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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old January 24th, 2015, 19:55 Thread Starter
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Options for our two positions in attack* (striker and support striker):


Marica: Our main striker, captain and goalscorer. Currently injured.



Keserü: Very prolific. Doing well with Steaua.



Stancu: Maybe more useful behind the striker. Doing well in Turkey.



Rusescu: Opportunist and good in combinations.



Andone: Maybe he'll get the first call soon. A striker with no fear.



M.Roman: Got a call but didn't debut. Doing fairly well at Pandurii.



Sg.Bus: Topscorer in Bulgaria; good movements. Never got a call.



Alibec: Beyond all his problems the talent is there and if he gets continuity at Astra then why not?



Puscas: Still very young but already in the radar of the NT coachs.





*Sometimes the support-striker position is for an offensive midfielder (Chipciu, Maxim and even Sanmartean or Bicfalvi).



Little by little new and young options are showing in this department. But they have to get a chance.
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Puscas is not an option until he is not playing regular senior football, U21 is just fine for now. Andone and Bus are the ones who deserve a call the most from the strikers who never got a chance. Alibec and Roman of course too if they are in a good form but we can't call 7 strikers...
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Hi guys. i´m back from my (short) vacations.

This definately is the most interesting spot in our NT right now. We have a set of stablished and reliable players (Marica, Keseru, Stancu and Rusescu) and many up and coming players. Andone with his spectacular appearence, Bus, and Bicfalvi who isn´t young but in the NT he is new. His place is behind the striker so I count him.

Alibec remains the most talented of our players. He should be a key player for us, but his attitude has to be really bad in order to be ignored by Isaila so much. And Isaila happens to be the NT assistant right now...

The problem with this position is that no one stands out, except for Marica, only because of his importance for the NT, so how could the coaches choose only 2 players?
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Marica, Keseru, Stancu, Bus, with Roman being used as RM and Andone called if there's any injuries. Lot's of depth..wow
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Marica, Keseru, Stancu, Bus, with Roman being used as RM and Andone called if there's any injuries. Lot's of depth..wow
Well that´s the problem. Roman isn´t a winger. none of them are. and Actually none of them is technical enough to play behind the striker as a sort of playmaker either. So there´s a problem. For example a duo Marica-Keseru or Marica-Stancu gives us a lot of firepower but it leaves creation to the wingers and the CM, which at this moment is our weakest area, except for Sanmartean who is now a ?
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Can't Marica play that AM/ST role? He can hold the ball well.
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I don´t think so. His strenght and speed are not of much use if he isn´t the striker
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Almost one year from this Thread.


- Stancu didn´t have the best year, but there he is, still competitive.

- Keseru became undesirable because of his bad games for the NT, altough he still is prolific wherever he plays

- Rusescu had an awful year. some signs of recovery now

- Marica wasted the whole year and keeps at it

- Alibec had and excellent year, was actually very regular, but in Liga I

- Andone exploded, becoming one of the best romanians in the year, also participating in a key goal for the qualification and scoring his first goal for the NT

- Bus had a horrible year, now he doesn´t even make the bench for Sheffield.

- Roman started well at Pandurii, but is failing badly in the Netherlands:rollani:

- Puscas did very well for the U-21, Inter primaver and had some games for Inter, but is dissapointing at Bari
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Yeah, good year for Andone and Alibec, and decent for Keseru. Average for Stancu.

The rest are recently in a bad period.
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Good moment for Hora too. The Pandurs are recovering the Hora of Gloria Bistrita, the Hora who played as forward with Junior Moraes upfront (what a Gloria was that under Sumudica) or with Sanmartean behind later (when they were the only two valid players of a poor Gloria).

He was later a winger at CFR and Tg.Mures. But he's doing very well now as striker. Against Dinamo he did phenomenally in one of the last rounds.
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Digisport´s report about the fowards in 2016:

http://www.digisport.ro/Sport/FOTBAL...ranieri+au+inc

”Stranieri”
1. Raul Rusescu - 27 de ani

Fostul atacant al Sevillei și al Stelei a avut cel mai bun start de an dintre toți atacanți selecționabili la echipa națională. Rusescu a marcat cinci goluri în 2016, în șase meciuri jucate. Mai mult, atacantul de 27 de ani a marcat toate cele cinci goluri în luna februarie, în patru meciuri consecutive, totul culminând cu o ”dublă” sâmbătă, în deplasare, pe terenul lui Trabzonspor. A fost prima ”doppietta” a lui Raul Rusescu de când joacă în Turcia.

Goluri în 2016 - 5 (6 meciuri)
Goluri în sezonul 2015/2016 (toate competițiile) - 8

2. Bogdan Stancu - 28 de ani

Un alt atacant fost stelist care a reușit o ”dublă” în ultimul weekend în Turcia este Bogdan Stancu. Vârful lui Genclerbirligi a marcat de două ori în victoria cu 3-1 cu Akhisar Belediye, de duminică. În plus, vârful de 28 de ani a oferit și un assist în acest meci.

”Motanul” a marcat de trei ori în 2016, în cinci meciuri jucate.

Goluri în 2016 - 3 (5 meciuri)
Goluri în sezonul 2015/2016 (toate competițiile) - 5

3. Florin Andone - 22 de ani

Florin Andone este într-o situație oarecum opusă celei ale celor doi atacanți din Turcia. Atacantul Cordobei a început sezonul ca din pușcă, dar de la intrarea în 2016 pare să fi scăzut ritmul. Andone are 11 goluri marcate în Segunda Division pentru andaluzi, în acest sezon, dar doar 3 în acest an și doar un gol în luna februarie. Florin a evoluat în 8 meciuri pentru Cordoba de la începutul anului.

Cu toate acestea, Andone rămâne atacantul cu cele mai multe goluri marcate în acest sezon dintre toți ”stranierii” noștri, dar împarte titlul cu Keșeru.

Goluri în 2016 - 3 (8 meciuri)
Goluri în sezonul 2015/2016 (toate competițiile) - 11

4. Claudiu Keșeru - 29 de ani

Un alt fost atacant al Stelei, Claudiu Keșeru este golgheterul la zi al campionatului Bulgariei, cu 11 reușite, la egalitate cu Danilo Moreno (Litex Lovech). De la începutul sezonului, Keșeru a jucat doar în două partide, reușind să marcheze o dată.

Goluri în 2016 - 1 (2 meciuri)
Goluri în sezonul 2015/2016 (toate competițiile) - 11

5. Marius Alexe - 26 de ani

Deși evoluează în liga secundă turcă, Marius Alexe are un început de an care invită la optimism cu privire la o eventuală convocare la echipa națională. Fostul dinamovist a înscris de trei ori de la începutul anului, două dintre reușite venind în februarie. Atacantul de 26 de ani a jucat de șase ori în 2016 la Karabukspor, în toate competițiile.

Goluri în 2016 - 3 (6 meciuri)
Goluri în sezonul 2015/2016 (toate competițiile) - 8

Total goluri 5 atacanți ”stranieri” în 2016: 15


Atacanți din Liga 1
1. Adrian Mutu - 37 de ani

De la sosirea la ASA Tg. Mureș, Adrian Mutu a jucat în două meciuri din trei posibile, la ultimul preferând postura de antrenor. Atacantul de 37 de ani care a revenit în Liga 1 în speranța că va prinde lotul pentru Euro nu are prea multe motive de optimism la cum au decurs lucrurile până acum și ținând cont de concurență.

Goluri în 2016 - 0 (2 meciuri)
Goluri în sezonul 2015/2016 (toate competițiile) - 4*

* - goluri reușite pentru Pune City, în India, în noiembrie-decembrie

2. Ciprian Marica - 30 de ani

Întors, la fel ca Adrian Mutu, în Liga 1, cu gândul de a obține un bilet pentru Franța, alături de ”tricolori”, Ciprian Marica nu a reușit încă să puncteze pentru Steaua.

Atacantul de 30 de ani a reușit, însă, un assist pentru roș-albaștri, la ultimul meci, cu CSMS Iași.

Marica nu a marcat un gol de mai mult de un an, de la meciul Galatasaray-Konyaspor 4-1, pe 12 februarie 2015.

Goluri în 2016 - 0 (3 meciuri)
Goluri în sezonul 2015/2016 (toate competițiile) - 0

3. Daniel Niculae - 33 de ani

Atacantul Astrei nu are nici el vreo reușită în 2016, deși a jucat doar două meciuri din trei și doar unul ca integralist. Totuși, spre deosebire de Mutu sau Marica, Niculae știe cum e să înscrii în acest sezon al Ligii 1, reușind două goluri în iarnă.

Goluri în 2016 - 0 (2 meciuri)
Goluri în sezonul 2015/2016 (toate competițiile) - 2

4. Denis Alibec - 25 de ani

Denis Alibec nu a început nici el anul 2016 sub cele mai bune auspicii, dar, dar, în apărarea sa, a jucat doar un singur meci în aceste prime două luni, din totalul de trei câte ar fi putut bifa.

Atacantul de 25 de ani are însă la activ 12 goluri în toate competițiile în actualul sezon, pentru giurgiuveni. În plus, Alibec a reușit să înscrie de două ori pentru selecționata divizionară, în stagiul de pregătire din Antalya, de luna trecută, cu Beroe Stara Zagora și Torpedo Kutaisi.

Goluri în 2016 - 0 (1 meci)
Goluri în sezonul 2015/2016 (toate competițiile) - 12

5. Andrei Ivan - 19 ani

Încă afectat de ratarea transferului la Espanyol, după ce refuzase Steaua, în această iarnă, Andrei Ivan, ultimul pariu al lui Anghel Iordănescu la națională, a început destul de timorat anul 2016.

Integralist în două din cele trei meciuri jucate de Craiova în acest an, atacantul de 19 ani nu a reușit să puncteze în 2016, dar a înscris un gol în cantonamentul cu selecționata divizionară din Turcia, din luna ianuarie.

Goluri în 2016 - 0 (2 meciuri)
Goluri în sezonul 2015/2016 (toate competițiile) - 4

6. George Țucudean - 24 de ani

Fostul atacant al lui Dinamo și al Stelei a semnat cu ASA în această iarnă, cu același gând ca cei amintiți înaintea sa: un loc în lotul pentru Euro.

Titularizat în două jocuri din acest an la formația ardeleană, Țucudean a reușit golul care a trimis-o pe ASA în play-off, împotriva lui FC Botoșani.

Goluri în 2016 - 1 (2 meciuri)
Goluri în sezonul 2015/2016 (toate competițiile) - 3*

* - a marcat de două ori și pentru Steaua, în prima parte a sezonului

7. Ioan Hora - 27 de ani

Golgheterul la zi al Ligii 1 nu a marcat încă în 2016, deși a jucat în două din cele trei meciuri disputate de Pandurii în ultimele două luni.

În avantajul său stă, însă, onorarea convocării la turneul din luna ianuarie, din Antalya, cu selecționata divizionară, în care a marcat două goluri, cu Zimbru Chișinău și Beroe Stara Zagora.

Goluri în 2016 - 0 (2 meciuri)
Goluri în sezonul 2015/2016 (toate competițiile) - 13

8. Florin Tănase - 21 de ani

Un alt jucător de perspectivă al naționalei României, Florin Tănase, este doar al doilea atacant din Liga 1 cu șanse de a fi în lotul pentru Euro care a marcat în 2016. Jucătorul echipei Viitorul a înscris un gol în două meciuri jucate în acest an.

La fel ca Ivan, Alibec și Hora, Tănase a fost prezent în cantonamentul din Antalya, unde a înscris un gol, în victoria, 5-1, cu Torpedo Kutaisi.

Goluri în 2016 - 1 (2 meciuri)
Goluri în sezonul 2015/2016 (toate competițiile) - 10

Total goluri 8 atacanți din Liga 1 în 2016: 2
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Right now I think the following should be considered:

Alibec, Andone, Stancu, Rusescu. Most in form forwards.
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Right now I think the following should be considered:

Alibec, Andone, Stancu, Rusescu. Most in form forwards.
Keseru is in form too. The thing about him is that he always did well at a lower level. Ligue 2, Liga I, Qatar, Bulgaria. His left foot and instinct make hom very dangerous and effective in lower leagues, but he didn´t stand out in Ligue 1 (in 3 different opportunities) or the NT. His pace and skill are just not enough for a higher level IMO. But Iordanescu doesn´t seem to realize that

Marica seems to be regaining form. If he is doing well it will be hard to leave him out.
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Keseru is in form too. The thing about him is that he always did well at a lower level. Ligue 2, Liga I, Qatar, Bulgaria. His left foot and instinct make hom very dangerous and effective in lower leagues, but he didn´t stand out in Ligue 1 (in 3 different opportunities) or the NT. His pace and skill are just not enough for a higher level IMO. But Iordanescu doesn´t seem to realize that

Marica seems to be regaining form. If he is doing well it will be hard to leave him out.
True, but he sort of did stand out in the game vs Denmark


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Yeah, but after that he played every game and only scored against Feroe. He also missed tons of chances and was useless for the flow of the game
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Take a look at Alibec. he listeded to Iordanescu and actually dropped a few pounds. I´ve rarely seen a player with such desire to play for the NT, even after being questioned. It´d be heartbreaking if he isn´t called


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True, but he sort of did stand out in the game vs Denmark
you know, one swallow doesn't make a summer. Keserü is 99,9% fixed in the squad, Stancu 100% if he doesn't get injured. Andone has very good chances too considering they constantly called him. i think in the end it will be between Alibec and Rusescu, with Alibec winning the battle due to his outstanding performances (atleast i hope so).

This would be my list: Alibec, Andone, Stancu, Marica/Rusescu (Rusescu deserving it much more looking at their performances)
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you know, one swallow doesn't make a summer. Keserü is 99,9% fixed in the squad, Stancu 100% if he doesn't get injured. Andone has very good chances too considering they constantly called him. i think in the end it will be between Alibec and Rusescu, with Alibec winning the battle due to his outstanding performances (atleast i hope so).

This would be my list: Alibec, Andone, Stancu, Marica/Rusescu (Rusescu deserving it much more looking at their performances)


that is true, was just trying to point out he had his moments. Definitely don't rate him enough anymore to be our top three or four choices.. for me it has to be Andone, Alibec, Rusescu, Stancu, Keseru/Ivan/Hora

Alibec lost a lot of weight like Iorda wanted and Rusescu has been in good form although he could use some work too, but he's probably my top option after Andone & Alibec. Stancu is good in the air but Rusescu is the better finisher in general. Ivan despite his age is still an edge contender, won't see minutes but if anything happens he is there.. (though there will only be three or four pure striker spots for the Euros) or at least that spot should be fought between him, Keseru, and Hora. M. Roman is already out of the race. Marica hasn't done anything to deserve a spot despite his long experience with the NT, both while out of the contract for months and while at Steaua so far...
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BTW Rusescu started as a sub today for Osmanly. Strange, cause he only played some minutes a week ago for the NT
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Stancu and Ivan, ATM, count for the winger position. There was no natural LM called in the last list, Stancu started there and then Torje played there when Ivan came in, Ivan playing on the right. So did Hora, but I see little chances of making it for him

None of them will play as striker. The competition there is between Keseru, Andone, Rusescu, Alibec and Marica
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