Who is CSC Dumbrăvița, the team that defeated Reșița at the dam

Certainly, CSC Dumbrăvița was the big surprise of the promotion dams in League 2 held this year, to the detriment of the much more experienced CSM Resita.

A new club, with a founding act from May 29, 2018, when one of the richest communes in Romania decided to transfer the sport to a public law club. An equally interesting locality, a sociological mirror of post-December Romania, with a life, paradoxically, totally different from that of the football team.

The grove. The team is so natural, the locality is not very natural

After being promoted to League 2, many football fans laughed that a commune had eliminated a county seat: Resita. Well, Dumbrăvița is a kind of Bel-Air of Romania, a neighborhood-bedroom of Timișoara, where millionaires and well-known people crowded to build villas.

Staying in Dumbrăvița is a fact in Timișoara, and the urban legend, not far from the truth, says that the “secret” of the urban development of the commune north of the Banat Capital, towards Arad, was the tacit agreement of the locals born in the village hearth not to never sells to the Roma, who thus preferred the center of Timisoara.

We are talking about the hearth of the village, because today, Dumbrăvița has “stuck” to Timișoara and it is already more and more difficult for it to extend to the north.

The new Szentes or Hunting Forest

It wasn’t always like that. The village, founded by the Hungarians during the Dualism period (1891), was far from the city, even at the beginning of this millennium, far away from the Calea Lipovei neighborhood. The town appeared artificially, as the Hungarians cleared the Green Forest, much larger at the time, to form the village.

Ujszentes were the new Szentes, a Hungarian custom of founding communities after other cities. Even in the first decades of existence, in the official documents, the settlement appears with another name, Vadaszerdo, meaning “hunting forest”.

The trumpet in Dumbrăvița has not sounded for a long time, but even today, it is hunted there, not ciute, but the good life. Besides the Hungarians, Serbs also came to the locality, and the name of Opstina Dumbravica was imposed, after 1964, in front of the Hungarian Ujsztenes or the German Neussentesch, because there was also the Romanian version of “Sântești”.

Large villas, crowded stadium

In recent decades, Dumbrăvița has been filled with villas. There are also private streets in the locality, and one belongs to the former leader of the police gallery, Cristian Brâncovan. PUZs and expansions have been chaotic, and residents often complain that they have no water or asphalt pressure on the street, despite the good money in the account.

Dumbrăvița is the mirror of the chaos in the Romanian society. And between the sumptuous villas, where the football people have three street numbers each, at a small house painted in a green leek, there was room for the locker rooms of a football team.

The “Stefan Dobay” stadium, the only big celebrity that was born in the commune, is between the Day Center, the town hall and the square, not far from the forest.

In stark contrast to the vast arena in the Doman Valley. As unemployed as they are from Resita, so are the businessmen from Dumbrăvita. As spacious as the “Mircea Chivu” stadium is, as crowded as the “Stefan Dobay”. The more depopulated Resita, the larger the population of Dumbrăvița, which is said to be over 20,000 inhabitants.

In the beginning it was ACS

Football in the commune was also linked to the name of the Top Alumino teams, and, later, ACS Dumbrăvița also appeared. Eventually, in order to more easily support football with public money, the Dumbrăvița Communal Sports Club (CSC) was created. The constitutive act is dated May 29, 2018.

Football in Dumbrăvița hurried to reach the second echelon, just as the locality is in a hurry to “absorb” the people of Timisoara and beyond. In 2018, shortly after the CSC was formed, the team from Dumbrăvita was promoted to League 3, after a match with the champion of Mehedinți, Viitorul Șimian. The coach and craftsman was Sorin Bălu, who, like the current coach Cosmin Stan, was, perhaps, often neglected by the Timișoara players Poli (in any formula) or Ripensia, at the level of national leagues.

The team was not ready for promotion. Covaciului’s descendant?

Otherwise, Stan was the only person who thought that promotion was possible this season. In the summer, the team had lost almost all its players. The coach rebuilt with players he knew were capable. Some of the footballers are working. Others are borrowed from Poli or Ripensia.

Dumbrăvița has a stadium where you can hardly play League 2 matches and has in its file the reserve version of Covaci, another village with a team with a fabulous story, in the first decade of this millennium.

Wages were not high. The club has no U17 and U19 teams and not even a second licensed coach. In a country of all possibilities like Romania, as much money has been pumped by the big losers Resita and Hunedoara, cities where living is hard and depressing, so little money does the commune of millionaires have for football.

After the Prayer and the Stew Festival, the decision is made

Under these conditions, Mayor Horia Bugarin asked those in charge of the football department to try to draw up a budget.

FRF did not announce the outcome of the certification process before this extended weekend. On Sunday, on Pentecost, there is a prayer at Dumbrăvița, that is, the patron saint of the Orthodox Church, as they say in Banat. Because Romanians have long been the majority in the new Szentes. And on Monday, the second day of the religious holiday, the Stew Festival is held in the commune, because the Hungarian tradition of goulash will never be rejected!

After the holidays, the club must see if it can afford to play in League 2 or not and write a special story of Romanian football.

Photo: CSC Dumbrăvița, Anda Deliu and Leczki Jozsi (Mediafax Photo)