Posts Tagged ‘Blaz Sliskovic’

Sliskovic, ready for another adventure?

June 23, 2010 1 comment

Blaz Sliskovic. Photo by

Arrived in Romania in March, when nothing but a miracle could have saved Unirea Alba Iulia from relegation, Blaz Sliskovic impressed with his determination, confidence and, above all, courage, attributes that put him now in the position to negotiate a new start in Liga I. The coach is expected to hold talks today with Ioan Neculaie, the owner of FC Brasov, and I see him “crazy” enough to take over a team that is in a very delicate moment. A very club team in the past few seasons, FC Brasov lost this summer its influential president, Dinu Gheorghe, and almost the entire squad. The top full-backs Rui Duarte and Ezequias are off to Rapid, the centre backs Abrudan (Steaua) and Nuno Diogo (CFR Cluj) have also left, the experienced midfielders Catalin Munteanu (transferred to Dinamo), Nicolae Grigore (returns to Rapid) and Maldarasanu (retired) are gone and away from Brasov are hoping to move the excellent winger Mihai Roman, the promising forward Sabrin Sburlea and top goalkeeper Danut Coman!

Basically, Sliskovic would have to rebuild the entire first team from scratch, which will be very difficult, as I don’t see Neculaie, who often complained about the lack of support in financing the team, reinvesting more than a couple of hundred thousand euros from the millions he got this summer. Not to mention that he would have just one month to find the players that could ensure salvation (I cannot see any other realistic goal for the coming season) and make them gel. But the man believes in miracles, he proved that already, and I’d like to see him have a full season ahead, with his courageous approach, fighting with all those guys who think that, if they field 8 defenders in the first eleven, their jobs would be better protected…

VFB Stuttgart, testing a promising Romanian player

Unirea Alba Iulia’s officials announced that the promising Nicolae Stanciu will travel to Germany for a trial with Vfb Stuttgart. The midfielder, born in 1993, was playing among the seniors in the second division when he was only 15 years old and this year he made his debut in the top flight as well, collecting 5 matches so far. Technically gifted, Stanciu caught the eye with his vision, the surprising confidence and composure, showing nice playimaking ability and looking responsible on the pitch at a very tender age.

This trial comes three weeks after the press reports that spoke about Chelsea’s interest in Unirea’s latest product (Grozav – sold last summer to Standard Liege, Bucurica – in talks with FC Koln), confirming that top clubs are after the player that the brave and interesting coach Blaz Sliskovic decided to field against the likes of Steaua and Dinamo, in spite of the team’s terrible situation in the standings.

Bratu goes to Litex in search of his top form

  • With a season destroyed by a nasty injury and a couple of failed attempts to return into the first team, Florin Bratu has agreed to move to Bulgaria, in order to get back to full fitness and his best level of performance. Bratu is currently undergoing the medical tests with Litex Lovech, who has offered Dinamo aroun 300.000 Euros for a six months loan and is expected to sign the deal in the next few days.
  • FC Vaslui’s top player and highest earner, Wesley Lopes da Silva, left Romania yesterday and stated that he’d love to switch clubs this summer, launching an attack on the club owner, Adrian Porumboiu. Wesley will go to Spain, where his agent has identified a few interested clubs, but it all depends now on Porumboiu’s decision, who won’t accept anything below 2 million Euros, but is also wealthy enough to say no even to such offers. That’s why, by taking such a stand, the Brazilian forward just made his life more complicated than it is…
  • FC Timisoara’s first signing after the arrival of Maurizio Trombetta (who was on the verge of landing a deal with Litex Lovech!) is Iulian Tames, an experienced playmaker, FC Arges. A strange move, apparently, as we’re talking about a 31 years old coming from a second division club, but Timisoara really missed a player of his profile last season, while Tames (who also played for Dinamo, in the past) still has quality, but will probably need to readjust to playing in the top flight and for a place in the top three.
  • As there are a lot of rumors on the forums regarding Bucurica‘s supposed transfer to FC Koln, apparently the guy who recommended the left back is Unirea’s coach Blaz Sliskovic, who talked directly to Koln’s trainer, Zvonimir Soldo. Sliskovic took over during the second half of season, but couldn’t avoid relegation.

A first lesson from Blaz Sliskovic

April 9, 2010 3 comments

Unirea Alba Iulia got their second win of the year against the struggling Universitatea Craiova through a Ciprian Selagea brace and the club looks set to fight for its chances until the last round, as Blaz Sliskovic promised. I was impressed not just by Unirea’s game, but by the coach’s decision to hand a start to this 20 years old, who was a regular last season, helping the club promote to Liga I alongside another very promising youngster, Gheorghe Grozav, currently playing for Standard Liege (even in a Europa League quarter final!). Left to mature on the bench by Unirea’s former coach, Adrian Falub (even the youngest of Romanian trainers have an obsolete mentality…), who said that the midfielder is too young for Liga I matches, Selagea got instant credit from Sliskovic, who told him to have faith in his skills and train harder in order to be able to develop and put in a string of consistent performances, while he plays for the first team! In fact, he offered him so much credit that the 20 years old was assigned to take the penalty against Universitatea in the 69th minute, when the score was 0-0!

So, my dear Mr. Falub (and this goes for all the coaches who still think that their pathetic teams will lose insignifiant first, second and third division games, if they will put in a kid and leave out an experienced, but mediocre 28-29-35 years old), maybe you should reflect a bit about this matter, now that you are unemployed. I can write down 100 players between 27 and 30 years old with an unimpressive past, a useless present and absolutely no future, who continue to play on a regular basis in the first division – they’re not the ones to be blamed for that -, while we are complaining that no one is coming from behind… Oh, and that our young promising players leave too early abroad, without playing in Romania!

Round 23 – match highlights

March 21, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt – FC Brasov 2-1 (Mulisa 16, Cebotaru 24 / Savic 23)

First win for Filipovic and Ceahlaul, undefeated in four games now, keeps working and hoping for a miraculous feat. It’s getting pretty embarassing for FC Brasov though, who were tipped with a shot at a European spot, after the first half of season and, without losing players (they even spent some money to enforce the team), coach Viorel Moldovan needs to take some blame for thie very poor start of 2010. After three defeats in a row, Brasov is in no man’s land and the lack of perspective will probably further damage the players’ morale and motivation. After Mulisa‘s opener (nice volley with his right foot, from inside the box), Dusan Savic scored his first goal for FC Brasov, but the Moldova international Cebotaru cancelled immediately the equalizer, in a mad first half. The second one was terrible, but right now both teams will gladly put results above the quality of the display.

  • CFR Cluj – Pandurii 1-0 (Alcantara 25)

Unconvincing win for CFR, but a vital one. Poor match decided by the Brazilian centre back who now has the same number of goals scored (4) like his team-mate Yssouf Kone, who’s considered the best striker in the league, but has disappointed this season and will probably part ways with the Romanian club in the summer. Bud has won again the fight for a place in the first elevn with Lacina Traore, who is unsettled by the constant discussion regarding his future, and the Romanian centre forward offered a decent display, going close to a goal in the first half. Pandurii, on the other hand, came looking for a draw, having back on the bench the defensive architect Sorin “Sorinaccio” Cartu, but the experienced coach has a lot of work to do, in order to keep his team above the relegation zone. Read more…

Round 22 – match highlights

March 18, 2010 Leave a comment
  • FC Brasov – International Curtea de Arges 1-2 (Zaharia 11 / E. Kone 29, Bacila 81)

Fantastic victory for International, the first under Ionut Badea, “transferred” during the winter break from the relegated FC Arges, who are undefeated for three matches and starting to hope again in their chances of survival. Excellent game from the talented wide midfielder Emmanuel Kone (23), who’s a natural right winger, but capped a solid performance on the left side with a deserved secod goal of the season. Kone is currently on loan from CFR Cluj and, surprisingly, CFR misses at this point a wide midfielder on the right of his quality. Surprisingly, the Ivorian’s athleticism was perfect on a pitch covered in snow, a sign that he has fully adjusted to the rather difficult playing conditions from Romania. Brasov is really struggling this year and basically lost any chance to catch a European spot, which is a pitty, thinking of the good displays from the first half of season.

  • Pandurii Targu Jiu – Ceahlaul 0-0

This is the third consecutive draw for Filipovic and, although a valuable one, against another team in a difficult situation, Ceahlaul will struggle to produce the needed wins, with such a defensive attitude. The hosts showed once again their limits in attack and this was the last match with Liviu Ciobotariu on the bench, who was immediately replaced by former Pandurii coach Sorin Cartu, also known as “Sorinaccio” for his defensive style, which brought the best out of this ugly team in the past. A second good performance from keeper Razvan Stanca, who was outstanding in the previous round, away at International, producing several saves, including a penalty kick. Read more…

Blaz Sliskovic signs up for a tough job in Alba Iulia

March 11, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Unirea Alba Iulia announced that the former coach of Bosnia’s national team (2002-2006) will take over the struggling team that parted ways with Adrian Falub, three games after the second half of season. Sliskovic will conduct his first training session tomorrow, when he’ll try to make a first impression on the roster available and see if he can help this newly promoted club avoid an immediate return to the second division. Unirea lies in 17th place, 7 points away from safety, and Sliskovic will have to deliver exactly what’s expected from Ceahlaul’s recently appointed coach, Zoran Filipovic: miracles.
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