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The Hamangia Thinker featured in NY exhibition


An unprecedented exhibition, The Lost World of Old Europe: The Danube Valley, 5000 – 3500 BC, brings to the United States for the first time more than 250 objects recovered by archaeologists from the graves, towns, and villages of Old Europe, a period of related prehistoric cultures that achieved a precocious peak of sophistication and creativity in what is now south-eastern Europe between 5000 and 4000 BC, and then mysteriously collapsed by 3500 BC.


Gathered together from over 20 museums in Romania, Bulgaria, and Moldova the exhibition features famed goddess figures, golden jewellery, exuberant art and elaborate metal ornaments and weapons from Europe’s earliest civilization. Also on view is one of the most famous art objects from prehistoric Europe – widely known as “The Thinker” – a strikingly modern male figure from Cernavod?, Romania, belonging to the Hamangia culture. Hamangia was a Middle Neolithic culture in Dobrogea, to the right bank of the Danube in Muntenia and in the south; some of the culture’s vestiges are widely recognized as invaluable today. In 1956 two figurines were found among the artefacts excavated in Cernavoda. The male figure, elbows on his knees and hands on either side of his face, sits on a low four-legged stool. The woman, seated on the ground, has one leg extended forward and the other bent at the knee. In the Neolithic period, male figurines constituted a small minority of the very large corpus of figurines found both in necropolis and in households. Even more striking is the fact that “The Thinker” is coupled with a female figurine, a decided rarity that clearly indicates a direct relationship between the two. While his gesture has been interpreted as reflective of a pensive state, it could also be taken as a symbol of mourning.


Kilipirim, 9th edition


Claimed by the culture lovers, the book, music, film fair “Kilipirim” returns with the edition of the autumn 2009 during November 18-22. The well-known event, opened downtown Bucharest and awaited by tens of thousands of culture lovers, will please for five days the book, music and film lovers at “bargain” prices. In an entirely renovated space, with a renewed concept of the event, Kilipirim awaits the public with special offers, giving the book lovers and not only them an excellent occasion to round off their collections and to discover or rediscover new book titles, authors, Romanian and foreign editors. With a marked social spirit, the fair will continue at this edition the humanitarian project “Read and pass on – Be a book donor!” project backed by RTC Foundation. Oriented towards the need for reading of the third generation from the centres for elders, the project answers this year also the need for reading of the very young. In the exhibition space of the fair will be organized a library which awaits donations of books from all those who want to contribute to a campaign addressed to two centres for the elderly.

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FC Brasov will play against Gloria Bistrita today at 7 PM. The FC Vaslui vs. International Curtea de Arges and Universitatea Craiova vs. CFR Cluj fixtures are scheduled on Wednesday. Astra Ploiesti vs. Dinamo Bucharest is scheduled on Thursday. The quarterfinal fixtures consist of a single eliminatory leg. If the teams finish the game in a tie extra time will be awarded. If the result is unchanged the game will be settled through penalty kicks.


Mandorlini, CFR Cluj’s new head coach


CFR Cluj has an Italian coach again, with Andrea Mandorlini replacing Antonio Conceicao. ‘This is the biggest challenge in my career; many head coaches would have come here for the money, for the glory, but I chose CFR because of the project that exists here. I hope this will turn out to be a good choice, both for me and for CFR Cluj. My goals are winning the Cup and the Championship,’ the Italian head coach stated. The 49-year-old head coach has previously coached Manzanese, Triestina, Spezia, Vicenza, Atalanta, Bologna, Padova, Siena and Sassuolo.


Switzerland win FIFA Under-17 World Cup


Debutants Switzerland were crowned Under-17 world champions on Sunday when they defeated hosts and defending champions Nigeria 1-0 inside a packed Abuja National Stadium, AFP informs. Haris Seferovic gave Switzerland the title courtesy of a 63rd minute header. The Swiss were impressive leading to this championship game, and did well to contain the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria, before they dealt the killer blow through Seferovic to the disappointment of the 60,000-strong crowd. Nigeria were overwhelming favourites to win their fourth Under-17 World Cup, particularly on the back of the full international team’s dramatic qualification for next year’s World Cup in South Africa 24 hours earlier. Spain took third place when they defeated Colombia 1-0.


FIFA bans Maradona from soccer for two months


FIFA handed Argentina coach Diego Maradona a two-month ban from all soccer activities on Sunday for his expletive-filled rants after his team qualified for the 2010 World Cup, AP informs. Maradona will miss Argentina’s match against the Czech Republic scheduled for Dec. 16, but he avoided sanctions that would have kept him from coaching at next year’s World Cup in South Africa. He also was fined USD 24,250. FIFA said Maradona apologized to the world soccer family during his 40-minute appearance before the panel, which had the authority to ban him from World Cup matches in South Africa next year. “The committee took into consideration the apologies, and the sincere remorse shown by Maradona, in its decision,” FIFA said in a statement. The 1986 World Cup-winning captain launched his profane tirade at media critics after Argentina beat Uruguay 1-0 in its final qualifier last month in Montevideo.

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