All Romanian football sides but one are currently
on holiday. The country's national eleven is presently training for the
upcoming matches in the preliminaries of EURO 2024. The domestic season is over
now with Farul Constanta as champions. We recall the club is owned by the man
who has been considered the best Romanian footballer ever Gheorghe Hagi, who is
also the team's headcoach.
It has been an extraordinary year for Farul,
which topped the national championship from the beginning to end. Farul's main
challenger proved to be the Bucharest legend FCSB, formerly known as Steaua, but
the last head-to-head game went to Farul 3-2, which eventually reaped the trophy.
Farul will be next playing in the Champions
League's preliminaries, while the runner up FCSB, CFR Cluj, the side on the
third place, and Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe, winner of Romania's Cup are going into
qualifiers for the Conference League.
Tie matches were played for the position
currently occupied by CFR. FCU Craiova first took on FC Voluntari, which they
defeat in the penalty shootout and were eventually up against CFR Cluj in a
decisive game for Conference League. CFR eventually secured a 1-0 win the in
the injury time.
Politehnica Iaşi, Oţelul Galaţi and Dinamo
Bucureşti have joined Romania's first football league this season. Dinamo
Bucharest played two tie matches against FC Arges. Dinamo won the first match
6-1 and lost their second 2-4. The other game for a place in the first football
division pitched UTA Arad against Gloria Buzau. UTA won on aggregate after a
goaless draw in the first match and 5-1 win in the second. CS Mioveni, Chindia
Târgovişte and FC Argeş have been demoted to the second football league.
In their qualifying matches for EURO 2024, our
footballers will first take on Kosovo in Pristina, on June 16, then fly to
Lucerne in Switzerland for a game against the local representative three days
later. After the victories in March against Andorra and Belarus our footballers
are ranking second in Group One with the same number of points as Switzerland.