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Winter mercato in Romania: the Bucharest clubs release high earners, those from Cluj have money to spend

January 4, 2011 Leave a comment

The huge financial problems from Liga I have made most of the clubs look & act normal this winter, not only in their refusal to enter bidding contests and pay high transfer fees, but also in their reluctance to bring in a high number of players during this mercato window. The main concern is getting the wage budgets under control and mainly the Bucharest clubs are releasing some top players without a second thought. Steaua already parted ways with the Bulgarian utility man Angelov, who was earning 250.000 Euros/season, and is looking to offload a prolific front man like Kapetanos (who had a ratio of a goal scored every two games and also featured in the World Cup, last summer!) for the same reason. Dinamo cleared an important debt with former shareholder Florian Walter (now the owner of Universitatea Cluj) by sending there probably the most talented attacking midfielder in Liga I, Adrian Cristea, with other big names like Florin Bratu and Ousmane N’Doye already out the door. Rapid’s board looks more experienced and balanced, though, considering it’s still early to release the un-wanted players, a strategy that could produce some results in the coming weeks.

Madness! Kapetanos came as a free agent, scored a lot of goals, played in the World Cup, yet could be released for free!

A different situation can be seen in Cluj, where CFR and Universitatea have played a mercato derby, signing a few players each, in attempts not really to save their current campaigns, but more to build for the future. The champions have a long list of players that will not travel for the team’s training camps and have been instructed to find new clubs and the names are impressive: the former Rosenborg striker Yssouf Kone, by far the highest earner in Liga I, the right back Tony, who really helped the club win its’ last seven trophies, plus Alcantara, Sforzini, Peskovic and Anselmo Ramon. They didn’t waste any time and already secured the right flank with the experienced Maftei, from Unirea Urziceni, but also bought the in-form Nicoara, from newly promoted Victoria Branesti, a 23 years old left sided midfielder. Their other two signings are rather strange though, as Homei (23, right back) and Minca (26, goalkeeper) still need to prove themselves, in spite of a quite long time spent at this level…

It was nice to see Universitatea continue its’ ambitious project (there’s also a new stadium, Cluj Arena, under construction in Cluj) and the team looks stronger in almost every compartment: former NT keeper Marius Popa has signed from Pandurii, while Aburdan (Steaua) and Cristea (Dinamo) add quality and experience in defense and midfield, being the type of players that you’d expect to see playing for top six teams, not move to one currently placed just above relegation zone.

Still, in spite of a few clubs moving on the market, the fact that top targets like Wesley (FC Vaslui), Eric de Oliveira (Gaz Metan), Ribeiro Moraes (Gloria Bistrita), Cornel Rapa (Otelul Galati) or Gabriel Matei (Pandurii) are considered too expensive at the moment should do well to an always inflated market. Not long ago 50% of Torje (Dinamo) or Tanase (Steaua) was bought for millions, an approach that could have lead to losses even if the players had moved to better leagues from abroad, not better clubs from Romania, a country full of teams lead by excellent managers. Experts in buying high and selling low…

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Krejci and Rafael sign five years long deals with Poli Timisoara

October 22, 2010 Leave a comment

It has become official: the two players tested during the last break caused by the Euro 2012 qualifiers have signed for one of the most in-form teams in Liga I, Poli Timisoara.

Jiri Krejci is a 24 years old central defender, who came after a short and unsuccessful spell in Greece, with Iraklis, while the Brazilian Carlos Rafael Rocha is a 21 years old left sided player, at his first attempt to impress in Europe. If Krejci will have to fight for his place in the squad, as Poli can rely on the experienced duo Burca-Cisovsky and has also involved as much as possible the promising Luchin and Mera in the past couple of season, Rafael is a much needed backup for Timisoara’s only natural left back, Laszlo Sepsi.

Interesting fact: Rafael was recommended by Poli’s Brazilian wing-back Helder, who is playing on loan from Nancy and has impressed with his outstanding pace and appetite for attacking football, and Timisoara’s coach Cosmin Contra says he was convinced by the left back’s skill, pace and ability to read the game.

Another loan deal for Varga and Balan

March 3, 2010 Leave a comment
  • The most desired package finally found a buyer! Dacian Varga (25) and Tiberiu Balan (29) will move to Rapid, after they spent the first half of season playing for Unirea Urziceni, in a similar deal. Varga left a very good impression especially in the Champions League group stage, but Vasile Siman only agreed to offload both of them, which made the negotiation very difficult. In spite of FC Timisoara’s interest, Rapid ‘s owner landed the deal and both wingers will join the Bucharest side today.

    Vazquez already facing the axe

    February 15, 2010 Leave a comment
    • Presented as the man who will replace the prolific Gigel Bucur, recently tranferred to Kuban Krasnodar, Pablo Osvaldo Vazquez is already in a delicate spot at FC Timisoara. Even though a contract has been signed, it hasn’t been registered with the Romanian Professional League, as the club wanted to be sure that the Argentinian striker will stay fit during this long and difficult training period and that he’ll confirm everyone’s expectations during the friendly games. Now that his performances have been rather poor, Timisoara wants to renegotiate the deal and include a clause that would allow the club to release him in the summer, without having to pay compensation.
    • Gazeta Sporturilor presented an interesting overview of the mercato period in Romania, highlighting the clubs’ search for free players and loan deals. 66 of the 78 players transferred this winter came for free. The top spenders are FC Timisoara (1,2 mil. EUR), FC Vaslui (1 mil. EUR) and CFR Cluj (750.000 EUR). Steaua didn’t spend 1 euro as a transfer fee, while champions from Unirea Urziceni didn’t complete a single transfer!

    We’re not buying players just from DVDs anymore…

    February 10, 2010 Leave a comment

    Yes, there’s a new trend in Romania, where 90% of the clubs were choosing their foreign players from DVDs and lists kindly offered by obscure agents. We’re definitely on our way to become true professionals and I’ll give you an example right away: Dinamo Bucharest – constant title contender – was offered a Brazilian left back who was playing for FC Twente. The guy was followed by the staff on a few DVDs, BUT was called to the team’s training camp for a sort of trial. ONE game later, the announcement: “We were impressed with the player, he’s excellent, we’ll be offering him a contract until the summer, with the option to extend it for three more years.”

    I rest my case.

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