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Rapid adds Glauber to this summer’s most impressive transfer campaign

The Brazilian centre-back Glauber Leandro Honorato Berti comes from two wasted years at Sao Caetano and Manchester City, where he had transferred after a solid 1. Bundesliga career with FC Nurnberg. Here’s a description of his style, from Doron Salomon, a football fan who saw him playing for Man City’s reserve squad and shared this on my Twitter account (rbaicu): “He’s slow so prefers to be part of a defence that sits deep… Massively susceptible to pace in a defence that tries to hold a high line and play offside. Decent in the air – he’s quite a big boy. Decent positional sense of play, but he’s a bit clumsy… Typically brazilian in that his touch is ok and he’s pretty comfortable to pass the ball out of defence, although he just always looks awkward on the ball”.

Anyway, in spite of all this, he might prove to be a classy aquisition from Rapid, given the fact that the club doesn’t even have a player who could dream of playing as much as Glauber did for Man City – a single game. He’s the second Brazilian centre-back added to the roster this summer, after Marcos Antonio Elias Santos, but Rapid bought massively & the best players from FC Brasov: Ezequias, Rui Duarte, Roman, Grigore and Sburlea, all five able to claim a spot in an already competitive first eleven. Goalkeeper Dani Coman and Dinamo’s Ianis Zicu could complete the picture of an oustanding performance from Rapid on the transfer market, in spite of the club’s limited financial resources, and entitle this ambitious club to hope for a firm challenge for the title next season. Not to mention that this team had big chances to look good in Europe this autumn, as well…

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Best players in Romania: right midfielders

June 14, 2010 Leave a comment
  1. Mihai Roman, 26 years old

    MIHAI ROMAN – FC Brasov

  2. Gabriel Torje – Dinamo Bucharest
  3. Janos Szekely – Steaua Bucharest
  4. Antonio Semedo – Unirea Urziceni
  5. Liviu Antal – Otelul Galati

My view: Fair results, given the fact that, of all Romanian players on this position, Roman established himself as the first choice for the national team from Liga I, but it would have made sense to see this analysis including some stats regarding the players’ crossing ability. He’s the best when it comes to taking out his direct opponent and has the best shooting accuracy and these two criteria pretty much describe him as a player. Nice to see Antal grabbing the fifth spot, another second division player selected by the expert Marius Stan, a president with an excellent eye for promising footballers.

My choices: CFR’s first serious buy of the summer, Hora, was only in eighth place, in spite of a good season, but I would mention Gaz Metan’s Alexandru Muntean, as a nice prospect, and International’s experienced utility player Cosmin Bacila, who produced an impressive scoring rate in the second half of the season, which was definitely useful to the club’s survival in the league.

Note: the top five is taken from Gazeta Sporturilor, a newspaper that uses the service of Digital Soccer Project. These results are based on a series of specific criteria for each position, include only players that have collected at least 1.200 minutes on the pitch in the past season and the only subjective part of the analysis consists in the average marks received by the newspaper’s writers.

Lucescu calls 23 players for the friendly against Israel

February 27, 2010 Leave a comment

With Cristian Chivu, Razvan Rat and Stefan Radu out injured, Razvan Lucescu offered Gabriel Tamas (transferred in January to West Bromwich Albion) the chance to reclaim his spot in the team. Another surprise is the absence of the first two choices for the goalkeeper postion, Lobont and Coman,  but, looking at the likes of Gaman, Sepsi, Florescu or Deac, it’s obvious that the National Team coach is trying to evaluate some of the promising, yet established players in the first division. Here’s is the full list of players:

  • Goalkeepers: Mircea Bornescu (Rapid, 29), Costel Pantilimon (FC Timisoara, 23)
  • Defenders: Cristian Panin (CFR Cluj, 31), Vasile Maftei (Unirea Urziceni, 29), Gabriel Tamas (WBA, 26), Dorin Goian (Palermo, 29), Mirel Radoi (Al-Hilal, 28), Valerica Gaman (Universitatea Craiova, 21), Laszlo Sepsi (FC Timisoara, 23), Mihai Nesu (FC Utrecht, 27)
  • Midfielders: Banel Nicolita (Steaua, 25), Mihai Roman (FC Brasov, 25), Iulian Apostol (Unirea Urziceni, 29), Paul Codrea (Siena, 28), Tiberiu Ghioane (Dynamo Kiew, 28), George Florescu (FC Midjtyland, 25), Ciprian Deac (CFR Cluj, 24)
  • Forwards: Gigel Bucur (Kuban, 29), Andrei Cristea (Dinamo Bucharest, 25), Ciprian Marica (VFB Stuttgart, 24), Daniel Niculae (Auxerre, 27), Marius Niculae (Dinamo Bucharest, 28).

Update: Lucescu decided that the third keeper will be Steaua’s Ciprian Tatarusanu (22), while the injured Iulian Apostol has been replaced by his colleague from Unirea Razvan Paduretu (28).

Same old problems, brand new hopes

February 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Group D: France, Romania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Belarus, Albania, Luxembourg.

Basically, we’re fighting with Bosnia for the second spot and those who think that this national team can win against the big boys should pray that the point(s) won against France will be enough to compensate those we’ll probably waste against Albania or Belarus…

Focusing on the double against Bosnia, I think that Bosnia has the edge, as football tends to favor those who dare to attack, while Romania has been shaping up as a very organized and defensive team under Razvan Lucescu. And I don’t blame the talented coach, in fact he should be appreciated for acknowledging our new position in football and trying to re-inject the underdog’s mentality, the only one that paid dividends (remember the counter-attacking skills of Italy ’90 and USA ’94!) for a team that, in recent years, lacked the right approach.

Lucescu’s job is to keep the mentality and team spirit that managed to keep France at bay during the last campaign, but find the right approach for the matches Romania will have to win. Oh, and, yes, the right players…

Right now, our NT doesn’t look promising. The only positions well covered are goalkeeper (Coman and Lobont), central defenders (Chivu, Radoi, Tamas, Goian). We also count on Rat at left back, on the likes of Ghioane, Apostol and Tanase in midfield, and on Marica upfront. And I’d take out Apostol and even Marica, although he looks in better shape this year, but, in order to do that, other players must step in and this is Lucescu’s challenge: finding the new wave of players until September and the guts he lacked in the previous campaign, when he should have had a different approach, as the second spot was already lost, when he took over from Victor Piturca. But he went from handing a debut to the promising Mihai Roman (24) on the right wing to recalling veteran Bogdan Mara (32), from changing the team’s atitude to regularly calling the very talented, but also very lazy and inconsistent Adrian Cristea.

So, who will play at right back, can we find someone better than Nicolita on the right wing (Szekely, Roman), can we rely on the fragile midfield pair Ghioane-Apostol in the middle of the park, can we still count on Tanase on the left wing, if Steaua will play him as a mezzapunta, who’s the centre forward that should team-up with Marica, upfront? These are the questions… 🙂

Landauri to FC Brasov

January 7, 2010 Leave a comment

The Peruvian wide midfielder signed a three and a half years long contract and will most likely play on the left side, as on the right Brasov counts on Mihai Roman, recently called-up to the national team. Julio Landauri (23) joins a team created by Razvan Lucescu, now coaching the national team, and taken over by Viorel Moldovan, with chances to book a place in the European competitions by the end of the season. If Lucescu organized the team especially in defense, Moldovan is trying to make it better up-front. If he succeeds, without destroying the team’s balance (a quality striker should have been the priority, imo), then Brasov should have no problems in reaching its objective.

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