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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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Today’s press

January 25, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Kasali Yinka Casal (22) needs to impress Andrea Mandorlini in these next few days, if he wants to become a CFR Cluj player. Although he has already signed a contract, it wasn’t registered yet, and the Nigerian’s performances in the first training camp have been rather poor so far. The same goes for centre-back Patrick Kanyuka, who apparently has even less chances than the left back, according to club president Iuliu Muresan.
  • Rapid Bucharest announces the imminent return of Ilie Iordache (24) to Romania. The forward belongs to AEK Athens, who took him on an almost free transfer (there was a huge scandal at the time that involved Pandurii Targu Jiu and Dinamo), but rarely used him (only three matches this season, all as a substitute). The player is expected to join Rapid for the second training camp, in Turkey, and should replace Brazilian left winger Carlos César dos Santos Cesinha (29), who’s in the last six months of the current contract and also rarely featured in the first half of season.
  • Rapid’s attacking left back Vladimir Bozovic (28) was yet again the star of an unprofessional behavior episode, which took place in the club’s training camp. The Montenegro defender took along Slovenian midfielder Darijan Matic (26) and both had a couple of beers in a bar next to the stadium they both had left at half time, after being replaced by the coach.
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