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Same old, sorry, young story: unimpressive win from the U21

August 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Romania’s U21 added another win on Wednesday to a campaign that’s very close to the end, one that will be decided after the two encounters versus the group leaders, Russia. Sandoi’s youngsters scored the only goal of the match versus Moldova from the spot, Liviu Ganea converting the penalty awarded after a run from one of his colleagues from Dinamo, Gabriel Torje. Here’s Sandoi’s team – one that relied once again on an improvised left flank (Barboianu plays in central midfield, while Costea is a natural striker):

Lung Jr – Rapa, Gaman, Papp, Barboianu – Torje, Bicfalvi (Neagu 40), A. Ionescu, M. Costea (Gangioveanu 77) – L. Ganea, Ionita (Hora 55).

The group will decide its winner on the 3rd (Botosani) and 7th (St. Petersburg) of September, when Romania will play Russia, both teams having right now the same number of points, 21.

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Player of the round: Gabriel Torje has every reason to hope for a move abroad

August 5, 2010 1 comment

Gabriel Torje looks ready to go

Name: Gabriel Torje
Position: right winger
Born: 1989
Height/Weight: 167 cm/64 kg
Club: Dinamo Bucharest

With Lazio still trying to reach an agreement with Dinamo, Gabriel Torje has every reason to give his best on pitch and convince the Italian club to dig deeper in its pockets. His first performances in Liga I were solid and, in the second round, he was one of the top performers in the highy entertaining 5-3 win against Sportul Studentesc. The little winger’s raids produced the free kick and the penalty kick that offered Dinamo a perfect first half and he made it 3-0 right after the break with an excellent sprint behind the opposition’s defense, a cool move past the rushing keeper and an angled finish. Torje was unstoppable, showing a combination of pace and skill that proved too much for his direct opponent, often left with the choice you cannot make twice in the same game: a desperate foul. Hard working, creative and with a bigger range of movement – got more freedom from Andone and he seems to enjoy it – Torje definitely looks on top of his game, with a growing level of confidence and the once lost appetite to impress.

Lazio offered 3 million Euros for Gabriel Torje. Dinamo will soon regret the decision to turn it down

July 28, 2010 3 comments

Gabriel Torje, 21 years old

Dinamo’s officials stated that a written offer has arrived from Lazio, a bigger one than the initial 2 million Euros, but, as I was saying earlier,  the Red Dogs expect at least 4 million Euros. Of course, to get that kind of money, they’ve asked Lazio for 5 🙂

In my opinion, the Bucharest side will not get more than the current offer, especially now when the interest from Borussia Dortmund has cooled down and there isn’t a sign of competition for the player’s signature. Torje isn’t worth it and the ways he could increase his market value are limited: an excellent season with Dinamo (possible), moving from the U21 to the senior national team (not likely, Lucescu will give credit to Mihai Roman), playing Champions League football with Dinamo next season (improbable and he’ll need at least one and a half years for that!). My point is: Dinamo made a poor deal, paying 2 million Euros for 50% of the player’s transfer rights and they’ll never get their money back, that’s why the idea of making a profit out of it seems to be unrealistic. I would have accepted the money and only tried to negotiate a percentage of the player’s next transfer, considering his just 21 and the move to Serie A alone should increase the player’s market value, which could have covered the club’s losses and even kept a small chance to make some profit in two or three years time.

Lazio wants Romania’s U21 captain, Gabriel Torje

July 17, 2010 2 comments

According to gsp.ro, “i biancocelesti” asked for Cristiano Bergodi’s opinion on Dinamo’s winger, who doesn’t have an attracting asking price, given the fact that the Red Dogs bought only 50% of the player’s rights from Timisoara, for almost 2 million Euros! So, talks are expected to start from 4 million Euros, the two clubs having a precedent in “the Stefan Radu case”, the defender bought by Lazio for 5,4 million Euros, after a one year long loan deal. Of course, Dinamo was wrong to pay so much at that time, a mistake done recently by Steaua, as well, who bought Cristian Tanase’s 50% for 1,8 million Euros, from a second division club!

Torje looked indeed very promising a few years ago, when he got so much credit from Gheorghe Hagi (too underrated as a coach!), playing on a regular basis as an 18 years old for Timisoara, but since his move to Bucharest, his impressive development rate slowed down. Still, he’s the captain of the U21, could earn very soon his first caps for the seniors,  but he still needs to become even better in terms of technique & tactical knowledge, to make up for his very small size and be able to play with the big boys. Right now, he’s not worth more than the 2 millions paid by Dinamo, of course, if the buying club expects to make a profit in two or three years time…

Best players in Romania: right midfielders

June 14, 2010 Leave a comment
  1. Mihai Roman, 26 years old

    MIHAI ROMAN – FC Brasov

  2. Gabriel Torje – Dinamo Bucharest
  3. Janos Szekely – Steaua Bucharest
  4. Antonio Semedo – Unirea Urziceni
  5. Liviu Antal – Otelul Galati

My view: Fair results, given the fact that, of all Romanian players on this position, Roman established himself as the first choice for the national team from Liga I, but it would have made sense to see this analysis including some stats regarding the players’ crossing ability. He’s the best when it comes to taking out his direct opponent and has the best shooting accuracy and these two criteria pretty much describe him as a player. Nice to see Antal grabbing the fifth spot, another second division player selected by the expert Marius Stan, a president with an excellent eye for promising footballers.

My choices: CFR’s first serious buy of the summer, Hora, was only in eighth place, in spite of a good season, but I would mention Gaz Metan’s Alexandru Muntean, as a nice prospect, and International’s experienced utility player Cosmin Bacila, who produced an impressive scoring rate in the second half of the season, which was definitely useful to the club’s survival in the league.

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.

Today’s press

January 27, 2010 Leave a comment
  • The Karamyan twins, recently released by FC Timisoara, after failed negotiations to extend deal that were running out in the summer, are reportedly close to a move to a return to Bucharest. Steaua is offering them a deal until the summer, with bonuses in case of success in the league, as Gigi Becali decided not to pay more than 120.000 EUR per season and otherwise there wasn’t any room for a discussion with Arman and Artavazd, who were paid better than this in Timisoara.
  • Dinamo has finally got the nod from Inter Milano for a loan deal involving Cristian Daminuta (19). The player has been training with the Bucharest club for the last couple of weeks and should stay with the Red Dogs until the summer. Dinamo will have the option to make the deal permanent, in exchange of half of million EUR.
  • After the Ouon duel, Steaua and FC Vaslui are preparing for another battle. Their target is another defender, who previously played on loan for Rapid Bucharest and left a solid impression in Romania. Joao Paulo Andrade is Portuguese, 28 years old, currently plays for Le Mans and can cover three roles: central defender, right back and defensive midfielder.
  • After Gabriel Tamas moved to England and already played a few games for West Bromwich Albion in the Championship, it seems that there’s an “advertising campaign” going on, involving another Dinamo player. Gabriel Torje is a 20 years old right winger, regular in the U21, and very experienced already, with almost 100 matches played in the first division for FC Timisoara and Dinamo, plus a few matches in Europe. The price though might be too high, as Dinamo paid a massive fee in 2008, around 2 mil. EUR for only 50% of his federative rights…

The best winter “transfers”

January 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Dinamo – Florin Bratu (29 years old, right winger/forward)

Injured in October 2008, Bratu returned on the pitch after a 13 months long nightmare, but only played one game for Dinamo’s reserve team, in the second division. He had suffered a severe injury to his knee and was poorly treated while in Romania, but made a complete recovery after spending the last few months in Italy. It remains to be seen if he can display the same pace, confidence and coolness in front of goal, but he has enough time during this long winter break to regain his match fitness and be ready to make an impact in the second half of season.

Bratu has a solid scoring record for the Red Dogs, with 27 goals in 61 matches, while the injury suffered in 2008 came after he had scored 7 times in 9 appearances. His return will bolster an impressive attacking force, as he will compete with the likes of Marius Niculae, Claudiu Niculescu and Andrei Cristea, but will also be an alternative to Gabriel Torje, for the right winger role.

Steaua – Ovidiu Petre (27 years old, central defensive midfielder)

Tormented by injuries, he should finally have a chance to make an impact for Steaua, after recovering completely from his fourth knee surgery of a career that looked very promising indeed. 11 matches last season and only 4 during the current campaign is obviously too little from a player that showed only glimpses of what he could offer to the red and blue outfit.

Strong anchorman, Petre should not only provide the needed cover for a renewed defensive line, but he will also inject a dose of leadership in a team that lost influent figures like Radoi and Ghionea.

Unirea Urziceni – Marius Onofras (29 years old, forward)

Missed almost the entire second half of last season due to a strange injury to his right knee and played only 10 games in the league in the current campaign. A key player in Dan Petrescu’s tactical setup, with a very interesting role on the pitch, where he was always switching between attack and midfield, helping in recovering the ball and then running the channels up front, on paths learned to perfection in training, reminded everyone of his importance with the excellent goal scored in the Champions League against Glasgow Rangers.

Outstanding work-rate and determination, plus the good scoring instincts and solid understanding with key centre-forward Marius Bilasco, make Onofras a valuable asset for Unirea, but we should see if new coach Ronny Levy realizes his importance for the team. In the current campaign, played only 10 games in the league (four starts), scoring 4 goals, and made four appearances as a sub in the Champions League group stage, scoring once.

FC TimisoaraCristian Mejia (19 years old, forward)

The skilful Colombian forward has arrived in Romania three months ago, but FC Timisoara could not register his transfer due to a conflict between the club that raised Mejia and the club that sold him to Timisoara. Has played only in a friendly match and coach Ioan Ovidiu Sabau hopes that he can add pace and creativity up front and that the time wasted so far at least helped the player adjust to the new lifestyle and blend into the squad.

FC TimisoaraMilos Brezinsky (25 years old, central defender)

Severely injured to his left knee in December 2008, the towering centre-back missed an entire year, but is now back to full fitness and should play as a regular in the second half of season. Has played 21 matches for FC Timisoara since his transfer from Slovan Liberec (after a loan spell at Sparta Prague) and looked strong, confident and a influent figure at the back. Should further improve a strong defense, which relied mostly on the work done by the entire team and a consistent and efficient centre-back like him could allow the coach to replace one of the two central defensive midfielders with a more attacking minded player.

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