Sportul Snagov came from behind to earn another win on the road, making it ten points from four games on their travels in the league so far. Moving back into second place in Liga 2 following this win, Snagov are still unbeaten in the Liga 2 campaign. Showing a resilience and determination that characterises their season so far, Snagov bounced back from conceding a goal just before half-time to win 2-1 following goals from Hlistei and Buia.
In a match played in front of just a hundred spectators at Stadionul Dan Păltinișanu, there must have been a surreal atmosphere in the stadium that has a capacity of over 32,000.
Stadionul Dan Păltinișanu; a legacy of the previous club, FC Politehnica Timișoara, which was wound up following bankruptcy in 2012.
Snagov Head Coach Gyuszi Balint remarked after the game that he was happy for his team to have almost a week before their next fixture, having played three games in eight days. Next Saturday, Snagov host UTA Arad who be looking to bounce back following their home defeat to league leaders Academica Clinceni on Saturday.
With several days until their next match, the Snagov players will be able to rest and regroup. Unfortunately, striker Robert Elek will be out of action for several weeks following his leg fracture in the cup tie at Unirea Slobozia.
The Snagov team celebrate a win holding up the 19 shirt for their injured team-mate Robert Elek.
As someone fairly new to following Romanian football it is fascinating to look at the history of the clubs in the Liga 2 division. Several clubs are quite young, with both Snagov and Poli Timișoara being founded post-2010. However, these clubs are almost like phoenix clubs that have risen from the ashes of previous clubs. Poli Timișoara were created in the wake of the previous Poli Timișoara going bankrupt and Snagov was originally founded as Damila Măciuca in 2010, before changing to Metalul Reșița in 2013 and finally Sportul Snagov in 2017.
It seems it is not that uncommon for clubs in Romania to go bankrupt and be dissolved before being resurrected elsewhere with the history, and sometimes the name of the club, moving as well. In the 2016/2017 Liga 2 season, it appears that at least four clubs were unable to complete the season through bankruptcy and/or exclusion from the competition.
The table is starting to take shape in Liga 2 and it is looking as though some teams are in danger of falling away. Baloteşti and ACS Dacia Unirea Brăila are both without a win in the league. Next week, Brăila travel to Metaloglobus who are mid-table. Baloteşti have a fantastic opportunity when they play Poli Timișoara who are also struggling.
The match I am eagerly anticipating is the clash on 29th September when Sportul Snagov travel to Academica Clinceni. Although there is a lot of football still to be played, these two clubs have started the season on fire and may be the ones to catch as the Liga 2 campaign progresses.
The Liga 2 table following Snagov's win today.
The next round of fixtures in Liga 2.
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