Hull city would “need a miracle” to stay up. That was current coach Marcos Silva speaking on the day he was given the baton to lead then rock bottom Hull out of the shadows of the EPL’s relegation zone.
And a miracle it almost was from turning a team that won just thrice in the 21 preceding fixtures to the one that won 6 out of the 7 succeeding home fixtures including a 2-0 win over Liverpool who was by the way chasing the title at that time; Marcos Silva definitely came close.
People who knew the Portuguese prior to his appointment won’t be as surprised as the rest of us given what he did with Portuguese side Estoril, a club where he retired as a player in 2011 and took up the mantle of leadership steering them away from the 2nd tier of the Portuguese league to the premier championship and even qualifying them for Europe. (more…)
Iran and Romania have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as both countries plan increased cooperation between them. The nations signed the MoU at the headquarters of the Iran Football Federation in Tehran.
The head of the Iranian Football Federation Mehdi Taj and the head of Romanian Football Razvan Burleanu were present during the landmark agreement. During the signing, Taj said: “Iran and Romania football have so many common characteristics, and the European country is available to travel for our teams. To develop football in the various areas focusing on the area of girls and women’s football development, coaching and referring are our priorities”.
While Romania could be helping them with their goals, Iran would help the European side in beach soccer and futsal – competitions that Iran have won medals in recently.
“I would like to congratulate the Iranian football federation for being the best Asian team in FIFA rankings. Furthermore, Team Melli has a great chance to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. We are happy due to cooperation with Iran as a European country. (more…)
Over the past few months of 2016, several reports of interest in Razvan Marin by Viola had been on the rise.
With the opening of the January window, the rumors are back on which may likely see Viola place a bid for the player.
At the moment, Marin plays for Vitorul Constanta, an outfit managed by Gheorghe Hagi. Putting the obvious Fiorentina connection into consideration, it is quite sensible that Corvino would try tapping into this source of talent.
The 20 year old Romanian midfielder is just more of a prospect for the team than an immediate reinforcement. However, if he holds his lines well, he could turn out to become a star.
Marin has shown his ability in creating rather than destroying. He is more notable for his willingness and ability to shoot from a wide distance. He also has an eye for clever passes and with the ball at his feet, he plays a tidy football. (more…)
Gheorghe Hagiis regarded as one of the greatest players in Romanian football and rightly so. The 49-year-old lifted several titles including two Romanian titles and also reaching the final of the European cup in the 1988/89 season with Steaua Bucharest.
Now, he is the manager of FC Viitorul Constanta. The club recently took on FC Botoșani in a league match and they were trailing 2-1 going into the final minutes of the match. Rather than go for an experienced name in the search for an equaliser,Hagi brought his son –Ianis Hagi – into the frame at just 16 years of age.
His debut has been spoken with a lot of excitement especially given his father’s pedigree.Gheorghe Hagi, though, has revealed that the response surprise in seeingIanis Hagi make his debut for the club. (more…)