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Rapid adds Glauber to this summer’s most impressive transfer campaign

The Brazilian centre-back Glauber Leandro Honorato Berti comes from two wasted years at Sao Caetano and Manchester City, where he had transferred after a solid 1. Bundesliga career with FC Nurnberg. Here’s a description of his style, from Doron Salomon, a football fan who saw him playing for Man City’s reserve squad and shared this on my Twitter account (rbaicu): “He’s slow so prefers to be part of a defence that sits deep… Massively susceptible to pace in a defence that tries to hold a high line and play offside. Decent in the air – he’s quite a big boy. Decent positional sense of play, but he’s a bit clumsy… Typically brazilian in that his touch is ok and he’s pretty comfortable to pass the ball out of defence, although he just always looks awkward on the ball”.

Anyway, in spite of all this, he might prove to be a classy aquisition from Rapid, given the fact that the club doesn’t even have a player who could dream of playing as much as Glauber did for Man City – a single game. He’s the second Brazilian centre-back added to the roster this summer, after Marcos Antonio Elias Santos, but Rapid bought massively & the best players from FC Brasov: Ezequias, Rui Duarte, Roman, Grigore and Sburlea, all five able to claim a spot in an already competitive first eleven. Goalkeeper Dani Coman and Dinamo’s Ianis Zicu could complete the picture of an oustanding performance from Rapid on the transfer market, in spite of the club’s limited financial resources, and entitle this ambitious club to hope for a firm challenge for the title next season. Not to mention that this team had big chances to look good in Europe this autumn, as well…

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Round 28 – results, scorers and standings

April 16, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Unirea Alba Iulia – Ceahlaul 3-2 (N. Jovanovic 27, 90, Fl. Dan 44 / I. Badescu 35, Cebotaru 53)
  • Astra Ploiesti – International 1-1 (Carando 81 / Apostu 28)
  • Unirea Urziceni – Pandurii Targu Jiu 3-0 (Apostol 25, Marinescu 39, Martinovic 78 og)
  • Gloria Bistrita – Dinamo 3-2 (Ribeiro Moraes 23, 88, Nastase 45 / Cl. Niculescu 12, Andrei Cristea 32)
  • Politehnica Iasi – Otelul Galati 1-1 (Badea 52 / Ochirosii 30)
  • Rapid – Steaua 5-1 (Ionita 7, 17, Cesinha 22, M. Constantin 33 pen, Helder 73 / Kapetanos 14 pen)
  • FC Brasov – Gaz Metan Medias 3-2 (N. Grigore 11 pen, Sburlea 39, Hadnagy 49 / A. Munteanu 57, Litu 77)
  • FC Vaslui – Universitatea Craiova 0-1 (Al. Piturca 71)
  • FC Timisoara – CFR Cluj 1-1 (Alexa 90+8 / Deac 56)

Liga I - standings

Next round (23-26 April): Ceahlaul – Astra Ploiesti, Dinamo – Politehnica Iasi, Pandurii – FC Brasov, Otelul Galati – Rapid, CFR Cluj – Unirea Alba Iulia, Gaz Metan Medias – Gloria Bistrita, Universitatea Craiova – Unirea Urziceni, Steaua – FC Timisoara, International Curtea de Arges – FC Vaslui.

Kapetanos, alone at the top

February 24, 2010 Leave a comment

After escaping the threat represented by Gigel Bucur, who moved from Timisoara to Kuban this winter, Pantelis Kapetanos used the first official match of the season to break away from the other players that are fighting for the Romanian golden boot award. He scored Steaua’s only goal in the surprising home loss against Ceahlaul and was the most dangerous player on the pitch for the red and blue outfit in a match that got off to a perfect start, but ended up as a real nightmare. Read more…

Today’s press

January 31, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Rapid continues to surprise with its aggressive presence on the transfer market, given the financial status of the club. The latest ambitious target for the Bucharest side is getting back Cristian Sapunaru (25), from FC Porto. The right back, who was sold in Portugal in the summer of 2008 and collected so far 22 matches in the Liga Sagres, would take this opportunity in case he will be suspended for hitting a steward after the match against Benfica.
  • The Slovakian defender Marian Cisovsky (30) has returned to full fitness after four months spent on the sidelines. Cisovsky, who had played in 27 matches and scored three goals in his first season in Romania,  had suffered a knee injury in the Champions League qualifying match against VFB Stuttgart. After Milos Brezinsky (25), he’s the second important defensive player that returns from a long injury and, with the adition of Cosmin Contra, coach Ioan Ovidiu Sabau has every reason to look forward to the second half of season, in which the Viola outfit will be pushing for the title.
  • Former Romanian international and Barcelona captain, Gheorghe “Gica” Popescu, intends to invest in a second football academy, in Targoviste. He already has one located just outside Craiova, spread over 50.000 square meters, which produced a number of valuable players. The first good “products”  were the established Ovidiu Burca (Energie Cottbus), Ionut Rada (ex Rapid and Steaua Bucharest), Mihai Dina (Universitatea Craiova, but now there’s a new generation that includes the promising Sebastian Mladen, Alexandru Pena, Alin Petrea and Adrian Stoian (all transferred to AS Roma), Sabrin Sburlea (FC Brasov), Liviu Ganea (Dinamo), Lucian Filip (Steaua).
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