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February 10, 2010 Leave a comment
  • The Brazilian Leonardo Henrique Veloso (22) has failed to agree terms with Dinamo, who offered him 10.000 EUR per month, until June. Apparently, he is earning 300.000 EUR in Holland, at Willem II, but his contract will run out at the end of the season. There’s still a chance for the left sided player to come to Romania, after CFR Cluj decided to offer him a trial right away.
  • Steaua just added another name to a long list of wanted players: Boubacar Diarra. The 30 years old defender had a solid career in Germany, at SC Freiburg, and is currently under contract with Luzern, in Switzerland, but should catch the final days of Steaua’s training camp from Turkey. So far, Steaua managed to agree terms only with Stelios Parpas, but couldn’t sign the likes of Gora Tall, Edwin Ouon, David Lopes, and is looking very weak at the back.
  • The Brazilian forward Wesley Lopes da Silva (29), who has been impressive since he moved to FC Vaslui from Leixoes in 2009, reacted surprisingly after he was denied a move to Al-Wasl, from Dubai. He demanded a bigger contract than the 200.000 EUR he gets per season right now or he’ll never step foot on the pitch again, for his current club. A discussion with wealthy club owner Adrian Porumboiu will probably take place soon, as Wesley is a key figure at Vaslui, in an excellent season indeed, but, on the other hand, Porumboiu is too experienced to accept a negotiation under these terms.
  • Pablo Daniel Brandan (26) stated today in an interview that he has lost motivation at Urziceni and that he has been treated unfairly by the club. The Argentinian defensive jolly was very close to a move to 1. Bundesliga this winter, but Unirea refused 1,3 million euros, although the player had arrived in Romania on a free transfer back in 2007.
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Today’s press

February 6, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Stelios Parpas (24) has finally become a Steaua player. He will stay at the Bucharest side until the summer, when Steaua has the option to buy the player. Parpas was just a rotation/backup defender for AEL, but coach Dusan Uhrin Jr., who had an experience in Romania as well, at FC Timisoara, explained that there was too much competition and that he preferred more experienced players instead. Unlike Parpas, the other Steaua target from Cyprus, Gora Tall (25), will not switch sides right now, but there’s an open door for another discussion in the summer.
  • CFR Cluj is trying to finalize Roberto De Zerbi‘s (30) arrival from Napoli. The attacking midfielder could be the first Italian to have ever played in Liga I, being demanded by CFR’s coach, Andrea Mandorlini. One big problem is De Zerbi’s wage, as he currently earns around 700.000 EUR, while the top salary at the Romanian club is somewhere in the region of 350.000 EUR.
  • Steaua decided not to retain American midfielder Josh Tudela (25). The player had been trying to impress the coaching staff during the training camp from Antalya, Turkey, and, although he featured in four friendly matches, he failed to convince that he can help the club.

Without scouting, it’s just gambling…

January 31, 2010 1 comment

…and when the stake is the league title and the chance not to play in the Champions League, but to cash in on the money guaranteed by the presence in the group stage, you have to wonder what’s Steaua’s plan.

The club sold this winter two central defenders: the undervalued Ionut Rada (27) to Al-Nasr and the vastly experienced and team captain Sorin Ghionea (30) to FC Rostov. In their place, Steaua bought the Bulgarian Zhivko Zhelev (30), who looked solid in the two and a half seasons spent at Otelul Galati, but never played for a bigger objective than avoiding relegation. The latest news speak about the two names that should reinforce the defense and also conclude the club’s activity in the transfer market this winter: Stelios Parpas (24) and Gora Tall (24). Both agreed to Steaua’s proposals and are expected in Bucharest to sign the papers, but there are serious doubts that they could make the instant impact Steaua needs in what promises to be the hottest race ever for the title in the Romanian first division. Tall is a Senegalese defender, who played for small clubs from Portugal and Cyprus until now and was running out of contract at APOP/Kinyras in the summer, while Parpas has better credentials, with almost 100 matches played in Cyprus for Aris and AEL Limassol, but not at all the pedigree expected by fans and pundits, who expected reinforcements, not just cheap replacements…

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