Lucescu Jr favourite for taking over national football team
According to the sports media, Razvan Lucescu, the head coach of FC Brasov, is a favourite for taking over Romania’s national football team after Victor Piturca was sacked because of the poor results that led to the failure to qualify for the World Cup 2010.
Former head coach Gica Hagi and Unirea Urziceni’s current head coach – are among Razvan Lucescu’s counter-candidates. These days the Romanian Football Federation will officially present the new head coach of the national team.
Romania to play Hungary friendly in August
Romania’s football team will play a friendly against Hungary in Budapest, August 12, according to the official website of the Romanian Football Association, quoted by Agerpres.
‘The football associations of Romania and Hungary agreed on a friendly game between their national teams,’ the press release reads. The encounter will take place in Budapest, with further details to be announced in due time.
The last time the two squads faced one another was on September 5, 2001, in Budapest too, when the ‘three-coloured’ won 2-0 in 2002 World Cup a group 8 qualifier, thanks to goals scored by Arian Ilie (12th minute) and Marius Nicolae (27th).
Raluca Olaru misses out on Fes tournament round 2
Tennis player Raluca-Ioana Olaru failed to make it into round 2 of the USD 220,000 tournament at Fes (Morocco), according to the website w.tatour.com. Olaru was beaten 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 by no 6 seed, Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova. Olaru won a cheque of USD 1,725 and a WTA point.
Victor Crivoi defeats no 16 ATP ranking James Blake at Rome’s Masters 1000
Tennisman Victor Crivoi, ATP no 112), on Monday managed one of the greatest feats of his career, winning over the seed 14 of the USD 2.75 M Masters 1000 tournament in Rome, American James Blake. Crivoi defeated the American in a 70-minute round 1 match, 7-5, 6-3. His deed will be rewarded with a cheque if EUR 14,500 and 45 ATP points. In the next round, the Romanian will take on the winner of the game between Swede Robin Soderling and Spaniard Marco Granollers.