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The latest “New Hagi” has a great future. But not in professional football

July 6, 2010 2 comments

Cosmin Matei has agreed a five years long deal with Steaua, after spending almost a month under Ronny Levy’s command, at Unirea Urziceni! The 18 years old was kind enough to explain this surprising switch: ” I refused to sign for Unirea, as I couldn’t adjust to the team’s tactics. I was asked to defend, while I’m an attacking player“.

For those still interested in more details about the latest youngster labelled as “The New Hagi”, Matei (175 cm/65 kg) was raised by Farul Constanta (second division), has been a regular in the youth national teams, couldn’t be sold alongside Denis Alibec to Inter Milano, but moves to a title contender for 250.000 Euros, where he’ll probably play alongside the “The New Balaci”, Andrei Ionescu, for the reserve team, until his IQ reaches at least the same number as his body weight.

Best players in Romania: forwards

June 24, 2010 3 comments
  1. Wesley Lopes da Silva, 30 years old

    ANDREI CRISTEA – Dinamo Bucharest

  2. WESLEY LOPES DA SILVA – FC Vaslui
  3. Pantelis Kapetanos – Steaua Bucharest
  4. Gheorghe Bucur – FC Timisoara
  5. Junior Moraes – Gloria Bistrita

My view: Wesley couldn’t have missed this one, he had a solid season and deserves credit for acting very mature during a winter conflict with the club’s owner, which ended in his favor. Cristea was THE Romanian forward, that’s for sure, although I’m sure he’d be useless without a good centre forward alongside him. Obviously, he doesn’t think so, as he became blinded by the opportunity to snatch the golden boot award and looked very selfish and ugly in the last couple of months, an approach that will turn against him next season, if he doesn’t leave Dinamo.

Leaving aside Kapetanos, the only striker who needs to concentrate on his World Cup performances, it’s interesting to see up there two strikers that have played for just half of season, Bucur leaving Timisoara for Krasnodar during the winter, while Moraes came to Bistrita in February, but made an instant and huge impact. Just outside the top five is Urziceni’s Bilasco, a player with an excellent aerial game for his 1,84 m, while CFR’s “stars”, Kone and Traore are waaay down, very close to the ratings received by Pandurii’s strikers, Raskovic and Stromajer, famous for their lack of ability and flair.

My choices: I liked a lot Moraes, as well, but I think CFR’s Bud deserves to be recalled for the way he stepped up and delivered. Dinamo’s Liviu Ganea had a nice run with Astra, where he spent the season on loan, but he ruined all his work with his decision to “shut down” and “preserve” his goals for a better cause than saving Astra from relegation. I have serious doubts regarding his mentality and I think that the gifts he has were delievered by nature to the wrong type of person. Timisoara has a really quality player in Dorin Goga, who’s creative and skilful, but the player and the team would have got so much more out of this season, if Magera was used up-front on a regular basis. In the end, I’ll add Rusescu, a youngster I enjoy watching for three seasons now, but who I’d expected to see get more and more time on the pitch…

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.

Best players in Romania: central defensive midfielders

June 16, 2010 Leave a comment
  1. Gabriel Muresan, 28 years old

    GABRIEL MURESAN – CFR Cluj

  2. Dan Alexa – FC Timisoara
  3. Gabriel Giurgiu – Otelul Galati
  4. Sorin Paraschiv – Unirea Urziceni
  5. Costin Lazar – Rapid Bucharest

My view: Yes, Muresan deserves to be up there, but Alexa doesn’t! The holding role is/should be much more than just sitting in front of the back four and winning balls, such a limited player isn’t useful to a winning team anymore. And when you have one pure anchorman on the pitch, adding another one (Bourceanu) when playing at home should be classified as attempted murder on football, a crime that brought punishment on a decent person, but a coach that still needs to develop, like Ioan Ovidiu Sabau. Sorry, got a bit carried away with this :-)).

Back to our top: consistent season from Giurgiu, who also got a couple of important goals and was labelled by some as the best defensive midfielders in the league, but I cannot understand how a massive midfielder like Ousmane N’Doye could have missed the top five. Anyway, he’ll compensate this by getting the first place when we get to the nightclub performances section!

My choices: Already said enough about N’Doye (btw, the guy is the leader when it comes to taking out opponents!), let’s include here Ionut Neagu, who was playing until the winter for the bottom placed in the second division, CSM Ramnicu Sarat, and is another nice coup from Marius Stan and Dorinel Munteanu. Also, it was an excellent first season in Liga I for the Japanese Seto Takayuki, while Timisoara’s Bourceanu would have been higher in the standings if he would have played in his natural role, as he often had to drift wide on the left flank, in a very unconfortable position for this workaholic central midfielder.

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.

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.

Funniest statement of the year!

June 9, 2010 1 comment

Nicolae Mitea (25), the former Ajax winger, out of contract for almost two years, basically retired due to the lack of offers:

“If an offer from CFR Cluj will come along, I might consider it!”

Best players of the season in Romania – central defenders

June 8, 2010 1 comment
  1. Cadu, 28 years old. Photo by fanatik.ro

    1. RICARDO CADU – CFR Cluj
    2. GEORGE GALAMAZ – Unirea Urziceni
    3. Mihai Pintilii – International Curtea de Arges
    4. Octavian Abrudan – FC Brasov
    5. Sergiu Costin – Otelul Galati

My view: The top two teams in the league offer the top two centre-backs in this analysis, which is fair, given the fact that in Romania destroying the opposition’s game is the main task of most of the clubs. Cadu‘s main asset is the leadership and the abilty to step up and deliver in the most crucial moments, while Galamaz is, for two years now, the most consistent Romanian centre-back, a very commanding presence indeed and a player that has kept on working and improving.  International’s Pintilii is a nice surprise – it’s his first season in Liga I – and I remember him being offered to Steaua two or three years ago ;-).

George Galamaz, 29 years old. Photo by sport365.ro

My choices: Just missing out on the top five is another International defender, Vlad Chiriches, who I consider to have a nice future ahead of him and I dare to put him in line with Universitatea Craiova’s highly rated Valerica Gaman. Sarghi from Otelul and Papp from FC Vaslui are two other interesting Romanian defenders, so we can say that at least in this area we do have some players coming from behind.

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.

FC Timisoara’s new coach is Vladimir Petrovic

June 7, 2010 1 comment
  • Timisoara ended all speculation and presented the former Red Star Belgrade coach Vladimir Petrovic as Ioan Ovidiu Sabau’s successor, in spite of all the rumors that involved the ex-trainer of CFR Cluj, Maurizio Trombetta. The 54 years old will be unveiled on Wednesday, in a press conference, but he already presented some of his plans, settled during the three rounds of talks with Daniel Stanciu, Timisoara’s team manager: he’ll have around six months to adjust, know the players and implement the ideas that should lead the Viola club to bigger success than the 3rd place occupied at the end of last season, but he obviously stated that he hopes to make the team play offensive, attractive and successful football even sooner.
  • Dinamo Bucharest made an interesting signing, after the promising keeper Cristian Balgradean agreed to sign a five years long deal with teh Red Dogs. The goalie has big chances to be followed by a former colleague from UTA, George Tucudean. The U19 national team centre forward asked for a few days to think things through, as, in spite of Bratu’s loan to Lovech, the competition upfront is still very tough and he’ll probably end up playing for the reserves… Read more…

Best players of the season in Romania: goalkeepers

June 4, 2010 3 comments
  1. Milos Buchta, 30 years old

    MILOS BUCHTA – Gaz Metan Medias

  2. Branko Grahovac – Otelul Galati
  3. Costel Pantilimon – FC Timisoara
  4. Razvan Stanca – Pandurii
  5. Giedrius Arlauskis – Unirea Urziceni

My view: The winner deserves the attention he gets this summer from Dinamo and other interested clubs, after an excellent season indeed, with an impressive number of clean sheets: 15. Take into account that he’s not playing for a big club, protected by an excellent defense or by the opposition’s strikers, at times ;-). Unirea’s Arlauskis could have finished better, but his second half of season was affected by injuries, while Grahovac should end Otelul’s continuous search for a reliabe goalie, which has brought in the past few years a lot of mediocre players from abroad…

The keepers I like: Universitatea Craiova’s Silviu Lung Jr., who had a tough year, always playing under huge pressure, but showed his impressive composure and managed to end the season in style, with a call-up to the senior national team. Promising lad, but let’s see where he goes from here… I should also mention Rapid’s Bornescu, who looked consistent enough and finally like a mature keeper, but he’ll be under serious pressure next season, if Dani Coman will indeed return to Giulesti, from FC Brasov.

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.

CFR wins the race for Hora’s signature

Ioan Hora - photo by bistrita24.ro

Wanted by pretty much all the big clubs from Liga I, Ioan Hora was presented today by CFR Cluj, as the latest addition of the Romanian champions. The winger – who can play on both flanks, as well as a second forward – had a very good season for Gloria Bistrita and was requested by Andone to Dinamo, with Rapid also hoping to get his signature, especially with his former coach, Marius Sumudica, ready to join the club this summer.

The 21 years old had been signed by Gloria Bistrita from UTA, after a promising first season in Liga I when he was only 18, and makes another important step in his career at an excellent age and a very good moment, having enough experience in the top flight (88 appearances and 8 goals) and looking prepared to take his game to another level.

Hora signed a five years long deal and CFR Cluj paid around 350.000 600.000 Euros for his services. Knowing Jean Padureanu’s experience, I predict that a couple of players from CFR will go on loan to Gloria next season, as part of the same deal ;-).

Zhelev and Golanski, released by Steaua

June 2, 2010 3 comments
  • Zhivko Zhelev

    Steaua‘s ex manager and the former coach of the national team, Victor Piturca, is preparing his return to the Bucharest side. The red and blue outfit already started talks with Otelul Galati for the promising right back Corneliu Rapa and is also looking to add to its roster the Portuguese full back Rui Duarte, from FC Brasov. These two should compensate Pawel Golanski’s departure, but Steaua will be trying to buy at least two centre-backs in the near future, as the Bulgarian Zhivko Zhelev has been informed that his contract will not be extended and he is free to find another club this summer.

  • Gaz Metan Medias will part ways with Ionut Buzean, a 27 years old left back, who announced today to have reached an agreement with Debrecen and that he will sign a three years long contract with the Hungarian club. Buzean moves to Debrecen on a free transfer.
  • Calin Cristea is on FC Vaslui’s shortlist, who offered around 200.000 Euros plus a percentage from the player’s future sale, but, although fair, the deal will not be accepted easily by Unirea Alba Iulia, as the promising left footed mifdielder could draw other offers this summer.
  • Official: there will be two transfer windows in Romania next season. The first one: 21st of June – 10th of September 2010. The second: 26th of January – 23rd of February 2011.
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