A relatively long summer break has brought some relief for Romania's coaches, with only four changes made since the end of the season.
Having agreed to take over in April following Gheorghe Multescu's departure, Mircea Rednic is back at FC Dinamo 1948 Bucureşti, while former Sporting Clube de Portugal and Panathinaikos FC coach José Peseiro is the new man in charge at fellow UEFA Cup hopefuls FC Rapid Bucureşti. Relegated with FC Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ last season, Viorel Hizo has taken charge of UEFA Intertoto Cup contenders SC Vaslui while Serbia's Miodrag Ješić has been installed at the CS Otopeni helm as they prepare for their first top-flight season.
Meanwhile, champions CFR 1907 Cluj are preparing for the UEFA Champions League group stage with another influx of foreign talent, taking their international contingent to 27 players, including eight Argentinians. "Our main target for the new season is to become champions and cup winners again and also to win as many points as possible in the group stage," said coach Ioan Andone. New signings include Brazilian Hugo Alcantara from CF Os Belenenses, Argentinians Cristian Sánchez Prette and Jose Ignacio Casanave, Uruguayan Alvaro Pereira and Burkina Faso-born Youssouf Koné, the latter from Rosenborg BK. Cluj have also broken with form to sign a Romanian player, with Dorin Toma arriving from CF Gloria 1922 Bistriţa while the club have said goodbye to Sweden's Mikael Dorsin, who has joined FC Moskva, while Pedro Oliveira has been released.
UEFA Champions League third qualifying round contenders, and 2007/08 league runners-up, FC Steaua Bucureşti have been busy too. With top scorer Nicolae Dică joining Calcio Catania and Peruvian Andrés Mendoza leaving the club along with Habib Habibou and – probably – José Moreno, Steaua have delved into the transfer market, bringing in Bogdan Stancu, János Székely, Claudiu Ionescu and Robert Neagoe from relegated CS Dacia Mioveni. Portuguese midfielder Tiago Gomes from CF Estrela da Amadora and Brazilian forward Arthuro from CD Alavés.
With plenty of other Divizia A clubs investing in talent from abroad, an unprecedented 152 foreign players from 40 different countries are now among the 450 or so registered for next season. Cluj are the biggest employers of foreign talent, with FC Politehnica Timisoara (17) and Vaslui (12) not far behind. The largest single nationality of these players is Portugiese (26), followed by Argentinians, Brazilians and Serbians (18 of each).
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