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The Orthodox church in the city center

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Location of Urziceni

Urziceni is located in Ialomiţa County
Location of Urziceni in Romania
Coordinates: 44°43′5″N 26°38′43″E / 44.71806, 26.64528Coordinates: 44°43′5″N 26°38′43″E / 44.71806, 26.64528
Country  Romania
County Ialomița County
Status Municipality
 • Mayor Constantin Sava (National Liberal Party)
Population (2002)
 • Total 17,089
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Urziceni (Romanian pronunciation: [urziˈt͡ʃenʲ]) is a town in Ialomița County, Romania, located around 60 km north-east of Bucharest. It has a population of 17,090.

Founded by Romanian shepherds, its name is derived from the word "urzică" (nettle). It was mentioned for the first time in a written document on 23 April 1596, during the reign of Mihai Viteazul. It gained in 1831 the status of market town and in 1895 the city status. For 117 years, it was the capital of Ialomiţa county (between 1716 and 1833).

A little town by any standards, Urziceni is perhaps best known for its football team, Unirea Urziceni. Urziceni holds the record for the smallest town to have a team in the Champions League. The team wound up a year later.

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