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The 2007–08 Liga I was the ninety season of Liga I, the top-level football league of Romania. Season began on 27 July 2007 and ended on 7 May 2008. CFR Cluj became champions, winning their first trophy and ending a 17-year-long reign of Bucharest based teams.

Liga I
Season2007–08
ChampionsCFR Cluj[1]
RelegatedCeahlăul Piatra Neamţ
Dacia Mioveni
UTA Arad
Universitatea Cluj
Champions LeagueCFR Cluj
Steaua Bucureşti
UEFA CupRapid Bucureşti
Dinamo Bucureşti
Urziceni Urziceni
Politehnica Ştiinţa Timişoara
Intertoto CupVaslui
Matches played306
Goals scored725 (2.37 per match)
Top goalscorerIonel Dănciulescu (21)
Biggest home winDinamo 6–1 Oţelul
Steaua 5–0 Buzău
Biggest away winBuzău 0–4 Oţelul
Highest scoringDinamo 4–4 Craiova
Longest winning runSteaua (10)
Longest unbeaten runCFR (18)
Longest winless runPandurii (17)
Longest losing runCraiova, Pandurii (7)

CFR Cluj will play in the Champions League group stage, while Steaua Bucureşti qualified for the Champions League third qualifying round. Rapid Bucureşti, Dinamo Bucureşti, Unirea Urziceni and Politehnica Ştiinţa Timişoara qualified for the UEFA Cup first round. The highest placed team that has not qualified for the UEFA Cup is allowed the opportunity to compete in the third round of the UEFA Intertoto Cup, provided they have applied to enter the Intertoto Cup in the next season. Vaslui, Oţelul Galaţi and Gloria Bistriţa are the only teams that have applied,[2] with Vaslui securing their participation.

Contents

TeamsEdit

Promoted from Liga II
Relegated from Liga I

VenuesEdit

Politehnica Timișoara Steaua București FC U Craiova Gloria Buzău
Dan Păltinișanu Steaua Ion Oblemenco Municipal
Capacity: 32,972 Capacity: 28,365 Capacity: 25,252 Capacity: 18,000
       
Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț Farul Constanța Dinamo București Oțelul Galați
Ceahlăul Farul Dinamo Oțelul
Capacity: 17,500 Capacity: 15,520 Capacity: 15,032 Capacity: 13,500
       
CFR Cluj
Location of Bucharest teams.
Rapid București
Dr. Constantin Rădulescu Giulești-Valentin Stănescu
Capacity: 12,813 Capacity: 11,704[i]
   
Politehnica Iași FC Vaslui
Emil Alexandrescu Municipal
Capacity: 11,390 Capacity: 9,240
   
Pandurii Târgu Jiu Gloria Bistrița[ii]
Tudor Vladimirescu Gloria
Capacity: 9,200 Capacity: 7,800
   
Universitatea Cluj UTA Arad Dacia Mioveni Unirea Urziceni
Ion Moina Francisc von Neuman Orășenesc Tineretului
Capacity: 7,600[iii] Capacity: 7,287 Capacity: 7,000 Capacity: 7,000
       
  1. ^ Capacity of Giulești-Valentin Stănescu Stadium has been reduced from 19,100 to 11,704 due to advanced degradation of the resistance structure of the South End.
  2. ^ Gloria Bistrița was relocated to Municipal Stadium from Reghin for the second part of this season because Gloria Stadium was under renovations.
  3. ^ Capacity of Ion Moina Stadium has been reduced from 28,000 to 7,600 due to advanced degradation of the resistance structure.

Personnel and kitsEdit

Team Head coach Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt Sponsor
Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț   Viorel Hizo   Alexandru Forminte Lotto Altex
CFR Cluj   Ioan Andone   Cadú Nike Polus Center
Dacia Mioveni   Sorin Cârțu   Mariko Daouda Umbro Consiliul Local Mioveni
Dinamo București   Cornel Țălnar   Bogdan Lobonț Nike Orange
Farul Constanța   Marin Ion   Cristian Șchiopu Umbro SNC
FC U Craiova   Nicolò Napoli   Dorel Stoica Adidas editie.ro
Gloria Bistrița   Ioan Sabău   Sandu Negrean Puma Darimex
Gloria Buzău   Ștefan Stoica   Alexandru Tudose Hummel Avicola Buzău
Oțelul Galați   Petre Grigoraș   Gabriel Paraschiv Nike ArcelorMittal
Pandurii Târgu Jiu   Eugen Neagoe   Florin Stângă Uhlsport USMO
Politehnica Iași   Ionuț Popa   Bogdan Onuț Umbro Iulius Mall
Politehnica Timișoara   Dušan Uhrin Jr.   Ionel Ganea Lotto Balkan Petroleum
Rapid București   Marian Rada   Vasile Maftei Lotto Holsten
Steaua București   Marius Lăcătuș   Mirel Rădoi Nike CitiFinancial
Unirea Urziceni   Dan Petrescu   George Galamaz Joma Primăria Voluntari
Universitatea Cluj   Alpár Mészáros   Dorin Goga Diadora Banca Transilvania, Oncos
UTA Arad   Ionuț Chirilă   Cristian Todea Uhlsport Intesa Sanpaolo
Vaslui   Emil Săndoi   Sorin Frunză Umbro Deutz-Fahr

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 CFR Cluj (C) 34 23 7 4 52 22 +30 76 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Group stage
2 Steaua București 34 23 6 5 51 19 +32 75 2008–09 UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
3 Rapid București 34 18 7 9 52 31 +21 61[a] 2008–09 UEFA Cup First round
4 Dinamo București 34 17 10 7 55 36 +19 61[a]
5 Unirea Urziceni 34 16 13 5 42 24 +18 61[a]
6 Politehnica Timișoara 34 16 9 9 57 44 +13 57
7 Vaslui 34 12 11 11 44 34 +10 47 2008 UEFA Intertoto Cup Third round
8 Oțelul Galați 34 14 4 16 47 50 −3 46
9 FC U Craiova 34 12 7 15 42 48 −6 43
10 Gloria Bistrița 34 11 9 14 34 40 −6 42
11 Politehnica Iași 34 11 8 15 37 41 −4 41
12 Pandurii Târgu Jiu 34 11 7 16 36 43 −7 40[b]
13 Farul Constanța 34 10 10 14 25 38 −13 40[b]
14 Gloria Buzău 34 10 7 17 30 56 −26 37
15 Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț (R) 34 10 6 18 33 46 −13 36 Relegation to 2008–09 Liga II
16 Dacia Mioveni (R) 34 7 10 17 26 43 −17 31
17 UTA Arad (R) 34 6 8 20 30 52 −22 26
18 Universitatea Cluj (R) 34 4 11 19 32 58 −26 23
Source: LT ‹See Tfd›(in Romanian)
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) head-to-head points; 3) head-to-head goal difference; 4) head-to-head goals scored; 5) goal difference; 6) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c RAP: 7 pts; DIN: 5 pts; UNI: 3 pts
  2. ^ a b PAN 0-1 FAR; FAR 1-2 PAN

Positions by roundEdit

Team ╲ Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334
CFR Cluj6634331111111111111111111112221211
Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț139121311111012139910991010111013121415151616171716161615151515
FC U Craiova11011121416181817141216121214111314111311111110109998889119
Dacia Mioveni14151718181414151617161111101212101112141514141212121313151516161616
Dinamo București31256696465454567656666663445554444
Farul Constanța18181815151515141516141413151617171516161313121315151514131312101213
Gloria Bistrița7137119887888888888888888888889913111310
Gloria Buzău15171516161716161415171716131113121310111212131413141415141414141414
Oțelul Galați161613141212111191010910119999999999910101010109888
Pandurii Târgu Jiu11810885991011111214141515151617171818171514131111111210121012
Politehnica Iași171114910101313111213131517131414121410101010111111121212111113911
Rapid București4541222533232222222222334333333333
Steaua București5112477877677755544533222221112122
Politehnica Știința Timișoara2227765644346344365454446656666666
Universitatea Cluj12141617171817171818181818181818181818181717181818181817181718181818
UTA Arad87910131312101213151517161716161715151616161717161618171817171717
Unirea Urziceni9485544322523433433345555564445555
Vaslui10363113256765676777777777777777777
Source: LT ‹See Tfd›(in Romanian)

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away CFR CEA UCR MIO DIN FAR GBI GBU OȚE PAN PIA RAP STE TIM UCL UTA URZ VAS
CFR Cluj 2–1 4–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 3–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–0
Ceahlăul Piatra Neamț 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–3 0–1 2–0 4–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 3–0 1–1 0–0 1–1
FC U Craiova 1–3 3–2 1–0 1–1 4–0 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 2–1
Dacia Mioveni 0–0 2–1 1–2 1–2 2–3 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–1 1–2 1–2 2–2 1–0 0–1 0–3 2–2
Dinamo București 1–2 2–1 4–4 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–0 6–1 1–2 2–1 0–2 2–1 1–1 2–1 3–1 1–1 0–2
Farul Constanța 0–2 2–0 3–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–2 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 2–1
Gloria Bistrița 2–2 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–0 3–2 2–1 3–1 2–0 1–2 1–3 0–0 2–0 2–1 2–2 0–0
Gloria Buzău 1–2 4–1 1–0 0–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 0–4 1–3 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 3–2 1–0 0–0 1–1
Oțelul Galați 0–1 4–1 2–1 3–1 0–1 2–0 2–0 2–3 3–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 3–1 2–1 2–1 3–2 0–3
Pandurii Târgu Jiu 0–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 0–1 1–3 3–0 1–0 1–0 1–3 0–1 1–3 2–2 2–1 1–1 1–1
Politehnica Iași 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–5 1–1 2–0 3–0 2–2 1–0 0–2 2–1 2–1 3–0 4–1 2–3 0–1
Rapid București 1–2 5–1 2–0 3–0 1–2 2–0 2–2 0–0 4–2 1–0 3–0 0–3 0–1 1–2 2–3 1–1 2–1
Steaua București 3–1 2–1 1–0 2–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 5–0 3–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 4–0 2–1 1–0 1–0
Politehnica Știința Timișoara 1–0 3–2 1–3 1–2 1–1 4–1 3–1 1–0 4–1 3–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 3–0 2–0 0–0 2–1
Universitatea Cluj 0–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–2 1–2 2–2 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–1 1–2 2–2 0–2 2–3
UTA Arad 0–3 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–3 0–1 0–1 2–1 0–1 3–3 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–2 1–1
Unirea Urziceni 1–1 2–0 2–2 0–2 0–0 0–0 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 4–1 3–2 1–0 2–0
Vaslui 0–2 0–1 2–0 3–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 4–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–4 0–1 3–0 0–0 2–2 1–1
Source: LT ‹See Tfd›(in Romanian)
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Top goalscorersEdit

NotesEdit

(1) Delta Tulcea won the first serie of Liga II, but did not apply for the license necessary for playing in Liga I in the 2007-08 season. The highest ranked relegated team in the previous season, namely Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ (15th place in 2006-07 season), will continue in Liga I.[3][4]
(2) Timişoara change of name following name conflict with FC Politehnica Timișoara.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2007–08 Liga I
  2. ^ "Sorti favorabili pentru echipele romanesti: Traseu facil in Intertoto". RomanianSoccer.ro (in Romanian). 21 April 2008. Archived from the original on 26 April 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2008.
  3. ^ "(Romanian) FRF nu le va permite tulcenilor să evolueze în Liga I." Prosport. 31 May 2007. Archived from the original on 2 June 2007. Retrieved 10 June 2007.
  4. ^ "(Romanian) Viorel Duru: "Ceahlăul rămâne în Liga I."". Prosport. 12 June 2007. Archived from the original on 14 June 2007. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
  5. ^ "(Romanian) Schimbă numele echipei!". Prosport. 7 June 2007. Archived from the original on 9 June 2007. Retrieved 10 June 2007.