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If I were chivu, I would have given her my phone number. The girl really wants him, why not be nice to her and give her a chance?

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I would have done the same as Chivu. As he said, she looked like a model, so it is easily understandable why he gave his number.
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Isn't Chivu dating some romanian girl?

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I'd have given her my number, but only after I'd have given her a test run in the back seat
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OPINION Terim rumours unjust on Lucescu

Wednesday 1st May 2002

by Michael Severn

One of the events staged to celebrate Galatasaray's 15th Turkish championship during the euphoric week after they clinched it in Kocaeli was a dinner for the players hosted by manager Mircea Lucescu.

Ahead of the event, Lucescu described his team as: "Jewels, every one of them.

"They've made a great effort and they've brought Galatasaray to where it is today," he continued. "They've behaved in a self sacrificing manner and even at times when they haven't been paid, they've gone out there and been successful."

If you are looking for the secret of Galatasaray's triumph, Lucescu's statement is the place to start.

It has not been a matter - at least not often - of sweeping opponents off the pitch with flowing football. It has not been a matter of brilliant individual players, though the team does have a couple. It has been much more about teamwork, hard graft, determination and guts.

At the start of the season, few other than the faithful gave Galatasaray much of a chance of the title.

During the summer, Gheorghe Hagi retired to embark on an ill-fated spell as Romania coach. Okan Buruk, Emre Belozoglu, Fatih Akyel, Mario Jardel and Claudio Taffarel departed for pastures new.

When Gheorghe Popescu and Umit Davala joined the exodus during the season's first half, the squad they left behind was almost unrecognisable from the one Fatih Terim led to a record four consecutive championships between 1996 and 2000.

In addition, Galatasaray had to face a Champions' League campaign, something which clearly took its toll in 2000-01 when they missed out domestically to Fenerbahce.

And the club's precarious financial situation meant that even after the sale of Jardel, Lucescu had little transfer cash to work with.

But the manager stuck to the task, patiently grafting in new men, several of them unknowns, loan players or both, to replace the departed. He even changed his entire defensive system to allow Emre Asik to take Popescu's place.

Then the coach had to contend with injury problems. Sergen Yalcin, the man around whom he would have liked to build his midfield, has never been at full fitness this season and completely missing for months.

Another midfielder, Bulent Akin, and reserve forward Murat Sozkesen are also on the long-term casualty list.

There have been times when Lucescu must have torn his hair out wondering whether he would have 11 players fit by kick-off.

On Sunday, Umit Karan played 69 minutes despite a hernia which should have kept him sidelined. That is typical. The number of pain-killing injections Galatasaray have used this season has been a great boost to the Turkish pharmaceuticals industry.

The players, as Lucescu said, are willing to sacrifice themselves for the team.

And we have seen all season that, when one man is missing, another steps up to fill the gap.

We may not be talking about Hagi-class superstars, but young Colombian Gustavo Victoria, Andres Fleurquin, Ayhan Akman, who many thought was finished when he left Besiktas last summer, and latterly Radu Niculescu are just some of those who have come off the bench to turn in solid - at times outstanding - performances.

Every position is covered and nobody is indispensable, which has also led to considerable competition for places when Lucescu has had the luxury of a few extra fit players.

Umit Karan was brought in from Genclerbirligi as Jardel's replacement. He has impressed despite being disappointing in terms of his scoring record.

But Lucescu has a team and a style in which everybody is a potential scorer. Arif Erdem has been enjoying the Indian summer of his career with 19 league goals so far and, of the side which played against Kocaeli, the three substitutes included, only goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon did not have at least one goal to his credit this season.

There have been dark hours - elimination from the Turkish Cup by second division Erzurumspor, disappointment against Barcelona in the Champions' League and a dreadful 5-0 Super League thrashing in Bursa just before the winter break.

Morale, though, has never wilted, a real tribute to Lucescu. And to the supporters. "This championship belongs to the fans who have backed us all season without ever falling silent," Umit Karan said.

There remains the suspicion that it also belongs in part to the failings of others. Fenerbahce would have you believe that Galatasaray won because the Turkish football federation and its referees favour them.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of that, Fener ditched manager Mustafa Denizli, the man who took the Yellow Canaries to last season's title, after a string of feeble results including six losses out of six in Champions' League group action.

Arguments still rage over whether dropping Denizli was the right one. It is true, though, that replacement Werner Lorant took a while to find his feet in Istanbul and, by the time he had what the media like to call the Fener Ferrari firing on all cylinders again, the 11 hour had come and gone.

The Canaries had several chances to overhaul Galatasaray in the run-in to the championship and blew them all.

Perhaps the most critical failure was in Fener's home game against the new champions, when they could not increase a 1-0 lead even though Galatasaray had four players sent off.

If the Canaries had found a couple more goals on that occasion, the title race would not yet be over.

Besiktas started and finished the season badly. Although they had a good run in the middle, it is hard not to accept the contention of their own manager Christoph Daum that his squad were never championship material.

Trabzonspor, the one other team ever to have won the Turkish title, only made themselves safe from relegation as recently as Saturday.

Of the rest, Kocaelispor and Gaziantepspor promised that they would be tilting at the title but failed to deliver. Only surprise package Ankaragucu managed to keep the pressure on the leading group for any length of time.

With no disrespect to Lucescu and his team, Galatasaray did not have a great deal to beat.

Lucescu, of course, may just be on his way out despite winning the title and taking the team to the brink of the Champions' League quarter-finals, if reports that the club are planning to bring Fatih Terim back prove true.

Forget the stories that Lucescu will stay on as coach with Terim as technical director. Such an arrangement would last about five minutes, even if both men were prepared to accept it to begin with, which is hardly likely.

Terim in particular insists on having full control of team affairs or none at all.

No, it is one or the other and if Lucescu should draw the short straw, he will be entitled to ask: "What more could I have done?"

Although as different as chalk and cheese in some respects, Terim and Lucescu have one thing in common. Neither criticises his players in public. What happens in the changing room stays in the changing room.

Lucescu has readily admitted to errors he has made and has never blamed anybody other than himself - and occasionally referees - when things have gone wrong.

The players respect that and it has helped the Romanian maintain the tradition Terim established at Galatasaray of a united, mutually supportive squad.

As we are stressing team work and team spirit, it would be invidious, perhaps, to single out individual players for praise, but it would be equally invidious not to mention two of the old pros on the team.

Captain Bulent Korkmaz is an inspiring leader but also a man with an explosive temper.

Ergun Penbe is just the opposite. He is quintessentially the man who keeps his head when all around him are losing theirs, ever ready with a quiet word, a calming gesture when things are becoming heated.

Fire and ice. In their very different ways, Bulent and Ergun have both had a positive influence on the younger players around them this season.

Umit Karan best summed up the feelings generated by the squad upon finally reclaiming the crown last week. "We wanted it, we longed for it, we felt it and we won it," he said.

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Ukrainian Cup 1/2, Leg 2


Dynamo Kyiv - Metalurh Donetsk 2:0 (ru)
[Bodnar '57*, Ghioane '90+]
Att: 8,000

DK: Shovkovsky, Bodnar, Fedorov, Dmytrulin, Holovko, Husyn, Gavrancic, Bialkevich, Peev, Cernat (Ghioane '80), Shatskikh (Idahor '62).

MD: Nikitin, Yaksmanytsky, Kotov, Checher, Kovalenko (Kovaliov '46), Ponomarenko, Zotov, Shyschenko, Zakarliuka (Selezniov '87), Alegbe (Kryventsov '85), Pylypchuk.



Ghioane's goal:

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In-demand Dumitrescu quits as Alki boss

Thursday 2nd May 2002

Romania legend Ilie Dumitrescu has resigned as coach of Cypriot side Alki Larnaca, prompting speculation that he could be poised to take charge of Apollon Limassol or Omonia Nicosia.

Many tipped Alki for an immediate return to the second flight when they were promoted in 2001, but the 33-year old former Brasov coach inspired them to a fourth-bottom finish, 14 points clear of the drop zone.

Notable achievements included a 3-2 win over Olympiakos Nicosia, a 1-0 triumph against Anorthosis Famagusta and a 5-1 demolition of Omonia Nicosia.

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It's great to see Ghioane scoring.

To bad Dumitrescu resigned. I hope he'll get to a bigger club, even in Cyprus, and won't return to ths sh!t named Divizia A!
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Twin triumph for Romania

Wednesday 1 May 2002

Success for Romanian coaches abroad has this week come in a pair. Thirty years after Stefan Kovacs led AFC Ajax to the title in the Netherlands, two men working at the opposite ends of Europe have made their mark.

Two title wins
Mircea Lucescu at Galatasaray SK and Laszlo Bölöni with Sporting Clube de Portugal, won their respective championships in Turkey and Portugal on Sunday. For Bölöni it was his first league title, while Lucescu adds Turkish silver to championship medals won at home with FC Dinamo Bucuresti (1990) and FC Rapid Bucuresti (1999).

Sweet success
For Lucescu, this was a sweet success, given the rebuilding job required at the Ali Sami Yen stadium last summer. Lucescu lost a host of key players - Gheorghe Hagi, Gheorghe Popescu, Mario Jardel, Fatih Akyel, Emre Belöoglu, Okan Buruk and Claudio Taffarel - from the squad that won him the UEFA Super Cup shortly after his arrival as successor to Fatih Terim in 2000.



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’Fantastic team spirit’
"This Galatasaray is my creation," Lucescu said in the wake of Sunday's decisive 2-0 win at Kocaelispor. "The players fought extraordinarily hard. Paradoxically, the most important moment of the season was our elimination from the UEFA Champions League. The pressure was gone and, from then on, we haven't lost a single game nor conceded a goal. We've remained competitive even though we've had injuries, which show a fantastic team spirit."

Many connections
Their successes this season do not provide the sole connecting factor between Lucescu and Bölöni, both former coaches of Romania's national team. Lucescu held the reins from 1982-86, Bölöni - who was capped 108 times as a player - between 2000 and 2001. During Lucescu's time in charge in the 1980s he recalled the then 29-year-old Bölöni to the national team after a long absence - and included the player in his squad for the 1984 UEFA European Championship.

Romanian help
Lucescu and Bölöni have both been helped by the contributions of Romanian players in Radu Niculescu and Marius Niculae respectively. Of Niculescu, whom Lucescu signed on a six-month loan during the winter break, the coach said: "Everybody said that he was finished, but he has trained very hard and helped us a lot. He scored three goals. One of them, against Liverpool [FC] in the Champions League, brought us one million dollars. Another one in Samsun meant a vital victory in the league."

Team effort
Most of Sporting's vital goals have come from Jardel, who joined from Galatasaray last summer. But Bölöni, a notorious workaholic, put their success down to a team effort. "The lads played each game as it was their last," he said. "We were unbeaten for 25 matches. But at the beginning, when I arrived in Lisbon, I found a club that was 100 per cent professional, but the team seemed like a big lorry, which was slow to start. But I managed it."

Stoichita following suit
While Bölöni looks ahead to "difficult moments" next season - starting with the Champions League third qualifying round - another Romanian is looking to follow his and Lucescu's lead: Mihai Stoichita with title-chasing FC Sheriff Tiraspol in Moldova. After a 30-year wait, Romania's foreign legion has struck gold again.

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Stefan Kovacs???Who the hell is that???
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Stefan Kovacs???Who the hell is that???

A Romanian coach that led Ajax to 2 championships and one Champions League cup.

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Is there a site where I can get every goal scored by Ghioane, at least this season?
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A Romanian coach that led Ajax to 2 championships and one Champions League cup.
Make that 2 championships and 2 CL's. Also in 1972 he won all the other trophies that Ajax could win.
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Is there a site where I can get every goal scored by Ghioane, at least this season?

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they do not have all his goals but some. You'll have to search quite a lot, thought.



You can also try www.allgoal.org but it's written in Cyrilic... and you can barely understand a thing!!!



thanks for the correction, Chivu

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Triumphant Boloni rounds on Sporting critics

Friday 3rd May 2002

Sporting coach Laszlo Boloni has lashed out at the critics who doubted him before his side embarked on their title-winning run.

"I didn't respond at the time, but now I can say that I know football better than them," he said. "I knew we would improve."

Sporting won just one of their opening four games, but recovered to clinch the Primeira last weekend as they drew with Vitoria Setubol and Boavista lost to Benfica.

"I was in the ****," Boloni admitted. "But I asked myself whether I had done everything to make things go well and I realised I had."

The Steaua Bucharest legend has no regrets about leaving the Romania job midway through World Cup qualifying. "This was a stage I needed in my career," he explained.

"Until now I'd never had the chance to coach a big club like Sporting. When I left the Romania team and accepted Sporting's invitation, it was also because I felt I could do a good job here.

"I thank the board members who put their faith in me and it's good to feel rewarded for our work after the last few months. I'm happy about it. We managed to make the fans happy and the celebrations were marvellous."

Boloni, though, has urged fans not to get carried away by the success and expect great things again next season.

"It's not going to be easy," he said. "There are a lot of questions to be answered. We want to win the Portuguese Cup. If we win the Double, then we can't do any better next season."

Sporting face second-division Leixoes in the Portuguese Cup final on May 12, after which several of their players will head off to Japan and Korea for the World Cup.

"The World Cup could force us to start next season without all of our squad," Boloni went on. "And there's another problem that nobody talks about, but is nonetheless terrible.

"We will not play at the Alvalade next season because of the demolition of the stadium. That will effect our team, because playing on a ground that is not your own is not the same. The fans won't always give such support."

Another cause for concern is the board's statement that there will be no funds available for team-strengthening over the summer. "That's another problem," he admitted. "Of course, we would like to be stronger and we will work towards that goal.

"My players have qualities, but I also know their defects. I know what I have to do to help Sporting progress and we'll be working towards that. I want to win more titles and that's what the fans demand of us - but I know it will not be easy."

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ROUND-UP Ajax clinch Dutch title

Sunday 5th May 2002

Ajax clinched their 28th Dutch title with a 2-0 win at NEC Nijmegen on the final day of the league season.

The capital club needed only a point from their visit to Nijmegen to ensure the title and a goal by Egyptian striker Mido on 24 minutes settled their nerves.

Mido was only in the team after an MRI scan cleared him of a serious knee injury following last week's 2-0 win over FC Den Bosch.

Andy van der Meyde added a crucial second for Ajax on the stroke of half-time.




Chivu and Ajax have win the Dutch Championship.



In Italy, Contra's Milan beat Lecce 3-0 and qualified for the Champions League preliminary round

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Championships Decided, and more than ever Romanians are on winning teams.

Here's a rundown:

Portugal - Sporting -- Coach : Boloni Player : Niculae

Holland - Ajax -- Player : Chivu (Captain)

Turkey - Galatasaray -- Coach : Lucescu Player : Niculescu

Spain - Valencia - Player : Ilie -- (note : although he doesn't play)

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Also Stoichita as coach of Sherif Tiraspol. They've won the title.

Soon to come either Cerat or Ghioane, either Aliuta or Florea. We'll see.
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... and they they wonder why our championship is not strong... our best play and work elsewhere!!!

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Our league must be clean first, and then we'll take care of the strongness. But we're FAR from being CLEAN!!!
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