The Life of a Romanian Who Returned to Work for Two Months in Syria: “The Gray of Life Here Reminds Me of Our Past. The Country Looks Like After a Disaster “

A Romanian continues his career in a place that, at the first audition, gives birth to thrills: Syria. Unfortunately, one of the countries with an extraordinary culture and antiquity has been ravaged by a terrible war for more than a decade, and the area has been bloodied and left painful traces that are felt even now, when the atmosphere has calmed down.

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Valeriu Tița, 55, is not a huge name in Romanian football, but the Severin native demands respect in this area at the intersection of important ancient trade routes, where tears wet the land torn by wars and civil strife. The armed conflicts did not keep the Romanian away from Syria or an area from which most would flee eating the land. Basically, he only worked there, not at all in Romania.

Tița is the coach of the Syrian national football team, a position he also held between December 2010 and February 2011.

Valeriu is also aware that he lives in a country, an area where he does his job as long as his weapons are silent. He also trained Al Ittihad and Al Mina Basra, and in the Arab world, Al Sharjah (United Arab Emirates), Al Faisaly (Jordan), Safa and Al Nejmeh (Lebanon) and Al Orubah (Saudi Arabia). A former player in Morocco, the Romanian won in 2010 with the local team from Aleppo, Al Ittihad, AFC Cup, the second most important continental competition in Asia.

The Romanian, in action, at the training sessions of the Syrian national team

Pain with every breath

Aleppo is not only one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, attested since the 5th millennium BC, but also one of the important cities of Syria. Located 48 kilometers from the Turkish border, Aleppo was the largest Syrian city before the civil war, now second only to the capital Damascus. It is a city known by Valeriu Tița for many years, so he sees the differences with different eyes.

He took over the leadership of the Syrian national team again in November 2021, ticked off a few matches in Qatar, now spent Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Aleppo, and on the second day of the new year he will go to Qatar again for friendly matches, followed by matches. for qualifying for the World Championships, Asia.

“I stay in the camp longer, you realize, this is my life. But I also went out into the city to get his pulse. First impressions? It’s quiet, yes, but it feels, you can see that the country has gone through war. From the buildings, to the pulse of the people, and at the entrance to the city, there are police and army filters. It is an atmosphere that presses you, although I love the area and the country a lot “, Valeriu confessed in an interview given to Libertatea.

Syria is coming back to life

For Romanian readers, he went out in the city center to take some photos, and the details show an area that keeps alive the traces of the bloody conflict, from the blackened and affected buildings, to the pits and a state of oppression of ordinary people. The Syrian war has killed at least 400,000 people in March 2021, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDO) – a non-governmental organization based in the United Kingdom – has recorded 388,652 deaths.

“It’s been quiet for about a year, the cafes are open, as well as the restaurants. The stadium looks good, so does the hotel in Damascus. The net is not good, it is difficult for me to keep in touch with my loved ones in Romania, especially at Christmas, which I did not feel at all, here there are no feelings of celebration, such as in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. The world is much sadder, although many, many years ago there was a flourishing life here. But they are troubled and soulful people “, Tița also confessed.

“Life has become more expensive”

Aleppo has the smell of a provincial town in our country, just out of the Golden Age of Communism, plus a few unwanted bombings. “It simply came to our notice then. That is, this gray of life, the pain that remains after a conflict. Unfortunately, inflation is huge. Life has become more expensive. Before, $ 1 = £ 45, now $ 1 = £ 3,500. So you realize how hard it is for people to get back on their feet. The traces of war are known in every breath. But the Syrians are fighting, they are used to, this time with the aftermath of the war. Yes, it’s peace, but, like after a calamity, it’s hard to get back on track “, said the Romanian.

“They don’t have time for coronavirus”

According to worldmeters.info, Syria reported 50,167 cases of COVID-19, of which 32,155 were cured and 2,884 dead. “This era of coronavirus does not feel like in Europe or elsewhere. Very few use a sanitary mask. They don’t have time for coronavirus, they have maybe bigger troubles “, said Valeriu.

Asked if he ever felt his life was in danger, Tița was very surprised: “Why should I be afraid ?! I’m right in the middle. Basically, I do my job here, in addition, I have something in mind for these people. Look, I really like the food here, the Lebanese and the Syrian food are great. I go on the street as I would at Severin, I am used to the Syrian lifestyle, although, I repeat, there is a pressing, breathable pain “.

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