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CFR Cluj crowned in Romania

Published: Wednesday 7 May 2008, 19.50CET
CFR 1907 Cluj have become the first club from outside Bucharest to win Liga 1 in 17 years after they finished one point clear of heavyweights FC Steaua Bucureşti.
by Paul-Daniel Zaharia
Published: Wednesday 7 May 2008, 19.50CET

CFR Cluj crowned in Romania

CFR 1907 Cluj have become the first club from outside Bucharest to win Liga 1 in 17 years after they finished one point clear of heavyweights FC Steaua Bucureşti.

CFR 1907 Cluj have become the first team from outside Bucharest to be crowned Liga 1 champions in 17 years after ending the season one point ahead of FC Steaua Bucureşti. 

Derby triumph
With Steaua trailing CFR by a point going into today's matches, the capital club needed Cluj to come unstuck in their derby at FC Universitatea Cluj to have any chance of leapfrogging the leaders. However, CFR won 1-0 thanks to a 65th-minute penalty from captain Cadú to secure the first championship in their 101-year history. The result also rendered Steaua's 5-0 defeat of FC Gloria Buzău irrelevant.

UEFA Champions League
CFR will now take their place in the group stage of the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League, while Steaua must emerge from the qualifiers if they are to participate again in the competition proper. Behind the top two, FC Rapid Bucureşti finished third above FC Dinamo 1948 Bucureşti and AFC Unirea Valahorum Urziceni by virtue of a superior head-to-head record. Both Rapid and Dinamo will play UEFA Cup football next term, as will Unirea due to their impending Romanian Cup final date with newly crowned champions CFR. 

Last updated: 08/05/08 11.40CET

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