Catalin
Carp
FC Ufa
FC Ufa is one of the brightest RFPL clubs. FC Ufa finishes its third RFPL season as solid mid-table contender. In addition, they have their own transfer philosophy in buying certain players. FC Ufa takes yet unrevealed talents, "whispering" talents, with certainty that they will unfold their skills in their squad. During last two years they bought Zinchenko (AM/LM - Shakhtar Donetsk academy), Frimpong (DM - Arsenal London), Nikitin (CB - FC Amkar), Lunev (GK - FC Saturn Ramenskoye), Zubarev (DM – Spartak Moscow), Krotov (CF – Spartak Moscow), Abdulavov (CF – FC Anzhi), Carp (DM/CB – FC Viitorul), Borodjko (GK – FC Enisey), Putsko (CB – Spartak Moscow), Zhivoglyadov (LB/RB/CB – Dinamo Moscow) and Oblyakov (DM/AM – Zenit academy). They were able to sell Zinchenko to Manchester City, and Lunev developed into a top-level goalkeeper, and was sold to Zenit, Champion's League caliber team.

FC Ufa changed their first eleven line-up on 63% this year. There are Azamat Zaseev, Dmitri Stotskiy, Pavel Alikin, Sly and Alexey Nikitin. FC Ufa has been able to get 36 points in 26 games already, scoring 17 goals (14th stat in RFPL) and conceding only 21 goals (5th stat in RFPL), compared to 27 points 25-44(GS-GC) in 2016, and 31 points 26-39 (GS-GC) in 2015. The dynamics are more than positive, and it is due to well-organized defense by Goncharenko, who became the general manager in PFC CSKA in winter.

Therefore, Goncharenko left, ambitious Sergey Semak came in, and during winter break, FC Ufa signed left back Jokic, goalkeeper Belenov and center back Catalin Carp. We understand the value of the first two players - they are high caliber players, who came to achieve results right now, Carp is more a product of philosophy we told before, a classy prospect, which has been developed incorrectly.

So, there is a reasonable question: who is Catalin Carp?

Date of birth
Nationality Club
Position
Height
Weight
Shirt number
Transfermarkt cost
20.10.1993
Moldova/ Romania
FC Ufa Centre back/ defensive midfielder
184 cm
77 kilos
93
400 Thd. €
This player, same as many Moldovan talents, started his career in FC Zimbru. At the age of 13, he moved to Shakhtar Donetsk. As he did not have Ukrainian passport, he was suspended from playing in youth competitions, but he had to prove himself in friendly matches. Contract that was presented to him at the age of 18, to Catalin's mind, was unacceptable, so he changed Shakhtar to Dinamo Kiev, fierce rival. Afterwards, he changed clubs every year, having played in CFR Cluj, Steaua, Viitorul.

Having finished with his brief biography, we have two more questions: who is Catalin on the pitch and outside of it?

Let's be honest, Carp is a mediocre player, despite his innate physicals.

Modern defensive midfielder has to have particular abilities to succeed on the pitch, dominate, and rule the tempo of the game. In Russia, exactly high-level defensive midfielders help their teams win rewards: Wernbloom does not allow CSKA lose its CL contender status, Gatskan was tremendous in home match against Bayern Munich, in games against Manchester United, Atletico, and he is responsible for concedeless series beginning from the winter break in RFPL.

Key attributes for a defensive midfielders are his defensive actions (pressing, tackling, ability to force opponents make mistakes), physicality (ability to work hard 90 minutes) and, of course, tactical knowledge (defensively – patch holes in the defense, cover players, secure, and stop opponents from making through passes; during own possession – an additional option to continue attacking movements, he must know how to give the ball to more creative player, without losing it). Catalin Carp, according to Ufa's board, is well-trained to act in this area, intercepting passes and winning aerial duels, working on escalation. However, the problem is that FC Ufa has already 4 players, who can act similarly: Oblyakov, Bezdenezhnykh, Vanek and Paurevic. Is he stronger or more skillful, than others here? What are his chances to stay in FC Ufa longer than one season, according to his career's history? Is he that potential and perspective, so taking away game time from young Russian players is justified? How has he shown himself already in RFPL, league that is objectively tougher than Romanian one?

Catalin Carp produces rather mixed impression. He was at his best during his debut against FC Terek, tackling successfully 4 times out of 6, won a bunch of aerial duels, took every rebound he saw. He tipped his teammates, helped them, wasn't afraid to move around, fell, got up and tackled again.

Next match against KS Samara, which are struggling not to relegate, Carp touched the ball 25 times. Indicative moment was an episode with a free-throw from the sideline by KS players, and Catalin stood there, covering nobody, watched how KS was going to attack.

Most of his passes goes to left/right backs Sukhov and Zhivoglyadov, and, what is more, Catalin doesn't shift, doesn't run, doesn't open himself again, he calms down, relaxes and waits for something.
Let's compare Catalin Carp using radar diagram with the other FC Ufa players (defensive midfielders and central midfielders), so we can make a picture, if he is that good or bad.

Name
Date of birth
Nationality
Height
Shirt number
Transfermarkt cost
Catalin Carp
20.10.1993
Moldova/ Romania
184
93
400 Thd. €
Igor Bezdenezhnykh
08.08.1996
Russia
175
87
800 Thd. €
Name
Date of birth
Nationality
Height
Shirt number
Transfermarkt cost
Catalin Carp
20.10.1993
Moldova/ Romania
184
93
400 Thd. €
Ondrej Vanek
25.07.1990
Chezh Republik
179
9
1 Mln. €
Name
Date of birth
Nationality
Height
Shirt number
Transfermarkt cost
Catalin Carp
20.10.1993
Moldova/ Romania
184
93
400 Thd. €
Ivan Paurevic
1.07.1991
Croatia/Germany
194
19
750 Thd. €
As we see from these charts, the difference between Carp and other players is rather small, but according to Moldovan press, big Italian and Spanish clubs were interested in him. Particular Igor Bezdenezhnykh, U-21 Russian national team player, tries to attack more, tries to spot a teammate with a pass, reads the flow of the game better, intercepting the passes, and he is 3 years younger than Carp. Ivan Paurevic is more versatile and more prepared to play on higher level than Carp.

What are the problems of once perspective Moldovan national team player?

We believe, his problems lie within his family. After a thorough research of Carp's family, we learned that his father Ilie is a Moldovan national teams' curator, and Catalin's agent is his uncle Ion. They both criticized all of the coaches and clubs, where Catalin played. They claim him to be the best Moldovan defender, and others just do not know anything.

Football player on his own has never said anything decent about any team he was before. He accused Luchesku in liking Brazilians more, despite them talking same language. Moreover, after moving to Viitorul, he told media, that he had lost a year in Steaua.

He notices problems in everyone except himself. Surprisingly, strafing through his social nets we did not find any picture from a training session.

When we talk about elite athlete, we also mean his character. Skill of rectifying mistakes, improving your game, overcoming discomforts and difficulties are the keys to success. To get from poor country Moldova, become a top-level player means to work really hard and diligently. Radu Rebeja, Aleksandr Epureanu, Aleksandr Gatskan worked really hard to leave Moldovan's championship, and Catalin Carp had administrative resources from his childhood, which allowed him to get from one step to another. He had best CIS coaches in Shakhtar, Dinamo Kiev and he had his play time in youth national teams. Friendly Romania teams welcomed him. But with giving him these easy and comfortable solution, his family killed competitive anger, made a boy, who is still thinking, that everyone owes him something.

When he plays defensive midfielder, he tries to squeeze opponents, presses them, but soon runs out of steam and cannot withstand the pressure of the game. He tries to shield an opponent. He does not take the game upon himself; he rarely passes forward and tries to act through wingbacks. He chooses positions to get the rebound well, but after taking this position, he moves nowhere. He does not support attacks. He does not tackle, he imitates tackles, and waits that others will correct his mistakes. He can overload opponents during tackling, but still he cannot use this numerical advantage. He is not that fast, he turns around rather slowly. Nevertheless, his biggest problems lie within his mindset. He has all the innate physicals to be better center back or defensive midfielder. He has this "sprouts" of a decent player, and he can be developed, if you will explain to him, what means to work hard, and that football player's career will end sometime. There are people who deliver results, and there are athletes who generate some value. There were some devotion to play against Terek, that is his value. His smartness and coordination are his value. However, at the moment, he is a mediocre player compared to others in the team. If Sergey Semak will be unable to make him work and train, you can definitely forget Catalin Carp.

Summarizing the answers on the previous questions, we suggest he is not good enough yet to justify his playtime compared to two young Russians (Oblyakov and Bezdenezhnykh). He might have bright future, if you solve his mindset problems, and family influence issue.



Links to his and his family members' interviews:



http://soccer.md/ro/post/view?id=1560 – Steaua is a yaer loss

http://sheriff-sport.com/predstaviteli-semi-karp-raskritikovali-rumynskij-futbol-rumyny-cygane-zhidy-a-ketelin-karp-luchshij-zashhitnik-v-rumynskom-futbole/ - father's and uncle's interview

https://moldfootball.com/?index=news&news=21304 – general interview

Links to Catalin's social nets:

Vkontakte - https://vk.com/id68199333

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/katalin.karp/

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/karp.katalin



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