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
Stardate: Saturday 14th April 2018. Kick-off: 7.45pm.
Venue: Arena Naţionala, Bucharest.
Competition: Liga 4 (Bucharest).
Ticket price: 25 RON (£5) for row 2 in sector 111 of Tribuna II (the east stand).
“Rapid a înviat.”
“Rapid has risen.” So said striker Daniel Pancu, in a timely Easter reference, after Saturday’s game at the Arena Naţionala. Continue reading
It’s the biggest game of the season. The ancient academy takes on the army of youth. Yes, the Eternal Non-League Derby is back! And it’s bigger than ever! Continue reading
Friday night saw the Romanian national team’s last warm-up match before they kick off the European Championships against France this coming Friday. The prospect of watching a team which finished their qualifying campaign behind Northern Ireland – and which beat the Faroe Islands 1-0 and needed an injury-time equaliser to draw at home with Finland – had never before filled me with much excitement, but, well, it was a Friday night, and the Arena Națională was the only one of the big Bucharest stadiums I hadn’t been to.