Best of 2011
Best day: January 20, 1.802 visitors.
Bogdan Stancu signs from Galatasaray and a comparison between Lacina Traore and Bogdan Stancu, written in November 2010, before their moves to Russia and Turkey, respectively, gets a lot of attention especially from Gala’s fans. The surprise came when Traore moved to Kuban Krasnodar for less money than what CFR Cluj was hoping to get, while Stancu’s deal demanded a fee that can be explained only by the Becali’s involvement and their understanding with both Steaua’s and Gala’s boards.
And, while Traore is a hit under Petrescu’s strict command, Stancu failed to cope with the pressure and the controlled chaos that Galatasaray seems to enjoy living in every single year, and is now playing with some success on loan to Orduspor.
Search terms: “scouting Romania” and my name occupy the first two places, with Marius Niculae in third spot. The top five is closed by “Wesley Vaslui” and a certain Cristiano Ronaldo. Don’t worry, the only thing to blame is a photo of the guy taken while Niculae was playing alongside him for Sporting Lisbon. The all time leader remains Gabriel Torje!
Best referrers: The Almost 3.000 are the ones that get credit, with Twitter sitting comfortably in 1st place. The Guardian helped to finish the year in style, the blog’s presence in “Our favorite things this week” column brining in a lot of (quality) traffic.
I would like thank each visitor though and wish you all a great 2012!, I hope to see you back here next year as well, because I’m not going anywhere . I leave you with the top three articles in 2011:
2. The story of Juan Culio, the Argentinian midfielder bought by Galatasaray from CFR Cluj
3. Otelul Galati, before their Champions League
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• 10 years of continuous work in scouting, for top clubs and companies;
• Worked for clubs like Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Hannover 96, monitorring the Romanian market;
• Worked for Birmingham based company 'The Scouting Network' (www.tsn.co.uk) as a football scout;
• Worked for Zurich based company Boutique Football as a scouting network coordinator;
• International scout for Young Boys Bern for 2 years, covering Eastern European football.
• Currently working as an international scout for a top French club, covering Eastern European football.
- @dclayton10 poor work at club levels, poor coaches (lazy, not prepared, lacking ambition) in the youth national teams. Disaster... Published: 9 hours ago
- ...and I thought the U15 did bad. Romania U16 totally outplayed by Austria. 1-3 at HT, but should've been a lot worse! Published: 9 hours ago
- @mirkocorli un piacere :) Published: 9 hours ago
- Romania U15 - Poland U15 1-1. #Romania needed two invented penalties to score, terrible game overall... Published: 10 hours ago
- @mirkocorli before this, Steaua was tempted to keep everybody and get into the CL group stage. Doubt it will stay the same now... Published: 14 hours ago
- Steaua's 24th title: never in doubt, now a certainty
- The ways to get in touch
- Adrian Stoian, just another typical Romanian talent?
- Gavra impresses at Ajax!
- The rise and fall of Marius Niculae
- The Suitcase Brief, a poor movie, starring Gigi Becali and Victor Piturca
- More on Traore's transfer to Galatasaray
- Romania's joke of a national team
- Robinson Zapata: poor for Steaua, excellent for Galatasaray!
- Piturca, a ruthless negotiator, a very strict coach, but also a father...
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