Foresta Suceava is a professional football club from Romania, based in Suceava and founded in 1946 as Locomotiva Ițcani. Previously, the club changed its name to A.S. C.F.R. Ițcani as well.
They currently play in the Liga II, in the 2016–17 season after finishing on the 10th place in the same competition, at the end of the 2015–2016 season.
Foresta Suceava was founded as Rapid CFR Suceava to continue the football tradition in the city of Suceava after the dissolution of FC Cetatea Suceava, CSM Suceava (Bucovina Suceava) and NC Foresta Suceava. In the 2011–2012 season the club managed to win Liga III and as such to gain promotion to Liga II. Thus, since the 2011–2012 season, Rapid CFR Suceava has played in Liga II, the second tier of the Romanian football system.
Rapid started the 2014–2015 Liga II season with good results: 3 wins and 2 draws. One result was the home match against Săgeata Năvodari, a club which had previously played in Liga I for the very first time in its history during the 2013–2014 season, when Rapid fell behind twice but managed to equalise each time. Mircea Negru and Marius Matei managed to score the goals for Rapid in that respective match. In the 5th fixture Rapid encountered CS Balotești. Rapid were losing 1–0 until the 88th minute, but won with two goals scored by Cătălin Golofca and Sascha Marinkovic. Along with this win, Rapid reached second place in Seria I of Liga II with 11 points after 5 matches.
In the 2014–2015 season the club additionally managed to qualify for the Round of 16 of the domestic cup competition Cupa României following a 1–0 win over Liga I side Gaz Metan Mediaș in the Round of 32 on September 23, 2014. After the Round of 32, Rapid Suceava alongside Dacia Mioveni were the only two football clubs from the second division to qualify in the next phase after both having managed to obtain their qualifications from blowout results with teams higher rated than them from the first tier. Nonetheless, beforehand defeating Gaz Metan Mediaș, Rapid did also win two other domestic cup matches against Liga III sides CS Știința Miroslava (3–0) and Cetatea Târgu Neamț (1–0), both away, which made the club obtain a flawless performance with 7 consecutive positive results in both competitions.
At the end of the 2015–16 Liga II season, Rapid CFR Suceava was relegated to Liga III, but maintained the hope to remain in Liga II after more clubs announced that they would not enroll because of the financial problems.
In the middle of 2016 the team changed its name from Rapid CFR Suceava to Foresta Suceava, a name that binds the most important results of the football from Suceava.
Rapid Suceava used a similar home kit to that of CFR Cluj, namely a white-burgundy one. During away matches they played wearing a black and blue kit. After the rebranding, the new Foresta use a kit that combines yellow and green colors.
Foresta Suceava plays its home matches on the Areni Stadium. The stadium has a total capacity of 12,500 seats and was opened in 1963 as the Municipal Stadium. Additionally, the stadium was also renovated between the periods 1976–1977, 1980–1982 and 2002 respectively. It is currently ranked 31st in the all time ranking table of stadiums from Romania.
The ultras of Foresta Suceava are organised in two galleries: Cavelerii Nordului (the oldest one) and Cohors Dacorum (a new one founded in 2015).As of 20 February 2017
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Winners (1): 2011–12
Liga IV Suceava County
Winners (1): 2007–08