The Brazilian has been the best player from Liga I in the first part of the season and Gaz Metan’s efforts to keep away the interested clubs would have been admirable, if they would have tried to offer their star player a better deal, rather than lie about his real contract situation. The board, represented by Ioan Horoba, who previously worked for Gloria Bistrita – only the most controversial club in the country, in the past two decades -, offered the press a version nobody went to the trouble of verifying, so it has been said more than once that Eric was bought from Metropolitano and signed a new five years long deal. Of course, that wasn’t true, but the player’s agents minded their business and continued to work on finding a new club for the Brazilian, who should have returned to Metropolitano, next summer, unless no other club (except Gaz Metan) would have triggerred a release clause of 350.000 Euros – way below his current market value.
According to Eric’s agent, he’s 90% close to a move to 1. Bundesliga and, considering a detail he shared on Twitter, the three possible destinations are: Wolfsburg, Werder Bremen and Hannover 96, a club I used to work for, which I believe to have the right profile for the Brazilian and viceversa…
When Astra Ploiesti announced the transfer of three players from last season’s runner-up, Unirea Urziceni, it all looked very strange, especially with a certain George Galamaz (team captain, national team player) among them. A week later, the deal that had been announced even on Astra’s official website was off: Gigi Becali, Steaua’s owner, who had to receive around 4 million Euros from Dumitru Bucsaru, discussed a deal that makes the Bucharest club extremely well-equipped for a title race that looks less demanding than in the past three seasons. Six players will move to Ghencea: George Galamaz (central defender), Ricardo Gomes (central midfielder), Iulian Apostol (central midfielder), Laurentiu Marinescu (attacking midfielder), Marius Onofras (forward), Marius Bilasco (centre forward). Number seven is still in talks with Steaua, but is definitely worth waiting for: Pablo Brandan, the Argentinian left back who was so close to VFB Stuttgart last winter and waited in vain for an offer from abroad, which, surprisingly, didn’t arrive. This extraordinary move on the transfer market comes as a blow for Steaua’s rivals, who had already enough problems on their own, but brings good news especially for Universitatea Craiova, where Victor Piturca gets an unexpected gift: some of the players brought by him to Ghencea this summer are available either for free (Todorov) or for low fees (Dorel Stoica – 100.000 Euros).
- Liviu GANEA - 22 years old, striker, Astra Ploiesti
Recalled by Dinamo during the winter break, after a solid first half of season for the newly promoted team from Ploiesti (6 goals in 13 matches), he rejoined Astra a few days before the first oficial game of 2010. Although he had trained with another team for two months, his performance against Pandurii was more than decent, as he tormented the opposition’s defense with his movement and also offered an excellent assist for Astra’s second goal. His next performance was outstanding, though, as he scored a brace against one of the best organized teams in the league, FC Brasov. Both goals came through well placed headers, although he’s the type of forward who’s excellent at running the channels, taking on his man and looking to shoot whenever he gets the chance, looking rather poor (and scared) in the air! With this brace, Ganea gets a new season high, as last season he scored 7 times in 25 matches and now he’s got 8 goals in 15 games, but still has other 15 opportunities to improve this amazing scoring rate…
- Gabriel GIURGIU – 27 years old, central midfielder, Otelul Galati
Scored the decisive goal away at Ceahlaul and offered the same solid display in the centre of the park, like in the previous round. Otelul has now 6 points of out 6 and, lacking the quality forwards able to make the difference upfront, has to rely on the hard work done by plyayers like Giurgiu, who managed to add something extra to his usual game, breaking forward a lot more often than before and taking his chances upfront when they appear.
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.