Razvan Rat to leave
for Real Madrid?
Spain’s daily ‘AS’ has announced that Shakhtar Donetsk’s Romanian fullback Razvan Rat could be ‘the perfect replacement for Real Madrid’s Pepe,’ Agerpres writes. ‘AS’ writes that Razvan Rat is on a list of players that Real Madrid wants, a list that also includes Carlos Cuellar (Aston Villa), Jonathan Cicero (Cruzeiro), Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) and Nicolas Otamendi (Velez Sarsfield). ‘It’s an honour to be in Real Madrid’s sights. For now there has been no talk about my transfer and I don’t think it is natural to comment on rumors,’ Razvan Rat wrote on his official website, being quoted by Agerpres. ‘I didn’t want to allow Rat to leave for a team below Shakhtar’s level but maybe he will leave now; players have to be ceded when they are in demand. I don’t stand against Rat’s transfer, especially considering his age. Razvan is a player that has a vast international experience, that does not suffer injuries and it would be a huge satisfaction for me to see him leaving for Real Madrid,’ Mircea Lucescu, Shakhtar’s head coach, stated.
in Hopman Cup
Romania’s tennis team consisting of Sorana Cirstea and Victor Hanescu has been assigned to group A in the Hopman Cup, alongside the teams of Australia (Samantha Stosur; Leyton Hewitt), Spain (Martin Jose Martinez Sanchez; Tommy Robredo) and the US (Melanie Oudin; John Isner). Romania will play in Perth against Australia on January 2, against Spain on January 5 and against the US on January 7. The final will take place on January 9. Romania last played in the Hopman Cup in 1997 (Irina Spirlea and Adrian Voinea) and in 1998 (Irina Spirlea and Dinu Pescariu). In 2009 the competition was won by Slovakia (Dominik Hrbaty and Dominika Cibulkova), in 2008 by the US (Mardy Fish and Serena Williams) and in 2007 by Russia (Dmitri Tursunov and Nadia Petrova).
second in top table
of Balkan athletes
Romanian gymnast Marian Dragulescu is second in the top table of the best athletes in the Balkans in 2009, a table published by BTA after consulting the sports departments of the region’s national press agencies, including Agerpres. Dragulescu (29), winner of two world titles this year (in the floor and vault events), has totaled 38 points in the survey that the Bulgarian press agency traditionally conducts, being surpassed only by Greek basketball player Vasileios Spanoulis, winner of the Euroleague with Panathinaikos Athens last season. World boxing champion Detelin Dalakliev, nominated Bulgaria’s best athlete in 2009, ranked third with 36 points.
Chess: Tie in ‘The clash
‘The clash of titans,’ the chess game pitting former world champion Boris Spaski against his eternal rival Viktor Korcinoi, has ended in a tie, score 4-4. The clash took place in Elista, the capital of Russian Republic of Kalmukia, Agerpres informs. Each of the players won two games while the rest of the games ended in a tie. Boris Spaski, a former Soviet and now a French citizen, was the world’s chess champion from 1969 to 1972. Viktor Korcinoi has never won the world title despite being the USSR’s champion 4 times. He currently holds the Swiss citizenship. At the age of 78 Korcinoi is the grand master that has the largest experience. Kalmukia was chosen as a venue for the competition because its President, Kirsan Iliumjinov, is also the president of the International Chess Federation.
Razvan Rat to leave