If it was down to the fans’ vote, then Novak Martinovic, a 26 years old Serbian centre-back, could make history in Ghencea, six months after his transfer from the relegation threatened Pandurii Targu Jiu! Although this has small chances to happen, as Marius Lacatus will ask the players to name the team’s captain during this winter break, it’s interesting to see how such a low profile player gathered over 40.000 votes (the poll was launched by gsp.ro).
Martinovic had previously played 36 matches in Liga I for Pandurii Targu Jiu and was brought as back-up to Steaua this summer by Victor Piturca for around 100.000 Euros, being the fifth choice for a place in central defense. His chances to feature looked even slimmer once Piturca left the club, although some might remember a quote that brought smiles a year ago or so: “Martinovic is the best centre-back in Liga I”. It belonged to Sorin Cartu. Yes, that Sorin Cartu!
His record at Steaua isn’t impressive either! He featured in just three games in Liga I (six matches in all competitions), yet this is not a prank planned by Steaua’s passionate fans, who were impressed with the excellent attitude displayed with each appearance. He gave it all, even when playing as a desperate solution at right back, where his modest technical ability could have been exposed and used as a reason to send him away during the current break. The Serb took each match as it was his last and the fans’ vote might not impress Lacatus, but should definitely send a signal to the entire squad, packed with more quality players, but one that has gone through so many changes in a short period that lacks a true leader on the pitch.
Anyway, it’s comforting to know that, in such an over-priced market full of mediocre footballers, you can find passion, ambition and determination at affordable prices. Caused by the lack of demand, obviously…
The newly promoted is keen to complete its roster and have an almost full squad lined-up for the pre-season training camps. The club’s official site announced today the transfer of the following three players:
- Dusan Brkovic - 21 years old, central defender. Played for Hajduk Kula last season, on loan from Partizan, and signed a three years long deal with the Romanian club.
- Boban Cenic – 29 years old, central defender, comes from Mladi Radnik. Will play for U until June 2012.
- Zoran Belosevic – 26 years old, left back, bought from FK Sarajevo. Signed a two years long deal.
Interesting moves, but it will be more interesting to find out how Universitatea’s board came across their names – I doubt that scouting was involved, it’s probably the work of some agent, as we see this all the time around here…