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Now that’s a punishment: club vice president sent to train with the reserves!

March 7, 2012 1 comment

For almost an entire year, Gabriel Bostina has been playing a double role for Universitatea Cluj. Unfortunately for him, the position acquired in the club’s board didn’t earn him any favors from the technical staff, who recently punished the central midfielder. Twice. First of all, Bostina lost the armband during one of the training camps from Antalya for some unknown disciplinary problems and now the player & vice president has suffered further embarrassment being sent to train with the reservers “for an unlimited period”.

Currently injured, he failed to show up for the weekend training sessions that were going to be supervised by the club’s medical staff, so the former Otelul, Steaua and Dinamo man is now part of a team that plays in the Romanian third tier. The decision belongs to Ionut Badea, the coach, and the club owner is yet to take a stand. Wouldn’t make sense to see the vice president banned as well from the board meetings and ask to babysit the other members’ kids while the grown-ups discuss professionally about the club’s present and future?

Bostina: player, captain and… vicepresident of the board

May 5, 2011 1 comment

Bostina's good decision making ability won't be tested only on the pitch anymore!

Safe, after an excellent second half of the season (only three points less of this year’s most efficient teams, FC Vaslui and FC Timisoara), Universitatea Cluj aims to keep on developping as a club, under the ambitious new owner, Florian Walter, on a brand new stadium and with the backing of the excellent fan-base.

One decision has caught the eye though, as Walter announced the intention to name the 34 years old mildfielder Gabriel Bostina vicepresident of the board, starting next month, but without asking him to give up his playing career.

So, Bostina will see off his current deal as a professional footballer, which expires in June 2012, but will also take part in the club meetings, have the right to sign papers within and for the club and should be a liaison between the players and the staff. An interesting role for an interesting character, as Bostina has always been regarded as an intelligent person and a true professional, in a career that has seen him play for just four clubs in Liga I, with two of them being the arch-rivals from Bucharest, Steaua and Dinamo.

He’s just played his 300th match in Liga I and he will always have this game fresh in his memory, as he was sent-off in the 92nd minute, after he had converted a penalty, in the 2-0 win against Sportul Studentesc, for pulling his shirt over his face, without taking it off. But poor decisions by the refs don’t make the headlines in Romania for a long, long time, now…

Three Serbian players to Universitatea Cluj!

June 17, 2010 1 comment

The newly promoted is keen to complete its roster and have an almost full squad lined-up for the pre-season training camps. The club’s official site announced today the transfer of the following three players:

  • Dusan Brkovic – 21 years old, central defender. Played for Hajduk Kula last season, on loan from Partizan, and signed a three years long deal with the Romanian club.
  • Boban Cenic – 29 years old, central defender, comes from Mladi Radnik. Will play for U until June 2012.
  • Zoran Belosevic – 26 years old, left back, bought from FK Sarajevo. Signed a two years long deal.

Interesting moves, but it will be more interesting to find out how Universitatea’s board came across their names – I doubt that scouting was involved, it’s probably the work of some agent, as we see this all the time around here…

Cocis, between Universitatea Cluj and CFR Cluj

February 23, 2010 1 comment
  • After a turned down offer from the Ukraine Football Federation, Mircea Lucescu has been also offered the chance to become Russia’s national team coach. “Il Luce” has a contract with Shakthar Donetsk until June 2011, but missing the title at the end of the current season could determine the Romanian coach to take up a different challenge, after five years spent at Rinat Ahmetov’s club.
  • Ousmane N’Doye (31) says he would agree to extend his current deal with Dinamo, which is due to expire at the end of the season. Read more…

Shopping in Italy

February 9, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Georgian Paun (24) will play for Politehnica Iasi until the end of the season. Initially, the deal was presented as a loan until the summer, but recent reports speak about a definitive move, with Dinamo selling Paun in exchange of the 50% they would have had to pay Poli Iasi in case they would have sold Adrian Cristea (26).
  • CFR Cluj finally signed Roberto De Zerbi (30). Demanded by coach Andrea Mandorlini, Napoli’s attacking midfielder is delaying his arrival in Romania, as he’s still nursing an old injury, and the medical problems of the first Italian player to feature in Liga I lead to a strange contract, which states that De Zerbi will get 10.000 EUR for each match played, until the end of the season.
  • Second division outfit Universitatea Cluj loaned Josias Basso Lisboa (20) from Reggina, until the end of the season. The Brazilian central defender had been playing on loan at Ravenna, in Serie C, and stated that he was convinced to come to Romania by fellow countryman Gabriel Texeira Machado (20), a striker who surprisingly joined Universitatea, after a short spell in Switzerland, at Grasshoppers Zurich.

Done deals (V)

January 26, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Former Steaua and Universitatea Craiova striker, Valentin Badea (27), found an agreement with Politehnica Iasi until the end of the season and will try to help the club avoid relegation. Badea played just under 150 matches in the top flight, scoring 47 goals in the process, but has also international experience, having played and scored for Steaua in European competitions.
  • Dinamo’s eternal reserve goalie, Florin Matache (27), has finally left the club, and not on another loan deal. “The Liberec hero”, as nicknamed after his last excellent display for the Red Dogs, agreed to a move to Universitatea Cluj, in the second division, but the club has an excellent chance of promotion at the end of the current season. Matache will stay in Cluj for two and a half years and joins other former Dinamo players (used mainly in the reserve team), like Andrei Nitu (central defender), George Busca (versatile defender), Nicolae Musat (left back), Dan Busca (defensive midfielder), Valentin Lemnaru (striker) and Andrei Voican (striker). All joined the club since last summer, when former Dinamo shareholder took over Universitatea and started an ambitious project for the most beloved club from Cluj.

Cocis to Portsmouth – update

January 15, 2010 1 comment

According to prosport.ro, Romanian international Razvan Cocis (26) will move to Portsmouth as a free player, after three seasons spent at Lokomotiv Moscow. Cocis is an attacking midfielder and was a regular starter for the National Team undet Victor Piturca. Lately, though, he had fell out of favor in Russia and struggled to catch the eye of new coach, Razvan Lucescu. He has 32 caps and 2 goals for Romania and, interesting fact, he spent three seasons at each club he has played for until now: Universitatea Cluj, Sheriff Tiraspol and Lokomotiv. Another interesting fact: he hasn’t played in the Romanian first division and also refused a return home this winter, in spite of several offers from all the big clubs.

Cocis is the type of hard-working midfielder, attacking minded, and can cover almost any position, showing nice versatility, tactical discipline, good work ethic and decent technique. My problem with him: I cannot put my finger on his precise role, the place on the pitch from where he could be most effective. Right footed, lacks the vision and the passing precision for a place in the middle of the park, but his stamina and workrate would definitely make him a valuable box-to-box midfielder.  I’d see him as a central-right midfielder in a midfield of five, because he’s not gifted enough to play as central attacking midfielder or as a winger.

Anyway, probably manager Avram Grant saw something in him and has a scenario for this player already. The good news is that, after five years, another Romanian player makes it into the Premier League and, this time, I am sure that he will only prove that you can also find in Romania players that are serious, disciplined, who can adjust to the league and won’t cause off the pitch problems.

Update: The player will get 700.000 EUR per year, for the next three seasons, but has a release-for-free clause in his contract, in case Pompey won’t avoid relegation.

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