FC Firea

Make a list of priorities for Bucharest. Not just five, ten or even twenty: think of the most important 100 issues that Bucharest City Council needs to deal with over the next few years. Now, we are all different, and we will all have alternative perspectives on what constitutes a priority for the Romanian capital.… Continue reading FC Firea

The Week in Bucharest Life

Bucharest finally saw some snow. The above shot of the city centre covered in a fresh layer of the white stuff was taken on Monday from the top of the InterContinental, by Cristian Marino, the hotel’s Executive Chef himself no less. Alas, rain later in the week washed most of the snow away and turned… Continue reading The Week in Bucharest Life

The club with no name: Copa90 on the woes of Steaua

The lads from YouTube channel Copa90 were in Bucharest recently to make a short film about the woes of Steaua, the once mighty Romanian football team currently being dragged through the mud by their racist, homophobic owner Gigi Becali (currently serving a prison sentence for corruption). That Steaua actually remain top of what passes for… Continue reading The club with no name: Copa90 on the woes of Steaua

Bucharest for Northern Ireland fans

First off, the airport. Do not change any money here, as exchange rates are poor (as in the rip-off end of poor). Instead, use one of the many, many ATMs in the arrivals area. Next, getting into town from the airport: making sure that this step of the journey does not end up costing you… Continue reading Bucharest for Northern Ireland fans

More Romanian football madness

Remember this post of a couple of weeks ago about the strange case of Rapid Bucharest? In brief, Rapid were relegated to the second division of Romanian football (Liga 2) at the end of last season after failing to meet the financial conditions placed on first division (Liga 1) teams. Concordia Chiajna took their place.… Continue reading More Romanian football madness

And so begins a new Romanian football season

Let the games begin. Last night at Bucharest’s Arena Nationala the curtain went up on a new season of the mad, bad world of Romanian football. On a balmy evening in front of a decent crowd Romanian league champions Steaua Bucharest comfortably beat cup winners Petrolul Ploiesti 3-0. You can see the goals here. On… Continue reading And so begins a new Romanian football season

Steaua – Chelsea ticket price update: A small victory

So on Thursday, when we discovered that Chelsea fans in England were being charged £34 for what we assume are 60 lei tickets we tweeted about it: Chelsea fans are being charged £34 for the Steaua away game. High up at one end, the same seats bought in Romania cost 60 lei, about £11.50 —… Continue reading Steaua – Chelsea ticket price update: A small victory