The season started on July 14 and runs until February, with a winter break from December 18 to February 2. There are then play-offs from March 2 until June 3. The Cup Final is on May 27.
Major coaching changes
Steaua, now known as FCSB, replaced legend Laurentiu Reghecampf with Nicolae Dica. CFR Cluj appointed former Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu, Devis Mangia took charge of CSU Craiova and Edward Iordanescu joined Astra.
After losing out to Viitorul (left, blue) last term, FCSB will mount a strong challenge, while CFR Cluj (white) and Dinamo should both make their mark.
Top-flight football might just prove too much for promoted sides Sepsi and Juventus, particularly as both will have to play away from their home as their grounds did not meet the licence criteria. Financially troubled Gaz Metan Medias may also struggle.
one to watch
Olimpiu Morutan, an 18-yearold regular at FC Botosani, is already being called a modern version of Gheorghe Hagi, with PSV and CSKA Moscow both tracking him closely.
signing of the summer
FCSB strengthened their side with the signing of Constantin Budescu (right) and Filipe Teixeira from Astra.