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Helder chooses Dinamo, but could miss out on European football, next season…

A surprise move took place today, with Dinamo proud to announce the loan of Brazilian right wing back Helder da Silva Ferreira from Nancy, a player who made a nice impact in Romanian football playing for another Bucharest club, Rapid! Still wanted in Giulesti, Helder agreed to go to Rapid’s fierce rivals, where he’ll earn more than the 10.000 Euros/month he got last season, according to his agent, Florin Manea.

Helder featured in 28 matches for Rapid, scored two goals in the process and impressed with a nice combination of technique, strength and pace, but couldn’t convince Dinamo to pay around 800.000 Euros for a permanent deal. Also, his agent could have played this better and keep on negotiating, as Rapid could get back the three points lost against FC Timisoara and could take Dinamo’s place in Europa League next season!

CFR Cluj returns on the Portuguese market

The champion club has already started to prepare next season’s appearance in the Champions League. The first target: Cassio Vargas Barbosa, a Brazilian forward from Uniao Leiria. Cassio’s agent, Marcelo Lapatin, said that CFR already agreed to pay 900.000 Euros for the transfer and is now trying to satisfie the striker’s demands, who is looking at a three years long contract and should get a salary between 200 and 300.000 Euros per season.

At the moment, the Argentinian Sixto Peralta is the club’s highest earner, with just under 400.000 Euros, but CFR is trying to offload him for this reason, with Yssouf Kone – another well paid player – on the verge of leaving the club as well.

In January, Cassio (26) was a target for two other Romanian clubs, Steaua Bucharest and FC Vaslui.

Round 34 – results, scorers and final standings

  • Ceahlaul – CFR Cluj 2-4 (Vasilache 19, Onciu 48 / E. Dica 40, Y. Kone 55, Peralta 62, Nei 91)
  • Universitatea Craiova – Otelul 3-0 (Iliev 14, Prepelita 50, Barboianu 90)
  • International – Steaua 0-2 (Stancu 21, Surdu 51)
  • Politehnica Iasi – Unirea Urziceni 1-2 (Diarrassouba 6 / Onofras 62, Rusescu 82)
  • FC Timisoara – FC Brasov 1-2 (Chiacu 62 / Savic 10, M. Cristescu 16)
  • Rapid – Gloria Bistrita 2-1 (Ad. Iordache 26, Bozovic 69 / Ribeiro Moraes 61)
  • Unirea Alba Iulia – Pandurii 0-1 (Cardoso 61)
  • Astra Ploiesti – Gaz Metan Medias 0-0
  • FC Vaslui – Dinamo 2-0 (Wesley 39, R. Costin 64)

Liga I - Standings

Lobont, Cocis and Dica back in Romania’s national team

May 21, 2010 1 comment

On Monday, Razvan Lucescu will start training for a series of three friendlies: against Ukraine (29th of May), Macedonia (2nd of June) and Honduras (5th of June). Here’s the team:

Goalkeepers: Pantilimon (FC Timisoara), Bogdan Lobont (AS Roma), Silviu Lung Jr. (Universitatea Craiova)

Defenders: Maftei, Galamaz (Unirea Urziceni), Dananae (Universitatea Craiova), Tamas (WBA), Dorin Goian (Palermo), Cristian Chivu (Inter Milano), Razvan Rat (Shakthar Donetsk), Laszlo Sepsi (FC Timisoara)

Midfielders: Roman (FC Brasov), Radut (International Curtea de Arges), Radoi (Al Hilal), Florescu (FC Midtjylland), Ghioane (Dynamo Kyiv), Cocis (FC Timisoara), Tanase (Steaua), Deac (CFR Cluj)

Forwards: D. Niculae (Auxerre), Andrei Cristea (Dinamo), N. Dica (CFR Cluj), Bilasco (Unirea Urziceni), Mazilu (FC Arsenal Kyiv).

Well, a more balanced team from Lucescu Jr. this time! Only one player from Steaua, Tanase, and this one called not as a reward for his form, but more to give him credit and try to exploit his potential. One player from Dinamo as well, the only one who deserved a call-up, while Craiova, who almost paid a huge price for fielding a very young team all season long, has two players – Lung (very promising, consistent enough for his age, should play ahead of Pantilimon and Lobont, who both lack match practice!) and Dananae, a right back who just returned from a long lay-off, isnt’ at his best, but could be a solution for the future. I would have called Sapunaru, who was by far the best Romanian right back in the league in the second half of season, but I think Lucescu made some choices and, when a team looks balanced, with old players and hot prospects fighting for a place in the team in almost every position, it’s fair to keep quiet.

I like the fact that Radut gets a taste of the action, that Bilasco is finally in the team, but I wouldn’t have called N. Dica. Anyway, now that the team is decent, I am really looking forward to see if Lucescu has also some fresh tactical ideas, as I think we’re doomed if he sticks to that 4-4-2 with two defensive (or not creative enough) central midfielders, wingers keen to go back, not forward, and attackers that are too weak to count in the air, too often forced to come down for the balls, as they fail to connect with the long passes thrown behind the opposition’s defence. We’ll be playing against decent teams and I expect to see Romania working on a style that will allow this squad to lay siege on a weaker opponent, as we’re experts in defending and destroying, even when our chances are destroyed and there’s nothing left to defend…

Seto Takayuki refused Zenga’s offer!

May 21, 2010 2 comments

The japanese midfielder was among the players requested by Walter Zenga at Al Nasr, who was also looking at Steaua’s Ovidiu Petre and Timisoara’s Razvan Cocis. “Taka” declined the offer after helding talks with “L’uomo ragno”, proving once again that he’s not putting money ahead of the game. He’s definitely hoping to move to a bigger club in Romania though, with Dinamo in pole position to get his signature,  a transfer that has very big chances to go through this summer.

Round 33 – results, scorers and standings

  • Gaz Metan Medias – Unirea Alba Iulia 5-0 (Eric 39, 63, Hoban 52, Akaki 70, Dudita 75)
  • CFR Cluj – International Curtea de Arges 2-1 (Bud 32, Deac 74 / Apostu 67)
  • Gloria Bistrita – Politehnica Iasi 5-0 (Ribeiro Moraes 4, A. Muresan 12, 72, Coroian 40, Bajenaru 90 pen)
  • FC Brasov – Rapid 1-1 (Roman 26 / Sapunaru 90 pen)
  • Dinamo – Astra 3-3 (Scarlatache 10, Fl. Bratu 13, Adrian Cristea 80 / Vadrariu 30, 76, Takayuki 48)
  • Steaua – Universitatea Craiova 2-0 (Arman Karamyan 69, 78)
  • Otelul Galati – FC Vaslui 1-0 (Papp 51 o.g.)
  • Unirea Urziceni – Ceahlaul 4-0 (Bilasco 15, Frunza 38, Rusescu 53, 67)
  • Pandurii Targu Jiu – FC Timisoara 0-0

Liga I - Standings

Next Last round (22nd of May): Unirea Alba Iulia – Pandurii, Rapid – Gloria Bistrita, Universitatea Craiova – Otelul Galati, Ceahlaul – CFR Cluj, Astra Ploiesti – Gaz Metan Medias, International Curtea de Arges – Steaua, FC Timisoara – FC Brasov, FC Vaslui – Dinamo, Politehnica Iasi – Unirea Urziceni.

Andrei Cristea wins a title, but leaves a bad impression

May 11, 2010 5 comments

Andrei Cristea, Romania's top scorer

They say that a striker’s job is to score goals and I’m blaming Dinamo’s hard-working Cristea, Andrei, (the lazy one is Adrian) for taking his job too seriously? No, he deserves to be up there, battling with Kapetanos, another honest player and good professional, but the way he wants to become Romania’s top scorer at all costs reminds me of the days when Steaua or Dinamo were fixing matches just to offer one of their players the chance to shine in Europe…

Cristea scored a brace against Unirea Alba Iulia, after yet another waaay too selfish display (I’ve seen a dozen since media reports spoke about the player’s chances to move to Serie A, in the summer), and the two goals get him ahead of Kapetanos, ending, in my opinion, what has been an interesting and correct race for most of the season.

Yes, there are still two rounds to go, but we must consider that in the next round Dinamo meets its unofficial satellite club, Astra Ploiesti, (if required, Cristea could score at will) and that the Greek will miss the last game of the season, as he will join the national team for the first training camp, before the World Cup. So, congrats to Cristea for the title and good luck to Dinamo, I’m sure they’ll be able to get a few more hundred thousands Euro from the club that will eventually sign the player… Read more…

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