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Relegated club in May, newly promoted in July!

July 15, 2010 1 comment

Well, you could say that it’s been an excellent summer break for Pandurii Targu Jiu, who managed to return to Liga I after just a couple of months and without having to play a single official game! The Professional League of Football (LPF) officially announced the retirement of International Curtea de Arges (financial problems) from the top flight and its replacement with Pandurii, the club that had finished the previous season just below the line.

Even though LPF say that everything went according to regulations, it’s a known fact that International’s owner, Benone Lazar, negotiated his way out and it’s just a happy coincidence that the most interested club was the one entitled to take this free spot.  Politehnica Iasi – also relegated last season – and second division club Dacia Mioveni held talks with the man who apparently will get Pandurii’s TV rights from the following season, around 1,4 million Euros, and also demanded the club to transfer the entire team and coaching staff from International to Pandurii! More convenient is an already arranged friendly between the clubs, which will be now used by the former International’s coach Ionut Badea to see both teams at work and select Pandurii’s new set of players.

Otelul Galati – International Curtea de Arges

February 18, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s the first official match in 2010 and I was thinking about avoiding it, until I saw the strange odds. Under 1.6 for a home victory means that the bookies got it wrong, at least in my eyes.

These two teams will fight for survival until the last round, the odds for such a game shouldn’t be under 1.9 for the home team. Now some more facts:

  • Otelul will allow free entrance on the stadium, but the game will be played on Friday, starting 13.00 CET, when everyone is either in school or at work;
  • Otelul lost during the mercato period regular keeper Kolev, regular and the best central defender Jelev (now at Steaua), but didn’t manage to get in exchange established players;
  • Otelul will also miss team captain Paraschiv, which will seriously damage the build up;
  • The home team looked mediocre throughout the first half of season, with coach Dorinel Munteanu struggling to create a team out of mostly young, unexperienced and unknown players.
  • On the other hand, the newly promoted International lacks experience, but has a more interesting roster (with talented youngsters like Viera, Radut and Chiriches), a more calm environment (no financial worries) and a new coach, the promising Ionut Badea, who took over during the winter break.
  • The guests are also a dangerous team away from home, with four wins in the first half of season (including one against Dinamo!), although they should have tried to improve in attack, where they’re a bit short in numbers and quality.

Definitely, not a game that has home win written all over, as the odds are suggesting, so those who are looking for value bets could include this one on their list.

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