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Robinson Zapata: poor for Steaua, excellent for Galatasaray!

January 19, 2011 4 comments

Zapata can put behind in style a terrible 2010!

Bought for half of million Euros in the summer of 2007, Robinson Zapata was one of the Steaua’s rare succesful buys from abroad. He signed a four years long deal and had no problems in keeping his place in goal, as long as the selection was correct. The signing of the promising Ciprian Tatarusanu for 1,5 million Euros complicated things, though, and Gigi Becali’s pressure on the always obedient coaches paid off, with Tatarusanu taking over from the Colombian goalie and keeping his place in the team even when his performances looked below-par. Named the best keeper in Liga I at the end of the 2008-2009 season, as well as after the first half of the 2009-2010, “Rufay” had to make way for Tatarusanu and finished a terrible 2010 training and playing with Steaua’s reserve team, in the Romanian second division. He was relieved to be released on a free transfer in December, with six months to go on the current deal, and Galata’s interest is a deserved sign of appreciation for an experienced goalie, with a fantastic ability to adjust to new environments far from home & to compete under pressure. Not to mention that a completed deal, which could become reality in a matter of days, as Rufay is expected for a medical in Istanbul, would put Steaua’s management in a bad light once again. But that’s not news or a big surprise anymore…

Today’s press

January 28, 2010 Leave a comment
  • After the signing of Razvan Cocis, Portsmouth seems  interested to capture  Robinson Zapata Rufay (31), in order to secure a backup solution for veteran goalie David James.  The Colombian keeper has been a key player for Steaua since his arrival in 2007 from Cucuta (78 matches in the league, in two and a half seasons) and managed to turn in his favor a difficult scenario at the beginning of the current season. Steaua had bought the promising Ciprian Tatarusanu for a huge transfer fee and tried to impose him in goal, but Zapata stayed calm, trained well and once he got a chance to return, showed an impressive form and regained his status and regular place in the first eleven.
  • Dinamo’s attacking midfielder Adrian Cristea (26) has been linked with Espanyol Barcelona. Apparently, the Primera club wanted the talented, but rarely motivated player on a loan deal, until the summer, with the option to make the deal permanent afterwards, but Dinamo rejected, as the Bucharest side would prefer an unconditionned sale right now.
  • Pawel Golanski (27) is expected to extend his deal with Steaua today, a move that would block Rui Duarte’s (29) transfer from FC Brasov. The American midfielder Josh Tudela (25) also asked the club to decide on his future, although coach Mihai Stoichita would prefer to extend the trial period and further test the player during the team’s second training camp.
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