The Liga I (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈliɡa ɨŋˈtɨj]; English: First League), also spelled Liga 1 (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈliɡa ˈunu]; English: League One), is a Romanian professional league for men's association football clubs. It is currently sponsored by betting company Betano, and thus officially known as the Liga 1 Betano. At the top of the Romanian football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Contested by 14 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with Liga II. The teams play 26 matches each in the regular season, and then enter the play-off or the play-out according to their position in the regular season.
Liga I was established in 1909 and commenced play for the 1909–10 campaign, being currently on the 20th place in UEFA's league coefficient ranking list. It is administered by the Liga Profesionistă de Fotbal (LPF). Before the 2006–07 season, the competition was known as Divizia A, but the name had to be changed following the finding that someone else had registered that trademark. The best performer is Steaua București with 26 titles, followed by Dinamo București with 18 wins.
As of 2016, Liga I ranked first in the number of teams sent to participate in European competitions since 1955. No less than 40 different clubs had played at least one match in European cups.
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