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Piturca: Cancellation of game against Argentina, a big disadvantage

Romania’s head coach Victor Piturca stated that he would like to play a friendly against Argentina in the future instead of forcing the Argentinean Football Federation to pay damages for the cancellation of the friendly that had been scheduled on August 10. “The cancellation of the game against Argentina is a big disadvantage for us. It would have been a festivity for the Romanian world of football, a useful test for me and for the players, but we have to understand the Argentineans because they have problems. The fact that the game has been canceled is a disaster for me, for the national team and for the fans. But, in this context, I’m not the fan of contractual sanctions and I’ve told the Romanian Football Federation’s leadership that I prefer playing a friendly against Argentina in the near fu­ture,” Piturca stated during a press conference on Monday. “I hope we will be able to play a friendly against Uzbekistan in Austria. We have their verbal agreement for this game, but I want to see the signatures too. All Romanian internationals that were called up for the friendly against Argentina will be called up for this game too,” Piturca added.

Players summoned

Head coach Victor Piturca an­nounced on Sunday evening the names of the players he summoned to take part in what will be his first game at the helm of Romania’s national team. The list includes players from League II clubs such as Poli Iasi or Unirea Alba Iulia, but none from League I title holder Otelul. The national team’s first meeting under the leadership of head coach Victor Piturca took place yesterday at noon within the Mogosoaia Football Centre.

Goalkeepers: Ciprian Tatarusanu (FC Steaua Bucharest), Costel Pantilimon (Poli Timisoara). Players: Srdjan Luchin (Poli Timisoara), Banel Nicolita, Florin Gardos (Steaua), Vlad Chiriches (Pandurii Targu Jiu), Paul Papp (FC Vaslui), Adrian Avramia (Poli Iasi), Florin Ilie (Poli Timisoara), Iasmin Latovlevici (Steaua), Viorel Nicoara, Gabriel Muresan (CFR Cluj), Doru Mihai Pintilii (Pandurii Targu Jiu), Nicolae Stanciu (Unirea Alba Iulia), Tiberiu Balan (Sportul Stu­dentesc), Cristian Tanase (Steaua), Mir­cea Cristescu (FC Brasov), Gabriel Torje (Di­namo), Ionut Nastasie (Steaua), Sorin Daniel Stratila (Astra Ploiesti), Ciprian Brata (Pandurii Targu Jiu), Alexandru Mihaita Chipciu (FC Brasov), Marius Alexe (Dinamo), Ovidiu Herea (Rapid) and Costin Curelea (FC Sportul Studentesc).

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