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Changing times for Albion's Armada

The Argus: Andrea Orlandi Andrea Orlandi

Albion assistant turned first team coach Nathan Jones will not be speaking as much Spanish this season.

And that is not just because Oscar Garcia is no longer in charge of the team.

Albion’s Spanish Armada has taken a big hit.

Oscar has returned to Maccabi Tel Aviv, taking goalkeeping coach Ruben Martinez and fitness coach Juan Torrijo back to Israel with him.

The playing squad also has much less of a Spanish feel to it. Right-back rivals Bruno and Inigo Calderon might suddenly be feeling a little lonely.

When Albion launched their Championship campaign at Leeds last season under Oscar there were four Spaniards in the starting line-up.

Bruno and Calderon were accompanied at Elland Road by midfielders Andrea Orlandi and David Lopez.

Orlandi, surprisingly, and David, predictably, were among the players released last month.

So too, again predictably, was striker David Rodriguez, signed on a short-term contract from Celta Vigo at the end of the January transfer window.

When Sami Hyypia’s Seagulls kick-off at home to Sheffield Wednesday on August 9 there could be only one Spaniard in the starting line-up, Bruno or Calderon.

Unless that is Zigor Aranalde, Albion’s European scout, has identified fellow countrymen in the squad revamping process.

Meanwhile, for Orlandi, Lopez and Rodriguez, they find themselves among a multitude trying to find a new club in the climate of Financial Fair Play.

Orlandi, back home in Barcelona, said: “Clubs are taking ages to make decisions. If they can spend £1 less they will do it.

“I’m still waiting. Nothing is lined up yet. There are some clubs interested but nothing official.”

David and Rodriguez are keen on a return to Spain. Orlandi, who spent five years at Swansea before joining Albion, is more open-minded.

He said: “I have an offer from abroad from a lower club but I don’t want to go. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks something will come up.

“I’d like to stay playing in England but it would probably have to be Championship level if I stay. I could go back to Spain. That could also be a possibility.”

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6:57am Sun 29 Jun 14

MHubbs says...

Perhaps we shall be awash with players from Finland by September?

I think it's a pity Orlandi has gone. He was fantastic the year before last, but injury crippled him last year. I imagine he would have been one of the higher wage earners which may have caused hi release.

Waiting with baited breath for news of an actual signing 😐
Perhaps we shall be awash with players from Finland by September? I think it's a pity Orlandi has gone. He was fantastic the year before last, but injury crippled him last year. I imagine he would have been one of the higher wage earners which may have caused hi release. Waiting with baited breath for news of an actual signing 😐 MHubbs
  • Score: 7

7:49am Sun 29 Jun 14

namgo49 says...

May not have the pace for the style of play that the BL 1/2 season video showed if that is the way we are to play now, which hopefully is the case. Lovely graceful player though and a decent bloke. Shame to see him without a club.
May not have the pace for the style of play that the BL 1/2 season video showed if that is the way we are to play now, which hopefully is the case. Lovely graceful player though and a decent bloke. Shame to see him without a club. namgo49
  • Score: 8

7:54am Sun 29 Jun 14

pannell1 says...

Hi all i know its off the subject a piece in the sun saying the albion got it wrong and sammy lee is going asst manager at saints hope its a load of rubbish!
Hi all i know its off the subject a piece in the sun saying the albion got it wrong and sammy lee is going asst manager at saints hope its a load of rubbish! pannell1
  • Score: 6

7:54am Sun 29 Jun 14

Ellen Street says...

I posted when he was released how sorry I was to see the wonderfully gifted Orlandi go.One of the very few true artists.There's more than something of Beckham about his technique.He would still be a great asset and I'd love to see him return.Unless,of course,he's carrying a bad injury.And perhaps he'd need to accept a small pay cut.
I posted when he was released how sorry I was to see the wonderfully gifted Orlandi go.One of the very few true artists.There's more than something of Beckham about his technique.He would still be a great asset and I'd love to see him return.Unless,of course,he's carrying a bad injury.And perhaps he'd need to accept a small pay cut. Ellen Street
  • Score: 6

8:11am Sun 29 Jun 14

leonrobichaud says...

Well, it seems the Costa Del Brighton era is fading away into the distance. To be honest, and I don't mind getting peltters, I think we have had too many foreign players in recent years. I think if you look at the teams who have been promoted in recent years then you will see a core of British players running through those teams. I really think homegrown players have more of a sense of what the championship is all about and adapt to it better. They have grown up in the culture of promotion and relegation that feeds their passion for the fight. Although some foreign players succeed in the championship, the vast majority don't last long. We have a good on in Ulloa, if he is not tempted away, and TK was brilliant, but the list of failures is far longer. I am looking forward to us having a more British flavour to the team as I hope the passion of the players will shine through and on those tough winter nights it will see us through when maybe in the past players were more concerned about pay checks and dreaming of warm sand and sangria. I also hope the days of signing injury prone players are behind us. Lets see what happens over the next few weeks.
Well, it seems the Costa Del Brighton era is fading away into the distance. To be honest, and I don't mind getting peltters, I think we have had too many foreign players in recent years. I think if you look at the teams who have been promoted in recent years then you will see a core of British players running through those teams. I really think homegrown players have more of a sense of what the championship is all about and adapt to it better. They have grown up in the culture of promotion and relegation that feeds their passion for the fight. Although some foreign players succeed in the championship, the vast majority don't last long. We have a good on in Ulloa, if he is not tempted away, and TK was brilliant, but the list of failures is far longer. I am looking forward to us having a more British flavour to the team as I hope the passion of the players will shine through and on those tough winter nights it will see us through when maybe in the past players were more concerned about pay checks and dreaming of warm sand and sangria. I also hope the days of signing injury prone players are behind us. Lets see what happens over the next few weeks. leonrobichaud
  • Score: 5

8:17am Sun 29 Jun 14

Conelli98 says...

MHubbs wrote:
Perhaps we shall be awash with players from Finland by September?

I think it's a pity Orlandi has gone. He was fantastic the year before last, but injury crippled him last year. I imagine he would have been one of the higher wage earners which may have caused hi release.

Waiting with baited breath for news of an actual signing 😐
More players to leave before any signings are made but things will hot as of tomorrow, Leo to hand in request with Buckley to follow. Gus wants them both!!!
[quote][p][bold]MHubbs[/bold] wrote: Perhaps we shall be awash with players from Finland by September? I think it's a pity Orlandi has gone. He was fantastic the year before last, but injury crippled him last year. I imagine he would have been one of the higher wage earners which may have caused hi release. Waiting with baited breath for news of an actual signing 😐[/p][/quote]More players to leave before any signings are made but things will hot as of tomorrow, Leo to hand in request with Buckley to follow. Gus wants them both!!! Conelli98
  • Score: -15

8:47am Sun 29 Jun 14

Neville says...

I have mixed feelings about Orlandi,have met him and really nice guy. Football wise has the mannerisms of Beckham and clearly unfit for most of the season,has the ability to thread a pass and make a quality decision and crossing was good.
On the negative absolutely totally one footed and never ever lashed the ball hard into the net when given the chance all flicks and lacking power and last season and he has missed some real sitters.
Would like to see him back as back up but unlikely to happen.
I have mixed feelings about Orlandi,have met him and really nice guy. Football wise has the mannerisms of Beckham and clearly unfit for most of the season,has the ability to thread a pass and make a quality decision and crossing was good. On the negative absolutely totally one footed and never ever lashed the ball hard into the net when given the chance all flicks and lacking power and last season and he has missed some real sitters. Would like to see him back as back up but unlikely to happen. Neville
  • Score: 3

9:19am Sun 29 Jun 14

Cockwomble says...

Conelli98 wrote:
MHubbs wrote:
Perhaps we shall be awash with players from Finland by September?

I think it's a pity Orlandi has gone. He was fantastic the year before last, but injury crippled him last year. I imagine he would have been one of the higher wage earners which may have caused hi release.

Waiting with baited breath for news of an actual signing 😐
More players to leave before any signings are made but things will hot as of tomorrow, Leo to hand in request with Buckley to follow. Gus wants them both!!!
the way bridcutt bombed id be surprised if sunderland let gus raid us again.cockwomble
[quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MHubbs[/bold] wrote: Perhaps we shall be awash with players from Finland by September? I think it's a pity Orlandi has gone. He was fantastic the year before last, but injury crippled him last year. I imagine he would have been one of the higher wage earners which may have caused hi release. Waiting with baited breath for news of an actual signing 😐[/p][/quote]More players to leave before any signings are made but things will hot as of tomorrow, Leo to hand in request with Buckley to follow. Gus wants them both!!![/p][/quote]the way bridcutt bombed id be surprised if sunderland let gus raid us again.cockwomble Cockwomble
  • Score: -5

9:28am Sun 29 Jun 14

mikeygit says...

Another bit of an Argus None Story!! I do not really care what language he has to use as long as we get better results and goals this season. we ended well up the league but not through our goalscoring prowess!! Yes would be good to get class English players but we have to be realistic?
Another bit of an Argus None Story!! I do not really care what language he has to use as long as we get better results and goals this season. we ended well up the league but not through our goalscoring prowess!! Yes would be good to get class English players but we have to be realistic? mikeygit
  • Score: 0

9:30am Sun 29 Jun 14

Rhodes Seagull says...

So Orlandi is still waiting for a club, on his day was very good and see no reason why SH cannot have a look at him again and maybe offer a year contract if he likes what he sees and would also like to see Calderon getting more playing time, not because he is the best option but because he is passionate about playing the game he never gives up and seems to want the Brighton win more so than most on the field, maybe that is the wrong way to put it but he just seems to so commited to the club in all aspects, not just playing for the wages but playing to win!!!
So Orlandi is still waiting for a club, on his day was very good and see no reason why SH cannot have a look at him again and maybe offer a year contract if he likes what he sees and would also like to see Calderon getting more playing time, not because he is the best option but because he is passionate about playing the game he never gives up and seems to want the Brighton win more so than most on the field, maybe that is the wrong way to put it but he just seems to so commited to the club in all aspects, not just playing for the wages but playing to win!!! Rhodes Seagull
  • Score: 14

9:57am Sun 29 Jun 14

Albion In Staffs says...

mikeygit wrote:
Another bit of an Argus None Story!! I do not really care what language he has to use as long as we get better results and goals this season. we ended well up the league but not through our goalscoring prowess!! Yes would be good to get class English players but we have to be realistic?
Yep, it's Sunday!
It seems like the last few stories have come from long-term contacts because there's nothing coming from the club. I bet he got on well with Orlandi while he was with us so he rang up a mate for story and I'll also bet he got the Westwood story from his mate Gus who, because of the direct connection to Westwood, knew about our interest in Butland and let that out of the bag too.
Fun and games this time of the year!!!
[quote][p][bold]mikeygit[/bold] wrote: Another bit of an Argus None Story!! I do not really care what language he has to use as long as we get better results and goals this season. we ended well up the league but not through our goalscoring prowess!! Yes would be good to get class English players but we have to be realistic?[/p][/quote]Yep, it's Sunday! It seems like the last few stories have come from long-term contacts because there's nothing coming from the club. I bet he got on well with Orlandi while he was with us so he rang up a mate for story and I'll also bet he got the Westwood story from his mate Gus who, because of the direct connection to Westwood, knew about our interest in Butland and let that out of the bag too. Fun and games this time of the year!!! Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 0

10:06am Sun 29 Jun 14

Grummitt says...

pannell1 wrote:
Hi all i know its off the subject a piece in the sun saying the albion got it wrong and sammy lee is going asst manager at saints hope its a load of rubbish!
Yes this is all over the Saints forum as well. Strange if true as the BHA web site was quite clear that he has accepted our offer on Friday. Oh we'll just have to wait and see if he turns up for work at Lancing tomorrow.
[quote][p][bold]pannell1[/bold] wrote: Hi all i know its off the subject a piece in the sun saying the albion got it wrong and sammy lee is going asst manager at saints hope its a load of rubbish![/p][/quote]Yes this is all over the Saints forum as well. Strange if true as the BHA web site was quite clear that he has accepted our offer on Friday. Oh we'll just have to wait and see if he turns up for work at Lancing tomorrow. Grummitt
  • Score: -2

10:26am Sun 29 Jun 14

tug509 says...

Rhodes Seagull wrote:
So Orlandi is still waiting for a club, on his day was very good and see no reason why SH cannot have a look at him again and maybe offer a year contract if he likes what he sees and would also like to see Calderon getting more playing time, not because he is the best option but because he is passionate about playing the game he never gives up and seems to want the Brighton win more so than most on the field, maybe that is the wrong way to put it but he just seems to so commited to the club in all aspects, not just playing for the wages but playing to win!!!
Yep ,give us 11 players with Ini`s commitment and you wont go wrong .

So today is speculation Sunday , tomorrow is when it all K`sO for real ....,plus it`s our anniversary ,happy days !. UTA
[quote][p][bold]Rhodes Seagull[/bold] wrote: So Orlandi is still waiting for a club, on his day was very good and see no reason why SH cannot have a look at him again and maybe offer a year contract if he likes what he sees and would also like to see Calderon getting more playing time, not because he is the best option but because he is passionate about playing the game he never gives up and seems to want the Brighton win more so than most on the field, maybe that is the wrong way to put it but he just seems to so commited to the club in all aspects, not just playing for the wages but playing to win!!![/p][/quote]Yep ,give us 11 players with Ini`s commitment and you wont go wrong . So today is speculation Sunday , tomorrow is when it all K`sO for real ....,plus it`s our anniversary ,happy days !. UTA tug509
  • Score: -1

11:10am Sun 29 Jun 14

rolivan says...

Conelli98 wrote:
MHubbs wrote:
Perhaps we shall be awash with players from Finland by September?

I think it's a pity Orlandi has gone. He was fantastic the year before last, but injury crippled him last year. I imagine he would have been one of the higher wage earners which may have caused hi release.

Waiting with baited breath for news of an actual signing 😐
More players to leave before any signings are made but things will hot as of tomorrow, Leo to hand in request with Buckley to follow. Gus wants them both!!!
Have you had a bet on it with the money you won backing Tim She wood?
[quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MHubbs[/bold] wrote: Perhaps we shall be awash with players from Finland by September? I think it's a pity Orlandi has gone. He was fantastic the year before last, but injury crippled him last year. I imagine he would have been one of the higher wage earners which may have caused hi release. Waiting with baited breath for news of an actual signing 😐[/p][/quote]More players to leave before any signings are made but things will hot as of tomorrow, Leo to hand in request with Buckley to follow. Gus wants them both!!![/p][/quote]Have you had a bet on it with the money you won backing Tim She wood? rolivan
  • Score: 3

12:48pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Andrea Orlandigasm says...

#bringbackorlandi
#bringbackorlandi Andrea Orlandigasm
  • Score: 6

7:46pm Sun 29 Jun 14

JoeBlow says...

Interestingly, no mention of Ulloa in this article. He may not be Spanish but he certainly speaks the lingo.
Interestingly, no mention of Ulloa in this article. He may not be Spanish but he certainly speaks the lingo. JoeBlow
  • Score: 0

1:05am Mon 30 Jun 14

Baldseagull says...

Rhodes Seagull wrote:
So Orlandi is still waiting for a club, on his day was very good and see no reason why SH cannot have a look at him again and maybe offer a year contract if he likes what he sees and would also like to see Calderon getting more playing time, not because he is the best option but because he is passionate about playing the game he never gives up and seems to want the Brighton win more so than most on the field, maybe that is the wrong way to put it but he just seems to so commited to the club in all aspects, not just playing for the wages but playing to win!!!
My guess is Sami will see Orlandi of last season and not be too interested, but if he has a look at the Orlandi of the previous season, an offer could well be extended.
[quote][p][bold]Rhodes Seagull[/bold] wrote: So Orlandi is still waiting for a club, on his day was very good and see no reason why SH cannot have a look at him again and maybe offer a year contract if he likes what he sees and would also like to see Calderon getting more playing time, not because he is the best option but because he is passionate about playing the game he never gives up and seems to want the Brighton win more so than most on the field, maybe that is the wrong way to put it but he just seems to so commited to the club in all aspects, not just playing for the wages but playing to win!!![/p][/quote]My guess is Sami will see Orlandi of last season and not be too interested, but if he has a look at the Orlandi of the previous season, an offer could well be extended. Baldseagull
  • Score: 0
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