Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Europa League: FC Olimpia Balti vs Dinamo Bucuresti

Olimpia was founded in 1993, their home stadium in Balti (capacity: 5000) is not accredited to host international games so they’ll need to travel to Chisinau in order to play this game.

To make an opinion about this club I will share some figures just to see the level of Moldavian football. Their annual budget is below 1 million USD, Alexandru Cheltuiala has the most expensive contract which sums up to 7200 dollars per season. In case they eliminate Dinamo, the players will receive a total bonus of 20 000 USD. Their bonus for reaching this round was 15 000 USD.

In the first qualifying round (1st and 8th July) Olimpia managed to eliminate Khazar Lankaran which was quite a surprise considering the financial differences between the clubs. There were two draws, 0-0 in Chisinau and 1-1 in Azerbaijan which means Olimpia Balti qualified on away goals.

Their best player is Haitian striker Robens, who has 3 caps in the national team of Haiti. He was the player that scored the decisive goal against Lankaran. They also have 3 players from Nigeria and another 3 from Guinea. Their squad has 26 players, only 6 of them being older than 25 which means they lack experience at all not to mention international experience.

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