Watch: Gheorghe Hagi spearheading a football revolution in Romania

Romania's Gheorghe Hagi is spearheading a football revolution, to single-handedly ensure his country remains in the elite league in international football.

FP Staff July 24, 2017 19:37:12 IST

Romania’s greatest footballer, Gheorghe Hagi, is single-handedly ensuring his country remains in the elite league in international football. The team he built in 2009 – Viitorul Constanta – will play their first Champions League match on Wednesday (26/07/2017), when they host Apoel Nicosia.

Hagi, a firm believer in promoting the youth, was influenced by Dutch legend Johan Cruyff during his Barcelona days. The team won the Romania Liga 1 in the 2016-17 season but most importantly, played a style of football that aids in the overall development of young footballers.

The former Real Madrid and Barcelona midfielder started the club with his own money after growing frustrated with his country’s cold approach to football. The player has always been vocal about his frustrations with the Romanian football association, famously saying ‘Romanian football will be dead in 10 years’ after the 1998 World Cup.

Hagi visited Dutch academies, prior to his investment, to learn how a small country like Netherlands continues to produce world class footballers.

The hard work and research has culminated in the formation of an attack-minded football team which will in the near future scale greater heights.

Romania is ranked 42nd in the latest FIFA rankings but if Viitorul’s success is anything to go by, the country is on the verge of a football revolution, headed by none other than its prodigal son.

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