FC Gloria Buzau (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈɡlori.a buˈzəw]), commonly known as Gloria Buzau, was a Romanian association football club based in Buzau. The team played for seven years in Liga I, the most recent presence being recorded in the 2008–09 season. The club went bankrupt in 2016.
FC Gloria Buzau was founded on 16 June 1973, by the Buzau County Local Council, as part of CSM Buzau (Clubul Sportiv Municipal) (En: Municipal Sports Club), the local all-sports association.
Gloria absorbed the former team of Buzau, Metalul, whose place it also took in Divizia C (currently Liga III). With Metalul's players, together with other local footballers (especially from another team, Soimii), they ranked 1st in their first season of Divizia C. Gloria won the subsequent Divizia B promotion play-off tournament and thus won promotion in their first year of existence.
1970s and 1980s
After several attempts to attack the first place in Seria I of Divizia B, Gloria managed, only 6 years after their establishment, to rank first at the end of the 1977–78 season and to gain promotion to the Divizia A for the first time for a team from Buzau. After a season in which Gloria obtained probably their best result in history (4–1 at home with Steaua București), they managed to surprisingly maintain themselves in the first league after causing a major upset by winning against UTA Arad, one of the Romanian giants of the moment, and provoking their relegation. They relegated though the next season.
After four seasons, Gloria was again in Divizia A where they remained for three more seasons. The season of 1984–85 was Gloria's most successful one in history as they ranked 5th and obtained their tickets to the Balkans Cup, where they reached the semi-finals stage, outpassed by Panionios of Greece.
Two decades of lower leagues
What followed was 20 seasons of anonymous lower-league football, including two seasons in Divizia C (2000–01 and 2001–02).
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