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Best players in Romania: central defensive midfielders

June 16, 2010 Leave a comment
  1. Gabriel Muresan, 28 years old

    GABRIEL MURESAN – CFR Cluj

  2. Dan Alexa – FC Timisoara
  3. Gabriel Giurgiu – Otelul Galati
  4. Sorin Paraschiv – Unirea Urziceni
  5. Costin Lazar – Rapid Bucharest

My view: Yes, Muresan deserves to be up there, but Alexa doesn’t! The holding role is/should be much more than just sitting in front of the back four and winning balls, such a limited player isn’t useful to a winning team anymore. And when you have one pure anchorman on the pitch, adding another one (Bourceanu) when playing at home should be classified as attempted murder on football, a crime that brought punishment on a decent person, but a coach that still needs to develop, like Ioan Ovidiu Sabau. Sorry, got a bit carried away with this :-)).

Back to our top: consistent season from Giurgiu, who also got a couple of important goals and was labelled by some as the best defensive midfielders in the league, but I cannot understand how a massive midfielder like Ousmane N’Doye could have missed the top five. Anyway, he’ll compensate this by getting the first place when we get to the nightclub performances section!

My choices: Already said enough about N’Doye (btw, the guy is the leader when it comes to taking out opponents!), let’s include here Ionut Neagu, who was playing until the winter for the bottom placed in the second division, CSM Ramnicu Sarat, and is another nice coup from Marius Stan and Dorinel Munteanu. Also, it was an excellent first season in Liga I for the Japanese Seto Takayuki, while Timisoara’s Bourceanu would have been higher in the standings if he would have played in his natural role, as he often had to drift wide on the left flank, in a very unconfortable position for this workaholic central midfielder.

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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Round 28 – results, scorers and standings

April 16, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Unirea Alba Iulia – Ceahlaul 3-2 (N. Jovanovic 27, 90, Fl. Dan 44 / I. Badescu 35, Cebotaru 53)
  • Astra Ploiesti – International 1-1 (Carando 81 / Apostu 28)
  • Unirea Urziceni – Pandurii Targu Jiu 3-0 (Apostol 25, Marinescu 39, Martinovic 78 og)
  • Gloria Bistrita – Dinamo 3-2 (Ribeiro Moraes 23, 88, Nastase 45 / Cl. Niculescu 12, Andrei Cristea 32)
  • Politehnica Iasi – Otelul Galati 1-1 (Badea 52 / Ochirosii 30)
  • Rapid – Steaua 5-1 (Ionita 7, 17, Cesinha 22, M. Constantin 33 pen, Helder 73 / Kapetanos 14 pen)
  • FC Brasov – Gaz Metan Medias 3-2 (N. Grigore 11 pen, Sburlea 39, Hadnagy 49 / A. Munteanu 57, Litu 77)
  • FC Vaslui – Universitatea Craiova 0-1 (Al. Piturca 71)
  • FC Timisoara – CFR Cluj 1-1 (Alexa 90+8 / Deac 56)

Liga I - standings

Next round (23-26 April): Ceahlaul – Astra Ploiesti, Dinamo – Politehnica Iasi, Pandurii – FC Brasov, Otelul Galati – Rapid, CFR Cluj – Unirea Alba Iulia, Gaz Metan Medias – Gloria Bistrita, Universitatea Craiova – Unirea Urziceni, Steaua – FC Timisoara, International Curtea de Arges – FC Vaslui.

Today’s press

February 1, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Brazilian anchorman Ricardo Vilana Gomes (28) refuses to return to Romania, although his club, Unirea Urziceni, resumed training for more than two weeks now. The player claims that he wasn’t paid according to his contract, while the club is threatening with a suspension until the end of the current deal. Romanian press speculates about a possible interest from FC Timisoara, but I highly doubt it, given that the Viola outfit has already two very good defensive midfielders, Dan Alexa and Alexandru Bourceanu, and the coach often struggles to keep both of them satisfied.
  • Andrea Mandorlini is reportedly interested in signing Italian attacking midfielder Roberto De Zerbi (30), who played last season for Avellino, in Serie B, scoring 5 goals in 15 appearances. In spite of several names from Italy mentioned so far as transfer targets for CFR, Mandorlini’s only signing from Serie A is Romanian forward Nicola Dica, bought from Catania, via Iraklis.
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