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
Fotbal Club FCSB v Sporting Clube de Portugal
Champions League play-off round, second leg.
Wednesday 23rd August 2017. 9.45pm.
Arena Nationala, Bucharest.
Ticket price: 40 lei (£8).
Weather: shorts and t-shirt.
As soon as I climb, wheezing slightly, to my seat, within spitting distance of the top of the upper tier, it is clear that this is to be a match whose intricate details will pass me by. For this spectator there will be no arbitration of niggling fouls, no psychological analysis of a coach in a technical area: even identifying identifiable players is likely to be troublesome. Coupled with my difficulties in tactical understanding, this could make for a frustrating evening: what exactly am I going to get out of this? Continue reading
Romaniaballs took a very long summer break, in various places with poor wifi access, so what’s been going on since the end of last season? Continue reading