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FC. Ripensia Timisoara 1928

FC. Ripensia Timisoara 1928 is a football team from the Romanian city of Timisoara. It was founded in 1928 by Dr.Cornel Lazar and it lasted only twenty years before folding due to lack of funds in 1948.
In 2012, the club was brought back to life in the Timis County League.1
Ripensia was the first Romanian football club to turn professional, and because of this status they were unable to compete in the national league until the 1932-33 season. After being accepted in the national system, Ripensia quickly became one of the best teams in the country, winning four leagues and two Romanian Cups in their short history.
The team's colors were red and yellow.

History

It was founded in 1928 by Dr. Cornel Lazăr, a famous promoter of football in the Banat region, and the former president of Chinezul Timisoara. The players came from Chinezul Timişoara, C.A.T. and Poli Timisoara. Due to its professional status, until 1932-1933 (the first season of the National League - Divizia A), the team and its players could not participate in official national competitions.





They were champions of the Romanian Football League in 1933, 1935, 1936, and 1938, with two Romanian Cup appearances, winning 3-2 over Universitatea Cluj in 1934 and 5-1 over Unirea Tricolor Bucuresti in 1936. They were national vice-champions for 1933-34 and 1938-39. After World War II, due to financial problems, the communist sports organisation and controversial actions, Ripensia played in Divizia B and Divizia C. After 1948, without any support, it disappeared, merging with Electrica Timişoara.

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Their colours were red-yellow. Their home stadium was called Electrica (today UMT; the original wooden stand was demolished in 2004-2005).

The greatest players in team history were:Goalkeepers: William Zombory, Dumitru PavloviciDefenders: Rudold Bürger, Balazs HoksaryMidfielders: Vasile Chiroiu II, Vasile Deheleanu, Rudolf Kotormany, Eugen Lakatos, Nicolae SimatocForwards: Gheorghe Oprean, Zoltan Beke, Silviu Bindea, Gheorghe Ciolac, Stefan Dobay, Ladislau Raffinsky, Alexandru Schwartz, Graţian Sepi II, Mihai Tänzer.

Mitropa Cup

Ripensia played in the Mitropa Cup, an important inter-war football competition. In the 1938 season Ripensia knocked Italian giants AC Milan out of this competition. The Romanians won the first leg 3-0 at Bucharest, and lost the second leg 1-3. In the next round Ripensia was eliminated by Hungarian side of Ferencvaros (1-4, 4-5).

League Records
Ripensia in Divizia A:

Romanian football portalDivizia A: (9 editions) 184 110 28 46 512 - 277
Divizia B: (1 edition) 29 12 4 13 44 - 54
Divizia C: (1 edition) 18 13 14 1 48 - 21
Total: (11 editions) 231 135 46 60 604 - 352
1932-1933• 12 • 10 • 00 - 02 - 49 • 10 • 20 points
1933-1934• 14 • 10 • 02 - 02 - 55 • 13 • 22 points
1934-1935• 22 • 14 • 04 - 04 - 66 • 34 • 32 points
1935-1936• 22 • 13 • 04 - 05 - 59 • 37 • 30 points
1936-1937• 22 • 13 • 01 - 08 - 59 • 39 • 27 points
1937-1938• 18 • 15 • 00 - 03 - 63 • 25 • 30 points
1938-1939• 22 • 11 • 04 - 07 - 53 • 39 • 26 points
1939-1940• 22 • 08 • 06 - 08 - 36 • 37 • 22 points
1940-1941• 24 • 13 • 06 - 05 - 58 • 32 • 32 points

Honours

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Liga I: Winners (4): 1932-33, 1934-35, 1935-36, 1937-38 Runners-up (2): 1933-34, 1938-39
Liga III: Winners (1): 1946-47
Romanian Cup:Winners(2):1933-34, 1935-1936 Runners-up (2): 1934-35, 1936-37

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