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Steaua wins 15th Romanian championship

Steaua water polo team (Photo: h2opolo.ro/Facebook)

Steaua Bucharest clinched its 15th title in the Romanian League. The club retained the winning trophy with a perfect record. The Bucharest-based team posted 33 wins in 33 games (28 in the league and 5 in the playoffs).

As expected, in the best-of-5 playoffs finals, Steaua faced Oradea. Steaua showed no mercy and achieved three convincing wins to take the trophy for the third time in a row.

The first and the second game were played in Bucharest. Steaua, led by its Brazilian Adrian Delgado (5 goals), beat Oradea by a three-goal margin (10:7) in the first game. The second encounter saw less thrills. Steaua built a 9:2 lead by the last break and sailed to a 10:3 win.

After two matches in Bucharest, the series moved to Oradea on Friday. Oradea, which dominated Romanian water polo from 2006 to 2015, didn’t manage to find a way toward a victory. The hosts led 1:0 after the first quarter, but Steaua responded with three consecutive goals and it led 3:1 at halftime. The visiting side maintained the advantage until the end of the 3rd period (5:3) and broke the big rival in the last eight minutes for an 8:4 victory.

Just like in the 2016/17 season, Steaua water polo players won the „double crown“. A few months ago, they defended the Romanian cup, by demolishing Oradea in the final (7:1).

The third place in the championships was taken by Corona Sportul Studentesc, which defeated Dinamo Bucharest in the playoffs for the third place. Corona earned a spot in the 1st Qualification Round for the 2018/19 Champions League. Steaua, as a „wild card“ holder, is directly qualified for the Preliminary Round of the CHL, while Oradea will enter the Champions League from the 2nd Qualification Round.

Championship of Romania, playoffs

Semifinals

Game 1
Steaua Bucharest – Dinamo Bucharest 13:4
CSM Digi Oradea – Corona Sportul Studentesc 11:5

Game 2
Steaua Bucharest – Dinamo Bucharest 9:7
CSM Digi Oradea – Corona Sportul Studentesc 10:9

Game 3
Dinamo Bucharest – Steaua Bucharest 8:10
Corona Sportul Studentesc – CSM Digi Oradea 8:9 (extra-time)

Final series

Game 1

Steaua 10:7 CSM Digi Oradea
(2:1, 4:4, 3:1, 1:1)

Steaua: Delgado 5, Murisic 2, Ghiban, Teohari, Goanta.
CSM Digi Oradea: Georgescu 2, I. Szabo, R.Szabo, Rocca, Kovacs, Koopman.

Game 2

Steaua 10:3 CSM Digi Oradea
(2:1, 3:0, 4:1, 1:1)

Steaua: Murisic 3, Delgado 2, Teohari, Popescu, Antipa, Ghiban, Radoi.
CSM Digi Oradea: Levente, Costa, I. Szabo.

Game 3

CSM Digi Oradea 4:8 Steaua
(1:0, 0:3, 2:2, 1:3)

Oradea: Levente, Dobre, Costa, I. Szabo.
Steaua: Murisic 2, Buljubasic 2, Chioveanu 2, Goanta, Delgado.

For places 3 – 4

Game 1: Corona Sportul Studentesc – Dinamo Bucharest 12:5 (5:1, 1:0, 3:2, 3:2)
Game 2: Corona Sportul Studentesc – Dinamo Bucharest 9:7 (1:2, 1:1, 6:2, 1:2)
Game 3: Dinamo Bucharest– Corona Sportul Studentesc 8:6 (3:0, 1:2, 1:2, 3:2)
Game 4: Dinamo Bucharest – Corona Sportul Studentesc 6:11 (1:3, 2:4, 1:1, 2:3)

 

ALL CHAMPIONS

1929 – 1932 (4 titles): Universitatea Cluj, 1933 Targu Mures, 1934 and 1935: CFR Bucharest, 1936: Targu Mures , 1937: Wasn’t played, 1938 and 1939: Viforul Dacia, 1940: CFR Bucharest, 1941–42: Wasn’t played, 1943 CFR Bucharest, 1944: wasn’t played, 1945: Targu Mures, 1946 – 1951 (6 titles): ILSA Timisoara, 1952 – 1956 (5 titles): CCA Bucharest, 1957 – 1971 (15 titles): Dinamo Bucharest, 1972: Rapid Bucharest, 1973. and 1974: Dinamo Bucharest, 1975 – 1977 (3 titles): Rapid Bucharest, 1978 – 1980 (3 titles): Dinamo Bucharest, 1981: Rapid Bucharest, 1982 – 1984. (3 titles): Dinamo Bucharest , 1985. and 1986: Crișul Oradea, 1987 – 1990 (4 titles): Dinamo Bucharest, 1990/91 – 1994/95 (5 titles): Steaua Bucharest, 1995/96 – 1999/2000 (5 titles): Dinamo Bucharest, 2000/01 – 2003/04 (4 titles): Rapid Bucharest, 2004/05 and 2005/06: Steaua Bucharest, 2006/07 – 2014/15 (9 titles): CSM Digi Oradea, 2015/16 – 2017/18 (3 titles): Steaua Bucharest.

Total:

Dinamo 32, Steaua 15, Rapid 13, CSM Oradea 9, ILSA Timisoara 6, CCA Bucharest 5, CFR Bucharest 4 , Universitatea Cluj 4, Crisul Oradea 2, Targu Mures 2, Viforul Dacia 2, AS Oradea 1

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