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Ianis Zicu: better late in Romania, than never in Italy

April 16, 2011 1 comment

He was meant to be the next big thing. After Hagi, obviously, and following the recent on-the-pitch footsteps of Adrian Mutu. He was not, failing badly in Italy and looking completely lost after the return from Serie A, where he was too poor to play, to Liga I, where he thought that he was way too good. Well, at 27, he’s the leading goalscorer, with 16 goals, and the man who keeps FC Timisoara in the title race. Still promising, right?

Born in Constanta, where Hagi, The King, had stepped into this world with his magical left foot, with the same ethnical roots (luckily, we don’t have only gypsies over here), Zicu was immediately spotted by the same guys that stood beside Gica in his playing career: the Becali brothers.

Zicu blew his chance to make it big, eight years ago. Never had a second one!

Ioan “Giovani” Becali had moved Adrian Mutu to Italy, back in 2000, convincing Massimo Moratti to invest heavily in a forward that was a goalscoring machine for Dinamo – the opposition was usually very kind with the Red Dogs’ forwards back then, as always! – and had enough influence to present Zicu to Inter’s owner at a very young age and with no real background.

In 2003, Ianis went to Milano, but left the impression that he was there to protect his valuable ankles, an attitude he simply failed to shake-off since then, no matter the name of his club, the importance of a game or the fans’ abuse, who, after his latest return to Dinamo, turned against the talented attacking midfielder.

Zicu looked again like a football player only at his third consecutive loan spell, in Rapid’s shirt, but Dinamo was the club he signed for in 2007, after Inter lost enough money and an incredible amount of patience. Three years of torment followed and he fell completely out of favor with Dinamo’s dismayed fans, who had every reason, at that time, to ask for a change of approach. He went asking for a move away and Timisoara (who’s a bitter rival, in the stands, but a good partner when it comes to transfers) stepped up and invested half of million euros, winning the race for his signature with Rapid.

Money very well spent by the Viola, who are now leading the standings, with eight rounds to go, and have in Zicu the player that makes the difference. With 16 goals in 21 appearances, he’s the best goalscorer in a league that was at risk to award the golden boot award to Bogdan Stancu, the striker who left to Galatasaray in the winter break. He is also responsible for Timisoara’s fantastic ability to come from behind: Dusan Uhrin’s men have done it an amazing 15 times this season and are currently undefeated, after 26 matches, with 13 wins and 13 draws in their account.

Humble and motivated, Zicu has the skill to lead Timisoara to the title.

What’s interesting and also quite hard to explain is that Zicu’s attitude on the pitch hasn’t changed. He’s the same creative player looking for the fancy touch and desperate to avoid contact, plays in the same favorite role, on the left side of the attack, with absolutely no interest to help in defense, and for a team that feels the pressure to deliver results, given the fantastic support this club has when playing at home. Not to mention that, on a personal level, he’s not doing great either, losing his beloved mother two months ago, a moment that he wants to remind after each goal scored.

Nobody, really, saw this coming. A player who was only used to whine is now showing the properties of a good wine. But maybe this is where Zicu lived up to the initial expectations: he’s the sort of footballer able to surprise you, after all…

Stancu makes an instant impact in Turkey, but the media talks about something else…

February 7, 2011 2 comments

An incredible amusing story was brought to my attention this morning via Twitter (you can find me there as rbaicu!) by a friend, who says that there’s a lot of talk in Turkey on a topic launched by a press agency. Apparently, Stancu had been offered on loan last summer, in exchange of 300.000 Euros, to a second division club.

Now, I’ve tried to Google-translate it, but that didn’t help much, so I can’t say who were the sources and how was the “story” created. What I can say is that it’s rubbish, as we’re talking about one of the hottest prospects in Romanian football, who was a key player at Steaua at that point, with a good record, no conflicts with the board or the staff & a decent salary. Why would Steaua let him go? His wage wasn’t a problem, the 300 k wouldn’t have made a difference, the destination had no chance to improve the player’s market value (Steaua was going to play in Europe in autumn) and didn’t involve a very tempting buying clause, at the end of the loan spell.

Does the article imply that Galatasaray paid too much for Stancu? Probably. Is this a topic that could hurt Hagi? Probably – it will happen every time a signing from Romania will play a poor game. The problem is that this story lacks both timing (Stancu plays well and scores goals) and that minimum amount of truth or credibility. Not that it’s my problem, though, it’s something that the Turkish fans are served probably very often. It just explains to me (and others?) why Hagi hits back at the media every once in a while, like he did in a press conference from January, when I was surprised with his frustration and was expecting to hear a different tone…

Dinamo wants to get rid of the Becalis’ influence – update

April 22, 2010 2 comments

With the club seriously affected by the latest and biggest scandal, Dinamo’s bosses have decided to try and avoid similar episodes in the future. After the return of Florin Bratu and Ousmane N’Doye from Dinamo II, the bosses are ready to welcome back the promising Marius Alexe, but will try to limit the influence of agent Victor Becali and his brother, the former FIFA agent, Ioan Giovani Becali. Alexe was asked to part ways with his agent, as well as several other team member, as the Becalis had under contract no less than 17 Red Dogs!

The first Dinamo players to do it are defenders Cosmin Moti and Cristian Pulhac, who are no longer represented by Victor Becali, but, at the same time, according to some people, a lot less chances to move abroad in the near future…

Update: Both players denied the information published in the press and stated that they refuse to terminate their deals with the Becali brothers and that they wouldn’t even consider such a move.

Mutiny at Dinamo, under Giovani Becali’s command!

April 18, 2010 2 comments

After Dinamo’s defeat against CFR Cluj, in the semifinals of the Romanian Cup, three players left the hotel in the middle of the night: Ousmane N’Doye, Ze Diabate and Djakaridja Kone went out on their own and returned in the morning. With the other players aware of their departure, talks went on among the team’s leaders, Niculae, Niculescu, Bratu, Moti and Bostina, who agreed that something needs to be done to restore an order too often troubled by N’Doye, who had been recently “rewarded” with an excellent contract and, even more surprising for such an unprofessional player, the vice-captan role.

In the morning, when N’Doye was begging for forgivness, Dinamo’s staff had the surprise to see six players leave the hotel and return to Bucharest. If Florin Bratu had already been sent there, to play for Dinamo II, players like Gabriel Bostina, Andrei Margaritescu, Adrian Cristea, Ianis Zicu and Marius Alexe stated that they’re backing Bratu and would like to protest against the repeated trouble created by the Senegalese midfielder. Read more…

Gauracs signed for Rapid without passing a medical exam!

February 16, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Former FIFA agent Daniel Stanciu was officially appointed as FC Timisoara’s sporting director. Stanciu made a name for himself working for notorious Romanian agents Victor and Ioan Giovani Becali and was looking more and more influential lately, but the move to Timisoara had been announced for a couple of months now and this doesn’t come as such a big surprise anymore.
  • Pawel Golanski revealed that Steaua hasn’t made any official offer to extend his current deal, which will expire in June. The Polish full back said that the Bucharest side surprisingly refused an offer from a Russian club this winter and that he probably won’t extend his contract once the season comes to an end. Still, in spite of this situation, Golanski remains Steaua’s first choice at right back, given the club’s inability to bring in quality defenders.
  • The Nigerian defender Kasali Yinka Casal, who signed for CFR Cluj this winter, will be offered the chance to play regular football and adjust to the new style and environment at Gaz Metan Medias, where he could move on loan until the end of the season. The two clubs already shook hands, only the player’s decision is expected…
  • Rapid is trying to fix an incredible mistake at this level, as the club signed Edgars Gauracs without testing the player from the medical point of view. Now, the Latvian striker has been put through all kinds of tests, after failing to train and play in friendly matches due to some old muscular problems and Rapid is even thinking of making the contract void, as the striker has only been loaned from Ventspils until the summer and he already looks like he’ll be missing at least the first three or four rounds…
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