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Romanian mercato: we buy poor players, so it’s vital to find a good coach!

June 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Of all the top clubs, only two will attack the next season with the same coach. Mandorlini‘s double with CFR Cluj and Levy‘s abilty to continue Dan Petrescu’s outstading work for Unirea Urziceni offered them the chance to stay put and enjoy the results of the previous campaign.

In a previous post, I had anticipated an agitated summer in this field, but my expectations were exceeded by the decision of two coaches that could have stayed: Sabau (FC Timisoara) and Lacatus (FC Vaslui), both leaving their clubs for personal reasons; Sabau – for his inability to connect with Timisoara’s football-loving fans, Lacatus – following the disappointing ending of a solid season.

Lopez Caro, coaching Real Madrid

With so many ambitious clubs looking for good coaches, it’s been more interesting looking for the moves in this area, rather than “buying” the rumors sold on a daily basis by the sporting newspapers regarding the players that might come to Romania this summer. Dinamo went for their old player and coach (although he’s still quite young), Ioan Andone, who was replaced at Rapid by the former Gloria Bistrita manager, Marius Sumudica. Sumudica, an icon in Giulesti, will get a lot of help by Rapid’s new and old president, Dinu Gheorghe. With Steaua still pushing for a deal with Victor Piturca, who, for the past two or three weeks, has arranged transfers and even decided who will be the club’s president!, FC Vaslui was the club that managed to go for something new and very exciting indeed: a staff lead by Lopez Caro, who had the chance to work with the likes of Guti and Zidane and now will try to teach Burdujan that football is a team’s sport and that it’s okay to pass the ball every once in a while, even if the game is indeed decided by goals.

If the move becomes official today, as announced, Vaslui’s owner, Adrian Porumboiu, shows once again that he cares about his investment in football and that he knows very  well what he has to do in order to continue the impressive development of his club. He keeps going forward, while “the big guns” from Bucharest are chasing their tales, looking back at their last moments of triumph and hiring the guys that managed to deliver…

Andone wants three players from CSKA!

Ioan Andone

Recently appointed in charge of Dinamo, after a short spell with Rapid, in the second half of last season, Ioan Andone is looking to buy at least one of the following players from CSKA Sofia: Pavel Vidanov (central defender, 21), Aleksandr Branokov (central defender, 22), Zdravko Shavdarov (goalkeeper, 29). Dinamo is counting on Ioan Becali’s influence at the Bulgarian club and is also contemplating a swap, being ready to send to CSKA the talented , but always inconsistent Ianis Zicu (attacking midfielder, 26), once an Inter Milano player!

Round 34 – results, scorers and final standings

  • Ceahlaul – CFR Cluj 2-4 (Vasilache 19, Onciu 48 / E. Dica 40, Y. Kone 55, Peralta 62, Nei 91)
  • Universitatea Craiova – Otelul 3-0 (Iliev 14, Prepelita 50, Barboianu 90)
  • International – Steaua 0-2 (Stancu 21, Surdu 51)
  • Politehnica Iasi – Unirea Urziceni 1-2 (Diarrassouba 6 / Onofras 62, Rusescu 82)
  • FC Timisoara – FC Brasov 1-2 (Chiacu 62 / Savic 10, M. Cristescu 16)
  • Rapid – Gloria Bistrita 2-1 (Ad. Iordache 26, Bozovic 69 / Ribeiro Moraes 61)
  • Unirea Alba Iulia – Pandurii 0-1 (Cardoso 61)
  • Astra Ploiesti – Gaz Metan Medias 0-0
  • FC Vaslui – Dinamo 2-0 (Wesley 39, R. Costin 64)

Liga I - Standings

Round 33 – results, scorers and standings

  • Gaz Metan Medias – Unirea Alba Iulia 5-0 (Eric 39, 63, Hoban 52, Akaki 70, Dudita 75)
  • CFR Cluj – International Curtea de Arges 2-1 (Bud 32, Deac 74 / Apostu 67)
  • Gloria Bistrita – Politehnica Iasi 5-0 (Ribeiro Moraes 4, A. Muresan 12, 72, Coroian 40, Bajenaru 90 pen)
  • FC Brasov – Rapid 1-1 (Roman 26 / Sapunaru 90 pen)
  • Dinamo – Astra 3-3 (Scarlatache 10, Fl. Bratu 13, Adrian Cristea 80 / Vadrariu 30, 76, Takayuki 48)
  • Steaua – Universitatea Craiova 2-0 (Arman Karamyan 69, 78)
  • Otelul Galati – FC Vaslui 1-0 (Papp 51 o.g.)
  • Unirea Urziceni – Ceahlaul 4-0 (Bilasco 15, Frunza 38, Rusescu 53, 67)
  • Pandurii Targu Jiu – FC Timisoara 0-0

Liga I - Standings

Next Last round (22nd of May): Unirea Alba Iulia – Pandurii, Rapid – Gloria Bistrita, Universitatea Craiova – Otelul Galati, Ceahlaul – CFR Cluj, Astra Ploiesti – Gaz Metan Medias, International Curtea de Arges – Steaua, FC Timisoara – FC Brasov, FC Vaslui – Dinamo, Politehnica Iasi – Unirea Urziceni.

Wotte suspected to have fixed Universitatea’s last match!

Well, this can only happen in Romania: a Dutch coach, with an excellent reputation, who comes here to save a team from relegation, is accused of something Romanian players, referees, club officials and club owners are doing on a regular basis! That’s why foreign coaches and players should think twice before saying yes to an offer to come here.

In Romania, football is a mud fight – and I’m not referring to the muddy pitches 😉 – once you’re in, it’s impossible to come out clean!

PS For those interested in Craiova’s scenario (who offered it to the press, putting more pressure on a coach that should get a lot of money, if sacked), Wotte has been accused that before the game against International (lost 1-3, at home) he went to a meeting with people close to International’s owner, Benone Lazar. Wotte is currently suspended, which means that he’s still under contract, but not allowed to train the players and sit on the bench, with veteran midfielder Eugen Trica and Craiova’s legendary player Ilie Balaci taking care of things until the end of the season.

Round 30 – results, scorers and standings

  • Gloria Bistrita – Pandurii 1-0 (Coroian 36)
  • Astra Ploiesti – CFR Cluj 1-0 (Al. Stan 64)
  • Universitatea Craiova – International 1-3 (Dina 39 / Radut 4, E. Kone 18, D. Stan 66)
  • Unirea Alba Iulia – Steaua 2-1 (Veljovic 24, Fl. Dan 83 / Arman Karamyan 43)
  • FC Timisoara – Otelul Galati 2-1 (Magera 7, Cocis 13 / Axente 58)
  • FC Vaslui – Ceahlaul 1-0 (Costly 57)
  • Poli Iasi – Gaz Metan Medias 1-1 (L. Munteanu 66 pen / Eric de Oliveira 90)
  • Unirea Urziceni – FC Brasov 1-0 (Rusescu 82)
  • Rapid – Dinamo 2-2 (D. Kone 33 o.g., Ionita 39 / Andrei Cristea 11, Alexe 24)

Liga I - Standings

Next round (5th of May): Ceahlaul – Universitatea Craiova, Pandurii – Politehnica Iasi, Gaz Metan Medias – Rapid, Steaua – Astra Ploiesti, Otelul Galati – Unirea Alba Iulia, FC Brasov – Gloria Bistrita, CFR Cluj – FC Vaslui, Unirea Urziceni – International Pitesti, Dinamo – FC Timisoara.

Filipovic, starring in Ceahlaul’s mission impossible

March 3, 2010 Leave a comment
  • stadiums in Romania

    Ceahlaul's brand new stadium

    Zoran Filipovic decided not to waste any more time and already agreed terms with Ceahlaul. Arrived yesterday in Romania, the former coach of Montenegro’s national takes over from Gheorghe Multescu, who left the club after a fantastic win away against Steaua and a 0-1 loss at home versus Otelul. Filipovic signed until the end of the season and he’ll be paid 100.000 Euros in case he avoids relegation, a feat that will also guarantee him a new and better deal with the club. His chances look slim though, as Ceahlaul is a poor team (12 new players arrived this winter, but all of them on free loans and short term deals), with a terrible situation in the standings and with 0 chances to take anything from Zoran’s first game in charge, away at Dinamo. He can ask Mark Wotte why…

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Filipovic, in talks with Ceahlaul

March 2, 2010 1 comment
  • Following the sacking of Gigi Multescu, Ceahlaul’s owner started to look around for a foreign coach interested in taking up such a difficult job. Apparently, he immediately found one, as Zoran Filipovic – the former coach of Montenegro’snational team – is expected in Romania to hold talks with Gheorghe Stefan and to follow live the team’s next official game, away at Dinamo. After 19 rounds, Ceahlaul is at the bottom of the standings, with only 13 points, five less than Gloria Bistrita, who closes the safety zone.

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    Marian Iancu

  • With speculation rising that he might be thenext coach sacked in LigaI, Ioan Ovidiu Sabau should feel slightly more secure, after the public backing received from club owner Marian Iancu. But only slightly more secure :-).
  • Although the start of 2010 might look perfect, with six points out of six, trouble is just around the corner at Dinamo, as usual. Read more…
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