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post #4841 of 4851 (permalink) Old May 23rd, 2019, 11:01 Thread Starter
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A unique feeling: The Romanian NT thread.

Breakdown by league (top tier):

Romania 10
Italy 2*
Russia 2
Turkey 2
Bulgaria 2
Germany 1
France 1
Netherlands 1
Greece 1
Czech Republic 1
Kazakhstan 1
Hungary 1
Saudi Arabia 1

*I expect some Serie A teams to pick up Puscas especially given Palermo’s situation now going from promotion candidates to Serie C.

I also set Marin as a player playing in Netherlands now that his Belgian season is over. Could have done the same with Tudor Baluta to England but didn’t since his place in the first team is not clear yet, at the start at least.

If we also consider some of the missing guys: Andone, Alibec, Petre, Mitrita, Nedelcu, Ganea, Manea, Nita, Bicfalvi, Dragus, Coman, etc:

Romania 5**
England 1
Spain 1***
Russia 1
USA 1
Denmark 1
Czech Republic 1

** Manea, Dragus, Coman, and/or Nedelcu might transfer after U21 Euros?
*** Liga Adelante but Ganea playing well there on loan from Bilbao

We might also expect moves this summer for the likes of Ianis Hagi, Radu, Man, Nedelcearu, Cicaldau, Stanciu?, Bancu?, Maxim, Puscas, Tucudean.

After everything, it might not be too long before we see something close to:

Italy 3-4 (I. Radu, Puscas, Dragomir, Manea?, ..), not to mention S. Radu...
England 2-3 (Andone, Baluta, Pascanu?/Dobre?/...)
Spain 2 (Ganea, Ianis/Man?)
Netherlands 1-2 (Marin, Ianis?)
Russia 1-2 (Bicfalvi, Nedelcearu?)
France 1 (Tata)
Germany 0-1 (Maxim?)
Etc

half the team could be in top leagues soon. Let’s hope for a good summer for our kids, and good moves but not ones where our players stagnate and get playing time.

As a not-too-long-term goal, I don’t want to see us calling from Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, Hungary, Saudi Arabia anymore. And leagues like Turkey, Greece, Czech Republic, MLS, top second divisions like Serie B and Championship more sparingly.

We need to increase our domestic level as well; only Hagi seems to care in proper investments, besides maybe (and still some poor management/organization) Craiova, CFR, and FCSB with crazy Gigi. Dinamo and Astra still considerable too, perhaps, but often quite a few problems and inconsistencies there too. We need more serious investors and coaches, FRF U21 rule can help so much, we need more efforts.

Maybe some clubs with real fan bases (especially the traditional ones coming up in the next couple seasons) could do some shareholder thing like Real Madrid and German clubs? I would be fine with foreign investors and corporate owners if they stay and actually have a serious desire to grow like Slavia’s Chinese owners, but the only ones with money we seem to attract are crazies.

Anyways, let’s hope for more in the top 5-10 leagues.
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post #4844 of 4851 (permalink) Old May 25th, 2019, 12:33 Thread Starter
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Breakdown by league (top tier):

Romania 10
Italy 2*
Russia 2
Turkey 2
Bulgaria 2
Germany 1
France 1
Netherlands 1
Greece 1
Czech Republic 1
Kazakhstan 1
Hungary 1
Saudi Arabia 1

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It's clear we can't have a competitive NT with players from such leagues.

The first hope is to see if our best U21 generation in decades can perform well against european powers and raise some eyebrows. That can grow our confidence and help with some good transfers. It can also set the base for a new senior NT that will have a different confidence

After that, thansfers from players like Marin, Radu, Ianis, Baluta or Pascanu, who seem strong mentally. Puscas, Petre, Manea, Nedelcearu, Man or Ratiu might follow

From the current players only Andone, Tata or Chiriches might stay in that level for a while

BTW I'm worried Andone might resign for the NT or something. His case is increasingly strange, he comes from a different background and he doesn't seem to have integrated well. This overlook by Contra when he isn't injured is rrally worrying to me
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To qualify we probably need something from Spain, and victories at home vs Norway and Sweden.

Not impossible if our young players show up.
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Luis Enrique left the Spanish NT for personal reasons. His young assistant will take the team. His first match will be in Bucharest (really not the first, as he was the main coach in the last 3 games).
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Luis Enrique left the Spanish NT for personal reasons. His young assistant will take the team. His first match will be in Bucharest (really not the first, as he was the main coach in the last 3 games).
Do you think it's good news?
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