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Romania looked solid, well organized, hard working. And lost…

August 12, 2010 Leave a comment

When Romania finished the warm-up on Fener’s stadium, the reserves found a certain Guus Hiddink on the bench. Unfortunately for us, the Dutch maestro only kept his place for around 30 seconds, then moved on Turkey’s bench, leaving us with Razvan Lucescu, a promising coach, no argument about that, but I’m not sure that he’ll be also the one that will qualify this team for Euro 2012. This was the last rehearsel, with pretty much all the players that will be heavily involved in the campaign that is about to start.

Goalkeepers: Lobont was in goal and looked comfortable as always when called into action with desperate backpasses, but had absolutely no reaction to Arda’s fabulous strike, for Turkey’s second goal. On the bench we had Pantilimon (reserve at FC Timisoara) and Bornescu (in top form at Rapid), with Silviu Lung Jr. left to the U21, but considered mature enough to perform even for the seniors.

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Razvan Lucescu announced the squad for the friendly match versus Turkey

August 8, 2010 2 comments

Goalkeepers: Bogdan Lobont (AS Rome), Costel Pantilimon (FC Timisoara), Mircea Bornescu (Rapid)
Defenders: Ovidiu Dananae (Universitatea Craiova), Cristian Panin (CFR Cluj), Gabriel Tamas (WBA), Vasile Maftei, George Galamaz (Unirea Urziceni), Razvan Rat (Shakhtar Donetsk), Mihai Nesu (FC Utrecht)
Midfielders: Razvan Cocis (Al Nasr), Banel Nicolita, Mihai Radut, Cristian Tanase (Steaua), Mirel Radoi (Al-Hilal), George Florescu (Alania), Ciprian Deac, Gabriel Muresan (CFR Cluj)
Forwards: Daniel Niculae (AS Monaco), Bogdan Stancu (Steaua), Ciprian Marica (VFB Stuttgart), Marius Bilasco (Unirea Urziceni)

Out of form and of Timisoara’s first eleven, Pantilimon will travel with the squad, but shouldn’t play. I’m surprised to see Maftei still in the team, as he’s no longer played at right back in Urziceni and Lucescu seems to have given up the idea of keep playing him on that position, since he called Dananae and Panin. Nesu’s once again back-up for the left back role, but probably just because Lazio’s Radu Stefan was unavailable. Based on form, Galamaz should be among the starters, as he’s been playing superbly, while Nicolita’s return is a nice rewards for the winger’s excellent attitude and solid start of season. Deac is hugely over-rated though and should have stayed home for this one, at least, while in attack Bilasco must keep his place among the starters, after his last solid display in the national team.

Based on the current selection, the first eleven should look like this: Bornescu – Dananae, Tamas, Galamaz, Rat – Nicolita, Radoi, Radut (Cocis), Tanase – Bilasco, D. Niculae. But I’m pretty sure we’ll start with Lobont in goal, Florescu alongside Radoi and Marica upfront…

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