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Too much sex: Club chief explains poor form in Romania

Gigi Becali, the flamboyant owner of Bucharest football club FCSB, formerly known as Steaua Bucharest, thinks he knows what is to blame for his team's recent poor run in the Romanian league: too much sex.

The 1986 European Cup winners, Romania's most successful club with 26 league titles, have failed to win their last three games, and Becali said after FCSB's 1-1 home draw against lowly Chindia Targoviste: "My players are making love with their girlfriends too often, that's why they aren't playing...

Giant U.S. goalkeeper Samnik too tall for signing photo by new Romanian club

FC Politehnica Iasi of the Romanian top flight have sourced themselves a new goalkeeper in the lofty guise of Jacob Samnik.

The 18-year-old American is a product of the Kalonji Soccer Academy in Georgia, from whom Politehnica have landed him on a two-year contract. But as well as being a decent young keeper, Samnik is also notable for standing at 2.07 metres tall -- that's approximately 6-foot-8, an inch taller than Peter Crouch.

That's so tall that, on arrival, Samnik's head was cropped out of...

Linesman proposes to fellow referee's assistant on pitch before kick-off

It would take a heart of stone not to be moved by seeing Marius Matica pop the prematch question.

The Romanian fourth division clash between CA Oradea and CS Diosig got off to an unorthodox start at the weekend when two of the match officials got engaged to one another.

Assistant referee Marius Matica, 22, sprang a surprise proposal on girlfriend Gyorgi Duma, 20, as the two officials lined up for the pre-match formalities.

The decision went to VAR but thankfully the call was eventually accepted by a shocked Duma as both sets of players and the fans in the stand applauded.

According to local...