium, which has a capacity of 11,155 spectators. The team's colors are red and white, and its mascot is a lion. UTA Arad has a passionate fan base and is known for its attacking style of play. The team has a strong youth academy and has produced many talented players who have gone on to play for top clubs in Europe. UTA Arad is a respected and competitive team in Romanian soccer and is always striving to achieve success on the national and international stage.