Play-off, play-out, and play the game

The Romanian league sat out last weekend on account of the terrible weather, but they’re now back in action for the second phase of the season. Dinamo will have to somehow salvage something from the “play-out” after the catastrophe of missing the cut. Struggling Sepsi and Juventus are moving back to their home towns. CFR Cluj are still setting the pace at the top, but FCSB and U Craiova will not let them get away. Continue reading


Those were the days

The British football monthly When Saturday Comes runs a feature in the back, where they review a season from times gone by and track what has happened since then to selected teams and individuals. I thought it would be fun to do that for the Romanian league. Let’s see if I’m right. Cast your mind back to a time when the iPhone was brand new, Avril Lavigne was a superstar, and the USA had its stupidest ever president… up to that point… Continue reading

Clash of the… clash of the…

“Coming up this week: the giants of Charlton play host to the titans of Ipswich… making them both seem normal size.” …as David Mitchell says so portentously in this marvellous clip.

This Saturday – Rapid v Steaua – is a clash between giants and titans, two of the biggest clubs in the country facing off in (of all places) the fourth division, almost the bottom level of the senior football pyramid. The occasion permits us to pretend. Continue reading