It has been a tough few weeks for Snagov as they have lost two of their last three league games. Until this point, Snagov had been undefeated in the league and had sat at the top of the division for much of the season. Going into the weekend's fixtures Snagov now find themselves in third place behind Chindia Târgoviște and Academica Clinceni. After last week's defeat at Târgoviște, where Sangov were humbled 4-1, there will be a lot of pressure on Snagov to bounce back with a win.
Despite some patchy form over the last few weeks, the work that Gyuszi Balint has done with Sportul Snagov has not gone unnoticed. Snagov are a small club and have had an excellent start to the season, which has drawn the attention of several clubs who are thought to be courting Gyuszi Balint. It appears that the Snagov manager is content to see the job through for now, and with age on his side it may be wise for the Snagov manager to continue his job before looking for bigger clubs to manage. Also, as a Snagov supporter I would be sorry to see him go, such is the job he is doing at the moment.
I have now booked my next trip to Romania and will be staying in Snagov from 24/11 to 06/12. In that time, I should be able to see Snagov play twice; against Argeș and Petrolul. I'm excited to see Snagov play in person and hope to meet some fellow fans and possibly some of the people working at the club. No doubt, I will stand out like a sore thumb as I doubt there will be many English people watching those games, but if you are reading this blog from Snagov and you will be at those games, come and say hello. My Romanian is not so good, but I'm hoping to convince my girlfriend to join me at the games so she can translate for me.
Who are ACS Energeticianul?
As is common in Liga 2, ACS Energeticianul are a young club celebrating their twenty-year anniversary this year. Originally founded as CS Șirineasa, the club has spent much of it's history playing regional football in Liga 4 and 5. During this time, the club was based in the Șirineasa commune which comprised five villages; Ciorăști, Aricioaia, Șirineasa, Slăvitești and Valea Alunișului.
In 2017 the club moved to the north-west, to the city of Petroșani. Following a year in Petroșani under the name CS Șirineasa, the club changed name to ACS Energeticianul. Petroșani is a small city of approximately 35,000 people, which for most of its history has been a mining city. However, with the fall of communism many of the mines were closed. This has had the knock-on effect of reducing the population, presumably as people move elsewhere for better employment opportunities.
Although the population of Romania has been steadily declining for almost half a century (21.5M in 1977 to 19.6M in 2017), the population of Petroșani has reduced at a much more rapid rate. In 2002, the city's population was estimated to be 45,447 which then dropped to 34,331 in 2011.
It was only in the summer of 2017, when the club moved to Petroșani, that they were invited to play in LIga 3. Due to a lack of clubs at that level, the Romanian football authorities needed clubs to round out the division, and CS Șirineasa were happy to oblige. It was a successful first season in Liga 3 as the club dominated the division winning promotion by nine-points.
In the summer of 2018 the club changed name to ACS Energeticianul and began preparing for their first season in Liga 2. So far, the club has had a respectable start, winning five of their fourteen league games and sitting in tenth place. Snagov will have to be wary of Vlad Rusu, with the 28 year old striker having a prolific season so far. Rusu has scored eight goals in eleven league appearances this season, with twenty-six goals in twenty-eight appearances last season.
I'm hoping for a Snagov victory tomorrow but will not be ale to watch the match as closely as normal. As regular readers of this blog will know, I was scheduled for shoulder surgery last Friday. However, the surgery did not take place as the doctors thought it unsafe to operate. The doctors detected an extremely high blood pressure which has led to more tests into a potential heart condition. I don't think there is any need to worry, and I suspect my blood pressure was simply elevated due to extreme stress but the doctors have to follow their process. This means that tomorrow morning I will be at the clinic having some further tests as Snagov are playing.
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