Sepsi OSK

Asociația Club Sportiv Sepsi OSK Sfantu Gheorghe, commonly known as Sepsi OSK (Hungarian: [ˈʃɛpʃi ˈoɛʃkaː]), Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe (Romanian: [ˈsepsi ˈsfɨntu ˈɡe̯orɡe]), or simply Sepsi, is a Romanian professional football club based in Sfantu Gheorghe, Covasna County, that plays in the Liga I.

Founded in 2011, they achieved promotion to the top tier in 2017 after a quick ascent through the Romanian league system. Sepsi became the first team from Covasna—a county with a majority of Szekely ethnics—to play in the Liga I. They also qualified for the 2020 Cupa Romaniei Final, which they lost 0–1 to FCSB.

The club's home ground is the Stadionul Municipal and its colors are red and white in honour of the local football tradition.

History

Formation and ascent (2011–2017)

Laszlo Dioszegi and David Kertesz decided to start a new football club in the summer of 2011. They picked the red and white colors to honor the football traditions of Sfantu Gheorghe and chose the name OSK as an acronym reminiscent of the defunct Olt Sport Klub. They wanted the name of the city to be also included in the club's name, so they chose the prefix Sepsi form Sepsiszentgyorgy, which is the Hungarian name of the city. In order to be able to enroll to Liga V they signed a collaboration agreement with Clubul Sportiv Școlar from Sfantu Gheorghe and formed a junior team.

In their debut season, they won the Liga V competition of Covasna County and were promoted to Liga IV. They finished second in their first Liga IV season, eight points behind local Viitorul Sfantu Gheorghe.Valentin Suciu—who would eventually guide them to Liga I—was appointed manager in 2013. At the end of the 2013–14 campaign, Sepsi OSK effortlessly won the Liga IV competition of Covasna County and qualified for the Liga III promotion play-off, where they faced the champion of Vrancea County, Selena Jariștea. Following a 1–1 draw after extra time, they won 6–5 on penalties, being subsequently promoted to the third division.

After a satisfying third place in the 2014–15 Liga III, promotion to Liga II was set as the objective for the next season. They won the 2015–16 Liga III and were promoted, which represented a notable performance for the team at the time. In the summer of 2016, Attila Hadnagy joined the team and became its captain. As he scored 28 goals in 31 games, the unexpected happened in the season which followed. They finished second in the 2016–17 Liga II and were promoted to Liga I, the top tier of the Romanian football league system.

Top league years (2017–present)

As a last step in becoming fully professional in 2017, the club started a series of investments into infrastructure which included the creation of training grounds for its youth center and building a UEFA Category 4 stadium. In the years which followed the promotion, Sepsi OSK managed to stay in the Liga I, qualifying for the first time to the championship play-offs in the 2018–19 season.

In the summer of 2020, they qualified for the first time to the Cupa Romaniei final, which they lost 1–0 to FCSB at the Ilie Oana Stadium in Ploiești. On their route to the last game of the competition, Sepsi eliminated Ripensia Timișoara, Astra Giurgiu, Petrolul Ploiești and Politehnica Iași; In all but one of the five matches "the Szekelys" scored at least three goals.

In the 2020–21 season, they clinched the championship play-offs for the second time. After this performance, they finished 4th place, going for the European play-offs. Sepsi recorded their first ever qualification in European competitions, qualifying for the second round of UEFA Conference League after defeating Viitorul Constanța 1–0 in the European play-offs. They met Slovakian side Spartak Trnava, but were eliminated due to a 3–4 penalty shotout loss after two successive draws.

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