Unirea Urziceni is a professional football club from Urziceni, Romania. Established in 1954, Unirea currently competes in Liga 1, Romania's top football league. Its best performance was obtained in 2009, when Unirea won the championship.
In 2002 the team was taken over by a new sponsor, Valahorum, changing the whole board. After 6 months the stadium was expanded to 7000 seats and the lockers were upgraded. In 2003 the new F.C. Unirea Valahorum Urziceni won promotion to the second division for the first time in its history.
Then in 2006 came Unirea's best showing ever when it advanced to the top level of Romanian football, Liga I.
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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.
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Júlio César Santos Correa (born 18 November 1978 in São Luís, Maranhão), known as Júlio César, is a Brazilian footballer who plays for C.S. Marítimo in Portugal, as a central defender. Júlio César made his professional debuts in Honduras, with C.D. Marathón, but signed at the age of only 17 with La Liga side Real Valladolid. He immediately began playing regularly (25 matches in his first season, with his team ranking seventh and qualifying for the UEFA Cup), soon attracting interest from bigger clubs. In the 1999 summer, Júlio César was bought by Spanish giants Real Madrid, appearing regularly in his first year, in a team which also included as centre-backs the established Fernando Hierro, Iván Helguera and Aitor Karanka, as well as Iván Campo. He helped the capital side to the season's UEFA Champions League, although he did not make the list of 18 for the final itself. Initially loaned to A.C. Milan in the 2000 summer, César quickly left the Italian club, unsettled, after which he returned to Spain, with Real Sociedad, also on loan. After one-year spells – already released by the Merengues – with S.L. Benfica and FK Austria Wien, Júlio César returned to his main club, Valladolid, again being a starter, but seeing the Castile and León side be relegated to the second division. More . . .