Name: Lukas Magera
Position: centre forward/central midfielder
Height/Weight: 195 cm/87 kg
Club: FC Timisoara
Liked the player since his arrival in Romania, at Dusan Uhrin’s request, and still believe that he can be one of Liga I’s top footballers, if used regularly in his natural position. This powerful centre-forward had “to pay” in the past for his excellent vision of the game and his ability to offer the final pass, being used a lot in central midfield, but things looked to have changed since the arrival of Vladimir Petrovic. Magera plays upfront alongside the creative and skillful Dorin Goga, an awesome partnership in my opinion, and the Czech has a perfect start of season. After a wonderful strike in the first round, Magera scored again last weekend, helping his team come from behind in a tough away match, against Gaz Metan Medias, for a 2-2 draw. The player offered another solid display, with his composed style and intelligent plays, looking comfortable on the ball, holding it upfield, opening up channels and throwing useful passes with both feet behind the opposition’s defense. Ok, he looked too slow at times, but it would be unrealistic to ask for pace from a player of his size, while it’s very clever from Petrovic to keep this guy as close to the danger zone as possible. Two goals and one assist in two games looks like a very promising return from a player who could enjoy his best season in Liga I. And probably his last.
Sportul Studentesc – Otelul Galati 0-1 (Iorga 4)
Pandurii Targu Jiu – Unirea Urziceni 0-0
Rapid Bucharest – FC Vaslui 2-0 (Herea 28, Cesinha 81)
Universitatea Craiova – CFR Cluj 0-0
FC Timisoara – Gloria Bistrita 2-2 (Goga 10, Magera 73 / Muresan 19, Coroian 69)
Universitatea Cluj – Steaua Bucharest 1-2 (Niculescu 8 / D. Stoica 45, B. Stancu 73)
Astra Ploiesti – Dinamo Bucharest 1-2 (Lukacs 34 / N’Doye 78, Ad. Cristea 90)
FCM Targu Mures – FC Brasov 0-1 (V. Badea 68)
Victoria Branesti – Gaz Metan Medias 2-3 (Olariu 39, B. Oprea 90 / Eric 21, 75, R. Zaharia 28)
Next round (30th of July – 2nd of August): Otelul Galati – Pandurii Targu Jiu, FC Vaslui – FCM Targu Mures, Gloria Bistrita – Astra Ploiesti, Steaua – Universitatea Craiova, Unirea Urziceni – Rapid, Gaz Metan Medias – FC Timisoara, FC Brasov – Universitatea Cluj, Dinamo – Sportul Studentesc, CFR Cluj – Victoria Branesti.