FC Viitorul, Romania’s League Winner: Why Their Story Matters
Yesterday, May 13th, 2017, FC Viitorul Constanța, secured their league win after a 1-0 win over Universitatea Craiova.
FC Viitorul, founded in 2009, was created and is owned and currently managed by Gheorge Hagi, Romanian football legend and one of the best attacking midfielder of his time, who lead Romania to glory at the 1994 World Cup by knocking out Argentina. For many, he was the physical embodiment of hope at that time.
Here is a simplified breakdown Viitorul’s achievements:
- 2009: founded
- 2010: promoted to liga 2
- 2012: promoted to liga 1
- 2013: 13th place
- 2014: 12th place
- 2015: 11th place
- 2016: 5th place
- 2017: champions
They are the youngest champions in Europe. The average age of yesterday’s starting line-up was 24. Not to mention that save for one French defender, the squad is entirely domestic. These are Romanian’s youngest and brightest stars playing for a team fittingly named The Future.