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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!

Today’s press

January 6, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Steaua seems to have agreed to sign three players, but only one deal has some sort of confirmation so far: the Bulgarian centre-back Zhivko Zhelev agreed to a 10.000 EUR/month contract and will leave his current club, Otelul Galati. In exchange, Steaua will send to Galati the talented left midfielder Razvan Ochirosii (who was “snatched” from the same club by Mihai Stoica, now at Unirea Urziceni), one of the hottest prospects a few years ago, but who never made it among the seniors at Steaua. Otelul gets rid of a problem and also gets 50% of a talented 20 years old. Good deal!
  • The other two Steaua targets: Bulgarian striker Hristo Yovov and Rwanda central defender Edwin Ouon.
  • Adrian Cristea (attacking midfielder, Dinamo, 26 years old) has been offered to Kuban Krasnodar for 1 mil. EUR. This is no surprise, as Dan Petrescu, the new manager, has been given complete control over transfers and already announced that will try to sign 5 or 6 Romanian players. Cristea is definitely among the most talented, but has an atitude problem and is a gamble Petrescu won’t make. Same situation with Ianis Zicu (attacking midfielder, Dinamo, 26 years old), although Petrescu already tried to sign him when he was coaching Unirea Urziceni, so has better chances. Anyway, it’s going to be a very good month for agents Victor and Ioan “Giovani” Becali ;-).
  • Vladimir Bozovic (left back/left midfielder, Rapid, 28 years old) is a target for a French first division outfit, according to his agent, Zvonko Milojkovic. Rapid is in deep financial trouble and owner George Copos has been trying to sell the club (the German businessman Lutz Stache was the last person interested in such a deal), so raising money from transfers looks like the only option right now. Rapid paid 200.000 for his transfer from OFK Belgrade in 2007, but won’t settle for anything below 1 mil. EUR.
  • In case Gigel Bucur (striker, FC Timisoara, 29 years old) leaves to club – an offer from Kuban is expected – the Viola outfit will try to sign the Argentinian Pablo Osvaldo Vazquez (centre forward, Strongest, 27 years old).
  • The talented Gheorghe Grozav (forward, Unirea Alba Iulia, 19 years old) is very close to a deal with Standard Liege, where he went on trial last summer and left a good impression. The transfer fee: 300.000 EUR
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