Romania returns to Minifootball after the COVID-19

The Romanian Minifootball Federation has organized the first official tournament after almost 2 years of pause, due to the Covid pandemic. The best 48 teams in the country gathered in Oradea, where over a period of 3 days, we witnessed no less than 100 matches of minifootball. The best team was, once again, Nova Vita Targu Mures, the reigning national champion and finalist of EMF Champions League, in Rimini-Riccione in 2019.

Romania missed minifootball during the Covid pandemic for the last 18 months, so everybody was excited about the Supercup in Oradea. The format of the competition was totally changed from previous years, with the best 48 teams in the country fighting for the trophy. There were a lot of great matches and great goals but the best team was, once again, Nova Vita, champions of Romania in 2019, tournament which took place, also in Oradea. This time Nova Vita, who benefited from the return of national team coach, Virgil Bejenaru, in the dugout, defeated AS Glissando Timisoara in the final, after the penalty shootout, 1-1 in normal time. Third place went to FC Premiere Arad and fourth was Real Yry Team Iasi.

The best player of the tournament was Andrei Nemitanu from Glissando and the best goalkeeper was Dragos Iftimie from Iasi. The awards were given by the president of the Romanian Federation, Ioan Onicas, by the general secretary, Attila Takacs and by the local organizer, Spiridon Baltsavias. The surprise guest of the ceremony was former Steaua Bucharest player, Mihai Nesu.

The best 15 teams from Oradea managed to qualify for the National Championship, due to take place in Ramnicu-Valcea, between 1-3 July.

The list of 16 teams which will take part in the National Championship:
Nova Vita Tg-Mureș, AS Glissando Timișoara, FC Premiere Arad, Real Yry Team Iași, AEK Oradea, Golden Boys Bacău, Borussia Hermannstadt Sibiu, AC Luciano Arad, HDS Drobeta, MFC Ploiești, Ajax Dulcisimo Galați, Chedra Tax Doelpan Ploiești, FC Reggio Brașov, AS FC Buzău, Arsenal Inel II Constanța și FC Boromir Rm-Vâlcea.

The top teams from Valcea will start preparing for the EMF Champions League, scheduled at the beggining of September, in Rimini-Riccione.