Romania v Serbia avoidance

Simply an excuse to mostly ignore a boring game from 2018 and instead to delve into Romania’s very first international fixture, a right royal meeting with Yugoslavia almost a century ago… Continue reading

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The Cup runneth over

The magic of the cup, eh? Last midweek saw 16 teams face off to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Cupa României, and it was rather a mixed bag of weirdness. Although Rapid’s interest in the competition was extinguished in the last round, I’ll be keeping an eye on the next one. Here’s why:

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Leaving it late

I have been in Romania a fraction over four years. In that time I have had the (often dubious) pleasure of watching my adopted team, Rapid Bucharest, compete in the first, second, fifth and fourth divisions, in that order. (This encompasses three different entities, trading under three slightly different names, but no need to over-complicate at this stage, eh?)

Yesterday I completed the set, with my (and their) first Liga 3 game. Since Rapid’s last appearance in European competition, an aggregate defeat to Heerenveen six years ago*, the club has: been relegated to Liga 2 twice – once for failings on the pitch and once for off – spent almost four years insolvent, won promotion to Liga 1 twice, been wound up, been restarted in the county leagues as (to date) four separate entities, and won promotion from both the fifth and fourth divisions. The life of today’s Rapid fan has not been easy, but neither has it been boring. Continue reading

90stalgia (part 3)

It’s 28 years ago to the day since Romania’s traumatic World Cup evening in Genoa. Here is part 3 of the story of their Italia ’90 experiences. Click here for part 1 or, alternatively, here for part 2.

AND SO IT BEGINS…

…on Saturday 9th June in Bari, at 5pm, officially in front of 42,000 people (although it looks a lot less than that on the telly). It’s the second day of the competition, and Romania face 1988 European Championship finalists, the Soviet Union. The tournament’s only match so far has yielded the biggest shock in decades: defending champions Argentina, fully equipped with their top-of-the-range Diego Maradona, going down 1-0 to outsiders Cameroon. Continue reading