For those that don't know 100% the Romanian NT, it's simply butchered.
Imagine for France not playing Zaadi and Nze Minko, because both Romanian playmakers were suspended (Buceschi and Laslo, and if Buceschi had her world class games including against Russia or Norway this time Laslo has been magnificent in Romania, much improved since Buducnost). Plus another 2 defenders, one being attack and defence Lacrabere.
So no Buceschi and Laslo, in addition Bucur (RB, one of Laslo/Bucur is regular there; and also great defender) and Bazaliu (Neagu's cover, Perianu is just a defender; also used as a central defender now) also paid the price of suspension.
Plus THE SELECTION IS BAD. And under a Swedish coach, Tomas Ryde. In my opinion Sorina Tîrcă is the best LB in the league now considering Neagu and Zamfir were injured.
Ryde will pay the price with a dismissal, he could have called up Zamfir. I am not sure if Elena Dache has improved so much or not, but I remember her from CSM Bucharest. Really, if they needed experienced players after the "butchery", they should have called Țicu up. Ana Maria Țicu is one of the reasons SCM Craiova won the EHF Cup 2 years ago, and also in a final against Vipers.
Polocoşer has been absolutely mediocre in the national team for a while, how not to convoke Zamfir? And also Țicu? Țicu is absolutelye without fear. But at least Polocoşer played very well against Senegal, wanting the same from her next and her head is ok. Really ambitious player, could increase if she's well trained and motivated.
So 4 regular players suspended, because Bazaliu was used this time as regular but in defence. And no Chiper (by far our best RW, it's like Herrem staying home for Norway), Tîrcă (very similar to Hafra, unreal, and Hafra plays at this level being only 1 year older), Țicu, Zamfir, ALINA ILIE (because Ilie is by far the best RB, better in attack clearly than Bucur and compared to Laslo she's left handed) and others. Oh, and Dana Abed Kader! How in the world can you ignore a player who is playing on 3 positions????????!!!!!
I don't blame Ryde so far for training methods, he won a bronze in the 2015 World Championships for Romania. But this is a failure regarding the selection(s). And previously Martin didn't test many players, such as Chiricuță, Czeczi (both could be better than Iuganu-Popa), Tecar (RB) etc. (I don't mention Chiper, Tîrcă, Zamfir, Țicu, Ilie and Abed Kader, because ALL 5 should have been present in Japan, plus 1 of Chiricuță/Czeczi). And a brilliant young playmaker, I forgot her name, from the youth and junior national teams. I am sure she has more courage than Dache. In fact, Țicu is a lot better than Dache.