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Steaua signs Szukala, but Rapid, Petrolul and FC Vaslui add important players as well!

August 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Four rounds gone in Romania and a lot of clubs keep on working on their rosters. A sign of ambition, but also of some average work done during the summer, considering that all the moves presented below could have been done in the same conditions even a couple of months ago.

Steaua, who decided to release the once highly rated Florin Costea, bought Lukasz Szukala, a 28 years old central defender, who comes for a reported fee of 0.5 million Euros. The player was requested by Laurentiu Reghecampf (he was the one who brought him to Romania from Germany’s lower leagues back in 2010) and comes after two full seasons for Gloria Bistrita and Universitatea Cluj and two full… matches played for Petrolul.

The deal was supposed to be more complex, as Steaua requested Adrian Cristea as well, admitting to a mistake signaled a while ago: Reghecampf needs a number 10 in his ideal tactical setup and it was a mistake to allow Mihai Radut to move on loan to Pandurii. Radut who now has 3 goals in 3 matches played under the excellent coach Petre Grigoras. But that’s another story…

Released by Steaua, Geraldo Alves signed a two years long contract with Petrolul.

Petrolul not only resisted the temptation to sell Cristea (helped by some pressure quickly applied by the ambitious fans!), but also used some of the money received for Szukala to sign Geraldo Alves. A 32 years old central defender who was released by… Steaua this summer after two very good seasons and 54 appearances for the red and blue outfit. Another mistake made by the club’s management, heavily influenced by the vocal owner Gigi Becali, as the young couple Chiriches-Gardos lacks consistency and good backup (what a surprise!).

Petrolul makes a very good signing, in spite of the player’s age, considering the wolves’ ambition to challenge at least for the European places this season, and tomorrow there will be a hot game versus Rapid, who had a two weeks break and went on a mini training camp to solve some internal issues. The Bucharest side also signed a striker, Marius Bilasco, who was never a top scorer (12 goals for Unirea Urziceni in the title winning season 2009/2010) and comes after a terrible period, poor decisions getting him to clubs like Tianjin Teda or Energie Cottbus, where he rarely played. Bilasco is the type of useful centre-forward though and should provide good competition for Blaze Ilijoski, who featured in 6 games since his transfer from FC Brasov, scoring just once.

Rapid missed out on two targets though, as Dacian Varga and Costin Curelea will move from Sportul Studentesc to FC Vaslui. On loan once again, as Vasile Siman, the club’s owner, has a habit of requesting huge transfer fees for his players. Varga is a left winger who can also feature on the right and has an interesting story, playing twice on loan for Kuban Krasnodar (and not bad at all, I might add), yet he always had to return to the club that relegated now to the second division. Curelea is also considered one of the good Romanian strikers, yet none of the top clubs managed to come up with a good enough offer for Siman in the past three years. He’s now 28 and for the first time moves away from Sportul Studentesc, where he scored 77 goals in 242 matches played in the first & second league…

 

Round 29 – results, scorers and standings

April 26, 2010 1 comment
  • Ceahlaul – Astra Ploiesti 0-0
  • Dinamo – Politehnica Iasi 1-1 (N’Doye 21 / L. Munteanu 59)
  • Pandurii – FC Brasov 1-0 (Hidisan 77)
  • Otelul Galati – Rapid 0-0
  • CFR Cluj – Unirea Alba Iulia 3-2 (Bud 21, 65, 90 / Veljovic 67, Muresan 77 og)
  • Gaz Metan Medias – Gloria Bistrita 1-1 (Litu 42 / Frasinescu 2)
  • Universitatea Craiova – Unirea Urziceni 1-4 (Gangioveanu 75 / Bilasco 8, Rusescu 70, Paduretu 81, Semedo 88)
  • Steaua – FC Timisoara 3-3 (Golanski 33, Kapetanos 80 pen, Zhelev 90 / Cocis 48, Contra 85 pen, 88)
  • International Curtea de Arges – FC Vaslui 1-2 (Bacila 45 / Costly 70, Milisavljevic 80)

Liga I - Standings

Next round (30th of April – 2nd of May): Gloria Bistrita – Pandurii, Astra – CFR Cluj, Universitatea Craiova – International Curtea de Arges, Unirea Alba Iulia – Steaua, FC Timisoara – Otelul Galati, FC Vaslui – Ceahlaul, Politehnica Iasi – Gaz Metan Medias, Unirea Urziceni – FC Brasov, Rapid – Dinamo.

    Round 19 – results, scorers and standings

    March 1, 2010 Leave a comment
    • Alba Iulia – Gloria Bistrita 1-2 (Veljovic 2 / Ribeiro Moraes 5, Coroian 81)
    • Ceahlaul – Otelul Galati 0-1 (Giurgiu 21)
    • FC Timisoara – Politehnica Iasi 2-1 (Contra 57, Goga 90 / Paun 5)
    • Universitatea Craiova – Gaz Metan 1-2 (Trica 90 / Litu 8, Lazar 70)
    • FC Vaslui – Pandurii Targu Jiu 2-1 (Gerlem 5, Delgado 61 / Stromajer 67)
    • International Curtea de Arges – Dinamo 1-3 (Apostu 30 / Andrei Cristea 57, 74, Alexe 67)
    • Astra Ploiesti – FC Brasov 2-1 (L. Ganea 16, 83 / Ilyes 87)
    • Rapid – Unirea Urziceni 1-1 (Iencsi 9 / Bilasco 44)
    • CFR Cluj – Steaua 1-1 (Cadu 35 / Stancu 12)

    STANDINGS

    The best winter “transfers”

    January 24, 2010 Leave a comment

    Dinamo – Florin Bratu (29 years old, right winger/forward)

    Injured in October 2008, Bratu returned on the pitch after a 13 months long nightmare, but only played one game for Dinamo’s reserve team, in the second division. He had suffered a severe injury to his knee and was poorly treated while in Romania, but made a complete recovery after spending the last few months in Italy. It remains to be seen if he can display the same pace, confidence and coolness in front of goal, but he has enough time during this long winter break to regain his match fitness and be ready to make an impact in the second half of season.

    Bratu has a solid scoring record for the Red Dogs, with 27 goals in 61 matches, while the injury suffered in 2008 came after he had scored 7 times in 9 appearances. His return will bolster an impressive attacking force, as he will compete with the likes of Marius Niculae, Claudiu Niculescu and Andrei Cristea, but will also be an alternative to Gabriel Torje, for the right winger role.

    Steaua – Ovidiu Petre (27 years old, central defensive midfielder)

    Tormented by injuries, he should finally have a chance to make an impact for Steaua, after recovering completely from his fourth knee surgery of a career that looked very promising indeed. 11 matches last season and only 4 during the current campaign is obviously too little from a player that showed only glimpses of what he could offer to the red and blue outfit.

    Strong anchorman, Petre should not only provide the needed cover for a renewed defensive line, but he will also inject a dose of leadership in a team that lost influent figures like Radoi and Ghionea.

    Unirea Urziceni – Marius Onofras (29 years old, forward)

    Missed almost the entire second half of last season due to a strange injury to his right knee and played only 10 games in the league in the current campaign. A key player in Dan Petrescu’s tactical setup, with a very interesting role on the pitch, where he was always switching between attack and midfield, helping in recovering the ball and then running the channels up front, on paths learned to perfection in training, reminded everyone of his importance with the excellent goal scored in the Champions League against Glasgow Rangers.

    Outstanding work-rate and determination, plus the good scoring instincts and solid understanding with key centre-forward Marius Bilasco, make Onofras a valuable asset for Unirea, but we should see if new coach Ronny Levy realizes his importance for the team. In the current campaign, played only 10 games in the league (four starts), scoring 4 goals, and made four appearances as a sub in the Champions League group stage, scoring once.

    FC TimisoaraCristian Mejia (19 years old, forward)

    The skilful Colombian forward has arrived in Romania three months ago, but FC Timisoara could not register his transfer due to a conflict between the club that raised Mejia and the club that sold him to Timisoara. Has played only in a friendly match and coach Ioan Ovidiu Sabau hopes that he can add pace and creativity up front and that the time wasted so far at least helped the player adjust to the new lifestyle and blend into the squad.

    FC TimisoaraMilos Brezinsky (25 years old, central defender)

    Severely injured to his left knee in December 2008, the towering centre-back missed an entire year, but is now back to full fitness and should play as a regular in the second half of season. Has played 21 matches for FC Timisoara since his transfer from Slovan Liberec (after a loan spell at Sparta Prague) and looked strong, confident and a influent figure at the back. Should further improve a strong defense, which relied mostly on the work done by the entire team and a consistent and efficient centre-back like him could allow the coach to replace one of the two central defensive midfielders with a more attacking minded player.

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