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Title race preview: Rapid Bucharest

July 17, 2012 2 comments

For the second time in charge of Rapid, Lucescu left the club empty-handed.

Position last season: 4th place
Under Razvan Lucescu, who went for a very experienced roster, thinking about the present, not the future, Rapid failed and I have to agree with the always discontent owner George Copos. The team was strong, very strong, last season, yet something happened along the way, when all the hunger and the flamboyant style slowly faded away and Rapid’s problems were exposed: lack of creativity in midfield, the absence of a goalscorer upfront and a general lack of determination among the top players. Rapid remains a very inconsistent team, strong at home, weak when playing away, and it will be interesting to see what will change under the command of former Rapid midfielder Ioan Ovidiu Sabau, who gets his first shot to fight for something important, after some good work for the likes of Gloria Bistrita and FCM Targu Mures. Used to coach small clubs and use very defensive setups, he will have to adapt quickly, to please the passionate fans who at least want to see some spectacular football, if they’re to lose the title, as usually happened in recent years…

Important transfers out: Dani Coman (goalkeeper, key player); Marcos Antonio (central defender, key player); Dan Alexa (defensive midfielder, key player); Ciprian Deac (winger, key player)

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Romanian mercato: we buy poor players, so it’s vital to find a good coach!

June 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Of all the top clubs, only two will attack the next season with the same coach. Mandorlini‘s double with CFR Cluj and Levy‘s abilty to continue Dan Petrescu’s outstading work for Unirea Urziceni offered them the chance to stay put and enjoy the results of the previous campaign.

In a previous post, I had anticipated an agitated summer in this field, but my expectations were exceeded by the decision of two coaches that could have stayed: Sabau (FC Timisoara) and Lacatus (FC Vaslui), both leaving their clubs for personal reasons; Sabau - for his inability to connect with Timisoara’s football-loving fans, Lacatus - following the disappointing ending of a solid season.

Lopez Caro, coaching Real Madrid

With so many ambitious clubs looking for good coaches, it’s been more interesting looking for the moves in this area, rather than “buying” the rumors sold on a daily basis by the sporting newspapers regarding the players that might come to Romania this summer. Dinamo went for their old player and coach (although he’s still quite young), Ioan Andone, who was replaced at Rapid by the former Gloria Bistrita manager, Marius Sumudica. Sumudica, an icon in Giulesti, will get a lot of help by Rapid’s new and old president, Dinu Gheorghe. With Steaua still pushing for a deal with Victor Piturca, who, for the past two or three weeks, has arranged transfers and even decided who will be the club’s president!, FC Vaslui was the club that managed to go for something new and very exciting indeed: a staff lead by Lopez Caro, who had the chance to work with the likes of Guti and Zidane and now will try to teach Burdujan that football is a team’s sport and that it’s okay to pass the ball every once in a while, even if the game is indeed decided by goals.

If the move becomes official today, as announced, Vaslui’s owner, Adrian Porumboiu, shows once again that he cares about his investment in football and that he knows very  well what he has to do in order to continue the impressive development of his club. He keeps going forward, while “the big guns” from Bucharest are chasing their tales, looking back at their last moments of triumph and hiring the guys that managed to deliver…

Prepare your resumes! Coaches needed in Romania

May 8, 2010 4 comments

We’re close to the end, now, but I doubt that what’s going to happen in the last three rounds will change things. I’ll explain: CFR is still the favorite to win the title, but the team struggled so badly that Mandorlini should be dismissed even in case of a successful scenario. The only team capable of winning the league seems Unirea Urziceni, so Ronny Levy should be kept at all costs for the coming season, even if Unirea will fail to defend the title won last year under Dan Petrescu. But let’s take a look at the top clubs that should/will change coaches this summer:

  • CFR Cluj – in spite of its position in the standings and the club’s chances to win the title, Mandorlini failed to connect with his players and to put his mark on a team that plays poor football for months. Period! He worked during the winter on a tactical system he had to abandon after the first official matches. He recommended three Italian players – Bottone, De Zerbi and Piccolo –  who looked completely useless. He saw top players getting out of shape – Kone, Traore – and couldn’t do anything to get them back at their best. Was lucky to draw against strong teams and simply took advantage of his superior roster to win by a small margin – the Italian style – against the smaller clubs. Although he has the backing of the board (intelligent enough to keep the staff and the players focused on the title, hiding the obvious disappointment), Mandorlini will/should not be offered another deal. Verdict: change him!
  • Unirea Urziceni – Levy did what few expected: take over from Dan Petrescu and keep what everyone still considers (in spite of everything these players have done even in the Champions League!) an average team, formed by decent, but mediocre footballers, at the top of the league with chances even to defend the title won last season. A solid coach, who tried to further develop the team, going for a more Latin/technical style, who should be kept at all costs. Levy’s problem is that next season he will probably find himself without the likes of Galamaz, Brandan, Bilasco and will be forced to show his recruiting ability, as well. Verdict: keep him! Read more…

Timisoara still looks to replace Gigel Bucur

March 16, 2010 1 comment

The start of 2010 convinced Timisoara‘s fans that Bucur’s departure wasn’t properly covered, as the Viola outfit is struggling in front of goal. The poor form of Winston Parks and Sabau’s defensive approach (defensive wide midfielders, two anchormen at the same time on the pitch) left the talented, but so far unlucky Dorin Goga on his own upfront. Also, keeping Magera on the bench, who could be an ideal partner for Goga, isn’t the best decision, but the board seem to understand better than me ;-) Sabau’s choices and announced that they’re looking to strengthen the attacking department for next season… Read more…

Filipovic, in talks with Ceahlaul

March 2, 2010 1 comment
  • Following the sacking of Gigi Multescu, Ceahlaul’s owner started to look around for a foreign coach interested in taking up such a difficult job. Apparently, he immediately found one, as Zoran Filipovic – the former coach of Montenegro’snational team – is expected in Romania to hold talks with Gheorghe Stefan and to follow live the team’s next official game, away at Dinamo. After 19 rounds, Ceahlaul is at the bottom of the standings, with only 13 points, five less than Gloria Bistrita, who closes the safety zone.

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    Marian Iancu

  • With speculation rising that he might be thenext coach sacked in LigaI, Ioan Ovidiu Sabau should feel slightly more secure, after the public backing received from club owner Marian Iancu. But only slightly more secure :-).
  • Although the start of 2010 might look perfect, with six points out of six, trouble is just around the corner at Dinamo, as usual. Read more…

Dede and Tiago Costa to FC Timisoara

January 8, 2010 Leave a comment

The Angola international, currently ready to take part in the Africa Cup of Nations, signed a contract (no details yet in the press) with FC Timisoara. Adérito Waldemar Alves Carvalho – Dede (28) was running out of contract with French second division side Arles and was also out of favor, playing only four times this season and just once as a starter.

The Portuguese full back comes as a free player, after half of season spent without a team. Jose Ribeiro Tiago Costa (24) last played for Varzim and fits the profile of 75% of the foreign players that come to Romania: brought by an agent, watched on a couple of DVDs or, even worse, on youtube compilations. The team’s coach, former international Ioan Ovidiu Sabau, stated that he has never seen him play and will be able to express an opinion on the guy after the first training camp! And if he’s not good enough?

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