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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.
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.
Anghel Iordănescu (born 4 May 1950 in Iaşi) is a former Romanian football striker, currently a football manager. In 2007 Iordănescu retired from football, and the following February, after his predecessor resigned, he became a member of the Romanian Senate, sitting on the Social Democratic Party benches. On 25 March 2008 he was decorated by the president of România, Traian Băsescu with Ordinul "Meritul Sportiv" — (The Order "The Sportive Merit") class II for his part in winning the 1986 European Cup Final. Iordănescu was a bright striker with a well-developed scoring technique, who scored many goals and helped the teams he played for achieve impressive performances. In Romania he played only for Steaua Bucureşti, a team he joined as a youth in 1962, aged 12. Six years later he made his first appearance in Steaua Bucureşti's first team, followed by his first appearance for Romania in 1971. More . . .
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