Former Romanian international, Real Madrid and Barcelona attacking midfielder, Gheorghe Hagi doubles as the founder and coach of Viitorul Constanta football club. The club is particularly known for promoting young players from their academy, which brought about their nickname; “Hagi’s Kids”.
“What happened wasn’t planned but it happened due to hard work,” says Hagi, when interviewed after his team finished first in the Romania Liga I. “Winning the league wasn’t our aim; it came as a surprise, because we only wanted to stay up. Meanwhile, we aren’t an accident. My career as a football player was great too and I’m very happy with what I achieved.This is the second partand my mission now is to assist others achieve their dreams”
By the time he was ready to start Viitorul, which translates as “Future”, Hagi had a blueprint for player production written down on paper and the finishing touches came from a visit to five leading Dutch academies. The fact that Romania league are not among the top best leagues has been Gheorghe Hagi’s concern since his playing career. By the time he began Viitorulin 2009, the Romania football was on the dying lane.
The domestic game was robbed, corrupt and helpless in the hands of incompetents and opportunists; the likes of Steaua Bucharest were giants by name only. Hagi himself had struggled in a succession of short-lived managerial roles with the national side, Steaua, Politehnica Timisoara, Bursaspor and another of his old clubs, Galatasaray.
It is yet another week off for the Tigers as the season gets closer and closer to its climax. This week is reserved for the European competition latter stages, and whilst the Tigers are happy to have a week off, they want to make sure they don’t have many more weeks off like this next season.
Whilst there is an argument this is the time to recharge the batteries, get finely tuned with the technical aspects of the game, recover from injury and get on the training field is a good thing, there can be hardly anyone at Oval Park seem happy see once again that the club is not involved in the European Champions Cup knockout stages. Continue reading