Posts Tagged ‘Hristo Yovov’

Yovov turned down Steaua’s offer

January 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Hristo Yovov refused to sign for Steaua and returned to Levski’s training camp. The problem wasn’t the new self-imposed salary cap at Steaua (120.000 EUR / season), but the cautious approach of the Bucharest side. The latest poor investments in foreign players (I’ve explained in a previous post the reasons) determined the red and blue outfit to offer only six months deal with an option to extend afterwards.

When professionals act like amateurs

January 10, 2010 Leave a comment

A recent interview offered by Italian coach Cristiano Bergodi showed why Romania’s most important club, Steaua Bucharest, “lacks inspiration” when it comes to buying foreign players. Accused that, in the summer, he made bad calls in choosing three players that are now out of favor, Bergodi revealed how he decided to bring in Rafal Grzelak (27), Miguel Angelo Fazende “Tininho” (29) and Krum Bibishkov (27):

“I’ve been informed that the transfer budget was 300.000 EUR and I’ve asked the staff to let me know which were the players followed until then. I got a dozen of DVD’s and was told to whatch and choose. Which I did. The three players were the best I’ve seen and were playing on positions that I considered weak at that time”.

I’m not saying that Bergodi has no fault in the matter, but this is a proof of pure amateurism at one of the richest and presumably best organized clubs in Romania.  In fact, the idea of scouting before wasting money buying disappeared once Adrian Ilie stepped down from the board and, a few months later, Mario Branco, presented in the press (a very discrete presence otherwise) as the club’s only scout, got the sack. Ilie is a huge loss for the club, even though some of the players brought under his guidance didn’t impress, but the former Valencia forward was an elegant figure and really worked on developping the club.

Back to the three players:

  • Bibishkov is a typical centre-forward who didn’t even get the chance to prove himself, featuring only once in half of season, as a sub. Now, he’s on his way out, with Pantelis Kapetanos (interesting fellow, deserves an article later on) the first choice striker and countryman Hristo Yovov ready to sign for Steaua. As usual, club clown owner Gigi Becali says he’s ready to pay the club that will transfer the attacker, just to get rid of the guy.
  • Tininho is a strong full-back, who also has only one appearance for Steaua, 5 minutes, against St. Patrick’s. Unlike Bibishkov, the Portuguese defender at least had enough chances to impress, playing a lot for Steaua II, in the second division.
  • Grzelak is a left footed attacking midfielder, who made a promising and deceiving start, but ended up on the sidelines and doomed not to play again for the club, after Gigi Becali stated that bold footballers are generally poor players. The fact that Grzelak didn’t shave his head after he signed for Steaua is, of course, unimportant ;-). So, Grzelak will probably end his adventure at the Bucharest side after half of season, two starts, four appearances as a sub and one goal. Of course, unless he doesn’t decide to let his hair grow…

Today’s press

January 8, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Ronny Levy signed a contract with champions Unirea Urziceni. He will earn 20.000 EUR per month + bonuses, until June 2011. Levy inherits a strong team, which finished third in a tough Champions League group (played against Sevilla, VFB Stuttgart and Glasgow Rangers) and will continue to play in Europe this spring. Defending the title in the league is another objective still in reach, as Unirea has the same number of points (41) with CFR Cluj and Steaua. Only two players departed this winter, the wingers Dacian Varga and Tiberiu Balan, who were loaned from second division club Sportul Studentesc. Levy probably has been promised a transfer budget, although Urziceni was an expert (under Dan Petrescu and Mihai Stoica) in reviving the careers of players released or sold almost for nothing by smaller clubs.
  • Steaua seems to have reached an agreement with Bulgarian striker Hristo Yovov (32), who should get 10.000 EUR / month until the summer, a substantial bonus (100.000 EUR according to in case the club wins the title and the option to extend the current deal for one more year. The problem is that, so far, nobody from Steaua contacted Levski Sofia, but coach Mihai Stoichita will try to get the green light from the club during the weekend, when he’ll travel to Bulgaria.
  • FC Timisoara will keep Pedro Manuel Taborda Moreira (31) until the end of the season, when his contract will expire. The club gave full (sometimes too much) credit to the very promising Costel Pantilimon (22) – on Arsenal’s shortlist – and also bought last summer Nemanja Supic (27), but Taborda impressed in the three appearances for the club this season (a solid display in Europa League against Dinamo Zagreb!) and, with Supic quite injury prone, will be kept as backup. Of course, the club will have to offer/promise something to a player who has every reason to look for another club right now.
  • Otelul Galati released Gjorgji Mojsov (24), a central midfielder bought last summer from Rabotnicki. Played in seven games this season, three times as a starter. Otelul also terminated the loan of Arthur Patras, who came from Timisoara and is a regular for Moldova U21. This way, the club for Galati makes room in the first eleven for the promising Razvan Ochirosii, recently transferred (and partially bought) from Steaua, as part of the Zhivko Zhelev deal.

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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