Fixtures

DateRHome vs Away-
02/23 15:00 27 AFC Hermannstadt vs FC U Craiova 1948 View
02/23 18:00 27 CFR Cluj vs Dinamo Bucharest View
02/24 12:00 27 UTA Arad vs Petrolul Ploiesti View
02/24 15:00 27 Farul Constanta vs Otelul Galati View
02/24 18:00 27 CSM Politehnica Iasi vs Rapid Bucuresti View
02/25 12:00 27 ACS Sepsi vs Universitatea Cluj View
02/25 18:00 27 FCSB vs FC Botosani View
02/26 18:00 27 CS U Craiova vs FC Voluntari View
02/27 14:15 28 FC U Craiova 1948 vs CSM Politehnica Iasi View
02/27 16:30 28 Dinamo Bucharest vs AFC Hermannstadt View
02/27 19:00 28 Otelul Galati vs CFR Cluj View
02/28 16:30 28 Universitatea Cluj vs Farul Constanta View

Results

Date R Home vs Away -
02/19 18:30 26 [10] Universitatea Cluj vs FCSB [1] 0-0
02/19 15:30 26 [9] ACS Sepsi vs Farul Constanta [5] 0-1
02/18 18:00 26 [16] Dinamo Bucharest vs Otelul Galati [11] 3-1
02/18 15:15 26 [15] FC Botosani vs CS U Craiova [4] 2-2
02/17 19:30 26 [12] FC U Craiova 1948 vs CFR Cluj [3] 1-3
02/17 12:00 26 [13] FC Voluntari vs UTA Arad [11] 0-1
02/16 18:00 26 [2] Rapid Bucuresti vs AFC Hermannstadt [7] 2-0
02/16 15:00 26 [9] Petrolul Ploiesti vs CSM Politehnica Iasi [14] 2-1
02/12 18:00 25 [5] Farul Constanta vs Dinamo Bucharest [16] 0-2
02/12 15:00 25 [12] UTA Arad vs FC Botosani [15] 2-2
02/11 18:45 25 [1] FCSB vs ACS Sepsi [7] 1-0
02/11 16:15 25 [7] AFC Hermannstadt vs Petrolul Ploiesti [10] 0-0

Wikipedia - Liga I

The Liga I (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈliɡa ɨnˈtɨj]; First League), also spelled as Liga 1, is a Romanian professional league for men's association football clubs. Currently sponsored by betting company Superbet, it is officially known as the SuperLiga. It is the country's top football competition, being contested by 16 clubs which take part in a promotion and relegation system with the Liga II. The teams play 30 matches each in the regular season, before entering the championship play-offs or the relegation play-outs according to their position in the regular table.

The Liga I was established in 1909 and commenced play for the 1909–10 campaign, being currently 25th in UEFA's league coefficient ranking list. It is administered by the Liga Profesionistă de Fotbal, also known by the acronym LPF. Before the 2006–07 season, the competition was known as Divizia A, but the name had to be changed following the finding that someone else had registered that trademark.

The best performer to date is FCSB with 26 titles, followed by longtime cross-town rival Dinamo București with 18 trophies. Furthermore, of the remaining 21 clubs which came victorious in the competition, eight have won it on at least three occasions—CFR Cluj (eight trophies), Venus București (seven), Chinezul Timișoara and UTA Arad (six each), Ripensia Timișoara, Universitatea Craiova and Petrolul Ploiești (four each), and Rapid București (three).

History

Early championships (1909–1921)

Olympia București, the 1909 champions.

The first official national football tournament was organized in 1909 by the recently founded Romanian Football Federation, then called the Association of Athletic Societies in Romania (Romanian: Asociațiunea Societăților Atletice din România). The final matches of the first Romanian Football Championship were held between December 1909 and January 1910 in Bucharest. The three pioneer clubs were Olympia and Colentina from Bucharest and United from Ploiești. Each team played a fixture against the other two clubs, totalizing a number of three matches disputed, with Olympia București being crowned as champions of the first Romanian Football Championship. In the following years, the tournament was structured into regional groups with the winners of each group participating in a playoff with the eventual winners being declared champions. From 1909 until 1921, the championship was organized as a cup with the winner being crowned as Champions of Romania, except for between 1916 and 1919, when the competition was suspended due to World War I. The champions of this period were Olympia and Colentina, each with two titles, and United, Prahova, Venus, Unirea Tricolor București and Româno-Americana, with one title each.

Divizia A (1921–2006)

The 1921–22 season marked the first time when a league consisting of seven teams was formed. The championship, which had been confined to several regional leagues, became a national competition in 1921 with the foundation of Divizia A and Divizia B. The inaugural Divizia A season was won by Chinezul Timișoara. Before the 1931–32 season, the competition was dominated by Chinezul and Venus București, with Chinezul winning six championships and Venus two championships during the eleven seasons. The 1932–33 season saw the rise of another successful team, Ripensia Timișoara, which alongside rivals Venus, won eight of the following nine championships, before the competition was suspended in 1940 due to World War II.

UTA Arad during 1946–1947.

The post-war years were dominated by UTA Arad, CCA București and Petrolul Ploiești. The 1960s saw the gradual emergence of Dinamo București, with the help from strikers Gheorghe Ene and Florea Dumitrache—both of whom became some of Divizia A's top all-time scorers. The 1970s saw the rise of Dudu Georgescu, from Dinamo București, who was Divizia A's leading scorer for four seasons between 1974 and 1978. He scored an impressive 156 goals and won the European Golden Shoe award for the top scorer in Europe twice, in 1975 and 1977. Dinamo București also had two more European Golden Shoe winners in the 1986–87 season in the name of Rodion Cămătaru and in the 1988–89 season in the name of Dorin Mateuţ, with the latter being the last Romanian winner of the trophy. From the 1959–60 season all the way to the 1999–2000 season all the league championships were won by only seven teams: Steaua (16 titles), Dinamo (14 titles), Universitatea Craiova (4 titles), Rapid București, FC Argeș and UTA Arad (2 titles each), and Petrolul Ploiești (one title).

Dinamo București was the first Romanian team to qualify into the European Champions Cup in the 1956–57 season of the competition and Universitatea Craiova was the last team from Romania to qualify in the 1991–92 season, before the competition changed its name to the UEFA Champions League. Romanian teams qualified to 35 of the 37 seasons of the European Champions Cup, with Dinamo București having thirteen appearances, Steaua București having ten appearances, Universitatea Craiova having four appearances, Petrolul having three appearances, UTA Arad and FC Argeş having two appearances and Rapid București having one appearance. The most important results for a Romanian team in this competition were achieved by Steaua București which won the trophy in the 1985–86 season, and reached the semi-finals in the 1987–88 season and another final in the 1988–89 season. Other important achievements include Universitatea Craiova which reached the quarter-finals in the 1981–82 season and Dinamo București which reached the semi-finals in the 1983–84 season. However, after the change of the format in 1992–93 to the current Champions League format, Romanian champions have achieved limited successes, with Steaua only reaching the group stage three times before the 21st century.

The beginning of the 2000s were dominated by teams from the capital, with Steaua, Dinamo and Rapid winning all the league titles between 2000 and 2007.

Liga I (2006–present)

At the beginning of the 2006–07 season the competition was forced to change its name from Divizia A to Liga I due to a trademark dispute over the name. The change was made on 15 May 2006, and the Romanian Football Federation decided to also rename the lower leagues; thus Divizia B became Liga II, Divizia C became Liga III, and so on. The 2006–07 season marked the 16th straight time a team from Bucharest won the championship, with Dinamo winning the title. Both 2007–08 and 2008–09 saw new title winners as CFR Cluj and Unirea Urziceni were crowned champions for the first time. CFR Cluj won their second championship in 2009–10, while the 2010–11 saw another new winner, Oțelul Galați. Oțelul is the first and only club from the region of Moldavia to win a national title so far.

CFR Cluj (pictured at Stamford Bridge in a 2008–09 UEFA Champions League match against Chelsea) won eight championships under the new name of Liga I.

CFR Cluj, the 2007–08 winner became the first Romanian team to qualify directly into the 2008–09 group stage of the UEFA Champions League, and the first team other than Steaua to qualify to this stage since the beginning of the new Champions League format in 1992–93. The 2009–10 champions as well as 2010–11 ones were guaranteed a direct qualification spot into the group stage as well. The best results in the group stage was obtained by CFR Cluj in the 2012–13 UEFA Champions League with ten points and third place in a group with Manchester United, Braga, and Galatasaray.

The 2010s also brought new league winners in Liga I, with Astra Giurgiu and Viitorul Constanța clinching the titles in 2015–16 and 2016–17 respectively. Since 2017 onwards, CFR Cluj won five consecutive Liga I titles, amassing a total number of eight national titles as of 2022. CFR Cluj obtained the best result of a Romanian team in the group stage in the 2019–2020 season of Europa League - 12 points. Also, CFR Cluj became the first Romanian team to qualify to UEFA Conference League group stage, when they obtained 4 points in the inaugural season (i.e. 2021–2022).

In June 2022, Liga I officially changed its name into "SuperLiga" for sponsorship reasons, due to Romanian sporting bets agency Superbet sponsoring the competition.

The Romania Liga I is the top professional soccer league in Romania, known for its high level of competition and passionate fan base. Established in 1909, the tournament has a rich history and is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious sporting events in the country.

The tournament features 16 teams from various cities across Romania, including Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, and Craiova, among others. These teams compete in a round-robin format, playing each other twice throughout the season, once at home and once away. The matches are held in state-of-the-art stadiums, providing an electrifying atmosphere for both players and spectators.

The Romania Liga I showcases the best talent in Romanian soccer, with many players going on to represent the national team and even play for top European clubs. The league has produced several successful players who have made a name for themselves on the international stage.

The tournament is known for its intense rivalries, with matches between traditional powerhouses such as Steaua Bucharest, Dinamo Bucharest, and CFR Cluj often drawing large crowds and generating immense excitement. These rivalries add an extra layer of intensity and drama to the competition, making it a must-watch for soccer enthusiasts.

The Romania Liga I also promotes youth development and talent scouting, with many clubs investing in their academies to nurture young players and provide them with a pathway to professional soccer. This focus on youth development has resulted in the emergence of several promising talents who have gone on to make a significant impact in the league.

Overall, the Romania Liga I offers a thrilling and competitive soccer experience, showcasing the passion and skill of Romanian players. Whether you are a die-hard fan or a casual observer, this tournament promises exciting matches, fierce rivalries, and a glimpse into the vibrant soccer culture of Romania.