Morton Arrange Friendly Against Romanian Champions

Morton have arranged a last minute friendly against Romanian champions FC Unirea Urziceni. The match will be played at Cappielow on Monday the 20th of July with a 7.30pm kick-off.

Unirea Urziceni are managed by former Chelsea and Romania right-back Dan Petrescu (pictured, below) who guided them to their first ever Romanian Championship, and consequently their first Champions League qualification, last season. Petrescu's acheivement is so significant - Unirea come from a town with a population of only 20,000 people - that it has been recognised by football magazine World Soccer. They list Petrescu as one of three heroes in their regular 'Heroes... & Villians' article. It says:

  • Dan Petrescu The former Chelsea defender pulled off a major coup by leading rank outsiders Unirea Urziceni - whose home ground has a capacity of just 7,000 - to the first Romanian championship in their history.

The Romanians are currently on a tour of Scotland and have already beaten first division new boys Ayr United 2-1 at Somerset Park (pictured, below).

The club have taken the fans' wishes into consideration and have fixed prices at £5 for everyone except under-16s who will be charged £3. In addition the club have decided to open the Cowshed ; something that may encourage more fans to come along.

However, a decent crowd could be guaranteed if there is truth in the suggestion that Unirea have managed to sign former Juventus, Ajax, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Barcelona and Spurs midfielder Edgar Davids. The story on gmfc.net suggests that the Dutch international has signed but that it isn't definite that he will play: "The team are very ambitious and they have acquired the services of Edgar Davids, the well known Dutch Internationalist. Whether he plays for the visitors on Monday night is not yet known, but what we do know is that Unirea Urziceni will play their strongest team against us according to a statement given out by the visitors."

gmfc.net - Champions League Team to play at Cappielow! (17.07.2009)

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