Who says nobody cares any more in Romanian football?
Me, I say that, usually. And the people I talk to about it tend to agree, unhampered by their having no concrete existence outside my head. But last weekend saw tension, passion and confrontation on and off the pitch at different ends of the pyramid. Warning: may contain naughtiness. Continue reading →
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 →
Universitatea Craiova won the cup final 2-0 against AFC Hermannstadt, in front of an impressive 30,000-strong crowd at Bucharest’s national stadium. It is Craiova’s first trophy for 23 years. (Or, if you don’t consider it to be the same club since it was re-founded in 2013, their first ever!)
Having just won the Liga 1 title, Dan Petrescu has said goodbye to CFR Cluj Continue reading →
As an acknowledged expert on the arcane and bewildering world of Romanian football, people often stop me in the street to ask me questions, such as “Do you speak English?” or “How do I get to the metro station?” I don’t mind; it comes with the territory. This week, I’ll address a question on the blog, and perhaps it can become a regular feature.
In the Derby of the Romanians Who English Football-Watchers Have Heard Of, last Sunday evening Dan Petrescu’s CFR Cluj held their nerve to beat Gheorghe Hagi’s Viitorul 1-0, denying second-place FCSB (who beat Astra by the same score at the same time) any chance to pip them to the Liga 1 title. With CFR taking the only Champions League spot, FCSB, Craiova and Viitorul will all go into the Europa League qualifying rounds this summer. Meanwhile next Sunday’s Romanian Cup final will pit a resurgent Universitatea Craiova, who finished third, against Liga 2 runners-up Hermannstadt. Even if the underdogs win the cup, Sibiu’s finest will have no European adventure next season since they didn’t apply for a UEFA licence.
So, today’s question comes from loyal reader G.B., of Pipera: “Why don’t Steaua ever win anything any more?” Continue reading →
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 →
It’s Romania’s National Day, my family are away, and Voluntari are playing the league leaders at home. This has the makings of a day to be frittered away watching military parades, reading about football on the internet, and getting drizzled on near some mediocre sport. Continue reading →