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On Thursday Romanian Mircea Lucescu was appointed head coach of Ukrainian football club Dinamo Kiev. He signed a two-year contract with the possibility of a one-year extension. Lucescu had successful talks with the club president, Igor Surkis, but was very close to giving up, due to the fans' protests. Surkis subsequently persuaded Lucescu to start training the Ukrainian vice-champions, after writing history years ago with their rivals, FC Shakhtar Donestk.

The General Assembly of the Romanian Professional Football League on Thursday decided to call on the Romanian Football Federation an extension for the League 1 championship until August 18, to be able to account for the matches delayed in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the League Secretary General Justin Stefan said at the end of the meeting. The main goal of the Professional Football League is to finalize the domestic championship on the pitch, with the option of calling off matches in Group 2, in the event new infection cases are reported.

Wednesday and Thursday saw matches counting towards the 12th round of the group phase. On Wednesday, in Ploiesti, Chindia Targoviste won 3-1 against Academica Clinceni, while FC Hermannstadt won 2-nil against Viitorul Constanta at home. On Thursday, Politehnica Iasi won narrowly 2-1 the home turf match against FC Voluntari. This weekend, in Group 1, FCSB is playing CFR Cluj in a match counting towards the 8th round. The match was originally scheduled for July 18, but was postponed after one of CFR's players got infected with COVID-19.

In League 2, on Saturday, CS Mioveni is playing Petrolul Ploiesti in Group 2. Rapid Bucharest will take on Turris Turnu Magurele, while FC Arges will play UTA Arad. UTA ranks first with 29 points, followed by CS Mioveni with 27, FC Arges with 26, Turris with 25, Rapid with 24 and Petrolul with 22. The top two teams will be promoted to League 1, while the team in third place will move to the playoffs.

(Translated by V. Palcu)
Publicat: 2020-07-31 13:30:00
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