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The Sports Network -- International Soccer (Romania)
Looking for news on Romanian soccer? So far the best resource online in English seems to be The Sports Network. Added: April 20, 2002.

Romanian Soccer News on OneFootball.com
At the time of this review this news page contains twenty leads to articles. Stories inform of Lucescu resigning as coach of Galatasaray and starting at Besiktas, of Ajax captain Cristian Chivu being voted Dutch league Player of the Year, and of the performance of major Romanian teams. Added: May 18, 2002.

Most 10 scores at Olympics -- world record set by Nadia Comaneci
World Records Academy honors Nadia for her seven perfect ten scores at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games. At 14, Nadia was the first gymnast to receive a perfect score. The article has two embedded YouTube videos of Nadia, and a list of her awards and accomplishments. On www.WorldRecordsAcademy.org, July 18, 2007. Added: July 20, 2007.

Angelica Rozeanu [Dies]
Angelica Rozeanu, "most successful female tennis player in the history of the sport," dies at 84 in Haifa, Israel. She is survived by a daughter. Angelica Rozeanu won the women's world singles title six years in a row, and a total of 17 world titles. Telegraph.co.uk, February 25, 2006. Added: February 25, 2006. Also see Six-Times World Table Tennis Champ Rozeanu Dies, from CBS SportsLine.com, February 25, 2006.

Crystal Palace Results
Gabriela Szabo finished second in London's Norwich Union Grand Prix 5000m race. AP, Yahoo! News, August 23, 2002. Added: August 24, 2002.


BOOKS



Listen to the Star -- Gabriela Szabo
Interview with Gabi Szabo, accompanied by a brief of her most important wins and records. The interview is posted on the site in MP3 format. By Ed Gordon, www.leichtathletik.de, July 30, 2002. Added: August 23, 2002.

Szabo-Radcliffe Clash Produces European 3000 Record
Gabriela Szabo finished her 3000m race in Monte Carlo in 8:21:42. To her outstanding Olympic medal in the 5000m at the Sydney in 2000, she added a new European record and a wonderful second best time in history for 3000m. Track Profile, July 19, 2002. Added: August 23, 2002.

[Herculis track meet in Monaco]
Gabriela Szabo set a new European record with her 8:21 race in Monaco. VOANews.com, July 20, 2002. Added: July 21, 2002.

Unseeded David Ferrer wins dlrs 381,000 Romania Open
David Ferrer of Spain won the Romania Open tennis tournament. Andrei Pavel of Romania was defeated in the semifinals. Yahoo! News, September 15, 2002. Added: September 29, 2002.

Wimbledon Tennis Results
In the first round of Wimbledon, Andrei Pavel, seeded 15th, defeated Kenneth Carlsen, Denmark (6-4, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3). AP, FOXSports.com, June 24, 2002. Added: June 25, 2002.

Top men's seeds find the going tough
The top three men's seeds at Roland Garros have left the French Open championship. Andrei Pavel (No. 22) defeated third-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany (6-1, 7-6, 6-4), thus making it to the quarterfinals. By Lisa Dillman, Orlando Sentinel, June 3, 2002. Added: June 4, 2002.

Leonard Dorin Retains WBA Title
May 31, 2002. With the soccer team away from the World Championship stadiums, boxing and Leonard Dorin took the spotlight in Romania. Leonard Doroftei, as he is still called in Romania, put all his ambition and strength into a fight cheered by a full arena at the Polivalenta Hall in Bucharest. Even though Dorin dominated Balbi, the fight was tight and Balbi a strong opponent who resisted batteries of blows during several rounds. In the end, Dorin received scores of 118-111, 117-112 and 118-110 from the three judges and was declared winner amid wild cheering from his fans in Romania. He now keeps his WBA Lightweight belt. BoxingTalk.net, June 1, 2002. Added: June 1, 2002.

Dorin & Balbi Take to the Trenches Again
May 31, 2002. Leonard Dorin and Raul Balbi will meet in Bucharest's Polivalenta Hall for their second fight on May 31. By Curtis McCormick, BoxingTalk.net, May 29, 2002. Added: May 30, 2002.

Dorin-Balbi II Montreal-based, Romanian-born Leonard Dorin (WBA LightWeight World Champion) will defend his title in a rematch with ex-champion Raul Balbi in Bucharest on May 31. Interbox, on Boxing.com, May 15, 2002. Added: May 24, 2002.

More about Dorin and pictures of "The Lion" on his official Web site. For Leonard Dorin's record, go here.

Romanian gymnasts 'lied about age' -- on SportsIllustrated.CNN.com
Alexandra Marinescu, Gina Gogean, Monica Zahiu and Daniela Silivas speak up about allegedly being forced to misrepresent their age to be able to compete at senior level while still juniors. The issue is investigated by the Romanian Gymnastics Federation and newspapers alike, and the International Gymnatics Federation is inquiring for explanations as well. AP, April 18, 2002. Added: April 21, 2002.

Khorkina beats Dutch challenge -- on SportsIllustrated.CNN.com
April 21, 2002. With the exception of Ioana Petrovschi, Romanian gymnasts were absent from the European Championships in Patras, Greece, so as not to strain too much before the Olympics. Ioana placed fifth, and 23-year-old Svetlana Khorkina of Russia won all-around gold. Added: April 21, 2002. NB: The spelling of Romanian names throughout the article is deficient.

Russia's Ejova Wins Bars, Beam
...and 18-year-old Andreea Raducan wins gold on the vault and silver on the beam in Japan's Chunichi Cup. From CNNSI.com, December 9, 2001.

Szabo Triumphs; Drug Questions Share Spotlight -- on SeattleTimes.com
August 8, 2001. Gabriela (Gabi) Szabo wins women's 1,500 meters in Edmonton, Alberta, at the World Track and Field Championships. Violeta Szekely gets the silver. By Bert Rosenthal, Associated Press.

Sensational Szabo Wins 1500m -- on BBC Sport
A nice picture and a brief commentary.

Doping Verdict Leads to Boycott Threat
August 4, 2001. The IAAF (International Association of Athletic Federations) lifts the ban on Yegorova, whose testing for EPO (erythropoietin) was not done in accordance with the prescribed protocol. Yegorova overcame Szabo at the world indoor 3,000m run in March this year. Szabo and others had said they would boycott the 5,000m race should Yegorova be allowed to compete. By Pat Butcher, for The Sunday Times.

Szabo Takes Time Out -- on BBC Sport
August 27, 2001. Gabriela Szabo will stay away from track competitions for about a year. Her husband and coach says she is fighting sciatica.

Sunday's World Championships at a Glance -- on SportServer.com
August 12, 2001. Lidia Simon Wins Women's Marathon in the final day of the World Track and Field Championships in Edmonton, Alberta.

Pavel Pulls Upset of Rafter in Montreal -- on NandoTimes.com
August 5, 2001. Andrei Pavel defeats U.S. Open champion Patrick Rafter and wins the Tennis Masters Series-Canada. Pavel is now No. 20.

Unseeded Romanian Saddles Aussie with Another 'Boring' Loss -- on WayMoreSports.com
More about Pavel, Rafter and their Montreal game in Mary Ormsby's report. Also note that after defeating Patrick Rafter and winning his most cherished title so far, Pavel moves up 26 places.

Rafter, Pavel Reach Masters Final -- on WayMoreSports.com
August 4, 2001. A quotation-rich article to get you acquainted with the players.

Pavel Upsets Roddick in Montreal -- on SportingNews.com
August 3, 2001. Andrei Pavel defeats teenage Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals of the Tennis Masters Series-Canada.

Sanford Third in World
Young Romanian Alina Popescu finished first at the World Youth Track and Field Championships in Debrecen, Hungary. By Eugene W. Fields, The Orange Country Register, July 14, 2001.

The Romanian Gymnastics Team -- on GymBox.net
Romanian gymnasts photographed by Christian Ballat and Jasmin Schneebeli. Great pictures of Simona Amanar (retired), Larisa Apostol, Loredana Boboc, Sabina Cojocar, Andreea Isarescu, Maria Olaru, Olimpia Popa, Claudia Presacan (retired), Andreea Raducan, Silvia Stroescu, and Corina Ungureanu. The underlined gymnasts are the ones preferred by these photographers, but all gymnasts listed above have at least one picture up. Added: September 5, 2001.

Seether's Romanian Gymnastics Page
All-time Romanian gymnasts -- fast facts and results. For the nostalgic and for those who are wondering when and where these gymnasts competed and what they are doing now. Read about Gabriela Agachi, Lavinia Agache, Simona Amanar, Catalina Ambrozie, Rodica Apateanu, Raluca Babaligea, Augustina Badea, Mirela Barbalata, Simona Bartoloti, Ioana Berta, Ana Maria Bican, Loredana Boboc, Erika Boncsina, Ioana Bondor, Cristina Bontas, Diana Bostan, Daniela Brindescu, Raluca Bugner, Violeta Burtescu, Elena Ceampelea, Andreea Cacovean, Nadia Comaneci, Mariana Constantin, Laura Cutina, Aurelia Dobre (includes interview), Draguta Dobre, Alexandra Dobrescu, Dana Dumitru, Rodica Dunca, Emilia Eberle, Bianca Ferariu, Lacramioara Filip, Georgeta Gabor, Aurelia Gheba, Gabriela Gheorghe, Gabi Gheorghiu, Angela Ghimpu, Gina Gogean, Eugenia Golea, Alina Goreac, Anca Grigoras, Vanda Hadarean, Paula Ioan, Carmen Ionescu, Cristina Itu, Nicoleta Iancu, Anca Kiss, Izabela Lacatus, Alina Lazar, Florica Leonida, Ionela Loaies, Stefania Marin, Alexandra Marinescu, Lavinia Milosovici, Camelia Mindricel, Simona Mocanu, Marilena Neacsu, Maria Neculita, Eliza Nicolau, Florenta Oancea, Mariana Oboroceanu, Maria Olaru, Elena Oprea, Mirela Pasca, Alina Pascariu, Simona Pauca, Marcela Paunescu, Michaela Pepa, Celestina Popa, Eugenia Popa, Olimpia Popa, Gabriela Potorac, Claudia Presacan, Marina Radu, Andreea Raducan, Camelia Renciu, Simona Renciu, Melita Ruhn, Lenuta Rus, Claudia Rusan, Lucia Rusan, Rodica Sabau, Angela Sandu, Mirela Sidon, Daniela Silivas, Lenuta Slabu, Ramona Socarici, Liliana Stanciu, Mirela Stanciu, Mihaela Stanulet, Olga Stefan, Silvia Stroescu, Anca Suciu, Ecaterina Szabo, Andreea Taclit, Madalina Tanase, Daniela Trandafir, Gabriela Trusca, Mariana Tudor, Mirela Tugurlan, Elisabeta Turcu, Dumitrita Turner, Andreea Ulmeanu, Corina Ungureanu, Dorina Ungureanu, Emanuela Ungureanu, Teodora Ungureanu, Ecaterina Ureche, Marilena Vladarau, Camelia Voinea, Ana Maria Zaharia, Luminita Zavod, Cristina Zelenca. Current head coach: Octavian Belu. Underlined names have the benefit of one or several pictures. For better pictures see GymBox. Also, please note that the info seems to go only as far as 1999. Added: September 5, 2001.

The Official Romanian Gymnastics Web Site
From the Foundation for Romanian Culture and Studies. It advertises the magazine Romanian Gymnastics; even though this Web site doesn't seem to be updated regularly, it does provide some useful links, info and pictures.

Lavinia Milosovici -- on Seether's Romanian Gymnastics Page
It's unbelievable how many times Lavinia placed first in her career. Lavinia is one of the gymnasts I got to watch on TV at every major competition, and one I will always remember on the highest of the podium. She tackled each exercise with an astonishing assuredness and was, indeed, remarkable as an athlete physically and mentally, as this site (same as the huge one ahead) suggests. What she accomplished as a gymnast can safely place her next to the achievements of her favorite forerunner, Nadia Comaneci.

On June 3 Nadia Comaneci (44) and Bart Conner (48) became the parents of a baby boy, Paul Dylan. The former Olympic gold medalists chose the name Paul to celebrate Bart's former coach and business partner; Dylan comes from Bob Dylan, Bart's favorite singer. Both Nadia and the baby are doing well. More in Evenimentul Zilei Online, in Romanian only: Nadia are un baietel. Added: June 6, 2006.

Ask Bart and Nadia
The two Olympic champions answer questions on dozens and dozens of pages. A great resource for their fans as well as for gymnasts and trainers. You can ask your own question too. To find out what Nadia's teammates of 1976 are doing now and where she keeps her medals, go directly here. Added: September 5, 2001.

Ultimate Romanians
From a fan of Romanian Gymnastics, an impressive amount of work bringing together 230 biographies and hundreds of pictures of more than 200 different gymnasts. See the girls in competitions, training, posing as a group or with their friends. This site's webmaster has gathered a comprehensive collection of pictures, down to B/W newspaper clippings, and so much more -- including results from Romanian National Championships and club mailing addresses. Added: January 29, 2002.

Retton Vaulted to Sports History -- Perfectly
A retrospective of Mary Lou Retton's performance at the 1984 Olympics -- the Games which made her a star. According to the author, Retton, trained by embraced gymnastics after watching Nadia Comaneci's performance at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Both gymnasts trained under coach Bela Karoly. By Dick Heller, The Washington Times, July 30, 2001.

USA Gymnastics Official Coach Biography: Bela Karolyi
The official biography of "the most successful coach in the history of gymnatics." Bela Karolyi's story on the USA Gymnastics site.

Leader Falls During Floor Exercise, Romanian Takes Gold
September 1, 2001. Gymnast Marian Dragulescu wins men's all-around gold at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia. He also earned a silver and bronze at individual apparatus. On CNN/Sports Illustrated.

Romanian Lacatus Wins Aerobics Gold
August 19, 2001. Daniela Lacatus wins first place in aerobics in Japan at the World Games.

Romania Soccer -- from SportsFansOfAmerica.com
Find out latest scores in the Romanian soccer championship here.

Romanian Soccer Weekly -- from Timisoara.com/FotbalVest
See local results by division, as well as results for European and World Cups.

Soccer World Cup: Romania History
Romania's All-Time World Cup Records. Results for Uruguay 1930, Italy 1934, France 1938, Mexico 1970, Italy 1990, USA 1994.

The Sporting News: Soccer News -- Bucharest, Romania
As of June 23, 2001, Hagi has accepted to head the Romanian national soccer team.

Hagi Not Ready for Debut as Team Coach after Surgery -- on SportingNews.com
Due to kidney surgery, Hagi, now coach of the Romanian national soccer team, misses debut match with Slovenia. Gabi Balint, assistant coach, took over for the August 16 game, which ended 2:2.












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