Bostina: player, captain and… vicepresident of the board
Safe, after an excellent second half of the season (only three points less of this year’s most efficient teams, FC Vaslui and FC Timisoara), Universitatea Cluj aims to keep on developping as a club, under the ambitious new owner, Florian Walter, on a brand new stadium and with the backing of the excellent fan-base.
One decision has caught the eye though, as Walter announced the intention to name the 34 years old mildfielder Gabriel Bostina vicepresident of the board, starting next month, but without asking him to give up his playing career.
So, Bostina will see off his current deal as a professional footballer, which expires in June 2012, but will also take part in the club meetings, have the right to sign papers within and for the club and should be a liaison between the players and the staff. An interesting role for an interesting character, as Bostina has always been regarded as an intelligent person and a true professional, in a career that has seen him play for just four clubs in Liga I, with two of them being the arch-rivals from Bucharest, Steaua and Dinamo.
He’s just played his 300th match in Liga I and he will always have this game fresh in his memory, as he was sent-off in the 92nd minute, after he had converted a penalty, in the 2-0 win against Sportul Studentesc, for pulling his shirt over his face, without taking it off. But poor decisions by the refs don’t make the headlines in Romania for a long, long time, now…