A new football club, FC Dacia, was founded in Chişinău on the verge of the third millennium by Marin Levadaru, Igor Ursachi, Valeriu Plujnic and Alexandru Șcaruba. The team was composed of goalkeeper Ghenadie Gariuc and field players Alexandru Golban, Cornel Popov, Ruslan Raşcu, Serghei Coşciug, Cornel Gafton, Veaceslav Titov, Alexandru Tracalov and others.
The new team trained on the football school playground in Râşcani, Chişinău. The team had quite modest goals - to take part in the Moldova Championship in Division A. Who could have imagined that this team will give trouble to top star-studded teams such as FC Schalke 04 and Hamburg, claim numerous wins in the Intertoto Cup, play in the UEFA Cup, win the main trophy in the Turkmenistan President's Cup, land a spot on the podium of the Moldova Championship many times and become the Moldova Cup runners up and win hearts of thousands of fans, being a major source of talented Moldovan footballers?
But it happened later when Gabriel Stati became Dacia's president and implanted an insatiable desire to win in players through his love to football and dedicated work.
The team went to a training camp to the Black Sea in June. It was held in Ilichivsk (near Odessa, Ukraine). After that, the team made its debut in the Moldova Championship in Division A. Dacia finished fourth but almost ceased to exist because of financial problems.
Gabriel Stati took over as president in autumn and supported the club - settled all debts and paid salary. That's when the Dacians became the real Yellow Wolves. The team focused on wins in every game and became ambitious and firm.
Dacia dominated in Division A next season. It was clear that their level was too high for the second division of Moldovan professional football. The country learnt the name of talented striker Alexandru Golban. The future player of the national team and well-known Romanian and Ukrainian clubs became the top forward of Division A after netting 23 goals.
This happened because club president Gabriel Stati managed to set up a proper training camp. The team trained in Vadul lui Vodă first and then went to Germany where the Dacians learnt about football in this country and the training process in top German clubs.
Dacia's first German opponents in exhibition matches were Tennis Borussia Berlin. Though our footballers won the first game 2-0, they lost their concentration a little bit in the second match, thinking of the trip home, and lost.
As expected, FC Dacia were quite plucky National Division rookies! The Wolves claimed their first win by a 1-0 score in the opening game over Nistru Otaci. Mihai Iavorschi scored the opener. More wins followed. Dacia's winning streak was interrupted by top-placed Sheriff Tiraspol only in September. Dacia got a berth to the UEFA Intertoto Cup in the very first season in the ND.
The Faroe Islands are an island group between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. This is where Dacia's first opponents in the UEFA tournament were based. GÍ Gøta were a semi-professional club, just like all Faroese football sides. But Dacia could also hardly be called a professional club back then.
Sunny Boy Sergiu Jăpălău scored the opener in the 33th minute at the Republican Stadium in Chişinău. Team captain Alexandru Golban doubled the lead in the 47th minute. But eight minutes later, Krzysztof Popszinski pulled one goal back. The tricky score line remained untouched until the 85th minute when Golban scored his second goal of the game. But the Dacians were unstoppable. Andrei Martin netted once again during extra-time. San-Marino-based referee Stefan Podeski registered Dacia's first international win. Our team had the following line up: Mereuţă, Mardari, Popov, Andriţă, Potrâmba (Coda, 78), Gluhenchi, Martin, S. Jăpălău (Gorobeţ, 87), Badea, Golban, V. Jăpălău (G. Orbu, 83). The expensive trip to the Faroe Islands brought another win to the Dacians (1-0).
The Dacians showed their uncompromising nature in the next round as well where they faced strong Albanian side Partizani Tirana. Betting agencies at whose initiative the Intertoto Cup was launched made their bets on the Albanian club because they eliminated well-known Israeli side Maccabi Netanya in the previous round. Moreover, the Albanian team had a great UEFA experience that Dacia most certainly did not have. But the bookmakers were wrong! The Yellow Wolves maintained a clean sheet, scoring five unanswered goals in both legs (2-0 and 3-0). The first leg was held at the Republican Stadium in Chişinău. The honour of our club was defended by Mereuţă, Mardari, Popov, Andriuţă, Potrâmba, Gluhenchi (Gorobeţ, 85), Martin, S. Jăpălău (G. Orbu, 70), Badea, Golban, and V. Jăpălău (Coda, 90). The game was close. Alexandru Golban managed to open the score on an assist by Potrâmba only in the 60th minute. Ghenadie Orbu also scored a very important goal in the 72nd minute. Many people believed that Partizani would get revenge home in Tirana. But they suffered even a more disappointing defeat to Dacia (0-3) in the home leg.
The next opponents that Dacia faced were star-studded Schalke 04. Many were afraid that Dacia would be hammered in the first leg. But the top German club manageed to drive the ball into the back of Dacia's net just once. This goal was scored by Zimmer. The goal of another well-known Schalke 04 international, Leban Kobiashcili, was disallowed by referee Stan Kaadme since the German side's defender took a shot after the whistle. The Dacians could have score in the 77th minute when Victor Gluhenchi had a one-on-one opportunity. However, Schalke 04 goalkeeper Frank Rost made a save. Dacia played with the following line up: Mereuţă, Mardari (Negrescu, 53), Popov, Andriuţă, Potrâmba, Gluhenchi (Gorobeţ, 83), Martin, S. Jăpălău, Badea, Golban, V. Jăpălău (G. Orbu, 68). But a narrow win over a then-obscure club did not do credit to the German side. That is why 57 sports journalists and 70 fans who came to Chişinău for the game left disappointed.
Schalke's nightmare continued at the Auf Schalke stadium in Gelsenkirchen where the hosts could not increase their advantage with 60,000 supporters rooting for them in the stands. The match was coming to its end, but a counter attack could have sent the game into extra-time or an unpredictable penalty shoot-out. Fans in Chişinău got close to their TV sets while watching the live broadcast of the game, waiting for a sensation from Dacia. Unfortunately, the hosts managed to score two goals through Dane Ebbe Sand in the 79th minute and Hanke in the 88th minute. However, the Dacians did not lose heart and netted an extra-time consolation goal through Ghenadie Orbu in the 91st minute. Dacia had the following line up in that fantastic match: Mereuţă, Mardari, Popov, Andriţă, Potrâmba (Coda, 78), Gluhenchi, Martin, S. Jăpălău (Gorobeţ, 87), Badea, Golban, V. Jăpălău (G. Orbu, 83).
Thanks to our club, the entire Germany found out that there is such country as Moldova. Schalke went on to win the Intertoto Cup.
Dacia were exhausted at the beginning of the Championship for obvious reasons. Besides, it was hard to start down the beaten path of local games after passionate international matches. Dacia claimed their first win only in the sixth round. As a result, the team finished fifth in the Championship.
What could be considered a success not so long ago was perceived as a failure by the club's administration. Igor Ursachi became a victim of his own success and was fired. Former second-team coach Emil Caras, nephew of then-national team head coach Ion Caras, took over as head coach. The former Dacia player managed to lead the club to the Moldova Cup semifinal where Dacia were defeated by another Chişinău-based side, Zimbru. It was then when Dacia's rivalry against the most well-known Moldovan side began.
Our team claimed the most impressive victory in its history (9-0) against FC Floreşti in the Moldova Cup that season.
This was one of the most successful seasons for Dacia. The team claimed bronze medals of the Championship and got a berth to the UEFA zone. The Wolves also finished as runners-up in the Moldova Cup after a dramatic loss to Nistru Otaci. Some wisecrackers even called our team the "veterans of Cup finals".
It was true - the club played in five Moldova Cup finals over its history. But, sadly, Dacia's opponents always were the ones to get the Cup. However, as the sports press wrote at the time, Dacia were a young ambitious team that was ready for a "miracle", especially considering that sometimes will and effort matter in such matches more than experience and skills. Both sides showed these qualities in full measure and paid close attention to defense, preventing forwards from finishing off their attacks. The sides were worthy of each other and created an equal amount of scoring chances. But the Cup cannot be divided in half - the winners had to be determined. The ball did not find the net for a long time, thanks largely to goalkeepers Alexandru Chirilov and Anatol Leu. However, luck got on Nistru's side in the final minute of regulation time. Experienced Nistru captain Lilian Popescu sent a corner kick to Dumitru Jarov who knocked the ball in. The final ended in a 1-0 victory for FC Nistru.
Before that, Dacia Chişinău trained by Emil Caras faced Politehnica Chişinău coached by his uncle Ion Caras in the semifinals.
Unfortunately, Dacia did not manage to perform in the UEFA Cup as brilliantly as in the Intertoto Cup. Dacia should have defeated Swiss Challenge League FC Vaduz based in Liechtenstein despite their large UEFA experience. However, Emil Caras' men lost the away leg 0-2 and could not overcome this deficit in the home leg though Vladimir Jăpălău and his goal secured a 1-0 victory for the Chişinău side.
Dacia did not manage to land a spot on the podium and finished sixth that season. The Wolves also lost the Moldova Cup semifinals to Nistru Otaci. The bright achievement of that season was Dacia's victory at the Turkmenistan President's Cup in February 2006. The full name of this tournament is the "IX Turkmenistan President Great Saparmurat Turkmenbashi Cup".
The competitions brought together eight teams from six countries. Group 1 included Turkmenistan national champions HTTU Aşgabat (International Turkmen-Turkish University), third-placed Nebitchi Balkanabit as well as CSKA Duşanbe, Tajikistan and Traktor Taşkent, Uzbekistan.
Dacia played in Group 2 where they faced Turkmenistan Cup holders Merv Mary, Vorskla Poltava, Ukraine and Perspolis-Horisan, Mashhad, Iran. The group winners advanced to the final to fight for the main trophy. Prize money amounted to $35.000.
Dacia faced hosts Merv Mary in the first game. Iurie Şoimu opened the score in the 38th minute but Bayramdurdy Maredov equalized before half-time. Our team regained the lead in the middle of the second half. Ruslan Raşcu and Andrei Martin netted two goals in the 56th and 60th minutes. Vitali Alikperov tried to revive the suspense in the 85th minute but the game ended in a 3-2 victory for Dacia.
The Dacians defeated the Iranian side 1-0 in the second game thanks to Ghenadie Orbu's goal in the 84th minute.
The tame draw against Vorskla Poltava could not prevent our team from claiming the top spot in the group and advancing to the final which was very dramatic. Dacia's opponents were favourites HTTU Aşgabat. Besides, the game was officiated by local FIFA referee Mamed Mamedov who awarded two penalties to the hosts. The home side used the first penalty to open the score in the th minute through Berdy Shamuradov. Mihai Morary was unable to block the shot of Gakhrymberdy Chonkaev in the 10th minute as well. It seemed that the hosts were about to achieve their goal of winning the Turkmenbashi Cup. But Aurel Druţă pulled one goal back one minute from half-time. Andrei Martin scored another goal in the 56th minute, closing the gap. He scored his second goal of the game in the 79th minute but Ruslan Raşcu put Dacia ahead before that. Berdy Shamuradov netted once again during stoppage time. However, it was not enough to send the game into extra time. The Moldovan side claimed a 3-4 victory in the final and collected a $20,000 prize. HTTU Aşgabat settled for a modest prize of $10,000 while third-placed Voskla Poltava received $5,000.
Dacia were in the top after a few rounds and stayed at No. 2 before the break in the Championship. But when the tournament resumed, Dacia could not retain their position and did not win any medals. However, the Yellow Wolves placed fourth and got a berth to the Intertoto Cup.
Dacia's first opponents in the Intertoto Cup were not easy. Azerbaijani football was very successful at the time of the USSR. This game is still popular there, attracting a steady flow of investors. Dacia's opponents, FC Baki, were much wealthier than our team. Their yearly budget amounted to $2.000.000. However, Dacia almost beat FC Baki at the Tofik Bakhramov Stadium. Hungarian referee Ferenc Bede registered a 1-1 draw. But our team was even closer to winning the home leg. Valeriu Onila managed to score the opener on an assist by Iurie Şoimu in the 8th minute. However, one of the visitors' rare counter attacks resulted into a goal scored by Amiran Mujirim and the match in Chişinău ended in the same way as the away leg in Baku - 1-1. For the first time in Moldovan clubs' history in UEFA tournaments, the match was decided by a penalty shoot-out. Thanks to the brilliant performance of Dacia golakeeper Mihai Moraru who made one save and the inaccuracy of the visitors who missed twice, Dacia won. Alin Lipa, Dumitru Guşilă and Maxim Andronic scored on penalty shots. The team had the following line up: Moraru, Mardari, Mincev, M. Andronic, Bolohan, Martin, Puşca (Boicenco, 81), Onika (Lipa, 67), I. Şoimu, Onila (Guşilă, 66), Orbu.
Dacia's next opponents in the Intertoto Cup were Swiss FC St. Gallen. It was a Swiss Super League team including both local players and African internationals. Dacia who played with Moraru, Mardari, Mincev, Puşca, Onila, Orbu (Guşilă, 73), Onica (Lipa, 61), I. Şoimu, Bolohan, M. Andronic, and Martin (Boicenko, 46) home were very active but could not equalize after conceding the opener by Juan Pablo Garat in the 7th minute. Dacia had many chances to score the equalizer. But Orbu, Mincev, Boicenco, and Guşilă failed to score for some reason. Valeriu Onila also let down the team at the end when he was sent off for a foul on an opponent. Emil Caras did not hide his disappointment after the game: "We showed pretty good football. But the performance is easily forgotten, and the result stays." In the meantime, St. Gallen head coach was satisfied with the result while Swiss side captain Marcos Gelabert was expressing his admiration for the Moldovan team. He told journalists: "The Moldovan Championship is not well-known in Europe. But Dacia's level surprised us. It is always interesting to play against such strong opponents!" He should have remembered his own words in order not to lose the home leg in a penalty shoot-out by a 0-3 score at the Espenmoos Stadium in St. Gallen. Onică, Călin and Martin placed in three shots from 11 metres while the Swiss side missed once and hit the post twice.
The hosts were punished for their cockiness since they had already issued the promotional posters for the St. Gallen - Hamburg match that was not to be held.
However, after that game, Hamburg went to Moldova instead of Switzerland and embarrassed themselves. Led by famous Dutch playmaker Rafael van der Vaart whose transfer value exceeded the total value of all players of the Moldovan Championship, the German side did not put up an impressive performance because extremely motivated Dacia managed to impose their own will at their home stadium. The Wolves opened the score in the 7th minute through Eugen Boicenco and were about to double the lead when referee Bruno Paixão helped the away side by awarding a questionable penalty to them since Maxim Andronic grabbed Ivica Olić's shirt while delivering a free kick. Moraru did not manage to clear Rafael van der Vaart's effort. It is hard to believe it but Dacia's players were leaving the field in disappointment after the game against Hamburg though it was one of the best results achieved by Moldovan teams in UEFA tournaments. The following footballers played for our team in that game: Moraru, Mardari (Belcev, 80), Mincev, Puşca, Boicenco, Onika, I. Şoimu, Guşilă (Miguel Lopez, 71), Bolohan, Lipa, M. Andronic.
The away leg was held in Europe's largest port city. But Dacia went to Hamburg not with their best roster, though the Moldovan side managed to keep the score sheet clean before half-time. National team players Olić (Croatia), Zidan (Egypt) and Trochowski (Germany) did not manage to score until after half-time when exhausted Dacia allowed four goals and lost 0-4. Kompany scored the opener followed by goals by Van der Vaart's goal in the 71st minute, Benjamin's goal in the 76th minute and Jarolim's shot in the 89th minute. Our team had the following line up: Moraru, M. Andronic, Bolohan, Guşilă (Lopez, 63), Lipa (Călin, 73), Mardari, Mincev, Onica, Iu Şoimu (Reşitca, 88), Orbu. It is noteworthy that Hamburg went on to win the Intertoto Cup as Schalke 04.
The Yellow Wolves received a high assessment from local experts and Dacia were named the Top Team of 2007 by the Moldova Football Association.
It was another great season for the Yellow Wolves that brought them silver medals of the Moldova Championship. This achievement was made possible thanks to new vice-president Timur Kuriev who brought Russian investors. A new comfortable bus took Dacia to new victories.
After a good start and five wins in a row, Dacia lost many points. However, the Yellow Wolves took the second spot before the winter transfer window.
After the break, Emil Caras' men again seized five wins in row. As a result, Dacia almost closed the gap on Sheriff. They were one point way from the Tiraspol side before their encounter. The Sheriff-Dacia match held on March 30, 2008 was called the match of the year by many experts. Our club organized a ten-bus trip to Tiraspol for its supporters, given that many Dacia fans came on their own. The 1500-person sector reserved for Dacia fans was completely packed. Overall, the match brought together 12,000 fans. Dacia played with the following line up: Moraru, Puşca (Onica, 76), Călin, Martin, Guşilă, I. Şoimu (Onila, 90), Dvali (Miguel Lopez, 81), Bolohan, S. Jăpălău (Orbu, 72), Mincev, Korgalidze.
Both sides played beautifully in the first half. The hosts scored the opener when Picusceac netted on a rebound. Sheriff's domination vanished after that. Guşilă scored on a free kick by Puşca.
After half-time, Sheriff became very aggressive. Experienced referee Tudoe Cepot did not manage to keep a tight rein on them though he sent off Arbănaş. However, it did not matter much as Balima scored the winning goal against Dacia in the 66th minute. Our squad dominated the game during the rest of the game but the hosts did not allow any goals.
Dacia retained the second spot, claiming silver medals and getting a berth to the UEFA zone. Dacia drew Serbian side FK Borac. The first leg was held at the Zimbru stadium in Chişinău. Our team had the following line up: Romanenco, Mardari, Orbeladze, M. Andronic, Călin, Bulat, Boicenko (Orbu, 79), Dvali, Onică, S. Jăpălău, Korgalidze. Sergiu Jăpălău was the best player on the field. His two one-one-one opportunities sent Daica's fans into frenzy. Dacia played better than the opponents though it was not clear why they did not score in the first half. The long-expected goal was scored in the 50th minute through midfielder Victor Bulat who sent the ball from ten metres into the far corner at the right time. The match was decided in the 84th minute when a penalty area was awarded to the visitors after Vitalie Mardari handled the ball in the penalty area. Borac veteran Goran Stojanović equalized on a penalty shot.
The return leg started well for our club. Korgalidze scored a quick goal in the 3rd minute. But the Serbian side managed to equalize in the 17th minute through Lazović and score winning goals though Kocić in the 57th minute and Trakic in the 84th minute.
FC Dacia were in the top again, trying to reach Sheriff. However, Dacia with new Ukrainian head coach Roman Pilipchuk needed to beat Zimbru first. The game ended in a 1-1 draw after Negrescu's goal. Dacia enjoyed success in the last three games of the season - claimed a 3-1 away win over CSCA Rapid, beat difficult opponents Nistru Otaci home 1-0 and defeated Tiligul Tiras Tiraspol in the Moldova Cup quarterfinals. The first match in Chişinău resulted in a 1-1 draw again. Dvali and Onica led Dacia to a 2-0 win and the semifinals. By scoring a goal in this game, Alexandru Onica made himself a present for his wedding that was held on the same night, on November 22.
At a traditional ceremony held by the Moldova Football Association, Victor Bulat got the People's Choice Award while Alexandru Onica received a prize from the Vremea newspaper and www.fotbal.md for his 'Debut in the National Team'.
Dacia had a good start after the break, capturing three consecutive wins. Unfortunately, the game against Sheriff was not so successful for our team. The Tiraspol side scored the winning goal during stoppage time. After that failure, our team focused on the Moldova Cup. The Wolves beat Zimbru on 3-1 aggregate in the semifinals to reach the Moldova Cup final for the second time in their history. But Dacia's second attempt to win the Moldova Cup failed as out squad was defeated by Sheriff Tiraspol by a 0-2 score in the final.
The Moldova Cup final was dedicated to Dacia Chişinău honorary president Gabriel Stati who has greatly contributed to the development of the club.
Dacia placed second with three rounds to go in the Championship.
The next step was the Europa League. Dacia Chişinău started playing in the tournament from the second round and drew Slovak MŠK Žilina. These were not easy opponents. The Slovak side reached the UEFA Cup group stage a season before that and put up a good performance against AJAX and Aston Villa. This was performance that they showed in the home leg against Dacia, beating the Chişinău side 2-0. The return fixture held at the Zimbru stadium in Chişinău also was not bound to bring anything good to Dacia since they would hardly be able to overcome the two-goal deficit. The Wolves had the following line up: Моşneaga, Habib, Onica, Orbu, Demcenco, (Zgura, 61), Victor Bulat, Negrescu (Buza, 65), Groshev (Popovici, 56), Caraulan, Sackey, Тrinitatskiy. The Slovaks relied on a tight defense and counter attacks while Dacia hoped to score a quick goal. However, Žilina's keeper blocked the shots by Orbu and Sackey. Roman Pilipchuk decided to take a risk and substitute defender Groshev with tall Popovici after half-time. However, the substitution had the opposite effect - our side conceded a goal netted by Oravec. The deficit increased to four goals. And though the Wolves could have scored them judging by open football played in the finale, not other goals were scored. Žilina advanced to the next round while Dacia waited for the new season to commence.
Dacia wanted one thing that season - to claim the national title. Our guys stopped one step away from the championship title in two consecutive season so everybody was waiting for Dacia to seize the top spot. Despite a few problems with the team's roster, Dacia managed to claim 13 wins along with three draws and two losses in the first 18 games. The Dacians were in the third spot before the break, two points away from the top spot. Our Ukrainian forward Oleksandr Zgura filling in Djaba Dvali's vacant spot was the top striker of the Moldova Championship,
Levan Korgalidze left the team to join it a year later while Ukrainian Oleynik, Russian Kolodin and Georgian Mzhavanadze left never to return. Veaceslav Semionov took over as Dacia's head coach instead of Roman Pilipchuk.
Changes continued in winter when Rustam Polonkoev was appointed as team's persident instead of Timur Kuriev.
The Yellow Wolves kept making progress, playing in new tournaments and capturing new trophies. Dacia Chişinău represented Moldova in the 18th CIS Cup that season. Our team went to Moscow in place of Sheriff Tiraspol who refused to take part in this tournament.
Dacia got in Group D in the CIS Cup, handing a 0-1 loss to Uzbek FC Bunyodkor after conceding a last-minute goal in the opening game. Our team faced Lithuanian Ekranas next and settled for a 0-0 draw in this game. The Yellow Wolves humiliated FC Pyunik in the last group match, scoring six goals against the Armenian side. As a result, the Moldovan team placed third in the group with 4 points. Unfortunately, they were not enough to advance to the next round.
We should also mention the team's pleasant surprise to its fans. The Yellow Wolves adopted a new mascot in 2010 - a real wolf that should bring luck to our guys.
- We have a wolf on the logo, so our 12th player will always be at the central zoo. A plate will say that it is Dacia's mascot. We take it under patronage and it will take patronage over us. I think that this idea will help the guys to relax", said Dacia owner Adlan Shishkhanov.
The team had a training camp in Antalya where Veaceslav Semionov's men played against Astra Ploieşti, Arsenal Kiev, Sibir Novosibirsk, FC Shakhter Karagandy and Spartak Nalchik. Dacia's administrative and coaching staff as well as players believed that this training camp would help them to win the title.
However, Dacia finished just fifth after winning three matches, settling for seven draws and losing five games.
The season could be called failure, hadn't the Dacians reached the country's second most-important tournament, the Moldova Cup. Thanks to reaching the final, our guys secured a berth to the Europa League.
"We will become champions next season", said Dacia owner Adlan Shishkhanov at the club's 10-year anniversary. A year passed and the Chişinău side won the title in the 2010/2011 season. Dacia managed to claim the top spot and beat Moldova ten-time champions Sheriff, taking a 9-point lead.
The season started with the campaign in the Europa League first qualifying round in which the Yellow Wolves faced the Montenegrin Wolves, as Zeta are nicknamed. The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw after the sending off of David Gamezardashvili and Eugen Matiughin's penalty save. The Dacians managed to give a lot of trouble to their brethren who threw their hands up in the air after the game, showing that a draw was equal to a win in this game.
Three days before Dacia's return leg against Montenegrin Zeta, Igor Dobrovolskiy was appointed as head coach of the Chişinău side.
- I came to Dacia with a single goal - to bring the team to a new level. My primary plans include the creation of a competitive team that can achieve high goals. Dacia can vie for the title. This is the only goal that the club will pursue, said the Olympic champion.
The home leg with the new coach at the helm ended in a 0-0 draw. Thanks to the goal scored away, Dacia advanced to the second round of the Europa League to face Swedish Kalmar FF. The Swedish side won the two legged tie after Dacia's 0-0 draw away and 0-2 loss home. The opponents were in great shape as the Sweden Championship was in full swing.
Everybody was waiting for the National Division though a few believed that Dacia could claim the title at last. After 16 rounds, Dacia were the only team that did not suffer a defeat. But nothing lasts forever. Igor Dobrovolskiy's men fell to a disappointing 3-0 defeat to Sheriff Tiraspol.
This well-deserved loss provided a challenge and incentive to the team that resulted in a 22-game non-losing streak. The Yellow Wolves claimed 27 wins and 11 draws in 39 rounds, suffering just one loss.
The 2010/2011 went down in the club's history not only because of the first title. There is hard work on the development of the professional football club behind these gold medals. FC Dacia acquired a sports complex in Speia in late 2010. Every top club has its own base and infrastructure nowadays. After acquiring its home base, Dacia signed an agreement with the Buiucani sports school to create Dacia's second team, Dacia-Buiucani, next season. This contract will allow Dacia to use local players.
The Yellow Wolves began the new season as reigning Moldova champions and won another trophy. For the first time in four years, the Super Cup was held in Moldova.
Dacia Chişinău and Iskra-Stal Rîbniţa vied for the Super Cup. Igor Dobrovolskiy's men enjoyed possession and territorial advantage that resulted into the only goal of the game. The winning goal was scored by Dacia newcomer Vasili Pavlov. Dacia's starting 11: Moşneaga, Atanatskovich, Ilescu, D. Popovici, Pavlov (Nechayev, 76), G.Orbu (c), Alomerovich (Mihaliov, 68), Groshev, Molla, Bursuc, Krkotic (A.Cojocari, 73).
After adding another trophy to their collection, Dacia made their debut in the Champions League. Dacia lost the away leg to Zestafoni 2-0 but became a real nightmare for the Georgian side in the return match, seizing a 2-0 win and creating enough chances for a 4-0 victory. However, Zestafoni managed to advance to the next round of the most prestigious UEFA club tournament.