Portal:Romanian football

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Football is the most popular sport in Romania. The Romanian Football Federation (FRF) (Romanian: Federaţia Română de Fotbal; FRF) is the governing body of football in Romania. It organizes the Romania national football team and most of the Romanian football competitions. It is based in the Romanian capital city of Bucharest. Professional league football began in Romania as Divizia A in 1909. The name of the top-flight league was changed to Liga I before the 2006-07 season. Currently, domestic play is organized in a four tier league system comprising Liga I, Liga II, Liga III, and various county leagues.

Liga I

The country's top-flight division is Liga I. The league contains 18 teams, with the champion gaining automatic entry into the group round of the UEFA Champions League and the runner-up placing into the third qualifying round. The 3rd placed team goes directly in the UEFA Europa League group stage, the 4th placed team goes in the 3rd qualifying round of Europa League, and the 5th and 6th placed teams in the 1st qualifying round of the same competition. Steaua Bucureşti is the most successful club in the history of Liga I, having won 23 league championships and being runner-up 12 times. Dinamo Bucureşti is the only other club with sustained success in Liga I, having won 18 titles. The four clubs at the bottom of the league table are relegated to Liga II.

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CFR Cluj is a Romanian professional football club from the city of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj county. The club was founded in 1907 as Kolozsvári Vasutas Sport Club and renamed after the Romanian state railway carrier, Căile Ferate Române in 1918. The club have spent most of their existence in the lower divisions, except for a spell in Divizia A in the 1970s, until they received significant financial backing from Árpád Pászkány in 2002. CFR Cluj returned to the top flight in 2004 and the following season took in their first UEFA competition, the Intertoto Cup, finishing as runners-up. In 2007-08, CFR Cluj were champions of Liga I for the first time in their history, taking the title away from Bucharest for the first time in 17 years, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League group stages in the process, six years after having been in the third tier of Romanian league football. More . . .

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Mirel Rădoi, (born March 22, 1981 in Drobeta-Turnu Severin), is a Romanian football midfielder, who can also play as center back, who currently plays for Al-Hilal in Saudi Professional League. He is considered a symbolic player for Steaua Bucureşti, along with Marius Lăcătuş. He became also a symbolic player for Al-Hilal and in Saudi Arabia and he received in June 2010 the award for the Player of the Year of the Saudi Professional League. His main nickname at Steaua was "The Godson", being the Godson of FC Steaua's owner, Gigi Becali. Other nicknames: at Steaua: "Zorro", "The Captain"; at Al-Hilal: "The Warrior". Mirel Radoi started to play football aged 8 years old, first as a goalkeeper and then as a defender. At Steaua, he moved to central midfield. His career started at FC Drobeta Turnu Severin and there he was spotted by Sorin Cârţu, the coach of FC Extensiv Craiova, who purchased Radoi in 1999. More . . .

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Júlio César da Silva e Souza (born February 26, 1980 in Itaguai) is a Brazilian football player who is playing in Gaziantepspor. He most recently played Romanian side, FC Rapid Bucureşti, having joined them from AEK Athens, .He was released during the winter break because he didn’t play as good as expected for the money spent on him, and because he was the highest paid member of the squad and because Rapid had financial problems anyway. Júlio César scored the goal in the famous 1–0 win for AEK against AC Milan in front of 60.000 spectators in the Olympic Stadium Athens with a direct free kick. Before leaving AEK Athens Julio Cesar stated his last words to the Greek press: I will never forget AEK and will always be in my heart, I will return some day.In the first part of 2009–2010 season he scored 7 goals in Turkish Super Lig. More . . .

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