Go fourth!

Expunge from your mind anything you’ve read which claims that the top tier is worth bothering with (even my more than adequate post from the other day). The division to watch this season is going to be Liga 4 București. Today the capital’s municipal football association (AMFB) announced the teams that will make up, at least on paper, the strongest line-up in any local football division since the national championship became a league in 1932. Continue reading

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Emergency update!

Here is RomaniaBalls’ emergency ordinance, being pushed through at an unreasonable hour of Super Saturday morning. Gigi is the main story – as so often…

Yesterday FCSB owner Gigi Becali announced that he has combed the League’s full regulations for the competition, with a lawyer, and found that if his team and Viitorul finish level on points, then FCSB will in fact be champions! This claim runs counter to what the League have published on their own website, which states that if Viitorul win tonight they win the title no matter what. Who is right? Continue reading

Hidden rugby

Yesterday lunchtime I went down to Dinamo Stadium to buy tickets for the big Dinamo-FCSB football match on Monday night. On the way I popped my head in to the Florea Dumitrache Stadium, which is tucked away at the back of the Dinamo sporting complex and the regular home ground of Dinamo’s B-team. The club’s senior men’s rugby team were halfway through hosting Timișoara Saracens, a big clash in the Superliga.  Continue reading

New! New! New!

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?

Patrick Ekeng

Dinamo Bucuresti’s Cameroonian international midfielder Patrick Ekeng died suddenly during a Liga I match on Friday evening, at the age of 26. Ekeng had been on the field for only seven minutes as a substitute, when he collapsed with nobody near him.

The game was stopped immediately and medics ran to Ekeng’s aid. Within three minutes he was in an ambulance and being taken to the Floreasca Emergency Hospital, next door to the Dinamo stadium where the game was being played. Doctors attempted to resuscitate the player for over an hour, but were unsuccessful.

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