Well, this can only happen in Romania: a Dutch coach, with an excellent reputation, who comes here to save a team from relegation, is accused of something Romanian players, referees, club officials and club owners are doing on a regular basis! That’s why foreign coaches and players should think twice before saying yes to an offer to come here.
In Romania, football is a mud fight – and I’m not referring to the muddy pitches – once you’re in, it’s impossible to come out clean!
PS For those interested in Craiova’s scenario (who offered it to the press, putting more pressure on a coach that should get a lot of money, if sacked), Wotte has been accused that before the game against International (lost 1-3, at home) he went to a meeting with people close to International’s owner, Benone Lazar. Wotte is currently suspended, which means that he’s still under contract, but not allowed to train the players and sit on the bench, with veteran midfielder Eugen Trica and Craiova’s legendary player Ilie Balaci taking care of things until the end of the season.
The experienced Eugen Trica (34) has refused to travel with the team for tomorrow’s game against Unirea Alba Iulia, accusing the Dutch coach Mark Wotte that he’s not playing him enough. In 2010, the attacking midfielder didn’t start a single game, featuring only as a substitute, and in the previous round played only in the last five minutes. The fight could be a surprise for those who heard about the Dutchman recent praise for Trica’s value to Universitatea’s locker, but such a reaction has been seen in the past in Trica’s case, back in the days when he was playing for CFR Cluj.
- Alba Iulia – Gloria Bistrita 1-2 (Veljovic 2 / Ribeiro Moraes 5, Coroian 81)
- Ceahlaul – Otelul Galati 0-1 (Giurgiu 21)
- FC Timisoara – Politehnica Iasi 2-1 (Contra 57, Goga 90 / Paun 5)
- Universitatea Craiova – Gaz Metan 1-2 (Trica 90 / Litu 8, Lazar 70)
- FC Vaslui – Pandurii Targu Jiu 2-1 (Gerlem 5, Delgado 61 / Stromajer 67)
- International Curtea de Arges – Dinamo 1-3 (Apostu 30 / Andrei Cristea 57, 74, Alexe 67)
- Astra Ploiesti – FC Brasov 2-1 (L. Ganea 16, 83 / Ilyes 87)
- Rapid – Unirea Urziceni 1-1 (Iencsi 9 / Bilasco 44)
- CFR Cluj – Steaua 1-1 (Cadu 35 / Stancu 12)
- Gheorghe “Gigel” Bucur (29) is very close to a move away from Timisoara. The prolific striker (17 goals in 2007-2008, 16 goals in 2008-2009 and 8 goals midway through the current season) is most likely to join his former coach from Sportul Studentesc, Dan Petrescu, who is currently managing second league club Kuban Krasnodar in Russia.
- The Australian group from Universitatea Craiova will suffer some changes this winter, as the club is trying to part ways with defnders Joshua Rose (28) and Josh Mitchell (25). Rose can play anywhere on the left, but is a mediocre midfielder/winger, so is more useful as an attacking left back. Has been a consistent player for Universitatea, playing 113 games in the blue and white outfit and scoring 9 goals in the process. Mitchell is also left footed and can play as left back in a flat back four or as a central-left defender. Has featured in 107 games in 4 and a half seasons and is currently in a conflict with Universitatea’s board. If both players will leave, Universitatea will keep only two Aussies in the squad: tenacious midfielder Spase Dilevski (24) and striker Michael Baird (26).
- The board from CFR Cluj has been advised by former team captain Eugen Trica to accept any decent bid for talented forward Lacina Traore. Good advice, as Traore is currently followed by several important clubs from England and Germany and CFR has missed several opportunites so far to cash in on other good players that now are feeling jaded and playing below their ability. Sebastian Dubarbier and Juan Culio impressed last season when playing in the Champions League’s group stage, but CFR refused to lower inflated demands when the offers came in and now have every reason to regret that, as both players seem unable to raise their performances back to that level.