Friday, February 26, 2010

Arlauskis - defeated by Liverpool, wanted by Everton

  • Already monitorred by FC Sevilla, Unirea’s very promising keeper Giedrius Arlauskis (22) has become a target for Everton, as well. Last night, the Lithuanian was watched once again from the stands by an Everton scout and, although he could have done better (“especially on the second and third goal”, as he agreed after the game), he remains probably one of the most interesting players from Romania.
  • Steaua held the initial talks with Cristian Fabbiani (26). The Argentinian centre-forward asked for a huge salary, given his recent struggles, 250.000 EUR/season, but his agent Luciano Duthu says that an agreement could be found, as the player is motivated to return to Romania and prove that he’s not finished. Released on a free transfer by CFR, he should lower a lot his demands just to get a shot at a permanent deal, as Steaua won’t be willing to offer him more than 10-15.000 per month, until the summer.
  • Marko Ljubinkovic (28) and FC Vaslui are ready to part ways, but in a fashion that should make club owner Adrian Porumboiu regret the decision to keep the player and reject important offers, between 1,5 and 2 million Euros. Ljubinkovic has been informed by coach Marius Lacatus that he’s not part of his plans and sent to train with the reserve team, but now has been reported missing from training. The Serbian midfielder has had a trumendeous 2007/2008 season, scoring 16 goals in 30 matches :-O and, after another decent year (28 games/6 goals), lost motivation turning from a key player into just a rotation/backup solution.
Source: Scouting Romania

Unirea Urziceni ousted by Liverpool

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Romania’s Unirea Urziceni on Thursday missed qualification for the Europa League’s last 16 by losing 3-1 (2-1) at home to FC Liverpool.

Liverpool will meet Lille in March.

Unirea opened scoring in the 19th minute when Bruno Fernandez headed in a goal from a corner by Razvan Paduretu, but Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano struck back with a shot from about 20 meters in the 30th minute.

Dutch Ryan Babel gave the English side the lead in the 41st minute before Captain Steven Gerrard sealed victory with a low strike from 10 meters in the 57th minute.

Nearly 22,000 fans attended the match.