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Ilie Balaci ❤
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If you told me 10, or even 5 years ago that there'd be two Canadian players starting against each other on a CL matchday, with not a single Romanian in any squad (at least until tomorrow), I would have probably cried laughing.

Crvena Zvezda's keeper Borjan vs Bayern's Davies.
Granted, Andone would have been a starter today if he wasn't injured. And hopefully Hagi and Marin at least get some minutes tomorrow... Stanciu surely will.
 

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I wanted to continue a conversation we had on the Young Romanian Player of the Year thread here so as not to derail the topic.

As GICA said, trust based on our international reputation also plays a big part besides mental and physical preparations, but seriously.. we have to wonder HOW do countries like Canada and Finland have more players not only playing regularly in top leagues, but doing really well there and even making the CL team of the week...


Let’s consider Canada:
Lost 8-1 to Honduras in WC qualifying in 2012, only two years after we beat Honduras 3-0 in a friendly (using a half B team btw with guys like Dananae, Florescu, Bilasco, Cocis, Galamaz, Radut, Sepsi, etc).

They had almost no real decent footballers ever (aside from Hargreaves who played for England), now they have:

Borjan (MOTM performance for Crvena Zvezda in CL)
Vitoria (Moreirense in Portuguese top league)
Eustaquio (on loan at Pacos de Ferreira)
Arfield (Rangers)
Hutchinson (Besiktas)
Hoilett (Cardiff City)
Davies (Bayern; MOTM performance twice for Bayern now, huge potential at 19)
David (Gent; one of the top scorers in Belgium at 19)
Larin (Besiktas on loan at Zulte Waregem)


Finland:
The team we have our biggest ever win against, 9-0. Also already qualified to the Euros.

Halme (Barnsley)
Uronen (Genk)
Moren (Waasland-Beveren)
Hradecky (Leverkusen)
Pohjanpalo (Leverkusen)
Joronen (Brescia)
Lam (Zwolle)
Karjalainen (Fortuna Sittard)
Kamara (Rangers)
Jensen (Augsburg)
Pukki (Norwich City)

Not stacked sides maybe but have quite a few regulars in top leagues, I excluded quite a few from weaker leagues or those who don’t play much / at all.

Romania in reality should have more raw talent at its disposal and good resources, si what needs to happen?
 
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