Full steam ahead to (another) derailment?

Chaos at Rapid. Please, let’s not go back to 2015-16.

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Leaving it late

I have been in Romania a fraction over four years. In that time I have had the (often dubious) pleasure of watching my adopted team, Rapid Bucharest, compete in the first, second, fifth and fourth divisions, in that order. (This encompasses three different entities, trading under three slightly different names, but no need to over-complicate at this stage, eh?)

Yesterday I completed the set, with my (and their) first Liga 3 game. Since Rapid’s last appearance in European competition, an aggregate defeat to Heerenveen six years ago*, the club has: been relegated to Liga 2 twice – once for failings on the pitch and once for off – spent almost four years insolvent, won promotion to Liga 1 twice, been wound up, been restarted in the county leagues as (to date) four separate entities, and won promotion from both the fifth and fourth divisions. The life of today’s Rapid fan has not been easy, but neither has it been boring. Continue reading

Rapid rising

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).


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Academia Rapid fans and their heroes

“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

Clash of the… clash of the…

“Coming up this week: the giants of Charlton play host to the titans of Ipswich… making them both seem normal size.” …as David Mitchell says so portentously in this marvellous clip.

This Saturday – Rapid v Steaua – is a clash between giants and titans, two of the biggest clubs in the country facing off in (of all places) the fourth division, almost the bottom level of the senior football pyramid. The occasion permits us to pretend. Continue reading