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Positions that lack quality in Romania’s national team


I’d have to start with the coaching role, as Lucescu, who started a very promising career at club level, seems a bit overwhelmed by his role. The Wednesday game against Israel was a complete waste of time, because I believe that we were aware of the sorts of problems we needed to solve, without having to suffer any other embarassing loss…

With discipline and hunger already injected in the team, Mircea Lucescu’s son needed to test the players that could either complete the first eleven, offer backup for some positions or promise to break in the squad in the near future. Well, in the end, we could only count for one good call: Roman, the right midfielder from FC Brasov, the player that had made a nice impact coming on as a sub against France.

Unfortunately, apart from Roman, Lucescu proved uninspired (to say the least and be as elegant as the coach) with the likes of Nesu (27, left back, playing for Utrecht) and Florescu (24, central midfielder, Midtjylland), but also stubborn. What’s the reason for calling Daniel Niculae, who scored 2 goals in over 50 matches for Auxerre, in the past two seasons, playing as a forward? Why keep on using Nicolita, when it’s obvious that he’s useless in possession and that his sheer physical approach is not enough, not as a wide midfielder, not in games against top class opposition? And what’s the point of trying Paduretu (29, central midfielder, Unirea Urziceni), when he was only called to cover for his team-mate, Apostol (same age, position, club)?

Where are the young guns, where are the guys that have started well in 2010 in Liga I, what happened with those that played well in the first half of season? We’re two or three friendly games away from the debut in a tough group and our conclusion after the loss against Israel is that the new red outfit brings bad luck. Could we refuse to take part in the group stage? Is it too late to quit?

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