Posts Tagged ‘best goalkeepers in Romania’

Robinson Zapata: poor for Steaua, excellent for Galatasaray!

January 19, 2011 4 comments

Zapata can put behind in style a terrible 2010!

Bought for half of million Euros in the summer of 2007, Robinson Zapata was one of the Steaua’s rare succesful buys from abroad. He signed a four years long deal and had no problems in keeping his place in goal, as long as the selection was correct. The signing of the promising Ciprian Tatarusanu for 1,5 million Euros complicated things, though, and Gigi Becali’s pressure on the always obedient coaches paid off, with Tatarusanu taking over from the Colombian goalie and keeping his place in the team even when his performances looked below-par. Named the best keeper in Liga I at the end of the 2008-2009 season, as well as after the first half of the 2009-2010, “Rufay” had to make way for Tatarusanu and finished a terrible 2010 training and playing with Steaua’s reserve team, in the Romanian second division. He was relieved to be released on a free transfer in December, with six months to go on the current deal, and Galata’s interest is a deserved sign of appreciation for an experienced goalie, with a fantastic ability to adjust to new environments far from home & to compete under pressure. Not to mention that a completed deal, which could become reality in a matter of days, as Rufay is expected for a medical in Istanbul, would put Steaua’s management in a bad light once again. But that’s not news or a big surprise anymore…

Best players of the season in Romania: goalkeepers

June 4, 2010 3 comments
  1. Milos Buchta, 30 years old

    MILOS BUCHTA – Gaz Metan Medias

  2. Branko Grahovac – Otelul Galati
  3. Costel Pantilimon – FC Timisoara
  4. Razvan Stanca – Pandurii
  5. Giedrius Arlauskis – Unirea Urziceni

My view: The winner deserves the attention he gets this summer from Dinamo and other interested clubs, after an excellent season indeed, with an impressive number of clean sheets: 15. Take into account that he’s not playing for a big club, protected by an excellent defense or by the opposition’s strikers, at times ;-). Unirea’s Arlauskis could have finished better, but his second half of season was affected by injuries, while Grahovac should end Otelul’s continuous search for a reliabe goalie, which has brought in the past few years a lot of mediocre players from abroad…

The keepers I like: Universitatea Craiova’s Silviu Lung Jr., who had a tough year, always playing under huge pressure, but showed his impressive composure and managed to end the season in style, with a call-up to the senior national team. Promising lad, but let’s see where he goes from here… I should also mention Rapid’s Bornescu, who looked consistent enough and finally like a mature keeper, but he’ll be under serious pressure next season, if Dani Coman will indeed return to Giulesti, from FC Brasov.

Note: the top five is taken from Gazeta Sporturilor, a newspaper that uses the service of Digital Soccer Project. These results are based on a series of specific criteria for each position, include only players that have collected at least 1.200 minutes on the pitch in the past season and the only subjective part of the analysis consists in the average marks received by the newspaper’s writers.

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