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Amazing Rise of Romanian Football Player:
He is the son of a Macedonian family which had to immigrate two times…He was very poor…He was born in a village, inside the mud, barefood, and began football by running after a ball made of horse-hair. He became a star during Causescu times...But Hagi was able toplay abroad after he was overturned. Here it is…. The legend of Hagi by Grigore Cartianu…
The fall of 1932… 20 horse carriages were put in a row in a dusty road of a small town, Kavala, located at the north of Greece… The courtyard was crowded and people were running around… These people were either Macedonian or Aromen.They were preparing to leave the grounds they borned, perpetually. That is to say, a usual Balkan scene…
Two carriages in the group belonged to Hagi family. Clothes, thick blankets, pans, soil dishes, well-sharpened axes and cheese barrels…Before going their way Gheorghe and Sultana Hagi looked at their fathers’ house for the last time…Raised his fist. He left the people, who have sent them away from their fathers’ home, to the justice of God.
Grandson of a Christian Hadji
In the past centuries, for Macedonians, the name “Hagi” was only carried by the people who have visited the “Holy Mountain”. Since the way through Jerusalem was so dangerous, people who have visited Holy Mountain and turned back were welcomed with a great ceremony. And the title Hagi was added to their names. Hadji, but the Christian one. They have taken this word from Ottomans.For Macedonians, “hagi” or “hagiu” means the person who should be respected and praised.One of the fathers of Hagi had also visited Holy Mountain.As the time passed, the original surname of the family has dissapeared and they used to be called as Hagi.
Immigrants of Exchange
Finally Hagi family have reached Romanian Kingdom and settled in “Big Kaynarc*” village close to Bulgaria.6 months later, Sultana Hagi had a son, Iancu, father of our football star.
Why did Hagi family was forced to leave their home? According to the Lausanne agreement, a population
exchange took place between Turkey and Greece and Greek government forced Macedonians to leave the grounds of north to almost 1.5 million Greek people coming from Turkey.
They were just getting used to live there but in 1940, Romania has been forced to give this place to Bulgaria.Again a migration began…Macedonians set out on a journey to the north once more. Hagi family settled in a village, Sacele, in the northern side of Constanta.
Iancu nicknamed “chatty”, married with Chirata, an emigrant like him. Famous player, was borned in 4-5 February 1965 night as the fourth child of this family. His name was Gheorghe.He was given his grandfather’s and his elder brother’s, who died when he was just 9 months old, name. But they called him “Gica” in short.
When did Gica Hagi touch the ball with his foot for the first time? Nobody knows…But in 1966, when he was at the age of two, he has given a strange present. Grandfather Gheorghe has dryed the urine bag of a pig after washing and cleaning it. It is the time when Gica met ball…
When he was at the age of four he was playing with the ball made of cloth made by his grandmother Sultana.And after a year, his grandfather made a new ball from horsehairs. There were no goals, field was on an ascent. Gica was always barefoot but the pleasure was great. Gica owned a real ball when he was 6.His mother bought it from the city.
Migration from village to town
Life in village was getting harder. Hagi’s were even having their girls work on the land. It was an inevitable decision. It was the spring of 1973.Gica has just finished second class. Hagi family put their stuff on a truck and moved to Constanta.They were migrating again, but this time from village to town.
They settled in Coiciu, a small town in which Macedonian’s live. They used to have a small house and a small garden to feed animals. Sheeps were grazing at the area just beside them.
Gica got closer to a football group consisting of Macedonians.The matches were held in a wide, isolated area street. Gica was 9, he was the youngest and also rather small. They made him goalkeeper. Sometimes they let him go forward and Gica was scoring goals as soon as he gets the ball. And he used to shout as “Goaaal Iordanescu!” or “Goaaal Dumitru!”. They were the heroes of Steau Bucharest he used to watch on TV and Gica is a fan of that team beginning from those times.