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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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FC Steaua Bucureşti, is a Romanian professional football club from Ghencea, south-west Bucharest. They are the most successful Romanian football team in European competitions as well in the Romanian Liga I (23 championship wins).They became the first east European team to win the UEFA Champions League being victorious in the 1986 European Cup final.

The club is historically known as the Romanian Army sports club. The football department separated, however, in 1998. At the moment, its only direct link to the Army is their home ground, Stadionul Ghencea, property of the Ministry of National Defence. More . . .

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Gheorghe Gică Popescu (born October 9, 1967 in Calafat) is a former Romanian footballer who played as a defender, and was a key part of the Romanian national team in the 1990s. He played for a string of European clubs in an illustrious career that saw him amass many honours. His tactical knowledge as a defender made him valuable team member in top European competitions even until he reached his late-thirties. Beside from his defending skills, his is also capable of using the ball and starting attacks from deep. At international level, Popescu stands among Romania's all-time most capped players with 115, in which he scored 16 goals. He played for his country in the 1990, 1994, and 1998 World Cups, Euro 96 and Euro 2000. He also entered the symbolic but exclusive circle of players with a century of caps. More . . .

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Cyril Théréau, About this sound pronunciation , (born April 24, 1983 in Privas, France), is a football striker, currently playing for the Italian club Chievo Verona in the Serie A. He was signed in on summer 2010 from Belgian club Charleroi as a striker. Although he is very tall, he has a good shot and is a technical player. Before joining R.S.C. Anderlecht, Théréau played for US Orléans, Angers SCO in France, R. Charleroi S.C. in Belgium and Steaua Bucureşti in Romania. Théréau made a huge step in his career in the summer of 2006. In June, the same year, he was still playing in the France's third division, while in September 2006 he was used as a substitute in a UEFA Champions League match. More . . .

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