In November I took my dad to two international matches in the space of 24 hours. First there was the (football) World Cup qualifier between Romania and Poland; then, the next day, a rugby clash between Romania and the USA. These were two rather different experiences for the spectator. Here’s what he thought of it all (in my mind. I haven’t spoken to him about it. Or if I have, I’ve forgotten what he said)… Continue reading
I’ve been busy. Relatively. There are two new ‘historic club‘ articles on the site, about Universitatea Cluj and the long-defunct but phenomenally successful Chinezul Timisoara. I’ve also been to a couple of Liga I games this month: one at Voluntari and another at Dinamo, so reports are in the ‘I was there‘ section.
Looking forward to another visit to the National Arena in November, to watch Romania take on Poland. Watch this space for more ill-informed and cliche-ridden reporting. And then Bucharest’s rugby internationals at the Arc de Triumf stadium, none of which I can write about because, well, have you tried the beer they sell there?
You read it here first (I assume). Not one, not two, but three Rapid Bucharest successor clubs were registered for the new season in the bottom tier of the football pyramid in the capital, Liga 5. One has already ditched its claims to rapidity, but two remain. A curious and disheartening state of affairs… Continue reading
Update on current affairs… Continue reading
The extremely talented people at stirivizuale.ro have produced a map of Romania’s inter-war football scene. It plots the important clubs of the time between the world wars, a period which began with a hugely expanded Romanian state (having gained territory from the dismantled Austro-Hungarian empire*), and it shows pretty clearly that Timișoara and Bucharest were where it was at. Continue reading
More crazy shenanigans in the shambles of Romanian football this week. As if it wasn’t frustrating enough watching what goes on on the pitch at Rapid Bucharest, the nightmarish close-season action is taking place in court. Continue reading
“If we’d scored, perhaps the game would have been different.” Continue reading