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It’s official: nothing in Romanian football is official!

September 13, 2010 1 comment

Iordache, the million dollar baby

Ilie Iordache, haunting his former club

Playing for Pandurii Targu Jiu was a blessing for a winger gifted with enough pace and skill to stand out in one of the most defensive and ugly teams from Liga I in recent years. Taking out his direct opponent on the left, cutting inside and scoring an average six goals per season made Iordache look like the decisive player every team needs. Every team in the second division, every team that dreams of survival in Liga I, right? Wrong! Iordache presented himself as a free agent to AEK Athens in the summer of 2009 and the Greek club agreed, after a trial, to offer him a shot. Problems appeared right away, as Pandurii asked the Romanian federation to block the move, stating that the player was still under contract, but they were only trying to find a way to block the move. They had lost Iordache on a free transfer, yet when they had bought the guy from Dinamo, they agreed to pay 1 million Euros, in case the player would have switched clubs… Read more…

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Done deals (VI)

January 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Rapid completed the loan deal that will bring Ilie Iordache (24) back in Romania, at least until the end of the season. Iordache has a contract with AEK Athens that will only expire in 2012, but the player seems to have realized that he has slim chances to play in Greece and spoke about the possibility of a permanent deal.

Although he comes from a solid club, Iordache might not prove the best immediate solution for covering the left winger position at Rapid, as he definitely needs some time to regain match fitness. His performances were good before his transfer to Greece, but the fact is that he has scored only 11 goals in 71 appearances for Pandurii Targu Jiu, as THE star player of the team.

The Romanian press also announced that Rapid has completed another loan deal on this occasion and next week is expected in Romania Tamandani Nsaliwa (28). The Malawi born midfielder comes from AEK Athens as well and should stay until the summer, when the Bucharest side will have the chance to sign him on a longer deal, as he will terminate his contract with the Greek giants.

Today’s press

January 25, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Kasali Yinka Casal (22) needs to impress Andrea Mandorlini in these next few days, if he wants to become a CFR Cluj player. Although he has already signed a contract, it wasn’t registered yet, and the Nigerian’s performances in the first training camp have been rather poor so far. The same goes for centre-back Patrick Kanyuka, who apparently has even less chances than the left back, according to club president Iuliu Muresan.
  • Rapid Bucharest announces the imminent return of Ilie Iordache (24) to Romania. The forward belongs to AEK Athens, who took him on an almost free transfer (there was a huge scandal at the time that involved Pandurii Targu Jiu and Dinamo), but rarely used him (only three matches this season, all as a substitute). The player is expected to join Rapid for the second training camp, in Turkey, and should replace Brazilian left winger Carlos César dos Santos Cesinha (29), who’s in the last six months of the current contract and also rarely featured in the first half of season.
  • Rapid’s attacking left back Vladimir Bozovic (28) was yet again the star of an unprofessional behavior episode, which took place in the club’s training camp. The Montenegro defender took along Slovenian midfielder Darijan Matic (26) and both had a couple of beers in a bar next to the stadium they both had left at half time, after being replaced by the coach.
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