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Friday, May 13, 2005

Why would a player linked with Manchester United go to Russia?

Nuno Maniche, of Portuguese club FC Porto has been transferred along with teammate Francisco Costinha to Dinamo Moscow for a combined 20 million Euro fee (16 + 4).

So, from Man U:

timesonline.co.uk (last paragraph)

To Russia?

news.bbc.co.uk

Portugal international midfielders Maniche and Costinha will leave Porto for Dinamo Moscow on 1 July in a massive coup for the Russian club.”

I’m stunned. Why would a player of such quality, both in fact, accept such a move?

I don’t have anything against Russia mind you, but it’s not exactly where the top players in the world go these days. So why would Maniche, who scored the best goal of Euro 2004, pack his bags for Moscow?

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Anonymous Evan said...

I was always a bit confused why Deco was snatched up so quickly after last season, but Maniche was left in Porto (especially considering that Barca is weak when it comes to midfielders that can play defensively).

But there's a lot of things going on in Russia, which I admit that I don't know the full details of all of them, with new sources of money, high profile players, etc. CSKA is now becoming a feeder club for Chelsea, with its Abramovich connection, and I think other clubs are understandably worried about CSKA leaving them all in the dust when it comes to transfer funds and quality players.

Expect the inevitable stories about clubs going bankrupt and shady business dealings soon, though...

5/14/2005 6:05 AM  
Blogger Kim Stian Ervik said...

CSKA is owned by Roman. Maniche would clearly also have be interesting for Arsenal, but too late now.

8/11/2005 11:32 PM  

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