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Can’t open up the opposition’s defense? Then open your mind!

November 22, 2010 1 comment

When Cristi Pustai decided to hang up his boots and grow a beer belly , he chose a path no other ex-footballer with money, cars and hot chicks on his mind would have dared to step foot on. He decided to teach maths in highschool and his return to the game he had abandoned after a rather modest career as a striker was very similar to the always sudden appearance of a teacher in class, after recess: he found everyone out of place, talking very loud, with some preoccupied to “study” in a couple of minutes what they should have prepared at home and the others playing the so-called mind games that, in the absence of a brain and a solid education, ends up in useless and grotesque abuse.

A calculated coach. Cristian Pustai knows how to add points and multiply Gaz Metan's value

It was a class of boys who once were very good in practice, but who are now terrible when they have to explain the theory. And you can see the results in a league that might look like a tight affair, with everyone prepared to defend their ground and the points at stake, but, in reality, it’s only a physical battle (too) often decided by a terrible mistake, not by some special individual or collective move.  It’s Liga I, the competition that highlights Pustai’s intelligence and ability to think outside the box of how to get the ball inside the penalty box and in the net. Thanks to his work, Gaz Metan Medias is pushing for a place in Europe, in spite of some fierce competition, which often goes overboard, leading to some strange to terrible refereeing decisions, as well as the dreadful suspicions of a fixed match every once in a while.

Maths is what remains in the back of your head, after you’ve forgotten everything else. It helped me in my coaching career as well – it created some shelves, where I deposit all my gathered data and keep my knowledge well organizedRead more…

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Gladstone, from Sporting and Juventus to FC Vaslui

February 14, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Gaz Metan Medias – a decent club, always careful with its imports – signed the Greek striker Vasilios Galanis (22), who has a very poor playing record in his home country and can only be proud of his past in Panathinaikos’ youth ranks. But, on the other hand, unknown and dubious looked at the beginning players like the Brazilian attacking midfielder Eric de Oliveira Pereira (24) or the Serbian defender Zarko Markovic (23), who are now closely followed by bigger Romanian clubs.
  • FC Vaslui signed another interesting name, in what is definitely the “best looking” transfer campaign a Romanian club has managed during this winter break. Brazilian defender Gladstone Pereira della Vallentina (25), who once belonged to Juventus or Sporting Lisbon, agreed to a three years long contract, as FC Vaslui decided to ignore the player’s proven inconsistency over the years.
  • FC Brasov signed Stelian Stancu (28), who was released by FC Timisoara, after failing to find a club willing to pay a 200.000 EUR transfer fee. Patient enough, but also forced to find an alternative by the conflict with Rui Duarte (the Portuguese right back refusing to return to Brasov after he has been denied a move to Steaua), the team prepared by Viorel Moldovan made a good deal, as Stancu is a very good backup solution, given his ability to play anywhere on the right, but also as a central midfielder.

Today’s press

February 4, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Serbian defender Zarko Markovic (23), from Gaz Metan Medias, who had just resumed training after a long lay off, suffered an injury today and is facing another long spell on the sidelines. The news angered the player’s agent, Zvonko Milojkovic, who accused the coach and the medical staff to have pushed his client too hard and too soon. The towering centre-back (2,04 m), who played 30 matches for Gaz Metan, will go to Bucharest for a medical check, where he’s expected by NT doctor, Pompiliu Popescu.
  • Following media reports regarding PSV Eindhoven’s interest in Lacina Traore (19) from CFR Cluj, with the Dutch giants ready to spend 2 mil. EUR for the talented forward, Arsenal apparently won’t give up that easily on one of Wenger’s targets, but won’t make a move until the end of the season.
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