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Rapid breaks the rules. So what?


  • Marko Ljubinkovic

    FC Vaslui informed the Professional Football League (LPF) that three of its players, who are still under contract, have been missing from training in the past few weeks. LPF took note of the suspension dictated by the club against Neven Markovici (23, left back), Hristijan Kirovski (24, striker) and Marko Ljubinkovici (28, attacking midfielder). Interesting enough, all of them looked very promising at some point (Kirovski scored a brace in his first game for Vaslui, coming on as a sub in the 80th minute!, while Ljubinkovic was outstanding two seasons ago, scoring 16 goals playing in midfield!), but recently fell out of favor, reacting badly to the increased competition for a place in the first team.

  • In spite of FC Timisoara’s threats, the contracts of Dacian Varga and Tiberiu Balan were registered with the Romanian Professional League, who, once again, closed its eyes as Rapid dribbled past the current rules. The fact is that the Bucharest club “shopped” outside the transfer window and this is just another example of how the big guys are allowed to break the rules. The problem is that FC Timisoara will refuse to go all the way and get UEFA‘s attention on this matter, as, in the future, they could use such a precedent themselves ;-).
  • Gueye Mansour has been included in FC Timisoara’s team that travelled to Bucharest for the first time after a seven months long lay-off, due to a knee injury. The Senegalese forward never got the chance to play again for the Viola club, where he had returned last summer, after a successful loan spell at Gloria Buzau, scoring 7 goals in 14 matches for a team that relegated at the end of the season.
  • .Astra Ploiesti decided not to sign Ats Purje (24).The Estonian international has been training with the club for the last couple of weeks, but, given the excellent recent displays from Liviu Ganea and Diego Lopez, Nicolo Napoli refused to satisfy the player’s high demands.
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  1. March 6, 2010 at 7:46 am

    Interesting info for FC Vaslui trio – all three of them played in Serbia (Neven Markovic in Rad, Hristijan Kirovski in OFK Beograd and Marko Ljubinkovic in Crvena zvezda Youth Team and Rad) before coming to Romania… I’ve read lately that Ljubinkovic claims in Serbian papers that he’s a free player and Crvena zvezda was reportedly interested in signing him but they gave up as they consider their team to be complete. Obviously there may be some other reasons behind that…

  2. March 6, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Alex, that’s a nice suprise! Keeping an eye on things as always. I hope you are well, mate!
    As for the players, they all say that they’re free players, thinking probably that they haven’t been paid according to their running contracts with FC Vaslui in the past few months and that Vaslui will offload them if they can present an interested team… Too bad for Ljubinkovic though, if Vaslui would have sold him two seasons ago, it would have been a very good deal indeed, for both player and club…

  3. March 7, 2010 at 6:53 am

    My body might be in US but my football mind is always back home 🙂
    I remember Ljubinkovic was one of the most promising players in the youth teams – made it to U21 and then just sunk… I know he had a couple of good seasons in Romania – it was closely followed in Serbia but he then again disappeared. But there’s no doubt that he will have least trouble of those three players to find another club!
    And of course – keep up the good work in blogging – there’s always someone like me watching 🙂

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