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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!

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