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Krejci and Rafael sign five years long deals with Poli Timisoara

October 22, 2010 Leave a comment

It has become official: the two players tested during the last break caused by the Euro 2012 qualifiers have signed for one of the most in-form teams in Liga I, Poli Timisoara.

Jiri Krejci is a 24 years old central defender, who came after a short and unsuccessful spell in Greece, with Iraklis, while the Brazilian Carlos Rafael Rocha is a 21 years old left sided player, at his first attempt to impress in Europe. If Krejci will have to fight for his place in the squad, as Poli can rely on the experienced duo Burca-Cisovsky and has also involved as much as possible the promising Luchin and Mera in the past couple of season, Rafael is a much needed backup for Timisoara’s only natural left back, Laszlo Sepsi.

Interesting fact: Rafael was recommended by Poli’s Brazilian wing-back Helder, who is playing on loan from Nancy and has impressed with his outstanding pace and appetite for attacking football, and Timisoara’s coach Cosmin Contra says he was convinced by the left back’s skill, pace and ability to read the game.

Pulhac finally moves to Primera Division!

August 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Very close to a deal with Hercules Alicante a few weeks ago, Dinamo’s first choice at left back for years ended up on Getafe’s shortlist as well, which determined the newly promoted club in Primera Division to renew its interest and close the deal. One that sees Cristian Pulhac move on loan for one season to Hercules, in exchange of 400.000 Euros, with the Spaniards able to complete the transfer next summer and exted the player’s contract for three more seasons. The attacking full back was on Esteban Vigo’s wishlist, the same coach that had asked the club to get him another Dinamo player, Danciulescu, and had no problem releasing the striker without explanation or warning, after one good season. So, Pulhac shouldn’t get too comfortable in Spain, but the taste of real football could give him an idea of what he’s been missing  while feeling so well underachieving in Romania, wasting his own time and talent.

Adailton joins FC Vaslui

August 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Getting just one point from two rounds only added extra motivation for FC Vaslui, a club that was basically handed over to Lopez Caro (Adrian Porumboiu says the Spaniard has a three years long deal which cannot be broken by him or the coach!) and the former Real Madrid coach can count from his first season in Romania on a very strong team. One that just added another very important name, after the arrival of Adailton Martins Bolzan, a Brazilian who spent almost his entire career in Italy. The 33 years old was out of contract, after three seasons in Bologna’s red and blue outfit, and, according to, agreed to a two years long deal with this small, but very ambitious club, where there’s an impressive competition for a starting place in an offensive role, either in midfield or attack. But someone who coached “Los merengues” shouldn’t have a problem with that, right?

Steaua buys a right back and a central midfielder. Expect another striker, too!

July 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Coming form behind for a 2-1 away win in the first round was a nice feat, but Steaua’s manager ignored everyone’s enthusiasm and kept on working on a team that needs time and patience to gel, but also more names on some positions, in order to sustain a successful campaign.

Yesterday morning, Piturca made a surprising signing, ClaudiuVoiculet, a small midfielder who played last season for International Curtea de Arges, but didn’t move to Pandurii alongside his former coach and teammates and was still looking for a team. Versatile, two footed player, quick and hard working, the 25 years old looks like a backup solution, but the length of his deal (three years) could mean that Piturca might think otherwise. Steaua paid around 300.000 Euros and International’s owner, Benone Lazar, will also get a percentage from the midfielder’s next transfer fee.

Yesterday evening, right before FC Timisoara’s debut in Europa League, aganst MyPa, the club’s owner announced the coach that he should not start, nor use the Brazilian right back, Eder Bonfim. The defender had been sold to Steaua, who wanted to count on Bonfim for its first European game of the season. The 29 years old required a 400.000 Euros investment and could be offered the chance to start right away, as the Bulgarian Todorov struggles to adapt, while the Nigerian Emeghara played poorly in the first round.

With these two moves, Steaua gains more depth, but didn’t find a decisive, important player. Still, it will be very important if Piturca uses the same strategy in adding one more name to his attacking options, as he relies currently only on Bogdan Stancu and Pantelis Kapetanos for the lone striker’s role, with Romeo Surdu way below Steaua’s demands, in my opinion.

Danciulescu’s return could hurry Marius Niculae’s departure

July 27, 2010 Leave a comment

As my friends from Twitter (rbaicu) already heard, Ionel Danciulescu signed a two years long deal with Dinamo, after a surprising release from Hercules. “Danciu-goal” refused a very tempting offer from the newly promoted club FCM Targu Mures, who offered a fabulous 250.000 Euros per year plus 70.000 Euros upfront, hoping to catch one more European adventure with the Red Dogs, before ending an oustanding career in Liga I.

With him in the squad, Dinamo has to options: either loan once again one of their young forwards, Liviu Ganea or Georgian Paun (this one has the biggest chances), or sell one of the big names: Andrei Cristea or Marius Niculae. With Cristea too expensive at 1,5 million Euros for interested clubs, like Newcastle or Brescia, Dinamo could be tempted to accept Karabukspor’s 500.000 Euros for Niculae, who is also one of the highest earners at the Bucharest side and has been looking for his best form for the past year, without any luck.

Chiacu returns to FC Timisoara. Zicu, ready to follow him

July 22, 2010 1 comment

Very discrete on the transfer market until now – after years of investments that haven’t brought the expected trophies, FC Timisoara re-signed Hristu Chiacu from Dinamo, who will come on loan for another season. The attacking midfielder could be followed by a player of a similar profile from the same club. Ianis Zicu, who was once under contract with Internazionale Milano and is out of favor at the Bucharest club, due to his mediocre performances and terrible attitude, has been spotted in Timisoara, where he will negotiate a deal with the Viola outfit.

On another note, the former Energie Cottbus defender Ovidiu Burca, currently a free player, has rejected “a tempting offer” from Timisoara, stating that he feels there’s an unstable environment in Romanian football. I’ll translate that for those interested: “FC Timisoara just had its accounts blocked, the club owner says at least once a week that he’s not motivated anymore to invest in the team and is at war with the local authorities”.

Former Betis Seville captain signs for FC Vaslui!

July 21, 2010 2 comments

After the loan of Rodolfo Bodipo, from Deportivo La Coruna, FC Vaslui signs for one season (with the option to extend the deal for one more year) the former captain of Betis Seville, David Rivas. The 31 years old comes on a free transfer and says that he came to Romania to win the title and play Champions League football, adding more quality and experience to an already solid roster, trained by the former Real Madrid coach Lopez Caro.

According to the club’s owner, Rivas was signed only to please the coach and his arrival should determine the sale or loan of one of the others central defenders in the squad. My bet is that either the very promising Paul Papp will be allowed to move on loan, in order to keep playing on a regular basis, although he comes after a solid half of season with the team, or the experienced Gabriel Canu will be allowed to leave at a decent price. All the other centre-backs have the advantage of being versatile enough to cover at least one other role (Gladstone – central defensive midfielder, Zubar – right back, Farkas – left back) and it’s probably too late for them to be offered to clubs from abroad.

Universitatea Cluj keeps on buying from Dinamo: “Claugol” signs for two years

July 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Claudiu Niculescu, playing for MSV Duisburg

Since Florian Walter, a former shareholder at Dinamo, took over Universitatea Cluj, in the second division, several players moved from Bucharest to this highly respected and loved club. It proved a successful strategy last season and “U” saw no reason in giving it up after gaining promotion in the top flight.

The first addition was Gabriel Bostina, the experienced midfielder who moved on a free transfer, followed by the versatile Silviu Izvoranu, who can cover almost any position that require a left footed player. Walter was though interested in getting also footballers of an even higher profile and said that he is willing to wait until the 1st of September for the rebel Adrian Cristea and the veteran Claudiu Niculescu. Well, Niculescu realized that if he stays, he’ll probably have to watch a lot of games from the stands, not even from the bench, as Dinamo wasn’t able to sell established strikers like Andrei Cristea and Marius Niculae and was also looking to offer a chance to prove themsevles to Ganea, Alexe or Paun, young players who already proved their potential in Liga I.

Niculescu, one of the leagues all time top scorers, with 138 goals scored in 284 matches, will stay in Cluj for the next two seasons, but should prove more useful in helping youngsters like the Brazilian Machado or the promising Romanian Voican develop quicker rather than provide a decent number of goals. “Claugol” has struggled lately in finding a decent form, lost pace and stamina, looks very fragile when in possession and is too focused on getting freekicks in dangerous positions outside the box, the only way he can still harm the opposition and get his name on the scoreboard.

FC Vaslui buys a fifth goalkeeper. Kuciak is history!

July 16, 2010 1 comment

A member of Lithuania’s U21, Vytautas Cerniauskas was signed from FK Ekranas, for an undisclosed fee, and agreed to a five years long deal. The promising keeper is expected to fight for his place in a team that already had the experienced Haisan and transferred earlier this month Cosmin Vatca, from Steaua. What’s almost certain is that Vaslui’s top keeper, Dusan Kuciak, currently refusing to rejoin the team, is on his way out, but that would be possible only if Porumboiu will leave aside his hurt ego and negotiate a deal way below the announced price tag of 2 million Euros.

Cerniauskas hopes to make a similar impact to another very talented Lithuanian goalkeeper, Unirea Urziceni’s Giedrius Arlauskis, who was spotted when he was also 21 years old, by the excellent team manager Mihai Stoica and promoted by Dan Petrescu, being considered now transfer material by important clubs from Spain and Germany.

Rapid scores again on the transfer market

July 10, 2010 Leave a comment

This time, it’s a striker, so a much needed addition to a solid team at the back and in midfield, but who had only two promising, but inconsistent players upfront: Raduta and Sburlea. Rapid signed Cassio Vargas Barbosa, a 26 years old Brazilian, who had scored 29 goals in 52 appearances for Uniao Leiria, in the Portuguese first division. The Romanian club paid around 900.000 Euros, but went further than CFR Cluj, who had also reached an agreement with Leiria, but couldn’t satisfy the player’s demands. Cassio will spend the following three seasons with Rapid, but the club has the option to extend the deal for one more year.

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