BBC: FC Romania and the former international


With a World Cup winner and the son of an England winger involved, there is already an international feel to the FA Cup, but that is heightened by the inclusion of FC Romania.

It is not the country, of course, but a team named after it.
Formed by Romanian Ion Vintila and his friends eight years ago, Hertfordshire-based FC Romania have progressed a great deal since playing their first competitive fixture against a team called Beating Chastards.

FC Romania proudly boast on their website they are in this season's FA Cup - their target since forming in 2006
They shot up seven leagues in eight seasons, turned semi-professional this year and have even had a former international footballer on their books.
Claudiu Raducanu, capped twice by Romania, previously played for Espanyol in Spain and Romanian side Steaua Bucharest, for whom he scored against Southampton in the 2004-05 Uefa Cup.
He left in the summer but Vintila has not ruled out the possibility of him returning. The prospect of an FA Cup appearance may prove a tempting proposition.
"The FA Cup is the oldest competition in football, and it was always our goal to play in it," says Vintila. "We usually get around 80 to 100 people at games, but hopefully 500 will come down for this game."
FC Romania, making their FA Cup debut, play Haverhill Rovers in the extra preliminary round this weekend.