With Sheffield Wednesday playing on the Friday night and Snagov playing on Monday evening it has felt like an empty weekend of football. The Liga 2 results have not been too kind to Snagov who are now fifth in the table, and five points behind leaders Chindia Târgoviște.
After a fantastic start to the season Snagov have had some patchy form losing two of their last five matches. Chindia Târgoviște, on the other hand, have won their last eight league games.
Only six points separate 1st from 7th.
Snagov's opponents tomorrow are ASU Poli Timișoara who are in 12th place. Their form is inconsistent with two wins and three defeats from their last five games.
Who are ASU Poli Timișoara?
ASU Poli Timișoara are a phoenix club created by the fans of Fotbal Club Politehnica Timișoara. The original club was founded in 1921 and was the original club I followed in Romanian football. There was no particular reason for this; they just stood out to me and I had a very enjoyable save on an old Football Manager game playing as them in the Romanian league. In 2012, Fotbal Club Politehnica Timișoara was dissolved but the club's records still show it as the eighth placed club in the all time Liga 1 standings.
In the 2010-2011 season, Fotbal Club Politehnica Timișoara finished in second place in Liga 1 but were relegated to Liga 2, after the club failed to obtain a licence to continue in the top flight of Romanian football. In the following season, the club finished in the promotion places of Liga 2 but their promotion was blocked on licensing grounds once more. Following this setback, the club was dissolved. With the club's official history having been transferred to FC Timișoara in November 2010 and with no realistic chance of returning to Liga 1 there was no drive to continue running the club, hence the club's demise.
Logo of the fan-owned phoenix club.
The new club is known as ASU Poli, but their full name is Asociația Sportivă Universitatea Politehnica Timișoara. They are known as the White and Purples, although the old club was known as the Violets or The Banat Boys, Banat being the region of Romania that Timișoara is in.
Liga 2 contains three clubs from Timișoara; ASU Poli, ACS Poli and Ripensia. I will not go into too much detail about the other two Timișoara clubs, as I will no doubt discuss them when Snagov play them but there is a fierce rivalry between the two Poli clubs.
When the original Timișoara club folded in 2012, ACS Recaş were moved to Timișoara and renamed as ACS Timișoara. The fans of ASU Poli view this club as a fraud; for English fans think MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon. ASU is AFC Wimbledon and ACS are MK Dons.
Since their founding in 2012 ASU have risen through the leagues, starting at the county level in Liga 5. In the 2015-2016 season, ASU debuted in the professional leagues (Liga 3) and finished top of Seria IV (Liga 3 is also regionalised).
An impressive campaign winning 20 out of their 28 games.
Following this promotion, ASU have continued in Liga 2. Last season ASU finished in seventh place and six points ahead of Sportul Snagov.
Timișoara is a city I very much want to visit. It is the third most populous city in Romania and has been selected as the European Capital of Culture for 2021. It also twinned with Nottingham in the U.K.
The city is located on the western border of Romania and shares a rivalry with Arad. Timișoara is one of the few major population centres of Romania that is not experiencing a drop in population.
Timișoara is also known for being the birthplace of Francesco Illy, the founder of Illy coffee and an inventor of coffee machinery.
Looking ahead to the match tomorrow, Snagov need a win if they want to keep pace with the leaders. Three points will see Snagov climb back to second place, two points behind first. The match kicks of at 16:00 and there should be some live feeds on some betting sites, so I may be able to watch this game live which is not something I am able to do very often. In two weeks I will be attending my first Snagov games in person which I am very excited about.
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