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January 21, 2022
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Financial problems for Unirea Urziceni

The players of Unirea Urziceni, a club that finished on second place last season, have not been paid in over two months and there are rumors that the team may pull out of the championship. Moreover, the club’s general manager Mihai Stoica (photo) may leave after the team’s return leg against Zenit Sankt Petersburg, ‘Gazeta Sporturilor’ writes. “Nothing is certain in football. In the morning you’re leading a club and in the evening you find out that you’re no longer leading it. For the time being I will go with the team in Russia then we’ll see what happens! The club’s financial problems seem insurmountable to me, I hope that’s not the case!” Stoica stated according to the aforementioned source. On Wednesday Unirea will play against Zenit Sankt Petersburg in the return leg of the Champions League’s third preliminary round. The first leg game ended undecided (0-0). The aforementioned source states that although the club received approximately EUR 20 M for its performance in the Champions League’s group stage last season, club owner Dumitru Bucsaru did not spend anything on transfers last winter and bought only one player this summer in return for EUR 500,000. It seems Bucsaru used the money to pay off his debts, with EUR 9 M thus making their way to Steaua owner Gigi Becali’s bank accounts.

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