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Player(s) of the round

March 9, 2010 1 comment
  • Aluisio Chaves Ribeiro Moraes Junior – 22 years old, forward, Gloria Bistrita

With no history in similar deals, Gloria Bistrita could have drawn the winning ticket at the Brazilian lottery! The forward, who’s represented by his father, Aluisio Guerreiro, signed a contract until the summer with this small Romanian club, who also kept an option to extend the deal for two more years in the summer, just in case. Well, the case is almost closed, after only three rounds, in which the forward bought from Santo Andre (Brazilian second division) scored three times. The brace from Saturday, against Astra Ploiesti, wasn’t just brilliant (perfect shot from 18 meteres with his right foot + well placed header from 10 meters), but could also prove vital for a team that has a perfect start in 2010. In his last and best game, Gloria’s number 10 played as a second striker and looked dangerous whenever was served ball into feet and had the chance to take on his man. Still, he’s not that effective in taking out his opponent through pace or skill, but rather the type that relies on his ability to invent shots and should be watched carefully in the last 20 meters.

  • Sorin Frunza – 31 years old, left midfielder, Unirea Urziceni

If Ronny Levy would have kept his cool until the end of the game, Frunza would have been the man of the match in the victory against Steaua (now he has to give some credit to Kapetanos, at least in the eyes of Steaua’s fans).

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Round 20 – match highlights ;-)

March 6, 2010 1 comment

Friday games:

  • Rapid Bucharest – FC Timisoara 1-0 (Matic 26)

Interesting derby between two of the six title contenders in Romania. With the pitch covered in snow, Rapid’s fans came down from the stands before the match and gave a hand in creating decent playing conditions. Coach Nicolae Manea played Varga and Balan from the first minute, although both had joined the club with just a day before the game!, but the surprise came from the Slovenian midfielder Darijan Matic (26), who took advantage of Costin Lazar’s absence and scored an outstanding  goal (his first in Liga I) with his weaker foot, from outside the box. Timisoara pressed in the second half and came close on a few occasions, but Mansour (who played his first game of the season) and Chiacu missed the best opportunities for the Viola.

Saturday games:

  • Gloria Bistrita – Astra Ploiesti 3-1 (Ribeiro Moraes 32, 78, Mihalache og 73 / Diego Silva 65)

Surprisingly open and good match, from two usually ugly teams, but both in hot form this year. The hosts attacked from the first minute and Napoli’s defense looked shaky without the Czech centre-back Radek Oprsal. Also, the left back Alejandro Kruchowski had his obvious limits exposed by the quick winger Ciprian Petre, but Gloria took all the points mainly due to some quality finishing from the Brazilian Aluisio Ribeiro Moraes (22). The team’s number 10 opened the scoring with a wonderful right footed shot from outside the box and closed the game with a well placed header from inside the box, making everyone wonder where did he came from, as he already scored three goals this season…

  • Dinamo Bucharest – Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt 1-1 (Vitelaru og 16 / Mulisa 71)

Another huge surprise from Ceahlaul, who managed to win in Ghencea stadium, against Steaua, in the first match of the year. Dinamo had six points out of six and the win in this game was obviously taken for granted, as the Red Dogs were again thinking and talking about the title ;-). Everything went well for the hosts, Vitelaru sending the ball into his own net after a drilled cross from the promising Marius Alexe (20), but the Bucharest side looked happy to control the match and wait for the final whistle, an approach punished by Jimmy Mulisa (25), who sent the ball into the empty net after a good ball thrown over Dinamo’s defense by the experienced Ionut Badescu. The final 20 minutes showed Dinamo’s lack of teamwork and work ethic, as they struggled to create a decent chance, even though Niculae, Bratu or Adrian Cristea were still on the pitch. Ceahlaul earns another important point, the first under Zoran Filipovic, who praised his players, but played down talks regarding his chances to avoid relegation.

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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…

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