This past weekend saw matches being played, counting towards the last-but-one round of domestic League One's Group 1. They conceded an away defeat to FCSB, yet CFR Cluj have won the title. It was for the 5th time and for the 2nd-time around when the team from Transylvania have grabbed the title. CFR Cluj have done it the hard way, given that they were only two points clear from the runner-up team, FCSB. Furthermore, all throughout the 2018-2019 season, no less than four head coaches were at the helm of CFR Cluj.
For the Supercup and the championship's first round, Edi Iordanescu was at the helm of CFR Cluj. He got the sack and was replaced by António Conceição who lasted until February, when the management of the club decided Conceição was no longer needed, since early into the competition season, CFR had no win on their record sheet for the first three matches. However, we should note that with Toni Conceição at the helm, CFR Cluj were at the top of the table. Then first assistant Alin Minteuan had a stint as a headcoach, and at that time CFR Cluj had a win-only record sheet. Dan Petrescu was then appointed at the helm of CFR. We recall in 2018 Petrescu lead CFR all the way up to grabbing the title. Dan Petrescu provided no disappointment, and at the end of the 2018-2019 competition season he yet again lead CFR to the title.
CFR Cluj was founded in 1907, but it was not until the 21st century that they won the five champion titles. CFR became title holders in 2008, for the first time, when they won Romania's Cup as well. Then CFR won the title in 2010, 2012 and 2019. CFR have also won the title for the 2018-2019 season.
CFR Cluj have paved their way to the Champions League, where they play straight into the preliminary round. However, the Romanian team is not a first-seeded squad, which means that right from the start CFR are up against such strong challengers as Celtic Glasgow, BATE Borisov or Rosenborg. Until they earn their place in the Champions League's group stage, CFR will have to play no less than eight matches in three preliminary rounds and a play-off tie.