Dan Petrescu expects Rangers FC to be on a revenge mission when his FC Unirea Urziceni team host the Scottish outfit two weeks after inflicting a 4-1 defeat on them on UEFA Champions League Matchday 3. With his side second in Group G, Petrescu wants another victory against Walter Smith’s men in what he called „the most important match of my coaching career”. His opposite number – who can call on fit-again Lee McCulloch – may be satisfied with a point to remain in contention.
Dan Petrescu, Unirea coach
It will be a totally different match from Glasgow, because Rangers will not underestimate us again. They are coming to Bucharest to beat us and to avenge that defeat. They will give everything in attack and any result is possible. I have challenged my players to become the first Romanian team to win successive Champions League games. I can’t remember another Romanian team doing this. But I worry about the mentality of Romanian players and it would be a miracle to qualify for the knockout stage. I try to motivate my players, but the secret is with them – they will decide their fate, not me. Anyhow, it is the most important match of my coaching career.
Walter Smith, Rangers manager
The 4-1 home defeat was the poorest display in our European history. That’s why I hope we recover and return to our normal level because Rangers are used to performing well in Europe. From what is a very difficult match, we need at least a point to maintain our hopes of qualification. It’s a necessity that we improve and I will try to adopt a more attacking and aggressive style of play. I will change the system and play with more attacking players because I also want to change the result and win, even though that it’s going to be very difficult. I am happy McCulloch will be able to play because the injury problems we faced last time had a negative effect. I don’t know how many spectators will be in the stands, but I remember the last time I was here there was a full stadium and a fantastic atmosphere.
31/10/09 Unirea 3-2 FC Universitatea Craiova
(Frunză 27 62, Bilasco 90+2; Costea 54, Wobay 71)
• Petrescu’s team ended a three-match winless run in Liga 1 – their most barren spell since the middle of last term when they drew three and lost one either side of the winter break.
• It was only the third time in 12 top-flight outings this season the Romanian champions have scored more than once.
1/11/09 Dundee United FC v Rangers (match abandoned at half-time due to heavy rain)
• Rangers were leading through Steven Davis’s 29th-minute goal at Tannadice when the game was abandoned at half-time because of a waterlogged pitch, cutting short Danny Wilson’s league debut at centre-back.
• The 4-1 home defeats by Sevilla FC and Unirea are Rangers’ only reverses since Celtic FC’s extra-time victory in last season’s Scottish League Cup final on 15 March.
Out: Raul Rusescu (knee), Bruno Fernandes (thigh)
Misses next match if booked: Vasile Maftei
• Bruno Fernandes limped off early in the second half against Craiova having damaged his right thigh.
Out: Andrew Little (hamstring), Madjid Bougherra (knee), Pedro Mendes (thigh)
Doubtful: Maurice Edu (knee), Kirk Broadfoot (foot)
Misses next match if booked: Steven Naismith
• Broadfoot and Edu have resumed training with the rest of the squad.
• Those back-to-back home defeats have left the Scottish champions bottom of the group, while the Romanian titleholders have climbed to second spot thanks to their first win in UEFA competition on Matchday 3.
• Unirea had made the worst possible start in Glasgow, Ricardo Vilana’s own goal giving Rangers a second-minute lead. Marius Bilasco equalised, however, and after Daniel Tudor saved Steven Davis’s penalty the second period began with Rangers substitute Kyle Lafferty and team-mate McCulloch both netting own goals. Pablo Brandán added a fourth, keeping Rangers on one point only.
• Before that Ibrox encounter, Rangers had had six competitive meetings with Romanian opponents, all against FC Steaua Bucureşti. They failed to score in any of their three away games. Unirea had never faced a Scottish team in a UEFA fixture before Matchday 3.
Did you know?
Unirea are fighting their second campaign in UEFA competition and are still to win at home. They lost 2-0 to Hamburger SV in last season’s UEFA Cup first round before contesting a 1-1 draw with VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 2. Overall, they had drawn two and lost two of four European games prior to visiting Glasgow.
Mon Nov 02, 2009 2:25 pm EST
UFC fighter was eating ketchup and rice before UFC 104
By Steve Cofield
If anyone needed a huge postfight bonus at UFC 104, it was Pat Barry. The heavyweight out of New Orleans, scored Knockout of the Night and Fight of the Night for his victory over Antoni Hardonk. That was good enough for $120,000. Good thing, Barry needed the infusion of cash in the worst way. He confirmed to MMAScrapsRadio that he was completely down on his luck before the fight, agreeing that he had little to eat in Los Angeles the week of the fight.
„I still had my apartment but if something would’ve happened and the fight had been canceled, I would’ve been evicted six days later.”
Barry, 30, said he didn’t even tell his trainer Duke Roufus for fear that he would think the fighter had the wrong motivation going into the fight. Barry said he didn’t ask anyone for money including his mother:
„I could ask someone but then at the same time, how hard are you going to work for something if everytime you get in trouble somebody catches you? I did something to put myself in this position I have to work my way out of it.”
Listen to Barry talk about his troubles before the fight:
Barry got his $120,000 bonus check last Tuesday. He couldn’t believe it. When he went to deposit the check, his truck wouldn’t start. Barry got a jump and hit the bank sporting a black eye and pink striped shorts.
„I go to the bank, I’m sweaty, I’ve got the black eye, I haven’t shaven in two days, I’m strung out because I haven’t slept, I have green circles under my eyes so I’m like ‘Can I have a deposit slip mam?’. She gives it to me, I fill it out hand it to her. She looks at the deposit slip, then the check, then looks at me and says ‘Excuse me I’ll be right back.’ Then a manager comes out, a guy in a suit and says ‘What seems to be the problem?’ I was like ‘Well I have a black eye, that’s the only problem I know this looks really ridiculous.’ So he asks me for my ID, I hand him my license an he’s like ‘Your license says Pat Barry, but this check was written to Patrick Barry.’ So I decided to be funny and tell him Pat Barry is in my trunk right now. He didnt laugh. So I told him take your time man do whatever you need to do because I have no where to go and my truck probably wont start when I go outside so you can just do whatever you need to do. An hour later he came back and everything was fine, the check was in my bank account.”
RICHMOND, Va. — Eager to drain the 2009 elections of drama and import, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs claimed Tuesday night that President Barack Obama was “not watching returns.”
You can be sure that he is studying them closely now: The off-year elections were, in two big races, an unmistakable rebuke of Democrats, reshuffling Obama’s political circumstances in ways likely to have severe near-term consequences for his policy agenda and larger governing strategy.
Independents took flight from Democrats. They suffered humiliating gubernatorial losses in traditionally Democratic New Jersey, where Obama lent his prestige in a pair of eleventh-hour campaign rallies Sunday, and in Virginia, which had been trending leftward and just last year was held up as an example of how Obama was redrawing the political map in his favor.
Tuesday night’s trends were emphatically not in Obama’s favor. Among those paying closest attention are dozens of Democrats who won formerly Republican congressional districts in 2006 and 2008 and are up for reelection in 2010. Many of these pickups that powered the Democrats’ recapture of Congress came in Southern and border states, or in the Ohio River Valley, where political conditions are similar to those in Virginia.
Obama now faces a much tougher challenge persuading these mostly moderate Democrats to put themselves further at risk by backing such liberal priorities as expanding government’s role in heath care or limiting greenhouse gases.
It was a consolation prize — cherished by national Democrats urgently looking for some good news — that Democrat Bill Owens won a special election for the 23rd Congressional District in upstate New York.
What’s more, there is an argument that these off-year elections may not have produced an ideological or partisan verdict so much as revealed a deeply aggrieved electorate — ready to rough up incumbents of all varieties.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who previously had been perceived as a highly popular independent, barely fended off a listless and badly outspent Democratic challenge from City Comptroller William Thompson Jr.
The results in the New York House race — in a remote, historically Republican bastion — came after a bitter intramural fight among Republicans in which Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman and his backers effectively ran GOP establishment pick Dede Scozzafava out of the race.
“I think all incumbents need to be on full alert,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, the leader of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told POLITICO in a telephone interview.
The election campaigns were followed swiftly by post-game campaigns to shape perceptions of the results. The Democratic line, from the White House on down, is to plunge into nuance — making the case that the big 2009 contests were effectively local races waged by two weak candidates in incumbent Jon Corzine in New Jersey, beaten by Republican Chris Christie, and state Sen. Creigh Deeds in Virginia, who was clubbed like a harp seal in his 17-percentage-point loss to GOP nominee Bob McDonnell.
It is true enough that both Democratic candidates had severe limitations — Deeds was a notably unprepossessing candidate compared with the polished McDonnell, and Corzine was deeply unpopular and at the helm of a state suffering through difficult economic times. Neither race should be viewed as strictly a referendum on Obama. But if there is a danger in overinterpreting off-year elections, it is also a mistake to underinterpret.
Particularly in Virginia, the rout of three Democrats running for three separate statewide offices, as well as the loss of several legislative seats, sent an unambiguous message. The independent voters who helped Obama in 2008 become the first Democratic presidential candidate in 44 years to carry the Old Dominion have swung wildly in a different direction. The swing from Obama’s win last year to McDonnell’s Tuesday: 23 points.
Exit polls showed Republican McDonnell won 63 percent of independent voters. Likewise in Democratic-trending Northern Virginia, the Republican carried the three largest suburban counties of Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William — all counties Obama won handily last year.
In New Jersey, likewise, Christie won 58 percent of independents.
“This is a shot across the bow to the moderates and Blue Dog Democrats as they decide votes on health care” and other issues, said Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the House minority whip.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine — who as current Virginia governor had previously won plaudits for making his state more competitive for his party — saw his reputation scuffed. But he cautioned against drawing national trends, saying opinion polls show Obama still winning majority support among independents nationally.
„These two races each had their own spin,” Kaine told POLITICO.
Notably, one of Virginia’s most prominent Democrats, former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder — the nation’s first elected African-American governor — sided more with Cantor.
“It’s a wake-up call for Democrats across the country,” said Wilder, who did not endorse Deeds.
He said independents are worried about what they see as careless spending by Obama and his Democratic allies in Washington, and he advised Obama to reorganize his White House to rely less on campaign operatives and focus more on governing.
Mississippi Gov. and Republican Governors Association Chairman Haley Barbour compared Tuesday’s results with 1993, when Republicans also won Virginia and New Jersey, saying the party’s success would spur more GOP candidates to run next year.
“It served as a springboard for the 1994 elections,” Barbour told POLITICO, alluding to the precursor to the GOP’s capture of the congressional majority. “We elected 73 Republican freshmen in the House of Representatives. More than half of them made the decision to run for Congress after the November 1993 election.”
Further, Barbour said, the wins Tuesday would boost the spirits of a party that has been deeply demoralized since not long after Bush’s 2004 reelection.
“It energizes and excites our volunteers, our organization people and our donors,” he said.
Christie ran in heavily Democratic New Jersey, faced an engaged and popular president, was badly outspent by the self-funding Corzine — who ran a barrage of negative ads, some suggesting the former prosecutor was too fat to lead — and also fended off a former Republican running as a third-party candidate who gave anti-Corzine voters an alternative to the GOP nominee.
Yet Christie still defeated Corzine by 4 percentage points — the largest victory by a New Jersey Republican in nearly a quarter-century.
Christie’s margin marked a 20-point swing from Obama’s performance.
The New Jersey race was especially painful for the White House, which, sensing a loss in Virginia, sought to prop up Corzine in the campaign’s final weeks.
The president came to the state for get-out-the-vote rallies on the Sunday before the election, where he called Corzine his “partner” in an effort to fire up the Democratic base.
“We will not lose this election if all of you are as committed as you were last year,” Obama told a heavily black crowd in Newark.
Obama also appeared in an ad for Corzine aimed at Hispanic voters and recorded robocalls for the governor.
But if Democrats were disappointed in New Jersey, Republicans were elated by Virginia.
The landslide of McDonnell, a former state attorney general, appears to offer the GOP a model for victory in swing states. A graduate of Pat Robertson’s Regent University who made his name in the state Legislature as a social conservative, McDonnell downplayed social issues in the campaign and focused intently on winning back the Virginia suburbs that fueled the Democratic resurgence in recent years.
„He focused heavily on the issues that are on voter’s minds: jobs, transportation, taxes and spending,” said Barbour.
Democrats took solace in the Owens victory in New York’s North Country, where they picked up a GOP seat previously held by John McHugh, now the Army secretary. Republicans seemed to lock up the seat on Saturday when their struggling nominee, Scozzafava, dropped out, giving the Conservative Party nominee, Hoffman, a one-on-one race in a historically Republican district.
But Scozzafava endorsed Owens on Sunday, and some of her moderate supporters from her state Assembly district appear to have followed suit and delivered their votes to the Democrat.
Van Hollen held up their success in New York as indicative of what could happen in the future when the conservative and moderate wings of the GOP clash.
“The Republican Party spent close to a million dollars to lose a seat they had held since the Civil War, and in the process launched a civil war of their own,” he said.
Former Republican Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia, an outspoken moderate who is often frustrated by his party’s rightward tilt, said the message of the Christie and McDonnell wins — and the Hoffman loss — is that his party should own the center on economic issues.
But he said the lesson for Democrats is even more urgent.
“Any Democrat from a border or Southern or even a rural district has got to take a deep breath and look for some ways to get some distance from from Obama,” Davis said.
Jonathan Martin reported from East Brunswick, N.J.
Pe TVR1 spuneau ca vor fi 20000 desi vremea la Bucuresti e foarte nasoala, rece si ploua.
Daca bate si astazi Unirea cred ca va fi „adoptata” de multi suporteri ai Stelei. Suparati pe haosul si lipsa de performanta marca Becali isi vor gasi refugiul in a sustine o echipa condusa de doi fosti stelisti ce a preluat de la Steaua traditia de a avea succes in Cupele Europene. Nu m-ar mira ca Unirea sa aiba cu Sevilla mai multi fani pe Ghencea decat Steaua cu Twente.
Si Becali va obtine ceea ce si-a dorit. „Interzisii” nu vor mai veni de bunavoie pe stadion la meciurile Stelei. Vor merge la Unirea Urziceni
Si mai e ceva: decat sa te uiti la Champions League in comentariul lui Sorin Hobana si Narcis Selaru (au facut ieri varza Milan-Real) mai bine mergi dracului pe stadion, frigul si ploaia sunt mai usor de suportat decat astia doi 🙂
Un lucru este clar, extremele politice- mai ales cele de stanga- au fost invinse fara drept de apel. Am mai spus-o, Obama trebuie sa conduca de la centru daca vrea sa fie reales. Altfel, va deveni Zicu si va muri speranta 🙂 Politic, bineinteles… 🙂
s-a enervat un rus si-a acordat corner de la 40 de metri de poarta…a vrut sa traga intr-un jucator de la Barca, care s-a ferit evident, si mingea a trecut la 15 de metri de poarta lateral si 15 metri in inaltime…
Lyon – Liverpool is THE game to watch tonight. I’m going to make a bold prediction, not only that Liverpool will win in Lyon (they are out without 3 points) but they will do so emphatically. Too good of a side not to win when it counts.
Din punctul meu de vedere au fost foarte putini suporteri, iar ploaia a facut ca numarul acestora sa fie si mai mic. Cei care au fost s-au straduit sa creeze o atmosfera placuta, au uitat de ploaie si de frig. Insa scotienii, in jur de 1600 au avut foarte multe momente in care au acaparat toata atentia! La pauza, berile in plus si-au spus efectul si astfel scotienii au facut cunostiinta si cu fortele de ordine (a ramas Gigi fara vreo 20 de scaune 🙂 ).
Dan Petrescu este o figura de om, clar! MM a fost foarte calm, la final toti au venit sa salute tribunele!
Meciul l-am trait la maxim, alaturi de colegii cu care am fost…dovada sta lipsa de voce din acest moment! La golul scotienilor l-am batut pe colegul de langa mine, iar la golul urziceniului am cazut toti 3 de pe scaune, de fericire! Un suporter care a stat langa mine m-a intrebat daca sunt parte din wikipedia (am vb foarte mult cu colegii despre muuulte meciuri, faze etc.) O sa ma duc si la meciul cu Sevilla!
Din ciclul „inventivitatea la romani”…replica a unui suporter in timpul unui atac al celor de la Urziceni:
„Da-i si lu’ Varga, ca a dat si el bani pentru minge!” 😆
Probabil ca voi raci, dar nu regret; a meritat fiecare strop de ploaie!
Din pacate, am observat ca vin din ce in ce mai putine fete la meciuri; am fost privita ca o mica ciudatenie cazuta pe stadion! 😀