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Best players of the season in Romania: right-backs

  1. Vasile Maftei, 30 years old.

    VASILE MAFTEI – Unirea Urziceni

  2. Rui Duarte – FC Brasov
  3. Eder Bonfim – FC Timisoara
  4. Florin Popete – Pandurii Targu Jiu
  5. Anthony da Silva “Tony” – CFR Cluj

My view: Excellent example for Romania’s lack of options at right back in the national team, with a winner who has been playing as a centre-back until two years ago and the only other Romanian in the top five – a below average 32 years old like Popete, who relegated with Pandurii at the end of the season. In such a mediocre company – Tony could have done more, but has rarely played for CFR, while Dananae from Universitatea Craiova was out for a long, long time, after a severe injury -, Maftei fully deserves to take this.

My choices: I’m honestly surprised to see FC Vaslui’s Milanov missing the top five (affected by Gazeta’s marks and the bonus system that involves the team’s performances, not just the player’s), who has been very consistent, has adjusted immediately after his transfer and was as impressive on the right, as he was on the opposite flank. Rapid had two good right backs, Helder and Sapunaru (why in the world was this guy left out from the national team?), I would have liked to see more Craiova’s Barboianu on this position, as he was used too much as a defensive midfielder, but everyone’s mad this summer about Otelul’s Cornel Rapa.

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.

Gladstone, from Sporting and Juventus to FC Vaslui

February 14, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Gaz Metan Medias – a decent club, always careful with its imports – signed the Greek striker Vasilios Galanis (22), who has a very poor playing record in his home country and can only be proud of his past in Panathinaikos’ youth ranks. But, on the other hand, unknown and dubious looked at the beginning players like the Brazilian attacking midfielder Eric de Oliveira Pereira (24) or the Serbian defender Zarko Markovic (23), who are now closely followed by bigger Romanian clubs.
  • FC Vaslui signed another interesting name, in what is definitely the “best looking” transfer campaign a Romanian club has managed during this winter break. Brazilian defender Gladstone Pereira della Vallentina (25), who once belonged to Juventus or Sporting Lisbon, agreed to a three years long contract, as FC Vaslui decided to ignore the player’s proven inconsistency over the years.
  • FC Brasov signed Stelian Stancu (28), who was released by FC Timisoara, after failing to find a club willing to pay a 200.000 EUR transfer fee. Patient enough, but also forced to find an alternative by the conflict with Rui Duarte (the Portuguese right back refusing to return to Brasov after he has been denied a move to Steaua), the team prepared by Viorel Moldovan made a good deal, as Stancu is a very good backup solution, given his ability to play anywhere on the right, but also as a central midfielder.
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