It’s business time

I’ll admit it. I haven’t been following the footballing ups and downs of the footballing leagues much over the past year. But, with the end in sight, the time has come to scratch the footballing surface of what’s been going on around the footballing country during this footballing season. Continue reading

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Inter-Allied Games, 1919

Thanks to Brian D. Bunk of the excellent soccerhistoryusa.org website for drawing my attention to this multi-sport competition, held a hundred years ago, after the cessation of hostilities on the western front. Romania was one of eight countries which sent a team to take part in the football tournament. Although the composition of the team was entirely different from the squads that would line up for the country’s first official internationals in 1922, there are some fascinating stories connected with the characters who took the field at the Pershing Stadium in Paris in the early summer of 1919. I’d welcome any further information readers are able to provide about the Romanian participants. Continue reading

Romania at the 1930 World Cup (1)

Only about 188 weeks to go until the long-awaited Qatar World Cup kicks off!!!! That, and the upcoming 88.75th anniversary of the event in question, combine to mean it must be another timely Romaniaballs blog post. We will be EXPLODING myths, EXPOSING biased reporting and possibly even EXPANDING our knowledge of men in big, baggy shorts running around in black and white. Continue reading

I can’t take my eyes off you, Hagi

This is part 4 in a series of posts tracing the Romanian national team’s fortunes 1990-94. Click for parts 1, 2 and 3.

Wales: episode 2

Wales and the Slovakoczechs both beat Cyprus during October, meaning that, come 17 November 1993 and the last pair of fixtures, any of the four contenders can still qualify for USA ’94. The drama is spread across several of the other UEFA qualification groups too, with eight places still up for grabs on the final night. Continue reading