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Zoltan Gera

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ALBION have completed their third signing in three days, with
Hungary captain Zoltan Gera joining from Ferencvaros in a
1.5million deal.

The 25-year-old attacking midfielder has put pen to paper on a three- year Hawthorns contract, with a further year's option in the club's
favour, after the Baggies beat off competition from several top
European clubs.

Gera, who has been made skipper of his country by German legend
Lothar Mattheus, follows hot on the heels of the Baggies' captures
of Jonathan Greening and Kanu.

"This is our third signing of the past few days and again, I'm
really pleased Zoltan has agreed to join us," said manager Gary
Megson.

"He's the captain of Hungary, really enthusiastic and wants to prove
himself in England.

"We're going to have to give him time to adjust to a different way
of life and to learn the language - but he will be given that time.

"Zoltan is an all-round midfielder who has an eye for getting
forward. He's also quick, athletic and works hard.

"Hopefully, he will prove to be what we think he can be."

The 6ft former Pecs ace, who can also play off a striker, set up
both goals to help Hungary beat Germany 2-1 in their final match
before Euro 2004 and has notched five times in 22 international
appearances.

AGENT FILIPOVIC VLADAN: "Zoltan has always wanted to come to England
and he is very excited about playing in the Premiership with West
Bromwich Albion."

Gera clinched the domestic league and cup double with Ferencvaros
last season and has been courted by a host of continental clubs
including Lens, Borussia Moenchengladbach, Spartak Moscow and
Crystal Palace.

He even turned down a lucrative offer from Turkish side Galatasaray
18 months ago to pursue his "dream" of playing in England.

Gera, whose English is patchy, got married five weeks ago and
intends to pursue an intensive language course to help him settle as
quickly as possible in the Black Country.

Gera's agent Filipovic Vladan said: "Zoltan has always wanted to
come to England and he is very excited about playing in the
Premiership with West Bromwich Albion."

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On another Palace board we've attracted quite a few Hungarian posters( i've even seen Bentex ) and the Hungarian players have been discussed at some length The general opinion of Gera was that there was no doubt about his footballing ability, more that he may be a bit lightweight to survive in the EPL.
Congrats on the signing though, at least the Baggies seem to be able to offer a deal and follow it through, where as Palace are still faffing about with the Torghelle transfer and generally acting like the mickey mouse club most Palace fans know they are :frustrat:
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Zoltan deal proves Albion's hunger Jul 31 2004
By Hyder Jawad, Birmingham Post

Three new players in 48 hours is West Bromwich Albion's idea of
proving to the rest of the world that they intend to do more than
just fight for survival in the Premiership this season.

The activity might have startled the Albion cheque book but Gary
Megson, the Albion manager, is behaving as if the club's immediate
future depends on what he does in the transfer market this summer.
It is a worthy pursuit.

Just hours after unveiling Jonathan Greening and revealing the
impending arrival of Nwankwo Kanu, the club last night announced
that Zoltan Gera will also be moving to The Hawthorns.

In terms of significant business conducted, Albion have not
experienced a day like this. If Kanu is the most noteworthy signing
of the week, and Greening the most predictable, Gera is the most
interesting.

The Hungary captain, an attacking midfield player of high repute,
was last night signed on a three-year deal from Ferencvaros for 1.5
million, providing Albion with their largest squad for a generation,
and giving credence to the view that they should avoid relegation
next May.

Megson noted with gratification the failure of Crystal Palace to
acquire Gera - their 500,000 offer was deemed inadequate - and made
a move before Borussia Msnchenglad-bach and Spartak Moscow could
intervene.

"This is our third signing of the past few days and, again, I am
really

pleased Zoltan has agreed to join us," Megson said. "He is the
captain of Hungary, really enthusiastic, and wants to prove himself
in England.

"We are going to have to give him time to adjust to a different way
of life and to learn the language - but he will be given that time.
Zoltan is an all-round midfielder who has an eye for getting
forward. He is also quick, athletic and works hard. Hopefully, he
will prove to be what we think he can be." Gera won the domestic
league and cup double with Ferencvaros last season and has emerged
as the brightest hope in the latest generation of Hungary
international players.

He has only been married for a month and has vowed to pursue an
intensive language course to aid his chances of making a successful
relocation.

If he is something of a mystery to most Albion supporters at
present, that is not the case where Kanu is concerned. The Nigeria
international striker, who celebrates his 28th birthday tomorrow but
is believed by some to be older, made his name as a talented player
with Internazionale and, from 1999 to last season, with Arsenal.

Kanu was available on a free transfer after Arsenal chose not to
offer him a new contract and has signed a three-year deal after
passing a medical and agreeing personal terms. Megson could barely
contain his delight.

"We are obviously delighted Kanu has decided to join us," Megson
said. "I felt it was important we signed this type of player as I
think it takes us forward not just one step but quite a few steps.

"One of the things I mentioned to Kanu was that we would be bringing
in other players. While he will make a difference to us, it's
important we don't just think this signing will transform us
overnight, although it is a massive signing for us."

Kanu, who scored 44 goals in 198 appearances for Arsenal, has built
a sparkling career despite needing heart surgery to repair a faulty
valve soon after joining Internazionale from Ajax of Amsterdam in
1996.

With Arsenal he collected the Premiership and FA Cup double in 2002,
adding another FA Cup winner's medal a year later when he was on the
substitutes' bench - a familiar scenario for him during the latter
days of his career at Highbury.

The arrival of, first, Thierry Henry and more recently Robert Pires
and Jose Antonio Reyes restricted Kanu's opportunities but he still
made enough appearances last season to earn a second Premiership
title medal.

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Gera "privileged" to join Baggies

By Oliver Bhurrut


ZOLTAN Gera trained with the Baggies for the first time today (Thursday) and
then hailed his 1.5 million Hawthorns move as a "dream come true".


The Hungary skipper is relishing his first crack in English football after
turning down a host of top European clubs to join Albion.

Speaking with the aid of an interpreter, the 25-year-old attacking
midfielder is confident he can adapt to life in the Black Country quickly
and has even embarked on a language course.

"It's a privilege for me to come and play here where football was born,"
said Gera.

"I'm delighted, I had inquiries from other countries but it has been a dream
all my life to come and play in England and I'm happy this dream has come
true.

"I 'm really looking forward to playing.


"I feel I can adapt myself quickly to my surroundings. I have started
learning the language and I understand more and more each day, and hope I
will be able to communicate properly soon."

Albion managed just nine goals from midfield in their previous Premiership
outing two seasons ago.

And the Ferencvaros double winner, who has notched five international goals
in 22 appearances, is hoping to boost that figure this time round.

"I'm a midfielder who is always looking to get forward, and I like to score
goals," he added.

"Of course one of my tasks is to help other players get the ball as well.

"But if there's a possibility, I'm ready to go forward and get goals, which
was my style back in Hungary."

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Gary glad Gera's 'Hungary'


By Oliver Bhurrut

GARY Megson believes Baggies new boy Zoltan Gera is just his 'cup of tea'.

The attacking midfielder arrives at The Hawthorns with German legend Lothar
Mattheus, who made the Hungarian captain of his country, reportedly saying
he works too hard.

But Megson, renowned for his Albion side's work ethic, yesterday (Thursday)
quipped: "That is not possible at The Hawthorns".

"Zoltan comes with a great reputation," said Megson.

"He's adaptable and can play in all the midfield positions.

"Lothar Mattheus said he works too hard, which is a strange thing, and it's
not possible to work too hard for me.

"But he has a high work ethic, he's quick, has good ability and we are
hopeful he will be a good signing for us.

"He wanted to come across and give himself an opportunity in the
Premiership. I think it's the best league in the world. A lot of people
believe that as does Zoltan."

The Baggies manager has urged fans to be patient with the 1.5 million
recruit, who will need time to settle in and learn the language.

And Megson drew parallels with former Albion ace Igor Balis, who also took
time to bed in in the Black Country after his move from Slovakia.

"It's difficult because we can't have a conversation with him," he added.

"It's also difficult for Zoltan. He is similar to Igor Balis in that his
English will make life more difficult for him.

"So he has to be given a little more time before we start judging him."

The Albion manager also revealed his disappointment at being without Jason
Koumas, who netted ten goals last term, for the first four Premiership games
due to suspension.

But he is expecting Gera and the rest of his midfield men to contribute
goals in the Welsh wizard's absence.

"We need more goals all the way through. I'm upset Jason won't be available
for the first four games - it was a silly thing that he did," said Megson.

"He's been on fire in pre-season so it's difficult to accept. I'm sure he'll
chip in with goals.

"Jonathan Greening has great ability, a great touch and strikes a good ball
but his goalscoring record isn't as good as it should be.

"We will expect the same from him, Andy Johnson and Zoltan."

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I put him as my second sub in Fantasy Football, Never seen him play but aslong as he is a starter Im happy.
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Well as Koumas is out for 4 games I'm wondering who will play in his place.

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Konchesky Albrechtsen Gaardsoe Purse
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Zoltan Gera's three goals against San Marino

Played as a substitute from the 45th min.

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Thanks, Im not judging him because I have never seen him play but I think he should be good on my fantasy football team as 2nd sub because he should play quite abit.

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Zoltan Gera's three goals against San Marino

Played as a substitute from the 45th min.

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here are some more for you :thmbup:

great over head kick

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From those clips he looks to have something, But I obviously have to see a few full games to make a proper judgement.
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here is another very good Gera goal


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Nice goals!
Is he both footed? These clips are really giving me a dilemma, He maybe abit too good to be second sub?

Oh well, Atleast I will have depth
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Is he both footed?

Oh well, Atleast I will have depth
yeah, he plays like Zidane... and scores loads of headers.
loads of assits also.
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Gera repays manager's faith
By Oliver Bhurrut


GARY Megson claimed Zoltan Gera had every right to feel on top of the world after he repaid his faith by firing Albion to a vital 2-1 win against Bolton.


And the Baggies manager also revealed it had always been his intention to hand club captain Darren Moore his first Premiership start of the season against Sam Allardyce's side regardless of Darren Purse's suspension.


Megson preferred Gera to Jason Koumas, who was originally demoted to the bench in the 16-man squad he selected on Thursday but missed out altogether through an ankle injury sustained in training yesterday (Friday).


And Hungary skipper Gera grabbed his chance with both hands as he set up Kanu's 56th-minute opener before heading Albion's second nine minutes later to make it two goals in his last three Hawthorns encounters.


"It was a choice between playing Jason or Zoltan," said Megson.

"We've got 34 players to choose from and there are no sacred cows.


"Zoltan's a good player and it was purely my choice.


"I selected the team on Thursday.


"Jason was due to be on the bench but he felt his ankle a little bit yesterday."


Megson was full of praise for former Ferencvaros hero Gera's all-action display.

"Zoltan has got great talent but he's not particularly strong," he added.


"You want to play him but you worry a little bit about his physique.


"The Premiership isn't the ideal place to learn your trade but he's got a terrific talent, great feet, a terrific strike and an eye for goal.


"We know he can head the ball like he did for his goal and that's why we got him to attack the near-post space.


"He's scored and made our other goal so he can be very pleased with himself - and we're very pleased with him."


Megson, who was forced to field an under-the-weather Martin Albrechtsen at left-back, insisted his decision to start Moore demonstrated the flexibility of his new-look Premiership squad.


And the Jamaica international certainly came good as he won the physical battle with Les Ferdinand.


"Darren was always going to play against Bolton," said Megson.


"Who he would have partnered would have been my choice.


"But you could see why we played him. Bolton put the ball in there and they are very difficult to handle with Les up front.


"Darren's done terrifically well. He headed a lot of balls away, as did Thomas Gaardsoe and other people.


"Any other time, Martin would have come off because he is ill. But he stayed on and gave us everything he'd got until his legs went.


"In terms of Darren's performance, that was right up his street.


"I feel we have got a squad now where we can pick horses for courses."

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Megson delight with Gera


West Brom boss Gary Megson has praised the attitude and application of summer signing Zoltan Gera.
"Zoltan plays like you want everyone to play," Megson said of the striker - a 1.5m buy from Ferencvaros.

"He enjoys getting on the ball, he enjoys his football and, to go with it, he is a blinding, terrific person."

Hungarian skipper Gera, 25, has already scored twice in three Premiership starts for the Baggies and Megson believes there is more to come.


Megson added: "He needs to learn how to play English football because there is no rest.

"You can't turn your back on the ball because it will be over your head and gone and the Premiership isn't the ideal place to be learning your trade.

"But he is very talented. He has got a great shot and in going forward, picking out a pass or finishing himself, he is terrific.

"I know Kanu got the man-of-the-match award against Bolton but Zoltan must have been very close in making one and scoring the other and we are delighted with the way he is slotting in."

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Gera tipped for key role
FRANK Burrows believes Zoltan Gera is going to be a key figure in Albion's
Premiership survival bid.

The Hungary captain bolstered his reputation as being one of the bargain
buys of the summer with a spectacular third goal for the Baggies against
Chelsea - making him the club's top scorer.

Gera's strike could not prevent Albion from slipping to a 4-1 defeat - or
dropping a place to fourth from bottom.

But Burrows predicts the 1.5million snip from Ferencvaros has a huge role
to play at The Hawthorns this season.

"Zoltan's a good player," he said.

"He's one of the players who can help keep Albion in the Premier League
because he's got so much to offer."

Burrows was also full of praise for his opposite number, straight-talking
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

The ex-Porto chief may be the envy of almost every other manager on the
planet thanks to the millions of pounds owner Roman Abramovich has poured
into his transfer war chest.

But Burrows believes Mourinho has used the money wisely.

Chelsea have moved level on points with leaders Arsenal, who head the
Premiership table on goal difference.

"There are teams at the top of this league that are separate form the rest
of us but that young man [Mourinho] has done a good job in a very short
space of time," added Burrows.

"He's put together a very good team very quickly. That's not easy.

"He's only been there four months but he's getting them to play the way he
wants and he's very effective.

"He gets results and I think he's a talented guy. I wish him all the best."

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I was afraid of Zoli weren't strong enough physically for the Premiership, but everything seems alright now. :thmbup:
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