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Romania’s biggest football club? Of course, it’s St…op!

December 8, 2014 Leave a comment

Strange headline for a strange situation, which was a perfect fit though for Liga 1, the championship with the biggest percentage of club owners in trouble with the law. The league where public money is used in competition with private money, but both types enter the circuit of the sport “where you cannot make a profit” with this very purpose. But that is another, longer story. 🙂

Back to the one behind the headline: on Sunday evening, Romanian multiple (running and most likley future) champions had to take drastic measures, following a lost lawsuit. The name, the biggest name in Romanian club football, the European Cup winners from 1986, Hagi’s former and beloved team, cannot be used anymore for now without the approval of the former owner of Steaua Bucharest. The name was erased from the scoreboard of the stadium that hosted the 1-0 victory against CSMS Iasi. A square represented the current league leaders who are on another solitary run towards the title, while the name and the logo were erased from the players’ shirts, the dugout and any other visible place it stood before a Romanian court reached a shocking, but fair decision.

On the scoreboard "Hosts" was written instead of Steaua. For a photo gallery go to www.prosport.ro.

On the scoreboard “Hosts” was written instead of Steaua. For a photo gallery go to http://www.prosport.ro.

Gigi Becali might have took over the famous club and its huge fan pool through some dodgy maneuvers, but after more than a decade of use the Ministery of Defence finally managed to throw back a punch. It might not be a knock-out, but it surely is a knock-down. It might have angered some fans, but there’s a sense of justice behind it. Steaua’s past, glorious, but often built through unsporting measures under the communist regime, came back to haunt the club now ran from behind bars by its owner, Becali, and sporting director, Stoica, both unable to fuel the type of massive scandal that was expected by such a bold call. They and those within the club are now in an extremely delicate situation. If they’ve took this measure in Liga 1 to avoid further punishment, they are now in a race against the clock to find a solution. No later than Thursday evening, Dynamo Kyiv is coming to Bucharest in the Europa League and I’m sure they (and UEFA) would surely like to know the name of the team they’re playing against…

UPDATE: After a meeting that took place on Monday afternoon, Becali’s club has been granted the right to use the name and the logo for the last two official matches of 2014. Negotiations are expected to take place at the start of next year, with the Ministry of Defense hoping to make Gigi Becali pay an important sum to continue to use the brand.

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Five offers for FC Vaslui’s star, Wesley Lopes da Silva

  • Surprising announcement from the Brazilian forward, hours ahead of FC Vaslui’s chance to get a trophy and finally repay Adrian Porumboiu’s financial efforts – the Romanian Cup final against CFR Cluj. Wesley said that his agent has five offers ready for him, three from Romania (definitely, one should be from CFR!) and two from abroad, and is looking to move on at the end of the season. Very poor timing, in my opinion, from the 30 years old, but this is what happens when the agent is there for a player just to move him from one club to another…
  • Francisco Molinero has been released on a free transfer by Dinamo, after the Red Dogs aquired the Brazilian Helder, on loan, from Nancy. It seems that the 25 years old, who played in the past for Atletico Madrid, has some personal problems and asked for a two months long break from the club, but the Bucharest side was happier to get rid of him rather then support him in these difficult times, saving the 360.000 Euros that should have been paid until June 2012, when Molinero’s contract would have expired.
  • Apparently Napoli expressed interest in Lacina Traore, but my guess is that this report only tried to speculate Roberto De Zerbi’s presence on loan at CFR Cluj, a player that the Romanian champions would like to have next season as well, so the press imagined a possible deal involving cash and a player exchange. Rubbish!
  • CFR’s anchorman Gabriel Muresan will be watched tonight from the stands by two members of Dynamo Kyiv‘s staff. The 28 years old has been monitorred by Dynamo for a long time and is yet to find an agreement with CFR to extend his contract. Currently earning 80.000 Euros (a joke, considering he’s been vital for the club, yet he gets almost five times less than Peralta!), Muresan could use the Webster law in the summer and leave the club for a ridiculous sum!

Today’s press

January 14, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Central defender Cosmin Barcauan is close to a return home, after three and a half seasons spent in Greece, at PAOK and OFI, where he was sent on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk. Barcauan (31) started his Liga I career as a striker for Universitatea Craiova, but was moved in central defense and then transferred to Dinamo, the club that is hoping to sign him in the next few days, after the player passed today a medical exam.
  • Named Best foreign player in Romania, Pablo Brandan (26) has won also a place in the ideal first eleven of the league, after half a season. The Argentinian left back is currently playing for reigning champions Unirea Urziceni and doesn’t hide his disappointment for missing out on a transfer to VFB Stuttgart. The German club apparently offered 1.100.000 1.400.000 EUR, but the Romanian club was expecting to land a deal in the region of 3.000.000 EUR.
  • Dacian Varga (25), currently under contract with second division club Sportul Studentesc, has several club from the first division interested in his services. After Steaua Bucharest and FC Timisoara, Rapid Bucharest lined up in the race for his signature. Each club is trying different approaches to convince Vasile Siman, the owner of Sportul, to sell the player, after the left winger impressed in the Champions League group stage this season, playing on loan at Unirea Urziceni.
  • Marius Constantin (25) finally agreed to extend his contract with Rapid, which was expiring at the end of the season and one of the most interesting targets for free transfers in the summer has become unavailable.  The defender was a target for several Russian and German clubs, but apparently Dynamo Kyiv was at one point keen to sign the strong centre-back. Constantin’s new deal will expire in June 2013 and he got a raise from 120.000 EUR to 200.000 EUR per season.
  • Colombian attacking midfielder Dayro Moreno (24) has publicly demanded to be allowed to return to Once Caldas, although the club cannot afford the 500.000 EUR transfer fee.
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