- Brazilian forward Wesley Da Silva Lopez loses 25% of his current wage and will be sent to FC Vaslui’s reserve team, for an undefined period of time. This is the punishment announced today by the club’s board, angry that the club’s best player of the season refused to play in the first official game of the year, against Gaz Metan Medias. Wesley (29) was upset that FC Vaslui refused to negotiate at least an offer of 2 mil. EUR from Al-Wasl and had demanded a wage rise to continue playing for Adrian Porumboiu’s club. FC Vaslui motivated its choice by saying that the offer was presented by an agent and that Al-Wasl denied interest in the player when questionned on the subject, but stated that the Brazilian is now up for sale, in case a concrete and decent offer comes along.
- Steaua finally got his man, as Gora Tall (24) arrived in Romania last night, completing the loan from APOP/Kyniras. The Senegalese central defender has big chances to gain a place in the first eleven right away, as Steaua is looking for a quick replacement for Eugen Baciu, who got the axe, after making obscene gestures towards the fans during the 3-1 loss against Ceahlaul.
- Portuguese full back Rui Duarte (29) returned to FC Brasov, one and a half months later than he was supposed to. With talks about his chances to return to the squad in a short while, there is unrest among his team-mates, especially given his atitude, as he behaved like nothing had happened and didn’t even explained or appologize in the locker. With Steaua still very interested in his services, in spite of his obvious lack of professionalism, Rui Duarte probably hopes that the board will agree to release him while they can still get a good price for him. Read more…
After completing the transfer of Mugurel Buga (32) , who was released by Rapid Bucharest, the Greek side Skoda Xanthi signed another experienced Romanian player. The skipper of Pandurii Targu Jiu, Florin Stanga (31), moves also on a free transfer (had entered the last six months of the current contract, but the board decided to repay the devotion showed by the player, by letting him go without any financial demands).
Buga is a creative forward, technically gifted, who likes to play as a second striker or on the right wing, and, in Romania, has played for just two clubs: FC Brasov (181 games in the league / 41 goals) and Rapid Bucharest (111 / 26). He also has 6 caps for the National Team and 1 goal, but made history for Rapid, becoming the top scorer all-time in European Competitions, with 14 goals scored.
Stanga is a typical defensive midfielder, usually deployed either as anchorman in a 4-1-4-1 system or as a central left midfielder in a flat midfield. Tenacious, hard working, decent technique, quite often scored decisive goals for Pandurii, with surprising runs from the midfield line and appearances in the opposition’s box. Scored 10 goals in 108 appearances for Pandurii, but impressed with his work ethic and consistency, playing in over 80% of Pandurii’s matches in the league in the past three and a half seasons!
Buga and Stanga were also colleagues at FC Brasov, between 2002 and 2004!
Although club owner Adrian Mititelu tried this winter to appoint former NT coach Victor Piturca as general manager, he must find satisfaction in convincing his son, Alexandru Piturca (26), to sign for the club.
The striker comes as a free agent, after a poor half of season in Brasov, where he failed to earn a spot in the first eleven, but after two decent seasons at Pandurii Targu Jiu, where he was important for the team, but never looked like an impressive scorer (9 goals in 51 appearances). His contract with Universitatea will expire in June 2013 and he’ll be paid with 100.000 EUR/season.
- CFR’s owner Arpad Paszkany denied all the rumors related to Arsenal’s interest in Lacina Traore (19). He admitted instead that Udinese is keeping tabs on the striker, who scored 4 goals in the league so far this season.
- The American that Steaua is trying to sign is Josh Tudela (25), a central midfielder who played his last official match last summer, for LA Galaxy. He could become the second player bought by the Bucharest side from Major League Soccer, after the Colombian left footed midfielder Juan Carlos Toja (24), bought in 2008 from FC Dallas. Tudela comes as a free agent and will have to convince the staff in the next couple of months that he deserves a contract.
- Mamadou Diakite (24), a central defensive midfielder from Belgian outfit Excelsior Mouscron, is coming to Romania to see Rapid’s facilities and discuss the terms of a possible deal.
- Steaua keeps pressing FC Brasov, hoping to find a deal that would help the Bucharest club get rid of an unwanted player and strengthen the squad with a new aquisition. It seems that Steaua has offered the out-of-favor Dayro Moreno (24) on loan, after the initial 500.000 EUR offer for Portuguese full-back Rui Duarte (29) had been turned down, hoping to get FC Brasov’s board in a better mood. Dayro Moreno came to Bucharest from Once Caladas with the “wonderkid” label, but rarely lived up to the expectations and neither severe punishment nor the credit received from the new coach and management managed to change his attitude and approach.
- Universitatea Craiova released the experienced utility man Florin Soava (31), although the player has been a regular (at left back, in central defense or in the midfield line) since his return to Romania, at the beginning of 2009. Soava had played in Russia since 2004, with spells at Spartak Moscow, Krylia Sovetov and Khimki.
The Peruvian wide midfielder signed a three and a half years long contract and will most likely play on the left side, as on the right Brasov counts on Mihai Roman, recently called-up to the national team. Julio Landauri (23) joins a team created by Razvan Lucescu, now coaching the national team, and taken over by Viorel Moldovan, with chances to book a place in the European competitions by the end of the season. If Lucescu organized the team especially in defense, Moldovan is trying to make it better up-front. If he succeeds, without destroying the team’s balance (a quality striker should have been the priority, imo), then Brasov should have no problems in reaching its objective.