Dinamo Bucharest seek UCL home from home
BUCHAREST, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Romanian first division leaders Dinamo Bucharest have begun looking for a stadium abroad to host next season's Champions League matches, club officials said on Thursday.
Dinamo look certainties to qualify for Europe's elite club competition as they are leading the table with 52 points, 13 points ahead of arch-rivals Steaua.
'Dinamo have serious chances to win the title so we have to think where to play our Champions League matches as our arena is not proper for such matches,' Dinamo executive president Cristian Borcea told reporters.
The Champions League has strict criteria about stadium facilities for the tournament.
Borcea said the club's vice-president, former international Florin Raducioiu, who scored four goals at the 1994 World Cup finals, had contacts with clubs in Italy and Spain.
'In Italy there is a 700,000 Romanian community, in Spain living and working are more than one million, so Dinamo will play like at home there,' Borcea said.
Borcea said Dinamo had rejected Steaua Bucharest's proposal to host matches at their stadium because of the long rivalry between the two clubs.
The winners of the Romanian title have a good chance to qualify directly for the group stages of the Champions League as a result of the good performances of arch-rivals Steaua and Rapid in the UEFA Cup.