Big plans in place as Brasov challenge for supremacy
BRASOV, Romania – 88 years have passed since the Romanian city celebrated its sole domestic league championship. Having already rekindled the passion for hockey, ASC Corona Brasov now steps up their trophy hunt while keeping one eye firmly on the future.
On the face of it, having to settle for a single piece of silverware during a season that finished with a double heartbreak might appear as scant consolation for Corona Brasov. But instead of licking its wounds following a dramatic ending to last season which saw the Transylvanians first miss out on the MOL Liga play-offs during the final game day before suffering defeat in the Romanian championship final series, the 2012/2013 season will be forever cherished in the annals of the young club’s history.
An Attila Borsos game winning 3-2 goal on the road against HSC Csikszereda in Miercurea Ciuc just before Christmas last year saw Corona being crowned as 2012 Romanian Cup winners. The epic turnaround following a two-goal deficit won the team its first major accolade, which is soon hoped to be followed by a steady stream of cups adorning the club’s trophy cabinet.
„We have big plans for this team,” says Corona’s club president Emilian Cernica referring to a strategy which was drawn up by the management team during the summer of 2012. „First year: one trophy. Second year: two trophies. Third year: three trophies.”
With the first hurdle already accomplished, the challenge for this season is to keep hold of the Romanian cup but also bring the national league championship to Brasov. For the 2014/2015 season the bar will be raised yet another notch, as domestic glory aside, Corona will be seeking victory in the MOL Liga, the cross-border league which currently is made up by four teams from Hungary, two from Romania and one from Slovakia.
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