A look at Romania’s brand new U21. First test – tomorrow, against Turkey
With Papp, Rapa, Gardos, Torje and Sburlea drafted by Razvan Lucescu for the Cyprus tournament, Emil Sandoi will use today’s test versus Turkey to see a new wave of players and lay a new foundation. It’s enough to look at the names to realize that we’ll surely make another step back from the decent level reached with a team that just missed out on a final tournament, after a tense playoff with might England. We’re talking about unknown players even for most of the Romanian football fans, who aren’t regulars at their clubs and only a couple of them, like Alibec (Internazionale Milano) and Alexe (Dinamo), can be regarded as stand-out players, capable to make a difference. There’s good potential in Steaua’s Radut, Standard’s Grozav will be interesting to watch, but the question marks are all over the defensive line. Here’s the selected team:
Goalkeepers: Pena (AS Roma – Primavera), Draghia (Rapid)
Defenders: Mustata, Bejan (Steaua II – plays in the second division), Buleica (Universitatea Craiova), Mladen (AS Roma – Primavera), Leca (ASC Berceni – plays in the third division), Muth (Gaz Metan Medias)
Midfielders: Suciu (AS Gubbio – Serie C), Stoian (Pescara – Serie B), Brata (Pandurii Targu Jiu), Radut, Matei (Steaua), Tiganasu (Astra Ploiesti), Selagea (Unirea Alba Iulia – plays in the second division), Grozav (Standard Liege)
Forwards: Alibec (Internazionale Milano), Alexe (Dinamo).
PS If Turkey look at least decent, this might be a very good opportunity to make some money, with the home win available at around 1.8!