Alin Stoica

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Top 10 Young Romanian Footballers As Of July '00

Compiled by Laurentiu Popescu

Alin Stoica

Name: Alin Stoica
Current Club:Anderlecht Bruxelles
Date of Birth: Dec 10, 1979
Position: Midfielder
Website:Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht
Comment:The Belgian press was puzzled when Emerich Jenei chose not to include Stoica in the Romanian squad for EURO 2000. Alin is regarded as the top young talent in Belgian football where he has been playing since age 16. Until now, he has been mostly a substitute at his Bruxelles club, but that will soon change. The Swedish midfielder Per Zetteberg was just transferred to the Greek side Olympiakos while the club's management and coach said it was their wish that Stoica take over the responsibilities of the Swede as the creative playmaker in midfield. He is a regular of the of the U 21 national team where, along with Catalin Munteanu, he dictates the play in midfield. Stoica has also managed to earn himself a couple of caps in the senior squad. At his club, Alin has been on the left but he can make his presence known in the center as well. Like most Romanian players, Stoica is a very good technician and posses a deft shot. He has also established himself as a dependable goal - scorer by finding the net in almost all the matches he played, sometimes even when coming on as a substitute. In recent interview with the Romanian sports paper ProSport he said that he looks forward to coming back to the national team in the near future. Last spring he was linked to a move to Ajax Amsterdam, but the rumors have died off since then.