Bucharest Romania Sports
Steaua Bucharest, now FCSB, has faced numerous racist incidents in recent years due to the club's racist past. Romanian football official Sebastian Coltescu was accused of using these words when he was the coach of Romanian Premier League club Steau a Romania in a match against Romania's national team.
The most successful club is Steaua Bucharest, which in 1986 became the first Eastern European club to win the European Supercup. Although Dinamo never reached the lofty heights of Steaias, they have 18 Romanian championships to their credit, the first in 1955.
Romanian fencers have also won a number of gold medals in fencing as well as silver, bronze and bronze at the Olympics. Romanian athlete has also won the gold medal in judo, silver medal in wrestling and bronze medal in boxing.
Many of them have achieved significant success over the years, winning World and European Championships in numerous sports. Away from football, handball is also extremely popular in Romania, and Romania's national team has won the World Cup four times, a record that Sweden holds. The women's team also won the competition once and the men's team once.
Gheorghe Muresan became the first Romanian to enter the NBA and was known as the tallest man ever to play in the league. Basketball is also loved by Romanian youth, and they even saw their first professional basketball player, Gheorghiu Murean, join the NBA in the early 1990s. Over the years, it has become one of the most successful and growing sports in Romania and an international star.
The first female fencer to make the podium in a major international competition was Maria Vicol, who won a silver medal at the 1956 Junior World Championships in Luxembourg. The most famous Romanian gymnast is Nadia Comaneci, who became the first gymnast to reach a perfect 10. Of course, she will be forever remembered for her perfect performance at the 1976 Olympics, but so did Teodora Ungureanu, even though she didn't achieve as much fame as Nadia.
Ilie Nastase and Simona Halep are the only Romanian tennis players to have made it to the top of the ATP and WTA rankings respectively.
The most famous Romanian player at international level is Gheorghe Hagi, who played for Romania in the 1990s and 2000s as a member of the Romanian national team and the Romanian Olympic team.
Other products of the Romanian basketball school are Bebe Gheorghe, a member of the Romanian national basketball team in the 1990s and 2000s. In women's tennis, the current best Romanian player Ruxandra Iacobescu is the current world number one. Three Romanian athletes are currently among the top ten fencers. The last popular team sport is rugby union, which has been held in Romania for over 80 years.
Romania first took part in the 1900 Olympic Games, taking part in 21 of the 28 Summer Games. The nation debuted at the 1900 Summer Olympics and performed again three times during the world wars. It participated in all the Summer Games in 1952 and again in 1948, 1952, 1958, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2004 and 2008.
Romania has a long and successful history at the Olympic Games, with 283 medals (15th place in the official rankings), which is no surprise given the size of the country. Romania was one of only four European national teams to take part in the first World Cup in 1930, and is now the fifth European country to have access to the popular series. The local organizing partner Kick Events is perfect for this task and Romania has been present at every event since 1952. The events are now taking place in five countries, including Germany, France, Switzerland and Portugal.
The first national fencing competition was held in 1921, and in 1931 the Romanian Fencing Federation was founded, which created the first international competition in the world, the World Cup, in Bucharest.
It has become one of Romania's most popular sports and dates back to communist times, when football clubs were normally part of a wider sporting umbrella.
Dinamo's rivalry with Steaua intensified in the 1980s and the death of former head coach and referee Ion Ionescu on the day of their victory helped to heighten hostility between the clubs. As a dispiriting aside, Romania's second division was withdrawn in 2010, citing the need to develop young players, as is practically the norm in Romania. Since then, various teams have been cavorting on the ruins of Rapid, in 2016 two clubs were founded in his name, and in 2017 the Academia Rapid was founded by the mayor of Bucharest with three former players. Meanwhile, news emerged in January that a conglomerate was linked to the Abu Dhabi royal family as the club's new owners.
Like Steaua and Dinamo, Rapid Bucharest was previously managed by a government agency but bought by businessman George Copos in 2010 after the transport ministry ceded control.