It wasn’t a joke, as I hoped, but turned into one three days later. Unveiled on Monday as FC Brasov’s new and bravest coach in the club’s history (Brasov had lost 17 players this summer!), Giuseppe Materazzi left the club today, with the official announcement coming from Ioan Neculaie, the wealthy owner, without any details. My bet is that he signed a contract without any clue about the club’s situation, taking for granted all the promises made in such moments, and needed just a couple of days to realize that he’s about to make a fool of himself.
Just for the record, I’d like to remind everyone that Materazzi is the second Italian coach to go through such an experience with FC Brasov, after Nicolo Napoli. So Materazzi was just one phone call away from avoiding this humiliating experience…
- FIFA agent Victor Becali has planned a trip to Bulgaria, in order to talk with CSKA’s board and release Daniel Pancu of his current deal. Pancu had moved to Sofia during the winter break, following Ioan Andone, but, in spite of some decent performances, fell out of favor with the new coach, with the angry fans and didn’t get paid in the last couple of months, so he decided to leave the club. Currently training (which isn’t ok, is it?) with Rapid, Pancu stated that he would agree a return to Rapid, after solving an old conflict with the club’s owner, George Copos. A good move for Rapid if all goes well, as this is also a step made by Copos to keep coach Ioan Andone at the club at least for another season.
- The dismissal of Italian coach Nicolo Napoli was followed by a similar episode to the one that made Dinamo keep the headlines in the past week. Four players (all bought this winter, at Napoli’s demand) refused to make the trip to Ceahlaul, for a game that could be vital for Astra’s future in the Liga I. Marcelo Mendez, Diego Silva, Danilo Carando and Gonzalo Salgueiro are now on the black list and could have the same faith as Alejandro Kruchowsky and Maximiliano Arias, the two defenders who were already released, after a string of poor performances.