Unirea Urziceni take first crown

Former Romanian international defender Dan Petrescu toasted league success as a coach on Wednesday as Unirea Urziceni won the domestic title following a 1-1 draw with Steaua Bucharest on the final day of the season.

It was the club's first ever league crown and comes after just three seasons in the First Division, quite a feat for a town of just 17,000 inhabitants and with a stadium capacity of 7,000.

Urziceni, who competed in last season's UEFA Cup, will go straight into the UEFA Champions League group stages.

Urziceni, who lost just six of their 34 league matches and were the meanest defence in the championship conceding 20 goals, finished five points clear of Dinamo Bucharest, who suffered a crushing 4-1 last day defeat by Arges.

However, Dinamo may lose out on second place as Timisoara have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] against the six point penalty imposed on them last September due to a disagreement between their former owner and the Romanian Football Federation.

They finished four points behind Dinamo and should learn on Thursday if their appeal is successful or not.

Timisoara are assured of at least a place in the new Europa League, which has replaced the UEFA Cup, along with deposed champions CFR Cluj and Vaslui.