90stalgia (part 1)

These things elicit a certain reaction from me, which I cannot control: Chrissy Waddle’s mullet; Platty’s last-gasp volley against Belgium; the ball ballooning off Paul Parker’s back and over Shilton’s head into the net; and, especially, Gary Lineker gesturing to the bench to “have a word”. And if you spent a lifetime striving to compose a piece of music perfectly suited to soundtracking slow-motion footage of men in short shorts glowing with sweat on hot Italian evenings, fouling each other, diving extravagantly to get each other booked, and missing important penalties, you could not do better than the lad Puccini with his smash hit aria Nessun Dorma.

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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

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?