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January 27, 2023

League I: Steaua enters midseason break with win

At the end of a poor first half of the season Steaua Bucharest nevertheless managed to win its home-side game against U Cluj on Monday evening, score 3-0, the last League I game this year. The result boosts the team’s morale ahead of its Europa League game against Napoli on December 15. The goal scorers were Novak Martinovici (his first goal for Steaua), Marius Bilasco and Bogdan Stancu. The team owned by Gigi Becali was far from its goal (winning the title) even before the game, the result leaving it on 7th place, 10 points behind League leader Otelul Galati.

“We didn’t expect such an easy game. I congratulate my players for their commitment, their achievements and the way in which they tackled both the offence and defence. These are good signs ahead of our game in Naples,” Steaua head coach Marius Lacatus stated after the game.

Marius Lacatus considers that the postponement of leg 19 for next year is a good thing, especially in view of Steaua’s Europa League game against Napoli: “It’s a good thing we have eight days to prepare our game against Napoli; qualifying would be a very good performance.” FC Steaua financier Gigi Becali stated in his turn that the team still has chances to win the title. “It was our worst year, but it ended well. I am fairly pleased because we’re still up there close to the top favorites and we have chances for next year. In my opinion Otelul has the highest chances to win the title but it remains to be seen,” Becali said. In another game, Unirea Urziceni finished its home-side game against Pandurii Targu Jiu in a tie, score 1-1 (1-0 at half time).


Professional Football League President Dumitru Dragomir made a shocking announcement on Tuesday: 12 League I clubs are on the brink of bankruptcy and the season may continue with fewer teams. “At the start of the season I was saying that many teams will enter financial collapse because of the economic crisis. Now we know 12 League I clubs are already going bankrupt and five more are on the edge of the precipice. Only Gaz Metan Medias has money because natural gas sells! Vaslui has financial difficulties too, despite being owned by Porumboiu, a rich man,” Dragomir stated without naming the 12 clubs.

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