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Mutu’s back, but will Romania be once again able to go forward?


Here’s Romania’s squad for the vital game against Bosnia:

  • Goalkeepers: Pantilimon (FC Timisoara), Tatarusanu (Steaua), Lung Jr. (Universitatea Craiova)
  • Defenders: Sapunaru (FC Porto), Rapa (Otelul Galati), Tamas (WBA), Chivu (Inter), Goian (Palermo), Gardos (Steaua), Rat (Shakthar), Salageanu (Otelul Galati)
  • Midfielders: Torje (Dinamo), Ropotan (Dinamo Moscow), Florescu (Alania), Alexa (FC Timisoara), G. Muresan (CFR Cluj), Deac (Schalke 04), Cocis (Karpati Lviv)
  • Forwards: Stancu (Galatasaray), Zicu (FC Timisoara), Mutu (Fiorentina), Alexe (Dinamo), Marica (Stuttgart)

Strange choices:

Mutu's back. There's probably a party arranged somewhere in Bosnia, on Satruday evening...

Goian’s recall – scored a goal against AC Milan this weekend, the highlight of a mediocre season, in which he rarely played. Isn’t expected to be more than a reserve player – I would have gone for FC Vaslui’s Papp instead.

Calling four similar central midfielders – I was expecting to see Alexa called-up, especially after he was praised by Razvan Lucescu, who called him a “discovery and a plus” after the last friendly, when Timisoara’s captain scored a brace. For the record, the man’s 31.

CFR’s Muresan has also impressed, but in the last league game, against the bottom placed team, but it would definitely be strange to see him starting alongside Alexa. They’re exactly the same type of players. Slightly different – a bit more dynamic and with a small plus in going forward – are Florescu (who is now playing second division football in Russia!) and Ropotan, but, in any combination between these four, Romania will only be able to secure the central zone and build-up by directing the balls to the wide players. We’ll be organized, hard-working, but extremely limited when going forward.

The credit for out of form & squad players – Deac and Marica haven’t played for months, Ropotan hasn’t featured for Dinamo Moscow in 2011, Florescu went down with Alania. But, for Lucescu Jr., this principle applies just in some cases, not when there are players he likes in this situation. Then, it’s important to rely on pretty much the same group of players throughout a campaign, in order to be successful. Yeah, right!

Mutu’s return –  it could seem that Lucescu’s looking for the team’s and the nation’s best interest, by calling up Mutu and forgetting what has happened in the past. He’s not, he’s just trying to save his position. He probably won’t. So, this is just a sign of desperation, from a weak man and just an average coach. A lethal combination for our chances to catch the next final tournament…

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  1. Emily
    March 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Slight quibble: It was in fact Goian who scored against Milan — Palermo’s winner, no less! Mutu scored early to put Fiorentina up 1-0 on Roma, but they ultimately drew 2-2.

  2. Filip
    March 23, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Anxious to see “Il Fenomeno” Mutu play for Romania again. Also glad to see Goian back, he was playing quite poorly for quite awhile after that injury, but now he seems to be back in form.

  1. March 21, 2011 at 1:30 pm

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