Romania Euro 2016 Preview
If you want to read the prediction, go to the bottom!
The main GK is Tatarusanu, from Fiorentina. He was never a brilliant GK, here in Romania. He was the kind of GK to make 1 big mistake every round. But hey, he plays regular football, because Fiorentina's brazilian GK Neto said he wanted to leave to Juventus, and Romania needs a GK that has a lot of minutes, so we chose him.
The 2nd GK is Costel Pantilimon. The tallest romanian athlete since Ghita Muresan, the NBA player, Pantilimon knows that even if you do not play, you get paid. So for 4 years, he enjoys warming the bench at Man City, and most recently, Sunderland.
The 3rd GK is the main GK of the champion of Romania, Astra. But who the f&^% cares? about the 3rd goalkeeper. He is just hoping to have time to visit the Eiffel Tower.
Romanians have always been good at defending. In the qualification group, Romania receivd just 2 goals. It seems even more incredible, if you see who the opponents of Romania were. All of them, football powerhouses. Finland, Northern Ireland, Feroe Islands, and of course, Greece, who had that idiot Ranieri as coach :) Or maybe not such an idiot after all :) .VLAD CHIRICHES
A huge hope of romanian football, he forgot how to play football after he left Bucharest airport. First thing he did, was celebrate by overdrinking, like all good romanians do.
Of course, Chirichies continued to celebrate by buying a good car, because, why not?
This article here
says how Chirichies bought the Maserati from his first salary :)
But you can do whatever you want if you play football. But Chirichies does not play football. Just look here:
Chirichies is the captain of the Romanian NT. Just look what he did in a recent friendly:
Enough about him. Let's continue.CRISTIAN SAPUNARU
He used to be a very good player, now...not so much. His most recent performance was spitting on Steaua fans. Video here.
He is such a bad player, even Dinamo fans criticize him. But Dinamo is so poor, they have nothing else to use. His most recent accomplishment was the own goal vs arch rivals Steaua. Take a look here.
This guy is so poor, that he did not adapt at Toulouse. Toulouse was such a bad team, that they barely survived in Ligue 1. And Grigore left after the new coach Pascal Dupraz came, the one that saved Toulouse from relegation.Grigore now plays his football with the camels, somewhere in the Arabian desert.COSMIN MOTI Central defender
This guy is a legend. In the penalty shootout between Ludogoret(Bulgaria) and Steaua(Romania), Moti(an exDinamo player) was playing for Ludogoret. Problem is, Ludo had no GK, the GK got red carded, and there were no more substitutions. So Moti, a defender, put on his gloves. What happened, is history. Take a look here:
R?ZVAN RA? LB
This guy used to be the captain. But he was injured for a long time, and he is not the captain anymore. And he also is very intelligent. He recomended another coach, instead of the actual coach, so the actual coach removed his captain's armband.OVIDIU HOBAN DM
This guy is very talented. After playing many years in the competitive romanian league, he moved to the even more competitive Israeli Premier League. He plays regular football, but poor footbal.ANDREI PREPELI?? DM
He was once a great talent. The youngest captain of U Craiova, a regional "big" team in Romania. He had a decent career, but since leaving Steaua, for Ludogorets, nobody has ever seen him play. Nobody here in Romania watches Bulgarian football.MIHAI PINTILII DM
Another DM(defensive mdifielder). Plays for Steaua now, again. He played for steaua a few years before. In between, he played for Pandurii. While at Pandurii, he said he will never come back to Steaua. A man of his word.ADRIAN POPA
Steaua player, a winger. Nicknamed "motoreta" which means "small motorcycle" he is just that. Small, quick, but not very skillful, not very good at finishing.ALEXANDRU CHIPCIU
The highest paid Steaua player, earning 30.000 eur per month, he can play as a striker, a winger, an attacking midfielder. He has not played well in recent times. In recent years i mean :)GABI TORJE
Another "winger". A decent player, plays for Osmanlispor. He changed many clubs in recent years, failing to adapt. He went to Udinese, Granada, now he finally found a warm spot in Turkey.LUCIAN SÂNM?RTEAN
It's sad to think that this guy, 36 years old, playing in the desert, is the most skillful romanian player, but it's true. He is the best we've got. Take a look at this video:
Another decent player, he's the best hope we got, along with Sanmartean.CLAUDIU KE?ERU
The top scorer of Ludogoret, the Bulgarian Champions. Bulgarian league is so poor, nobody watches it, so we don't know if Keseru is any good or not. At Steaua he was good, but just in the domestic league. In Europe, he did not score much. He is known for a "thing" he's got, sticking his tongue out..BOGDAN STANCU
A decent player, although many say he is very bad. He scores some goals, at Genclerbirligi, in Turkey. He had a good season with 10 goals and 5 assists, so he was called up.DENIS ALIBEC
Champion of Romania, with Astra, Denis is a good player, but very overrated. Because he is overrated, he allows himself to be fat, to smoke, and to party. All these things are good for a man, but only if he does them AFTER THE EURO, NOT BEFORE.
A few words about the coach. This guy only coached Romania in 94'. In '94 we had such a good team, if we had a good coach also, we could have won the World Cup. That team played by itself. There was no coach. Even in the press conferences, the coach did not speak. Only Hagi, and sometimes Popescu spoke. He has 0 tactical knowledge. He knows this, so he appointed 3, not 1, not 2, but 3 asistant coaches. Those are the guys that actually coach the team.
PREDICTION FOR EURO 2016
Romania will not beat anybody. France will beat us 2-0 or 3-0, and not more. Why? Because we will apply the age old tactics, park the bus. This will be our strategy.
Against the Swiss, we will get maximum 1 point.
Against Albania i expect to lose, because we will underestimate them, and attack. And if we DO NOT defend with 10 men, we can not defend at all, so Albania will score. I personally will bet on France win, will think about the Swiss game, and will take a positive handicap on Albania.
Good Luck! Thanks for reading!