F.C. Rapid Bucharest
18 Dec 06
Well, my good man, i'm also a Rapid Bucharest fan though they face pretty difficult times right now. Hope it's all for the best. I think they should let Razvan Lucescu train the team since we need continuity. Eventually results will come... Hai Rapid!
18 Dec 06
I have the same opinion about Razvan, but I think he doesn't have the full backup from Gheoghe Copos. I think that Copos talkes bad about the team when he should tell the press that he has confidence in the team and that's it. ...Hai Rapid!!!
1 Feb 07
I am a rapid fun too. I live in crangasi. you? Fotbal Club Rapid Bucuresti is a football club of Bucharest, Romania. It was founded in 1923 by a group of workers of the Grivita workshops under the name of "Cultural and Sporting Association CFR" (in Romanian: Asociatia culturala si sportiva C.F.R.). Rapid won four Romanian championships (in the unofficial, war edition, of 1942, and then in 1967, 1999 and 2003) and twelve times the Romanian Cup. They were the first Romanian team to reach the finals of an European clubs competition, but their history isn't all bright, as Rapid were relegated a number of time during the Communist years. In 2006, Rapid became an incorporated company, its largest share-holder being George Copos, a wealthy Romanian businessman. In September 1923, Teofil Covaci, Grigore Grigoriu, Geza Ginzer and other Comintern agents paid by Moscow agreed the fusion between two amateur clubs, "CFR" (ex-"Rampa Militari") and "Excelsior". The team consisted mainly of railway workers in their spare time. After a few years, the team started competing in the first league in 1931. During the pre-war years, Rapid was one of Romania's top teams, regularly winning the cup but never the campionship. The railway workers were not the selection pool anymore, but a strong supporting audience. Some players were also selected in the national team. During those years, but also during the war, the competitions' formats changed for various reorganisations and some of the performances Rapid achieved were never considered as official successes. The strangest of all might be the final of the Mitropa Cup (precursor of the UEFA Champions League, also won by Inter Milan) at a moment when the competition is taking its last breath. The beginning of the Communist regime brought a new series of teams and regulations, and Rapid, although more lucky than other clubs (which were dismantled on ground of bourgeoisie), went into a dark era. Repeated relegations mark an era that politically is described by Stalinization. During the destalinisation and under Valentin Stanescu management, Rapid finally solves the issue of valuable transfers. It is the moment when the entire national team is made up of players and ex-players of Rapid. Rapid finally won the first official championship and also two titles in the lower-level inter-club Balkans Cup. Still, their defeats against lower-level teams (such as the defeat against third division CIL Gherla), which are considered by the fans as a sign of the traditional bad luck, continued to plague their records. In the 1970s and 1980s, Rapid got worse and worse, becoming confined in the second league for 6 years in a row. Even with Stanescu coach they can't do better than returning to the lower ranks of the first league. The club is slowly starved, with less and less money in a championship where the leading teams were competing at an European level (in 1986, one was winning Champions Cup, although claiming non-professionist status for their players). Only a fixed match prevented their relegation in 1987, and the other team asked that their top scorer, which was about to win the European Golden Boot, to be allowed to score four times. In 1990 the fall of communism brought only partial solutions, until 1992 when Traian Basescu, then-Minister of Transportation, appointed a new manager (Marcel Puscas) and a new coach (Mircea Radulescu), both experienced, which had previously worked for the national team. In the UEFA Cup, Rapid was defeated by Internazionale (1-3 and 0-2). It was the moment when George Copos started managing the Rapid business, finding strong corporate sponsorships and winning political capital. In the following years, the most important official internal honours were won, especially due to a careful appointment of coaches. The most famous coach that managed Rapid is Mircea Lucescu, the man who transformed the club into a force in the Romanian championship doing fixed games. However, the coach that won the most trophies for the club is Mircea Rednic. Nowadays, Rapid is managed by Razvan Lucescu, Mircea Lucescu's son. After a few years during which their experience in European cups was limited, Rapid is starting to perform better, and, for the first time in the post-war history, in 2005-2006, due to UEFA Cup rules relaxation, the team has reached the spring, upper-level, phases of the European competitions, up to the quarter-finals where was sent off by STEAUA BUCHAREST, the greatest team in Romania. In 1980, after an amateur football game played by the journalists of the Flacara Magazine on the Giulesti Stadium, two of them (Adrian Paunescu and Victor Socaciu) decided to reward the generosity of being accepted on the field. The lyrics were written in less than half an hour, while Victor Socaciu was finding the melody line. It was first interpreted after only a few days at the stadium's amplification station, at the beginning of the next official game. Since then, four of the verses were removed, some to accommodate the clubs' name change and some because of their political connotations. The anthem boosted in popularity in the spring of 2006, along with the club's performance in the UEFA Cup. In the same period, a version sang by the players was released. Here is the translated version of the official Rapid anthem: "We are everywere at home, The gates open in front of us, No team is as beautiful And loved like Rapid. Rapid, Rapid, fight if you love us, Rapid, Rapid, go go Rapid-Giulesti! The heart beating in our chest, When needed, it's a cannon For only one justice, Let the best team win! Rapid, Rapid, fight if you love us, Rapid, Rapid, go go Rapid-Giulesti! Don't give up for a moment, Learn this refrain, Our team's anthem, The voice of the train wheels. Rapid, Rapid, fight if you love us, Rapid, Rapid, go go Rapid-Giulesti!