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2 Live Cluj

Euro Champions League group play got off to a stirring start when CFR Cluj from Romania came from behind on the road to stun Roma, 2-1.

To learn more about Cluj's players and to see the club's cool logo, click here. For a sing-along with your Romanian friends, you must click here.

Before we get to the video-that-will-soon-be-banned-so-you-need-to-watch-it-right-away-or-do-your-own-futile-youtube-search, a look at some of the matches available on the telly Wednesday:

*Villarreal at Manchester United, 2:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2
*Bate Borisov at Real Madrid, 2:30 live on ESPN Deportes, 5 p.m. tape on ESPN Classic.
*Joe Public at Montreal, 8 p.m. Fox Soccer Channel
*Arsenal at Dynamo Kiev, 2 p.m. Setanta
*Municipal at Santos, 8 p.m. Telefutura
*Cruz Azul at Marathon, 10 p.m. Telefutura


By Steve Goff  |  September 17, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  World  
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Comments

May as well pull the video. Already banned and I am on one minute after you posted.

Posted by: JMR | September 17, 2008 7:02 AM | Report abuse

So what was the video?

Posted by: DCUSA | September 17, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

My question is, just how big of an upset is this? The Romanian League is up to 7 in the UEFA rankings and they've got 2 teams in the Champions Leauge. Is this just a case of no one outside Eastern Europe knowing any of the teams/players in the Romanian League, therefore thinking they must be poor? Be interesting to follow. Maybe they're that good, and we're just ignorant.

Posted by: JDO | September 17, 2008 7:37 AM | Report abuse

I believe Cluj is where D.C.'s lovable sasquatch, Gheorghe Muresan comes from.

Posted by: J. | September 17, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

J.,

That is correct.

Posted by: B.A. | September 17, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnBUO_pM_qs

Goal, Culio! "Been spending most our lives, live in a CFR Cluj Paradise"

Dude loves that right sidenetting.

Posted by: Mark | September 17, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of ManU, there seems to be a new chapter in the AIG saga.

Posted by: The Jeff | September 17, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

A quick glance at the Cluj roster reveals plenty of South American and African players, not to mention a Canadian keeper!

They also list the players' zodiac signs...

Posted by: edgeonyou | September 17, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Romania plans to naturalise Argentine forward Juan Culio after he stunned Roma with two goals that earned unheralded CFR Cluj a 2-1 win in their Champions League group match.

"Culio played brilliantly," Romanian Soccer Federation head Mircea Sandu told reporters on Wednesday. "I've asked (the soccer authorities) to start getting the necessary documents."

Posted by: RK | September 17, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of ManU, there seems to be a new chapter in the AIG saga.

Posted by: The Jeff

The policy to insure CRonaldo's fragile ego fell through?

Posted by: RK | September 17, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Damn you Goff. that Cluj song is in my head now and i dont even know what it means

Posted by: Anonymous | September 17, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Nice to see Roma go down. We of the gold chains and warm-up suits rejoice!

Posted by: Drago | September 17, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I love that Club crest.

Posted by: Eric in Baltimore | September 17, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I believe Cluj is where D.C.'s lovable sasquatch, Gheorghe Muresan comes from.

Posted by: J. | September 17, 2008 8:15 AM

Holy crap, they are my new favorite team!

Posted by: Kev | September 17, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Anyone know how Toja is doing for Steau Bucharest, and if he'll be in the starting XI today?

Posted by: dadryan | September 17, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Anyone know how Toja is doing for Steau Bucharest, and if he'll be in the starting XI today?

Posted by: dadryan | September 17, 2008 9:59 AM

He's started just about every match since moving to Romania - guessing he'll be in the team today. And to think, some people questioned that move. Playing in front of 6,000 people on a 100 degree night in Cow Pasture, Texas - or for past European Cup winners vs Bayern Munich in the Champions League?

Posted by: Kev | September 17, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I just saw where John Terry's Red Card of last week was overturned by the Football Association. I hope DCU appeals McT's Red. That was NO red card offense.

Posted by: Zach | September 17, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Ahhh, that would suck terribly if AS Roma crashes out of the Champion's League.

They have a beautiful team-oriented passing style, they have players who grew up in Rome and want to stay with the team/have stayed (De Rossi, Totti, Aquilani) and they finished second in Serie A last season.

Please, fellas, bring your A game to the return leg!

Posted by: Bill in Md. | September 17, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

I just like Roma's jerseys.

If anyone gets this Dwayne Wayne reference (not just the show, but the episode)...

Posted by: Dwayne Wayne | September 17, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I just saw where John Terry's Red Card of last week was overturned by the Football Association. I hope DCU appeals McT's Red. That was NO red card offense.

Posted by: Zach | September 17, 2008 10:28 AM
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Alex Ferguson had a lot to say about the Terry decision, all of it whining, self-pitying and critical. Apparently, Ferguson fears this could become a precedent. "If the referee has made a mistake, this is going to happen all the time."

Frankly, my dear Sir Alex, I don't give a goshdarn. It the referee has made a mistake, this should happen...all the time. It's about time that a football league decided to do what it could to clean up an obvious mistake -- you can't do anything about the game already played, but there's no reason why that mistake should impact the next game, too.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | September 17, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Coke Zero - check
PB&J - check
Potato chips - check
TV with ESPN2, remote and thick office door - check.

Life's good.

Posted by: Joe Doc | September 17, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Oops... "if the referee has made a mistake, this should happen...all the time.

Posted by: Fisch Fry | September 17, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Just like DC United, Cluj has an Argentine named Peralta on its roster!(Any relation? and is he injured also?) And a Romanian named Muresan (but he's only 6'1").

Posted by: Hedbal | September 17, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I believe Cluj is where D.C.'s lovable sasquatch, Gheorghe Muresan comes from.

Posted by: J. | September 17, 2008 8:15 AM
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He was ahead of me in line at a Germantown Starbucks on Saturday. At 5' 7", I usually feel short, but that was just surreal.

Now that we (the US taxpayers) are backing Man United's most visible sponsor, I expect Cristiano Ronaldo to appear at my sons' birthday parties.

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | September 17, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

looks like Roma had trouble drawing fans to their Champions League match as well.

also wonder if the Muresan on the team (#6) is any relation to big Gheorge.

Posted by: jamie | September 17, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Loved that Cluj site. Here's their description of the Canadian keeper, Lars Hirschfeld:

"A special goalkeeper, a football player beyond the standards of the Romanian Championship. A rafined intellectual."

dn

Posted by: Dave Nelson | September 17, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Goffy,
curiously I offered Alcantara brazilian centerback to DC United and got no response, instead he signed with Cluj for a lot of money.
The Cluj owner went on a big summer spending spree in anticipation for CL. Hence all the foreigners...
keep up the good work...

Posted by: Agent | September 17, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

AUPA ATLETI!!!!

Posted by: Vic | September 17, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I saw big Gheorge play in Cluj in 90/91, right after the "revolution", and before the NBA got to him....he was fun to watch, and I wondered what happened to him....what's he doing in DC?

Posted by: scott | September 17, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

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