They play in Europe every year, but have to host home games in other cities, as no stadium suiting UEFA can be found in or around their town. That’s why owner of Romanian “cinderella club” urges authorities to build a football arena, Ziare.com reports.
Vaslui is a 70,000-inhabitant town in eastern Romania, close to Moldovan border. If you recognize it, it’s most probably thanks to FC Vaslui, the football club bought by Adrian Porumbaiu a few years back. Porumbaiu is the direct reason for Vaslui to appear in European football.
The club won promotion to Romanian top tier in 2005, reaching vice-championship (narrowly!) in 2012. The sporting success allowed FC Vaslui to play in Europe, but the team isn’t able to host home games at home. All fixtures are split between either Piatra Neamt or Bucharest (respectively, 100km and 275 km away, or 60/170 miles).
For Porumboiu that’s a significant problem. The town provides two training pitches and an outdated stadium for less than 10,000 people and his team needs more. “The public supported us in Piatra Neamt, but you don’t have the home advantage, when you always play away”, said Porumbaiu, appealing to regional authorities to fund a new stadium. At the moment no plans have been presented for a new venue in Vaslui.