- RICARDO CADU – CFR Cluj
- GEORGE GALAMAZ – Unirea Urziceni
- Mihai Pintilii – International Curtea de Arges
- Octavian Abrudan – FC Brasov
- Sergiu Costin – Otelul Galati
My view: The top two teams in the league offer the top two centre-backs in this analysis, which is fair, given the fact that in Romania destroying the opposition’s game is the main task of most of the clubs. Cadu‘s main asset is the leadership and the abilty to step up and deliver in the most crucial moments, while Galamaz is, for two years now, the most consistent Romanian centre-back, a very commanding presence indeed and a player that has kept on working and improving. International’s Pintilii is a nice surprise – it’s his first season in Liga I – and I remember him being offered to Steaua two or three years ago ;-).
My choices: Just missing out on the top five is another International defender, Vlad Chiriches, who I consider to have a nice future ahead of him and I dare to put him in line with Universitatea Craiova’s highly rated Valerica Gaman. Sarghi from Otelul and Papp from FC Vaslui are two other interesting Romanian defenders, so we can say that at least in this area we do have some players coming from behind.
Note: the top five is taken from Gazeta Sporturilor, a newspaper that uses the service of Digital Soccer Project. These results are based on a series of specific criteria for each position, include only players that have collected at least 1.200 minutes on the pitch in the past season and the only subjective part of the analysis consists in the average marks received by the newspaper’s writers.
The analysis of Andrei Vochin, top journalist, working for Gazeta Sporturilor, has come to an end and the best eleven of the first half of season is complete. Here it is!
I hope you’ll apreciate the graphics! ;-)
————————————— Zapata (31) ———————————————
Rui Duarte (29) —– Cadu (28) ———- B.Fernandes (31) ——— Brandan (26)
————————————-Apostol (29) ———————————————–
——–Szekely (26) ————————————————– Gerlem (25) ———–
———————————- Wesley Lopes (29) —————————————–
—————- Bucur (29) ———————– Kapetanos (26) ————————–
PS Based on a lot of statistics provided by a specialized firm, the analysis has one weak spot in my opinion: the influence of the marks received by the players during the 17 rounds from the newspaper’s reporters, who often pay little or no attention at all to individual performances (believe me, I’ve seen them at work too many times!) and usually the difference in their marking is made by either a goal scored or a visible mistake. But, in the end, that’s why this is Gazeta’s top, right? And that’s why I’ll come back with my own judgement after half of season.