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post #1 of 309 (permalink) Old September 28th, 2015, 04:09 Thread Starter
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Romania - Finland, 8th October

Arena Nationala, Bucharest. Thursday 8 October, 21:45



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Portari: Ciprian Tătărușanu (Fiorentina), Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland)

Fundași: Alexandru Mățel (Dinamo Zagreb), Vlad Chiricheș (SSC Napoli), Dragoș Grigore (Al Sailiya), Cosmin Moți (Ludogorets), Dorin Goian (Asteras), Răzvan Raț (Rayo Vallecano), Laszlo Sepsi (FC Nurnberg)

Mijlocași: Mihai Pintilii (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Andrei Prepeliță (Ludogorets), Ovidiu Hoban (Hapoel Be'er Sheva), Lucian Sânmărtean (Al Ittihad), Gabriel Torje (Osmanlispor), Alexandru Maxim (VfB Stuttgart), Cristian Tănase (Tianjin Teda)

Atacanți: Bogdan Stancu (Genclerbirligi), Claudiu Keșeru (Ludogorets), Florin Andone (Cordoba)


Current table (qualifying places):

N.Ireland 17
Romania 16
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Hungary 13
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Fixtures (two last matches):

Romania-Finland
Hungary-Faroe
N.Ireland-Greece

Faroe-Romania
Finland-N.Ireland
Greece-Hungary



Romania and Finland have played 9 games in history, with 7 Romanian wins and 2 draws.

Romania got their biggest victory ever against Finland in 1973 (9-0)

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post #2 of 309 (permalink) Old September 28th, 2015, 16:22
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You mean 3 draws
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We'll win 2-0 this one.

Stancu and Keseru with the goals.
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We'll win 2-0 this one.

Stancu and Keseru with the goals.
Ok, but who´ll pass the ball to them?


We could have nice alternatives (Stanciu, Budescu, Alibec, Maxim) but I imagine Stancu, Chipciu, Keseru and Torje up there. The same players that had a mayor part in this ever boring team
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yep, 1:0 or 2:0...the extended highlights video will be the 2 goals p you can probably make a longer compilation with bad passes to our opponents
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Beating a NT that we have our biggest win record should be expected in normal circumstances.. but with this Romania, it's hard to be confident.. especially when the idiot manager(s) can't even get a half decent lineup in, forget the 'tactics' (or lack thereof), chemistry, and mental approach and motivation beforehand..

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Petrescu--Stefanescu--Popescu--Chivu
----------Boloni----Lupescu
Dumitrescu--Dobrin/Balaci--Hagi
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Despite this being completely pointless as we'll be disappointed anyway, this is the 23-player team I would pick, based on the abroad calls and my own choices for domestic.

Tata
Pantilimon
Lung Jr

Matel
Sapunaru
Chiriches
Moti
Tosca/Gaman
Rat
Sepsi/Vatajelu

Sanmartean
Maxim
Budescu
Torje
Stanciu
Popa
Anton
Muresan
Nistor

Alibec
Stancu
Andone
Keseru

It's a travesty that Fl. Matei, Bumba, and Antal were not called, but hopefully we'll see a late surprise inclusion again? Doubtful, though... domestic players like L. Filip, Mateiu, Hora, Cernat, S. Filip, even Nicolita* and Rotariu, etc could be more than useful too, but not included in my squad. Surprisingly we have quite a few good options at CM, mostly domestically, but Iorda chooses to call the shittier ones.. guys like M. Roman, Balasa, even Manea and Puscas (though still should be playing U21s for now imo) need to get settled in their teams and get more game time before being considered for even friendlies. We have quite a few very good players playing in Liga I that don't even get a sniff at a call, from old to young, which is a shame.

*against a team like Finland could do damage coming off the bench late in the game. But obviously we have several more preferable options atm.

BTW, I noticed Herea switches every game from starting and coming off the bench at Xanthi in Greece. Just wonder how he's doing there...

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My All-Time Romania unique XIs:
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----------Boloni----Lupescu
Dumitrescu--Dobrin/Balaci--Hagi
-----------------Mutu

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From 23 above:

---------------Tata
Matel---Chiriches--Moti---Rat
------Muresan----Lucian/Anton (to come on later)
Torje-------------------------Maxim
--------------Budescu
---------------Alibec

Stanciu Anton/Nistor Vatajelu and/or Andone getting minutes would be a nice treat. A starting 11 even somewhat near this would be a treat :hopeful:

Certainly way too offensive for our friends at the helm, though

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----------Boloni----Lupescu
Dumitrescu--Dobrin/Balaci--Hagi
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I would have called both Bumba and Fl.Matei to be honest (or at least one of them). Against teams that will play defensively and will give us the ball to do something with it, we maybe need their creativity. And it could be a good chance to see Fl.Matei considering we play few friendlies.

Stanciu is a must.
Funny that the two Steaua players I find more interesting for the NT (Stanciu and Filip) don't seem to convince Iordanescu that much.

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You guys can get a ticket for the Finland match, to get your ugly mugs ( ) in the locker room and on the players' shirts (???)

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lol.. I guess the FRF missed the last three games we played

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Dumitrescu--Dobrin/Balaci--Hagi
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Beating a NT that we have our biggest win record should be expected in normal circumstances.. but with this Romania, it's hard to be confident.. especially when the idiot manager(s) can't even get a half decent lineup in, forget the 'tactics' (or lack thereof), chemistry, and mental approach and motivation beforehand..
100 year old record beatings don't really have any relevance this day. Both teams have chanced so much. Or should you expect to lose every time against Hungary because they were great in the 50's?
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We expect to beat the Hungarians because they didn't beat Romania since 1981.
We expect to beat Finland too because in theory we're better and we already won away.



But one thing are expectations and a different story what happens on the field.
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We expect to beat Finland too because in theory we're better and we already won away.
That makes sense, because it was last year. But basing your expectations in year 1973 doesn't make sense, because everything has changed since then, except the names of the countries. That was my point. In 1973, Finland NT was like Moldova or Kazakhstan now. Or maybe even worse.

Last 4 meetings between Finland and Germany (2000-2009): 1-1, 3-3, 0-0, 2-2. Still, I wouldn't expect us getting points from Germany NOW
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I think everybody here understands that you don't win games just because you beat that team 40 years ago by a big margin. we know that stats don't win games But we are clear favourites at home even when we are a horrible team right now.
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I think everybody here understands that you don't win games just because you beat that team 40 years ago by a big margin. we know that stats don't win games But we are clear favourites at home even when we are a horrible team right now.
True. I'm not arguing about that. You have a better team, and it's hard to see Finland scoring, looking at Romania's goal difference and the level of our strikers.

And arguments by stats are OK, I'm a fan of sports statistics myself. But there is a line, between when stats are relevant and when they are just history
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Iordanescu renounced to Tanase, Sepsi and Goian from the 'foreigners' list.


Official list of abroad players:

Portari: Ciprian Tătărușanu (Fiorentina), Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland)

Fundași: Alexandru Mățel (Dinamo Zagreb), Vlad Chiricheș (Napoli), Dragoș Grigore (Al Sailiya), Cosmin Moți (Ludogoreț), Răzvan Raț (Rayo Vallecano)

Mijlocași: Mihai Pintilii (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Andrei Prepeliță (Ludogoreț), Ovidiu Hoban (Hapoel Be'er Sheva), Lucian Sânmărtean (Al Ittihad), Gabriel Torje (Osmanlispor), Alexandru Maxim (VfB Stuttgart)

Atacanți: Bogdan Stancu (Genclerbirligi), Claudiu Keșeru (Ludogoreț), Florin Andone (Cordoba)
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Goian has had a terrible time at Asteras lately, an own-goal and a slaughterfest with his sub in min.70 vs Schalke. I don't know why he was subbed out, but not a good sign

@Peruna: are you kidding, the fact that we beat you 9-0 in 1973 clearly means we'll beat you now, with the same score. never mind that we can't create more than 3 chances in a game now.

Thank Perun Tanase was dropped.
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I guess we can expect:

Lung, Papp, some CB, St. Filip/Vatajelu, Popa, Chipciu and maybe Stanciu.
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