The new League I season will start today and is set to monopolize the football fans’ interest and the sports televisions’ schedule.
League I will return on TV after two months of absence. Just like it happened last season, the games will be broadcast by the three TV stations that won the broadcasting rights: Antena 1, GSP TV and DigiSport.
The first leg will start today with the Rapid Bucharest vs. FC Vaslui derby. On Saturday Universitatea Craiova will meet title holder CFR Cluj in what will be the game of the day. On Sunday Steaua will play an away game against newly promoted Universitatea Cluj, while Dinamo will play an away game against Astra Ploiesti.
League I is 44th in the world’s best football championships table, a table that the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) published on Thursday. Among others, the Romanian football league is outclassed by the championships of Qatar, Syria, Singapore, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Malaysia.
Spain’s Primera Division tops the table (580 points), followed by the championships of Brazil (577 points) and Argentina (536). Italy’s Serie A is on fourth place (508 points), while Britain’s Premier League is on fifth position.
Apart from its quality, the Romanian championship does not fare better when it comes to infrastructure either. The Romanian Gendarmerie has announced that four stadiums are unsuitable for hosting League I games (Targu Mures, Sibiu, Alba Iulia and Bucharest’s ‘Regie’ stadium).
The Professional Football League will be the one to decide whether the games scheduled to take place on these stadiums will be postponed.
Sportul Studentesc vs. Otelul Galati; Pandurii Tg Jiu vs. Unirea Urziceni; Rapid Bucharest vs. FC Vaslui
Universitatea Craiova vs. CFR Cluj; FC Timisoara vs. Gloria Bistrita
Universitatea Cluj vs. Steaua Bucharest; Astra Ploiesti vs. Dinamo Bucharest
FCM Targu Mures vs. FC Brasov; Victoria Branesti vs. Gaz Metan Medias