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Romania (Liga 2) 2 pm

FC UTA Arad 2 Petrolul Ploeisti 4 (H/T 2-1)

Entry – 15 lei (about £3)

Programme – 4 pages (A5 size) free with entry

Crowd – given as 1,500 on Soccerway (perhaps a bit more than that)

This match was the most important one of this Romanian trip and in fact I had planned the whole weekend around it, because it was being played at a temporary home, the Stadion Motorul. while UTA Arad’s normal ground is being rebuilt.

Having travelled on the overnight train from Bucharest to Timisoara Nord, I changed trains there for Arad, arriving there probably sometime around 10 am. As I exited the station, I noticed that a short distance away to my right was a large, modern stadium with floodlights. I presume this was UTA Arad’s rebuilt stadium, although I was reluctant to investigate further as I did not want to spoil things by knowing too much about it before I attempt to visit it at some point in the future. It looked pretty much complete to me (and photos on the web show it complete apart from a lack of seats and the pitch having not yet been relaid) so it is possible that UTA Arad will be back there at some point this coming season.

The Stadion Motorul is situated about two miles south of Arad railway station, and to get there you have to walk through the town centre and across a river. The ground does not have floodlights and is hidden behind a row of buildings on the main road going south out of town towards Timisoara. The only way you can find it is to look for a sign saying ‘Stadion Motorul’ on a brick arch between the houses. Walking under this arch leads you into a courtyard where a marquee had been set up to sell tickets and give away copies of what was my first ever Romanian programme (interestingly, at the match’s conclusion, a man, who did not look like a groundhopper walked around the stands picking up all the programmes that had been left behind while ignoring the other litter) The match ticket was very unusual, being a hard plastic credit card style thing, which I suppose must have been quite expensive to produce. I purchased mine about two hours before the kick-off as I had been worried that the game might sell out, due to the home side being fairly well supported and the temporary ground having a capacity of only around 3,500. Fortunately the crowd was well below the capacity, probably due more to the game being a ‘dead rubber’ than anything else.

I am not sure who used the stadium before UTA Arad moved in. There might be a lower level club called ‘Motorul Arad’ but a Google search does not show anything of the sort and it may well be that the venue is the reserve/youth team base of UTA Arad. There are temporary stands on all four sides. The stands all have red seats to match the club colours and are steeper than the one at Metaloglobus the previous day. However, the seats are made of a cheap flexible plastic and many of them have holes in them. In fact, there was an alarming incident during half-time when one spectator, sitting quite near me, accidentally put his leg through a seat. Fortunately, he was unhurt but appeared to be quite shaken. There is a large scoreboard/video screen in one corner of the ground, while the only cover was in two small stands on the east side which were reserved for the press and VIP’s. Fortunately it was a fine day so this did not matter.There were a small number of visiting fans present and surprisingly, they were not situated behind either goal but on the same side as the two small covered stands. I watched the whole game from the large uncovered stand on the west side.

The home side went 2-0 up before the visitors rallied to win, their fourth and final goal coming from the penalty spot. Highlights of the game are available on You Tube and as has been shown by other games I have seen recently in Poland and the Czech Republic, the fact that a match is a ‘dead rubber’ can often mean a more entertaining game than one where promotion or relegation issues are at stake. After the game I had plenty of time to spare before catching the overnight train back to Bucharest, which was considerably delayed en route.

(This post was edited by Chris1963 on Aug 20, 2019, 1:32 PM)

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