“I went to the table to comment. After the goal, one of the fans put the bottle in my mouth”

Article by Alexandru Barbu – published on Thursday, June 2, 2022 17:30 / updated on Thursday, June 2, 2022 23:51

He has been commenting on the national team matches for 30 years and returning to the “grass” during the Romanian Nations League matches against Montenegro, which were broadcast by Prima TV. Emil Gradinescu has countless stories with “The Three Colors” and prefaces on an upbeat note about Edi Iordănescu’s official debut.

  • Both matches with Montenegro in Romania, away on June 4 and at home on June 14, will be broadcast by Prima TV starting at 21:45.

Emil Gradenescu: “Romania is superior on paper. We have to get 12-13 points.”

– Hello Emil! Confident before the start of the League of Nations? The first match, from Montenegro, will be commented on on PRIMA TV.
We should usually take the points.” We are the biggest opponents in the FIFA rankings. Now let’s see how Eddie thinks about the campaign, if he plays for points or if he respects certain principles of the game, as Rodoy did. I think he will play for points though. Because if the results are disastrous in the League of Nations, you can’t keep it. If he gets 12-13 points, that’s okay. On paper, then, we’re superior.

However, we have had difficulties with national teams made up of strong players, such as Montenegro, Finland and Bosnia.
– That’s right, I’ve always had problems with these teams. It baffles you. With the exception of Spain, we play well with the big teams, who go out to play football. But we have to fight with them.


Gabriel Torg finished with Dynamo and agreed with Farol

“I got up on the table and made a comment on Romania-Belgium”

Do you remember the suspension of the first match of the national team?
– Definitely, June 1993, Romania – Belgium 2-1 over Ghencea. The stadium was rebuilt and modernized, there was no place for commentators, not even a table. We got a 4ft table and a screen. Everyone was standing in front of me and I climbed onto the table with my feet to watch the match without controlling the screen. During the break, a colleague from TVR asked me to leave him on the table as well. With him, 5 more people climbed up, and that table was moving… plus something else happened (not funny).

– What or what?
When Răducioiu scored the first goal, someone sitting next to me put a bottle of Coca-Cola in my mouth, fortunately. The man was very happy and wanted to share his enthusiasm.

– From the commentator’s point of view, what is your relationship to the national team match compared to the regular League 1 match?
– You will laugh, consumption is about the same. The national team is asking you to be more emotional, but you no longer pay attention to the documentary film chapter. It’s hard to comment on a volunteer – Chindia, because the game often dies and you have to keep it alive. Then the comment is complicated. On the other hand, in the national team you stick with the game, you can’t really do big digressions. These are the coordinates of a comment: an emotion and a documentary.

What is the best memory from the national team match?
– This is the second match for Romania that I commented on, which is Cardiff’s match, 2-1 with Wales, the win that took us to the USA, to the World Championship in 1994. If things went bad, it probably came from bad for me too .

– Why?
– You know how it is, commentators swarm to predictable victories, in tough matches, where you don’t know if she’ll come out, they aren’t enthusiastic about commentary. If the match goes wrong, the commentators are to blame. It’s a base in TV. If the result is bad, this is the order of the day: the coach, the players, the referee and the commentators. It’s intuitive!

– What is the darkest episode with the national team?
– The first thing that came to mind is Romania-Denmark 2-2 in Copenhagen, 2003. That final was leaving us far away… After everything that happened in that match, my hands were numb, it was probably a problem that went through the heart.

All details before Montenegro – Romania:

The group of 30 players called up by Eddie Iordonesco for League of Nations matches

  • porter: Fl. Niță (Sparta Prague), Aioani (Farul), H. Moldovan (Rapid), Târnovanu (FCSB)
  • Founders: A. Rațiu (Huesca), Cr. Manya (CFR), ad. Ross (Mall Fehrvar), I.Christia (FCSB), Getsch (Krakow), تشيرeric (Sassuolo), A. Porcu (CFR), Banco (CSU Craiova), Camorra (CFR), Ștefănescu (Sepsi)
  • Midfielders: Sorescu (Rakow), Cicâldău (Galatasaray), Olaru (FCSB), Al. Maxim (Gaziantep), Hanka (Krakow), Florida Tunas (FCS), Oct. Popescu (FCSB), N. Păun (Sepsi), Mihăilă (Atalanta), Mitriță (PAOK), al. Cretu (CSU Craiova), R. Marin (Cagliari), M. Marin (Pisa)
  • attackers: Alibec (Atromitus), N. Ivan (CSU Craiova), Puskas (Pisa)

Romania’s program in the League of Nations

  • June 4th: Montenegro – Romania, 21:45, Podgorica (Live on PrimaTV, liveTEXT on GSP.ro)
  • June 7: Bosnia and Herzegovina – Romania, 21:45, Zenica (live on Antena 1, liveTEXT on GSP.ro)
  • June 11: Romania – Finland, 21:45, Guletti Stadium (Live on Antena 1, Live TEXT on GSP.ro)
  • June 14: Romania-Montenegro, 21:45, Guletti Stadium (Live on PrimaTV, TEXT LIVE on GSP.ro)
  • September 23: Finland – Romania 9:45 pm
  • September 26: Romania – Bosnia and Herzegovina, 9:45 pm

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