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Unirea Urziceni 2018 Shirts



Unirea Urziceni are a Romanian football club who were founded in 1954. The team play their matches at the 7,000 capacity Tineretului ground. However, they have to play their European matches at the Steaua Stadium in Bucharest due to capacity rules. Romanian Dumitru Bucsaru is the club's owner whilst fellow countryman Mihai Stoica is the chairman. Young Israeli Ronny Levy became the club's manager on the last day of 2009 replacing Dan Petrescu. Petrescu nicknamed the team ‘The Chelsea de Ialomita’ due to their similar rise to the top. Ironically, their club badge is also remarkably similar to Chelsea's.

Nevertheless, in 2003, the club were taken over by a new sponsor which signalled a dramatic rise to the summit of Romanian football. In the same year, they won the country's third tier before winning promotion to the Romania Liga I in 2006. The team finished 10th in their first season before a cup final appearance and 5th place finish the following year. In 2008/09, Unirea won the Liga I for the first time in their history which earned them qualification to the Champions League qualifying rounds.

They beat Timisoara 2-1 on aggregate in the final qualification round which saw them progress to the group stages where they remarkably beat Rangers comfortably home and away. Eventually, they finished in third place which saw them drop down to the Europa League where they were defeated by Liverpool.

The team were relatively unknown outside of Romania in the 20th century as they failed to reach the top tier of their national league. Their highlight was a cup last 16 appearance in 1988 and a promotion to the second tier of Romania football in 1990.

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