First of all, let me say “I’m sorry” to all those who thought “What? Milito is Romanian?”. I’m talking about International Curtea de Arges and Cosmin Bacila, the right back reinvented as a midfielder/winger, who just scored his fifth goal of the season for a team that will fight for survival until the very last round. Bacila made a late debut in the first division, playing mainly as right back for Farul Constanta, a team he left last summer to join the newly promoted International. The hard-working type of player, useful in both phases of the game, the 27 years old feels so good in a 4-1-4-1 system that he managed to become the club’s top scorer, with the four goals scored in the second half of the season. Let me just write down some of the players who have scored five goals this season: Bogdan Stancu (striker, Steaua), Yssouf Kone (striker, CFR Cluj), Lacina Traore (striker, CFR Cluj), Mike Temwanjera (striker, FC Vaslui), Lucian Raduta (striker, Rapid).
Now, I’m not saying that Bacila is a top class footballer, but maybe we should think twice before we talk about the millions Steaua, CFR, Rapid or FC Vaslui ask for their “star players”…
After a failed move to VFB Stuttgart in the winter, when Unirea refused 1,4 million Euros in exchange of the best left back in the league, Pablo Brandan still has a shot at a transfer to a 1.Bundesliga club. According to gsp.ro, the Argentinian tops the shortlist of FC Cologne, the club that already made a transfer from Romania: Rapid’s promising centre-forward Alexandru Ionita. Brandan certainly deserves it and it would be an excellent deal for Cologne, given the player’s quality, professionalism (let’s not forget that he was angry with the board after the Stuttgart episode, but kept on training and playing) and versatility (he can play at left back, on the left side of the midfield, but also as a defensive midfielder).
- After the 3-3 away draw against Steaua, Timisoara’s owner Marian Iancu announced that the club will release the Slovakian midfielder Jan Kozak, brought last winter from Slovan Bratislava. The 30 years old collected his ninth appearance in the Viola outfit last night, featuring as a substitute, and is accused that he’s following only personal goals and not giving 100% to help the team.
Update: As there are a few searches on the net regarding “kozák temešvár salery”, let me say that Kozak would have earned 200.000 Euros until June 2011. ;-)
- Pawel Golanski is still waiting for an offer to extend the deal that will expire in June, but Steaua’s officials are still considering if the Polish full-back deserves this. Although he’s got some quality, the right back has been tormented by injuries and lacked consistency in the years spent in Ghencea, no wonder he cannot force Steaua’s hand with one or two offers already received from other interested clubs in such a player, on a free transfer…
- Ceahlaul – Astra Ploiesti 0-0
- Dinamo – Politehnica Iasi 1-1 (N’Doye 21 / L. Munteanu 59)
- Pandurii – FC Brasov 1-0 (Hidisan 77)
- Otelul Galati – Rapid 0-0
- CFR Cluj – Unirea Alba Iulia 3-2 (Bud 21, 65, 90 / Veljovic 67, Muresan 77 og)
- Gaz Metan Medias – Gloria Bistrita 1-1 (Litu 42 / Frasinescu 2)
- Universitatea Craiova – Unirea Urziceni 1-4 (Gangioveanu 75 / Bilasco 8, Rusescu 70, Paduretu 81, Semedo 88)
- Steaua – FC Timisoara 3-3 (Golanski 33, Kapetanos 80 pen, Zhelev 90 / Cocis 48, Contra 85 pen, 88)
- International Curtea de Arges – FC Vaslui 1-2 (Bacila 45 / Costly 70, Milisavljevic 80)
Next round (30th of April – 2nd of May): Gloria Bistrita – Pandurii, Astra – CFR Cluj, Universitatea Craiova – International Curtea de Arges, Unirea Alba Iulia – Steaua, FC Timisoara – Otelul Galati, FC Vaslui – Ceahlaul, Politehnica Iasi – Gaz Metan Medias, Unirea Urziceni – FC Brasov, Rapid – Dinamo.
- FIFA agent Victor Becali has planned a trip to Bulgaria, in order to talk with CSKA’s board and release Daniel Pancu of his current deal. Pancu had moved to Sofia during the winter break, following Ioan Andone, but, in spite of some decent performances, fell out of favor with the new coach, with the angry fans and didn’t get paid in the last couple of months, so he decided to leave the club. Currently training (which isn’t ok, is it?) with Rapid, Pancu stated that he would agree a return to Rapid, after solving an old conflict with the club’s owner, George Copos. A good move for Rapid if all goes well, as this is also a step made by Copos to keep coach Ioan Andone at the club at least for another season.
- The dismissal of Italian coach Nicolo Napoli was followed by a similar episode to the one that made Dinamo keep the headlines in the past week. Four players (all bought this winter, at Napoli’s demand) refused to make the trip to Ceahlaul, for a game that could be vital for Astra’s future in the Liga I. Marcelo Mendez, Diego Silva, Danilo Carando and Gonzalo Salgueiro are now on the black list and could have the same faith as Alejandro Kruchowsky and Maximiliano Arias, the two defenders who were already released, after a string of poor performances.
Lacina Traore’s lack of focus and consistency, after the first transfer rumors appeared in the press, have made him lose his place in the team, in favor of Cristian Bud, a 25 years old who was playing second league football a couple of years ago.
With the interest from clubs like Arsenal, Napoli, Udinese, Hamburg or Galatasaray likely to fade away or at least affect an asking price of 4 to 5 million Euros, media reports have been trying to compensate somehow his poor second half of the season, by keeping Traore in the spotlight.
Nice work, guys, but maybe you should also look after this talented youngster and get him back in shape, not just follow the club’s interest to sell him at any cost (obviously, not for any transfer fee!) in the summer… ;-)
With the club seriously affected by the latest and biggest scandal, Dinamo’s bosses have decided to try and avoid similar episodes in the future. After the return of Florin Bratu and Ousmane N’Doye from Dinamo II, the bosses are ready to welcome back the promising Marius Alexe, but will try to limit the influence of agent Victor Becali and his brother, the former FIFA agent, Ioan Giovani Becali. Alexe was asked to part ways with his agent, as well as several other team member, as the Becalis had under contract no less than 17 Red Dogs!
The first Dinamo players to do it are defenders Cosmin Moti and Cristian Pulhac, who are no longer represented by Victor Becali, but, at the same time, according to some people, a lot less chances to move abroad in the near future…
Update: Both players denied the information published in the press and stated that they refuse to terminate their deals with the Becali brothers and that they wouldn’t even consider such a move.