- Presented as the man who will replace the prolific Gigel Bucur, recently tranferred to Kuban Krasnodar, Pablo Osvaldo Vazquez is already in a delicate spot at FC Timisoara. Even though a contract has been signed, it hasn’t been registered with the Romanian Professional League, as the club wanted to be sure that the Argentinian striker will stay fit during this long and difficult training period and that he’ll confirm everyone’s expectations during the friendly games. Now that his performances have been rather poor, Timisoara wants to renegotiate the deal and include a clause that would allow the club to release him in the summer, without having to pay compensation.
- Gazeta Sporturilor presented an interesting overview of the mercato period in Romania, highlighting the clubs’ search for free players and loan deals. 66 of the 78 players transferred this winter came for free. The top spenders are FC Timisoara (1,2 mil. EUR), FC Vaslui (1 mil. EUR) and CFR Cluj (750.000 EUR). Steaua didn’t spend 1 euro as a transfer fee, while champions from Unirea Urziceni didn’t complete a single transfer!
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.