- The two fierce rivals are keeping tabs on Gloria Bistrita’s winger, Adrian Hora, who is tipped to move to one of the big clubs from Bucharest at the end of the season. The former youth international looked very promising a few years ago, when he made his debut in the top flight playing for UTA Arad, and the transfer fee paid by a poor club like Gloria was surprising at that time: around 250.000 EUR. Now, it just look like wise investment, as “The Vampires” should get at least double that sum and maybe even some other promising youngsters in exchange.
- Dinamo is looking to strengthen the defence and the Red Dogs will be testing in the next few days the Ivorian Robert Sakara, who’s a free player at the moment. The trial was obtained by his agent, Eutin Bojin, who was aware of the lack of options for the centre-back role, after the injuries suffered by Dragos Grigore and Lucian Goian. Anyway, this is a strange decision by Dinamo’s staff, as they have several youngsters in the reserve team (playing regularly in the second division), not to mention the Czech Marin Zivny and Inter’s on loan hot prospect Cristian Daminuta. Yet coach Cornel Talnar insist on pairing the insecure Moti with the natural right back Scarlatache and testing unknown 25 years old players…
- Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt – FC Brasov 2-1 (Mulisa 16, Cebotaru 24 / Savic 23)
First win for Filipovic and Ceahlaul, undefeated in four games now, keeps working and hoping for a miraculous feat. It’s getting pretty embarassing for FC Brasov though, who were tipped with a shot at a European spot, after the first half of season and, without losing players (they even spent some money to enforce the team), coach Viorel Moldovan needs to take some blame for thie very poor start of 2010. After three defeats in a row, Brasov is in no man’s land and the lack of perspective will probably further damage the players’ morale and motivation. After Mulisa‘s opener (nice volley with his right foot, from inside the box), Dusan Savic scored his first goal for FC Brasov, but the Moldova international Cebotaru cancelled immediately the equalizer, in a mad first half. The second one was terrible, but right now both teams will gladly put results above the quality of the display.
- CFR Cluj – Pandurii 1-0 (Alcantara 25)
Unconvincing win for CFR, but a vital one. Poor match decided by the Brazilian centre back who now has the same number of goals scored (4) like his team-mate Yssouf Kone, who’s considered the best striker in the league, but has disappointed this season and will probably part ways with the Romanian club in the summer. Bud has won again the fight for a place in the first elevn with Lacina Traore, who is unsettled by the constant discussion regarding his future, and the Romanian centre forward offered a decent display, going close to a goal in the first half. Pandurii, on the other hand, came looking for a draw, having back on the bench the defensive architect Sorin “Sorinaccio” Cartu, but the experienced coach has a lot of work to do, in order to keep his team above the relegation zone. Read more…
- After a very poor transfer campaign, which resulted in a Ghionea&Rada – Parpas&Jelev switch, Steaua’s coach Mihai Stoichita has every reason to think about Ovidiu Petre‘s move in central defense. Petre is a natural anchorman, who matured a lot in the last couple of years, but unfortunately for him couldn’t perform consistently, being quite prone to injuries. Petre would bring composure and aerial strength in defense and would also be the type of centre-back that Stoichita wants, one that has enought technique and vision to start the team’s build-up from the back four.
- Poli Iasi announced a debt of over half of million euro towards the state budget (unpaid taxes and health ensurance) and is among the first division clubs that will struggle to obtain the license to play first division football next year. Poli also has some debt towards other firms, while the players received this month the wages they were supposed to get in December.
- Dinamo looks quite desperate in the club’s attempts to sign some players, mainly defenders, a week before the start of the second half of season. With the first team in the final days of the training camp from Turkey, the reserve team has been testing players like the Czech Martin Zivny (28), from Austria Karnten, and the Brazilian Joao Paolo Fernando (20), brother of Roma’s Brazilian goalkeeper Doni. The Bucharest side is also hoping to get its hands on Nikola Vukcevic (25), from Buducnost Podgorica, who apparently is expecting his visa to come and negotiate personal terms.