Ro­ma­nia

Liga 1

World Soccer - - Contents - By Emanuel Rosu

Key dates

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.

Cham­pi­onship Chal­lengers

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.

rel­e­ga­tion bat­tlers

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.

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