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Relegated club in May, newly promoted in July!

July 15, 2010 1 comment

Well, you could say that it’s been an excellent summer break for Pandurii Targu Jiu, who managed to return to Liga I after just a couple of months and without having to play a single official game! The Professional League of Football (LPF) officially announced the retirement of International Curtea de Arges (financial problems) from the top flight and its replacement with Pandurii, the club that had finished the previous season just below the line.

Even though LPF say that everything went according to regulations, it’s a known fact that International’s owner, Benone Lazar, negotiated his way out and it’s just a happy coincidence that the most interested club was the one entitled to take this free spot.  Politehnica Iasi – also relegated last season – and second division club Dacia Mioveni held talks with the man who apparently will get Pandurii’s TV rights from the following season, around 1,4 million Euros, and also demanded the club to transfer the entire team and coaching staff from International to Pandurii! More convenient is an already arranged friendly between the clubs, which will be now used by the former International’s coach Ionut Badea to see both teams at work and select Pandurii’s new set of players.

De Zerbi has postponed his arrival to CFR

February 19, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Poli Iasi – Rapid and Pandurii – Astra will be played, after both home teams have settled the financial problems that had forced the Romanian Professional League (LPF) to announce that these two teams risk of not being allowed to play in the first round.
  • Steaua‘s owner, Gigi Becali, confirmed that the club has finally reached an agreement with APOP/Kyniras from Cyprus, regarding the much negotiated transfer of Senegalese central defender Gora Tall (24). Steaua will pay 70.000 EUR for his loan until the summer and 130.000 EUR for a permanent deal.
  • Roberto De Zerbi (30) is still in Italy, although he signed a contract with CFR Cluj. Coach Andrea Mandorlini is fully aware of the midfielder’s medical problems, who is expected to continue his recovery for at least two more weeks, and will probably leave him out of the club’s most important games of the season.
  • Ceahlaul’s most important transfer, Cosmin Barcauan (31) will miss the debut match, against Steaua, as OFI refused to release his work permit, until the central defender sent an official complaint to FIFA.
  • International Curtea de Arges officially anounced the signing of George Blay (29). The right back spent three seasons in Romania, playing for Dinamo Bucharest, where he was brought by former coach Mircea Rednic, but hasn’t been able to find a team since his departure from the red and white outfit, in the summer of 2009.
  • Liviu Ganea (21) returns to Astra Ploiesti, where he had already spent the first half of season, on loan from Dinamo. It seems that the conflict between Astra’s boss Ioan Niculae and Dinamo’s board is history (the wealthy Niculae being a big fan of the Red Dogs!) and now the small club from Ploiesti can count again on two players that left a good impression in the first half of season, Ganea and the full back Eugen Craciun. Half way through the season, Ganea is Astra’s top scorer, with six goals scored in twelve games.
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