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.
Gheorghe Gică Popescu (born October 9, 1967 in Calafat) is a former Romanianfootballer 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 . . .