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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old March 25th, 2018, 17:17 Thread Starter
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Tuesday, 27 March, 21:30

'Little Velodrome' Ion Oblemenco stadium, Craiova



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Portari: Ciprian Tătărușanu (Nantes, 48/0), Silviu Lung (Kayserispor, 3/0), Florin Niță (Sparta Praga, 1/0), Bogdan Lobonț (AS Roma, 85/0)

Fundași: Romario Benzar (FCSB, 10/0), Cristian Manea (CFR Cluj, 1/0), Cosmin Moți (Ludogorets, 12/0), Cristian Săpunaru (Kayserispor, 23/0), Dragoș Grigore (Al Sailiya, 31/0), Alin Toșca (Benevento, 10/0), Ionuț Nedelcearu (UFA, 0/0), Nicușor Bancu (CS U Craiova, 1/0)

Mijlocași: Mihai Pintilii (FCSB, 40/1), Răzvan Marin (Standard Liege, 9/1), Alexandru Cicâldău (FC Viitorul, 0/0), Nicolae Stanciu (Sparta Praga, 19/6), Alexandru Chipciu (Anderlecht, 32/4), Dorin Rotariu (Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz, 4/0), Paul Anton (Anji Mahacikala, 0/0), Gheorghe Grozav (Bursaspor, 23/5), Dennis Man (FCSB, 0/0), Ciprian Deac (CFR Cluj, 13/1), Alexandru Mitriță (CS U Craiova, 0/0), Constantin Budescu (FCSB, 8/4)

Atacanți: Claudiu Keșeru (Ludogorets, 21/6), George Țucudean (CFR Cluj, 2/0)

Contra said he won't make many changes for this match.


Head to Head: 8 matches, 2 Romanian wins, 3 draws, 3 Swedish wins
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old March 25th, 2018, 17:48 Thread Starter
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Last time these teams met was in WC 1994.

In 1994 they played two games, both ending in draw: one just before the WC (1-1) and the other in WC quarter-finals (2-2, Sweden advancing on penalties).

The Romanian wins came in Euro'84 qualifiers: 2-0 in Bucharest (goals by Andone and Klein) and 0-1 in Sweden (Camataru).
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Contra thinks about starting Mitrita
ROMÂNIA - SUEDIA // Modificare de ultim moment preg?tit? de Cosmin Contra: ce inova?ie preg?te?te în primul "11"


Bancu seems to be his first option as LB now.
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Is Ganea not eligible for the next official game due to the red card in Denmark? Is that why he's missing, I wonder..? Or did that red card simply tell Contra not to use him...
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Prosport gives a 'echipa probabila':

Tătăruşanu - Benzar, Săpunaru, Dr. Grigore, Bancu - Pintilii, R. Marin - Chipciu, N. Stanciu, Mitriţă - Keşeru

I'd be very glad to test Grigore, Pintilii, Chipciu and Keseru... especially Keseru. We haven't figured out how many clear chances he can miss in 90 minutes! I think he can miss at least 6.
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Is Ganea not eligible for the next official game due to the red card in Denmark? Is that why he's missing, I wonder..? Or did that red card simply tell Contra not to use him...
I guess he's suspended for the next official yeah.

Anyway, it's curious how we have several options for LB and not so many for RB. I keep thinking we should test Chipciu there and see if he's applied enough in the defensive tasks. He can do better going forward as RB than as RM.


The line-up is not especially attractive. Only the Craiova left flank, Stanciu and Marin stand out.
The pitch will be bad btw.
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I guess he's suspended for the next official yeah.

Anyway, it's curious how we have several options for LB and not so many for RB. I keep thinking we should test Chipciu there and see if he's applied enough in the defensive tasks. He can do better going forward as RB than as RM.
I dunno. We also have lots of options for LM/LW but significantly fewer for RM/RW too. Perhaps there's something to it.

Wonder if Contra wants to play a few minutes

You don't seem a big fan of Benzar. He clearly has defensive deficiencies but can help the attack... Should definitely try Manea, too. I know Contra wants to win this one but we have to also test our options.

BTW, does Keseru play as a "number 9" in Bulgaria? I'm just asking because he seems so shit in the box.... I remember he was a very good FK taker in France. He doesn't seem like a typical striker. Very weak physically. It'd be a mistake to start him over Tucudean vs a solid Swedish team.

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Prosport's line ups are usually all wrong. However, Contra is developing a tendency of mixing some interesting choices with other really bad ones.

Wouldn't surprise me if Chipciu's good minutes earn him a place even with all of his other shit performances (countless NT ones and clubwise too) while an ok game by Budescu means the bench for him. Just they way our coaches think...

And the renewal of some spots is taking waay too long, not even testing options in friendlies, at least not as many as he could

He seems more preocupied in forming a team he could field in an offivcial game tomorrow, even if we won't play officially until september
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Bancu did very well against Israel, definately worth testing how he does as LB against better opposition

IMO Manea and Anton should start. Manea because he can be a more solid option to Benzar right now, Anton because he seems as the only decent DM outside Pintilii

Tucudean is a little upgrade to Keseru as Foresta said, and then the CD is a problem...testing Nedelcearu too would mean too many new players, not doing it means staying with a defective part of the team that even had clear problems against Israel
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România: Tătărușanu - Cr. Manea, Săpunaru, Dr. Grigore, Toșca - Pintilii, R. Marin - Chipciu, Stanciu, Al. Mitriță - Țucudean
Rezerve: Fl. Niță, S. Lung, Moți, Nedelcearu, P. Anton, Deac, D. Rotariu, Grozav, Keșeru, Budescu, Benzar, Cicâldău, Man, Bancu

Suedia: Johnsson - Larsson, Jansson (cpt), Helander, Hult - Durmaz, Fransson, Hiljemark, Sema - Guidetti, Kiese Thelin


Good to see Manea. But not convinced about the Tosca and Grigore thing.
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Mitrita and Manea the only good news
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Feels weird to see Manea the captain of the National Team.

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Athletic ability to spare, genius level mathematicians, invented the internet, invented russian language, incredibly attractive people, master carpenters, cultural richness to rival any country, musical artistry unsurpassed in Europe....

I'm not kidding here, and I've said it before, if you look deep down in your soul you'll realize that Romanians are master race.
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Called the team 100% in the other thread.

Contra, feel free to offer me a position at the NT.
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Feels weird to see Manea the captain of the National Team.
Oops, sorry about this . I blame the commentator! He said something like "Manea is the leader of this generation" and I assumed Contra have him the armband this match.

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Mitrita is going to be the man of the night! You heared it here foist

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I don't think Mitrita has been this bad as far as FK go this season

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Not much to say. I like Marin.
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Testing Grozav and Keseru again, it seems?
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