Dinamo’s medical staff should ask for a raise ;-)
The Red Dogs lost another central defender for a long period of time, with Lucian Goian, who had to replace the injured Dragos Grigore, set to miss the rest of the season, after a hard contact with keeper Emanuel Dolha, during the cup match against CFR. Goian has damaged knee ligaments and coach Talnar has now two options for pairing up with Moti, in central defense: Cristian Daminuta (played only a couple of minutes for the first team) and the Czech Martin Zivny (who is yet to make his debut, playing four times for Dinamo II, in the second division). It’s a very difficult moment for the red and white outfit, coming exactly when the team was mounting a serious title challenge, after a poor first half of season. Ahead of the away game against Unirea Urziceni, scheduled on Sunday, Dinamo will surely miss Scarlatache (defender, suspended), Grigore, Goian (defenders, injured) and D. Kone (midfielder, suspended). Diabate (defender), Alexe (forward) and Marius Niculae (forward) are doubtful, but will have to make themselves available, as Niculescu and Bratu are completely out of form and useless. The good news is that top scorer Andrei Cristea is set to return from suspension, following the stupid red card received against Otelul Galati.
- Rapid – Universitatea Craiova could be the last game for Nicolae Manea as Rapid’s coach. Manea is determined to quit, unhappy that club owner George Copos made very public his search for another trainer, with Mircea Rednic and Ioan Andone asked in the past couple of weeks to take over and save the current season, by qualifying the team for Europa League. With 11 rounds to go, Rapid lies in 7th place, but is only three points away from a European spot and seven from league leaders, CFR Cluj.
- FC Brasov’s president, Dinu Gheorghe, admitted the club’s financial struggle: “The players haven’t been paid since January, but we’ll confident to solve quickly those issues.” Gheorghe – one of the best club managers in Liga I -, otherwise a very quiet guy, probably made this public as another attempt to determine the city’s Council and the local business men to chip in, as partners with club owner Ioan Neculaie.
- Pandurii‘s new coach, Sorin Cartu, asked the board to set the following bonuses, hoping to offer extra motivation to his players and boost the club’s chances to avoid relegation: 2.000 euros – an away win, 1.500 euros – an away draw and 1.000 euros – a home win.